Cisco® Introducing Cisco® Data Center Technologies v1.0 (DCICT)



In this course, you will be given the foundational knowledge and a broad overview of Cisco Data Center products and their operation. The course covers the architecture, components, connectivity, and features of a Cisco Data Center network. You will gain practical experience configuring the initial setup of Cisco Nexus 7009, Cisco Nexus 5548UP, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) 6120XP, and Cisco MDS 9124 Multilayer Fabric Switch. You will also learn to verify the proper operation of a variety of features such as Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV), Cisco FabricPath, Port Channels, virtual Port Channels (vPCs), and Cisco Nexus 1000V Distributed Virtual Switch for VMware ESXi.

Audience Profile

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Cisco Integrators and Partners
  • Consulting Systems Engineer
  • Network Designer
  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Technical Solutions Architect

Prerequisite(s) Recommended

Prerequisite or Equivalent Knowledge: Cisco® Introducing Cisco® Data Center Networking v1.0 (DCICN)

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe and verify Cisco data center fundamentals
  • Describe Cisco data center virtualization
  • Describe Cisco data center storage networking
  • Describe Cisco data center unified fabric
  • Describe and verify Cisco UCS

Course Outline

Course Outline

Module 1: Cisco Data Center Network Services
• Examining Functional Layers of the Data Center
• Reviewing the Cisco Nexus Product Family
• Reviewing the Cisco MDS Product Family
• Monitoring the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 Series Switches
• Describing vPCs and Cisco FabricPath in the Data Center
• Using OTV on Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches
Lab: Connecting to a Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch Using SSH
Lab: Connecting to a Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch Using SSH
Lab: Running CLI Commands
Lab: Configuring vPCs
Lab: Validating Cisco FabricPath Configuration
Lab: Validating OTV Configuration

Module 2: Cisco Data Center Virtualization
• Virtualizing Network Devices
• Virtualizing Storage
• Virtualizing Server Solutions
• Using the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch
Lab: Verifying Current VDC Settings
Lab: Validating a Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender Configuration
Lab: Validating a Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch Configuration

Module 3: Cisco Data Center Storage Networking
• Comparing Storage-Connectivity Options in the Data Center
• Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking
• Verifying Fibre Channel Communications on Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switches
Lab: Validating a Cisco MDS 9100 Series Multilayer Fabric Switch License
Lab: Configuring VSANs and Zoning
Lab: Validating FLOGI and FCNS
Lab: Viewing the tech-support Command Output

Module 4: Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric
• Describing DCB
• Identifying Connectivity Options for FCoE on the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch
• Describing Enhanced FCoE Scalability with Cisco Nexus 2232 10GE Fabric Extenders
Lab: Validating the Physical Connections for FCoE

Module 5: Cisco UCS
• Describing the Cisco UCS B-Series Product Family
• Describing the Cisco UCS C-Series Product Family
• Connecting Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers
• Setting up an Initial Cisco UCS B-Series Cluster
• Describing Cisco UCS Manager Operations
• Describing Cisco UCS Manager Pools, Policies, Templates, and Service Profiles
Lab: Exploring the Cisco UCS Manager GUI
Lab: Creating a Service Profile from a Template and Performing VMware ESXi 5.0 SAN Boot

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