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DCII - Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure v6.0 (DCII)

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Course Overview

Duration: 5 Days

Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII) v6.0 is a five day instructor-led course that is designed to help students prepare for the Cisco CCNP Data Center certification and for professional level data center roles. The focus of this skills building course is implementation of LAN, SAN, and Data Center Unified Fabric using Cisco MDS switches, Cisco Nexus switches and Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders (FEXs). The course provides rich, hands on experience of implementing Cisco data center infrastructure.

Who Should Attend

Course Certifications

This course is part of the following Certifications:


The knowledge and skills that a learner should have before attending this course:

  • Describe data center networking concepts

  • Describe data center storage concepts

  • Describe data center virtualization

  • Describe Cisco Unified Computing System

  • Describe data center automation and orchestration with the focus on Cisco ACI and UCS Director

  • Identify products in the Cisco Data Center Nexus and MDS families

  • Describe network fundamentals and build simple LANs, including switching and routing

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • Configure RSTP, MST, and port channels and implement Cisco FabricPath, OTV, VXLAN, and LISP

  • Configure first-hop redundancy, routing, and multicast in the data center

  • Configure user management and implement system security features on Nexus switches

  • Perform basic Fibre Channel configuration, manage Fibre Channel domains, and implement Fibre Channel port security and binding

  • Configure FCoE

  • Configure distributed device aliases, zoning, NPV, and FCIP

  • Configure system management and infrastructure monitoring

Course Content

Module 1: Data Center Protocols

Objective: Configure RSTP and MST, configure port channels, implement Cisco FabricPath, OTV, VXLAN, and LISP

Lesson 1: Configuring Spanning Tree Protocol

Objective: Configure Rapid PVST+, MST and STP extensions This lesson includes these topics:

·         Rapid PVST+ Overview

−         Objective: Describe Rapid PVST+

·         MST Overview

−         Objective: Describe the basic idea behind multiple spanning tree protocol

·         MST Regions

−         Objective: Describe MST regions

·         STP Instances with MST

−         Objective: Describe STP instances of MST

·         MST Recommended Practices

−         Objective: Describe MST recommended practices

·         Cisco Nexus STP Toolkit

−         Objective: Identify the available STP toolkit on Cisco Nexus switches

·         STP Edge Port

−         Objective: Describe the STP edge port feature

·         Securing an STP Edge Port with BPDU Guard

−         Objective: Describe the BPDU guard feature

·         Disabling STP with BPDU Filter

−         Objective: Describe BPDU Filter STP feature

·         Protecting STP Topology with Root Guard

−         Objective: Describe the Root Guard STP feature

·         Problem with Unidirectional Links

−         Objective: Describe the problem with unidirectional links

·         Protecting Against Loops

−         Objective: Compare Loop Guard, Bridge Assurance, and UDLD

·         Guided Lab 1: Configure Layer 2 Switching

−         Objective: Configure basic Layer 2 configuration, Rapid STP+, and MST

−         Topology

−         Job Aid

−         Command List

−         Task 1: Perform Basic Layer 2 Configuration

−         Task 2: Configure Rapid PVSTP+

−         Task 3: Configure MST

·         Challenge

Lesson 2: Configuring Port Channels

Objective: Configure port channels and virtual port channels This lesson includes these topics:

·         Port Channels Overview

−         Objective: Describe the basic idea behind port channels

·         Port Channels and LACP

−         Objective: Describe port channels, including basic LACP operation

·         Port Channel Load Balancing

−         Objective: Describe how traffic is load balanced across links within a port channel

·         vPC Overview

−         Objective: Describe the basic idea behind virtual port channels

·         vPC Building Blocks

−         Objective: Identify and describe vPC building blocks

·         vPC at Multiple Layers

−         Objective: Describe where in the network you can deploy vPC

·         vPC Guidelines

−         Objective: Describe guidelines for vPC design

·         vPC Peer-Gateway

−         Objective: Describe vPC peer gateway feature

·         vPC Peer-Switch

−         Objective: Describe vPC peer switch feature

·         Guided Lab 2: Configure Port Channels

−         Objective: Configure port channels and virtual port channels

−         Topology

−         Job Aid

−         Command List

−         Task 1: Configure a Regular Port Channel

−         Task 2: Configure vPC Towards N5K-A

−         Task 3: Configure vPC Towards N5K-B

·         Challenge

Lesson 3: Configuring Fabric Extenders

Objective: Configure FEX in static, dynamic, and enhanced vPC setup This lesson includes these topics:

·         Cisco Nexus 2000 FEX Overview

−         Objective: Describe Cisco Nexus 2000 fabric extender

·         FEX and VN-Tag

−         Objective: Describe how fabric extenders use the VN-Tag

·         FEX Deployment Models

−         Objective: Describe FEX deployment models

·         FEX with Static Pinning

−         Objective: Describe static pinning

·         FEX with Dynamic Pinning

−         Objective: Describe dynamic pinning

·         Active/Active FEX

−         Objective: Describe active/active FEX deployment

·         Enhanced vPC Overview

−         Objective: Describe Enhanced vPC

·         Guided Lab 3: Configure FEX

−         Objective: Configure FEXes and enhanced vPC

−         Topology

−         Job Aid

−         Command List

−         Task 1: Install FEX-A

−         Task 2: Install FEX-B

−         Task 3: Investigate FEX Inventory

·         Challenge

Lesson 4: Implementing Cisco FabricPath

Objective: Implement FabricPath and and describe DFA This lesson includes these topics:

·         Cisco FabricPath Overview

−         Objective: Describe FabricPath

·         Cisco FabricPath Header

−         Objective: Describe FabricPath header

·         Conversational MAC Learning

−         Objective: Describe conversational MAC learning process

·         Cisco FabricPath Data Plane

−         Objective: Explain FabricPath data plane operation

·         vPC+ Overview

−         Objective: Describe vPC+

·         Cisco FabricPath Benefits

−         Objective: Describe Cisco FabricPath benefits

·         Cisco FabricPath in the Core

−         Objective: Describe FabricPath in the data center core

·         Cisco FabricPath as Site Interconnect

−         Objective: Describe FabricPath as Site Interconnect

·         Cisco FabricPath Support

−         Objective: Cisco FabricPath support

·         Cisco DFA Overview

−         Objective: Describe Cisco Dynamic Fabric Automation

·         Cisco DFA Topology

−         Objective: Describe parts of DFA topology

·         Cisco DFA Control Plane Protocols

−         Objective: Describe the roles of MP-BGP and IS-IS within DFA

·         Cisco DFA Management and Orchestration

−         Topology

−         Job Aid

−         Command List

−         Task 1: Enable FabricPath Feature

−         Task 2: Configure Cisco FabricPath

−         Task 3: Verify FabricPath Configuration

−         Task 4: Configure vPC+

·         Challenge

Lesson 5: Understanding Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization

Objective: Configure OTV

This lesson includes these topics:

·         Cisco OTV Overview

−         Objective: Describe OTV

·         Cisco OTV Components

−         Objective: Describe the components of OTV

·         Guidelines and Limitations for Cisco OTV

−         Objective: Describe guidelines and limitations for OTV

·         FHRP Filtering for Extended VLANs

−         Objective: Describe the need for filtering FHRP for VLANs that you extended over the overlay

−         Objective: Configure OTV

−         Topology

−         Job Aid

−         Command List

−         Task 1: Investigate the Need for OTV

−         Task 2: Configure OTV

·         Challenge

Lesson 6: Implementing VXLAN

Objective: Configure VXLAN This lesson includes these topics:

·         VXLAN Overview

−         Objective: Compare VXLAN with VLAN.

·         VXLAN Encapsulation

−         Objective: Describe VXLAN encapsulation

·         VXLAN Control Plane: BIDIR-PIM

−         Objective: Describe how VXLAN utilizes multicast for its operation

·         VXLAN Control Plane: MP-BGP EVPN

−         Objective: Describe MP-BGP-based VXLAN implementations

·         VXLAN Gateways

−         Objective: Describe VXLAN gateways

·         VXLAN VTEP Redundancy

−         Objective: Describe VTEP redundancy mechanisms

·         Guided Lab 6: Configure VXLAN

−         Objective: [High-level description of what is to be accomplished in the learning lab.]

−         Topology

−         Job Aid

−         Command List

−         Task 1: Configure the Control Plane Protocol

−         Task 2: Configure VXLAN

·         Challenge

Lesson 7: Implementing LISP

Objective: Describe LISP

This lesson includes these topics:

·         LISP Overview

−         Objective: Describe the purpose of LISP

·         LISP Terms and Components

−         Objective: Describe terminology and components of a LISP solution

·         LISP Packet Flow

−         Objective: Describe LISP packet flow with LISP and non-LISP sites

·         LISP Control Plane

−         Objective: Understand ingress and egress tunnel routers (ITR and ETR)

·         LISP Host Mobility Overview

−         Objective: Identify the advantages of LISP over the current internet routing paradigm

·         LISP Host Mobility Deployment Models

−         Objective: Describe LISP host mobility use cases

·         LISP Host Mobility with an Extended Subnet

−         Objective: Configure LISP

·         Challenge

Module 2: Layer 3 Switching Features in the Data Center

Objective: Configure first-hop redundancy, routing, and multicast in data center

Lesson 1: Configuring First-Hop Redundancy

Objective: Configure first hop redundancy protocols This lesson includes these topics:

·         Need for First-Hop Redundancy

−         Objective: Describe the need for FHRP

·         HSRP Overview

−         Objective: Describe basic HSRP operation

·         HSRP and STP

−         Objective: Describe why you should align HSRP active routers with STP root bridges for a given VLAN

·         HSRP and vPC

−         Objective: Describe HSRP and vPC

·         HSRP Load Balancing

−         Objective: Describe how you can create load balancing using HSRP

·         Basic HSRP Configuration

−         Objective: Describe basic HSRP configuration

·         HSRP Interface Tracking

−         Objective: Describe HSRP interface tracking

·         VRRP Overview

−         Objective: Describe how is VRRP different than HSRP

·         GLBP Overview

−         Objective: Describe the basic idea behind GLBP

·         GLBP Operation

−         Objective: Describe GLBP operation

·         GLBP Behavior with STP and vPC

−         Objective: Describe how GLBP behaves in STP and vPC environments

·         Basic GLBP Configuration

−         Objective: Describe basic GLBP configuration

·         GLBP Weights and Interface Tracking

−         Objective: Describe GLBP weighting and interface tracking

·         FHRP for IPv6

−         Objective: Describe the need for FHRP in IPv6 environment

−         Objective: Configure VRRP

−         Topology

−         Job Aid

−         Command List

−         Task 1: Configure Basic VRRP

−         Task 2: Configure Interface Tracking with VRRP

·         Challenge

Lesson 2: Configuring Routing

Objective: configure routing on a Nexus switch This lesson includes these topics:

·         Routing Protocols on Cisco Nexus Devices

−         Objective: Describe the availability of unicast routing protocols on Nexus switches

·         OSPFv2 Configuration

−         Objective: Describe OSPFv2 configuration

·         IS-IS Configuration

−         Objective: Configure IS-IS

·         BGP Configuration

−         Objective: Configure basic BGP

·         OSPFv3 Configuration

−         Objective: Configure IPv6 routing protocols

·         Bidirectional Forwarding Detection

−         Objective: Describe the basic idea behind BFD

·         BFD Configuration

−         Objective: Describe how to configure BFD on a Cisco Nexus switch

−         Objective: Configure OSPFv2

−         Topology

−         Job Aid

−         Command List

−         Task 1: Prepare Network for the Migration to OSPF

−         Task 2: Configure OSPF

·         Challenge

Lesson 3: Configuring IP Multicast

Objective: Implement multicast functionality in a Cisco Data Center Network Architecture This lesson includes these topics:

·         Introduction to IP Multicast

−         Objective: Identify the components and architecture of IP multicasting

·         IP Multicast in Data Center Networks

−         Objective: Identify why is IP multicast used in DC networks

·         IP Multicast Group Membership Protocols

−         Objective: Describe multicast group membership protocols

·         IGMP and MLD Configuration


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