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For business services and technology architects, and presales, design, and implementation engineers who want to save time and money on their data center design, installation, and maintenance, the Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP Data Center) certification is a job-role-focused training and certification program that allows you to maximize your investment in your education and increase the value of your data center network.

Unlike other data center education and certification opportunities, our data center professional-level certification programs allow you to choose a concentration for your data center education according to your job role or function. Because of our experience with our existing certification and education programs and leadership in the data center equipment market, Cisco can provide a comprehensive program to address the key areas of data center network implementation and maintenance.

Who Needs to Attend
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Who Needs to Attend

  • Data center (LAN, SAN, Server) administrators, managers, designers, and engineers.
  • Systems and field engineers, consulting systems engineers, technical solutions architects, and Cisco integrators and partners who install and implement the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 Series switches and the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series fabric extenders
  • System engineers and technicians who implement Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers and Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers


  • Valid Cisco CCNA Data Center certification or any Cisco CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite

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DCUCI - Data Center Unified Computing Implementation v5.0

What You'll Learn

What You'll Learn

  • Address key management challenges in data center server environments with Cisco UCS
  • Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series system architectures, hardware components, and field-installable options
  • Connect to and manage Cisco UCS components
  • Configure Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers with Cisco UCS Manager v2.2(1d)
  • Configure Cisco UCS C-Series blade servers with Cisco IMC (CIMC)
  • Connectivity requirements for the Cisco UCS platform
  • Configure server profiles to allocate physical resources


  • Configure maintenance tasks such as Syslog, Local Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
  • Configure high availability at the LAN, SAN, and server NIC level
  • Common deployment scenarios for small and large scale environments
  • Implement service profiles and blade configuration for VMware ESXi v4.1, 5.0, 5.1 and 5.5
  • Troubleshoot common LAN and SAN connectivity issues and service profile issues
  • Configure Cisco Nexus 1000v v1.5.x or 2.2.x in a VMware vSphere v4.1, v5.0, 5.1 or v5.5 environment

Module 1: Implement Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers

Lesson 1: Implementing Cisco R-Series Rack Enclosures
Lesson 2: Installing Cisco UCS C-Series Server Hardware
Lesson 3: Installing Cisco UCS C-Series Servers in a Cisco R-Series Rack Enclosure
Lesson 4: Updating Cisco UCS C-Series Firmware with the Host Upgrade Utility
Lesson 5: Provisioning Monitoring and Logging on the Cisco UCS C-Series Server
Lesson 6: Provisioning LAN and SAN Connectivity in the Cisco Integrated Management Controller
Lesson 7: Provisioning RAID on the Cisco UCS C-Series Server
Lesson 8: Installing VMware ESXi on the Cisco UCS C-Series Server Local RAID Array

Module 2: Manage the Cisco UCS B-Series

Lesson 1: Implementing RBAC

Lesson 2: Managing and Upgrading Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware

Lesson 3: Implementing Backup, Import, and Restore of the Cisco UCS Manager Database

Lesson 4: Implementing Logging and Monitoring

Lesson 5: Implementing High Availability

Module 3: Implement Cisco UCS B-Series Connectivity

Lesson 1: Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series Physical Connectivity

Lesson 2: Installing Cisco UCS B-Series Hardware

Lesson 3: Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series LAN Connectivity

Lesson 4: Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series SAN Connectivity

Module 4: Provision Cisco UCS Compute Resources

Lesson 1: Provisioning the Cisco UCS Cluster

Lesson 2: Provisioning LAN Networking

Lesson 3: Provisioning SAN Networking

Lesson 4: Provisioning Resource Pools in Cisco UCS Manager

Lesson 5: Provisioning Server Policies in Cisco UCS Manager

Lesson 6: Provisioning Service Profiles from Templates in Cisco UCS Manager

Lesson 7: Provisioning Cisco UCS C-Series Server Integration in Cisco UCS Manager

Module 5: Implement Cisco UCS Server Virtualization Features

Lesson 1: Provisioning

Lesson 2: Provisioning Cisco VM-FEX

Lesson 3: Provisioning Cisco VM-FEX Universal Pass-Through

Module 1: Cisco Nexus Product Overview

Lesson 1: Describing the Cisco Data Center Network Architecture
Lesson 2: Identifying Cisco Nexus Products

Module 2: Cisco Nexus Switch Feature Configuration

Lesson 1: Understanding High Availability and Redundancy

Lesson 2: Configuring Virtual Device Contexts

Lesson 3: Configuring Layer 2 Switching Features

Lesson 4: Configuring PortChannels

Lesson 5: Implementing Cisco FabricPath

Lesson 6: Configuring Layer 3 Switching Features

Lesson 7: Configuring IP Multicast

Module 3: Cisco Nexus Switch Advanced Feature Configuration

Lesson 1: Describing Cisco OTV

Lesson 2: Configuring MPLS

Lesson 3: Configuring LISP

Lesson 4: Configuring QoS

Lesson 5: Configuring Security Features

Module 4: Cisco Nexus Storage Features

Lesson 1: Describing Fibre Channel Protocol
Lesson 2: Describing FCoE Protocol
Lesson 3: Identifying DCB Enhancements
Lesson 4: Configuring FCoE
Lesson 5: Configuring SAN Switching Features
Lesson 6: Configuring NPV Mode
Lesson 7: Using SAN Management Tools

Module 5: Cisco Nexus Switch Management

Lesson 1: Using the CMP
Lesson 2: Configuring User Management
Lesson 3: Describing System Management

DCUFI v5.0 - Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric

What You'll Learn

What You'll Learn

  • Cisco Unified Fabric products in a Cisco data center network architecture
  • Select and configure the distinctive Cisco Nexus Series switch features to meet the implementation requirements and expectations in the Cisco data center architecture
  • Configure advanced features, such as Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV), Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP), security, and quality of service (QoS)


  • Management tools available for the Cisco Nexus switches and how to configure the relevant management tool to support the given design
  • Fibre Channel protocol, the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocol, and the Data Center Bridging (DCB) enhancements
  • Configure FCoE on the Cisco Nexus 5000, Nexus 7000, MDS Series, and Nexus 5500 Series switches

DCUCT v5.1 - Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Computing

What You'll Learn

What You'll Learn

  • Process and tools for determining Cisco UCS B-series architecture, installation, and configuration related issues
  • Troubleshoot processes on the standalone Cisco UCS C-Series deployments
  • Valid Cisco UCS C-Series integrated architecture and the process of determining issues related to integration of Cisco UCS C-Series server with Cisco UCS Manager

Module 1: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series

Lesson 1: Understanding UCS B-Series Architecture and Initialization
Lesson 2: Troubleshooting UCS B-Series Configurations
Lesson 3: Troubleshooting UCS B-Series Operations
Lesson 4: Troubleshooting UCS B-Series LAN and SAN Connectivity
Lesson 5: Troubleshooting and Upgrading UCS Manager
Lesson 6: Troubleshooting UCS B-Series Hardware

Module 2: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series Standalone Servers

Lesson 1: Understanding UCS C-Series Architecture and Initialization
Lesson 2: Troubleshooting UCS C-Series Hardware and Firmware
Lesson 3: Troubleshooting UCS C-Series LAN and SAN Connectivity
Lesson 4: Troubleshooting UCS C-Series Locally Attached Storage
Lesson 5: Troubleshooting UCS C-Series OS Related Problems

Module 3: Understanding UCS C-Series Integration

Lesson 1: Integrating Cisco UCS C-Series Servers into UCS Manager
Lesson 2: Troubleshooting UCS C-Series Server Integration

Module 1: Tools and Methodologies of Troubleshooting

Lesson 1: Understanding CLI Troubleshooting Tools
Lesson 2: Understanding Cisco DCNM Troubleshooting Tools

Module 2: Layer 2 Issue Troubleshooting

Lesson 1: Troubleshooting VLANs and PVLANs
Lesson 2: Troubleshooting Port Channels and vPCs
Lesson 3: Troubleshooting Cisco FabricPath
Lesson 4: Troubleshooting OTV

Module 3: SAN Switching Issue Troubleshooting

Lesson 1: Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Interfaces
Lesson 2: Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Fabric Services
Lesson 3: Troubleshooting NPV Mode

Module 4: FCoE Troubleshooting

Lesson 1: Troubleshooting FCoE
Lesson 2: Troubleshooting DCBX

Module 5: Platform-Specific Issue Troubleshooting

Lesson 1: Troubleshooting the Cisco Nexus 7000
Lesson 2: Troubleshooting Cisco Nexus 5000 Series and Nexus 5500 Platform Switches
Lesson 3: Troubleshooting Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders
Lesson 4: Troubleshooting Cisco MDS Switches

DCUFT v5.0 - Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric

What You'll Learn

What You'll Learn

  • Troubleshooting tools and methodologies available from the command line interface (CLI) and in Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) used to identify and resolve issues in a Cisco Data Center network architecture
  • Identify and resolve issues related to VLANs and PVLANs
  • Identify and resolve issues related to Port Channels and virtual Port Channels
  • Identify and resolve issues related to Cisco FabricPath
  • Identify and resolve issues related to Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV)
  • Identify and resolve issues related to Fibre Channel interface operation


  • Identify and resolve issues related to Fibre Channel Switching when the NX-OS Switch is used in switched mode or in N Port virtualization (NPV) mode
  • Identify and resolve issues related to Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) in the Cisco data center architecture
  • Identify and resolve issues related to the Nexus 7000
  • Identify and resolve issues specific to the Nexus 5000 family
  • Identify and resolve issues specific to the Nexus 2000 FEX
  • Identify and resolve issues specific to the Cisco MDS family of switches
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