DCICN v1.0 - Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking

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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.

To participate in the hands-on labs in this class, you need to bring a laptop computer with the following:

  • We recommend using at least a Pentium 4 or better and 1 GB of RAM or more.
  • We recommend running Windows XP Professional SP3 or greater (Vista & Windows 7/8).
    Mac & Linux machines are also supported.
  • Browser Requirements: Internet Explorer 10 or greater or Mozilla Firefox. (Safari and Mozilla Firefox for Mac OSX)
  • All students are required to have administrator rights to their PCs and cannot be logged in to a domain using any Group Policies that will limit their machine's capabilities.
  • If you do not have administrator rights to your PC, you at least need permissions to download, install, and run Cisco Any Connect Client.
  • If you are participating in a WebEx event, it is highly recommended to take this class at a location that has bandwidth speeds at a minimum of 1 Mbps bandwidth speeds.

Note:Students registering for this course will be receiving their course kit in a digital format. To be able to view your digital kit you will need to bring a laptop PC and/or a compatible iPad or Android tablet. The recommended system requirements and instructions to access the course kit content can be found at the following link:Digital Course Kit Requirements and Instructions

Please be aware that this digital version is designed for online use, not for printing. You can print up to 10 pages only in each guide within a course. Please note that every time you click the Print button in the book, this counts as one page printed, whether or not you click OK in the Print dialog.

If you have any questions or issues with meeting the requirements listed above, please contact us at info@idtlearning.com and provide the class name to which you are attending and we will be more than happy to help.


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

Who Should Attend

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


Course Introduction

  • Course Overview
    • Learner Prerequisite Skills and Knowledge
    • Course Goal and Objectives
    • Course Flow
  • Components of the CCNA-DC Curriculum
  • Cisco Online Resources
  • Student Introductions

Module 1: Simple Network Design
Lesson 1: Understanding the Functions of Networking

  • What Is a network?
  • Common Physical Components of a Network
  • Interpreting a Network Diagram
  • Resource-Sharing Functions and Benefits
  • Network User Applications
  • Impact of User Applications on the Network
  • Characteristics of a Network
  • Physical Topologies
  • Connection to the Internet

Lesson 2: Understanding the Host-to-Host Communications Model

  • Understanding Host-to-Host Communications
  • OSI Reference Model
  • OSI Model Layers and Their Functions
  • Encapsulation and De-Encapsulation
  • Peer-to-Peer Communication
  • TCP/IP Suite

Lesson 3: Describing Ethernet Connections

  • Ethernet LAN Hardware
  • Ethernet Transceivers and Cables
  • UTP Implementation

Lesson 4: Describing Ethernet Communications Standards

  • Definition of a LAN
  • Components of a LAN
  • Functions of a LAN
  • Ethernet
  • Ethernet LAN Standards
  • Role of CSMA/CD in Ethernet
  • Ethernet Frames
  • Ethernet Frame Addressing
  • Ethernet Addresses
  • MAC Addresses and Binary-Hexadecimal Numbers

Lesson 5: Describing OSI Network Layer Addressing

  • IP Overview
  • IP Addressing
  • Public and Private IP Addresses
  • DHCP Method
  • Domain Name System
  • Using Common Host Tools to Determine the IP Address of a Host

Lesson 6: Describing the TCP/IP Transport Layer

  • Transport Layer Functions
  • Reliable vs. BestEffort
  • UDP Characteristics
  • TCP Characteristics
  • TCP/IP Applications
  • Mapping Layer 3 to Layer 4
  • Mapping Layer 4 to Applications
  • Establishing a Connection with a Peer System
  • Flow Control
  • TCP Acknowledgment
  • Windowing
  • TCP Sequence Number and Acknowledgment Numbers

Lesson 7: Describing the Packet Delivery Process

  • Layer 1 Devices and Their Function
  • Layer 2 Devices and Their Function
  • Layer 2 Addressing
  • Layer 3 Devices and Their Function
  • Layer 3 Addressing
  • Mapping Layer 2 Addressing to Layer 3 Addressing
  • ARP Table
  • Host-to-Host Packet Delivery
  • Function of the Default Gateway
  • Using Common Host Tools to Determine the Path Between Two Hosts Across a Network

Module 2: Switched Network Implementation
Lesson 1: Describing Switching

  • Understanding the Challenges of Shared LANs
  • Solving Network Challenges with Switched LAN Technology

Lesson 2: Describing the Packet Delivery Process

  • Layer 2 Addressing
  • Layer 3 Addressing
  • Host-to-Host Packet Delivery

Lesson 3: Describing Cisco NX-OS Software

  • Cisco NX-OS Software Architecture
  • Cisco NX-OS Process Recovery

Lesson 4: Operating Cisco NX-OS Software

  • Describing the Features of the CLI
  • Identifying the Help Functions of the CLI
  • Describing the Startup Characteristics of the Switch
  • Describing Configuration Management

Lesson 5: Implementing VLANs and Trunks

  • Understanding VLANs
  • Understanding Trunking with 802.1Q
  • Understanding VTP
  • Configuring VTP, Trunks, and VLANs

Lesson 6: Building a Redundant Switched Topology

  • Recognizing Issues of a Redundant Switched Topology
  • Resolving Issues with STP
  • Describing 802.1w RSTP
  • Describing 802.1s MSTP
  • Describing LAN Port Channels
  • Verifying LAN Port Channels

Module 3: IP Addressing
Lesson 1: Describing an IP Addressing Scheme

  • Describing Routing
  • Understanding Numbering Systems
  • Constructing a Network Addressing Scheme

Lesson 2: Transitioning to IPv6

  • Reasons for Using IPv6
  • Understanding IPv6 Addresses
  • Assigning IPv6 Addresses
  • Strategies for Implementing IPv6

Module 4: Routing on the Cisco Nexus Switch
Lesson 1: Exploring the Packet Delivery Process

  • Host-to-Host Packet Delivery
  • Cisco NX-OS Tools

Lesson 2: Exploring the Routing Process on Cisco Nexus Switches

  • Traditional Inter-VLAN Routing
  • Multilayer Switching
  • Routing Tables
  • Distance Vector Routing Protocols
  • Link-State Routing Protocols

Lesson 3: Exploring Routing Protocols on Cisco Nexus Switches

  • Routing Information Protocol
  • Open Shortest Path First
  • Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol

Lesson 4: Exploring ACLs on Cisco Nexus Switches

  • Understanding ACLs
  • ACL Processing
  • Configuring ACLs
  • Understanding Object Groups

Lab Outline

    Lab 1-1: Using Windows Applications as Network Tools
    Lab 1-2: Observing the TCP Three-Way Handshake
    Lab 1-3: Observing Extended PC Network Information
    Lab 2-1: Connecting to Cisco Nexus Switches
    Lab 2-2: Configuring Cisco Nexus Switches
    Lab 2-3: Configuring VLANs and Trunks
    Lab 2-4: Verifying and Configuring Spanning Tree
    Lab 2-5: Configuring EtherChannel
    Lab 3-1: Converting Decimal to Binary and Binary to Decimal
    Lab 3-2: Classifying Network Addressing
    Lab 3-3: Computing Usable Subnetworks and Hosts
    Lab 3-4: Calculating Subnet Masks
    Lab 4-1: Configuring Multilayer Switching