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DCIT: Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT) v7.0

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.

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.

Course Objectives

After completing this course the student should be able to:

  • Describe how to troubleshoot the data center network
  • Describe the troubleshooting tools and methodologies that are available from the CLI and are used to identify and resolve issues in a Cisco Data Center network architecture
  • Identify and resolve issues that are related to: VLANs and PVLANs; port channels and virtual port channels; OTV; and VXLAN
  • Describe troubleshooting of routing protocols such as OSPF, EIGRP, and PIM.
  • Describe troubleshooting of the 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 NPV mode
  • Identify and resolve issues that are related to FIP and FCoE, 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 and troubleshoot related issues
  • Describe 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 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, and troubleshooting connectivity issues
  • Troubleshoot 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

Course Benefits

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

Course Content

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
  • SPAN and Encapsulated Remote SPAN
  • Ethanalyzer and Data Plane Sampling Capture
  • Logging
  • Cisco Generic Online Diagnostics
  • SNMP, Cisco EEM, and RMON
Troubleshooting VLANs and PVLANs

  • Troubleshoot VTP
  • Troubleshoot Layer 2 Issues
  • VLANs and SVIs on Cisco Nexus Series Switches
  • Troubleshoot VLANs, PVLANs, and SVIs
  • Troubleshoot Rapid PVST+
Troubleshooting Port Channels and Virtual Port Channels

  • Port Channel Overview
  • vPC Overview
  • Common vPC Issues
Troubleshooting Cisco OTV

  • Cisco OTV Features
  • Common Cisco OTV Issues
  • Cisco OTV Troubleshooting
  • HSRP Isolation Between Data Centers Using Cisco OTV
Troubleshooting VXLAN

  • VXLAN Overlay Features
  • VXLAN 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 FHRP
  • Troubleshoot Data Center LAN Security
  • Troubleshoot AAA and RBAC
  • Troubleshoot First-Hop Security
  • Troubleshoot CoPP
  • Troubleshoot ACLs
Troubleshooting Platform-Specific Issues
  • Cisco Fabric Services Overview
  • Troubleshoot Cisco Fabric Services
  • Configure and Troubleshoot Configuration Profiles
  • Common VDC Issues
  • Troubleshoot VDC
  • Troubleshoot VRF
  • Cisco FEX Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshoot Cisco ISSU
Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Interfaces

  • Fibre Channel Overview
  • Troubleshoot Fibre Channel Interfaces and Device Registration
  • Troubleshoot SAN Port Channels
  • Troubleshoot Port Security and Fabric Binding
Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Fabric Services

  • Troubleshoot VSANs
  • Troubleshoot Fibre Channel Domain and Name Services
  • Troubleshoot Zoning and Fabric Merges
  • Troubleshoot Cisco Fabric Services
Troubleshooting NPV Mode

  • NPIV and NPV Overview
  • Troubleshoot NPV Mode
  • Troubleshooting FCoE
  • FCoE and FIP Overview
  • Troubleshoot FIP
  • Troubleshoot FCoE- and QoS-Related Issues
  • Troubleshoot 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
  • Cisco UCS Manageability
  • Troubleshoot Authentication Failures
Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Servers

  • Troubleshoot Cisco UCS B-Series Server Boot
  • Troubleshoot 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 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 IOS EEM
  • Troubleshoot the Cisco NX-OS Scheduler
Troubleshooting Programmability

  • Troubleshoot Bash Shell and Guest Shell for NX-OS
  • Troubleshoot REST API, JSON, and XML Encodings

Lab Outline

  • Document the Network Baseline
  • Troubleshoot Rapid PVST+
  • Troubleshoot LACP
  • Troubleshoot vPC
  • Troubleshoot OTV
  • Troubleshoot VXLAN
  • Troubleshoot OSPF
  • Troubleshoot FHRP
  • Troubleshoot Cisco Fabric Services
  • Troubleshoot VRF
  • Troubleshoot Cisco FEX
  • Troubleshoot Fibre Channel Interfaces
  • Troubleshoot Fibre Channel VSANs, Zones, and Domain Services
  • Troubleshoot NPV Mode
  • Troubleshoot FCoE
  • Troubleshoot DCB
  • Troubleshoot Cisco UCS Management and Service Profile Deployment
  • Troubleshoot Cisco UCS C-Series Server LAN Connectivity
  • Troubleshoot Cisco UCS C-Series Server Boot from the Fibre Channel LUN
  • Troubleshoot Cisco UCS C-Series Server iSCSI Boot
  • Troubleshoot Cisco UCS C-Series Server Management Connectivity
  • Troubleshoot Bare-Metal Hosts Connectivity Through Cisco ACI
  • Troubleshoot Cisco ACI Integration with VMware vCenter
  • Troubleshoot Contracts in Cisco ACI
  • Troubleshoot Cisco ACI External Layer 3 Connectivity
  • Troubleshoot Cisco ACI External Layer 2 Connectivity

Target Audience

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

Course Duration

5 days

Suggested Pre-requisites

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

  • 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

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