Cisco CCNA Data Center

Author: Chris Wahl

Cisco CCNA Data Center is a role-oriented certification that places an emphasis on data center networking. In order to obtain the Cisco CCNA Data Center certification, you need to... Read more

640-911 DCICN Exam

This course is focused on how networks work in addition to the use of Nexus for routing and VLANs. It will help you prepare for the 640-911 DCICN exam.

Cisco CCNA Data Center: Intro to Data Center Networking

by Chris Wahl

Oct 29, 2013 / 6h 50m

6h 50m

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Learn the essentials of Cisco Data Center Networking and prepare for the 640-911 certification exam, the first of two exams leading to the Cisco Certified Network Associate - Data Center (CCNA DC) certification. This exam aims to test a candidate's ability to handle a number of practical activities in a Nexus based networking environment, including access control, routing, and IP addressing. Any experience working with a Nexus or IOS based network would be valuable, but the course is focused on bringing an introductory level of knowledge to any level of candidate.

Table of contents
  1. Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking11m
  2. The Basics22m
  3. Network Diagrams and Topologies22m
  4. Data Flows and Value Conversions23m
  5. The OSI Model25m
  6. Virtual LANs (VLANs)41m
  7. Media Access Control21m
  8. Layer 2 Switching22m
  9. Configuring Advanced Layer 241m
  10. IP Addressing Schemes30m
  11. Public and Private IPs13m
  12. Differentiating IPv4 and IPv621m
  13. Routing Protocols32m
  14. Security Concepts35m
  15. Cisco Switch Operation26m
  16. Preparing for the 640-911 Exam17m

640-916 DCICT Exam

This series focuses on Cisco's 640-916 DCICT exam, which places an emphasis on data centers and system unification.

Cisco CCNA Data Center: Nexus, Advanced Switching & SAN

by Chris Wahl

Jan 27, 2014 / 4h 26m

4h 26m

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The CCNA Data Center covers a wide range of technologies found in the data center. In this course, we dive deep into LAN architecture with the Cisco Nexus line of switches, their specific use cases, and how to perform initial setup and configuration. We'll also look at advanced switching techniques, such as Virtual Port Channels, FabricPath, and Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs). Finally, we'll switch gears and focus on Storage Area Network (SAN) design and implementation with the Cisco MDS line of switches, including port types, Virtual SAN (VSAN), zoning, masking, and Fabric Login (FLOGI).

Table of contents
  1. Network Architecture17m
  2. FabricPath14m
  3. Virtual Port Channels (vPC)18m
  4. Nexus Product Family24m
  5. Modular Switch Architecture24m
  6. Advanced Switching Concepts19m
  7. Storage Area Networks41m
  8. SAN Design with Cisco MDS55m
  9. SAN Connectivity49m

Cisco CCNA Data Center: Unified Fabric, UCS, & Network Services

by Chris Wahl

May 16, 2014 / 5h 43m

5h 43m

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The CCNA Data Center covers a wide range of technologies found in the data center. In this course, we dive deep into the concepts of unified fabric with the FCoE protocol, along with complimentary technologies found in the data center bridging extensions such as Priority-based Flow Control (PFC) and Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS). We'll then move on to the Cisco UCS platform, spending time reviewing the products and solutions within the UCS stack, while also taking the time to do a full initial setup and configuration in the lab. Finally, we'll go over the Nexus 1000v switch - including an install and configure lab - and how virtualization impacts the data center.

Table of contents
  1. Unified Fabric31m
  2. Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)30m
  3. Fabric Extension (FEX)30m
  4. UCS Product Family51m
  5. Working With Cisco UCS1h 16m
  6. Data Center Virtualization27m
  7. Nexus 1000v Switch1h 21m
  8. Data Center Network Services13m

What you will learn

  • Network functionality, purpose, and specifications
  • How to use a Nexus switch
  • Private and public IP addressing
  • IPv4 and IPv6 addressing schemes
  • Cisco Data Center fundamentals
  • Unified Fabric
  • How to set up Unified Computing
  • Data Center virtualization
  • Storage networking
  • Services for load balancing


No prerequisites are suggested, but we recommend that you have a fundamental knowledge of computers and networking.