Cisco CCNA Data Center DCICT 640-916 LiveLessons

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Over five hours of video instruction on configuration and troubleshooting tasks to prepare you for the Cisco CCNA Data Center DCICT 640-916 exam.


CCNA Data Center DCICT 640-916 LiveLessons is a unique video product that provides a solid understanding of the key areas of knowledge required to pass the 640-916 DCICT CCNA Data Center exam. This product walks the customer through each topic of the exam blueprint. Customers will gain knowledge of fundamental Data Center technologies like network and server virtualization, storage, convergent I/O and network services like load balancing.

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CCNA Data Center LiveLessons contains 12 individual videos lessons, subdivided into 83 sub-lessons, for a total of five hours of instruction. The videos consist of audio instruction, animations, and video screencasts. Each video lab presents detailed objectives, lab diagrams, and video captures. Audio instruction throughout offers detailed explanations, tips, and configuration examples.

Major topics include:

  • Fundamental Data Center Concepts
  • Fundamental Data Center Design
  • Introduction to the Nexus Switching Portfolio
  • Advanced Nexus Features
  • Nexus Switch Feature Configuration
  • Introduction to Storage Networking Concepts
  • Storage Networking Configuration
  • Data Center Unified Fabric
  • Introduction to Unified Computing Concepts
  • Unified Computing Configuration
  • Data Center Virtualization
  • Data Center Network Services


About the Instructor

Frank Dagenhardt, CCIE No. 42081, is a Systems Engineer for Cisco focusing primarily on Data Center architectures in Commercial Select accounts. Frank has over 19 years in Information Technology and has held certifications from HP, Microsoft, Citrix, and Cisco. A Cisco veteran of over 8 years, he works with customers daily where he designs, implements, and supports end-to-end architectures and solutions such as workload mobility, business continuity, and cloud / orchestration services. In the recent months he has been focusing on Tier 1 applications, including but not limited to VDI, Oracle and SAP. He recently presented on the topic of UCS / VDI at Cisco Live 2013. When not thinking about Data Center topics, Frank can be found backpacking, kayaking, or at home with his family.


Skill Level

  • Beginning to Intermediate


What You Will Learn

  • Presents more than five hours of video mentoring
  • Provides an easy to use and cost effective means to learn the various concepts associated with Data Center technologies.
  • Provides multimedia tutorials and demos that users can apply to real-world scenarios


Who Should Take This Course

Anyone who wants to obtain their CCNA Data Center certification. This includes working engineers in the Enterprise space that want to expand their knowledge of Data Center concepts and technologies. Specifically, CCNA candidates who will use this product to prepare for the two required tests needed to earn the CCNA Data Center certification. CCNP, and CCIE Data Center candidates in need of foundational knowledge will also be very interested in this product. IT managers in need of a quick understanding of Data Center concepts to better manage their engineering teams and engineers familiar with other vendors’ platforms, who wish to learn Cisco’s specific implementations of these technologies would also benefit from taking this course.


Course Requirements

This LiveLessons course assumes that the viewer has the skills to navigate the user interface of a PC running any of the Microsoft operating systems, and that the viewer has completed typical high school level math courses (mainly that they have been exposed to binary math). The book also assumes that they have used PCs connected to either a home network or a network inside a school or company, but that the viewer may not understand anything about the network to which the PC was connected. It is also assumed that the viewer knows how to use typical Internet applications, primarily web browsers and email clients.

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Cisco CCNA Data Center DCICT 640-916 LiveLessons: Introduction
  2. Lesson 1: Fundamental Data Center Concepts
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 1.1 Introduction to Data Center LANs
    3. 1.2 Defining the Purpose and Function of Various Network Devices
    4. 1.3 Introduction to Storage Area Networks (SANs)
    5. 1.4 Examining SAN Fabric High Availability
    6. 1.5 Understanding the Edge/Core Layers of the SAN
    7. 1.6 Understanding Fiber Channel over Ethernet
    8. 1.7 Examining the Protocols that Support Fiber Channel over Ethernet
  3. Lesson 2 : Fundamental Data Center Design
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 2.1 Understanding the Modular Approach in DC Network Design
    3. 2.2 Examining the Core Model
    4. 2.3 Examining the Aggregation Model
    5. 2.4 Examining the Collapsed Core Model
    6. 2.5 Examining the Access Model
    7. 2.6 Introduction to Data Center Interconnect (DCI)
    8. 2.7 Differentiation Between DCI and Network Interconnectivity
  4. Lesson 3: Introduction to the Nexus Switching Portfolio
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 3.1 Examining the Cisco Nexus Modular Switches
    3. 3.2 Examining the Cisco Fixed Configuration Switches
    4. 3.3 Examining the Cisco FEX Products
    5. 3.4 Understanding Control and Data Plane Traffic
    6. 3.5 Examining Nexus Virtualization Features
    7. 3.6 Examining Nexus Licensing
  5. Lesson 4: Advanced Nexus Features
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 4.1 Understanding virtual Device Context (VDC)
    3. 4.2 Understanding Port Channel Functionality
    4. 4.3 Exploring vPC and Its Components
    5. 4.4 Understanding How a vPC Functions
    6. 4.5 Understanding Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF)
    7. 4.6 Introduction to FabricPath
    8. 4.7 Understanding FabricPath Switch IDs and Trees
  6. Lesson 5: Nexus Switch Feature Configuration
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 5.1 Performing Initial Setup and Verifying Connectivity
    3. 5.2 Enabling Features
    4. 5.3 Configuring VDCs
    5. 5.4 Configuring Fabric Extenders (FEXs)
    6. 5.5 Configuring Port Channels
    7. 5.6 Configuring vPC
    8. 5.7 Verifying vPC
    9. 5.8 Configuring FabricPath
  7. Lesson 6: Introduction to Storage Networking Concepts
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 6.1 Defining a Storage Network
    3. 6.2 Exploring Storage Network Services
    4. 6.3 Understanding Initiators and Targets
    5. 6.4 Examining Devices Connected to the SAN
    6. 6.5 Examining Storage Array Connectivity
    7. 6.6 Understanding How Switches Connect to the SAN
    8. 6.7 Examining VSANs
    9. 6.8 Understanding Zoning
  8. Lesson 7: Storage Networking Configuration
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 7.1 Performing Initial Storage Networking Setup
    3. 7.2 Configuring VSANs
    4. 7.3 Verifying VSANs
    5. 7.4 Configuring Switch Ports
    6. 7.5 Verifying Name Server Login
    7. 7.6 Configuring Zoning
    8. 7.7 Verifying Zoning
    9. 7.8 Verifying SAN Switch Operations
  9. Lesson 8: Data Center Unified Fabric
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 8.1 Understanding FCoE
    3. 8.2 Comparing/Contrasting FC and FCoE
    4. 8.3 Understanding FCoE Multihop
    5. 8.4 Understanding VFCs
    6. 8.5 Performing Initial FCoE Setup
    7. 8.6 Configuring FCoE
    8. 8.7 Configuring FCoE Multihop
  10. Lesson 9: Introduction to Unified Computing Concepts
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 9.1 Defining UCS
    3. 9.2 Exploring UCS Features
    4. 9.3 Understanding Stateless Computing
    5. 9.4 Understanding Service Policies
    6. 9.5 Examining How UCS Connects to the LAN and SAN
    7. 9.6 Exploring UCS Manager Key Features
    8. 9.7 Understanding How Discovery Works
  11. Lesson 10: Unified Computing Configuration
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 10.1 Performing Intital UCS Setup
    3. 10.2 Configuring Server, LAN, and SAN Connectivity
    4. 10.3 Verifying Server, LAN, and SAN Connectivity
    5. 10.4 Verifying Discovery Operations
    6. 10.5 Exploring the UCS Manager GUI
    7. 10.6 Configuring a Service Profile
  12. Lesson 11: Data Center Virtualization
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 11.1 Understanding Device Virtualization
    3. 11.2 Understanding Server Virtualization
    4. 11.3 Examining the Nexus 1000v
    5. 11.4 Verifying Initial Setup and Operation for the Nexus 1000v
  13. Lesson 12: Data Center Network Services
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 12.1 Understanding the Need for Load Balancers
    3. 12.2 Examining Standard ACE Features for Load Balancing
    4. 12.3 Examining Server Load Balancing Virtual Contexts and HA
    5. 12.4 Examining Server Load Balancing Management Options
    6. 12.5 Exploring the Benefits of the Cisco Global Load Balancing Solution
    7. 12.6 Examining the Integration Between the Cisco Global and Local Load Balancing Solutions
    8. 12.7 Understanding WAN Optimization
  14. Summary
    1. Cisco CCNA Data Center DCICT 640-916 LiveLessons: Summary

Product information

  • Title: Cisco CCNA Data Center DCICT 640-916 LiveLessons
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: March 2015
  • Publisher(s): Pearson IT Certification
  • ISBN: 0133930378