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Cisco Data Center CCNA Bootcamp v6.2 (DCAABC)

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Course Content

The goal of the course is to give attendees broad exposure to Cisco Data Center networking and technologies to provide entry-level data center personnel with the skills that they require to succeed in their job role.

This course combines and condenses the Cisco recommended Data Center courses; Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN), and Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT). These two(2) Cisco five(5) day courses are presented in a one-week accelerated format.

This course can also be purchases using 48 CLCs.

Who should attend

Network Administrators, Network Engineers, Cisco Integrators/Partners, System Engineers, Network Designers, Network Managers, Consulting Systems Engineers, Technical Solutions Architects.

Individuals seeking practice in a structured testing environment, covering the skills and competencies being measured by the vendor certification exam.


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
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems
  • Basic Internet usage skills

Outline: Cisco Data Center CCNA Bootcamp v6.2 (DCAABC)

Module 1: Network Protocols and Host-to-Host Communication

  • Lesson 1: Describing OSI and TCP/IP Models
    • Understanding Host-to-Host Communications
    • OSI Reference Model
    • OSI Model Layers and Their Functions
    • Encapsulation and De-Encapsulation scribing OSI and TCP/IP Models

Module 2: Basic Data Center Networking Concepts

  • Lesson 1: Describing Data Center Network Architectures
    • Cisco Data Center Architecture Overview
    • 3-Tier Network: Core, Aggregation, and Access
    • Spine/Leaf Network
    • 2-Tier Storage Network
  • Lesson 2: Describing the Cisco Nexus Family and NX-OS
    • Cisco Nexus Data Center Product Overview
    • Cisco NX-OS Software Architecture
    • Cisco NX-OS Software CLI
    • Cisco Nexus Chassis Discovery
    • Cisco NX-OS Virtual Routing and Forwarding
    • Licensing Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches
    • Cisco NX-OS Connectivity Tools
  • Lesson 3: Implementing VLANs and Trunks
    • Introduction to VLANs
    • Grouping Business Functions into VLANs
    • Applying IP Address Space in the Enterprise Network
    • Considering Traffic Source to Destination Paths
    • Configuring VLANs
    • Trunking with 802.1Q
    • Introduction to VTP
    • Configuring VTP, Trunks, and VLANs
  • Lesson 4: Describing Redundant Switched Topologies
    • Issues Related to Redundant Switched Topologies
    • Resolving Issues with STP
    • STP Path Cost, Port Cost, and Port Roles
    • 802.1w RSTP
    • 802.1s MSTP
    • LAN Port Channels
    • Implementing LAN Port Channels

Module 3: Advanced Data Center Networking Concepts

  • Lesson 1: Describing the Routing Process on Nexus Switches
    • Traditional Inter-VLAN Routing
    • Multilayer Switching
    • Routing Tables
    • Distance Vector Routing Protocols
    • Link-State Routing Protocols
    • Compare Static and Dynamic Routing
  • Lesson 2: Describing Routing Protocols on Nexus Switches
    • Open Shortest Path First
    • Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol
  • Lesson 3: Describing Layer 3 First Hop Redundancy
    • The Need for Default Gateway Redundancy
    • Default Gateway Redundancy
    • HSRP
    • HSRP Interface Tracking
    • HSRP Load Balancing
    • Gateway Load Balancing Protocol
  • Lesson 4: Describing AAA on Nexus Switches
    • Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch Administration Management Features
    • Configuring AAA
    • AAA Servers and Server Groups
    • Configuring RBAC
    • Configuring SSH
    • Configuring Management ACLs
  • Lesson 5: Describing ACLs on Nexus Switches
    • Introduction to ACLs
    • ACL Processing
    • Configuring ACLs
    • Understanding Object Groups

Module 4: Basic Data Center Storage

  • Lesson 1: Describing Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center
    • Comparing Block- and File-Based Network Storage
    • NFS, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and SCSI
    • SCSI Evolution from DAS to SAN
  • Lesson 2: Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking
    • Fibre Channel SAN Topologies
    • Fibre Channel Port Types
    • Fibre Channel Addressing
  • Lesson 3: Describing VSANs
    • Configuring and Managing VSANs
    • Configuring ISLs
    • Configuring SAN Port Channels
    • VSAN Best Practices

Module 5: Advanced Data Center Storage

  • Lesson 1: Describing Communication Between Initiator and Target
    • Fibre Channel Layered Model
    • FCNS and the FLOGI Process
  • Lesson 2: Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses
    • Fibre Channel Zoning
    • LUN Masking
    • Configuring and Managing Zoning
    • Zone Set Guidelines
    • Zone Configuration Verification
    • Configuring Zone Set Distribution
    • Configuring Read-Only Zones
    • Recommended Zoning Practices

Module 6: 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
  • Lesson 2: Describing Cisco Nexus Operating System VRF Contexts
    • Layer 3 Routing Table Segmentation
    • Management and Default VRFs
    • VRF-Aware Services
  • 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

Module 7: 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
  • 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
  • Lesson 3: Describing Unified Port Feature of Cisco Nexus Switches
    • Cisco Nexus Unified Port Feature
  • Lesson 4: 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

Module 8: 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
  • Lesson 2: 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
  • Lesson 3: 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
  • Lesson 4: 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

Module 9: 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
  • Lesson 2: 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
  • Lesson 3: 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
  • Lesson 4: Describing Orchestration
    • Cisco UCS Director Orchestrator
    • Understanding Workflows
    • Creating a Workflow
    • Workflow Designer
    • Linking Tasks in a Workflow
    • Executing Workflows
    • Validating Workflows
    • Workflow Resources

Module 10: 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

DCAABC Course Labs


  • Guided Lab 1: Use the DCICN Lab System
  • Guided Lab 5: Explore the Cisco NX-OS Command Line Interface


  • Guided Lab 3: Explore the Elements of Virtual Device Contexts
  • Guided Lab 6: Configure Virtual Port Channels
  • Guided Lab 7: Configure Virtual Port Channels with FEX


  • Guided Lab 9: Implement Multilayer Switching
  • Guided Lab 10: Configure OSPF
  • Guided Lab 11: Configure EIGRP
  • Guided Lab 12: Configure HSRP
  • Guided Lab 13: Configure AAA and Secure Remote Administration
  • Guided Lab 14: Configure ACLs
  • Guided Lab 15: Configure VSANs
  • Guided Lab 16: Validate FLOGI and FCNS
  • Guided Lab 17: Configure Zoning


  • Guided Lab 4: Install VMware ESXi and vCenter
  • Guided Lab 5: Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender
  • Guided Lab 9: Configure Unified Ports on the Nexus Switch
  • Guided Lab 12: Navigate the Cisco UCS Manager GUI Interfaces
  • Guided Lab 13: Configure Local RBAC
  • Guided Lab 14: Configure Pools
  • Guided Lab 15: Configure a Service Profile Template
  • Guided Lab 16: Configure Cisco NX-OS with APIs
  • Guided Lab 17: Explore the Management Information Tree of the Cisco UCS Manager XML API
  • Guided Lab 18: Install and Configure User Accounts in Cisco UCS Director
  • Guided Lab 19: Add Virtual and Physical Accounts to Cisco UCS Director
  • Guided Lab 20: Customize Cisco UCS Director
  • Guided Lab 21: Explore Cisco UCS Director Monitoring Capabilities
  • Guided Lab 22: Create Policies and VDCs
  • Guided Lab 23: Create a Catalog and Provision a VM Using the Self-Service Portal
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