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Last Modified: Nov 25, 2013

1.0 Cisco Data Center Infrastructure-Cisco NX-OS - 30%

1.1 Implement Cisco NX-OS L2 functionality

  • 1.1.a Implement VLANs and PVLANs
  • 1.1.b Implement Spanning Tree Protocols
  • 1.1.c Implement port channels
  • 1.1.d Implement UDLD
  • 1.1.e Implement fabric extension via the Cisco Nexus family

1.2 Implement Cisco NX-OS L3 functionality

  • 1.2.a Implement basic EIGRP in a data center environment
  • 1.2.b Implement basic OSPF in a data center environment
  • 1.2.c Implement BFD for dynamic routing protocols
  • 1.2.d Implement ECMP
  • 1.2.e Implement Cisco FabricPath

1.3 Implement basic Cisco NX-OS security features

  • 1.3.a Implement AAA services
  • 1.3.b Implement SNMPv3
  • 1.3.d Configure IP ACLs, MAC ACLs, and VLAN ACLs
  • 1.3.e Configure port security
  • 1.3.f Configure DHCP snooping
  • 1.3.g Configure dynamic ARP inspection
  • 1.3.h Configure IP source guard
  • 1.3.i Configure Cisco TrustSec

1.4 Implement Cisco NX-OS high-availability features

  • 1.4.a Implement first-hop routing protocols
  • 1.4.b Implement graceful restart
  • 1.4.c Implement nonstop forwarding
  • 1.4.d Implement port channels
  • 1.4.e Implement vPC and vPC+
  • 1.4.f Implement Overlay Transport Protocol (OTV)

1.5 Implement Cisco NX-OS management

  • 1.5.a Implement SPAN and ERSPAN
  • 1.5.b Implement NetFlow
  • 1.5.c Implement Smart Call Home
  • 1.5.d Manage system files
  • 1.5.e Implement NTP and PTP
  • 1.5.f Configure and verify Cisco DCNM functionality

1.6 Cisco NX-OS troubleshooting

  • 1.6.a Utilize SPAN, ERSPAN, and Ethanalyzer to troubleshoot a Cisco Nexus problem
  • 1.6.b Utilize NetFlow to troubleshoot a Cisco Nexus problem
  • 1.6.c Given an OTV problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • 1.6.d Given a VDC problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • 1.6.e Given a vPC problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • 1.6.f Given a Layer 2 problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • 1.6.g Given a Layer 3 problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • 1.6.h Given a multicast problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • 1.6.i Given a Cisco FabricPath problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • 1.6.j Given a Cisco Unified Fabric problem, identify the problem and potential fix

2.0 Cisco Storage Networking - 20%

2.1 Implement Fibre Channel protocols features

  • 2.1.a Implement port channel, Cisco ISL, and trunking
  • 2.1.b Implement VSANs
  • 2.1.c Implement basic and enhanced zoning
  • 2.1.d Implement FC domain parameters
  • 2.1.e Implement Fibre Channel security features
  • 2.1.f Implement proper oversubscription in a FC environment

2.2 Implement IP storage-based solution

  • 2.2.a Implement IP features, including high availability
  • 2.2.b Implement iSCSI, including advanced features
  • 2.2.c Implement SAN extension tuner
  • 2.2.d Implement FCIP and security features
  • 2.2.e Implement iSCSI security features
  • 2.2.f Validate proper configuration of IP storage-based solutions

2.3 Implement Cisco NX-OS Unified Fabric features

  • 2.3.a Implement basic FC in a Cisco NX-OS environment
  • 2.3.b Implement FCoE
  • 2.3.c Implement NPV and NPIV features
  • 2.3.d Implement Cisco Unified Fabric Switch different modes of operation
  • 2.3.e Implement QoS features
  • 2.3.f Implement FCoE NPV features
  • 2.3.g Implement multihop FCoE
  • 2.3.h Validate configurations and troubleshoot problems and failures using command line, show, and debug commands

3.0 Cisco Data Center Virtualization - 10%

3.1 Manage data center virtualization with Cisco Nexus 1000V

  • 3.1.a Implement QoS, traffic flow, and IGMP snooping
  • 3.1.b Implement network monitoring on Cisco Nexus 1000V
  • 3.1.c Implement Cisco Nexus 1000V port channels
  • 3.1.d Troubleshoot Cisco Nexus 1000V in a virtual environment
  • 3.1.e Configure VLANs
  • 3.1.f Configure port profiles

3.2 Implement Cisco Nexus 1000V security features

  • 3.2.a DHCP snooping
  • 3.2.b Dynamic ARP inspection
  • 3.2.c IP source guard
  • 3.2.d Port security
  • 3.2.e ACLs
  • 3.2.f Private VLANs
  • 3.2.g Configure private VLANs

4.0 Cisco Unified Computing System - 30%

4.1 Implement LAN connectivity in a Cisco UCS environment

  • 4.1.a Configure different port types
  • 4.1.b Implement Ethernet end-host mode
  • 4.1.c Implement VLANs and port channels
  • 4.1.d Implement pinning and PIN groups
  • 4.1.e Implement disjoint Layer 2

4.2 Implement SAN connectivity in a Cisco UCS environment

  • 4.2.a Implement FC ports for SAN connectivity
  • 4.2.b Implement VSANs
  • 4.2.c Implement FC port channels
  • 4.2.d Implement FC trunking and SAN pinning

4.3 Implement Cisco UCS server resources

  • 4.3.a Create and implement service profiles
  • 4.3.b Create and implement policies
  • 4.3.c Create and implement server resource pools
  • 4.3.d Implement updating and initial templates
  • 4.3.e Implement boot from remote storage
  • 4.3.f Implement fabric failover

4.4 Implement Cisco UCS management tasks

  • 4.4.a Implement Cisco UCS management hierarchy using ORG (Organisation) and RBAC (Role Based Access Control)
  • 4.4.b Configure RBAC groups
  • 4.4.c Configure remote RBAC configuration
  • 4.4.d Configure roles and privileges
  • 4.4.e Create and configure users
  • 4.4.f Implement backup and restore procedures in a Cisco UCS environment
  • 4.4.g Implement system-wide policies

4.5 Cisco UCS troubleshooting and maintenance

  • 4.5.a Manage high availability in a Cisco UCS environment
  • 4.5.b Configure monitoring and analysis of system events
  • 4.5.c Implement external management protocols
  • 4.5.d Collect statistical information
  • 4.5.e Firmware management
  • 4.5.f Collect TAC-specific information
  • 4.5.g Implement server recovery tasks

5.0 Cisco Application Networking Services - 10%

5.1 Implement data center application high availability and load balancing

  • 5.1.a Implement standard ACE features for load balancing
  • 5.1.b Configure server load-balancing algorithm
  • 5.1.c Configure different SLB deployment modes
  • 5.1.d Implement health monitoring
  • 5.1.e Configure sticky connections
  • 5.1.f Implement server load balancing in HA mode