The Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT) v7.0 is a 5-day instructor-led course that is designed to help students prepare for the Cisco CCNP Data Center certification and for professional-level data center roles. The focus of this skills-building course is troubleshooting of LAN, SAN, Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric, Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS), and Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI). The course provides rich, hands-on experience in resolving problems on Cisco MDS switches, Cisco Nexus switches, Cisco Fabric Extenders (FEXs), Cisco UCS, and Cisco ACI.

You’ll master the professional-level skills and technologies needed to troubleshoot Cisco data center infrastructure.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Describe switch virtualization.
  • Describe machine virtualization.
  • Describe network virtualization, including overlays, virtual switches, and the Cisco Nexus 1000V solution.
  • Describe Cisco FabricPath.
  • Describe Cisco Fabric Extender (FEX) connectivity.
  • Describe Ethernet port channels and virtual port channels (vPC).
  • Describe Cisco unified fabric.
  • Identify Cisco UCS components.
  • Describe Cisco UCS organizational hierarchy and role-based access control (RBAC).
  • Describe how to deploy servers in Cisco UCS.
  • Describe the purpose and advantages of application programming interfaces (API).
  • Describe cloud computing basic concepts.
  • Describe Cisco UCS Director, its functional blocks and deployment models.
  • Describe Cisco UCS Director orchestration features: policies, virtual data centers, workflows, and catalogs.
  • Describe Cisco ACI, traffic forwarding through the Cisco ACI fabric, as well as programming and orchestration capabilities.
  • Explain traffic forwarding mechanisms in Cisco ACI.
  • Describe programmability and orchestration capabilities of Cisco ACI


The course contains these components:

Course Outline
  • Troubleshooting the Data Center LAN Network
    • Overview of the Troubleshooting Process
    • Understanding CLI Troubleshooting Tools
    • Troubleshooting VLANs and Private VLANs
    • Troubleshooting Port Channels and Virtual Port Channels
    • Troubleshooting Cisco FabricPath
    • Troubleshooting Cisco OTV
    • Troubleshooting VXLAN
    • Troubleshooting LISP
    • Troubleshooting Routing Protocols
    • Troubleshooting Data Center LAN Security
    • Troubleshooting Platform-Specific Issues
  • Troubleshooting Data Center SAN
    • Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Interfaces
    • Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Fabric Service
    • Troubleshooting NPV Mode
    • Troubleshooting FCoE
  • Troubleshooting Data Center Unified Computing
    • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS Architecture and Initialization
    • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS Configuration
    • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Servers
    • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series LAN and SAN Connectivity
    • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series Servers
    • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series LAN and SAN Connectivity
    • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series and Cisco UCS Manager Integration
  • Troubleshooting Data Center ACI
    • Exploring the Tools and Methodology of Troubleshooting Cisco ACI

Lab Outline
  • Lab 1: Document the Network Baseline
  • Lab 2: Troubleshoot LAN—RSTP
  • Lab 3: Troubleshoot LAN—LACP
  • Lab 4: Troubleshoot LAN—vPC
  • Lab 5: Troubleshoot LAN—FabricPath
  • Lab 6: Troubleshoot LAN—OTV
  • Lab 7: Troubleshoot LAN—VXLAN
  • Lab 8: Troubleshoot LAN—OSPF
  • Lab 9: Troubleshoot LAN—FHRP
  • Lab 10: Troubleshoot LAN—CFS
  • Lab 11: Troubleshoot LAN—VRF
  • Lab 12: Troubleshoot LAN—FEX
  • Lab 13: Troubleshoot SAN—Fibre Channel Interfaces
  • Lab 14: Troubleshoot SAN—Fibre Channel VSANs, Zones, and Domain Services
  • Lab 15: Troubleshoot SAN—NPV Mode
  • Lab 16: Troubleshoot SAN—FCoE
  • Lab 17: Troubleshoot SAN—DCB
  • Lab 18: Troubleshoot Compute—Cisco UCS Management and Service Profile Deployment
  • Lab 19: Troubleshoot Compute—Cisco UCS Integrated C-Series Server Boot from SAN
  • Lab 20: Troubleshoot Compute—LAN Connectivity, Part 1
  • Lab 21: Troubleshoot Compute—LAN Connectivity, Part 2
  • Lab 22: Troubleshoot Compute—Cisco UCS C-Series Server Boot from SAN
  • Lab 23: Troubleshoot Compute—Network Connectivity
  • Lab 24: Troubleshoot ACI—Bare-Metal Hosts
  • Lab 25: Troubleshoot ACI—VMM
  • Lab 26: Troubleshoot ACI—Contracts
  • Lab 27: Troubleshoot ACI—External Layer 3
  • Lab 28: Troubleshoot ACI—External Layer 2

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a learner should possess before attending this course are as follows:
It is recommended, but not required, to have the following skills and knowledge before attending this course:
  • Configure, secure, and maintain LANs and SANs based on Cisco Nexus and MDS switches
  • Configure, secure, and maintain Cisco UCS
  • Configure, secure, and maintain Cisco ACI

Associated certifications

  • CCNP Data Center