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Introducing Cisco Data Centre Technologies v6.1

Course Description


The Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies v6.0 course is a five-day instructor-led training (ILT) program that introduces you to Cisco technologies and products that are deployed in the data center: network virtualization, network technologies, unified computing, automation and orchestration, and the Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI). The hands-on lab exercises focus on configuring features on Cisco Nexus Operating System (Cisco NX-OS), Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) and Cisco UCS Director.  


  • Network engineer
  • Network designer
  • System administrator
  • Systems engineer
  • Technical solutions architect


The learner is expected to have the following skills and knowledge before attending this course:
  • Good understanding of networking protocols
  • Good understanding of the VMware environment
  • Introducing Cisco Data centre Networking (DCICN)

Key topics

Module 1: Cisco Data Center Network Virtualization
  • Control and management plane
  • Cisco NX-OS control plane policing
  • Data plane functionality
  • NX-OS virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) contexts
    • Layer 3 routing table
    • Management and default VRFs
    • VRF-Aware services
  • Virtual device contexts (VDC)
    • Architecture on 7000 series switch
    • CPU sharing
    • Scalability and communications
    • Default, Admin and storage VDCs
    • Management
    • Licensing
  • Overlay networks
  • Virtual extensible LAN
  • Generic routing encapsulation
  • Virtual machine components
  • Hypervisor
  • Virtual switch features
  • Virtual machine benefits
  • ESXi
  • vNetwork standard switch and operation
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V
Module 2: Cisco Data Center Network Technologies Configuration
  • Deployment models
    • ToR
    • EoR
    • FEX
  • FEX technology
  • Nexus 2000 series fabric extender
  • FEX VNTag
  • Deploying 2000 fabric extenders
  • Adapter FEX technology
  • Port channels
  • Virtual port channels (vPCs)
  • Supported Nexus 5000 and 7000 vPC topologies
  • Cisco Fabric path
    • Evolution
    • Benefits
    • Control plane
    • VLANs
    • Conversational MAC address learning
  • Nexus unified port feature
  • Cisco Unified fabric
  • Flow control
  • Data center bridging (DCB)
  • FCoE
  • FCoE initialization protocol (FIP)
  • Fabric-provided MAC address
Module 3: Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)
  • UCS C-series
  • IMC overview
  • UCS B-Series
  • UCS 5100
  • UCS M-Series
  • IMC supervisor
  • UCS manager
  • UCS manager GUI
  • Role-based access control
  • UCS hardware abstraction
    • Benefits
    • Identity and resource pools
    • Universally unique identifier pools
    • MAC pools
    • WWNN pool
    • WWPN pool
    • Server pools
  • Service profile
Module 4: Data Center Automation and Orchestration
  • Utility of application programming interfaces (API)
  • XML
  • JSON
  • REST
  • NX-API
  • XMPP
  • Best API
  • DevOps model
  • Cloud computing
    • IT principles
    • Business needs
    • Characteristics
  • Cloud deployment models
    • Private
    • Public
    • Hybrid
    • Community
  • Cloud service models
    • IaaS
    • PaaS
    • SaaS
    • Xaas
  • UCS Director features and capabilities
  • UCS Director deployment models
  • VDCs, tenants and policies
  • UCS Director Orchestrator
  • UCS Director Catalog
  • UCS Director CloudSense
Module 5: Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI)
  • Overview
  • Host routing
  • ACI logical model constructs
  • Endpoint Group (EPG) mapping
  • Policy enforcement
  • ACI Fabric L4-L7 service chaining
  • Nexus 9000 product family for ACI
  • IS-IS Fabric infrastructure routing
  • VNID
  • ARP flooding
  • FTags
  • ACI programmability
  • Fabric object tree (dMIT) queries
  • Python programmability tools
  • OpenStack orchestration
The Labs are:
  • Connect to Cisco Nexus Series Switches Using SSH
  • Configure VRFs
  • Explore the Elements of Virtual Device Contexts
  • Install VMware ESXi on UCS C-Series Rack Server
  • Install VMware vCenter Server Appliance
  • Install Cisco Virtual Switch Update Manager
  • Install Cisco Nexus 1000V with VSUM
  • Configure a Port Group in the DVS
  • Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender
  • Configure Virtual Port Channels
  • Configure Virtual Port Channels with FEX
  • Configure Cisco FabricPath
  • Configure Unified Ports on Cisco Nexus Switch
  • Implement FCoE
  • Install and Configure the Cisco IMC Supervisor
  • Navigate the Cisco UCS Manager GUI Interfaces
  • Configure Local RBAC
  • Configure Pools
  • Configure a Service Profile Template
  • Configure Cisco NX-OS with APIs
  • Explore the Management Information Tree of the Cisco UCS Manager XML API
  • Configure Cisco UCS Manager with the Postman REST Plugin for Google Chrome
  • Install and Configure User Accounts in Cisco UCS Director
  • Add Virtual and Physical Accounts to Cisco UCS Director
  • Customize Cisco UCS Director
  • Explore Cisco UCS Director Monitoring Capabilities
  • Create Policies and VDCs
  • Create a Catalog and Provision a VM Using the Self-Service Portal
  • Explore Cisco UCS Director Built-In Reports
  • View Chargeback and Reports


After completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe and configure Cisco Unified Computing System
  • Describe and configure Cisco data center virtualization
  • Describe and configure Cisco data center networking
  • Describe and configure Cisco automation and orchestration
  • Describe and verify Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure

Course Duration

5 Days
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