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Velisa Africa is the official Global Knowledge partner in Sub-Saharan Africa. Course details : https://www.globalknowledge.co.uk/courses/cisco/data_center/dcicn.html

Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking introduces students to the primary technologies that are used in the Cisco Data Center. The introductory level of knowledge that is taught in this course is targeted at individuals that will perform only the more basic configuration tasks. Lab exercises focus on viewing configurations, with some configuration changes being made by the student.


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • 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

Network Protocols and Host-to-Host Communication

  • Describing Ethernet Functions and Standards
  • Describing Ethernet Hardware and Switching
  • Describing OSI and TCP/IP Models
  • Describing IPv4 and IPv6 Network Layer Addressing
  • Describing Packet Delivery on a Hierarchical Network
  • Describing the TCP/IP Transport Layer

Basic Data Center Networking Concepts

  • Describing Data Center Network Architectures
  • Describing the Cisco Nexus Family and NX-OS
  • Implementing VLANs and Trunks

Advanced Data Center Networking Concepts

  • Describing the Routing Process on Nexus Switches
  • Describing Routing Protocols on Nexus Switches
  • Describing Layer 3 First Hop Redundancy
  • Describing AAA on Nexus Switches
  • Describing ACLs on Nexus Switches

Basic Data Center Storage

  • Describing Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center
  • Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking
  • Describing VSANs

Advanced Data Center Storage

  • Describing Communication Between Initiator and Target
  • Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses
  • Describing Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV
  • Describing Data Center Ethernet Enhancements
  • Describing Fibre Channel over Ethernet

Cisco UCS Architecture

  • Describing Cisco UCS Server Hardware Components
  • Cisco UCS Physical Connectivity for a Fabric Interconnect Cluster
  • Describing the Cisco UCS Manager Interfaces


  • Lab 1: Use the DCICN Lab System
  • Lab 2: Explore LAN Communication
  • Lab 3: Explore Protocol Analysis
  • Lab 4: Explore TCP and UDP Communication
  • Lab 5: Explore the Cisco NX-OS Command Line Interface
  • Lab 6: Explore Topology Discovery and Documentation
  • Lab 7: Implement VLANs and Trunks
  • Lab 8: Map a Spanning Tree and Configure Port Channels
  • Lab 9: Implement Multilayer Switching
  • Lab 10: Configure OSPF
  • Lab 11: Configure EIGRP
  • Lab 12: Configure HSRP
  • Lab 13: Configure AAA and Secure Remote Administration
  • Lab 14: Configure ACLs
  • Lab 15: Configure VSANs
  • Lab 16: Validate FLOGI and FCNS
  • Lab 17: Configure Zoning
  • Lab 18: Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI
  • Written Lab 19: Calculate Decimal, Binary, and Subnet (Optional)

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Describe Ethernet communication functions and standards
  • Describe the OSI and TCP/IP models
  • Describe the routing process on Nexus switches
  • Compare storage connectivity options in the data center
  • Describe the Fibre Channel name server and fabric login (FLOGI) process

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

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

Follow on Courses

The following courses are recommended for further study:

  • DCICT – Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies

For more information please contact us:

Enquiries in Johannesburg and Cape Town : pauli@velisaafrica.co.za

International Enquiries : hema.chugh@globalknowledge.ae

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