In this online training course, students will be given the foundational knowledge and a broad overview of networking and the Cisco Nexus Operating System. The DCICN online training course provides skills necessary to use a Cisco Data Center.

Course Instructor: Dan Young

Course Outline

Compare and contrast common data center network architectures

  • 2 Tier
  • 3 Tier
  • Spine-leaf

Describe the use of access control lists to perform basic traffic filtering

Describe the basic concepts and components of authentication, authorization, and accounting

Compare and contrast the OSI and the TCP/IP models

Describe different types of cabling, uses, and limitations

Describe different types of transceivers, uses, and limitations

Identify physical components of a server and perform basic troubleshooting

Identify physical port roles

Describe power redundancy modes

Describe classic Ethernet fundamentals

  • Forward
  • Filter
  • Flood
  • MAC address table

Describe switching concepts and perform basic configuration

  • STP
  • 802.1q
  • Port channels
  • Neighbor discovery

Compare and contrast the First Hop Redundancy Protocols

  • VRRP
  • GLBP
  • HSRP

Basic routing operations

Explain and demonstrate IPv4/IPv6 addressing

Compare and contrast static and dynamic routing

Perform basic configuration of SVI/routed interfaces

Differentiate between file and block based storage protocols

Describe the roles of FC/FCoE port types

Describe the purpose of a VSAN

Describe the addressing model of block based storage protocols

  • FC
  • iSCSI

Describe FCoE concepts and operations

  • Encapsulation
  • DCB
  • vFC


Describe Node Port Virtualization

Describe zone types and their uses

Verify the communication between the initiator and target

  • FCNS
  • active zone set

Skills Learned

After completing this online training course, students will be able to:

  • How a network works
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot a switch with VLANs and interswitch communications
  • Implement an IP addressing scheme and IP services to meet network requirements
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot routing operations on Cisco Nexus switches