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Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure

Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII) v6.0 is a five-day instructor-led course that is designed to help students prepare for the Cisco CCNP® Data Center certification and for professional-level data center roles. The focus of this skills-building course is implementation of LAN, SAN, and Data Center Unified Fabric using Cisco MDS switches, Cisco Nexus switches, and Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders (FEXs). The course provides rich, hands-on experience of implementing Cisco data center infrastructure.

This course is part of the following Certifications: Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center  (CCNP Data Center)

Learning Objectives

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The goal of the course is to develop competency in learners to implement data center components such as Cisco Nexus and MDS switches as well as the Cisco Nexus Fabric Extenders. Focus of this course is on understanding and implementing LAN and SAN switching technologies, device management and monitoring.
Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Configure RSTP, MST, and port channels and implement Cisco FabricPath, OTV, VXLAN, and LISP
  • Configure first-hop redundancy, routing, and multicast in the data center
  • Configure user management and implement system security features on Nexus switches
  • Perform basic Fibre Channel configuration, manage Fibre Channel domains, and implement Fibre Channel port security and binding
  • Configure FCoE
  • Configure distributed device aliases, zoning, NPV, and FCIP
  • Configure system management and infrastructure monitoring


Students considered for this training should have attended the following classes or obtained equivalent level of knowledge:

Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (CDCICN)
Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (CDCICT)
Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices: Accelerated v3.0 (CCNAX or CCNAB)
Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 1 Version 3.0 (CICND1) and Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 2 Version 3.0 (CICND2).
The knowledge and skills that a learner should have before attending this course:
  • Describe data center networking concepts
  • Describe data center storage concepts
  • Describe data center virtualization
  • Describe Cisco Unified Computing System
  • Describe data center automation and orchestration with the focus on Cisco ACI and UCS Director
  • Identify products in the Cisco Data Center Nexus and MDS families
  • Describe network fundamentals and build simple LANs, including switching and routing

Course Content

Module 1: Data Center Protocols

  • Lesson 1: Configuring Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Port Channels
  • Lesson 3: Configuring Fabric Extenders
  • Lesson 4: Implementing Cisco FabricPath
  • Lesson 5: Understanding Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization
  • Lesson 6: Implementing VXLAN
  • Lesson 7: Implementing LISP
Module 2: Layer 3 Switching Features in the Data Center
  • Lesson 1: Configuring First-Hop Redundancy
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Routing
  • Lesson 3: Configuring IP Multicast
Module 3: Data Center Infrastructure Security
  • Lesson 1: Configuring User Management
  • Lesson 2: Configuring System Security Features
Module 4: Data Center Infrastructure Storage Fabric
  • Lesson 1: Basic Fibre Channel Configuration
  • Lesson 2: Managing Domains
  • Lesson 3: Implementing Port Security and Fabric Binding
Module 5: FCoE Unified Fabric
  • Lesson 1: Describing FCoE
  • Lesson 2: Implementing FCoE
Module 6: Data Center Infrastructure Storage Services
  • Lesson 1: Configuring Distributed Device Aliases
  • Lesson 2: Implementing Zoning
  • Lesson 3: Configuring NPIV and NPV
  • Lesson 4: Configuring Fibre Channel Over IP
Module 7: Data Center Infrastructure Maintenance, Management, and Operations
  • Lesson 1: Configuring System Management
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Infrastructure Monitoring
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