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DCFNDU - Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations v1.0

Overview

Duration: 5 days

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).

Objectives

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 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

Content

1. 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

2. 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

3. Describing Layer 3 First-Hop Redundancy

  • Default Gateway Redundancy
  • Hot Standby Router Protocol
  • Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol
  • Gateway Load Balancing Protocol

4. Describing Cisco FEX

  • Server Deployment Models
  • Cisco FEX Technology
  • Cisco FEX Traffic Forwarding
  • Cisco Adapter FEX

5. Describing Port Channels and vPCs

  • Ethernet Port Channels
  • Virtual Port Channels
  • Supported vPC Topologies

6. Describing Switch Virtualization

  • Cisco Nexus Switch Basic Components
  • Virtual Routing and Forwarding
  • Cisco Nexus 7000 VDCs
  • VDC Types
  • VDC Resource Allocation
  • VDC Management

7. Describing Machine Virtualization

  • Virtual Machines
  • Hypervisor
  • VM Manager

8. 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

9. Introducing Basic Data Center Storage Concepts

  • Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center
  • Fibre Channel Storage Networking
  • VSAN Configuration and Verification

10. Describing Fibre Channel Communication Between the Initiator Server and the target Storage

  • Fibre Channel Layered Model
  • FLOGI Process
  • Fibre Channel Flow Control

11. Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses

  • Fibre Channel Zoning
  • Zoning Configuration
  • Zoning Management

12. Describing Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV

  • Cisco NPV Mode
  • NPIV Mode

13. Describing Data Center Ethernet Enhancements

  • IEEE Data Center Bridging
  • Priority Flow Control
  • Enhanced Transmission Selection
  • DCBX Protocol
  • Congestion Notification

14. Describing FCoE

  • Cisco Unified Fabric
  • FCoE Architecture
  • FCoE Initialization Protocol
  • FCoE Adapters

15. 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

16. 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

17. 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

18. 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

Audience

  • Data center administrators
  • Data center engineers
  • Systems engineers
  • Server administrators
  • Network managers
  • Cisco integrators and partners

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

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)

Certification

This course is not associated with any Certification.

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