DCII | Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure


Version: 6.2


Technology area: Data Center



The Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII) v6.2 course helps you prepare for the Cisco CCNP® Data Center certification and for professional-level data center roles. In this course, you will master the professional-level skills and technologies needed to implement Cisco® data center infrastructure, including LAN and SAN switching, routing, storage, security, system management, programmability, and monitoring.


IT professionals with Cisco CCNP Data Center training and certification are uniquely qualified for professional-level or higher roles in enterprise-class data center environments. The Cisco CCNP certification equips you with skills in a broad range of technologies and industry best practices to help you succeed in these in-demand roles.


How you’ll benefit

This course will help you:

Optimally implement and maintain various aspects of the data center infrastructure to increase overall security, health, and availability

Master the practical and technological knowledge necessary to implement key elements of data center infrastructure based on Cisco Nexus® and MDS switches

Prepare for the Cisco CCNP Data Center certification through a combination of lessons and practice that enables you to validate your skills

Qualify for professional-level job roles in the high-demand area of enterprise-class data center environments



After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Configure Rapid PVST+, Multiple Spanning Tree (MST), and available Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) options
  • Configure Fabric Extenders (FEX) in static, dynamic, and enhanced virtual port channel setup
  • Configure port channels and virtual port channels
  • Implement FabricPath and describe Cisco Dynamic Fabric Automation (DFA)
  • Configure Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV)
  • Configure a Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN)
  • Describe the Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP)
  • 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, Secure Shell (SSH), and Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) on 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 and configure Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
  • Describe and configure distributed device aliases


Who should enroll

  • IT professionals with five to eight years of experience in these roles:
  • Data center administrator
  • Data center engineer
  • Network administrator
  • Network engineer
  • System administrator
  • Systems engineer
  • Network designer
  • Consulting systems engineer
  • Technical solutions architect
  • Cisco integrator or partner



To fully benefit from this course, you should have completed the following courses or obtained the equivalent level of knowledge:

  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.0 or higher
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) v6.0 or higher
  • Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated (CCNAX), or Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices, Part 1 (ICND1), and Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices, Part 2 (ICND2)



  • Data Center Protocols
  • Layer 3 Switching Features in the Data Center
  • Data Center Infrastructure Security
  • Data Center Infrastructure Storage Fabric
  • FCoE Unified Fabric
  • Data Center Infrastructure Storage Services
  • Data Center Infrastructure Maintenance, Management, and Operations


Lab outline

  • Configure Layer 2 Switching
  • Configure Port Channels
  • Configure FEX
  • ...

DCII | Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure

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