Course Code: 5549

Cisco CCNA Data Center - Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)v6.2

Class Dates:
5 Days
Class Time:


  • Course Overview
  • The Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.2 course prepares you for the Cisco CCNA® Data Center certification and for associate-level data center roles. The course covers foundational knowledge, skills, and technologies, including data center networking concepts, data center storage networking, and data center physical infrastructure. The training provided in this course is focused on data center basic operations covering the topics needed for today’s demanding associate-level positions.

  • Audience
  • Who should enroll:
    IT professionals with one to three years of experience in the roles below:

    Data center engineer
    Network administrator
    Network engineer
    System administrator
    Systems engineer
    Network designer
    Consulting systems engineer
    Technical solutions architect


  • Prerequisites

    Good understanding of networking protocols
    Good understanding of the VMware environment
    Basic computer literacy
    Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems
    Basic Internet usage skills
    ICND1: Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices, Part 1 v3.0
    DCICT: Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies v6.0

Course Details

  • Objectives
  • Describe the characteristics and benefits of the Ethernet protocol
  • List Ethernet standardization
  • Describe the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) and TCP/IP models
  • Describe IPv4 and IPv6 network layer addressing
  • Describe the packet delivery process
  • Compare and contrast TCP/IP with the OSI model
  • Examine the Cisco data center network architectures, the 2- and 3-tier network design, and the spine/leaf network design
  • Describe Cisco Nexus® products and explain the basic functionalities and tools of Cisco NX-OS
  • Describe issues with Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  • Describe the routing process on Nexus switches, Describe Layer 3 first-hop redundancy
  • Describe and configure user security features, Describe Access Control List (ACL) object groups
  • Compare SCSI over IP (iSCSI), Fibre Channel, and Network-Attached Storage (NAS) connectivity for remote server storage
  • Module 1: Network Protocols and Host-to-Host Communication
  • Ethernet
  • OSI and TCP/IP Models
  • IPv4 and IPv6 Network Layer Addressing
  • Packet Delivery on a Hierarchical Network
  • TCP/IP Transport Layer
  • Module 2: Basic Data Center Networking Concepts
  • Data Center Network Architectures
  • Cisco Nexus Family and NX-OS
  • Implementing VLANs and Trunks
  • Redundant Switched Topologies
  • Module 3: Advanced Data Center Networking Concepts
  • Routing Process on Nexus Switches
  • Layer 3 First Hop Redundancy
  • AAA on Nexus Switches
  • ACLs on Nexus Switches
  • Module 4: Basic Data Center Storage
  • Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center
  • Fibre Channel Storage Networking
  • VSANs
  • Module 5: Advanced Data Center Storage
  • Communication Between Initiator and Target
  • Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses
  • Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV
  • Data Center Ethernet Enhancements
  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet
  • Module 6: Cisco UCS Architecture
  • Cisco UCS Server Hardware Components
  • Cisco UCS Physical Connectivity for a Fabric Interconnect Cluster
  • Cisco UCS Manager Interfaces
  • Labs
  • Lab 1: Explore IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing
  • Lab 2: Explore LAN Communication
  • Lab 3: Explore Protocol Analysis
  • Lab 4: Explore TCP and UDP Communication
  • Lab 5: Explore the Cisco NX-OS Command Line Interface
  • Lab 6: Explore Topology Discovery and Documentation
  • Lab 7: Implement VLANs and Trunks
  • Lab 8: Map a Spanning Tree and Configure Port Channels
  • Lab 9: Implement Multilayer Switching
  • Lab 10: Configure OSPF
  • Lab 11: Configure EIGRP
  • Lab 12: Configure HSRP
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  • Lab 13: Configure AAA and Secure Remote Administration
  • Lab 14: Configure ACLs
  • Lab 15: Configure VSANs
  • Lab 16: Validate FLOGI and FCNS
  • Lab 17: Configure Zoning
  • Lab 18: Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI