DCIT: Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure

Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure is a skills-building course focused on the troubleshooting of LAN, SAN, Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). The course provides rich, hands-on experience in resolving problems on Cisco MDS switches, Cisco Nexus switches, Cisco fabric extenders (FEXs), Cisco UCS and Cisco ACI.

The course is designed to help students prepare for Cisco CCNP Data Center certification and for professional-level data center roles.

How you will benefit

This course will help you:

  • Learn how to deploy and troubleshoot various components of Cisco data center infrastructure to support performance, resiliency, scalability needs
  • Gain knowledge and skills through Cisco’s unique combination of lessons and hands-on practice using enterprise-grade Cisco learning technologies, data center equipment, and software
  • Qualify for professional-level job roles

Audience

Engineers involved in the troubleshooting of LAN, SAN, Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).

Prerequisites

To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

  • Configure, secure, and maintain LAN and SAN based on Cisco Nexus and MDS switches
  • Configure, secure, and maintain Cisco Unified Computing System
  • Configure, secure, and maintain Cisco ACI

The following Cisco courses may help you meet these prerequisites:

Course objectives

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Outline the troubleshooting process, and highlight which questions to ask
  • Describe the troubleshooting tools and methodologies that are available from the CLI and are 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 OTV
  • Identify and resolve issues related to VXLAN
  • Identify and resolve issues related to LISP
  • Describe troubleshooting of routing protocols, such as OSPF, ISIS, and PIM.
  • Describe troubleshooting of the AAA and RBAC
  • Identify and resolve issues related to a single device
  • Identify and resolve issues related to Fibre Channel interface operation
  • Identify and resolve issues related to Fibre Channel switching when the Cisco NX-OS software switch is used in switched mode (vs. NPV mode)
  • Identify and resolve issues related to Fibre Channel switching when the NX-OS switch is used in N Port Virtualization (NPV) mode
  • Identify and resolve issues related to FIP and FCoE, including FCoE performance
  • Describe Cisco UCS architecture, initial setup, tools and service aids that are available for Cisco UCS troubleshooting and interpretation of the output
  • Describe Cisco UCS configuration and troubleshoot related issues
  • Describe Cisco UCS B-Series operation and troubleshoot related issues
  • Describe LAN, SAN and Fibre Channel operations, including in depth troubleshooting procedures
  • Describe Cisco IMC utilities to validate performance and facilitate data-gathering activities for Cisco UCS C-Series troubleshooting, as well troubleshooting approach to hardware and firmware failures
  • Define proper procedures to configure LAN and SAN connectivity and avoid issues with the P81E virtual interface card (VIC)
  • Troubleshoot integration of Cisco UCS C-Series servers with Cisco UCS Manager
  • Identify tools, protocols and methods to effectively troubleshoot Cisco ACI

Course content

  • Troubleshooting the Data Center LAN Network
  • Troubleshooting Data Center SAN
  • Troubleshooting Data Center Unified Computing
  • Troubleshooting Data Center ACI

Labs:

Lab 1: Document the Network Baseline
Lab 2: Troubleshoot LAN-RSTP
Lab 3: Troubleshoot LAN-LACP
Lab 4: Learning Lab: Troubleshoot LAN-vPC
Lab 5: Troubleshoot LAN-FabricPath
Lab 6: Troubleshoot LAN-OTV
Lab 7: Troubleshoot LAN-OSPF
Lab 8: Troubleshoot LAN-FHRP
Lab 9: Troubleshoot LAN-VRF
Lab 10: Troubleshoot LAN-VXLAN
Lab 11: Troubleshoot LAN-CFS
Lab 12: Troubleshoot LAN-FEX
Lab 13: Troubleshoot SAN-FC Interfaces
Lab 14: Troubleshoot SAN-FC VSANs, Zones, and Domain Services
Lab 15: Troubleshoot SAN-NPV Mode
Lab 16: Troubleshoot SAN-FCoE
Lab 17: Troubleshoot SAN-DCB
Lab 18: Troubleshoot Compute-Cisco UCS Management and Service Profile Deployment
Lab 19: Troubleshoot Compute-Cisco UCS C-Series Server Boot from SAN
Lab 20: Troubleshoot Compute-LAN Connectivity, Part 1
Lab 21: Troubleshoot Compute-LAN Connectivity, Part 2
Lab 22: Troubleshoot Compute-Cisco UCS C-Series Server Boot from SAN
Lab 23: Troubleshoot Compute-Network Connectivity
Lab 24: Troubleshoot ACI-Bare Metal Hosts
Lab 25: Troubleshoot ACI-VMM
Lab 26: Troubleshoot ACI-Contracts
Lab 27: Troubleshoot ACI-External Layer 3
Lab 28: Troubleshoot ACI-External Layer 2

Certification

This course will help you prepare to take exam 300-615 Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT)

This exam is one of the concentration exams needed in order to get the new CCNP Data Center certification

 

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