Introduction to Cisco Data Center Networking & Technologies DCICN+DCICT Bootcamp (DCINT)

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About this Course

In this accelerated course you will be introduced to the three primary technologies that are used in the Cisco data center. You will become familiar with Cisco technologies that are deployed in the Data Center: unified computing, unified fabric, and network services. Through hands-on labs, you will focus on monitoring and reviewing configurations associated with these technologies.  The introductory level of knowledge that is taught in this course is targeted for individuals to perform associate level data center engineering operations. The course labs will focus on verifying configurations, with selected exercises involving making configuration changes and implementing new topologies.

Audience Profile

  • Network administrators
  • Network engineers
  • Cisco integrators/partners
  • System engineers
  • Network designers
  • Network managers
  • Consulting systems engineers
  • Technical solutions architects

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to...

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


It is recommended that you have working networking knowledge prior to attending class. Skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Basic computer literacy
  • Basic PC operating system navigation skills 
  • Basic Internet usage skills
  • Basic IP address knowledge

Course Outline

Module 1: Switched Network Implementation

  • Lesson 1: Describing Switching 
  • Lesson 2: Describing the Packet Delivery Process
  • Lesson 3: Describing the NX-OS Software
  • Lesson 4: Operating NX-OS Software
  • Lesson 5: Implementing VLANs and Trunks
  • Lesson 6: Building a Redundant Switched Topology

Module 2: IP Addressing 

  • Lesson 1: Describing an IP Addressing Scheme
  • Lesson 2: Transitioning to IPv6

Module 3: Routing on the Cisco Nexus Switch

  • Lesson 1: Exploring the Packet Discovery Process
  • Lesson 2: Exploring the Routing Process on Cisco Nexus Switches
  • Lesson 3: Exploring Routing Protocols on Cisco Nexus Switches 
  • Lesson 4: Exploring ACLs on Cisco Nexus Switches

Module 4: Cisco Data Center Network Services 

  • Lesson 1: Monitoring the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 Series Switches 
  • Lesson 2: Describing VPCs and Cisco FabricPath in the Data Center
  • Lesson 3: Using OTV on Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches

Module 5: Cisco Data Center Virtualization

  • Lesson 1: Virtualizing Network Devices
  • Lesson 2: Using the Cisco Nexus 1000v Series Switch
  • Lesson 3: Verifying Setup and Operation of the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch

Module 6: Cisco Data Center Storage Networking

  • Lesson 1: Describing Fiber Channel Storage Networking
  • Lesson 2: Verifying Fiber Channel Communications on Cisco MDS 9000

Module 7: 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 Extender

Module 8: Cisco UCS

  • Lesson 1: Connecting Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers
  • Lesson 2: Setting up an Initial UCS Cluster
  • Lesson 3: Describing Cisco UCS Manager Operations
  • Lesson 4: Describing Cisco UCS Manager Pools, Policies, Templates and SPs


  • Lab 1: Connecting to Cisco Nexus Switches
  • Lab 2: Configuring Cisco Nexus Switches
  • Lab 3: Configuring VLANs and Trunks
  • Lab 4: Verifying and Configuring Spanning Tree
  • Lab 5: Converting Decimal to Binary and Binary to Decimal
  • Lab 6: Classifying Network Addressing
  • Lab 7: Computing Usable Subnetworks and Hosts
  • Lab 8: Calculating Subnet Masks
  • Lab 9: Configuring Multilayer Switching Part 1
  • Lab 10: Configuring Multilayer Switching Part 2
  • Lab 11: Connecting to a Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch Using SSH
  • Lab 12: Connecting to a Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch Using SSH
  • Lab 13: Running CLI Commands
  • Lab 14: Configuring vPC
  • Lab 15: Validating Cisco FabricPath
  • Lab 16: Validating OTV Configuration
  • Lab 17: Verifying Current VDC Settings
  • Lab 18: Validating a Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender Configuration
  • Lab 19: Validating the Cisco MDS 9100 Series Switch License 
  • Lab 20: Configuring VSANs and Zoning
  • Lab 21: Validating FLOGI and FCNS
  • Lab 22: Viewing the tech-support Command Output
  • Lab 23: Validating the Physical Connections for FCoE
  • Lab 24: Exploring the Cisco UCS Manager GUI
  • Lab 25: Creating a Service Profile from a Template and Performing VMware ESXi 5.0 SAN Boot