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DCXUF v1.0 - Cisco Data Center CCIE Unified Fabric Workshop Training


The instructor-led Cisco Data Center CCIE Unified Fabric Workshop (DCXUF) v1.0 is designed for candidates who are preparing to take the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert - Data Center Certification lab exam.

This course will challenge students with complex lab scenarios that provide a deep dive into the detailed configuration and optimization of protocols and features found in the data center unified fabric. Topics include configuration of Cisco unified fabric features available in NX-OS, encompassing both the Cisco Nexus and Cisco MDS platforms. The labs provide detailed insight into the areas defined in the Cisco Data Center Infrastructure - NXOS and Cisco Storage Networking Cisco CCIE DC Lab exam topics.

Although approximately 80 percent of the course consists of labs, instructors will provide students:

  • An understanding of how to interpret Cisco exam questions
  • A detailed solution for each challenge
  • Examples of common mistakes, troubleshooting techniques, and validation

As students learn their weaknesses, instructors will offer chalk talks to help candidates better understand protocols and work through deficiencies.


Upon completion of this course, you should be able to implement and trouble shoot:

  • Layer 2 and Layer 3 connectivity
  • Multicast
  • Data center interconnect
  • High availability
  • Switch and port security and switch management services
  • Fibre Channel, FCoE, and iSCSI services


The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Excellent understanding of networking protocols:
    • Recommended attendance of the Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI) course or attendance of the Cisco Nexus 7000, 5000 product courses
    • Recommended CCNP data center certification
    • Passed CCIE data center written exam
  • Excellent understanding of the Fibre Channel protocol and the SAN environment
    • Recommended attendance of a Fibre Channel protocol class or equivalent experience
    • Recommended attendance of the Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCMDS) course or equivalent experience
    • Read or be familiar with Robert Kembels books on Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel switched fabrics

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for data center systems and field engineers, consulting systems engineers, technical solutions architects, and network solutions integrators who are preparing for the CCIE data center lab exam.

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Network administrators
  • Network engineers, systems engineers, and consulting systems engineers
  • Technical solutions architects
  • Cisco integrators/partners


Module 0: Course Introduction

  • Explain where the CCIEDC-UF course fits in the overall data center curriculum
  • Clarify prerequisite knowledge and skills
  • Review the CCIE data center lab exam blueprint
Module 1: Cisco Data Center Infrastructure
  • Basic switch configuration
  • Implement virtual device contexts
  • Configure VLANs, ports, and UDLD
  • Optimize STP
  • Implement fabric extender connectivity
  • Configure and optimize fabric path
  • Implement virtual port channels (vPCs), EvPC, and vPC+
  • Optimize vPC
  • Implement basic EIGRP and basic OSPF in data center environment
  • Implement BFD for dynamic routing protocols, ECMP, and multicast
  • Configure FHRP
  • Optimize graceful restart/NSF
  • Configure OTV multicast and unicast
  • Optimize OTV
  • FHRP filtering across OTV
  • Create user accounts with RBAC, manage system files, and verify DCNM
  • Implement AAA services, port security, NTP, PTP, and NetFlow
  • Configure SNMPv2 and SNMPv3, ACLs, Cisco TrustSec, SPAN, ERSPAN, and Smart Call Home
  • Establish DHCP snooping, DAI, and source guard
Module 2: Cisco Data Center Storage
  • Configure Fibre Channel
  • Implement port channel, ISL, trunking, and zoning
  • Configure security features
  • Manage FC oversubscription
  • Implement Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), NPV and NPIV features, unified fabric switch different modes of operation, QoS features, multihop FCoE, FCIP, and security features
  • Implement SAN extension tuner
  • Implement iSCSI (including advanced features) and iSCSI security features
Module 3: Cisco Data Center Troubleshooting.
  • Given an OTV problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • Given a VDC problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • Given a vPC problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • Given a Layer 2 problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • Given a Layer 3 problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • Given a multicast problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • Given a fabric path problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • Given a unified fabric problem, identify the problem and potential fix

Lab Outline

Lab 1: Discover Network and Establish Base L2 Connectivity
Lab 2: Enhanced L2 Connectivity
Lab 3: L3 Connectivity
Lab 4: NXOS High Availability
Lab 5: NXOS Security
Lab 6: NXOS Management
Lab 7: Fibre Channel
Lab 8: Unified Fabric: FCoE
Lab 9: iSCSI
Lab 10: Troubleshooting