Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)

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About this Course

DCICN will introduce the students to the three primary technologies that are used in the Cisco Data Center. The introductory level of knowledge that is taught in the course is targeted for individuals that will perform only the more basic configuration tasks. The course labs will focus on viewing configurations, but not on making configuration changes or creating new topologies.

Audience Profile

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

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

The secondary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Network designers
  • Network managers
  • Consulting systems engineers
  • Technical solutions architects

At Course Completion

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


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

Course Outline

Module 1: Building a Simple Network

  • Functions of Networking.
  • Host-to-Host Communications Model.
  • Ethernet Connections.
  • Ethernet Communications Standards.
  • OSI Network Layer Addressing.
  • TCP/IP Transport Layer.
  • Packet Delivery Process

Module 2: Switched Network Implementation

  • Switching.
  • Packet Delivery Process.
  • Cisco NX-OS Software.
  • Operating Cisco NX-OS Software.
  • Implementing VLANs and Trunks.
  • Building a Redundant Switched Topology

Module 3: IP Addressing

  • IP Addressing Scheme.
  • Transitioning to IPv6.
  • Routing on the Cisco Nexus Switch
  • Packet Delivery Process.

Module 4: Routing Process on Cisco Nexus Switches.

  • Routing Protocols on Cisco Nexus Switches
  • Access Control Lists on Cisco Nexus Switches

Lab Outline

  • Lab 1-1: Use Windows Applications as Network Tools
  • Lab 1-2: Observe the TCP Three-Way Handshake
  • Lab 1-3: Observe Extended PC Network Information
  • Lab 2-1: Connect to Cisco Nexus Switches
  • Lab 2-2: Configure the Cisco Nexus Switches
  • Lab 2-3: Configure VLANs and Trunks
  • Lab 2-4: Verify and Configure Spanning Tree
  • Lab 2-5: Configure EtherChannel
  • Lab 3-1: Convert Decimal to Binary and Binary to Decimal
  • Lab 3-2: Classify Network Addressing
  • Lab 3-3: Compute Usable Subnetworks and Hosts
  • Lab 3-4: Calculate Subnet Masks
  • Lab 4-1: Configure Multilayer Switching