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The Zero-to-Hero Data Center class is designed to give students a quick and effective overview of the requirements of the data center track. It will cover data center architecture, technologies, products and solutions that can be used in day-to-day operations. Upon completion of this course, learners will have a working knowledge of vPC, FabricPath, VPC+, OTV, EVPN, VXLAN, Routing Protocols (OSPF, ISIS, MPBGP, BSR, Anycast-RP), HSRP, FC, FCoE, iSCSI, DCB, UCS, ACI, NFV and Policy-based networking.


There are no formal perquisite but we recommend CCNA level knowledge.

Course Delivery Method:

This boot camp is a combination of lecture and hands-on labs.

Boot Camp Hours:

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time (Saturdays Only)

Week 1:

Classic Ethernet Switching

  • VLANs
  • Trunking
  • Port Channels
  • RSTP
  • MST
  • Private VLANs
  • UDLD
  • Layer 2 Multicast

Week 2:

Data Center Switching

  • Fabric Extenders
  • Virtual Port Channels
  • FabricPath
  • Virtual Port Channels Plus (VPC+)
  • Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV)
  • Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN)
  • VXLAN with BGP EVPN Control Plane
  • Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP)
  • Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)
  • RISE
  • Intelligent Traffic Distribution

Week 3:

Layer 3 Routing

  • OSPF on NXOS
  • IS-IS on NXOS
  • BGP on NXOS
  • Multicast Routing on NXOS
  • Bi-Directional Forwarding Detection (BFD)
  • Layer 3 High Availability
  • First-Hop Redundancy Protocol (FHRP/GLBP/HSRP)

Week 4:

NXOS Storage Networking

  • Quality of Service
  • Fibre Channel Switching
  • SAN Port Channels
  • Zoning
  • NPV & NPIV
  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
  • Multi-Hop FCoE

Week 5:

NXOS Management

  • Virtual Device Contexts
  • AAA
  • SNMPv3
  • Netflow
  • Smart Call Home
  • NTP & PTP
  • Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager (DCNM)

Week 6:

NXOS Security

  • Access Control Lists (ACL) for IP/MAC/VLAN
  • Port Security
  • DHCP Snooping
  • Dynamic ARP inspection
  • IP Source Guard
  • Cisco TrustSec

Week 7:

UCS B-Series Components and Management

  • UCS B-Series Initialization
  • FI High Availability
  • UCSM Web/Java UI
  • UCS System Management Communications
  • Call Home, Policies and Profiles
  • Organizations
  • Role Based Access Control
  • Backup and Restore
  • Chassis and Blade Discovery
  • Management IP Address Pools
  • DNS Server Management
  • NTP Server and Time Management

Week 8:

UCS B-Series SAN Connectivity

  • Fibre Channel Switching Mode
  • Fibre Channel End Host Mode
  • FC Uplink Configuration
  • VSANs
  • FCoE VLANs
  • Uplink Trunking Port Channels
  • SAN Pin Groups
  • WWNN/nWWN Pools
  • WWPN/pWWN Pools
  • iSCSI IP Pools
  • iSCSI IQNs

Week 9:

UCS B-Series LAN Connectivity

  • Ethernet Switching Mode
  • Ethernet End Host Mode
  • LAN Uplink Configuration
  • MAC Address Aging
  • VLAN Creation and Trunking
  • Private VLANs
  • Uplink Port Channels
  • LAN Pin Groups
  • Disjointed Layer 2 Networks
  • Global LAN QoS
  • FCoE and iSCSI QoS
  • LAN QoS Policies
  • FCoE QoS Policies
  • MAC Address Pools
  • LAN Polices for Network Control
  • LAN Polices for Flow Control
  • Monitoring LAN Connections and Exposing Hot Spots
  • vNIC Templates
  • Dynamic vNIC Provisioning

Week 10:

UCS B-Series Service Profiles

  • UUID Pools
  • Server Pool Creation
  • Server Pool Qualification
  • BIOS Policies
  • Boot Polices
  • System Policies
  • Initial Template Service Profiles
  • Updating Template Service Profiles
  • Service Profile Instantiation
  • Manual Service Profile Creation

Week 11:

Nexus 1000v

  • Deploying Nexus 1000v VSMs in L3 Mode
  • Install VEMs in ESXi Hosts
  • Port Profile Provisioning
  • Migrating Physical Adapters to N1Kv DVS
  • Migrating VM Guests to N1Kv DVS
  • Virtual Port Channels Host Mode (vPC-HM)
  • QoS in Nexus 1000v
  • IGMP in Nexus 1000v
  • SPAN in Nexus 1000v
  • ERSPAN in Nexus 1000v
  • Access Control Lists in Nexus 1000v
  • DHCP Snooping in Nexus 1000v
  • Dynamic ARP Inspection in Nexus 1000v
  • IP Source Guard in Nexus 1000v
  • Netflow in Nexus 1000v
  • vPATH in Nexus 1000v

Week 12:

ACI and Orchestration

  • Fabric Management
  • Creation of Network Constructs
  • Specification of Cisco ACI Policy Parameters
  • Application Deployment
  • Virtualization: VMware Integration
  • Layer 4 through 7 Services
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting
  • APIC Northbound API Clients
  • Scripting: Python
  • REST with JSON and XML Bindings
  • PowerShell
  • UCS Director

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  • Pricing, registration terms, and conditions are subject to change without notice.
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  • PayPal
  • Credit Card: American Express, MasterCard, Visa.
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  • Bank Wire.

Retake Policy:
There are no free retakes for this track.

Refund/Cancellation Policy:
There are no refunds. You will be issued a credit. There is no expiration for the credit. You can take the class at a different date or location at no additional cost. We need a minimum of two weeks notice for postponing the class.

May 6, 2017 - July 22, 2017
Course Fee$4,699.00
August 5, 2017 - October 21, 2017
Course Fee$4,699.00