Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (300-160)

Exam Description:

The Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) exam (300-160) is a 90- minute, 60–70 question assessment. This exam is one of the exams associated with the CCNP Data Center Certification. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of Cisco data center infrastructure design pertaining to deployment requirements and options for network connectivity, infrastructure, storage network, compute connectivity, and compute resource parameters. The course, Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure v6 (DCID), helps candidates to prepare for this exam because the content is aligned with the exam topics.

The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. In order to better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes, the guidelines below may change at any time without notice.

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CCNP Datacenter is available in Horizon Computers Vashi, Vile Parle, Pune
Session Topic Sub-TopicContents
1 Data Center Network Connectivity Design Evaluate options for Layer 2 connectivity to meet deployment requirements in the data center
  • Endpoint mobility
  • Redundancy / high availability
  • Convergence
  • Services insertion
Evaluate options for Layer 3 connectivity to meet deployment requirements in the data center
  • IP mobility
  • Redundancy / high availability
    • (i) Graceful restart / NSF
  • Convergence
  • Services insertion
    • (i) Load balancing
    • ii) Security
2 Data Center Infrastructure Design Evaluate data center protocols to meet deployment requirements
  • Fabric Path
  • OTV
  • VXLAN
  • LISP
  • VPC/VPC+
Evaluate options for orchestration and management in a data center
  • Orchestration and automation
  • Out-of-band management network
  • License management
Evaluate options for device and routing virtualization in a data center
  • VDC
  • VRF
Evaluate options for interconnecting data centers
3 Data Center Storage Network Design Plan for iSCSI deployment in the data center
  • Multipathing
  • Addressing schemes
Evaluate QoS requirements in the data center
  • Fibre Channel
  • FCoE
  • FCIP
  • iSCSI
Determine FCoE/ Fibre Channel interface parameters based on data center requirements
  • Dedicated and shared mode
  • Port types
  • ISL
  • Oversubscription
Evaluate SAN Topology options in the data center
  • Fabric redundancy
  • NPV, NPIV, and FCF
  • Load balancing
4 Data Center Compute Connectivity Design Evaluate options for Ethernet connectivity to meet deployment requirements in a data center
  • Redundancy / high availability
  • Bandwidth
    • Over subscription
  • Fabric interconnect operation mode
    • Switch mode
    • End host mode
Evaluate options for storage connectivity to meet deployment requirements in a data center
  • Multipathing
  • Bandwidth
    • Port channels
    • Oversubscription
Fabric interconnect operation modes
  • Switch mode
  • End host mode
Direct-attached storage
  • Appliance port
  • Fibre Channel storage port
  • FCoE port
5 Data Center Compute Resource Parameters Design Evaluate options for orchestration and automation in the data center
  • Service profile templates
  • vNIC templates
  • vHBA templates
  • Global policies vs local policies
Evaluate options for management network in a data center
  • In-band
  • Out-of-band
Evaluate options for network device virtualization in a data center
  • Cisco VIC adaptors
    • Number of interfaces vs IOM uplinks
    • vCon placement policies
    • Ethernet adaptor policies
    • Fibre Channel policies

Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (300-165)

Exam Description:

The Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII) exam (300-165) is a 90- minute, 60–70 question assessment. This exam is one of the exams associated with the CCNP Data Center Certification. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of implementing Cisco data center infrastructure including key protocols, routing and switching protocols, maintenance, management, operations, security, and storage. The course, Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure v6 (DCII), helps candidates to prepare for this exam because the content is aligned with the exam topics.

The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. In order to better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes, the guidelines below may change at any time without notice.

CCNP Datacenter is available in Horizon Computers Vashi, Vile Parle, Pune
Session Topic Sub-TopicContents
1 Implement Data Center Protocols Implement vPC center
Implement FabricPath
  • Segment ID
  • Distributed gateway, anycast HSRP
  • Multiprotocol BGP
  • vPC+
Implement VXLAN
  • Distributed gateway
  • Multiprotocol-BGP-EVPN
  • vPC
Implement OTV
Implement LISP
2 Implement Routing and Switching Protocols Implement routing protocols
  • OSPFv2, OSPFv3
  • 2.1.b IS-IS
  • 2.1.c PIM
  • 2.1.d FHRP
    • 2.1.d (i) HSRP
    • 2.1.d (ii) VRRP
Implement switching protocols
  • STP
  • LACP/port channel
  • FEX, VNTAG
3 Data Center Infrastructure Maintenance, Management, and Operations Plan and execute software updates
  • Disruptive / nondisruptive
  • EPLD
Implement configuration management
  • Backups / restore
  • Checkpoints /rollback
Implement infrastructure monitoring
  • Logging
  • SNMP
  • Call Home
  • NetFlow
  • SPAN
Configure time synchronization
  • PTP
  • NTP
4 Data Center Infrastructure Security Implement ACLs
Implement AAA and RBAC
Implement keychain authentication
Implement first-hop security
  • Dynamic ARP inspections
  • DHCP snooping
  • Unicast RPF
  • MACsec
  • Port security
Implement CoPP
Implement fabric binding and port security
5 Infrastructure Storage Implement Fibre Channel fabric
  • Switched fabric initialization
  • Port channels, ISL
  • FCID
  • FCIP
Implement Fibre Channel Protocol services
  • Zoning
  • Cisco Fabric Services
  • FCNS
  • Device alias
  • VSAN
  • FSPF
Implement FCoE Unified Fabric
  • Storage VDC
  • FIP
  • FCoE topologies
  • DCB

Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (300-170)

Exam Description:

The Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI) exam (300-170) is a 90-minute, 60–70 question assessment. This exam is one of the exams associated with the CCNP Data Center Certification. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of implementing Cisco data center infrastructure including virtualization, automation, Application Centric Infrastructure, Application Centric Infrastructure network resources, and Application Centric Infrastructure management and monitoring. The course, Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation v6 (DCVAI), helps candidates to prepare for this exam because the content is aligned with the exam topics.

The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. In order to better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes, the guidelines below may change at any time without notice

CCNP Datacenter is available in Horizon Computers Vashi, Vile Parle, Pune
Session Topic Sub-TopicContents
1 Implement Infrastructure Virtualization Implement logical device separation
  • VDC
  • VRF
Implement virtual switching technologies
2 Implement Infrastructure Automation Implement configuration profiles
  • Auto-config
  • Port profiles
  • Configuration synchronization
Implement POAP
Compare and contrast different scripting tools
  • EEM
  • Scheduler
  • SDK
3 Implementing Application Centric Infrastructure Configure fabric discovery parameters
Implement access policies
  • Policy groups
  • Protocol policies
    • (i) LLDP, CDP, LCAP, and link-level
  • AEP
  • Domains
  • Pools
  • Profiles
    • (i) Switch
    • (ii) Interface
Implement VMM domain integrations
4 Implement tenant-based policies
  • EPGs
    • Pathing
    • ( Domains
  • Contracts
    • Consumer
    • Providers
    • vzAny (TCAM conservation)
    • Inter-tenant
  • Private networks
    • Enforced/unenforced
  • Bridge domains
    • Unknown unicast settings
    • ARP settings
    • Unicast routin
4 Implementing Application Centric Infrastructure Network Resources Implement external network integration
  • External bridge network
  • External routed network
Implement packet flow
  • Unicast
  • Multicast
  • Broadcast
  • Endpoint database
Describe service insertion and redirection
  • Device packages
  • Service graphs
  • Function profiles
5 Implementing Application Centric Infrastructure Management and Monitoring Implement management
  • In-band management
  • Out-of-band managemen
Implement monitoring
  • SNMP
  • Atomic counters
  • Health score evaluations
Implement security domains and role mapping
  • AAA
  • RBAC
Compare and contrast different scripting tools
  • SDK
  • API Inspector / XML

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (300-175)

Exam Description:

The Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) exam (300-175) is a 90-minute, 60–70 question assessment. This exam is one of the exams associated with the CCNP Datacenter Certification. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of implementing Cisco data center technologies including unified computing, unified computing maintenance and operations, automation, unified computing security, and unified computing storage. The course, Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing v6 (DCUCI), helps candidates to prepare for this exam because the content is aligned with the exam topics.

The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. In order to better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes, the guidelines below may change at any time without notice.

CCNP Datacenter is available in Horizon Computers Vashi, Vile Parle, Pune
Session Topic Sub-TopicContents
1 Implement Cisco Unified Computing Install Cisco Unified Computing platforms
  • Stand-alone computing
  • Chassis / blade
  • Modular / server cartridges
  • Server integration
Implement server abstraction technologies
  • Service profiles
  • (i) Pools
  • (ii) Policies
    • (ii).1 Connectivity
    • (ii).2 Placement policy
    • (ii).3 Remote boot policies
  • (iii) Templates
    • (iii).1 Policy hierarchy
    • (iii).2 Initial vs updating
2 Unified Computing Maintenance and Operations Implement firmware upgrades, packages, and interoperability
Implement firmware upgrades, packages, and interoperability
Implement backup operations
Implement monitoring
  • Logging
  • SNMP
  • Call Home
  • NetFlow
  • Monitoring session
3 Automation Implement integration of centralized management
Compare and contrast different scripting tools
  • SDK
  • XML
4 Unified Computing Security Implement AAA and RBAC
Implement key management
5 Unified Computing Storage Implement iSCSI
  • Multipath
  • Addressing schemes
Implement Fibre Channel port channels
Implement Fibre Channel protocol services
  • Zoning
  • Device alias
  • VSAN
Implement FCoE
  • FIP
  • FCoE topologies
  • DCB
Implement boot from SAN
  • FCoE / Fiber Channel
  • iSCSI

Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (300-180)

Exam Description:

The Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT) exam (300-180) is a 90-minute, 60–70 question assessment. This exam is one of the exams associated with the CCNP Data Center Certification. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of troubleshooting Cisco data center infrastructure including data network protocols, network virtualization and automation, Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), storage, compute platforms, and management and operations. The course, Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure v6 (DCIT), helps candidates to prepare for this exam because the content is aligned with the exam topics.

The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. In order to better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes, the guidelines below may change at any time without notice.

CCNP Datacenter is available in Horizon Computers Vashi, Vile Parle, Pune
Session Topic Sub-TopicContents
1 Troubleshooting Data Network Protocols Troubleshoot data center protocols
  • VPC
    • Fabric path
    • Segment IDv
    • Distributed gateway, anycast HSRP
    • MBGP
    • vPC+
  • VXLAN
    • Distributed gateway
    • MBGP EVPN
    • VPC
  • OTV
  • LISP
Troubleshoot routing protocols
  • eshoot routing protocols
  • OSPFv2, OSPFv3
  • IS-IS
  • PIM
  • FHRP
    • HSRP
    • VRRP
Troubleshoot switching protocols
  • STP
  • LACP/port channel
  • FEX, VNTAG
2 Troubleshooting Network Virtualization and Automation Troubleshoot logical device separation
  • VDC
  • VRF
Troubleshoot virtual switching technologies
Troubleshoot configuration profiles
  • Auto-config
  • Port profiles
  • Configuration synchronization
3 Troubleshooting Application Centric Infrastructure Troubleshoot fabric discovery process
Troubleshoot VMM domain integration
Troubleshoot tenant-based policies
  • EPGs
    • (i) Pathing
    • (ii) Domains
  • Contracts
    • (i) Consumer
    • (ii) Providers
    • (iii) Inter-tenant
  • Private networks
    • (i) Enforced/unenforced
  • Bridge domains
    • (i) Unknown unicast settings
    • (ii) ARP settings
    • (iii) Unicast routing
Troubleshoot external network integratio
  • External bridge network
  • External routed network
Troubleshoot packet flow
  • Unicast
  • Multicast
  • Broadcast
  • Endpoint database
Troubleshoot security domains and role mapping
  • AAA
  • RBAC
4 Troubleshooting Data Center Storage Troubleshoot Fibre Channel
  • Switched fabric initialization
  • Fibre Channel buffer credit starvation
  • FCID
Troubleshoot Fibre Channel protocol services
  • Zoning
  • FCNS
  • VSAN
  • FSPF
Troubleshoot FCoE
  • Storage VDC
  • FIP
  • FCoE topologies
  • DCB
Troubleshoot boot from SAN
  • FCoE / Fibre Channel
  • iSCSI
  • Multipath
Troubleshoot FCoE/FC interface parameters
  • Dedicated and shared mode
  • Port types
  • Port channels, ISL
Troubleshoot SAN technologies
  • Fabric redundancy
  • NPV, NPIV, FCF
5 Troubleshooting Data Center Compute Platforms Troubleshoot Cisco computing platforms
  • Stand-alone computing
  • Chassis/blade
  • Modular / server cartridges
  • Server integration
Troubleshoot hardware interoperability
  • Converged Network Adapters / port expanders
  • Firmware
  • I/O modules / FEX
  • Fabric interconnects
Troubleshoot packet flow from server to the fabric
Troubleshoot server abstraction technologies
  • Service profiles
  • Pools
    • Policies
    • 1 Connectivity
    • 2 Placement policy
    • 3 Remote boot policies
6 Troubleshooting Data Center Management and Operations Troubleshoot firmware upgrades, packages, and interoperability
Troubleshoot integration of centralized management
Troubleshooting data center LAN and SAN security
  • Troubleshoot fabric binding and port security
  • Troubleshoot AAA and RBAC
  • Troubleshoot first-hop security
    • Dynamic ARP inspections
    • DHCP snooping
    • Unicast RPF
    • MACsec
    • Port security
  • Troubleshoot CoPP
  • Troubleshoot ACLs
Troubleshoot data center compute security
  • Troubleshoot AAA and RBAC
  • Troubleshoot key management