DCICT v6.0 - Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies

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The Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) v6.0 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.

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.

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Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • Describe and configure Cisco UCS
  • 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 ACI


The knowledge, skills, and attitudes that a learner is expected to have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Good understanding of networking protocols
  • Good understanding of the VMware environment

Cisco learning offerings that contribute to recommended knowledge, skills and attitudes:

  • Introduction to Data Centers Networking (DCICN) v6.0

Who Should Attend

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Network Designer
  • Server Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Consulting Systems Engineer
  • Technical Solutions Architect
  • Cisco Integrators/Partners

The secondary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Network Administrator
  • Storage Administrator
  • Network Manager

The tertiary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Program Manager
  • Project Manager


Module 1: Cisco Data Center Network Virtualization

Lesson 1: Describing Functional Planes of Cisco Nexus Switches

  • Control and Management Plane Functionality
  • Cisco NX-OS Control Plane Policing
  • Data Plane Functionality
  • Stateful Fault Recovery on Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches
  • Challenge

Lesson 2: Describing Cisco Nexus Operating System VRF Contexts

  • Layer 3 Routing Table Segmentation
  • Management and Default VRFs
  • VRF-Aware Services
  • Guided Lab 1: Connect to Cisco Nexus Series Switches Using SSH
    • Task 1: Connect to Both Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches Using SSH
    • Task 2: Verify Management Interface Configuration and Other Switch Specifics
  • Guided Lab 2: Configure VRFs
    • Task 1: Configure VRF with OSPFv2 Routing

Lesson 3: Describing Virtual Device Contexts

  • VDC Architecture on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch
  • VDC CPU Sharing
  • VDC Fault Domain on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch
  • VDC Scalability and Communication on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch
  • VPN Routing/Forwarding Instances and VDCs
  • Default VDC
  • Admin VDC
  • Storage VDC
  • VDC Module-Type Mode
  • VDC and Interface Allocation
  • VDC Membership: Hardware Resources
  • VDC Management
  • VDC Management: Out-of-Band
  • VDC Management: In-Band
  • VDC Licensing
  • Guided Lab 3: Explore the Elements of Virtual Device Contexts
    • Task 1: Log in to and Explore Your Cisco 7000 Series VDC
    • Task 2: Explore CoPP on Your Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 Switches
  • Challenge

Lesson 4: Describing the Function of Overlays

  • Overlay Networks Overview
  • Overlay Network Service Types
  • Virtual Extensible LAN
  • Virtual Extensible LAN Benefits
  • Network Virtualization Using Generic Routing Encapsulation

Lesson 5: Describing Virtualization

  • Need for Virtualization
  • Virtual Machine Components
  • Hypervisor
  • Virtual Switch Features
  • Virtual Machine Benefits
  • Virtual Machine Manager: vSphere Architecture
  • Virtual Machine Manager: vSphere Features
  • ESXi Architecture
  • ESXi Features
  • Guided Lab 4: Install VMware ESXi on UCS C-Series Rack Server
    • Task 1: Install VMware ESXi on UCS C220-1 Server
    • Task 2: Configure LAN Connectivity
  • Guided Lab 5: Install VMware vCenter Server Appliance
    • Task 1: Deploy the VMware vCenter Server Appliance
    • Task 2: Configure the VMware vCenter Server Appliance
    • Task 3: Create a Datacenter and Add the ESXi Hosts
    • Task 4: Add the Guest Operating System to the Datastore
  • Challenge

Lesson 6: Describing Virtual Switches

  • vNetwork Standard Switch
  • VMware vSwitch Operation
  • vNetwork Distributed Switch
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V Overview
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V Features
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V Components
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V Benefits
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V Domain ID
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V Licensing
  • The Cisco Virtual Switch Update Manager
  • Guided Lab 6: Install Cisco Virtual Switch Update Manager
  • Guided Lab 7: Install Cisco Nexus 1000V with VSUM
    • Task 1: Install the Cisco Nexus 1000V Using VSUM
    • Task 2: Migrate the ESXi Hosts to the N1KV DVS
  • Guided Lab 8: Configure a Port Group in the DVS
    • Task 1: Configure Port Profiles in the VSM for Ethernet Ports and VMware Virtual Ports
  • Challenge

Module 2: Cisco Data Center Network Technologies

Lesson 1: Describing Cisco Fabric Extender Connectivity

  • ToR Deployment Model
  • EoR Deployment Model
  • FEX Deployment Model
  • Cisco FEX Technology
  • Virtualized Switch Chassis
  • Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender
  • FEX VNTag Terminology
  • VNTag Extension Format
  • FEX VNTag Switching
  • Host-to-Network Forwarding
  • Network-to-Host Forwarding
  • Multicast Forwarding
  • Deploying Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extenders with the Parent Switch
  • Cisco Adapter FEX Technology
  • Guided Lab 9: Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender
    • Task 1: Connect to the Lab Pod and Confirm the FEX Connections
    • Task 2: Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender
    • Task 3: Explore Static Pinning on the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender
    • Task 4: Explore Dynamic Pinning on the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender
  • Challenge

Lesson 2: Describing Port Channels and Virtual Port Channels

  • LAN Port Channels
  • LAN Port Channel Modes
  • Port Channel Load Balancing
  • Port Channel Layer 2 and Layer 3 Interfaces
  • Virtual Port Channels (vPCs)
  • vPC vs. STP
  • vPC Components and Architecture
  • vPC Control Plane
  • vPC Peer-Link Restrictions
  • vPC Data Plane for External Traffic
  • vPC Guidelines
  • Enhanced vPC
  • Supported Nexus 5000 vPC Topologies
  • Supported Nexus 7000 vPC Topologies
  • Guided Lab 10: Configure Virtual Port Channels
    • Task 1: Verify Inter-Switch Connections and Configure Layer 3 Inter-Switch Interface
    • Task 2: Establish the vPC Domain
    • Task 3: Configure the vPC Member Interfaces
    • Task 4: Optimize vPC
    • Task 5: Verify vPC Consistency Parameters
  • Challenge
    • Challenge Lab 11: Configure Virtual Port Channels with FEX
      • Task 1: Configure the vPC Domain on Each 5000 Series Switch
      • Task 2: Configure the FEX Cross-Connections to Each 5000 Series Switch
      • Task 3: Configure the vPC Member Interfaces

Lesson 3: Describing Cisco FabricPath

  • Cisco FabricPath: Data Center Evolution
  • Cisco FabricPath Overview
  • Cisco FabricPath Benefits
  • Cisco FabricPath Switch Roles
  • Cisco FabricPath Control Plane
  • Cisco FabricPath VLANs
  • Cisco FabricPath: Conversational MAC Address Learning
  • Guided Lab 12: Configure Cisco FabricPath
    • Task 1: Verify Inter-Switch Connections and Remove vPC
    • Task 2: Configure Cisco FabricPath, Interfaces, and VLAN on the Cisco Nexus 7009 VDC and Cisco Nexus 5672UP Switches
  • Challenge

Lesson 4: Describing Unified Port Feature of Cisco Nexus Switches

  • Cisco Nexus Unified Port Feature
  • Guided Lab 13: Configure Unified Ports on Cisco Nexus Switch
    • Task 1: Configuring Cisco Nexus Unified Ports on Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches

Lesson 5: Describing Cisco Unified Fabric

  • Cisco Unified Fabric
  • LAN and SAN Flow Control
  • Fibre Channel Flow Control
  • Classical Ethernet Flow Control
  • Data Center Bridging
  • DCB Exchange
  • Priority Flow Control
  • Enhanced Transmission Selection
  • Introducing FCoE
  • FCoE Architecture
  • FCoE Logical Endpoint
  • FCoE Topologies
  • FCoE Emulated Node
  • FCoE Adapters
  • CNA FCoE ENode
  • Fibre Channel Forwarder
  • FCoE, Port Channels, and vPCs
  • FCoE Initialization Protocol
  • FIP Frames
  • FIP Discovery and Virtual Link Establishment
  • FIP VLAN Discovery
  • FIP Solicitation: FCF Discovery
  • FIP Advertisement
  • FIP Accept
  • Fabric-Provided MAC Address
  • Subsequent FCoE Frames
  • Guided Lab 14: Implement FCoE
    • Task 1: Verify Inter-Switch Connections
    • Task 2: Configure FCoE
  • Challenge

Module 3: Cisco Unified Computing System

Lesson 1: Describing Data Center Server Connectivity

  • Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers
  • Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Server Management
  • Cisco IMC Overview
  • Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers
  • Cisco UCS 5100 Series Blade Server Chassis
  • Cisco UCS M-Series Modular Servers
  • Challenge

Lesson 2: Describing Cisco IMC Supervisor

  • Cisco IMC Supervisor Overview
  • Guided Lab 15: Install and Configure the Cisco IMC Supervisor
    • Task 1: Deploy the Cisco IMC Supervisor
    • Task 2: Change the Default Password
    • Task 3: Create a New Rack Group
    • Task 4: Manually Add the Rack Mount Server C220-1
    • Task 5: Create a Credential Policy
    • Task 6: Configure a Discovery Profile and Add the Rack Mount Server C220-2

Lesson 3: Describing Cisco UCS Manager Operations

  • Functions of Cisco UCS Manager
  • Cisco UCS Manager Management Interfaces
  • Cisco UCS Manager Monitoring and Logging
  • Primary Components of Cisco UCS Manager GUI
  • Navigation Pane Tabs
  • Chassis Discovery in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Server Discovery in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Verifying Device Discovery in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Guided Lab 16: Navigate the Cisco UCS Manager GUI Interfaces
    • Task 1: Connect to Cisco UCS Manager
    • Task 2: Explore the Equipment Tab
    • Task 3: Explore the Servers Tab
    • Task 4: Explore the LAN Tab
    • Task 5: Explore the SAN Tab
    • Task 6: Explore the VM Tab
    • Task 7: Explore the Admin Tab
  • Challenge

Lesson 4: Describing Role-Based Access Control

  • What Is an Organization?
  • Organizational Hierarchy Example
  • Scope of Organizations
  • What Can Be Configured in an Organization?
  • Organization Inheritance and Name Resolution
  • RBAC User Accounts
  • Roles in UCS Manager
  • Structure of a Role
  • RBAC Permissions
  • RBAC Locales
  • Implementing Local Users, Roles, and Privileges
  • Implementing Organizations and Locales
  • Guided Lab 17: Configure Local RBAC
    • Task 1: Configure Organizations Under One Root
    • Task 2: Configure Custom Roles to Segregate Server, LAN and SAN, Based on Job Role
    • Task 3: Configure Local User Accounts
  • Challenge

Lesson 5: Describing Hardware Abstraction in Cisco UCS

  • Hardware Abstraction Benefits
  • Identity and Resource Pools
  • Universally Unique Identifier Pools
  • MAC Pools
  • WWNN Pool
  • WWPN Pool
  • Server Pools
  • Guided Lab 18: Configure Pools
    • Task 1: Configure a Universally Unique Identifier Prefix and Suffix Pool
    • Task 2: Configure a MAC Pool
    • Task 3: Configure a WWNN Pool
    • Task 4: Configure a WWPN Pool Under Your Pod Org
    • Task 5: Configure a Server Pool
  • Service Profile Overview
  • Service Profile Templates Overview
  • Service Profile Templates Types
  • Service Profile Template Benefits
  • Creating Service Profiles from Template
  • Guided Lab 19: Configure a Service Profile Template
    • Task 1: Create vNIC and vHBA Templates
    • Task 2: Create an Updating Service Profile Template
    • Task 3: Create a Service Profile from the Updating Template
  • Challenge

Module 4: Data Center Automation and Orchestration

Lesson 1: Exploring the Utility of Application Programming Interfaces

  • Why APIs, Programmability, and Automation Are Important
  • Evolution of Network Configuration
  • Extensible Markup Language
  • JSON
  • What Is an API?
  • What Is REST?
  • What Is NETCONF?
  • What Is NX-API?
  • What Is XMPP?
  • What Is the Best API?
  • DevOps Model
  • Guided Lab 20: Configure Cisco NX-OS with APIs
    • Task 1: Connect to Your Cisco Nexus 7009-A VDC
    • Task 2: View XML and JSON Output Using the CLI
    • Task 3: Use NETCONF to Interface with Cisco NX-OS
    • Task 4: Enable NX-API in NX-OS
    • Task 5: Use the NX-API Sandbox to Configure Your Cisco Nexus 7009 VDC Switch
    • Task 6: Use a REST Client to Interface with Your Cisco Nexus 7009 VDC Switch
    • Task 7: Use the Onboard Python Interpreter to Run a Non-Interactive Python Script
  • Guided Lab 21: Explore the Management Information Tree of the Cisco UCS Manager XML API
    • Task 1: Connect to the UCS Platform Emulator Using VMWare Player
    • Task 2: Demonstrate DN Queries with the Managed Object Browser
  • Guided Lab 22: Configure Cisco UCS Manager with the Postman REST Plugin for Google Chrome
    • Task 1: Configure the XML String to Log in to Cisco UCS Manager
    • Task 2: Use outCookie to Authenticate an XML Query
    • Task 3: Use the XML Query to Create a Service Profile
  • Challenge

Lesson 2: Introducing Cloud Computing Basic Concepts

  • IT Principles
  • Cloud Computing Overview
  • Examples of Cloud Computing
  • Business Needs for Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Computing Characteristics

Lesson 3: Describing Cloud Attributes and Service Models

  • Cloud Deployment Models
  • Characteristics of Private Cloud Deployment
  • Characteristics of Public Cloud Deployment
  • Characteristics of Hybrid Cloud Deployment
  • Characteristics of Community Cloud Deployment
  • "As a Service" Model of Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Computing Services
  • Cloud System Architecture
  • Infrastructure as a Service
  • Platform as a Service
  • Software as a Service
  • Anything as a Service
  • Challenge

Lesson 4: Describing Cisco UCS Director

  • Automation and Management with a Single Pane of Glass
  • Cisco UCS Director Overview
  • Comprehensive Visibility and Management
  • Automation to Deliver and Manage IaaS
  • Cisco UCS Director Architecture and Multivendor Support
  • Cisco UCS Director Features and Capabilities
  • Cisco UCS Director: How Does It Work?
  • Physical Accounts in Cisco UCS Director
  • Device Discovery Wizard
  • Self-Service Portal
  • Bare-Metal Agent
  • Cisco UCS Director Deployment Models
  • Cisco UCS Director: Standard Deployment
  • Cisco UCS Director: Multi-Node Deployment
  • Guided Lab 23: Install and Configure User Accounts in Cisco UCS Director
    • Task 1: Install Cisco UCS Director from an .ovf File
    • Task 2: Reset the GUI Admin Password with UCS Director
    • Task 3: Add User Groups
    • Task 4: Add Users
    • Task 5: Add User with Specific Customized User Role
    • Task 6: Integrate LDAP
  • Guided Lab 24: Add Virtual and Physical Accounts to Cisco UCS Director
    • Task 1: Add a Pod
    • Task 2: Add the Network Elements to Cisco UCS Director
    • Task 3: Add the Compute Resources to the UCS Director
    • Task 4: Add a Cloud Account to the UCS Director with Virtual Accounts
  • Guided Lab 25: Customize Cisco UCS Director
    • Task 1: Configure System and Infrastructure Parameters
    • Task 2: Configure Advanced Controls and Menu Settings
    • Task 3: Customize Application Header
    • Task 4: Customize Display Date and Color Theme
  • Guided Lab 26: Explore Cisco UCS Director Monitoring Capabilities
    • Task 1: Inspect Monitoring Capabilities
    • Task 2: Manipulate Presented Graphs
    • Task 3: Monitor Event View
  • Challenge

Lesson 5: Describing VDCs, Tenants, and Policies

  • Policy Management
  • Policy-Driven Provisioning
  • Policy-Based Provisioning Building Blocks
  • Compute Policy
  • Storage Policy and Virtual Storage Catalogs
  • Network Policy
  • System Policy
  • Virtual Data Centers
  • VDC and Application Categories
  • VDC Creation Wizard
  • Guided Lab 27: Create Policies and VDCs
    • Task 1: Create Computing Policy
    • Task 2: Create Storage Policy
    • Task 3: Create Network Policy
    • Task 4: Create System Policy
    • Task 5: Mark the Data Store for ISO
    • Task 6: Create a Guest Operating System ISO Image Mapping Policy
    • Task 7: Create Cost Model
    • Task 8: Create the VDC

Lesson 6: Describing Orchestration

  • Cisco UCS Director Orchestrator
  • Understanding Workflows
  • Creating a Workflow
  • Workflow Designer
  • Linking Tasks in a Workflow
  • Executing Workflows
  • Validating Workflows
  • Workflow Resources

Lesson 7: Managing Catalogs and Templates

  • Cisco UCS Director Catalog
  • Standard Catalog
  • Managing Catalog Items
  • Catalog to Provision VM Using Template
  • Catalog to Provision a VM Using an ISO Image
  • Publishing Advanced Catalogs
  • Guided Lab 28: Create a Catalog and Provision a VM Using the Self-Service Portal
    • Task 1: Create Catalogs
    • Task 2: Create a Service Request
    • Task 3: Access VM Accounting Details

Lesson 8: Reporting in Cisco UCS Director (CloudSense)

  • Reports Overview
  • UCS Director CloudSense Analytics
  • Generating a Report
  • Generating an Assessment
  • Opening a Report
  • Physical Infrastructure Reports
  • Virtual Infrastructure Reports
  • Chargeback Module and Billing Reports
  • Multi-Tenant Reports
  • Trending and Tabular Reports for the End User
  • Guided Lab 29: Explore Cisco UCS Director Built-In Reports
    • Task 1: Generate a Report of Physical Accounts
    • Task 2: Generate a Virtual Infrastructure Inventory Report
    • Task 3: Generate a Billing Report for a Customer
  • Guided Lab 30: View Chargeback and Reports
    • Task 1: View Chargeback Reports
    • Task 2: View CloudSense Reports
    • Task 3: View System Logs

Module 5: Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure

Lesson 1: Describing Cisco ACI

  • Cisco ACI Overview
  • Host Routing Allows for Location-Independent Forwarding
  • Decoupled Identity and Location
  • Integrated Overlay
  • Multi-Hypervisor Normalization
  • Normalization of Ingress Encapsulation
  • Centralized Automation and Fabric Management
  • Cisco ACI Logical Model Constructs
  • Endpoint Group
  • Three Approaches to EPG Mapping on Cisco ACI
  • ACI Policy Enforcement
  • Applying Policy Between Endpoint Groups: ACI Contracts
  • Provider-Consumer Relationship
  • Application Network Profiles
  • Cisco ACI Fabric L4-L7 Service Chaining
  • Telemetry and Atomic Counters
  • Challenge

Lesson 2: Describing Cisco ACI Fabric

  • Cisco Nexus 9000 Product Family for Cisco ACI
  • Spine/Leaf Single-Site Topology
  • IS-IS Fabric Infrastructure Routing
  • ACI Management Networks
  • Fabric Initialization and Discovery
  • VXLAN: Cisco ACI Fabric Integrated Overlay
  • VXLAN Header Format
  • VXLAN Header Format Within the Cisco ACI Fabric
  • VNID as Identifiers
  • Network Services Header Extends the VXLAN Data Plane
  • ACI Fabric Scale
  • ARP Flooding
  • Gratuitous ARP and Device Mobility
  • Overview of ACI Fabric Unicast Forwarding
  • Multicast Forwarding Within the ACI
  • Load Balancing with FTags
  • Multicast Policies
  • Flowlet Switching
  • Flowlet Dynamic Load Balancing
  • Congestion Monitoring
  • Dynamic Flow Prioritization
  • Challenge

Lesson 3: Programming and Orchestrating Cisco ACI

  • ACI Programmability
  • ACI Programmability: Northbound and Southbound Layers
  • Cisco ACI Object-Based Tree
  • Fabric Object Tree (MIT) Queries
  • Python Programmability Tools
  • Cisco APIC REST to Python Adapter (ARYA)
  • OpenStack Orchestration
  • Two Options for OpenStack APIs
  • Cisco UCS Director
  • Deploying Applications with Cisco UCS Director