Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT)

The Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT) v7.0 course shows you how to troubleshoot LAN, SAN, Cisco® Data Center Unified Fabric, Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®), and Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI®). You will learn methodologies and tools to identify issues that may occur in data center network architecture. You will get extensive hands-on practice troubleshooting installation, configuration and interconnectivity issues on Cisco Multilayer Director Switch (MDS) switches, Cisco Nexus® switches, Cisco Fabric Extenders (FEXs), Cisco UCS, Cisco ACI, and more.

This course helps prepare you to take the exam, Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (300-615 DCIT), which leads to CCNP® Data Center and the Cisco Certified Specialist – Data Center Operations certifications. The exam will be available beginning February 24, 2020.

How you’ll benefit:

This course will help you:

  • Learn how to deploy and troubleshoot various components of Cisco data center infrastructure to support performance, resiliency, scalability needs
  • Gain knowledge and skills through Cisco’s unique combination of lessons and hands-on practice using enterprise-grade Cisco learning technologies, data center equipment, and software
  • Qualify for professional-level job roles

Objectives

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe how to troubleshoot the data center network, troubleshooting tools and methodologies available from the Command-Line Interface (CLI) that are used to identify and resolve issues in a Cisco data center network architecture
  • Identify and resolve issues that are related to: Virtual LANs (VLANs) and private VLANs (PVLANs); port channels and virtual port channels; Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV); and Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN)
  • Describe troubleshooting of routing protocols such as Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Protocol-Independent Multicast (PIM), and LAN security features
  • Identify and resolve issues that are related to a single device
  • Identify and resolve issues that are related to Fibre Channel interface operation
  • Identify and resolve Fibre Channel switching issues when the Cisco NX-OS Software is used in switched mode, and in N-Port Virtualization (NPV) mode
  • Identify and resolve issues that are related to Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP), including FCoE performance
  • Describe Cisco UCS architecture, initial setup, tools, and service aids that are available for Cisco UCS troubleshooting and interpretation of the output
  • Describe Cisco UCS configuration, Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server operation and troubleshoot related issues
  • Describe LAN, SAN, and Fibre Channel operations, including in-depth troubleshooting procedures
  • Describe Cisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC) tools for validating performance and facilitating data-gathering activities for Cisco UCS C-Series server troubleshooting, and the troubleshooting approach for hardware and firmware failures
  • Define the proper procedures for configuring LAN and SAN connectivity, avoiding issues with the VIC, troubleshooting connectivity issues and Cisco UCS C-Series server integration with Cisco UCS Manager
  • Identify the tools, protocols, and methods to effectively troubleshoot Cisco ACI
  • Describe how to troubleshoot automation, scripting tools, and programmability

Prerequisites

To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

  • Configure, secure, and maintain LAN and SAN based on Cisco Nexus and MDS switches
  • Configure, secure, and maintain Cisco Unified Computing System
  • Configure, secure, and maintain Cisco ACI

These are the recommended Cisco courses that may help you meet these prerequisites:

  • Implementing and Administering Cisco Networking Technologies (CCNA®)
  • Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU)
  • Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR)
  • Introducing Cisco NX-OS Switches and Fabrics in the Data Center (DCINX)
  • Configuring Cisco NX-OS Switches and Fabrics in the Data Center (DCCNX)
  • Introducing Cisco Unified Computing System (DCIUCS)
  • Configuring Cisco Unified Computing System (DCCUCS)
  • Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI)

Who should enroll

  • Network designers
  • Network administrators
  • Network engineers
  • System engineers
  • Data center engineers
  • Consulting systems engineers
  • Technical solutions architects
  • Server administrators
  • Network managers
  • Cisco integrators and partners

Duration

5 days

Outline

  • Describing the Troubleshooting Process
    • Troubleshooting Overview
    • Narrow Down the Cause of the Problem
  • Understanding CLI Troubleshooting Tools
    • Ping, Pong, and Traceroute
    • Debugging, Event History, and System Monitoring
    • Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN) and Encapsulated Remote SPAN
    • Ethanalyzer, Embedded Logic Analyzer Module (ELAM), and Data Plane Sampling Capture
    • Logging
    • Cisco Generic Online Diagnostics
    • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Cisco Embedded Event Manager (EEM), and Remote Network Monitor (RMON)
  • Troubleshooting VLANs and PVLANs
    • Troubleshoot VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)
    • Troubleshoot Layer 2 Issues
    • VLANs and Switched Virtual Interfaces (SVIs) on Cisco Nexus Series Switches
    • Troubleshoot VLANs, PVLANs, and SVIs
    • Troubleshoot Rapid Per VLAN Spanning Tree+ (PVST+)
  • Troubleshooting Port Channels and Virtual Port Channels
    • Port Channel Overview
    • Virtual Port Channel (vPC) Overview
    • Troubleshoot vPCs
    • Common vPC Issues
  • Troubleshooting Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV)
    • Cisco OTV Features
    • Common Cisco OTV Issues
    • Cisco OTV Troubleshooting
    • Hot Standby Routing Protocol (HSRP) Isolation Between Data Centers Using Cisco OTV
  • Troubleshooting Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN)
    • VXLAN Overlay Features
    • VXLAN Multiprotocol Border Gateway Protocol (MP-BGP) Ethernet VPN
    • Common VXLAN Issues
    • VXLAN Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting Routing and High-Availability Protocols
    • Troubleshoot Basic Routing Issues
    • Troubleshoot OSPFv2 and OSPFv3
    • Troubleshoot EIGRP
    • Troubleshoot PIM
    • Troubleshoot First Hop Redundancy Protocol (FHRP)
  • Troubleshoot Data Center LAN Security
    • Troubleshoot Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) and Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
    • Troubleshoot First-Hop Security
    • Troubleshoot Control Plane Policing (CoPP)
    • Troubleshoot Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • Troubleshooting Platform-Specific Issues
    • Cisco Fabric Services Overview
    • Troubleshoot Cisco Fabric Services
    • Configure and Troubleshoot Configuration Profiles
    • Common Virtual Device Contexts (VDC) Issues
    • Troubleshoot VDC
    • Troubleshoot Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF)
    • Cisco FEX Troubleshooting
    • Troubleshoot Cisco In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU)
  • Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Interfaces
    • Fibre Channel Overview
    • Troubleshoot Fibre Channel Interfaces and Device Registration
    • Troubleshoot Fibre Channel Port Channels
    • Troubleshoot Port Security and Fabric Binding
  • Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Fabric Services
    • Troubleshoot Virtual Storage Area Networks (VSANs)
    • Troubleshoot Fibre Channel Domain and Name Services
    • Troubleshoot Zoning and Fabric Merges
    • Troubleshoot Cisco Fabric Services
  • Troubleshooting NPV Mode
    • N-Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) and NPV Overview
    • Troubleshoot NPV Mode
  • Troubleshooting FCoE
    • FCoE and FIP Overview
    • Troubleshoot FIP
    • Troubleshoot FCoE- and QoS-Related Issues
    • Troubleshoot Data Center Bridging (DCB)
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS Architecture and Initialization
    • Troubleshoot Fabric Interconnect in Standalone and Cluster Mode
    • Troubleshoot Cisco UCS Management Access
    • Troubleshoot Cisco UCS Manager CLI
    • Troubleshoot Cisco UCS with Embedded Tools
    • Troubleshoot Cisco UCS Hardware Discovery
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS Configuration
    • Stateless Computing
    • Troubleshoot Service Profile Association Issues Due to Unavailable Addresses
    • Other Service Profile Association Issues
    • Cisco UCS Manageability
    • Troubleshoot Authentication Failures
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Servers
    • Troubleshoot Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server
    • Troubleshoot Firmware Upgrade and Operating System Drivers
    • Troubleshoot Remote Access
    • Troubleshoot Server Hardware
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series LAN and SAN Connectivity
    • Troubleshoot Link-Level Issues
    • Troubleshoot Connectivity Issues for Specific Servers
    • Troubleshoot Intermittent Connectivity
    • Troubleshoot Disjoint Layer 2 Networks
    • Troubleshoot Redundant Connectivity
    • Troubleshoot Cisco UCS B-Series SAN Connectivity
    • Troubleshoot Directly Attached Storage
    • Troubleshoot Server Boot from SAN and iSCSI
    • Use SPAN for Troubleshooting
    • Analyze Packet Flow
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series Servers
    • Troubleshoot Cisco UCS C-Series Initialization and Cisco IMC
    • Troubleshoot Cisco UCS C-Series Hardware and Firmware
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series LAN and SAN Connectivity
    • Troubleshoot the Cisco UCS C-Series VIC Module and Connectivity to Cisco IMC
    • Troubleshoot Cisco UCS C-Series LAN Connectivity
    • Troubleshoot Cisco UCS C-Series SAN Connectivity
    • Use SPAN to Capture Cisco UCS C-Series Server Traffic
    • Troubleshoot Cisco UCS C-Series Boot from the Fibre Channel Logical Unit Number LUN
    • Troubleshoot Cisco UCS C-Series iSCSI Boot
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series and Cisco UCS Manager Integration
    • Integrate Cisco UCS C-Series Servers with Cisco UCS Manager
    • Troubleshoot FEX Discovery and VIC Issues
  • Exploring the Tools and Methodologies for Troubleshooting Cisco ACI
    • Troubleshoot the Fabric Discovery Process
    • Traditional Troubleshooting Methods in Cisco ACI
    • Atomic Counters, Faults, and Health Scores
    • Troubleshoot Tenant-Based Policies
    • Packet Flow Through Cisco ACI Fabric
    • Troubleshoot AAA and RBAC
  • Troubleshoot Automation and Scripting Tools
    • Troubleshoot Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS) EEM
    • Troubleshoot the Cisco NX-OS Scheduler
  • Troubleshooting Programmability
    • Troubleshoot Bash Shell and Guest Shell for NX-OS
    • Troubleshoot Representational State Transfer (REST) API, JavaScript Object Notation (JSON), and Extensible Markup Language (XML) Encodings

Lab outline

  • Designing Enterprise Connectivity
  • Designing an Enterprise Network with BGP Internet Connectivity
  • Designing an Enterprise Campus LAN
  • Designing Resilient Enterprise WAN
  • Designing QoS in an Enterprise Network
  • Designing an Enterprise IPv6 Network