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DCFNDU: Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations

Course Description

The Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU) v1.0 course helps you prepare for entry-level data center roles. In this course, you will learn the foundational knowledge and skills you need to configure Cisco® data center technologies including: networking, virtualization, storage area networking, and unified computing. You will get an introduction to Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI), automation and cloud computing. You will get hands-on experience with configuring features on Cisco Nexus Operating System (Cisco NX-OS) and Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS).

This course does not lead directly to a certification exam, but it does cover foundational knowledge that can help you prepare for several CCNP and other professional-level data center courses and exams.

Course Objectives

After completing this course the student should be able to:

• Describe the foundations of data center networking

• Describe Cisco Nexus products and explain the basic Cisco NX-OS functionalities and tools

• Describe Layer 3 first-hop redundancy

• Describe Cisco FEX connectivity

• Describe Ethernet port channels and vPCs

• Introduce switch virtualization, machine virtualization, and describe network virtualization

• Compare storage connectivity options in the data center

• Describe Fibre Channel communication between the initiator server and the target storage

• Describe Fibre Channel zone types and their uses

• Describe NPV and NPIV

• Describe data center Ethernet enhancements that provide a lossless fabric

• Describe FCoE

• Describe data center server connectivity

• Describe Cisco UCS Manager

• Describe the purpose and advantages of APIs

• Describe Cisco ACI

• Describe the basic concepts of cloud computing

Course Content

Course Outline

• Describing the Data Center Network Architectures

   ○ Cisco Data Center Architecture Overview

   ○ Three-Tier Network: Core, Aggregation, and Access

   ○ Spine-and-Leaf Network

   ○ Two-Tier Storage Network

• Describing the Cisco Nexus Family and Cisco NX-OS Software

   ○ Cisco Nexus Data Center Product Overview

   ○ Cisco NX-OS Software Architecture

   ○ Cisco NX-OS Software CLI Tools

   ○ Cisco NX-OS Virtual Routing and Forwarding

• Describing Layer 3 First-Hop Redundancy

   ○ Default Gateway Redundancy

   ○ Hot Standby Router Protocol

   ○ Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol

   ○ Gateway Load Balancing Protocol

• Describing Cisco FEX

   ○ Server Deployment Models

   ○ Cisco FEX Technology

   ○ Cisco FEX Traffic Forwarding

   ○ Cisco Adapter FEX

• Describing Port Channels and vPCs

   ○ Ethernet Port Channels

   ○ Virtual Port Channels

   ○ Supported vPC Topologies

• Describing Switch Virtualization

   ○ Cisco Nexus Switch Basic Components

   ○ Virtual Routing and Forwarding

    ○ Cisco Nexus 7000 VDCs

   ○ VDC Types

   ○ VDC Resource Allocation

   ○ VDC Management

• Describing Machine Virtualization

   ○ Virtual Machines

   ○ Hypervisor

   ○ VM Manager

   ○ Describing Network Virtualization

   ○ Overlay Network Protocols

   ○ VXLAN Overlay

   ○ VXLAN BGP EVPN Control Plane

   ○ VXLAN Data Plane

   ○ Cisco Nexus 1000VE Series Virtual Switch

   ○ VMware vSphere Virtual Switches

• Introducing Basic Data Center Storage Concepts

   ○ Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center

   ○ Fibre Channel Storage Networking

   ○ VSAN Configuration and Verification

• Describing Fibre Channel Communication Between the Initiator Server and the Target Storage

   ○ Fibre Channel Layered Model

   ○ FLOGI Process

   ○ Fibre Channel Flow Control

• Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses

   ○ Fibre Channel Zoning

   ○ Zoning Configuration

   ○ Zoning Management

• Describing Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV

   ○ Cisco NPV Mode

   ○ NPIV Mode

• Describing Data Center Ethernet Enhancements

   ○ IEEE Data Center Bridging

   ○ Priority Flow Control

   ○ Enhanced Transmission Selection

   ○ DCBX Protocol

   ○ Congestion Notification

• Describing FCoE

   ○ Cisco Unified Fabric

   ○ FCoE Architecture

   ○ FCoE Initialization Protocol

   ○ FCoE Adapters

• Describing Cisco UCS Components

   ○ Physical Cisco UCS Components

   ○ Cisco Fabric Interconnect Product Overview

   ○ Cisco IOM Product Overview

   ○ Cisco UCS Mini
   ○ Cisco IMC Supervisor

   ○ Cisco Intersight

• Describing Cisco UCS Manager

   ○ Cisco UCS Manager Overview

   ○ Identity and Resource Pools for Hardware Abstraction

   ○ Service Profiles and Service Profile Templates

   ○ Cisco UCS Central Overview

   ○ Cisco HyperFlex Overview

   ○ Using APIs

   ○ Common Programmability Protocols and Methods

   ○ How to Choose Models and Processes

• Describing Cisco ACI

   ○ Cisco ACI Overview

   ○ Multitier Applications in Cisco ACI

   ○ Cisco ACI Features

   ○ VXLAN in Cisco ACI

   ○ Unicast Traffic in Cisco ACI

   ○ Multicast Traffic in Cisco ACI

   ○ Cisco ACI Programmability

   ○ Common Programming Tools and Orchestration Options

• Describing Cloud Computing

   ○ Cloud Computing Overview

   ○ Cloud Deployment Models

   ○ Cloud Computing Services

Lab Outline

• Explore the Cisco NX-OS CLI

• Explore Topology Discovery

• Configure HSRP

• Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 FEX

• Configure vPCs

• Configure vPCs with Cisco FEX

• Configure VRF

• Explore the VDC Elements

• Install VMware ESXi and vCenter

• Configure VSANs

• Validate FLOGI and FCNS

• Configure Zoning

• Configure Unified Ports on a Cisco Nexus Switch and Implement FCoE

• Explore the Cisco UCS Server Environment

• Configure a Cisco UCS Server Profile

• Configure Cisco NX-OS with APIs

• Explore the Cisco UCS Manager XML API Management Information Tree

Target Audience

• Data center administrators

• Data center engineers

• Systems engineers

• Server administrators

• Network managers

• Cisco integrators and partners

Course Duration


Suggested Pre-requisites

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

• Good understanding of networking protocols

• Good understanding of the VMware environment

• Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems

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

Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA)

Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)

Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT)

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Virtual - AEST

27 Jul 2020 - 31 Jul 2020

AUD $6490

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Virtual - AEST

28 Sep 2020 - 02 Oct 2020

AUD $6490

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