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Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.1

Getting broad exposure to Cisco Data Center technologies in order to provide entry-level data center personnel with the skills that they require to be successful.

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Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.0 course is a five-day instructor-led training (ILT) program that introduces students to the primary technologies that are used in the Cisco Data Center. The introductory level of knowledge that is taught in this course is targeted for individuals that will perform only the more basic configuration tasks. The course lab exercises focus on viewing configurations, with some configuration changes made by the student.


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What You'll Learn

  • Describe Ethernet communication functions and standards
  • Describe the OSI and TCP/IP models
  • Describe the routing process on Nexus switches
  • Compare storage connectivity options in the data center
  • Describe the Fibre Channel name server and fabric login (FLOGI) process


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The Course Introduction provides learners with the course objectives and prerequisite learner skills and knowledge. The Course Introduction presents the course flow diagram. This course component also describes the curriculum for this course, providing learners with the information that they need to make decisions regarding their specific learning path.

  • Overview
  • Course Goal and Objectives
  • Course Flow
  • Your Training Curriculum
  • Additional References

Module 1: Network Protocols and Host-to-Host Communication

  • Objective: Describe Ethernet communication functions and standards
  • Lesson 1: Describing Ethernet Functions and Standards
  • Objective: List the characteristics and benefits of a LAN including its components and their related functions
  • Lesson 2: Describing Ethernet Hardware and Switching
  • Objective: List the functions of basic Ethernet hardware, such as network interface cards (NICs), which are used in an Ethernet LAN and define the types of Ethernet LAN connectors.
  • Lesson 3: Describing OSI and TCP/IP Models
  • Objective: Describe the OSI and TCP/IP models
  • Lesson 4: Describing IPv4 and IPv6 Network Layer Addressing
  • Objective: Describe IPv4 and IPv6 network layer addressing
  • Lesson 5: Describing Packet Delivery on a Hierarchical Network
  • Objective: Describe the packet delivery process
  • Lesson 6: Describing the TCP/IP Transport Layer
  • Objective: Compare and contrast TCP/IP with the OSI model

Module 2: Basic Data Center Networking Concepts

  • Objective: Describe basic data center networking concepts such as 2- and 3-tier hierarchy and spine/leaf architecture.
  • Lesson 1: Describing Data Center Network Architectures
  • Objective: Examine the Cisco Data Center network architectures, the 2- and the 3-tier network design, and the spine/leaf network design.
  • Lesson 2: Describing the Cisco Nexus Family and NX-OS
  • Objective: Describe Data Center Network Architectures
  • Lesson 3: Implementing VLANs and Trunks
  • Objective: Describe VLANs

Module 3: Advanced Data Center Networking Concepts

  • Objective: Describe the routing process on Nexus switches
  • Lesson 1: Describing the Routing Process on Nexus Switches
  • Objective: Configure multilayer switching
  • Lesson 2: Describing Routing Protocols on Nexus Switches
  • Objective: Describe routing protocols on Nexus switches
  • Lesson 3: Describing Layer 3 First Hop Redundancy
  • Objective: Describe Layer 3 redundancy
  • Lesson 4: Describing AAA on Nexus Switches
  • Objective: Describe and configure user security features
  • Lesson 5: Describing ACLs on Nexus Switches
  • Objective: Describe ACL object groups

Module 4: Basic Data Center Storage

  • Objective: Compare storage connectivity options in the Data Center
  • Lesson 1: Describing Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center
  • Objective: Describe storage connectivity options in the Data Center. Compare iSCSI, Fibre Channel, and NAS connectivity for remote server storage.
  • Lesson 2: Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking
  • Objective: Describe fibre channel storage networking
  • Lesson 3: Describing VSANs
  • Objective: Describe VSANs

Module 5: Advanced Data Center Storage

  • Objective: Describe the Fibre Channel name server and fabric login (FLOGI) process
  • Lesson 1: Describing Communication Between Initiator and Target
  • Objective: Describe communication between initiator and target
  • Lesson 2: Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses
  • Objective: Describe Fibre Channel zone types and their uses
  • Lesson 3: Describing Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV
  • Objective: Describe NPV and NPIV
  • Lesson 4: Describing Data Center Ethernet Enhancements
  • Objective: Describe Data Center Ethernet enhancements that provide a lossless fabric
  • Lesson 5: Describing Fibre Channel over Ethernet
  • Objective: Describe Fibre Channel over Ethernet

Module 6: Cisco UCS Architecture

  • Objective: Describes Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) hardware components, including fabric interconnects, blade chassis, modules, IOMs, mezzanine cards, and other components.
  • Lesson 1: Describing Cisco UCS Server Hardware Components
  • Objective: Describe the components of a Cisco UCS server.
  • Lesson 2: Cisco UCS Physical Connectivity for a Fabric Interconnect Cluster
  • Objective: Describe the Cisco UCS physical connectivity for a Fabric Interconnect cluster.
  • Lesson 3: Describing the Cisco UCS Manager Interfaces
  • Objective: Describe the Cisco UCS Manger interfaces


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Guided Lab 1: Use the DCICN Lab System

Guided Lab 2: Explore LAN Communication

Guided Lab 3: Explore Protocol Analysis

Guided Lab 4: Explore TCP and UDP Communication

Guided Lab 5: Explore the Cisco NX-OS Command Line Interface

Guided Lab 6: Explore Topology Discovery and Documentation

Guided Lab 7: Implement VLANs and Trunks

Guided Lab 8: Map a Spanning Tree and Configure Port Channels

Guided Lab 9: Implement Multilayer Switching

Guided Lab 10: Configure OSPF

Guided Lab 11: Configure EIGRP

Guided Lab 12: Configure HSRP

Guided Lab 13: Configure AAA and Secure Remote Administration

Guided Lab 14: Configure ACLs

Guided Lab 15: Configure VSANs

Guided Lab 16: Validate FLOGI and FCNS

Guided Lab 17: Configure Zoning

Guided Lab 18: Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI

Written Lab 19: Calculate Decimal, Binary, and Subnet (Optional)


  • 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

Who Should Attend

  • Network administrators, engineers, designers, and managers
  • Cisco integrators/partners
  • Systems engineers
  • Consulting systems engineers
  • Technical solutions architects

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This course can be purchased using Cisco Learning Credits (CLCs).

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  • IT Skills Video On-Demand Library (over 40,000 titles)
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity digital learning course
  • Course Recordings
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  • Digital Courseware
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