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Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT)

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1: Cisco Data Center Network Services
  • Examining Functional Layers of the Data Center
    • Traditional Isolated LAN and SAN Networks
    • LAN Core, Aggregation, and Access Layers
    • Core and Access Layers in a LAN Collapsed Core Design
    • Core and Edge Layers in a Data Center SAN Design
    • Collapsed-Core SAN Design
  • Reviewing the Cisco Nexus Product Family
    • Cisco Nexus Data Center Product Portfolio
    • Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Chassis Options
    • Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Supervisor Module
    • Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Licensing Options
    • Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Fabric Modules
    • Cisco Nexus 7000 Series I/O Modules
    • Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Power Supply Options
    • Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Chassis Options
    • Cisco Nexus 5010 and 5020 Switches Features
    • Cisco Nexus 5010 and 5020 Expansion Modules
    • Cisco Nexus 5500 Platform Switches Features
    • Cisco Nexus 5500 Platform Switches Expansion Modules
    • Cisco Nexus 5000 Switch Series Software Licensing
    • Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders Function in the Cisco Data Center
    • Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders Features
  • Reviewing the Cisco MDS Product Family
    • Cisco MDS 9000 Series Product Suite
    • Cisco MDS 9500 Series Chassis Options
    • Cisco MDS 9500 Series Supervisor Modules
    • Cisco MDS 9500 Series Licensing Options
    • Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switching Modules
    • Cisco MDS 9500 Series Power Supply Options
    • Cisco MDS 9100 Series Switches
    • Cisco MDS 9222i Switch
  • Monitoring the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 Series Switches
    • Connecting to the Console Port
    • Running the Initial Setup Script
    • Connecting to the Cisco Nexus 7000 CMP
    • Connecting to the Switch Using SSH to Connect to the Management VRF
    • Reviewing the ISSU on the Cisco Nexus Switches
    • Verifying VLANs
    • Examining the Operational Plane
    • Reviewing Cisco NX-OS Default Control Plane Policing
    • Using Important CLI Commands
  • Describing vPCs and Cisco FabricPath in the Data Center
    • Virtual Port Channels
    • Verifying vPCs
    • Cisco FabricPath
    • Verifying Cisco FabricPath
  • Using OTV on Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches
    • OTV on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches
    • Verifying OTV on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches
2: Cisco Data Center Virtualization
  • Virtualizing Network Devices
    • Describing VDCs on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch
    • Verifying VDCs on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch
    • Navigating Between VDCs on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch
    • Describing NIV on Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 Series Switches
  • Virtualizing Storage
    • LUN Storage Virtualization
    • Storage-System Virtualization
  • Virtualizing Server Solutions
    • Benefits of Server Virtualization
    • Available Data Center Server Virtualization Solutions
  • Using the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch
    • Limitations of VMware vSwitch
    • Advantages of VMware vDS
    • How the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch Brings Network Visibility to the VM Level
    • How the VSM and VEM Integrate with VMware ESX or ESXi and vCenter
  • Verifying Setup and Operation of the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch
    • Verify the Initial Configuration and Module Status on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch
    • Verifying the VEM Status on the ESX or ESXi Host
    • Validating VM Port Groups
3: Cisco Data Center Storage Networking
  • Comparing Storage-Connectivity Options in the Data Center
    • Comparing Block- and File-Based Network Storage
    • NFS, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and SCSI
    • SCSI Evolution from DAS to SAN
  • Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking
    • Fibre Channel SAN Topologies
    • Fibre Channel Port Types
    • Fibre Channel Addressing
    • Fibre Channel Layered Model
    • FCNS and the FLOGI process
    • Fibre Channel Zoning and LUN Masking
  • Verifying Fibre Channel Communications on Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switches
    • Configure a Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switch from the CLI Setup Script
    • Update the Cisco NX-OS on a Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switch
    • Update Licensed Features on the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switch
    • Verify Initiator and Target Fabric Login
    • Verify Fibre Channel Zoning on a Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switch
    • Collect Technical Support Data on a Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switch
4: Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric
  • Describing DCB
    • Unified Fabric Benefits
    • IEEE Standards That Enable FCoE
    • Priority Flow Control
    • Enhanced Transmission Selection
    • DCB Exchange
  • Identifying Connectivity Options for FCoE on the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch
    • SFP modules
    • Cabling Requirements and Distance Limitations for Common SFP and SFP+ Transceivers
    • Connecting the Cisco UCS P81E Virtual Interface Card to Cisco Nexus 5500UP Unified Fabric Switches
    • Connecting the Cisco Nexus 5500UP Unified Fabric Switch to Northbound LAN and SAN Fabrics
  • Describing Enhanced FCoE Scalability with Cisco Nexus 2232 10GE Fabric Extenders
    • Scaling the Data Center Virtualized Access Layer with the Cisco Nexus 2232 10GE Fabric Extenders
    • Cisco Nexus 2232 10GE Fabric Extender-to-Cisco Nexus 5500 Switch Connectivity
    • Adapter FEX on the Cisco Nexus 2232 10GE Fabric Extender
    • Verifying Adapter FEX on the Cisco Nexus 2232 10GE Fabric Extender
5: Cisco UCS
  • Describing the Cisco UCS B-Series Product Family
    • Cisco UCS 6100 and 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects
    • Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis
    • Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server
    • Cisco UCS B230 M2 Blade Server
    • Cisco UCS B250 M2 Extended Memory Blade Server
    • Cisco UCS B440 M2 High-Performance Blade Server
    • Mezzanine Card Options for Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers
    • Memory Population Guidelines for Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers
  • Describing the Cisco UCS C-Series Product Family
    • Cisco UCS C-Series Product Family
    • Cisco UCS C200 M2 High-Density Rack Server
    • Cisco UCS C210 M2 General-Purpose Rack Server
    • Cisco UCS C220 M3 Rack Server
    • Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server
    • Cisco UCS C250 M2 Extended-Memory Rack Server
    • Cisco UCS C260 M2 Rack Server
    • Cisco UCS C460 M2 High-Performance Rack Server
    • PCIe Adapter Options for Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers
    • RAID Adapter Options for Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers
    • Memory Population Guidelines for Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers
  • Connecting Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers
    • Chassis-to-Fabric Interconnect Physical Connectivity
    • I/O Module Architectures
    • Cisco Integrated Management Controller Chip on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers
    • Three Basic Port Personalities in the Fabric Interconnect
    • Discovery Process
  • Setting up an Initial Cisco UCS B-Series Cluster
    • Cabling a Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Cluster
    • Initial Setup Script for the Primary Peer
    • Initial Setup Script for the Secondary Peer
    • Verifying a Fabric Interconnect Cluster
  • Describing Cisco UCS Manager Operations
    • Cisco UCS Manager
    • Layout of the Cisco UCS Manager GUI
    • Navigation Window Tabs
    • Device Discovery in Cisco UCS Manager
    • Verifying Device Discovery in UCS Manager
  • Describing Cisco UCS Manager Pools, Policies, Templates, and Service Profiles
    • Benefits of Stateless Computing
    • Using Identity Pools in Service Profiles
    • Using Service Profile Templates to Enable Rapid Provisioning and Consistent Application of Policy
    • Creation of Policies for Service Profiles and Service Profile Templates
    • Chassis and Blade Power Capping
Course Labs
  • Lab 1-1: Connecting to a Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch Using SSH
  • Lab 1-2: Connecting to a Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch Using SSH
  • Lab 1-3: Running CLI Commands
  • Lab 1-4: Configuring vPCs
  • Lab 1-5: Validating Cisco FabricPath Configuration
  • Lab 1-6: Validating OTV Configuration
  • Lab 2-1: Verifying Current VDC Settings
  • Lab 2-2: Validating a Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender Configuration
  • Lab 2-3: Validating a Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch Configuration
  • Lab 3-1: Validating a Cisco MDS 9100 Series Multilayer Fabric Switch License
  • Lab 3-2: Configuring VSANs and Zoning
  • Lab 3-3: Validating FLOGI and FCNS
  • Lab 3-3: Viewing the tech-support Command Output
  • Lab 4-1: Validating the Physical Connections for FCoE
  • Lab 5-1: Exploring the Cisco UCS Manager GUI
  • Lab 5-2: Creating a Service Profile from a Template and Performing VMware ESXi 5.0 SAN Boot