Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking

Course Description

Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.2 prepares students 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.



Recommended as preparation for exam: 200-150 — DCICN- Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking. This is one of two exams required for Cisco’s CCNA Data Center Certification



  • Good understanding of networking protocols - ICND1 Recommended
  • Good understanding of the VMware environment
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems
  • Basic Internet usage skills


Who Should Attend

Entry-level data center personnel who need to understand the primary technologies used in a Cisco Data Center.

Course Information

Length: 5 day

Format: Lecture and Lab

Delivery Method: Virtual / Onsite

Max. Capacity: 16

Learning Objectives

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics and benefits of the Ethernet protocol. List Ethernet standardization.
  • Describe the 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 the 3-tier network design, and the spine/leaf network design.
  • Describe Cisco Nexus products and explain basic functionalities and tools of Cisco NX-OS.
  • Describe VLANs
  • Describe issues with STP
  • Describe the routing process on Nexus switches
  • Describe Layer 3 first-hop redundancy
  • Describe and configure user security features
  • Describe ACL object groups
  • Describe storage connectivity options in the Data Center.
  • Compare iSCSI, Fibre Channel, and NAS connectivity for remote server storage.
  • Describe Fibre Channel storage networking
  • Describe VSANs
  • Describe communication between the initiator and target
  • Describe Fibre Channel zone types and their uses
  • Describe NPV and NPIV
  • Describe data center Ethernet enhancements that provide a lossless fabric
  • Describe Fibre Channel over Ethernet
  • Describe the components of a Cisco UCS server
  • Describe the Cisco UCS physical connectivity for a Fabric Interconnect cluster
  • Describe the Cisco UCS Manager interfaces


  1. Explore IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing

  2. Explore LAN Communication

  3. Explore Protocol Analysis

  4. Explore TCP and UDP Communication

  5. Explore the Cisco NX-OS Command Line Interface

  6. Explore Topology Discovery and Documentation

  7. Implement VLANs and Trunks

  8. Map a Spanning Tree and Configure Port Channels

  9. Implement Multilayer Switching

  10. Configure OSPF

  11. Configure EIGRP

  12. Configure HSRP

  13. Configure AAA and Secure Remote Administration

  14. Configure ACLs

  15. Configure VSANs

  16. Validate FLOGI and FCNS

  17. Configure Zoning

  18. Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI