Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) v6.0 is a five-day course that introduces Cisco technologies and products that are deployed in the data center: network virtualization, network technologies, Unified computing, automation and orchestration, and the Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI). The introductory level of knowledge that is provided in these courses is targeted for individuals who can perform basic configuration tasks. The hands-on lab exercises focus on configuring features on Cisco Nexus Operating System (Cisco NX-OS), Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS), and Cisco UCS Director.


  • Good understanding of networking protocols
  • Good understanding of the VMware environment


  • Configure Cisco UCS
  • Configure Cisco data center virtualization
  • Configure Cisco data center networking
  • Configure Cisco automation and orchestration
  • Verify Cisco ACI

Who Should Attend

  • Network designers, administrators, engineers, and managers
  • Storage administrators
  • Server administrators
  • Program managers
  • Project managers
  • Systems engineers

Course Outline

Module 1: Cisco Data Center Network Virtualization

  • Functional Planes of Cisco Nexus Switches
  • Cisco Nexus Operating System VRF Contexts
  • Virtual Device Contexts
  • Function of Overlays
  • Virtualization
  • Virtual Switches

Module 2: Cisco Data Center Network Technologies Configuration

  • Cisco Fabric Extender Connectivity
  • Port Channels and Virtual Port Channels
  • Cisco FabricPath
  • Unified Port Feature of Cisco Nexus Switches
  • Cisco Unified Fabric

Module 3: Cisco Unified Computing System

  • Data Center Server Connectivity
  • Cisco IMC Supervisor
  • Cisco UCS Manager Operations
  • Role-Based Access Control
  • Hardware Abstraction in Cisco UCS

Module 4: Data Center Automation and Orchestration

  • Utility of Application Programming Interfaces
  • Cloud Computing Basic Concepts
  • Cloud Attributes and Service Models
  • Cisco UCS Director
  • VDCs, Tenants, and Policies
  • Orchestration
  • Managing Catalogs and Templates
  • Reporting in Cisco UCS Director (CloudSense)

Module 5: Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure

  • Cisco ACI
  • Cisco ACI Fabric
  • Programming and Orchestrating Cisco ACI


Lab 1: Connect to Cisco Nexus Series Switches Using SSH

Lab 2: Configure VRFs

Lab 3: Explore the Elements of Virtual Device Contexts

Lab 4: Install VMware ESXi on UCS C-Series Rack Server

Lab 5: Install VMware vCenter Server Appliance

Lab 6: Install Cisco Virtual Switch Update Manager

Lab 7: Install Cisco Nexus 1000V with VSUM

Lab 8: Configure a Port Group in the DVS

Lab 9: Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender

Lab 10: Configure Virtual Port Channels

Lab 11: Configure Virtual Port Channels with FEX

Lab 12: Configure Cisco FabricPath

Lab 13: Configure Unified Ports on Cisco Nexus Switch

Lab 14: Implement FCoE

Lab 15: Install and Configure the Cisco IMC Supervisor

Lab 16: Navigate the Cisco UCS Manager GUI Interfaces

Lab 17: Configure Local RBAC

Lab 18: Configure Pools

Lab 19: Configure a Service Profile Template

Lab 20: Configure Cisco NX-OS with APIs

Lab 21: Explore the Management Information Tree of the Cisco UCS Manager XML API

Lab 22: Configure Cisco UCS Manager with the Postman REST Plugin for Google Chrome

Lab 23: Install and Configure User Accounts in Cisco UCS Director

Lab 24: Add Virtual and Physical Accounts to Cisco UCS Director

Lab 25: Customize Cisco UCS Director

Lab 26: Explore Cisco UCS Director Monitoring Capabilities

Lab 27: Create Policies and VDCs

Lab 28: Create a Catalog and Provision a VM Using the Self-Service Portal

Lab 29: Explore Cisco UCS Director Built-In Reports

Lab 30: View Chargeback and Reports