DCICN v6.0 - Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking

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Description

Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.0 is a five-day instructor-led course is designed to help students prepare for the Cisco CCNA Data Center certification and for associate-level data center roles. The course covers foundational knowledge, skills, and technologies including network protocols and host-to-host communication, data center networking concepts and technologies, data center storage networking, and Cisco UCS architecture.

To participate in the hands-on labs in this class, you need to bring a laptop computer with the following:

  • We recommend using at least a Pentium 4 or better and 1 GB of RAM or more.
  • We recommend running Windows XP Professional SP3 or greater (Vista & Windows 7/8).
    Mac & Linux machines are also supported.
  • Browser Requirements: Internet Explorer 10 or greater or Mozilla Firefox. (Safari and Mozilla Firefox for Mac OSX)
  • All students are required to have administrator rights to their PCs and cannot be logged in to a domain using any Group Policies that will limit their machine's capabilities.
  • If you do not have administrator rights to your PC, you at least need permissions to download, install, and run Cisco Any Connect Client.
  • If you are participating in a WebEx event, it is highly recommended to take this class at a location that has bandwidth speeds at a minimum of 1 Mbps bandwidth speeds.

Note: Students registering for this course will be receiving their course kit in a digital format. To be able to view your digital kit you will need to bring a laptop PC and/or a compatible iPad or Android tablet. The recommended system requirements and instructions to access the course kit content can be found at the following link: Digital Course Kit Requirements and Instructions

Please be aware that this digital version is designed for online use, not for printing. You can print up to 10 pages only in each guide within a course. Please note that every time you click the Print button in the book, this counts as one page printed, whether or not you click OK in the Print dialog.

If you have any questions or issues with meeting the requirements listed above, please contact us at rlt@skyline-ats.com and provide the class name to which you are attending and we will be more than happy to help.

Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • Describe and identify data center network protocols and host-to-host communication
  • Describe basic data center networking concepts and use the Cisco NX-OS command line interface and implement VLANs, trunks, and port channels
  • Describe advanced data center networking concepts, implement multilayer switching, and perform basic configuration: protocols (OSPF, EIGRP, HSRP); AAA on Cisco NX-OS devices and secure remote administration; and access control lists
  • Describe and compare basic data center storage connectivity options and configure VSANs
  • Describe advanced data center storage and configure zoning, NPV mode, and NPIV on Cisco Nexus and Cisco MDS Switches
  • Identify the components of Cisco UCS architecture and use the Cisco UCS Manager GUI

Prerequisites

The knowledge, skills, and attitudes that a learner is expected to have before attending this course are as follows:

  • 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

Who Should Attend

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Network Designer
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Consulting Systems Engineer
  • Technical Solutions Architect
  • Cisco Integrators/Partners

The secondary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Server Administrator
  • Network Manager

The tertiary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Storage Administrator
  • Program Manager
  • Project Manager

Outline

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

  • Lesson 1: Describing Ethernet Functions and Standards
    • Definition of a LAN
    • Components of a LAN
    • Functions of a LAN
    • Ethernet
    • Ethernet LAN Standards
    • Role of CSMA/CD in Ethernet
    • Ethernet Frames
    • Ethernet Frame Addressing
    • Ethernet Addresses
    • MAC Addresses and Binary-Hexadecimal Numbers
    • Challenge
  • Lesson 2: Describing Ethernet Hardware and Switching
    • Ethernet LAN Hardware
    • Ethernet Transceivers and Cables
    • 40GE and 100GE Ethernet
    • Challenges of Shared LANs
    • Issues with a Redundant Switched Topology
    • Solving Network Challenges with Switched LAN Technology
    • Challenge
  • Lesson 3: Describing OSI and TCP/IP Models
    • Understanding Host-to-Host Communications
    • OSI Reference Model
    • OSI Model Layers and Their Functions
    • Encapsulation and De-Encapsulation
    • Challenge
  • Lesson 4: Describing IPv4 and IPv6 Network Layer Addressing
    • IP Overview
    • IP Addressing
    • Public and Private IP Addresses
    • Routing
    • DHCP
    • Domain Name System
    • Configuring and Verifying Host Addressing
    • Guided Lab 1: Use the DCICN Lab System
      • 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
    • Understanding IPv6 Addresses
    • Assigning IPv6 Addresses
    • Challenge
  • Lesson 5: Describing Packet Delivery on a Hierarchical Network
    • Layer 1 Devices and Their Function
    • Layer 2 Devices and Their Function
    • Layer 2 Addressing
    • Layer 3 Devices and Their Function
    • Layer 3 Addressing
    • Mapping Layer 2 Addressing to Layer 3 Addressing
    • ARP Table
    • Function of the Default Gateway
    • Common Host Network Tools
    • Guided Lab 2: Explore LAN Communication
      • 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
    • Transport Layer Functions
    • Reliable vs. Best-Effort
    • UDP Characteristics
    • TCP Characteristics
    • TCP/IP Applications
    • Mapping Layer 3 to Layer 4
    • Mapping Layer 4 to Applications
    • Establishing a Connection with a Peer System
    • Flow Control
    • TCP Acknowledgment
    • Windowing
    • TCP Sequence Number and Acknowledgment Numbers
    • Host-to-Host Packet Delivery
    • Guided Lab 3: Explore Protocol Analysis
      • 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
      • 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

  • Lesson 1: Describing Data Center Network Architectures
    • Cisco Data Center Architecture Overview
    • 3-Tier Network: Core, Aggregation, and Access
    • Spine/Leaf Network
    • 2-Tier Storage Network
    • Challenge
  • Lesson 2: Describing the Cisco Nexus Family and NX-OS
    • Cisco Nexus Data Center Product Overview
    • Cisco NX-OS Software Architecture
    • Cisco NX-OS Software CLI
    • Cisco Nexus Chassis Discovery
    • Cisco NX-OS Virtual Routing and Forwarding
    • Licensing Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches
    • Cisco NX-OS Connectivity Tools
    • Guided Lab 5: Explore the Cisco NX-OS Command Line Interface
      • Task 1: Log in to a Nexus 5000 and a Nexus 7000
      • 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
      • Task 1: Prepare for This 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 CDP Further
    • Challenge
  • Lesson 3: Implementing VLANs and Trunks
    • Introduction to VLANs
    • Grouping Business Functions into VLANs
    • Applying IP Address Space in the Enterprise Network
    • Considering Traffic Source to Destination Paths
    • Configuring VLANs
    • Trunking with 802.1Q
    • Introduction to VTP
    • Configuring VTP, Trunks, and VLANs
    • Guided Lab 7: Implement VLANs and Trunks
      • 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
    • Issues Related to Redundant Switched Topologies
    • Resolving Issues with STP
    • STP Path Cost, Port Cost, and Port Roles
    • 802.1w RSTP
    • 802.1s MSTP
    • LAN Port Channels
    • Implementing LAN Port Channels
    • Guided Lab 8: Map a Spanning Tree and Configure Port Channels
      • 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 Root
      • Task 9: Configure the N7K-B Switch as the Secondary Root
      • Task 10: Implement a Port Channel
      • Task 11: Implement Spanning Tree Long Cost Method
      • Task 12: Explore Spanning Tree Port Roles and Types
      • Task 13: Map the Final Spanning Tree (Optional)
    • Challenge

Module 3: Advanced Data Center Networking Concepts

  • Lesson 1: Describing the Routing Process on Nexus Switches
    • Traditional Inter-VLAN Routing
    • Multilayer Switching
    • Routing Tables
    • Distance Vector Routing Protocols
    • Link-State Routing Protocols
    • Comparing and Contrasting Static and Dynamic Routing
    • Guided Lab 9: Implement Multilayer Switching
      • Task 1: Load Configuration File (Optional)
      • Task 2: Prepare to Execute This Lab Exercise
      • Task 3: Verify the Default Gateway on a Windows VM
      • Task 4: Verify the Default Gateway on a Linux VM
      • Task 5: Configure Switched Virtual Interfaces
      • Task 6: Configure Access Ports on the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 Series Switches
      • Task 7: Configure a Layer 3 Port-Channel on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches
    • Challenge
  • Lesson 2: Describing Routing Protocols on Nexus Switches
    • Open Shortest Path First
    • Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol
    • Guided Lab 10: Configure OSPF
      • Task 1: Load Configuration File (Optional)
      • Task 2: Configure OSPF Routing Protocol
      • Task 3: Confirm End-to-End IP Connectivity
    • Guided Lab 11: Configure EIGRP
      • Task 1: Load Configuration File (Optional)
      • Task 2: Configure EIGRP Routing Protocol
      • Task 3: Confirm End-to-End IP Connectivity
    • Challenge
  • Lesson 3: Describing Layer 3 First Hop Redundancy
    • The Need for Default Gateway Redundancy
    • Default Gateway Redundancy
    • HSRP
    • HSRP Interface Tracking
    • HSRP Load Balancing
    • Gateway Load Balancing Protocol
    • Guided Lab 12: Configure HSRP
      • Task 1: Load Configuration File (Optional)
      • Task 2: Configure HSRP Between the Peer Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches
    • Challenge
  • Lesson 4: Describing AAA on Nexus Switches
    • Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch Administration Management Features
    • Configuring AAA
    • AAA Servers and Server Groups
    • Configuring RBAC
    • Configuring SSH
    • Configuring Management ACLs
    • Guided Lab 13: Configure AAA and Secure Remote Administration
      • Task 1: Load Configuration File (Optional)
      • Task 2: Configure AAA Between the Peer Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches
    • Challenge
  • Lesson 5: Describing ACLs on Nexus Switches
    • Introduction to ACLs
    • ACL Processing
    • Configuring ACLs
    • Understanding Object Groups
    • Guided Lab 14: Configure ACLs
      • Task 1: Load Configuration File (Optional)
      • Task 2: Configure an Access Control List on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch
    • Challenge

Module 4: Basic Data Center Storage

  • Lesson 1: Describing 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
    • Challenge
  • Lesson 2: Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking
    • Fibre Channel SAN Topologies
    • Fibre Channel Port Types
    • Fibre Channel Addressing
    • Challenge
  • Lesson 3: Describing VSANs
    • Configuring and Managing VSANs
    • Configuring ISLs
    • Configuring SAN Port Channels
    • VSAN Best Practices
    • Guided Lab 15: Configure VSANs
      • Task 1: Verify the Model of the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch
      • Task 2: Verify Lab Connections
      • Task 3: Configure Virtual Fibre Channel Interfaces on Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches
    • Challenge

Module 5: Advanced Data Center Storage

  • Lesson 1: Describing Communication Between Initiator and Target
    • Fibre Channel Layered Model
    • FCNS and the FLOGI Process
    • Guided Lab 16: Validate FLOGI and FCNS
      • Task 1: Verify the FLOGI and FCNS Databases
    • Challenge
  • Lesson 2: Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses
    • Fibre Channel Zoning
    • LUN Masking
    • Configuring and Managing Zoning
    • Zone Set Guidelines
    • Zone Configuration Verification
    • Configuring Zone Set Distribution
    • Configuring Read-Only Zones
    • Recommended Zoning Practices
    • Guided Lab 17: Configure Zoning
      • Task 1: Verify the Default Zoning
      • Task 2: Configure Zoning
    • Challenge
  • Lesson 3: Describing Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV
    • Cisco NPV Mode
    • N-Port ID Virtualization
    • Configuring Cisco NPV Mode
    • Configuring NPIV
    • Challenge
  • Lesson 4: Describing Data Center Ethernet Enhancements
    • IEEE Data Center Bridging
    • Priority Flow Control
    • Enhanced Transmission Selection
    • DCBX Protocol
    • Challenge
  • Lesson 5: Describing Fibre Channel over Ethernet
    • I/O Consolidation
    • I/O Consolidation: Benefits to Customers
    • FCoE Architecture
    • FCoE Addressing
    • FCoE Initialization Protocol
    • FCoE Adapters
    • Challenge

Module 6: Cisco UCS Architecture

  • Lesson 1: Describing Cisco UCS Server Hardware Components
    • Standalone Server Components
    • Logical View of the Cisco UCS Architecture
    • Cisco UCS Manager and Cisco UCS Central Software
    • Cisco UCS 5100 Series Blade Server Chassis
    • Cisco UCS B-Series Components
    • Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers
    • Cisco UCS Server Deployment Configuration
    • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Deployment
    • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series Initialization
    • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series Bootup
    • Troubleshooting Memory
    • Guided Lab 18: Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI
      • Task 1: Connect to and Navigate Cisco UCS Manager GUI
      • Task 2: Explore the Equipment Tab
      • Task 3: Explore the Servers Tab
      • Task 4: Explore the LAN Tab
      • Task 5: Explore the SAN Tab
      • Task 6: Explore the VM Tab
      • Task 7: Explore the Admin Tab
    • Challenge
  • Lesson 2: Cisco UCS Physical Connectivity for a Fabric Interconnect Cluster
    • Cisco UCS Cluster Connection Requirements
    • Initial Cisco Fabric Interconnect Cluster Setup
    • Cisco Integrated Management Controller in Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers
    • Port Personalities of the Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect
    • Discovery Process and Monitoring Using FSM Output
    • Challenge
  • Lesson 3: Describing the Cisco UCS Manager Interfaces
    • Cisco UCS Manager GUI
    • Cisco UCS Manager Navigation Panel
    • Cisco UCS External Management Options
    • Written Lab 19: Calculate Decimal, Binary, and Subnet (Optional)
      • Task 1: Convert Decimal to Binary, and Binary to Decimal
      • Task 2: Classify Network Addressing
      • Task 3: Compute Usable Subnetworks and Hosts
      • Task 4: Calculate Subnet Masks
    • Challenge