DCFNDU - Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU)

The Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU) v1.0 course helps you prepare for entry-level data center roles. In this course, you will learn the foundational knowledge and skills you need to configure Cisco® data center technologies including networking, virtualization, storage area networking, and unified computing. You will get an introduction to Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI), automation and cloud computing. You will get hands-on experience with configuring features on Cisco Nexus Operating System (Cisco NX-OS) and Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS).

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To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:
  • Good understanding of networking protocols
  • Good understanding of the VMware environment
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems

These are the recommended Cisco courses that may help you meet these prerequisites:
  • Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA)
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT)

Detailed Class Syllabus

Describing the Data Center Network Architectures

Cisco Data Center Architecture Overview
Three-Tier Network: Core, Aggregation, and Access
Spine-and-Leaf Network
Two-Tier Storage Network

Describing the Cisco Nexus Family and Cisco NX-OS Software

Cisco Nexus Data Center Product Overview
Cisco NX-OS Software Architecture
Cisco NX-OS Software CLI Tools
Cisco NX-OS Virtual Routing and Forwarding

Describing Layer 3 First-Hop Redundancy

Default Gateway Redundancy
Hot Standby Router Protocol
Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol
Gateway Load Balancing Protocol

Describing Cisco FEX

Server Deployment Models
Cisco FEX Technology
Cisco FEX Traffic Forwarding
Cisco Adapter FEX

Describing Port Channels and vPCs

Ethernet Port Channels
Virtual Port Channels
Supported vPC Topologies

Describing Switch Virtualization

Cisco Nexus Switch Basic Components
Virtual Routing and Forwarding
Cisco Nexus 7000 VDCs
VDC Types
VDC Resource Allocation
VDC Management

Describing Machine Virtualization

Virtual Machines
VM Manager

Describing Network Virtualization

Overlay Network Protocols
VXLAN Overlay
VXLAN BGP EVPN Control Plane
VXLAN Data Plane
Cisco Nexus 1000VE Series Virtual Switch
VMware vSphere Virtual Switches

Introducing Basic Data Center Storage Concepts

Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center
Fibre Channel Storage Networking
VSAN Configuration and Verification

Describing Fibre Channel Communication Between the Initiator Server and the Target Storage

Fibre Channel Layered Model
FLOGI Process
Fibre Channel Flow Control

Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses

Fibre Channel Zoning
Zoning Configuration
Zoning Management

Describing Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV

Cisco NPV Mode

Describing Data Center Ethernet Enhancements

IEEE Data Center Bridging
Priority Flow Control
Enhanced Transmission Selection
DCBX Protocol
Congestion Notification

Describing FCoE

Cisco Unified Fabric
FCoE Architecture
FCoE Initialization Protocol
FCoE Adapters

Describing Cisco UCS Components

Physical Cisco UCS Components
Cisco Fabric Interconnect Product Overview
Cisco IOM Product Overview
Cisco UCS Mini
Cisco IMC Supervisor
Cisco Intersight

Describing Cisco UCS Manager

Cisco UCS Manager Overview
Identity and Resource Pools for Hardware Abstraction
Service Profiles and Service Profile Templates
Cisco UCS Central Overview
Cisco HyperFlex Overview
Using APIs
Common Programmability Protocols and Methods
How to Choose Models and Processes

Describing Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI Overview
Multitier Applications in Cisco ACI
Cisco ACI Features
VXLAN in Cisco ACI
Unicast Traffic in Cisco ACI
Multicast Traffic in Cisco ACI
Cisco ACI Programmability
Common Programming Tools and Orchestration Options

Describing Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Overview
Cloud Deployment Models
Cloud Computing Services