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DCFNDU 1.1 Understanding Cisco® Data Center Foundations

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DCFNDU 1.1 Understanding Cisco® Data Center Foundations Course Outline

The Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU) v1.0 course helps you prepare for entry-level data center roles. In this course, you will learn the foundational knowledge and skills you need to configure Cisco® data center technologies including: networking, virtualization, storage area networking, and unified computing. You will get an introduction to Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™), automation, and cloud computing. You will get hands-on experience with configuring features on Cisco Nexus® Operating System (Cisco NX-OS) and Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®).

After taking this course, you should be able to:
Describe the foundations of data center networking
Describe Cisco Nexus products and explain the basic Cisco NX-OS functionalities and tools
Describe Layer 3 first-hop redundancy
Describe Cisco Fabric Extender (FEX) connectivity
Describe Ethernet port channels and virtual port channel (VPCs)
Introduce switch virtualization, machine virtualization, and network virtualization
Compare storage connectivity options in the data center
Describe Fibre Channel communication between the initiator server and the target storage
Describe Fibre Channel zone types and their uses
Describe N-Port Virtualization (NPV) and N-Port Identifier Virtualization (NPIV)
Describe data center Ethernet enhancements that provide a lossless fabric
Describe Fibre Channel over Ethernet FCoE
Describe data center server connectivity
Describe Cisco UCS Manager
Describe the purpose and advantages of APIs
Describe Cisco ACI
Describe the basic concepts of cloud computing

To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:
Good understanding of networking protocols
Good understanding of the VMware environment
Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems

These are the recommended Cisco courses that may help you meet these prerequisites:
Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA®)
Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)
Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT)

Who Should Attend
Data center administrators
Data center engineers
Systems engineers
Server administrators
Network managers
Cisco integrators and partners

Course Outline

Describing the Data Center Network Architectures
Cisco Data Center Architecture Overview
Three-Tier Network: Core, Aggregation, and Access
Spine-and-Leaf Network
Two-Tier Storage Network

Describing the Cisco Nexus Family and Cisco NX-OS Software
Cisco Nexus Data Center Product Overview
Cisco NX-OS Software Architecture
Cisco NX-OS Software CLI Tools
Cisco NX-OS Virtual Routing and Forwarding

Describing Layer 3 First-Hop Redundancy
Default Gateway Redundancy
Hot Standby Router Protocol
Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol
Gateway Load Balancing Protocol
Describing Cisco FEX
Server Deployment Models
Cisco FEX Technology
Cisco FEX Traffic Forwarding
Cisco Adapter FEX

Describing Port Channels and VPCs
Ethernet Port Channels
Virtual Port Channels
Supported VPC Topologies

Describing Switch Virtualization
Cisco Nexus Switch Basic Components
Virtual Routing and Forwarding
Cisco Nexus 7000 Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs)
VDC Types
VDC Resource Allocation
VDC Management

Describing Machine Virtualization
Virtual Machines
VM Manager

Describing Network Virtualization
Overlay Network Protocols
Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) Overlay
VXLAN Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Ethernet VPN (EVPN) Control Plane
VXLAN Data Plane
Cisco Nexus 1000VE Series Virtual Switch
VMware vSphere Virtual Switches

Introducing Basic Data Center Storage Concepts
Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center
Fibre Channel Storage Networking
Virtual Storage Area Network (VSAN) Configuration and Verification

Describing Fibre Channel Communication Between the Initiator Server and the Target Storage
Fibre Channel Layered Model
Fabric Login (FLOGI) Process
Fibre Channel Flow Control

Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses
Fibre Channel Zoning
Zoning Configuration
Zoning Management

Describing Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV
Cisco NPV Mode

Describing Data Center Ethernet Enhancements
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Data Center Bridging
Priority Flow Control
Enhanced Transmission Selection
Data Center Bridging Exchange (DCBX) Protocol
Congestion Notification

Describing FCoE
Cisco Unified Fabric
FCoE Architecture
FCoE Initialization Protocol
FCoE Adapters

Describing Cisco UCS Components
Physical Cisco UCS Components
Cisco Fabric Interconnect Product Overview
Cisco I/O Module (IOM) Product Overview
Cisco UCS Mini
Cisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC) Supervisor
Cisco Intersight™

Describing Cisco UCS Manager
Cisco UCS Manager Overview
Identity and Resource Pools for Hardware Abstraction
Service Profiles and Service Profile Templates
Cisco UCS Central Overview
Cisco HyperFlex™ Overview

Using APIs
Common Programmability Protocols and Methods
How to Choose Models and Processes

Describing Cisco ACI
Cisco ACI Overview
Multitier Applications in Cisco ACI
Cisco ACI Features
VXLAN in Cisco ACI
Unicast Traffic in Cisco ACI
Multicast Traffic in Cisco ACI
Cisco ACI Programmability
Common Programming Tools and Orchestration Options

Describing Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing Overview
Cloud Deployment Models
Cloud Computing Services

Lab Outline
Explore the Cisco NX-OS CLI
Explore Topology Discovery
Configure Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP)
Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 FEX
Configure VPCs
Configure VPCs with Cisco FEX
Configure Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF)
Explore the Virtual Device Contexts (VDC) Elements
Install VMware Elastic Sky X Integrated (ESXi) and vCenter
Configure VSANs
Validate FLOGI and FCNS
Configure Zoning
Configure Unified Ports on a Cisco Nexus Switch and Implement FCoE
Explore the Cisco UCS Server Environment
Configure a Cisco UCS Server Profile
Configure Cisco NX-OS with APIs
Explore the Cisco UCS Manager XML API Management Information Tree
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