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CCNA Data Center DCICN 200-150 Official Cert Guide


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  • Straight from Cisco: the official complete assessment, review, and practice for the new CCNA Data Center (DCICN) exam
  • The only officially authorized study guide for the DCICN exam
  • Presents in-depth, expert explanations of all protocols, commands, and technologies on the DCICN exam
  • Packed with features to help candidates master the actual exam's challenging testing approach
  • CD-based practice tests contain challenging questions that closely mimic the difficulty of the actual exam
  • By Wendell Odom, author of the #1 selling CCNA preparation study guide

  • Copyright 2017
  • Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 960
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 1-58720-596-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58720-596-5

Cisco Data Center DCICN 200-150 Official Cert Guide from Cisco Press allows you to succeed on the exam the first time and is the only self-study resource approved by Cisco. Cisco Data Center experts Chad Hintz, Cesar Obediente, and Ozden Karakok share preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills.

This complete study package includes

  • A test-preparation routine proven to help you pass the exam
  • Do I Know This Already? quizzes, which allows you to decide how much time you need to spend on each section
  • Chapter-ending exercises, which help you drill on key concepts you must know thoroughly
  • The powerful Pearson IT Certification Practice Test software complete with hundreds of well-reviewed, exam-realistic questions customization options, and detailed performance reports
  • A final preparation chapter, which guides you through tools and resources to help you craft your review and test-taking strategies
  • Study plan suggestions and templates to help you organize and optimize your study time

Well-regarded for its level of detail, study plans, assessment features, challenging review questions and exercises, this official study guide helps you master the concepts and techniques that ensure your exam success.

The official study guide helps you master topics on the CCNA 200-150 exam, including the following:

  • Nexus data center infrastructure and architecture
  • Networking models, Ethernet LANs, and IPv4/IPv6 addressing/routing
  • Data center Nexus switching and routing fundamentals
  • Nexus switch installation and operation
  • VLANs, trunking, STP, and Ethernet switching
  • IPv4 and IPv6 subnetting
  • IPv4 routing concepts, protocols, configuration, and access control
  • Data center storage networking technologies and configurations

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Table of Contents

Introduction xxx

About the Exam xxx

CCNA Data Center and the Other CCNA Certifications xxx

The Exams That Help You Achieve CCNA Data Center Certification xxxi

Types of Questions on the Exams xxxi

What's on the DCICN Exam? xxxii

About the Book xxxvi

Book Features and Exam Preparation Methods xxxvi

Book Organization, Chapters, and Appendixes xxxvii

Companion Website xl

Pearson IT Certification Practice Test Engine and Questions xli

Install the Software xli

Activate and Download the Practice Exam xlii

Activating Other Exams xlii

Assessing Exam Readiness xliii

Premium Edition eBook and Practice Tests xliv

For More Information xliv

Part I Networking Fundamentals 3

CHAPTER 1 Introduction to Nexus Data Center Infrastructure and Architecture 5

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 5

Foundation Topics 8

Evolution of Data Center Architecture 8

Describe the Cisco Nexus Product Family 10

Cisco Nexus 9000 Family 11

Cisco Nexus 7000 and Nexus 7700 Product Family 22

Cisco Nexus 6000 Product Family 42

Cisco Nexus 5500 and Nexus 5600 Product Family 47

Cisco Nexus 5600 Product Family 53

Cisco Nexus 3000 Product Family 57

Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extenders Product Family 62

The Server Evolution 67

Summary 81

Exam Preparation Tasks 82

Review All Key Topics 82

Define Key Terms 83

Chapter 2 The TCP/IP and OSI Networking Models 85

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 85

Foundation Topics 88

Perspectives on Networking 88

TCP/IP Networking Model 89

History Leading to TCP/IP 90

Overview of the TCP/IP Networking Model 91

TCP/IP Application Layer 93

TCP/IP Transport Layer 94

TCP/IP Network Layer 96

TCP/IP Link Layer (Data Link Plus Physical) 100

TCP/IP Model and Terminology 102

OSI Networking Model 104

Comparing OSI and TCP/IP 104

Describing Protocols by Referencing the OSI Layers 105

OSI Layers and Their Functions 105

OSI Layering Concepts and Benefits 107

OSI Encapsulation Terminology 108

Exam Preparation Tasks 109

Review All Key Topics 109

Definitions of Key Terms 109

Chapter 3 Fundamentals of Ethernet LANs 111

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 111

Foundation Topics 114

An Overview of LANs 114

Typical SOHO LANs 114

Typical Enterprise Campus LANs 115

Typical Data Center Ethernet LAN 116

The Variety of Ethernet Physical Layer Standards 117

Consistent Behavior over All Links Using the Ethernet Data Link Layer 118

Building Physical Ethernet Networks with UTP 119

Transmitting Data Using Twisted Pairs 119

Breaking Down a UTP Ethernet Link 120

UTP Cabling Pinouts for 10BASE-T and 100BASE-T 122

UTP Cabling Pinouts for 1000BASE-T 125

Sending Data in Ethernet Networks 126

Ethernet Data-Link Protocols 126

Sending Ethernet Frames with Switches and Hubs 130

Traffic Storm Control in Ethernet Networks 133

Exam Preparation Tasks 135

Review All Key Topics 135

Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 135

Definitions of Key Terms 135

Chapter 4 Fundamentals of IPv4 Addressing and Routing 137

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 137

Foundation Topics 140

Overview of Network Layer Functions 140

Network Layer Routing (Forwarding) Logic 140

How Network Layer Routing Uses LANs and WANs 142

IP Addressing and How Addressing Helps IP Routing 143

Routing Protocols 144

IPv4 Addressing 145

Rules for IP Addresses 146

Rules for Grouping IP Addresses 146

IP Subnetting 151

IPv4 Routing 153

IPv4 Host Routing 153

Router Forwarding Decisions and the IP Routing Table 153

IPv4 Routing Protocols 156

Other Network Layer Features 158

Using Names and the Domain Name System 158

The Address Resolution Protocol 159

ICMP Echo and the ping Command 161

Exam Preparation Tasks 162

Review All the Key Topics 162

Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 162

Definitions of Key Terms 162

Part I Review 165

Part II Data Center Nexus Switching and Routing Fundamentals 167

Chapter 5 Installing and Operating Nexus Switches 169

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 169

Foundation Topics 171

Accessing the Cisco Nexus Switch CLI 171

Cisco Nexus Switches and the 5500 Switch 171

Accessing the Cisco NX-OS CLI 171

User Settings 177

The debug and show Commands 181

Introduction to Cisco NX-OS 181

Software Modularity in Cisco NX-OS 182

Service Restart in Cisco NX-OS 183

Software High Availability in Cisco NX-OS 184

Cisco NX-OS Licensing 185

Cisco NX-OS and Cisco IOS Comparison 186

Configuring Cisco NX-OS Software 187

Configuration Submodes and Contexts 187

Storing Switch Configuration Files 189

Copying and Erasing Configuration Files 191

Initial Configuration (Setup Mode) 193

NX-OS Version and Other Reload Facts 194

Exam Preparation Tasks 196

Review All Key Topics 196

Definitions of Key Terms 196

Command References 196

Chapter 6 VLAN and Trunking Concepts 199

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 199

Foundation Topics 202

Virtual LANs and VLAN Trunks 202

Creating Multiswitch VLANs Using Trunking 203

The 802.1Q and ISL VLAN Trunking Protocols 205

Forwarding Data Between VLANs 206

Routing Packets Between VLANs with a Router 207

Routing Packets with a Layer 3 Switch 209

VLAN Trunking Protocol 210

VTP Functions 210

Making VTP Work with VTP Servers and Clients 211

Disabling VTP 214

Summary of VTP Features 215

Exam Preparation Tasks 217

Review All Key Topics 217

Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 217

Definitions of Key Terms 217

Chapter 7 VLAN Trunking and Configuration 219

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 219

Foundation Topics 221

VLAN Configuration and Verification 221

VLAN Guidelines for Cisco Nexus Switches 221

Creating VLANs and Assigning Access VLANs to an Interface 222

VLAN Trunking Configuration and Verification 225

Controlling Which VLANs Can Be Supported on a Trunk 228

VTP Configuration and Verification 232

VTP Features 232

Enabling VTP 232

VTP Features 234

Limiting VTP Using Pruning 235

VTP Pruning 236

Exam Preparation Tasks 237

Review All Key Topics 237

Command Reference to Check Your Memory 237

Chapter 8 Spanning Tree Protocol Concepts 241

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 241

Foundation Topics 244

Spanning Tree Protocol (IEEE 802.1D) 244

The Need for Spanning Tree 244

What IEEE 802.1D Spanning Tree Does 246

How Spanning Tree Works 248

Influencing and Changing the STP Topology 255

Optional STP Features 259

Port-Channel 260

PortFast 260

BPDU Guard 261

Rapid STP (IEEE 802.1w) 261

RSTP and the Alternate (Root) Port 262

RSTP States and Processes 264

Exam Preparation Tasks 266

Review All the Key Topics 266

Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 266

Definitions of Key Terms 267

Chapter 9 Cisco Nexus Spanning Tree Protocol Implementation 269

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 269

Foundation Topics 272

STP Configuration and Verification 272

Connecting STP Concepts to STP Configuration Options 273

Verifying STP Operation 276

Improving STP Operation 279

Configuring STP Port Costs 279

Configuring Priority to Influence the Root Election 281

Spanning-Tree Port Types 283

Configuring PortFast and BPDU Guard 283

Configuring Port-Channel 285

Troubleshooting Port-Channel 288

Exam Preparation Tasks 292

Review All the Key Topics 292

Definitions of Key Terms 292

Command Reference to Check Your Memory 292

Chapter 10 Configuring Ethernet Switching 297

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 297

Foundation Topics 299

Configuration of Features in Common on All Nexus Switches 299

Securing the Switch CLI 299

Nexus Switch Configuration and Operation 304

Switched Virtual Interface Concept Inside a Switch 305

Configuring IPv4 on a Cisco Nexus Switch 305

Verifying IPv4 on a Switch 306

Configuring Switch Interfaces 306

Securing Unused Switch Interfaces 308

Predicting the Contents of the MAC Address Table 308

Exam Preparation Tasks 311

Review All Key Topics 311

Definitions of Key Terms 311

Command References 311

Part II Review 315

Part III IPv4/IPv6 Subnetting 317

Chapter 11 Perspectives on IPv4 Subnetting 319

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 319

Foundation Topics 322

Introduction to Subnetting 322

Subnetting Defined Through a Simple Example 322

Operational View Versus Design View of Subnetting 323

Analyze Subnetting and Addressing Needs 324

Rules About Which Hosts Are in Which Subnet 324

Subnet Rules with Layer 3 Switches 325

Determine the Number of Subnets 326

Determine the Number of Hosts per Subnet 328

One Size Subnet Fits All (Or Not) 329

Make Design Choices 331

Choose a Classful Network 332

Choose the Mask 335

Build a List of All Subnets 340

Plan the Implementation 341

Assign Subnets to Different Locations 341

Choose Static and Dynamic Ranges per Subnet 342

Exam Preparation Tasks 343

Review All the Key Topics 343

Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 343

Definitions of Key Terms 343

Chapter 12 Analyzing Classful IPv4 Networks 345

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 345

Foundation Topics 347

Classful Network Concepts 347

IPv4 Network Classes and Related Facts 347

Actual Class A, B, and C Networks 348

Number of Hosts per Network 350

Deriving the Network ID and Related Numbers 351

Unusual Network IDs and Network Broadcast Addresses 353

Practice with Classful Networks 353

Practice Deriving Key Facts Based on an IP Address 354

Practice Remembering the Details of Address Classes 355

Additional Practice 355

Exam Preparation Tasks 356

Review All Key Topics 356

Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 356

Definitions of Key Terms 356

Practice 356

Answers to Earlier Practice Problems 356

Answers to Practice Problem 7 (from Table 12-5) 357

Answers to Practice Problem 8 (from Table 12-5) 358

Answers to Practice Problem 9 (from Table 12-5) 358

Chapter 13 Analyzing Subnet Masks 361

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 361

Foundation Topics 364

Subnet Mask Conversion 364

Three Mask Formats 364

Converting Between Binary and Prefix Masks 365

Converting Between Binary and DDN Masks 365

Converting Between Prefix and DDN Masks 367

Practice Converting Subnet Masks 368

Identifying Subnet Design Choices Using Masks 369

Masks Divide the Subnet's Addresses into Two Parts 370

Masks and the Class Divide Addresses into Three Parts 371

Classless and Classful Addressing 372

Calculations Based on the IPv4 Address Format 372

Practice Analyzing Subnet Masks 374

Exam Preparation Tasks 376

Review All the Key Topics 376

Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 376

Definitions of Key Terms 376

Practice 376

Answers to Earlier Practice Problems 377

Chapter 14 Analyzing Existing Subnets 381

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 381

Foundation Topics 384

Defining a Subnet 384

An Example with Network and Four Subnets 384

Subnet ID Concepts 385

Subnet Broadcast Address 386

Range of Usable Addresses 387

Analyzing Existing Subnets: Binary 387

Finding the Subnet ID: Binary 388

Finding the Subnet Broadcast Address: Binary 389

Binary Practice Problems 390

Shortcut for the Binary Process 392

Brief Note About Boolean Math 393

Finding the Range of Addresses 394

Analyzing Existing Subnets: Decimal 394

Analysis with Easy Masks 394

Predictability in the Interesting Octet 395

Finding the Subnet ID: Difficult Masks 396

Finding the Subnet Broadcast Address: Difficult Masks 399

Practice Analyzing Existing Subnets 400

A Choice: Memorize or Calculate 401

Additional Practice 401

Exam Preparation Tasks 402

Review All the Key Topics 402

Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 402

Definitions of Key Terms 402

Practice 402

Answers to Earlier Practice Problems 402

Chapter 15 Fundamentals of IP Version 6 407

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 407

Foundation Topics 410

Introduction to IP Version 6 410

The Need and Effect of a New Internet Protocol 410

Introduction to IPv6 Addresses and Prefixes 412

Assigning Unique IPv6 Prefixes Across the Globe 417

IPv6 Addressing and Subnetting 419

Global Unicast Addresses and IPv6 Subnetting 419

Unique Local Unicast Addresses 423

Link Local Addresses 424

IPv6 Multicast Addresses 425

Miscellaneous IPv6 Addresses 426

Implementing IPv6 426

IPv6 Address Assignment 427

IPv6 Transition and Coexistence 431

Exam Preparation Tasks 433

Review All the Key Topics 433

Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 433

Definitions of Key Terms 433


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