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CCIE Data Center Workbook

CCIE Data Center Online Workbook

INE’s CCIE Data Center Workbook is an online interactive compilation of hands-on lab scenarios that walk you through the technologies used in Cisco’s modern Data Center architecture. Whether you are studying for the CCIE Data Center Lab Exam, have an upcoming implementation project with Cisco’s Nexus switches or Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS), or simply want to gain hands-on experience with these cutting-edge technologies, this workbook is for you.

The tasks in this workbook are all individually focused advanced technology labs that present topics in an easy-to-follow, goal-oriented, step-by-step approach. Every scenario features detailed breakdowns and thorough verifications to help you completely understand the technology. The workbook is subdivided into two sections: Nexus Technology Labs and UCS Technology Labs.

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CCIE Data Center Workbook Overview

Nexus Technology Labs

This section of the workbook focuses on Data Center Ethernet Switching and Data Center Storage Switching. Hardware platforms covered in this section include the Cisco Nexus 7000 Switches, Nexus 5000 Switches, Nexus 2000 Fabric Extenders, and MDS 9200 SAN Switches. Technologies covered in this section include Virtual Port Channels (vPC), Fabric Extension (FEX), Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV), FabricPath, SAN Switching, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) just to name a few.

Classical Ethernet Switching

  • Core Nexus LAN Switching
  • VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)
  • Port Channels
  • Rapid PVST Traffic Engineering
  • MSTP Traffic Engineering
  • STP Bridge Assurance
  • STP Edge Ports

Virtual Port Channels (vPC)

  • Active Standby NIC Teaming without vPC
  • Active Active NIC Teaming with vPC
  • Nexus 7K Virtual Port Channels (vPC)
  • Nexus 7K Virtual Port Channels (vPC) with Layer 3 Routed Keepalive
  • Nexus 7K Virtual Port Channels (vPC) with SVI Keepalive
  • vPC and HSRP
  • Back-to-Back vPC
  • vPC Peer Switch
  • vPC Customization

Fabric Extenders (FEX)

  • Fabric Extenders (FEX)
  • FEX Active Standby
  • FEX Active Active Host vPC
  • FEX Active Active Fabric vPC
  • FEX and N5K Config Sync

Storage Area Network (SAN)

  • VSANs and VSAN Trunking
  • SAN Port Channeling
  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
  • Fibre Channel Zoning
  • FCoE QoS
  • Fibre Channel Device Aliases
  • iSCSI Virtual Targets
  • Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP)

UCS Technology Labs

This section of the workbook focuses on Unified Computing, Network Virtualization, and Application Networking. Hardware platforms covered in this section include the Cisco UCS 6200 Fabric Interconnects (FI), UCS B5108 Blade Server Chassis, UCS C Series Rack Mount Servers, MDS 9200 SAN Switches, Nexus 1000v Virtual Switch, and ACE 4710 Application Control Engine.

UCS B-Series Components and Management

  • UCS B-Series Default Configuration
  • UCS B-Series Initialization
  • FI High Availability
  • Connecting to Web/Java UCSM UI
  • UCS System Management Communications
  • Call Home
  • Orgs and RBAC
  • AAA and LDAP
  • Backup and Restore
  • Chassis and Blade Discovery
  • Management IP Address Pools
  • DNS Server Management
  • NTP Server and Time Management

UCS B-Series LAN Connectivity

  • Ethernet Switching Mode, End Host Mode, and Uplink Configuration
  • MAC Address Aing
  • VLANs
  • Uplink Port Channels
  • LAN Pin Groups
  • Disjointed L2 Networks
  • Global LAN and FCoE QoS
  • LAN and FCoE QoS Policies
  • MAC Address Pools
  • LAN Policies – Network Control
  • LAN Policies – Flow Control
  • Monitoring LAN Connections and Exposing Hot Spots
  • vNIC Templates
  • Dynamic vNIC Provisioning

UCS B-Series SAN Connectivity

  • Fibre Channel Switching Mode, End Host Mode, and Uplink Configuration
  • VSANs and FCoE VLANs
  • Uplink Trunking Port Channels
  • SAN Pin Groups
  • WWNN/nWWN Pools
  • WWPN/pWWN Pools
  • SCSI IPs and IQNs
  • vHBA Templates

UCS B-Series Server Pool Provisioning

  • UUID Pool
  • Server Pool Creation
  • Server Pool Qualification
  • Server Pool Policies

UCS B-Series OS Installation and Testing

  • OS Installation on CUST1 Service Profile ESXi1
  • OS Installation on CUST1 Service Profile ESXi2
  • OS Installation on CUST2 Service Profile Win2k8-BM
  • Log In and Initialize Datastore
  • Provision VMware vSwitch for Kernel Management
  • Provision VMware vSwitch for Kernel vMotion
  • Provision VMware vSwitch for VMs
  • Deploy Guest VMs and vCenter from Inventory and Integrate ESXi Hosts
  • Test vMotion, Ethernet Fabric Failover, and FC Multipathing

Nexus 1000v on UCS

  • Deploy Nexus 1000v VSMs in L3 Mode and Install VEMs in ESXi Hosts
  • Port Profile Provisioning
  • Migrating Physical Adapters and VM Guests to N1Kv DVS
  • Nexus 1000v Virtual Port Channel – Host Mode (vPC-HM)
  • Test vMotion on Nexus 1000v
  • QoS in Nexus 1000v
  • IGMP in Nexus 1000v
  • SPAN in Nexus 1000v
  • ERSPAN in Nexus 1000v
  • Access Control Lists in Nexus 1000v
  • Private VLANs in Nexus 1000v
  • DHCP Snooping in Nexus 1000v
  • Dynamic ARP Inspection in Nexus 1000v
  • IP Source Guard in Nexus 1000v
  • Netflow in Nexus 1000v


  • VM-FEX Preparation
  • VM-FEX vCenter Plugin, VEM Installation, and Port Profiles
  • VM-FEX with PassThru Switching (PTS)
  • VM-FEX with DirectPathIO (High-Performance VM-FEX)

Application Networking Services with ACE

  • ACE Management Traffic
  • Contexts
  • Basic Server Load Balancing in One-Armed Single-VLAN Mode with ICMP Probe
  • Basic Server Load Balancing in Routed Mode and HTTP Probe
  • Configure Sticky Application Connections in Routed Mode with Backup Serverfarm
  • Optimize Objects with Flash Forward and Deltas
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