Data Center Fundamentals - DCFUND Course Outline

(5 Days)


Cisco Data Center Fundamentals DCFUNDwill cover the fundamentals of Cisco Data Center Environment. It is a five-day course on Ethernet communication functions and standards OSI and TCP/IP models: the routing process on Nexus switches and compare storage connectivity options in the data center, Fiber Channel name server, and fabric login (FLOGI) process. The course will look at Configuring Cisco Unified Computing System Configure, Cisco Data Center virtualization, Configure Cisco Data Center networking, Configure Cisco automation and orchestration. Also, we will verify Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure. The hands-on lab exercises will focus on the Cisco Data Center Network Technologies Configuration, Cisco Unified Computing System and Cisco Nexus Series Switches Using SSH.

This class combines both Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) and Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) into 5-days.

Required Exams: 200-150 DCICN and 200-155 DCICT

Audience Profile

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Network administrators
  • Network engineers
  • Cisco integrators/partners
  • System engineers
  • Network designers
  • Network managers
  • Consulting systems engineers
  • Technical solutions architects


There are no prerequisites for this course.

At Course Completion

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

  • 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
  • Describe and verify Cisco data center fundamentals
  • Describe Cisco data center virtualization
  • Describe Cisco data center storage networking
  • Describe Cisco data center unified fabric
  • Describe and verify Cisco UCS

Course Outline

Module 1: Advanced Data Center Networking Concepts

  • Lesson 1: Routing Process on Nexus Switches
  • Lesson 2: Routing Protocols on Nexus Switches
  • Lesson 3: Layer 3 First Hop Redundancy
  • Lesson 4: AAA on Nexus Switches
  • Lesson 5: ACLs on Nexus Switches

Module 2: Basic Data Center Storage

  • Lesson 1: Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center
  • Lesson 2: Fibre Channel Storage Networking
  • Lesson 3: VSANs

Module 3: Advanced Data Center Storage

  • Lesson 1: Communication Between Initiator and Target
  • Lesson 2: Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses
  • Lesson 3: Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV
  • Lesson 4: Data Center Ethernet Enhancements
  • Lesson 5: Fibre Channel over Ethernet

Module 4: Cisco Data Center Network Virtualization

  • Lesson 1: Functional Planes of Cisco Nexus Switches
  • Lesson 2: Cisco Nexus Operating System VRF Contexts
  • Lesson 3: Virtual Device Contexts
  • Lesson 4: Function of Overlays
  • Lesson 5: Virtualization
  • Lesson 6: Virtual Switches

Module 5: Cisco Data Center Network Technologies Configuration

  • Lesson 1: Cisco Fabric Extender Connectivity
  • Lesson 2: Port Channels and Virtual Port Channels
  • Lesson 3: Cisco FabricPath
  • Lesson 4: Unified Port Feature of Cisco Nexus Switches
  • Lesson 5: Cisco Unified Fabric

Module 6: Cisco Unified Computing System

  • Lesson 1: Data Center Server Connectivity
  • Lesson 2: Cisco IMC Supervisor
  • Lesson 3: Cisco UCS Manager Operations
  • Lesson 4: Role-Based Access Control
  • Lesson 5: Hardware Abstraction in Cisco UCS

Module 7: Data Center Automation and Orchestration

  • Lesson 1: Utility of Application Programming Interfaces
  • Lesson 2: Cloud Computing Basic Concepts
  • Lesson 3: Cloud Attributes and Service Models
  • Lesson 4: Cisco UCS Director
  • Lesson 5: VDCs, Tenants, and Policies
  • Lesson 6: Orchestration
  • Lesson 7: Managing Catalogs and Templates
  • Lesson 8: Reporting in Cisco UCS Director (CloudSense)

Module 8: Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure

  • Lesson 1: Cisco ACI
  • Lesson 2: Cisco ACI Fabric
  • Lesson 3: Programming and Orchestrating Cisco ACI

Lab Outline

  • Lab 1: Use the DCICN Lab System
  • Lab 2: Explore the Cisco NX-OS Command Line Interface
  • Lab 3: Explore Topology Discovery and Documentation
  • Lab 4: Implement VLANs and Trunks
  • Lab 5: Map a Spanning Tree and Configure Port Channels
  • Lab 6: Implement Multilayer Switching
  • Lab 7: Configure OSPF
  • Lab 8: Configure VSANs
  • Lab 9: Validate FLOGI and FCNS
  • Lab 10: Configure Zoning
  • Lab 11: Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI
  • Lab 12: Calculate Decimal, Binary, and Subnet
  • Lab 13: Connect to Cisco Nexus Series Switches Using SSH
  • Lab 14: Configure VRFs
  • Lab 15: Explore the Elements of Virtual Device Contexts
  • Lab 16: Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender
  • Lab 17: Configure Virtual Port Channels
  • Lab 18: Configure Virtual Port Channels with FEX
  • Lab 19: Configure Cisco FabricPath
  • Lab 20: Configure Unified Ports on Cisco Nexus Switch
  • Lab 21: Implement FCoE
  • Lab 22: Navigate the Cisco UCS Manager GUI Interfaces
  • Lab 23: Configure Local RBAC
  • Lab 24: Configure Pools
  • Lab 25: Configure a Service Profile Template
  • Lab 26: Install and Configure User Accounts in Cisco UCS Director
  • Lab 27: Add Virtual and Physical Accounts to Cisco UCS Director
  • Lab 28: Customize Cisco UCS Director
  • Lab 29: Explore Cisco UCS Director Monitoring Capabilities
  • Lab 30: Create Policies and VDCs
  • Lab 31: Create a Catalog and Provision a VM Using the Self-Service Portal
  • Lab 32: Explore Cisco UCS Director Built-In Reports
  • Lab 33: View Chargeback and Reports