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Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII) v6.0 is a five-day instructor-led course that is designed to help students prepare for the Cisco CCNP© Data Center certification and for professional-level data center roles.

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About this course

The focus of this skills-building course is implementation of LAN, SAN, and Data Center Unified Fabric using Cisco MDS switches, Cisco Nexus switches, and Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders (FEXs). The course provides rich, hands-on experience of implementing Cisco data center infrastructure.

Target Audience

  • Systems and field engineers, consulting systems engineers, technical solutions architects, and Cisco integrators and partners who install and implement the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 Series switches and the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series fabric extenders
  • Data center engineers and managers, program managers, and project managers


There are no prerequisite requirements for taking the CISA course or the CISA exam; however, in-order-to apply for the CISA certification, the candidate must meet the following requirements as determined by ISACA:

• Five (5) or more years of experience in IS audit, control, assurance, or security 

• Waivers are available for a maximum of three (3) years

Course Outline

Module 1: Data Center Protocols

  • Lesson 1: Configuring Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Port Channels
  • Lesson 3: Configuring Fabric Extenders
  • Lesson 4: Implementing Cisco FabricPath
  • Lesson 5: Understanding Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization
  • Lesson 6: Implementing VXLAN
  • Lesson 7: Implementing LISP

Module 2: Layer 3 Switching Features in the Data Center

  • Lesson 1: Configuring First-Hop Redundancy
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Routing
  • Lesson 3: Configuring IP Multicast

Module 3: Data Center Infrastructure Security

  • Lesson 1: Configuring User Management
  • Lesson 2: Configuring System Security Features

Module 4: Data Center Infrastructure Storage Fabric

  • Lesson 1: Basic Fibre Channel Configuration
  • Lesson 2: Managing Domains
  • Lesson 3: Implementing Port Security and Fabric Binding

Module 5: FCoE Unified Fabric

  • Lesson 1: Describing FCoE
  • Lesson 2: Implementing FCoE

Module 6: Data Center Infrastructure Storage Services

  • Lesson 1: Configuring Distributed Device Aliases
  • Lesson 2: Implementing Zoning
  • Lesson 3: Configuring NPIV and NPV
  • Lesson 4: Configuring Fibre Channel Over IP

Module 7: Data Center Infrastructure Maintenance, Management, and Operations

  • Lesson 1: Configuring System Management
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Infrastructure Monitoring
  • LABS:Guided
  • Lab 1: Configure Layer 2 SwitchingGuided
  • Lab 2: Configure Port ChannelsGuided
  • Lab 3: Configure FEXGuided
  • Lab 4: Configure Cisco FabricPathGuided
  • Lab 5: Configure OTVGuided
  • Lab 6: Configure VXLANGuided
  • Lab 7: Configure VRRPGuided
  • Lab 8: Configure OSPFGuided
  • Lab 9: Configure User Management Security FeaturesGuided
  • Lab 10: Configure System Security FeaturesGuided
  • Lab 11: Configure Fibre ChannelGuided
  • Lab 12: Manage Domains and Configure Persistent FCIDsGuided
  • Lab 13: Configure Fabric Binding and Port SecurityGuided
  • Lab 14: Configure FCoEGuided
  • Lab 15: Configure Device AliasesGuided
  • Lab 16: Configure ZoningGuided Lab 17: Configure NPVGuided
  • Lab 18: Configure System ManagementGuided
  • Lab 19: Implement Infrastructure Monitoring

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