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DCCOR: Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies


Course Overview:

Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core
Technologies (DCCOR) is a 5-day course where you will
master the skills and technologies you need to
implement data center compute, LAN and SAN
infrastructure. You will also learn the essentials of
automation and security in data centers. You will get
hands-on experience with deploying, securing, operating,
and maintaining Cisco data center infrastructure
including: Cisco MDS Switches and Cisco Nexus
Switches; Cisco Unified Computing System™.

Who Should Attend:

The primary audience for this course is as follows:
• Network designers
• Network administrators
• Network engineers
• Systems engineers
• Data center engineers
• Consulting systems engineers
• Technical solutions architects
• Field engineers
• Cisco integrators and partners
• Server administrator
• Network manager


The knowledge and skills that the learner should have
before attending this course are as follows:
• Familiarity with Ethernet and TCP/IP networking
• Familiarity with SANs
• Familiarity with Fibre Channel protocol
• Identify products in the Cisco Data Center Nexus and
Cisco MDS families
• Understanding of Cisco Enterprise Data Center
• Understanding of server system design and
• Familiarity with hypervisor technologies (such as


This course, including the self-paced material, helps
prepare you to take the exam, Implementing Cisco Data
Center Core Technologies (350-601 DCCOR), which leads
to the new CCNP Data Center, CCIE Data Center, and the
Cisco Certified Specialist – Data Center Core


Course Objectives:

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to
meet these overall objectives:

• Implement routing and switching protocols in Data
Center environment
• Implement overlay networks in data center
• Introduce high-level Cisco Application Centric
Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™) concepts and Cisco Virtual
Machine manager (VMM) domain integration
• Describe Cisco Cloud Service and deployment models
• Implement Fibre Channel fabric
• Implement Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) unified
• Implement security features in data center
• Implement software management and infrastructure
• Implement Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect and Server
• Implement SAN connectivity for Cisco Unified
Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®)
• Describe Cisco HyperFlex™ infrastructure concepts
and benefits
• Implement Cisco automation and scripting tools in
data center
• Evaluate automation and orchestration technologies

Course Outline:

Implementing Data Center Switching Protocols*
• Spanning Tree Protocol
• Port Channels Overview
• Virtual Port Channels Overview
Implementing First-Hop Redundancy Protocols*
• Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP) Overview
• Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) Overview
• First Hop Redundancy Protocol (FHRP) for IPv6
Implementing Routing in Data Center*
• Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) v2 and Open
Settlement Protocol (OSP) v3
• Border Gateway Protocol
Implementing Multicast in Data Center*
• IP Multicast in Data Center Networks
• Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) and
Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD)
• Multicast Distribution Trees and Routing Protocols
• IP Multicast on Cisco Nexus Switches
Implementing Data Center Overlay Protocols
• Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization
• Virtual Extensible LAN
Implementing Network Infrastructure Security*
• User Accounts and Role Based Access Control (RBAC)
• Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)
and SSH on Cisco NX-OS
• Keychain Authentication
• First Hop Security
• Media Access Control Security
• Control Plane Policing
Describing Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure
• Cisco ACI Overview, Initialization, and Discovery
• Cisco ACI Management
• Cisco ACI Fabric Access Policies


Course Outline (cont.)

Describing Cisco ACI Building Blocks and VMM Domain

• Tenant-Based Components
• Cisco ACI Endpoints and Endpoint Groups (EPG)
• Controlling Traffic Flow with Contracts
• Virtual Switches and Cisco ACI VMM Domains
• VMM Domain EPG Association
• Cisco ACI Integration with Hypervisor Solutions

Describing Packet Flow in Data Center Network*

• Data Center Traffic Flows
• Packet Flow in Cisco Nexus Switches
• Packet Flow in Cisco ACI Fabric

Describing Cisco Cloud Service and Deployment Models

• Cloud Architectures
• Cloud Deployment Models

Describing Data Center Network Infrastructure Management, Maintenance, and Operations*

• Time Synchronization
• Network Configuration Management
• Software Updates
• Network Infrastructure Monitoring

Explaining Cisco Network Assurance Concepts*

• Need for Network Assurance
• Cisco Streaming Telemetry Overview

Implementing Fibre Channel Fabric

• Fibre Channel Basics
• Virtual Storage Area Network (VSAN) Overview
• SAN Port Channels Overview
• Fibre Channel Domain Configuration Process

Implementing Storage Infrastructure Services

• Distributed Device Aliases
• Zoning
• N-Port Identifier Virtualization (NPIV) and N-Port
Virtualization (NPV)
• Fibre Channel over IP
• Network Access Server (NAS) Concepts
• Storage Area Network (SAN) Design Options

Implementing FCoE Unified Fabric

• Fibre Channel over Ethernet
• Describing FCoE
• FCoE Topology Options
• FCoE Implementation

Implementing Storage Infrastructure Security*

• User Accounts and RBAC
• Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting
• Fibre Channel Port Security and Fabric Binding

Describing Data Center Storage Infrastructure
Maintenance and Operations*

• Time Synchronization
• Software Installation and Upgrade
• Storage Infrastructure Monitoring

Describing Cisco UCS Server Form Factors*

• Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers
• Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers

Implementing Cisco Unified Computing Network Connectivity

• Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect
• Cisco UCS B-Series Connectivity
• Cisco UCS C-Series Integration

Implementing Cisco Unified Computing Server

• Identity Abstraction
• Service Profile Templates

Implementing Cisco Unified Computing SAN

• iSCSI Overview
• Fibre Channel Overview
• Implement FCoE

Implementing Unified Computing Security

• User Accounts and RBAC
• Options for Authentication
• Key Management

Course Outline (cont.)

Introducing Cisco HyperFlex Systems*

• Hyperconverged and Integrated Systems Overview
• Cisco HyperFlex Solution
• Cisco HyperFlex Scalability and Robustness

Describing Data Center Unified Computing Management,
Maintenance, and Operations*

• Compute Configuration Management
• Software Updates
• Infrastructure Monitoring
• Cisco Intersight™

Implementing Cisco Data Center Automation and
Scripting Tools*

• Cisco NX-OS Programmability
• Scheduler Overview
• Cisco Embedded Event Manager Overview
• Bash Shell and Guest Shell for Cisco NX-OS
• Cisco Nexus API

Describing Cisco Integration with Automation and
Orchestration Software Platforms

• Cisco and Ansible Integration Overview
• Cisco and Puppet Integration Overview
Python in Cisco NX-OS and Cisco UCS

Describing Cisco Data Center Automation and
Orchestration Technologies*

• Power On Auto Provisioning
• Cisco Data Center Network Manager Overview
• Cisco UCS Director Fundamentals
• Cisco UCS PowerTool

*This section is self-study material that can be done at
your own pace after the instructor-led portion of the

Lab Outline:


  • Configure Overlay Transport Visualization (OTV)
  • Configure Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN)
  • Explore the Cisco ACI Fabric
  • Implement Cisco ACI Access Policies and Out-of-Band
  • Management
  • Implement Cisco ACI Tenant Policies
  • Integrate Cisco ACI with VMware
  • Configure Fibre Channel
  • Configure Device Aliases
  • Configure Zoning
  • Configure NPV
  • Configure FCoE
  • Provision Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Cluster
  • Configure Server and Uplink Ports
  • Configure VLANs
  • Configure a Cisco UCS Server Profile Using Hardware
  • Identities
  • Configure Basic Identity Pools
  • Configure a Cisco UCS Service Profile Using Pools
  • Configure an Internet Small Computer Systems Interface
  • (iSCSI) Service Profile
  • Configure Cisco UCS Manager to Authenticate Users
  • with Microsoft Active Directory
  • Program a Cisco Nexus Switch with Python

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