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Introduction to Cisco Data Center Networking & Technologies

5 Days

Price: $3995

Course Schedule


In this accelerated course you will be introduced to the three primary technologies that are used in the Cisco data center. Through hands-on labs, you will focus on viewing configurations, but not making configuration changes or creating new topologies. In the second part of the class you will be introduced to the Cisco technologies that are deployed in the Data Center: unified computing, unified fabric, and network services. The introductory level of knowledge that is taught in these training courses is targeted for individuals who can perform only the more basic configuration tasks. The course labs will focus on verifying configurations, with selected exercises involving making configuration changes or designing new topologies.


  • 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
  • Describe and verify Cisco data center fundamentals
  • Describe Cisco data center virtualization
  • Describe Cisco data center storage networking
  • Describe Cisco data center unified fabric
  • Describe and verify Cisco UCS


  • Network administrators
  • Network engineers
  • Cisco integrators/partners
  • System engineers
  • Network designers
  • Network managers
  • Consulting systems engineers
  • Technical solutions architect



Part 1:

  • Lesson 1: Building a Simple Network
  • Lesson 2: Switched Network Implementation
  • Lesson 3: IP Addressing
  • Lesson 4: Routing on the Cisco Nexus Switch

Part 2: 
Module 1: Cisco Data Center Network Services

  • Lesson 1: Examining Functional Layers of the Data Center
  • Lesson 2: Reviewing the Cisco Nexus Product Family
  • Lesson 3: Reviewing the Cisco MDS Product Family
  • Lesson 4: Monitoring the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 Series Switches
  • Lesson 5: Describing vPCs and Cisco FabricPath in the Data Center
  • Lesson 6: Using OTV on Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches

Module 2: Cisco Data Center Virtualization

  • Lesson 1: Virtualizing Network Devices
  • Lesson 2: Virtualizing Storage
  • Lesson 3: Virtualizing Server Solutions
  • Lesson 4: Using the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch
  • Lesson 5: Verifying Setup and Operation of the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch

Module 3: Cisco Data Center Storage Networking

  • Lesson 1: Comparing Storage-Connectivity Options in the Data Center
  • Lesson 2: Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking
  • Lesson 3: Verifying Fibre Channel Communications on Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switches

Module 4: Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric

  • Lesson 1: Describing DCB
  • Lesson 2: Identifying Connectivity Options for FCoE on the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch
  • Lesson 3: Describing Enhanced FCoE Scalability with Cisco Nexus 2232 10GE Fabric Extenders Scaling the Data Center Virtualized Access Layer with the Cisco Nexus 2232 10GE Fabric Extenders

Module 5: Cisco UCS

  • Lesson 1: Describing the Cisco UCS B-Series Product Family
  • Lesson 2: Describing the Cisco UCS C-Series Product Family
  • Lesson 3: Connecting Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers
  • Lesson 4: Setting up an Initial Cisco UCS B-Series Cluster
  • Lesson 5: Describing Cisco UCS Manager Operations Cisco UCS Manager
  • Lesson 6: Describing Cisco UCS Manager Pools, Policies, Templates, and Service Profiles

Part I LABS:

  • Lab 1-1: Use Windows Applications as Network Tools
  • Lab 1-2: Observe the TCP Three-Way Handshake
  • Lab 1-3: Observe Extended PC Network Information
  • Lab 2-1: Connect to Cisco Nexus Switches
  • Lab 2-2: Configure the Cisco Nexus Switches
  • Lab 2-3: Configure VLANs and Trunks
  • Lab 2-4: Verify and Configure Spanning Tree
  • Lab 2-5: Configure EtherChannel
  • Lab 3-1: Convert Decimal to Binary and Binary to Decimal
  • Lab 3-2: Classify Network Addressing
  • Lab 3-3: Compute Usable Subnetworks and Hosts
  • Lab 3-4: Calculate Subnet Masks
  • Lab 4-1: Configure Multilayer Switching


  • Activity 1-1: Cisco Power Calculator
  • Activity 1-2: Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch Initial Setup Script
  • Lab 1-1: Connecting to a Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch Using SSH
  • Activity 1-3: Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch Initial Setup Script
  • Lab 1-2: Connecting to a Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch Using SSH
  • Lab 1-3: Running CLI Commands
  • Lab 1-4: Configuring vPCs
  • Lab 1-5: Validating Cisco FabricPath Configuration
  • Lab 1-6: Validating OTV Configuration
  • Lab 2-1: Verifying Current VDC Settings
  • Lab 2-2: Validating a Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender Configuration
  • Lab 2-3: Validating a Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch Configuration
  • Activity 3-1: Cisco MDS 9100 Series Multilayer Fabric Switch Initial Setup
  • Lab 3-1: Validating a Cisco MDS 9100 Series Multilayer Fabric Switch License
  • Lab 3-2: Configuring VSANs and Zoning
  • Lab 3-3: Validating FLOGI and FCNS
  • Lab 3-3: Viewing the tech-support Command Output
  • Lab 4-1: Validating the Physical Connections for FCoE
  • Activity 5-1: Cisco UCS 6120XP Fabric Interconnect Initial Setup Script
  • Activity 5-2: Configuring Server Ports and Chassis Discovery
  • Lab 5-1: Exploring the Cisco UCS Manager GUI
  • Lab 5-2: Creating a Srv Profile from a Template and Performing VMW ESXi 5.0 SAN Boot