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Cisco CCNA Data Center Boot Camp v6.0 (CCNADCBC)


This course requires 15 hours of pre course work prior to taking this course. You will be given the foundational knowledge and a broad overview of Cisco Data Center products and their operation, covering the architecture, components, connectivity, and features of a Cisco Data Center network. You will gain practical experience configuring the initial setup of Cisco Nexus 7000, Cisco Nexus 5000, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), and Cisco MDS Multilayer Fabric Switch. You will also learn to verify the proper operation of a variety of features such as Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV), Cisco FabricPath, Port Channels, virtual Port Channels (vPCs), and Cisco Nexus 1000V Distributed Virtual Switch for VMware ESXi.

  • Ethernet communication functions and standards

  • OSI and TCP/IP models

  • Routing process on Nexus switches

  • Compare storage connectivity options in the data center

  • Fibre Channel name server and fabric login (FLOGI) process

  • Configure Cisco Unified Computing System

  • Configure Cisco data center virtualization

  • Configure Cisco data center networking

  • Configure Cisco automation and orchestration

  • Verify Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure

Course outline

  1. What is a Network – Overview of OSI Model

  2. Evolution of the Modern Datacenter

  3. Basic Data Center Networking Concepts

  4. Review NX-OS Material

  5. Review Nexus Product Line

  6. VDC and VRF Concepts as a Review

  7. Implementing VLANs and Trunks

  8. Redundant Switched Topologies

  9. Advanced Data Center Networking Concepts

  10. Routing Protocols on Nexus Switches

  11. Layer 3 First Hop Redundancy

  12. AAA on Nexus Switches

  13. ACLs on Nexus Switches- Datacenter Storage Basics

  14. Storage Options/Types

  15. Advanced Data Center Storage

  16. Cisco Data Center Network Virtualization

  17. Functional Planes of Cisco Nexus Switches l

  18. Function of Overlays

  19. Virtualization

  20. Virtual Switches

  21. Cisco Data Center Network Technologies Configuration

  22. Cisco FabricPath

  23. Unified Port Feature of Cisco Nexus Switches

  24. Cisco Unified Fabric

  25. Cisco Unified Computing System

  26. Data Center Automation and Orchestration

  27. Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure


Lab 1: Use the DCICN Lab System

Lab 2: Explore the Cisco NX-OS Command Line Interface

Lab 3: Explore Topology Discovery and Documentation

Lab 4: Explore the Elements of Virtual Device Contexts

Lab 5: Implement VLANs and Trunks

Lab 6: Map a Spanning Tree and Configure Port Channels

Lab 7: Implement Multilayer Switching

Lab 8: Configure OSPF

Lab 9: Configure EIGRP

Lab 10: Configure HSRP

Lab 11: Configure AAA and Secure Remote Administration

Lab 12: Configure ACLs

Lab 13: Configure VSANs

Lab 14: Validate FLOGI and FCNS

Lab 15: Configure Zoning

Lab 16: Install VMware ESXi on UCS C-Series Rack Server

Lab 17: Install VMware vCenter Server Appliance

Lab 18: Install Cisco Virtual Switch Update Manager

Lab 19: Install Cisco Nexus 1000V with VSUM

Lab 20: Configure a Port Group in the DVS

Lab 21: Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender

Lab 22: Install and Configure the Cisco IMC Supervisor

Lab 23: Navigate the Cisco UCS Manager GUI Interfaces

Lab 24: Configure Local RBAC

Lab 25: Configure Pools

Lab 26: Configure a Service Profile Template

Lab 27: Configure Cisco NX-OS with APIs

Lab 28: Explore the Management Information Tree of the Cisco UCS Manager XML API

Lab 29: Configure Cisco UCS Manager with the Postman REST Plugin for Google Chrome

Lab 30: Install and Configure User Accounts in Cisco UCS Director

Lab 31: Add Virtual and Physical Accounts to Cisco UCS Director

Lab 32: Customize Cisco UCS Director

Lab 33: Explore Cisco UCS Director Monitoring Capabilities

Lab 34: Create Policies and VDCs

Lab 35: Create a Catalog and Provision a VM using the Self-Service Portal

Lab 36: Explore Cisco UCS Director Built-In Reports

Lab 37: View Chargeback and Reports

Audience and Prerequisites


  • Anyone seeking the CCNA Data Center certification

  • Network designers, administrators, engineers, and managers

  • Storage and server administrators

  • Program and project managers

  • Systems engineer


The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Skills and knowledge equivalent to those learned in Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1)

  • Working knowledge of the Windows operating system

  • Working knowledge of Cisco IOS networking and concepts

Delivery Method

Web-Based ILT Duration 5 Days

ACI Operations and Troubleshooting v3.1 (ACIOPS v3.1)


Upon completing this course, you will be able to meet these objectives:

Cisco ACI Component Review

  • Cisco ACI solution design review

Cisco ACI Operations

  • Know how to administrate and troubleshoot advanced Cisco ACI operations

Cisco ACI Troubleshooting

  • Be proficient at advanced Cisco ACI troubleshooting

Cisco ACI Automation

  • Understand the Cisco ACI network programmability

Cisco Backups, Snapshots, Rollbacks and Upgrades

  • Understand the Cisco ACI redundancy and upgrade features

Course outline

Module 1: Cisco ACI Component Review

Lesson 1: Cisco ACI Architecture and Network Review

  • ACI and APIC Review

  • Tenant, Management Tenant and Context Review

  • VLAN and VRF Review

  • Bridge Domain Review

  • Application Profile Review

  • End Point Group Review

Lesson 2: Cisco ACI Policy Review

  • ACI Contract Review

  • ACI Filter Review

  • ACI Subject Review

Lesson 3: Cisco ACI Unified Fabric Review

  • Cisco ACI Server Connectivity Review

  • Cisco ACI Network Connectivity Review

  • Cisco ACI Switch Review

  • Cisco ACI Routing Review

Lesson 4: Cisco ACI External Connectivity Review

  • Layer 2 External Switching Review

  • Layer 3 External Routing Protocol Review

Lesson 5: Customer Setup Review

  • Scaling Cisco ACI

  • Migration Paths to Cisco ACI

Module 2: Cisco ACI Operations

Lesson 1: The Cisco ACI Control Plane and Packet Flow

  • Determine ACI Packet Flow

  • Single DB/Single EPG with Two Endpoints on the Same Leaf

  • Single BD/Single EPG with Two Endpoints on Different Leafs

  • Single BD/Two EPGs with One Endpoint in EPG on the Same Leaf

  • Two BDs/Two EPGs with One Endpoint in Each EPG on the Same Leaf (Routed Packet)

Lesson 2: Cisco ACI Router Baseline

  • Route Profiles Overview

  • Configuration a Route-Profile

  • Applying a ‘Default’ Route-Profile

  • Applying a Route-Profile at the Bridge Domain

  • Applying a Route-Profile at the Bridge Domain Subnet

  • Applying a Route-Profile at the External EPG and External EPG Subnet

  • Applying a Route-Profile at the L3out as an Interleak Policy

Lesson 3: Configure and Verify Changes in the Network

  • Configure and Verify Interface Profiles

  • Configure and Verify Static EPGs

  • Verify Interfaces and Encapsulation

Lesson 4: Cisco ACI Logging and DHCP Relay

  • Logging data and data retention

  • Activity and audit logs

  • DHCP Relay service

  • Infra/Tenant

  • L3 Out

  • L2 Out

Module 3: Cisco ACI Troubleshooting

Lesson 1: Cisco ACI Troubleshooting Tools

  • Atomic Counters and Network Time Protocol

  • Cisco ACI Endpoint Tracker Application

  • End to End Testing

  • Endpoint to Endpoint Testing

  • Endpoint Group to Endpoint Group Testing

  • Discovering Paths and Testing Connectivity with Traceroute

Lesson 2: On-Demand Diagnostics and Statistics

  • Gathering On-Demand Collection and Statistics

  • Cisco Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN)

  • Access SPAN (or infrastructure SPAN)

  • Fabric SPAN

  • Tenant SPAN

  • ACI Monitoring and Diagnostics

  • Fabric Troubleshooting Diagnostics

  • Lesson 3: Cisco Nexus Data Broker Integration with ACI

  • The Cisco Nexus Data Broker

  • Test Access Points (TAPs)

  • Configure SPAN Sessions

  • Synchronize SPAN Sessions

  • Data Broker Use Case

Lesson 4: Cisco ACI Troubleshooting Methodology and Scenarios

  • Techsupport Files

  • Atomic Counters

  • Faults and Health Scores

  • Troubleshooting Scenarios

  • Troubleshoot Fabric Initialization

  • Troubleshoot APIC High Availability and Clustering

  • Troubleshoot Firmware and Image Management

  • Troubleshoot Rest Interface

  • Troubleshoot Management Tenant

  • Troubleshoot Common Network Services

  • Troubleshoot Unicast Data Plane Forwarding and Reachability

  • Troubleshoot Policies and Contracts

  • Troubleshoot Bridged Connectivity to External Networks

  • Troubleshoot Routed Connectivity to External Networks

  • Troubleshoot Virtual Machine Manager Insertion

  • Troubleshoot Layer 4 Through 7 Services Insertion

  • Troubleshoot ACI Fabric Node Process Crash Troubleshooting

  • Troubleshoot an APIC Process Crash

Module 4: Cisco ACI Automation

Lesson 1: The REST API

  • The REST API Structure

  • The Six Constraints of REST

  • REST Client–Server Constraint

  • REST Stateless Constraint

  • REST Cacheable Constraint

  • REST Layered Constraint

  • REST Code-On-Demand Constraint

  • REST Uniform Interface Constraint

Lesson 2: JSON and XML

  • JSON API Characteristics

  • XML API Characteristics

  • JSON and XML Advantages, Similarities, and Differences

Lesson 3: Cisco ACI Data Model

  • The Cisco ACI Programmable Network Infrastructure

  • The APIC Data Model

  • The APIC Policy Model

  • The Cisco ACI Object-Oriented Data Model

Module 5: Cisco ACI Backups, Snapshots, Rollbacks and Upgrades

Lesson 1: Cisco ACI Backups, Snapshots and Rollbacks

  • Backing up Configurations

  • Snapshots

  • Rollbacks

Lesson 2: Cisco ACI Upgrades

  • Firmware Repository

  • Software Image

  • Switch Image

  • Catalog Image

Audience and Prerequisites


  • Anyone seeking the Data Center certification

  • Network designers, administrators, engineers, and managers

  • Storage and server administrators

  • Program and project managers

  • Systems engineer


It is recommended that each student has the following knowledge and skills before attending this course:

  • CCNP DataCenter (or higher) knowledge and/or experience.

  • For all candidates, it is highly recommended that they have previously attended the Data Center Application Centric Infrastructure Fundamentals (DCACIF v2 or v3) course or Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI mode (Cisco DCAC9K v2 or v3).

Delivery Method

Web-Based ILT Duration 5 Days