Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure

Course Description

The Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII) course is designed to help students prepare for the Cisco CCNP Data Center certification and for professional-level data center roles. The focus of this skills-building course is implementation of LANs, SANs, and data center unified fabric using Cisco MDS switches, Cisco Nexus switches, and Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders (FEX). The course provides rich hands-on experience with implementing Cisco data center infrastructure. Those preparing for professional level data center-oriented jobs, or who wish to certify on the in-demand Cisco CCNP Data Center level, can now take the official training in self-paced format. The e-learning format of this course offers an immersive, practice-based learning experience at your own pace. Using enterprise-grade Cisco data center equipment, this hands-on training format is designed to be as effective as classroom training, with easily consumable segments of video, text, discovery labs, review questions, and graded challenges.


  • Describe data center networking concepts
  • Describe data center storage concepts
  • Describe data center virtualization
  • Describe Cisco Unified Computing System
  • Describe data center automation and orchestration with the focus on Cisco ACI and UCS Director
  • Identify products in the Cisco Data Center Nexus and MDS families
  • Describe network fundamentals and build simple LANs, including switching and routing

Who Should Attend

Systems and field engineers, Consulting systems engineers, Technical solutions architects, and Cisco integrators and partners who install and implement the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 Series switches and the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series fabric extenders, as well as Data center engineers and managers, Program managers, and Project managers

Course Information

Length: 5 day

Format: Lecture and Lab

Delivery Method: Virtual / Onsite

Max. Capacity: 16

Learning Objectives

  • Configure Rapid PVST+ (Rapid Per VLAN Spanning Tree Plus), MST (Multiple Spanning Tree) and available STP (Spanning Tree Protocol) options
  • Configure FEX in static, dynamic, and enhanced vPC (virtual port channel) setup
  • Configure port channels and virtual port channels
  • Implement FabricPath and describe DFA (Dynamic Fabric Automation)
  • Configure OTV (Overlay Transport Virtualization)
  • Configure VXLAN
  • Describe LISP (Locator ID Separation Protocol)
  • Configure first hop redundancy protocols
  • Configure routing on a Cisco Nexus switch
  • Implement multicast functionality in a Cisco Data Center network architecture
  • Manage user accounts, SSH (Secure Shell), and AAA (authentication, authorization, and accounting) on Cisco
  • Nexus Operating System (Cisco NX-OS)
  • Describe and configure system security features
  • Perform basic Fibre Channel configuration
  • Manage Fibre Channel domains
  • Configure port security and fabric binding
  • Describe Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
  • Configure FCoE
  • Describe and configure distributed device aliases
  • Describe and configure zoning
  • Configure N-Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) and Cisco
  • N-Port Virtualizer (Cisco NPV)
  • Describe and configure Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP)
  • Configure system management and infrastructure monitoring
  • Configure infrastructure monitoring and programmability


1: Configure Layer 2 Switching
2: Configure Port Channels
3: Configure FEX
4: Configure Cisco FabricPath
5: Configure OTV
6: Configure VXLAN
7: Configure VRRP
8: Configure OSPF
9: Configure User Management Security Features
10: Configure System Security Features
11: Configure Fibre Channel
12: Manage Domains and Configure Persistent FCIDs
13: Configure Fabric Binding and Port Security
14: Configure FCoE
15: Configure Device Aliases
16: Configure Zoning
17: Configure NPV
18: Configure System Management
19: Implement Infrastructure Monitoring