Welcome to ONLC Training Centers
Welcome to ONLC Training Centers

Introducing Cisco® Data Center Networking **Part of the CCNA Data Center certification track** Course Outline

 (4 days)
Version 1.0

DCICN will introduce the students to the three primary technologies that are used in the Cisco Data Center. The introductory level of knowledge that is taught in the course is targeted for individuals that will perform only the more basic configuration tasks. The course labs will focus on viewing configurations, but not on making configuration changes or creating new topologies..

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
•Describe 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

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:
•Basic computer literacy
•Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems
•Basic Internet usage skills

Who Should Attend
The primary audience for this course is as follows:
•Network administrators
•Network engineers
•Cisco Integrators/Partners
•Systems engineers

The secondary audience for this course is as follows:
•Network designers
•Network managers
•Consulting systems engineers
•Technical solutions architects

Course Outline

Course Introduction
•Course Overview
◦Learner Prerequisite Skills and Knowledge
◦Course Goal and Objectives
◦Course Flow
•Components of the CCNA-DC Curriculum
•Cisco Online Resources
•Student Introductions

Module 1: Simple Network Design
Lesson 1: Understanding the Functions of Networking
•What Is a network?
•Common Physical Components of a Network
•Interpreting a Network Diagram
•Resource-Sharing Functions and Benefits
•Network User Applications
•Impact of User Applications on the Network
•Characteristics of a Network
•Physical Topologies
•Connection to the Internet
Lesson 2: Understanding the Host-to-Host Communications Model
•Understanding Host-to-Host Communications
•OSI Reference Model
•OSI Model Layers and Their Functions
•Encapsulation and De-Encapsulation
•Peer-to-Peer Communication
•TCP/IP Suite
Lesson 3: Describing Ethernet Connections
•Ethernet LAN Hardware
•Ethernet Transceivers and Cables
•UTP Implementation
Lesson 4: Describing Ethernet Communications Standards
•Definition of a LAN
•Components of a LAN
•Functions of a LAN
•Ethernet LAN Standards
•Role of CSMA/CD in Ethernet
•Ethernet Frames
•Ethernet Frame Addressing
•Ethernet Addresses
•MAC Addresses and Binary-Hexadecimal Numbers
Lesson 5: Describing OSI Network Layer Addressing
•IP Overview
•IP Addressing
•Public and Private IP Addresses
•DHCP Method
•Domain Name System
•Using Common Host Tools to Determine the IP Address of a Host
Lesson 6: Describing the TCP/IP Transport Layer
•Transport Layer Functions
•Reliable vs. BestEffort
•UDP Characteristics
•TCP Characteristics
•TCP/IP Applications
•Mapping Layer 3 to Layer 4
•Mapping Layer 4 to Applications
•Establishing a Connection with a Peer System
•Flow Control
•TCP Acknowledgment
•TCP Sequence Number and Acknowledgment Numbers
Lesson 7: Describing the Packet Delivery Process
•Layer 1 Devices and Their Function
•Layer 2 Devices and Their Function
•Layer 2 Addressing
•Layer 3 Devices and Their Function
•Layer 3 Addressing
•Mapping Layer 2 Addressing to Layer 3 Addressing
•ARP Table
•Host-to-Host Packet Delivery
•Function of the Default Gateway
•Using Common Host Tools to Determine the Path Between Two Hosts Across a Network

Module 2: Switched Network Implementation
Lesson 1: Describing Switching
•Understanding the Challenges of Shared LANs
•Solving Network Challenges with Switched LAN Technology
Lesson 2: Describing the Packet Delivery Process
•Layer 2 Addressing
•Layer 3 Addressing
•Host-to-Host Packet Delivery
Lesson 3: Describing Cisco NX-OS Software
•Cisco NX-OS Software Architecture
•Cisco NX-OS Process Recovery
Lesson 4: Operating Cisco NX-OS Software
•Describing the Features of the CLI
•Identifying the Help Functions of the CLI
•Describing the Startup Characteristics of the Switch
•Describing Configuration Management
Lesson 5: Implementing VLANs and Trunks
•Understanding VLANs
•Understanding Trunking with 802.1Q
•Understanding VTP
•Configuring VTP, Trunks, and VLANs
Lesson 6: Building a Redundant Switched Topology
•Recognizing Issues of a Redundant Switched Topology
•Resolving Issues with STP
•Describing 802.1w RSTP
•Describing 802.1s MSTP
•Describing LAN Port Channels
•Verifying LAN Port Channels

Module 3: IP Addressing
Lesson 1: Describing an IP Addressing Scheme
•Describing Routing
•Understanding Numbering Systems
•Constructing a Network Addressing Scheme
Lesson 2: Transitioning to IPv6
•Reasons for Using IPv6
•Understanding IPv6 Addresses
•Assigning IPv6 Addresses
•Strategies for Implementing IPv6

Module 4: Routing on the Cisco Nexus Switch
Lesson 1: Exploring the Packet Delivery Process
•Host-to-Host Packet Delivery
•Cisco NX-OS Tools
Lesson 2: Exploring the Routing Process on Cisco Nexus Switches
•Traditional Inter-VLAN Routing
•Multilayer Switching
•Routing Tables
•Distance Vector Routing Protocols
•Link-State Routing Protocols
Lesson 3: Exploring Routing Protocols on Cisco Nexus Switches
•Routing Information Protocol
•Open Shortest Path First
•Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol
Lesson 4: Exploring ACLs on Cisco Nexus Switches
•Understanding ACLs
•ACL Processing
•Configuring ACLs
•Understanding Object Groups

Lab Outline
Lab 1-1: Using Windows Applications as Network Tools
Lab 1-2: Observing the TCP Three-Way Handshake
Lab 1-3: Observing Extended PC Network Information
Lab 2-1: Connecting to Cisco Nexus Switches
Lab 2-2: Configuring Cisco Nexus Switches
Lab 2-3: Configuring VLANs and Trunks
Lab 2-4: Verifying and Configuring Spanning Tree
Lab 2-5: Configuring EtherChannel
Lab 3-1: Converting Decimal to Binary and Binary to Decimal
Lab 3-2: Classifying Network Addressing
Lab 3-3: Computing Usable Subnetworks and Hosts
Lab 3-4: Calculating Subnet Masks
Lab 4-1: Configuring Multilayer Switching
View outline in Word


Attend hands-on, instructor-led Introducing Cisco® Data Center Networking **Part of the CCNA Data Center certification track** training classes at ONLC's more than 300 locations. Not near one of our locations? Attend these same live classes from your home/office PC via our Remote Classroom Instruction (RCI) technology.

For additional training options, check out our list of Cisco Courses and select the one that's right for you.

Microsoft Gold Partner
Class Dates
(click date for class times)
(click Enroll for locations)

Fee:  $3695
Need a price quote?

Follow the link to our self-service price quote form to generate an email with a price quote.

Email Alert

Receive an email when this class is available as "Ready to Run" or "Early Notice" status.

Attend from your office or home

If you have high-speed internet and two computers you can likely take this class from your office or home.

Need a class for a group?

We can deliver this class for a private group at your location. Follow the link to request more information.

Attend computer classes from ONLC Training Centers Request a copy via mail


Class Format
Class Policies
Student Reviews

Bookmark and Share

First Name

Last Name