Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT v6.2)

Level: Intermediate

The Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT) course is designed to help students prepare for the Cisco CCNP Data Center certification and for professional-level data center roles. The focus of this skills-building course is troubleshooting of LANs, SANs, Cisco 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.

You’ll master the professional-level skills and technologies needed to troubleshoot Cisco data center infrastructure.

You Will Learn How 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

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Important Course Information

  • Prerequisites

    To fully benefit from this course, students attending this training should have completed the following courses or obtained the equivalent level of knowledge:
    • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.0 or higher
    • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) v6.0 or higher
    • Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII) v6.0 or higher
    • Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI) v6.0 or higher
    • Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) v6.0 or higher
    It is recommended, but not required, to have the following skills and knowledge before attending this course:
    • Configure, secure, and maintain LANs and SANs based on Cisco Nexus and MDS switches
    • Configure, secure, and maintain Cisco UCS
    • Configure, secure, and maintain Cisco ACI

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Troubleshooting the Data Center LAN Network

    • Lesson 1: Overview of the Troubleshooting Process
    • Lesson 2: Understanding CLI Troubleshooting Tools
    • Lesson 3: Troubleshooting VLANs and Private VLANs
    • Lesson 4: Troubleshooting Port Channels and Virtual Port Channels
    • Lesson 5: Troubleshooting Cisco FabricPath
    • Lesson 6: Troubleshooting Cisco OTV
    • Lesson 7: Troubleshooting VXLAN
    • Lesson 8: Troubleshooting LISP
    • Lesson 9: Troubleshooting Routing Protocols
    • Lesson 10: Troubleshooting Data Center LAN Security
    • Lesson 11: Troubleshooting Platform-Specific Issues
  • Module 2: Troubleshooting Data Center SAN

    • Lesson 1: Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Interfaces
    • Lesson 2: Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Fabric Service
    • Lesson 3: Troubleshooting NPV Mode
    • Lesson 4: Troubleshooting FCoE
  • Module 3: Troubleshooting Data Center Unified Computing

    • Lesson 1: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS Architecture and Initialization
    • Lesson 2: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS Configuration
    • Lesson 3: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Servers
    • Lesson 4: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series LAN and SAN Connectivity
    • Lesson 5: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series Servers
    • Lesson 6: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series LAN and SAN Connectivity
    • Lesson 7: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series and Cisco UCS Manager Integration
  • Module 4: Troubleshooting Data Center ACI

    • Lesson 1: Exploring the Tools and Methodology of Troubleshooting Cisco ACI

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Important Course Information

  • Prerequisites

    To fully benefit from this course, students attending this training should have completed the following courses or obtained the equivalent level of knowledge:
    • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.0 or higher
    • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) v6.0 or higher
    • Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII) v6.0 or higher
    • Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI) v6.0 or higher
    • Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) v6.0 or higher
    It is recommended, but not required, to have the following skills and knowledge before attending this course:
    • Configure, secure, and maintain LANs and SANs based on Cisco Nexus and MDS switches
    • Configure, secure, and maintain Cisco UCS
    • Configure, secure, and maintain Cisco ACI

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Troubleshooting the Data Center LAN Network

    • Lesson 1: Overview of the Troubleshooting Process
    • Lesson 2: Understanding CLI Troubleshooting Tools
    • Lesson 3: Troubleshooting VLANs and Private VLANs
    • Lesson 4: Troubleshooting Port Channels and Virtual Port Channels
    • Lesson 5: Troubleshooting Cisco FabricPath
    • Lesson 6: Troubleshooting Cisco OTV
    • Lesson 7: Troubleshooting VXLAN
    • Lesson 8: Troubleshooting LISP
    • Lesson 9: Troubleshooting Routing Protocols
    • Lesson 10: Troubleshooting Data Center LAN Security
    • Lesson 11: Troubleshooting Platform-Specific Issues
  • Module 2: Troubleshooting Data Center SAN

    • Lesson 1: Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Interfaces
    • Lesson 2: Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Fabric Service
    • Lesson 3: Troubleshooting NPV Mode
    • Lesson 4: Troubleshooting FCoE
  • Module 3: Troubleshooting Data Center Unified Computing

    • Lesson 1: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS Architecture and Initialization
    • Lesson 2: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS Configuration
    • Lesson 3: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Servers
    • Lesson 4: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series LAN and SAN Connectivity
    • Lesson 5: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series Servers
    • Lesson 6: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series LAN and SAN Connectivity
    • Lesson 7: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series and Cisco UCS Manager Integration
  • Module 4: Troubleshooting Data Center ACI

    • Lesson 1: Exploring the Tools and Methodology of Troubleshooting Cisco ACI

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