Data Center and Virtualization Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking

Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking


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  • Language: English

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This course introduces you to the Cisco technologies that are deployed in the Data Center. The introductory level of content is focused on basic concepts like Ethernet, the OSI Layer Model, and TCP/IP. It then takes you through basic configuration tasks, including VLANs, network addressing, and subnet masks. Together with Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT), this course prepares you for the CCNA Data Center certification.

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 Objectives

Upon completing this course, you 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

Follow On Courses

  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT)
  • Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI)
  • Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI)

Topics Covered

1: Simple Network Design

  • 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
  • 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
  • Describing Ethernet Connections

    • Ethernet LAN Hardware
    • Ethernet Transceivers and Cables
    • UTP Implementation
  • 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
  • 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
  • Describing the TCP/IP Transport Layer

    • Transport Layer Functions
    • Reliable vs. Best–Effort
    • 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
  • 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

2: Switched Network Implementation

  • Describing Switching

    • Understanding the Challenges of Shared LANs
    • Solving Network Challenges with Switched LAN Technology
  • Describing the Packet Delivery Process

    • Layer 2 Addressing
    • Layer 3 Addressing
    • Host-to-Host Packet Delivery
  • Describing Cisco NX-OS Software

    • Cisco NX-OS Software Architecture
    • Cisco NX-OS Process Recovery
  • 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
  • Implementing VLANs and Trunks

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

3: IP Addressing

  • Describing an IP Addressing Scheme

    • Describing Routing
    • Understanding Numbering Systems
    • Constructing a Network Addressing Scheme
  • Transitioning to IPv6

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

4: Routing on the Cisco Nexus Switch

  • Exploring the Packet Delivery Process

    • Host-to-Host Packet Delivery
    • Cisco NX-OS Tools
  • Exploring the Routing Process on Cisco Nexus Switches

    • Traditional Inter-VLAN Routing
    • Multilayer Switching
    • Routing Tables
    • Distance Vector Routing Protocols
    • Link-State Routing Protocols
  • Exploring Routing Protocols on Cisco Nexus Switches

    • Routing Information Protocol
    • Open Shortest Path First
    • Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol
  • Exploring ACLs on Cisco Nexus Switches

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

Course Labs

  • 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


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

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

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