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CCNA Data Center DCICT 200-155 Official Cert Guide


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  • Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 848
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  • ISBN-10: 1-58720-591-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58720-591-0

CCNA Data Center DCICT 200-155 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. A team of leading Cisco data center experts 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, official study package includes

  • A test-preparation routine proven to help you pass the exam
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  • Study plan suggestions and templates to help you organize and optimize your study time
  • A final preparation chapter that guides you through tools and resources to help you craft your review and test-taking strategies

Well-regarded for its level of detail, study plans, assessment features, and 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 Data Center DCICT 200-155 exam, including

  • Cisco data center concepts: Portchannel, virtual port-channel (vPC), FabricPath, data plane, control plane, management plane, role based access control, and more
  • Data center unified fabric: FCoE, multihop, VIFs, FEX, and setup
  • Data center virtualization: servers, devices, and Nexus 1000v, including setup and operations
  • Cisco Unified Computing: concepts, discovery, connectivity, setup, and UCSM
  • Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure, ACI logical model, and policy framework n Cloud Computing, services models, and the use of application programming interfaces (APIs)
  • Cisco UCS Director and troubleshooting UCSD workflows

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Table of Contents

Introduction xxxii

Getting Started 3

A Brief Perspective on the CCNA Data Center Certification Exam 3

Suggestions for How to Approach Your Study with This Book 3

This Book Is Compiled from 17 Short Read-and-Review Sessions 4

Practice, Practice, PracticeDid I Mention: Practice? 4

In Each Part of the Book You Will Hit a New Milestone 5

Use the Final Preparation Chapter to Refine Skills 6

Set Goals and Track Your Progress 6

Other Small Tasks Before Getting Started 7

Part I Data Center Networking Technologies 9

Chapter 1 Data Center Networking 11

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 11

Foundation Topics 15

Port Channel 15

What Is Port Channel? 15

Benefits of Using Port Channels 15

Port Channel Compatibility Requirements 16

Link Aggregation Control Protocol 16

Port Channel Modes 17

Configuring Port Channel 18

Port Channel Load Balancing 19

Verifying Port Channel Configuration 19

Virtual Port Channel 20

What Is Virtual Port Channel? 20

Benefits of Using vPC 22

Components of vPC 22

vPC Data Plane Operation 24

vPC Control Plane Operation 26

vPC Limitations 27

Configuration Steps of vPC 27

Verification of vPC 29

FabricPath 29

Spanning Tree Protocol 29

What Is FabricPath? 31

Benefits of FabricPath 31

Components of FabricPath 32

FabricPath Frame Format 34

FabricPath Control Plane 35

FabricPath Data Plane 37

Conversational Learning 38

FabricPath Packet Flow Example 38

Unknown Unicast Packet Flow 39

Known Unicast Packet Flow 39

Virtual Port Channel Plus 40

FabricPath Interaction with Spanning Tree 41

Configuring FabricPath 42

Verifying FabricPath 43

Reference List 44

Exam Preparation Tasks 45

Review All Key Topics 45

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 45

Define Key Terms 45

Chapter 2 Management and Monitoring of Cisco Nexus Devices 47

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 47

Foundation Topics 50

Operational Planes of a Nexus Switch 50

Data Plane 50

Store-and-Forward Switching 51

Cut-Through Switching 51

Nexus 5500 Data Plane Architecture 51

Control Plane 53

Nexus 5500 Control Plane Architecture 54

Control Plane Policing 55

Control Plane Analyzer 57

Management Plane 58

Nexus Management and Monitoring Features 59

Out-of-Band Management 59

Console Port 60

Connectivity Management Processor 61

Management Port (mgmt0) 61

In-Band Management 62

Simple Network Management Protocol 62

SNMP Notifications 63

SNMPv3 63

Remote Monitoring 64

RMON Alarms 64

RMON Events 65

Syslog 65

Embedded Event Manager 66

Event Statements 66

Action Statements 66

Policies 66

Generic Online Diagnostics 67

Smart Call Home 68


Role-Based Access Control 70

User Roles 71

Rules 71

User Role Policies 72

RBAC Characteristics and Guidelines 72

Privilege Levels 72

Reference List 73

Exam Preparation Tasks 74

Review All Key Topics 74

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 74

Define Key Terms 74

Chapter 3 Unified Fabric Overview 77

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 77

Foundation Topics 80

Challenges of Today's Data Center Networks 80

Cisco Unified Fabric Principles 82

Convergence of Network and Storage 82

Scalability and Growth 88

Security and Intelligence 93

Inter-Data Center Unified Fabric 97

Fibre Channel over IP 98

Overlay Transport Virtualization 100

Locator ID Separation Protocol 104

Reference List 106

Exam Preparation Tasks 107

Review All Key Topics 107

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 107

Define Key Terms 107

Part I Review 108

Part II Network Virtualization 113

Chapter 4 Cisco Nexus 1000V and Virtual Switching 115

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 116

Foundation Topics 119

Evolution of Virtual Switching 119

Before Server Virtualization 119

Server Virtualization with Static VMware vSwitch 121

Virtual Network Components 122

Virtual Access Layer 123

Standard VMware vSwitch Overview 124

Standard VMware vSwitch Operations 125

Standard VMware vSwitch Configuration 127

VMware vDS Overview 128

VMware vDS Configuration 129

VMware vDS Enhancements 131

VMware vSwitch and vDS 131

Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Networking Solution 132

Cisco Nexus 1000V System Overview 134

Cisco Nexus 1000V Salient Features and Benefits 134

Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Virtual Switch Architecture 137

Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Supervisory Module 137

Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Ethernet Module 138

Cisco Nexus 1000V Component Communication 140

Cisco Nexus 1000V Management Communication 140

Cisco Nexus 1000V Port Profiles 141

Types of Port Profiles in Cisco Nexus 1000V 142

Cisco Nexus 1000V Administrator View and Roles 142

Cisco Nexus 1000V Verifying Initial Configuration 144

Cisco Nexus 1000V VSM Installation Methods 144

Initial VSM Configuration Verification 145

Verifying VMware vCenter Connectivity 145

Verifying Nexus 1000V Module Status 147

Cisco Nexus 1000V VEM Installation Methods 148

Initial VEM Status on ESX or ESXi Host 148

Verifying VSM Connectivity from vCenter Server 148

Verifying VEM Agent Running 148

Verifying VEM Uplink Interface Status 149

Verifying VEM Parameters with VSM Configuration 150

Validating VM Port Groups and Port Profiles 150

Verifying Port Profile and Groups 152

Key New Technologies Integrated with Cisco Nexus 1000V 153

What Is the Difference Between VN-Link and VN-Tag? 153

What Is VXLAN? 153

What Is vPath Technology? 154

What Is Cisco Application Virtual Switch (AVS)? 154

Reference List 155

Exam Preparation Tasks 156

Review All Key Topics 156

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 156

Define Key Terms 157

Chapter 5 Data Center Overlay Networks 159

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 159

Foundation Topics 162

Overlay Transport Virtualization 162

Introduction to Overlay Transport Virtualization 162

OTV Terminology 164

OTV Control Plane 166

Multicast-Enabled Transport Infrastructure 166

Unicast-Enabled Transport Infrastructure 167

Data Plane for Unicast Traffic 168

Data Plane for Multicast Traffic 170

Failure Isolation 172

STP Isolation 172

Unknown Unicast Handling 172

ARP Optimization 173

OTV Multihoming 173

First Hop Redundancy Protocol Isolation 174

OTV Configuration Example with Multicast Transport 174

OTV Configuration Example with Unicast Transport 177

Virtual Extensible LAN 179

VXLAN Terminology 180

VTEP 180

VNID 181

VXLAN Gateway Types 181

VXLAN Bridging 181

VXLAN Routing 181

VXLAN Packet Forwarding 183

VXLAN VTEP Discovery and Address Learning 183

VXLAN Data Plane Learning 184

VXLAN Unicast-Only Mode 184

VXLAN Using Control Plane Protocol 184

Network Virtualization Using Generic Routing Encapsulation 184

Reference List 185

Exam Preparation Tasks 186

Review All Key Topics 186

Define Key Terms 186

Chapter 6 Virtualizing Cisco Network Devices 189

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 189

Foundation Topics 192

Describing VDCs on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch 192

VDC Deployment Scenarios 194

Horizontal Consolidation Scenarios 194

Vertical Consolidation Scenarios 195

VDCs for Service Insertion 196

Understanding Different Types of VDCs 196

Interface Allocation 198

VDC CPU Shares and Hardware Resources 199

VDC Administration 199

VDC Requirements 200

Verifying VDCs on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch 201

Describing Layer 3 Virtualization Within VDCs 204

Describe the Benefits and Perform Simple Troubleshooting of VDC STP 207

Verifying STP Operation 209

Describing Network Interface Virtualization 210

Cisco Nexus 2000 FEX Terminology 210

Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender Connectivity 211

VN-Tag Overview 212

Cisco Nexus 2000 FEX Packet Flow 213

Cisco Nexus 2000 FEX Port Connectivity 214

Cisco Nexus 2000 FEX Configuration on the Nexus 7000 Series 216

Cisco Adapter FEX Technology 219

Reference List 221

Exam Preparation Tasks 222

Review All Key Topics 222

Define Key Terms 222

Part II Review 224

Part III Cisco Unified Computing 229

Chapter 7 Cisco UCS Architecture 231

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 232

Foundation Topics 235

Evolution of Server Computing in a Nutshell 235

What Is a Socket? 236

What Is a Core? 236

What Is Hyperthreading? 237

Understanding Server Processor Numbering 237

Value of Cisco UCS in the Data Center 238

One Unified System 239

Unified Fabric 240

Unified Management and Operations 240

Cisco UCS Stateless Computing 241

Intelligent Automation, Cloud-Ready Infrastructure 242

Describing the Cisco UCS Product Family 243

Cisco UCS Computer Hardware Naming 243

Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects 244

What Is a Unified Port? 247

What Are QSA Modules and Breakout Cables? 247

Cisco UCS Fabric InterconnectExpansion Modules 247

Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis 248

Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server ChassisPower Supply and Redundancy Modes 248

Cisco UCS M4308 Chassis 249

Cisco UCS I/O Modules (FEX) 250

Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers 251

Cisco UCS B-Series Best Practices for Populating DRAM 253

Cisco Adapters (Mezzanine Cards) for UCS B-Series Blade Servers 254

Cisco Converged Network Adapters (CNA) 254

Cisco Virtual Interface Cards 255

Cisco UCS VIC 1340/1380 256

Cisco UCS Port Expander 257

What Is Cisco Adapter FEX? 257

What Is Cisco Virtual Machine-Fabric Extender? 257

Cisco UCS Storage Accelerator Adapters 258

Cisco UCS C-Series Rackmount Servers 258

Cisco UCS C-Series Dense Storage Rack Server 261

Cisco UCS C-Series Best Practices for Populating DRAM 261

Cisco Adapters for UCS C-Series Rackmount Servers 262

Cisco UCS C-Series RAID Adapter Options 262

Cisco UCS C-Series Virtual Interface Cards and OEM CAN Adapters 265

Cisco UCS VIC 1387 mLOM 266

What Is SR-IOV (Single Root-IO Virtualization)? 266

Cisco UCS C-Series Network Interface Card 267

Cisco UCS C-Series Host Bus Adapter 268

What Is N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV)? 269

Cisco UCS Storage Accelerator Adapters 270

Cisco UCS E-Series Servers 271

Cisco UCS Mini 272

Cisco UCS M-Series Servers 272

Cisco UCS Software 274

Cisco UCS Manager 274

Cisco UCS Central 274

Cisco UCS StorMagic SvSAN 274

Cisco UCS Director 274

Cisco IMC Supervisor 275

System Menu 276

Policies Menu 276

Administration Menu 276

Cisco UCS Platform Emulator 277

Cisco goUCS Automation Tool 277

Cisco UCS Connectivity Architecture 277

Cisco UCS 5108 Chassis to Fabric Interconnect Physical Connectivity 277

Cisco UCS C-Series Rackmount Server Physical Connectivity 278

Cisco UCS 6200 Fabric Interconnect to LAN, SAN Connectivity 280

Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Switching Modes 281

Ethernet Switching Mode 281

Fibre Channel Switching Mode 282

Cisco UCS I/O Module and Fabric Interconnect Connectivity 283

Cisco UCS I/O Module Architecture 285

Fabric and Adapter Port Channel Architecture 287

Cisco Integrated Management Controller Architecture 287

Reference List 289

Exam Preparation Tasks 290

Review All Key Topics 290

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 292

Define Key Terms 292

Chapter 8 Cisco UCS Manager 295

Do I Know This Already? Quiz 296

Foundation Topics 299

Cabling a Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect HA Cluster 299

Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect HA Architecture 299

Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Cluster Connectivity 300

Initial Setup Script for Primary Fabric Interconnect 302

Initial Setup Script for Subordinate Secondary Fabric Interconnect 303

Verify Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Cluster Setup 303


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