Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT)

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About this Course

DCICN and DCICT will introduce the students to the Cisco technologies that are deployed in the Data Center: unified computing, unified fabric, and network services. The introductory level of knowledge that is taught in these courses is targeted for individuals who can perform only the more basic configuration tasks. The course labs will focus on verifying configurations, with selected exercises involving making configuration changes or designing new topologies.

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

The secondary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Network Administrator
  • Network Manager
  • Server Administrator
  • Storage Administrator

The tertiary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Program Manager
  • Project Manager

At Course Completion

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


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

  • Introducing Cisco Data Centers Networking (DCICN) v1.0 or equivalent knowledge

Course Outline

Module 1: Cisco Data Center Network Services

  • Lesson 1: Examining Functional Layers of the Data Center
  • Lesson 2: Reviewing the Cisco Nexus Product Family
  • Lesson 3: Reviewing the Cisco MDS Product Family
  • Lesson 4: Monitoring the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 Series Switches
  • Lesson 5: Describing vPCs and Cisco FabricPath in the Data Center
  • Lesson 6: Using OTV on Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches

Module 2: Cisco Data Center Virtualization

  • Lesson 1: Virtualizing Network Devices
  • Lesson 2: Virtualizing Storage
  • Lesson 3: Virtualizing Server Solutions
  • Lesson 4: Using the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch
  • Lesson 5: Verifying Setup and Operation of the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch

Module 3: Cisco Data Center Storage Networking

  • Lesson 1: Comparing Storage-Connectivity Options in the Data Center
  • Lesson 2: Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking
  • Lesson 3: Verifying Fibre Channel Communications on Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switches

Module 4: Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric

  • Lesson 1: Describing DCB
  • Lesson 2: Identifying Connectivity Options for FCoE on the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch
  • Lesson 3: Describing Enhanced FCoE Scalability with Cisco Nexus 2232 10GE Fabric Extenders

Module 5: Cisco UCS

  • Lesson 1: Describing the Cisco UCS B-Series Product Family
  • Lesson 2: Describing the Cisco UCS C-Series Product Family
  • Lesson 3: Connecting Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers
  • Lesson 4: Setting up an Initial Cisco UCS B-Series Cluster
  • Lesson 5: Describing Cisco UCS Manager Operation
  • Lesson 6: Describing Cisco UCS Manager Pools, Policies, Templates, and Service Profiles


  • Lab 1-1: Connecting to a Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch Using SSH
  • Lab 1-2: Connecting to a Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch Using SSH
  • Lab 1-3: Running CLI Commands
  • Lab 1-4: Configuring vPCs
  • Lab 1-5: Validating Cisco FabricPath Configuration
  • Lab 1-6: Validating OTV Configuration
  • Lab 2-1: Verifying Current VDC Settings
  • Lab 2-2: Validating a Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender Configuration
  • Lab 2-3: Validating a Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch Configuration
  • Lab 3-1: Validating a Cisco MDS 9100 Series Multilayer Fabric Switch License
  • Lab 3-2: Configuring VSANs and Zoning
  • Lab 3-3: Validating FLOGI and FCNS
  • Lab 3-3: Viewing the tech-support Command Output
  • Lab 4-1: Validating the Physical Connections for FCoE
  • Lab 5-1: Exploring the Cisco UCS Manager GUI
  • Lab 5-2: Creating a Service Profile from a Template and Performing VMware ESXi 5.0 SAN Boot