Cisco® Introducing Cisco® Data Center Networking v1.0 (DCICN)



In this course, you will be given the foundational knowledge and a broad overview of networking and the Cisco Nexus Operating System. This course provides skills that are needed to configure the Cisco Nexus Switches and verify their operation.

Audience Profile

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Network administrators
  • Network engineers
  • Cisco Integrators/Partners
  • Systems engineers

Prerequisite(s) Recommended

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Basic computer literacy
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems
  • Basic Internet usage skills

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • Describe how a network works
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot a switch with VLANs and interswitch communications
  • Implement an IP addressing scheme and IP services to meet network requirements
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot routing operations on Cisco Nexus switches

Course Outline

Course Outline

Module 1: Simple Network Design
• Understanding the Functions of Networking
• Understanding the Host-to-Host Communications Model
• Describing Ethernet Connections
• Describing Ethernet Communications Standards
• Describing OSI Network Layer Addressing
• Describing the TCP/IP Transport Layer
• Describing the Packet Delivery Process
Lab: Using Windows Applications as Network Tools
Lab: Observing the TCP Three-Way Handshake
Lab: Observing Extended PC Network Information

Module 2: Switched Network Implementation
• Describing Switching
• Describing the Packet Delivery Process
• Describing Cisco NX-OS Software
• Operating Cisco NX-OS Software
• Implementing VLANs and Trunks
• Building a Redundant Switched Topology
Lab: Connecting to Cisco Nexus Switches
Lab: Configuring Cisco Nexus Switches
Lab: Configuring VLANs and Trunks
Lab: Verifying and Configuring Spanning Tree
Lab: Configuring EtherChannel

Module 3: IP Addressing
• Describing an IP Addressing Scheme
• Transitioning to IPv6
Lab: Converting Decimal to Binary and Binary to Decimal
Lab: Classifying Network Addressing
Lab: Computing Usable Subnetworks and Hosts
Lab: Calculating Subnet Masks

Module 4: Routing on the Cisco Nexus Switch
• Exploring the Packet Delivery Process
• Exploring the Routing Process on Cisco Nexus Switches
• Exploring Routing Protocols on Cisco Nexus Switches
• Exploring ACLs on Cisco Nexus Switches
Lab: Configuring Multilayer Switching

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