Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure

5 days


In this course, you will prepare for the Cisco CCNP Data Center certification exam and for professional-level data center roles. The focus of this skills-building course is troubleshooting of LAN, SAN, Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). The course provides rich, hands-on experience in resolving problems on Cisco MDS switches, Cisco Nexus switches, Cisco fabric extenders (FEXs), Cisco UCS, and Cisco ACI.

Digital courseware : Cisco now provide students with electronic courseware for this course. Students who have a confirmed booking will be sent an email prior to the course start date, with a link to create an account via before they attend their first day of class. Please note that any electronic courseware or labs will not be available (visible) until the first day of the class.


  • Data center administrators and engineers
  • Network administrators and engineers
  • Consulting systems engineers
  • Cisco integrators and partners
  • Data center designers and managers
  • Network designers and managers
  • Systems engineers

Skills Gained

  • Troubleshoot Layer 2 technologies, such as STP, port channels, vPC, Cisco FabricPath, and FEX
  • Troubleshoot first-hop redundancy, routing, and CFS in the data center
  • Troubleshoot virtualization solutions, such as OTV, VRF, and VXLAN
  • Troubleshoot storage area networks, including Fibre Channel, FCoE, zoning, NPV, and NPIV
  • Troubleshoot data center unified computing


  • Students considered for this training should have attended the following classes or obtained equivalent level of knowledge:
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (CDCICN)
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (CDCICT)
  • Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (CDCII)
  • Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (CDCVAI)
  • Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (CDCUCI)

Course Outline

1. Troubleshooting the Data Center LAN Network

  • Overview of the Troubleshooting Process
  • Understanding CLI Troubleshooting Tools
  • Troubleshooting VLANs and Private VLANs
  • Troubleshooting Port Channels and Virtual Port Channels
  • Troubleshooting Cisco FabricPath
  • Troubleshooting Cisco OTV
  • Troubleshooting VXLAN
  • Troubleshooting Platform-Specific Issues

2. Troubleshooting Data Center SAN

  • Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Interfaces
  • Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Fabric Service
  • Troubleshooting NPV Mode
  • Troubleshooting FCoE
  • Troubleshooting DCBX

3. Troubleshooting Data Center Unified Computing

  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Architecture and Initialization
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Configuration
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Operation
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series LAN and SAN Connectivity
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Hardware
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series Architecture and Configuration
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series Hardware and Firmware
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series LAN and SAN Connectivity
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series and Cisco UCS Manager Integration

4. Troubleshooting Data Center ACI


Lab 1: Document the Network Baseline

Lab 2: Troubleshoot LAN—RSTP

Lab 3: Troubleshoot LAN—LACP

Lab 4: Learning Lab: Troubleshoot LAN—vPC

Lab 5: Troubleshoot LAN—FabricPath

Lab 6: Troubleshoot LAN—OTV

Lab 7: Troubleshoot LAN—OSPF

Lab 8: Troubleshoot LAN—FHRP

Lab 9: Troubleshoot LAN—VRF

Lab 10: Troubleshoot LAN—VXLAN

Lab 11: Troubleshoot LAN—CFS

Lab 12: Troubleshoot LAN—FEX

Lab 13: Troubleshoot SAN—FC Interfaces

Lab 14: Troubleshoot SAN—FC VSANs, Zones, and Domain Services

Lab 15: Troubleshoot SAN—NPV Mode

Lab 16: Troubleshoot SAN—FCoE

Lab 17: Troubleshoot SAN—DCB

Lab 18: Troubleshoot Compute—Cisco UCS Management and Service Profile Deployment

Lab 19: Troubleshoot Compute—Cisco UCS B-Series Server Boot from SAN

Lab 20: Troubleshoot Compute—LAN Connectivity, Part 1

Lab 21: Troubleshoot Compute—LAN Connectivity, Part 2

Lab 22: Troubleshoot Compute—Failover Connectivity, Part 1

Lab 23: Troubleshoot Compute—Failover Connectivity, Part 2

Lab 24: Troubleshoot Compute—Cisco UCS C-Series Server Boot from SAN

Lab 25: Troubleshoot Compute—Network Connectivity

Lab 26: Troubleshoot ACI—Bare Metal Hosts

Lab 27: Troubleshoot ACI—VMM

Lab 28: Troubleshoot ACI—Contracts

Lab 29: Troubleshoot ACI—External Layer 3

Lab 30: Troubleshoot ACI—External Layer 2


Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP Data Center)

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