DCICN: Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking

5 Day Course
Hands On
Official Curriculum

This course has been superseded by the Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies course.


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Network Protocols and Host-to-Host Communication (6 topics)

  • Describing Ethernet Functions and Standards
  • Describing Ethernet Hardware and Switching
  • Describing OSI and TCP/IP Models
  • Describing IPv4 and IPv6 Network Layer Addressing
  • Describing Packet Delivery on a Hierarchical Network
  • Describing the TCP/IP Transport Layer

Basic Data Center Networking Concepts (4 topics)

  • Describing Data Center Network Architectures
  • Describing the Cisco Nexus Family and NX-OS
  • Implementing VLANs and Trunks
  • Describing Redundant Switched Topologies

Advanced Data Center Networking Concepts (5 topics)

  • Describing the Routing Process on Nexus Switches
  • Describing Routing Protocols on Nexus Switches
  • Describing Layer 3 First Hop Redundancy
  • Describing AAA on Nexus Switches
  • Describing ACLs on Nexus Switches

Basic Data Center Storage (3 topics)

  • Describing Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center
  • Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking
  • Describing VSANs

Advanced Data Center Storage (5 topics)

  • Describing Communication Between Initiator and Target
  • Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses
  • Describing Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV
  • Describing Data Center Ethernet Enhancements
  • Describing Fibre Channel over Ethernet

Cisco UCS Architecture (3 topics)

  • Describing Cisco UCS Server Hardware Components
  • Cisco UCS Physical Connectivity for a Fabric Interconnect Cluster
  • Describing the Cisco UCS Manager Interfaces

Labs (19 topics)

  • Lab 1: Use the DCICN Lab System
  • Lab 2: Explore LAN Communication
  • Lab 3: Explore Protocol Analysis
  • Lab 4: Explore TCP and UDP Communication
  • Lab 5: Explore the Cisco NX-OS Command Line Interface
  • Lab 6: Explore Topology Discovery and Documentation
  • Lab 7: Implement VLANs and Trunks
  • Lab 8: Map a Spanning Tree and Configure Port Channels
  • Lab 9: Implement Multilayer Switching
  • Lab 10: Configure OSPF
  • Lab 11: Configure EIGRP
  • Lab 12: Configure HSRP
  • Lab 13: Configure AAA and Secure Remote Administration
  • Lab 14: Configure ACLs
  • Lab 15: Configure VSANs
  • Lab 16: Validate FLOGI and FCNS
  • Lab 17: Configure Zoning
  • Lab 18: Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI
  • Written Lab 19: Calculate Decimal, Binary, and Subnet (Optional)


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Good understanding of networking protocols  - ICND1 Recommended
  • Good understanding of the VMware environment
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems

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