Cisco DCICN – Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking v6.0

In this course you will be introduced to the three primary technologies that are used in the Cisco Data Center. The information covered in this course is at an introductary level and will teach you to perform basic configuration tasks. The labs for this course will focus more on viewing configurations as opposed to making them or changing topologies.

Who needs to attend

Who needs to attend?
This course is aimed at network administrators, engineers, designers and managers, cisco integrators, systems engineers, consulting system engineers and technical solutions architects.

what you will learn

What you will learn

Upon completion you will know how to:

  • Describe and identify data center network protocols and host-to-host communication
  • Describe basic data center networking concepts and use the Cisco NX-OS command line interface and implement VLANs, trunks, and port channels
  • Describe advanced data center networking concepts, implement multilayer switching, and perform basic configuration: protocols (OSPF, EIGRP, HSRP); AAA on Cisco NX-OS devices and secure remote administration; and access control lists
  • Describe and compare basic data center storage connectivity options and configure VSANs
  • Describe advanced data center storage and configure zoning, NPV mode, and NPIV on Cisco Nexus and Cisco MDS Switches
  • Identify the components of Cisco UCS architecture and use the Cisco UCS Manager GUI

Students need to have:

  • Good understanding of networking protocols
  • Good understanding of the VMware environment
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems
  • Basic Internet usage skills
Course outline

Course Outline

Network Protocols and Host-to-Host Communication

  • 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

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

Advanced Data Center Networking Concepts

  • 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

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

Advanced Data Center Storage

  • 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

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


  • 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)

Certification Programs

CCNA Data Center