Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU)

We have some of the top Cisco Data Center instructors on the team including several CCIE Data Center instructors. The DCFNDU - Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations v1.0 course helps you prepare for entry-level data center roles. In this course, you will gain the foundational knowledge and skills needed 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).

COURSE OVERVIEW

The DCFNDU - Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations v1.0 course helps you prepare for entry-level data center roles. In this course, you will gain the foundational knowledge and skills needed 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 will help you:

  •     Prepare for entry-level job roles in the high-demand area of data center environments
  •     Prepare for courses that support the Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center certification exams
  •     Gain knowledge and hands-on skills through Cisco’s unique combination of lessons and hands-on practice using enterprise-grade Cisco learning technologies, data center equipment, and software

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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 Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs)
  •     VDC Types
  •     VDC Resource Allocation
  •     VDC Management

Describing Machine Virtualization

  •     Virtual Machines
  •     Hypervisor
  •     VM Manager


Describing Network Virtualization

  •     Overlay Network Protocols
  •     Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) Overlay
  •     VXLAN Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Ethernet VPN (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
  •     Virtual Storage Area Network (VSAN) Configuration and Verification


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

  •     Fibre Channel Layered Model
  •     Fabric Login (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

  •     Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Data Center Bridging
  •     Priority Flow Control
  •     Enhanced Transmission Selection
  •     Data Center Bridging Exchange (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 I/O Module (IOM) Product Overview
  •     Cisco UCS Mini
  •     Cisco Integrated Management Controller (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

LABS

  •     Explore the Cisco NX-OS CLI
  •     Explore Topology Discovery
  •     Configure Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP)
  •     Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 FEX
  •     Configure VPCs
  •     Configure VPCs with Cisco FEX
  •     Configure Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF)
  •     Explore the Virtual Device Contexts (VDC) Elements
  •     Install VMware Elastic Sky X Integrated (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


Prerequisites

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

  •     Good understanding of networking protocols
  •     Good understanding of the VMware environment
  •     Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems
We recommend you have a CCNA or equivalent knowledge before taking this course. 

LESSONS LEARNED

After taking this course, you 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 Fabric Extender (FEX) connectivity
  •     Describe Ethernet port channels and virtual port channel (VPCs)
  •     Introduce switch virtualization, machine virtualization, and 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 N-Port Virtualization (NPV) and N-Port Identifier Virtualization (NPIV)
  •     Describe data center Ethernet enhancements that provide a lossless fabric
  •     Describe Fibre Channel over Ethernet 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

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