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DCICN - Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking v6.0 (DCICN)

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Course Overview

Duration: 5 Days

Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) V6.0 course is a five-day instructor-led training (ILT) program that introduces students to the primary technologies that are used in the Cisco Data Center. The introductory level of knowledge that is taught in this course is targeted for individuals who will perform only the more basic configuration tasks. The course lab exercises focus on viewing configurations with some configuration changes made by the student.

 

Who Should Attend

Course Certifications

This course is part of the following Certifications:

Prerequisites

The learner is expected to have the following skills and knowledge before attending this course:

  • Good understanding of networking protocolsl
  • Good understanding of the VMware environment
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systes
  • Basic Internet usage skills

 

Course Objectives

  • Describe Ethernet communication functions and standards
  • Describe the OSI and TCP.IP models
  • Describe the routing process on Nexus switches
  • Compare storage connectivity options in the data center
  • Describe the Fibre Channgel name server and fabric login (FLOGI) process

 

Course Content

Module 1: Network Protocols and Host-to-Host Communication

Objective: Describe Ethernet communication functions and standards

Lesson 1: Describing Ethernet Functions and Standards

Objective: List the characteristics and benefits of a LAN including its components and their related functions

This lesson includes these topics:

·         Definition of a LAN

−         Objective: Define a LAN

·         Components of a LAN

−         Objective: Identify the components of a LAN

·         Functions of a LAN

−         Objective: List the functions of a LAN

·         Ethernet

−         Objective: Describe the evolution of Ethernet (IEEE 802.3)

·         Ethernet LAN Standards

−         Objective: Describe the standards that govern Ethernet

·         Role of CSMA/CD in Ethernet

−         Objective: Define how CSMA/CD operates

·         Ethernet Frames

−         Objective: Identify the fields of an Ethernet frame and explain their functions

·         Ethernet Frame Addressing

−         Objective: List the characteristics of each type of Ethernet frame addressing

·         Ethernet Addresses

−         Objective: Define the purpose and components of an Ethernet address

·         MAC Addresses and Binary-Hexadecimal Numbers

−         Objective: Define the hexadecimal structure and function of MAC addresses in an Ethernet LAN

·         Challenge

Lesson 2: Describing Ethernet Hardware and Switching

Objective: List the functions of basic Ethernet hardware, such as network interface cards (NICs), which are used in an Ethernet LAN and define the types of Ethernet LAN connectors.

This lesson includes these topics:

·         Ethernet LAN Hardware

−         Objective: List the functions of basic Ethernet hardware—such as NICs, which are used in an Ethernet LAN—and define the types of Ethernet LAN connectors

·         Ethernet Transceivers and Cables

−         Objective: Define the types of modular Ethernet transceivers and the characteristics of the UTP cables that are used with them

·         40GE and 100GE Ethernet

−         Objective: Describe 40 GE and 100 GE Ethernet

·         Challenges of Shared LANs

−         Objective: Define Ethernet LAN segments and their limitations

·         Issues with a Redundant Switched Topology

−         Objective:

·         Solving Network Challenges with Switched LAN Technology

−         Objective: Define the function of switches in an Ethernet network

·         Challenge

Lesson 3: Describing OSI and TCP/IP Models

Objective: Describe the OSI and TCP/IP models This lesson includes these topics:

·         Understanding Host-to-Host Communications

−         Objective: Identify the requirements of a host-to-host communications model

·         OSI Reference Model

−         Objective: Define the purpose of the OSI reference model

·         OSI Model Layers and Their Functions

−         Objective: Define the characteristics, functions, and purposes of each of the OSI layers

·         Encapsulation and De-Encapsulation

−         Objective: Describe the process of encapsulation and de-encapsulation

·         Challenge

Lesson 4: Describing IPv4 and IPv6 Network Layer Addressing

Objective: Describe IPv4 and IPv6 network layer addressing This lesson includes these topics:

·         IP Overview

−         Objective: Define the functions and characteristics of IP

·         IP Addressing

−         Objective: Describe the components of an IPv4 address

·         Public and Private IP Addresses

−         Objective: Compare public and private IP addresses

·         Routing

−         Objective: Describe the function of a router in the IP packet delivery process

·         DHCP

−         Objective: Define the function of DHCP in IP addressing

·         Domain Name System

−         Objective: Define the function of DNS in IP addressing

·         Configuring and Verifying Host Addressing

−         Objective: Identify common host tools to determine the IP address of a host

·         Guided Lab 1: Use the DCICN Lab System

−         Objective: Introduction to the lab environment.

−         Topology

−         Lab Devices (Physical)

−         Lab Servers (Virtual Machines)

−         Job Aids

−         Task 1: Prepare to Execute This Lab

−         Task 2: Explore the Windows ipconfig Command

−         Task 3: Explore the Linux ifconfig Command

·         The Need for IPv6

−         Objective: Explain the need for IPv6

·         Understanding IPv6 Addresses

−         Objective: Describe the IPv6 address format

·         Assigning IPv6 Addresses

−         Objective: Explain the methods that are used to assign an IPv6 address

·         Challenge

Lesson 5: Describing Packet Delivery on a Hierarchical Network

Objective: Describe the packet delivery process This lesson includes these topics:

·         Layer 1 Devices and Their Function

−         Objective: Describe Layer 1 devices and their function

·         Layer 2 Devices and Their Function

−         Objective: Describe Layer 2 devices and their function

·         Layer 2 Addressing

−         Objective: Describe Layer 2 addressing

·         Layer 3 Devices and Their Function

−         Objective: Describe Layer 3 devices and their function

·         Layer 3 Addressing

−         Objective: Describe Layer 3 addressing

·         Mapping Layer 2 Addressing to Layer 3 Addressing

−         Objective: Describe mapping Layer 2 addressing to Layer 3 addressing

·         ARP Table

−         Objective: Describe the ARP table

·         Function of the Default Gateway

−         Objective: Describe the function of the default gateway

·         Common Host Network Tools

−         Objective: Use common host tools to determine the path between two hosts across a network

·         Guided Lab 2: Explore LAN Communication

−         Objective: Explore how IPv4 hosts communicate across a LAN

−         Topology

−         Job Aids

−         Task 1: Prepare to Execute This Lab

−         Task 2: Explore the ARP Cache

−         Task 3: Protocol Analysis of the ARP Process

−         Task 4: Explore the arp and ping Commands on Linux

−         Task 5: Communication with a Remote LAN

−         Task 6: Observe DNS

−         Task 7: Explore the tracert Tool on Windows

−         Task 8: Explore the traceroute Tool on Linux

·         Challenge

Lesson 6: Describing the TCP/IP Transport Layer

Objective: Compare and contrast TCP/IP with the OSI model This lesson includes these topics:

·         Transport Layer Functions

−         Objective: Explain the purpose and functions of the transport layer

·         Reliable vs. Best-Effort

−         Objective: Contrast connection-oriented transport with connectionless transport

·         UDP Characteristics

−         Objective: List the characteristics of UDP

·         TCP Characteristics

−         Objective: List the characteristics of TCP

·         TCP/IP Applications

−         Objective: List common applications that are provided by TCP/IP

·         Mapping Layer 3 to Layer 4

−         Objective: Describe how the protocol stack maps Layer 3 to Layer 4

·         Mapping Layer 4 to Applications

−         Objective: Describe how the protocol stack maps Layer 4 to applications

·         Establishing a Connection with a Peer System

−         Objective: Order the steps of the initialization of a TCP connection to a peer system

·         Flow Control

−         Objective: Describe the reasons for and the mechanics of flow control

·         TCP Acknowledgment

−         Objective: Order the steps in an acknowledgment sequence

·         Windowing

−         Objective: Define the function of windowing

·         TCP Sequence Number and Acknowledgment Numbers

−         Objective: Define sequence and acknowledgment numbers

·         Host-to-Host Packet Delivery

−         Objective: Describe packet delivery (host-to-host)

·         Guided Lab 3: Explore Protocol Analysis

−         Objective: Explore IP addressing and frame formats

−         Topology

−         Job Aids

−         Task 1: Prepare Wireshark on the Win-20yy VM

−         Task 2: Generate Traffic and Capture

−         Task 3: Examine the Packet Summaries

−         Task 4: Examine an Ethernet Header

−         Task 5: Examine an IP Header

−         Task 6: Examine a Transport Layer Header

−         Task 7: Examine the Application Layer Data in a Packet

−         Task 8: Configure Windows Client for DHCP

−         Task 9: Explore the DHCP Process

−         Task 10: Configure Static IP on Windows

·         Guided Lab 4: Explore TCP and UDP Communication

−         Objective: Examine the TCP and UDP protocols and how they communicate

−         Topology

−         Job Aids

−         Required Resources

−         Task 1: Prepare to Execute This Lab

−         Task 2: Explore the netstat Command on Windows

−         Task 3: Capture a Short TCP Conversation

−         Task 4: Examine the TCP Three-Way Handshake

−         Task 5: Examine the TCP Conversation

−         Task 6: Examine the TCP FIN Exchange

−         Task 7: Examine a TCP Reset

−         Task 8: Examine a UDP Conversation

−         Task 9: Examine traceroute on Linux

·         Challenge

Module 2: Basic Data Center Networking Concepts

Objective: Describe basic data center networking concepts such as two- and three-tier hierarchy and the spine-leaf architecture

Lesson 1: Describing Data Center Network Architectures

Objective: Examine the Cisco Data Center network architectures, the 2- and the 3-tier network design, and the spine/leaf network design.

This lesson includes these topics:

·         Cisco Data Center Architecture Overview

−         Objective: Describe Cisco Data Center architecture

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

−         Objective: Describe the three-tier core, aggregation, access network

·         Spine-Leaf Network

−         Objective: Describe the spine-leaf network

·         Two-Tier Storage Network

−         Objective: Describe the two-tier storage network

·         Challenge

Lesson 2: Describing the Cisco Nexus Family and NX-OS

Objective: Describe data center network architectures This lesson includes these topics:

·         Cisco Nexus Data Center Product Overview

−         Objective: Describe the products in the Cisco Nexus data center product portfolio and their features

·         Cisco NX-OS Software Architecture

−         Objective: Describe the Cisco NX-OS Software architecture

·         Cisco NX-OS Software CLI

−         Objective: Explain the Cisco NX-OS CLI and identify commonly used commands

·         Cisco Nexus Chassis Discovery

−         Objective: Describe the Cisco NX-OS chassis discovery process.

·         Cisco NX-OS Virtual Routing and Forwarding

−         Objective: Describe the device virtualization on the Nexus switches

·         Licensing Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches

−         Objective: Explain the licensing of Cisco Nexus 5000 Series switches

·         Cisco NX-OS Connectivity Tools

−         Objective: Describe the use of common Cisco NX-OS tools to verify connectivity

·         Guided Lab 5: Explore the Cisco NX-OS Command Line Interface

−         Objective: The student will explore the Cisco Nexus Operating System (Cisco NX-OS) command line interface.

−         Topology

−         Visual Objective

−         Job Aids

−         Task 1: Log in to a Nexus 5000 and a Nexus 7000 Series Switch

−         Task 2: Explore the show interface Command

−         Task 3: Context-Sensitive Help and Tab Completion

−         Task 4: Explore Command History

−         Task 5: Explore Network Status Tools

−         Task 6: Explore Nexus Device Configuration

·         Guided Lab 6: Explore Topology Discovery and Documentation

−         Objective: Examine the Cisco Nexus switches in your pod, determine how they are cabled together, and provide some documentation for the topology

−         Topology

−         Visual Objective

−         Job Aids

−         Task 1: Prepare for Lab Exercise

−         Task 2: Begin Exploration from the N5K Switches

−         Task 3: Understand the Nexus 7000 Initial State

−         Task 4: Explore and Document Connectivity from the N7K-A Switch

−         Task 5: Explore and Document Connectivity from the N7K-B Switch

−         Task 6: Explore Cisco Discovery Protocol Further

·         Challenge

Lesson 3: Implementing VLANs and Trunks

Objective: Describe VLANs This lesson includes these topics:

·         Introduction to VLANs

−         Objective: Define the purpose and function of VLANs

·         Grouping Business Functions into VLANs

−         Objective: Describe VLAN implementation configuration considerations

·         Applying IP Address Space in the Enterprise Network

−         Objective: Discuss enterprise network IP addressing considerations

·         Considering Traffic Source to Destination Paths

−         Objective: Describe the flow of a packet

·         Configuring VLANs

−         Objective: Explain the basic configuration of VLANs

·         Trunking with 802.1Q

−         Objective: Define the purpose and function of IEEE 802.1Q trunking

·         Introduction to VTP

−         Objective: Define the purpose and function of VTP

·         Configuring VTP, Trunks, and VLANs

−         Objective: List the steps that are required to configure a normal-range VLAN that uses VTP and 802.1Q trunking

·         Guided Lab 7: Implement VLANs and Trunks

−         Objective: Configure VLANs and trunks

−         Topology

−         Visual Objective

−         Job Aids

−         Task 1: Prepare to Execute This Lab Exercise

−         Task 2: Examine the vSwitch Configuration on the ESXi Hosts

−         Task 3: Implement a VLAN on the Four Switches

−         Task 4: Assign Interfaces to a VLAN

−         Task 5: Implement Trunk Interfaces

−         Task 6: Configure VLAN 20 on All Switches

−         Task 7: Configure Access Links to Allow Both VLANs Between the Servers

−         Task 8: Configure the Switch-to-Switch Links as Trunks

·         Challenge

Lesson 4: Describing Redundant Switched Topologies

Objective: Describe issues with STP This lesson includes these topics:

·         Issues Related to Redundant Switched Topologies

−         Objective: Identify the potential issues of a redundant switched topology

·         Resolving Issues with STP

−         Objective: Describe how spanning tree resolves issues of redundant switched networks

·         STP Path Cost, Port Cost, and Port Roles

−         Objective: Describe spanning tree paths, port costs, and port roles

·         802.1w RSTP

−         Objective: Describe the benefits of RSTP

·         802.1s MSTP

−         Objective: Describe the benefits of MSTP

·         LAN Port Channels

−         Objective: Describe the LAN port channels

·         Implementing LAN Port Channels

−         Objective: Describe how to use show commands to verify LAN port channels

·         Guided Lab 8: Map a Spanning Tree and Configure Port Channels

−         Objective: Configure spanning tree parameters and use the show commands to validate spanning tree configuration

−         Topology

−         Visual Objective

−         Job Aids

−         Required Resources

−         Command List

−         Task 1: Prepare to Execute this Lab Exercise

−         Task 2: Map the Spanning Tree Status on the N5K-A Switch

−         Task 3: Continue Tracing to the Spanning Tree Root

−         Task 4: Map Spanning Tree from the Root Switch

−         Task 5: Map Spanning Tree from the Remaining Switch

−         Task 6: Understand the Election of Designated Ports

−         Task 7: Implement the Default Spanning Tree

−         Task 8: Configure Preferred Spanning Tree Roo

 

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