Course Overview

Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) is EOL.

The replacement course is DCFNDU v1.0.

The Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies course is a five-day instructor-led training (ILT) program that introduces students 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 introductory level of knowledge that is provided in these courses is targeted for individuals who can perform basic configuration tasks. 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.

5 days
CCNA Data Center
200-155 DCICT
Learning Credits: 
  • Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

    • 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
  • Module 1: Cisco Data Center Network Virtualization

    • Lesson 1: Describing Functional Planes of Cisco Nexus Switches
    • Lesson 2: Describing Cisco Nexus Operating System VRF Contexts
    • Lesson 3: Describing Virtual Device Contexts
    • Lesson 4: Describing the Function of Overlays
    • Lesson 5: Describing Virtualization
    • Lesson 6: Describing Virtual Switches

    Module 2: Cisco Data Center Network Technologies Configuration

    • Lesson 1: Describing Cisco Fabric Extender Connectivity
    • Lesson 2: Describing Port Channels and Virtual Port Channels
    • Lesson 3: Describing Cisco FabricPath
    • Lesson 4: Describing Unified Port Feature of Cisco Nexus Switches
    • Lesson 5: Describing Cisco Unified Fabric

    Module 3: Cisco Unified Computing System

    • Lesson 1: Describing Data Center Server Connectivity
    • Lesson 2: Describing Cisco IMC Supervisor
    • Lesson 3: Describing Cisco UCS Manager Operations
    • Lesson 4: Describing Role-Based Access Control
    • Lesson 5: Describing Hardware Abstraction in Cisco UCS

    Module 4: Data Center Automation and Orchestration

    • Lesson 1: Exploring the Utility of Application Programming Interfaces
    • Lesson 2: Introducing Cloud Computing Basic Concepts
    • Lesson 3: Describing Cloud Attributes and Service Models
    • Lesson 4: Describing Cisco UCS Director
    • Lesson 5: Describing VDCs, Tenants, and Policies
    • Lesson 6: Describing Orchestration
    • Lesson 7: Managing Catalogs and Templates
    • Lesson 8: Reporting in Cisco UCS Director (CloudSense)

    Module 5: Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure

    • Lesson 1: Describing Cisco ACI
    • Lesson 2: Describing Cisco ACI Fabric
    • Lesson 3: Programming and Orchestrating Cisco ACI
    • Guided Lab 1: Connect to Cisco Nexus Series Switches by Using SSH
    • Guided Lab 2: Configure VRFs
    • Guided Lab 3: Explore the Elements of Virtual Device Contexts
    • Guided Lab 4: Install VMware ESXi on UCS C-Series Rack Server
    • Guided Lab 5: Install the VMware vCenter Server Appliance
    • Guided Lab 6: Install Cisco Virtual Switch Update Manager
    • Guided Lab 7: Install Cisco Nexus 1000V with Cisco VSUM
    • Guided Lab 8: Configure a Port Group in the DVS
    • Guided Lab 9: Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender
    • Guided Lab 10: Configure Virtual Port Channels
    • Challenge Lab 11: Configure Virtual Port Channels with FEX
    • Guided Lab 12: Configure Cisco FabricPath
    • Guided Lab 13: Configure Unified Ports on Cisco Nexus Switch
    • Guided Lab 14: Implement FCoE
    • Guided Lab 15: Install and Configure the Cisco IMC Supervisor
    • Guided Lab 16: Navigate the Cisco UCS Manager GUI Interfaces
    • Guided Lab 17: Configure Local RBAC
    • Guided Lab 18: Configure Pools
    • Guided Lab 19: Configure a Service Profile Template
    • Guided Lab 20: Configure Cisco NX-OS with APIs
    • Guided Lab 21: Explore the Management Information Tree of the Cisco UCS Manager XML API
    • Guided Lab 22: Configure Cisco UCS Manager with the Postman REST Plugin for Google Chrome
    • Guided Lab 23: Install and Configure User Accounts in Cisco UCS Director
    • Guided Lab 24: Add Virtual and Physical Accounts to Cisco UCS Director
    • Guided Lab 25: Customize Cisco UCS Director
    • Guided Lab 26: Explore Cisco UCS Director Monitoring Capabilities
    • Guided Lab 27: Create Policies and VDCs
    • Guided Lab 28: Create a Catalog and Provision a VM Using the Self-Service Portal
    • Guided Lab 29: Explore Cisco UCS Director Built-In Reports
    • Guided Lab 30: View Chargeback and Reports
  • 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

    Cisco learning offerings that contribute to recommended skills and knowledge:

    • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.0
    • Channel Partners
    • Customers
    • Employees
    • Entry-level to experienced Network Administrator
    • Network Engineer
    • Network Designer
    • System Administrator
    • Systems Engineer
    • Technical Solutions Architect