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

Beginner • 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 Networking
    11m 44s
  2. The Basics
    22m 18s
  3. Network Diagrams and Topologies
    22m 46s
  4. Data Flows and Value Conversions
    23m 45s
  5. The OSI Model
    25m 11s
  6. Virtual LANs (VLANs)
    41m 15s
  7. Media Access Control
    21m 15s
  8. Layer 2 Switching
    22m 44s
  9. Configuring Advanced Layer 2
    41m 57s
  10. IP Addressing Schemes
    30m 3s
  11. Public and Private IPs
    13m 11s
  12. Differentiating IPv4 and IPv6
    21m 31s
  13. Routing Protocols
    32m 44s
  14. Security Concepts
    35m 58s
  15. Cisco Switch Operation
    26m 49s
  16. Preparing for the 640-911 Exam
    17m 31s

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

Intermediate • 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 Architecture
    17m 49s
  2. FabricPath
    14m 35s
  3. Virtual Port Channels (vPC)
    18m 40s
  4. Nexus Product Family
    24m 17s
  5. Modular Switch Architecture
    24m 56s
  6. Advanced Switching Concepts
    19m 57s
  7. Storage Area Networks
    41m 4s
  8. SAN Design with Cisco MDS
    55m 42s
  9. SAN Connectivity
    49m 50s

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

by Chris Wahl

May 16, 2014 / 5h 43m

Intermediate • 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 Fabric
    31m 20s
  2. Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
    30m 40s
  3. Fabric Extension (FEX)
    30m 28s
  4. UCS Product Family
    51m 51s
  5. Working With Cisco UCS
    1h 16m 15s
  6. Data Center Virtualization
    27m 24s
  7. Nexus 1000v Switch
    1h 21m 13s
  8. Data Center Network Services
    13m 52s

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.