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CCNA Data Center DCICT 640-916 Official Cert Guide

CCNA Data Center DCICT 640-916 Official Cert Guide from Cisco Press enables you to succeed on the exam the first time and is the only self-study resource approved by Cisco. A team of leading Cisco data center experts shares preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills.

This complete, official study package includes

--A test-preparation routine proven to help you pass the exam

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Well regarded for its level of detail, study plans, assessment features, and challenging review questions and exercises, this official study guide helps you master the concepts and techniques that ensure your exam success.

The official study guide helps you master topics on the CCNA Data Center DCICT 640-916 exam, including

--Cisco data center concepts: architectures, devices, layers, modular design, vPC, FabricPath, Cisco Nexus switches, and more

--Data center unified fabric: FCoE, multihop, VIFs, FEX, and setup

--Storage networking: concepts, targets, verification, connectivity, zoning, setup, and configuration

--Data center virtualization: servers, devices, and Nexus 1000V, including setup and operations

--Cisco Unified Computing: concepts, discovery, connectivity, setup, and UCSM

--Data center network services: ACE load balancing, virtual context, HA, management, global/local solutions, and WAAS

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Table of Contents

  1. About This eBook
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. About the Authors
  5. About the Technical Reviewer
  6. Dedications
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Contents at a Glance
  9. Contents
  10. Icons Used in This Book
  11. Command Syntax Conventions
  12. Introduction
    1. About the Exam
      1. Exams That Help You Achieve CCNA Data Center Certification
      2. Types of Questions on the Exams
      3. What’s on the DCICT Exam?
        1. DCICT 640-916 Exam Topics
    2. About the Book
      1. Book Features
        1. Chapter Features
        2. Part Review
        3. Final Prep Tasks
        4. Other Features
      2. Book Organization, Chapters, and Appendixes
        1. Part I: Data Center Networking
        2. Part II: Data Center Storage-Area Networking
        3. Part III: Data Center Unified Fabric
        4. Part IV: Cisco Unified Computing
        5. Part V: Data Center Server Virtualization
        6. Part VI: Data Center Network Services
        7. Part VII: Final Preparation
        8. Appendixes On the CD
  13. Reference Information
    1. Install the Pearson IT Certification Practice Test Engine and Questions
      1. Install the Software from the CD
      2. Activate and Download the Practice Exam
      3. Activating Other Products
      4. PCPT Exam Databases with This Book
        1. How to View Only DIKTA Questions by Part
        2. How to View Only Part Review Questions by Part
    2. For More Information
  14. Getting Started
    1. A Brief Perspective on the CCNA Data Center Certification Exam
    2. Suggestions for How to Approach Your Study with This Book
      1. This Book Is Compiled from 20 Short Read-and-Review Sessions
      2. Practice, Practice, Practice—Did I Mention: Practice?
      3. In Each Part of the Book You Will Hit a New Milestone
      4. Use the Final Review Chapter to Refine Skills
      5. Set Goals and Track Your Progress
    3. Other Small Tasks Before Getting Started
  15. Part I: Data Center Networking
    1. Chapter 1. Data Center Network Architecture
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Modular Approach in Network Design
        2. The Multilayer Network Design
          1. Access Layer
          2. Aggregation Layer
          3. Core Layer
          4. Collapse Core Design
          5. Spine and Leaf Design
        3. Port Channel
          1. What Is Port Channel?
          2. Benefits of Using Port Channels
          3. Port Channel Compatibility Requirements
          4. Link Aggregation Control Protocol
          5. Port Channel Modes
          6. Configuring Port Channel
          7. Port Channel Load Balancing
          8. Verifying Port Channel Configuration
        4. Virtual Port Channel
          1. What Is Virtual Port Channel?
          2. Benefits of Using Virtual Port Channel
          3. Components of vPC
          4. vPC Data Plane Operation
          5. vPC Control Plane Operation
          6. vPC Limitations
          7. Configuration Steps of vPC
          8. Verification of vPC
        5. FabricPath
          1. Spanning Tree Protocol
          2. What Is FabricPath?
          3. Benefits of FabricPath
          4. Components of FabricPath
          5. FabricPath Frame Format
          6. FabricPath Control Plane
          7. FabricPath Data Plane
          8. Conversational Learning
          9. FabricPath Packet Flow Example
            1. Unknown Unicast Packet Flow
            2. Known Unicast Packet Flow
          10. Virtual Port Channel Plus
          11. FabricPath Interaction with Spanning Tree
          12. Configuring FabricPath
          13. Verifying FabricPath
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
    2. Chapter 2. Cisco Nexus Product Family
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Describe the Cisco Nexus Product Family
        2. Cisco Nexus 9000 Family
          1. Cisco Nexus 9500 Family
            1. Chassis
            2. Supervisor Engine
            3. System Controller
            4. Fabric Modules
            5. Line Cards
            6. Power Supplies
            7. Fan Trays
            8. Cisco QSFP Bi-Di Technology for 40 Gbps Migration
          2. Cisco Nexus 9300 Family
        3. Cisco Nexus 7000 and Nexus 7700 Product Family
          1. Cisco Nexus 7004 Series Switch Chassis
          2. Cisco Nexus 7009 Series Switch Chassis
          3. Cisco Nexus 7010 Series Switch Chassis
          4. Cisco Nexus 7018 Series Switch Chassis
          5. Cisco Nexus 7706 Series Switch Chassis
          6. Cisco Nexus 7710 Series Switch Chassis
          7. Cisco Nexus 7718 Series Switch Chassis
          8. Cisco Nexus 7000 and Nexus 7700 Supervisor Module
            1. Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Supervisor 1 Module
            2. Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Supervisor 2 Module
          9. Cisco Nexus 7000 and Nexus 7700 Fabric Modules
          10. Cisco Nexus 7000 and Nexus 7700 Licensing
          11. Cisco Nexus 7000 and Nexus 7700 Line Cards
          12. Cisco Nexus 7000 and Nexus 7700 Series Power Supply Options
            1. Cisco Nexus 7000 and Nexus 7700 Series 3.0-KW AC Power Supply Module
            2. Cisco Nexus 7000 and Nexus 7700 Series 3.0-KW DC Power Supply Module
            3. Cisco Nexus 7000 Series 6.0-KW and 7.5-KW AC Power Supply Module
            4. Cisco Nexus 7000 Series 6.0-KW DC Power Supply Module
        4. Cisco Nexus 6000 Product Family
          1. Cisco Nexus 6001P and Nexus 6001T Switches and Features
          2. Cisco Nexus 6004 Switches Features
          3. Cisco Nexus 6000 Switches Licensing Options
        5. Cisco Nexus 5500 and Nexus 5600 Product Family
          1. Cisco Nexus 5548P and 5548UP Switches Features
          2. Cisco Nexus 5596UP and 5596T Switches Features
          3. Cisco Nexus 5500 Products Expansion Modules
        6. Cisco Nexus 5600 Product Family
          1. Cisco Nexus 5672UP Switch Features
          2. Cisco Nexus 56128P Switch Features
          3. Cisco Nexus 5600 Expansion Modules
          4. Cisco Nexus 5500 and Nexus 5600 Licensing Options
        7. Cisco Nexus 3000 Product Family
          1. Cisco Nexus 3000 Licensing Options
        8. Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extenders Product Family
        9. Cisco Dynamic Fabric Automation
        10. Summary
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
    3. Chapter 3. Virtualizing Cisco Network Devices
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Describing VDCs on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch
          1. VDC Deployment Scenarios
            1. Horizontal Consolidation Scenarios
            2. Vertical Consolidation Scenarios
            3. VDCs for Service Insertion
          2. Understanding Different Types of VDCs
          3. Interface Allocation
          4. VDC Administration
          5. VDC Requirements
          6. Verifying VDCs on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch
        2. Describing Network Interface Virtualization
          1. Cisco Nexus 2000 FEX Terminology
          2. Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender Connectivity
          3. VN-Tag Overview
          4. Cisco Nexus 2000 FEX Packet Flow
          5. Cisco Nexus 2000 FEX Port Connectivity
          6. Cisco Nexus 2000 FEX Configuration on the Nexus 7000 Series
        3. Summary
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Define Key Terms
    4. Chapter 4. Data Center Interconnect
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Introduction to Overlay Transport Virtualization
        2. OTV Terminology
        3. OTV Control Plane
          1. Multicast Enabled Transport Infrastructure
          2. Unicast-Enabled Transport Infrastructure
        4. Data Plane for Unicast Traffic
        5. Data Plane for Multicast Traffic
        6. Failure Isolation
          1. STP Isolation
          2. Unknown Unicast Handling
          3. ARP Optimization
          4. OTV Multihoming
          5. First Hop Redundancy Protocol Isolation
        7. OTV Configuration Example with Multicast Transport
        8. OTV Configuration Example with Unicast Transport
        9. Summary
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Define Key Terms
    5. Chapter 5. Management and Monitoring of Cisco Nexus Devices
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Operational Planes of a Nexus Switch
          1. Data Plane
            1. Store-and-Forward Switching
            2. Cut-Through Switching
            3. Nexus 5500 Data Plane Architecture
          2. Control Plane
            1. Nexus 5500 Control Plane Architecture
            2. Control Plane Policing
            3. Control Plane Analyzer
          3. Management Plane
        2. Nexus Management and Monitoring Features
          1. Out-of-Band Management
            1. Console Port
            2. Connectivity Management Processor
            3. Management Port (mgmt0)
          2. In-band Management
          3. Role-Based Access Control
            1. User Roles
            2. Rules
            3. User Role Policies
            4. RBAC Characteristics and Guidelines
            5. Privilege Levels
          4. Simple Network Management Protocol
            1. SNMP Notifications
            2. SNMPv3
          5. Remote Monitoring
            1. RMON Alarms
            2. RMON Events
          6. Syslog
          7. Embedded Event Manager
            1. Event Statements
            2. Action Statements
            3. Policies
          8. Generic Online Diagnostics (GOLD)
          9. Smart Call Home
        3. Nexus Device Configuration and Verification
          1. Perform Initial Setup
          2. In-Service Software Upgrade
            1. ISSU on the Cisco Nexus 5000
            2. ISSU on the Cisco Nexus 7000
          3. Important CLI Commands
            1. Command-Line Help
            2. Automatic Command Completion
            3. Entering and Exiting Configuration Context
            4. Display Current Configuration
            5. Command Piping and Parsing
            6. Feature Command
            7. Verifying Modules
            8. Verifying Interfaces
            9. Viewing Logs
            10. Viewing NVRAM logs
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
    6. Part I Review
      1. Repeat All DIKTA Questions
      2. Answer Part Review Questions
      3. Review Key Topics
      4. Self-Assessment Questionnaire
  16. Part II: Data Center Storage-Area Networking
    1. Chapter 6. Data Center Storage Architecture
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. What Is a Storage Device?
        2. What Is a Storage-Area Network?
        3. How to Access a Storage Device
          1. Block-Level Protocols
          2. File-Level Protocols
          3. Putting It All Together
        4. Storage Architectures
          1. Scale-up and Scale-out Storage
          2. Tiered Storage
        5. SAN Design
          1. SAN Design Considerations
            1. 1. Port Density and Topology Requirements
            2. 2. Device Performance and Oversubscription Ratios
            3. 3. Traffic Management
            4. 4. Fault Isolation
            5. 5. Control Plane Scalability
          2. SAN Topologies
        6. Fibre Channel
          1. FC-0: Physical Interface
          2. FC-1: Encode/Decode
            1. Encoding and Decoding
            2. Ordered Sets
          3. FC-2: Framing Protocol
          4. Fibre Channel Service Classes
          5. Fibre Channel Flow Control
          6. FC-3: Common Services
          7. Fibre Channel Addressing
            1. Switched Fabric Address Space
          8. Fibre Channel Link Services
          9. Fibre Channel Fabric Services
          10. FC-4: ULPs—Application Protocols
          11. Fibre Channel—Standard Port Types
        7. Virtual Storage-Area Network
          1. Dynamic Port VSAN Membership
          2. Inter-VSAN Routing
        8. Fibre Channel Zoning and LUN Masking
          1. Device Aliases Versus Zone-Based (FC) Aliases
        9. Reference List
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
    2. Chapter 7. Cisco MDS Product Family
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Once Upon a Time There Was a Company Called Andiamo
          1. The Secret Sauce of Cisco MDS: Architecture
          2. A Day in the Life of a Fibre Channel Frame in MDS 9000
          3. Lossless Networkwide In-Order Delivery Guarantee
        2. Cisco MDS Software and Storage Services
          1. Flexibility and Scalability
            1. Common Software Across All Platforms
            2. Multiprotocol Support
          2. Virtual SANs
          3. Intelligent Fabric Applications
            1. Network-Assisted Applications
            2. Cisco Data Mobility Manager
            3. I/O Accelerator
            4. XRC Acceleration
          4. Network Security
            1. Switch and Host Authentication
            2. IP Security for FCIP and iSCSI
            3. Cisco TrustSec Fibre Channel Link Encryption
            4. Role-Based Access Control
            5. Port Security and Fabric Binding
            6. Zoning
          5. Availability
            1. Nondisruptive Software Upgrades
            2. Stateful Process Failover
            3. ISL Resiliency Using Port Channels
            4. iSCSI, FCIP, and Management-Interface High Availability
            5. Port Tracking for Resilient SAN Extension
          6. Manageability
          7. Open APIs
          8. Configuration and Software-Image Management
            1. N-Port Virtualization
            2. Autolearn for Network Security Configuration
            3. FlexAttach
            4. Cisco Data Center Network Manager Server Federation
            5. Network Boot for iSCSI Hosts
            6. Internet Storage Name Service
            7. Proxy iSCSI Initiator
            8. iSCSI Server Load Balancing
          9. IPv6
          10. Traffic Management
            1. Quality of Service
            2. Extended Credits
            3. Virtual Output Queuing
            4. Fibre Channel Port Rate Limiting
            5. Load Balancing of Port Channel Traffic
          11. iSCSI and SAN Extension Performance Enhancements
            1. FCIP Compression
            2. FCIP Tape Acceleration
          12. Serviceability, Troubleshooting, and Diagnostics
            1. Cisco Switched Port Analyzer and Cisco Fabric Analyzer
            2. SCSI Flow Statistics
            3. Fibre Channel Ping and Fibre Channel Traceroute
            4. Call Home
            5. System Log
            6. Other Serviceability Features
          13. Cisco MDS 9000 Family Software License Packages
        3. Cisco MDS Multilayer Directors
          1. Cisco MDS 9700
          2. Cisco MDS 9500
          3. Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Components
            1. Cisco MDS 9700–MDS 9500 Supervisor and Crossbar Switching Modules
            2. Cisco MDS 9000 48-Port 8-Gbps Advanced Fibre Channel Switching Module
            3. Cisco MDS 9000 32-Port 8-Gbps Advanced Fibre Channel Switching Module
            4. Cisco MDS 9000 18/4-Port Multiservice Module (MSM)
            5. Cisco MDS 9000 16-Port Gigabit Ethernet Storage Services Node (SSN) Module
            6. Cisco MDS 9000 4-Port 10-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module
            7. Cisco MDS 9000 8-Port 10-Gbps Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Module
            8. Cisco MDS 9700 48-Port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module
            9. Cisco MDS 9700 48-Port 10-Gbps Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Module
            10. Cisco MDS 9000 Family Pluggable Transceivers
        4. Cisco MDS Multiservice and Multilayer Fabric Switches
          1. Cisco MDS 9148
          2. Cisco MDS 9148S
          3. Cisco MDS 9222i
          4. Cisco MDS 9250i
        5. Cisco MDS Fibre Channel Blade Switches
        6. Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager
          1. Cisco DCNM SAN Fundamentals Overview
            1. DCNM-SAN Server
            2. Licensing Requirements for Cisco DCNM-SAN Server
            3. Device Manager
            4. DCNM-SAN Web Client
            5. Performance Manager
            6. Authentication in DCNM-SAN Client
            7. Cisco Traffic Analyzer
            8. Network Monitoring
            9. Performance Monitoring
        7. Reference List
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
    3. Chapter 8. Virtualizing Storage
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. What Is Storage Virtualization?
          1. How Storage Virtualization Works
        2. Why Storage Virtualization?
        3. What Is Being Virtualized?
          1. Block Virtualization—RAID
          2. Virtualizing Logical Unit Numbers
          3. Tape Storage Virtualization
          4. Virtualizing Storage-Area Networks
          5. N-Port ID Virtualization (NPIV)
          6. N-Port Virtualizer (NPV)
          7. Virtualizing File Systems
          8. File/Record Virtualization
        4. Where Does the Storage Virtualization Occur?
          1. Host-Based Virtualization
          2. Network-Based (Fabric-Based) Virtualization
          3. Array-Based Virtualization
        5. Reference List
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
    4. Chapter 9. Fibre Channel Storage-Area Networking
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Where Do I Start?
        2. The Cisco MDS NX-OS Setup Utility—Back to Basics
        3. The Power On Auto Provisioning
        4. Licensing Cisco MDS 9000 Family NX-OS Software Features
          1. License Installation
            1. Verifying the License Configuration
            2. On-Demand Port Activation Licensing
            3. Making a Port Eligible for a License
            4. Acquiring a License for a Port
            5. Moving Licenses Among Ports
        5. Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS Software Upgrade and Downgrade
          1. Upgrading to Cisco NX-OS on an MDS 9000 Series Switch
          2. Downgrading Cisco NX-OS Release on an MDS 9500 Series Switch
        6. Configuring Interfaces
          1. Graceful Shutdown
          2. Port Administrative Speeds
          3. Frame Encapsulation
          4. Bit Error Thresholds
          5. Local Switching
          6. Dedicated and Shared Rate Modes
          7. Slow Drain Device Detection and Congestion Avoidance
          8. Management Interfaces
          9. VSAN Interfaces
        7. Verify Initiator and Target Fabric Login
          1. VSAN Configuration
          2. Port VSAN Membership
        8. Verify Fibre Channel Zoning on a Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switch
          1. About Smart Zoning
          2. About LUN Zoning and Assigning LUNs to Storage Subsystems
          3. About Enhanced Zoning
        9. VSAN Trunking and Setting Up ISL Port
          1. Trunk Modes
          2. Port Channel Modes
        10. Reference List
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
    5. Part II Review
      1. Repeat All DIKTA Questions
      2. Answer Part Review Questions
      3. Review Key Topics
      4. Self-Assessment Questionnaire
  17. Part III: Data Center Unified Fabric
    1. Chapter 10. Unified Fabric Overview
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Challenges of Today’s Data Center Networks
        2. Cisco Unified Fabric Principles
          1. Convergence of Network and Storage
          2. Scalability and Growth
          3. Security and Intelligence
        3. Inter-Data Center Unified Fabric
          1. Fibre Channel over IP
          2. Overlay Transport Virtualization
          3. Locator ID Separation Protocol
        4. Reference List
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Define Key Terms
    2. Chapter 11. Data Center Bridging and FCoE
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Data Center Bridging
          1. Priority Flow Control
          2. Enhanced Transmission Selection
          3. Data Center Bridging Exchange
          4. Quantized Congestion Notification
        2. Fibre Channel Over Ethernet
          1. FCoE Logical Endpoint
          2. FCoE Port Types
          3. FCoE ENodes
          4. Fibre Channel Forwarder
          5. FCoE Encapsulation
          6. FCoE Initialization Protocol
          7. Converged Network Adapter
          8. FCoE Speed
        3. FCoE Cabling Options for the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches
          1. Optical Cabling
          2. Transceiver Modules
            1. SFP Transceiver Modules
            2. SFP+ Transceiver Modules
            3. QSFP Transceiver Modules
            4. Unsupported Transceiver Modules
        4. Delivering FCoE Using Cisco Fabric Extender Architecture
          1. FCoE and Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders
            1. FCoE and Straight-Through Fabric Extender Attachment Topology
            2. FCoE and vPC Fabric Extender Attachment Topology
          2. FCoE and Server Fabric Extenders
            1. Adapter-FEX
            2. Virtual Ethernet Interfaces
            3. FCoE and Virtual Fibre Channel Interfaces
            4. Virtual Interface Redundancy
          3. FCoE and Cascading Fabric Extender Topologies
            1. Adapter-FEX and FCoE Fabric Extenders in vPC Topology
            2. Adapter-FEX and FCoE Fabric Extenders in Straight-Through Topology with vPC
            3. Adapter-FEX and FCoE Fabric Extenders in Straight-Through Topology
        5. Reference List
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Define Key Terms
    3. Chapter 12. Multihop Unified Fabric
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. First Hop Access Layer Consolidation
        2. Aggregation Layer FCoE Multihop
          1. FIP Snooping
          2. FCoE-NPV
          3. Full Fibre Channel Switching
          4. Dedicated Wire Versus Unified Wire
        3. Cisco FabricPath FCoE Multihop
          1. Dynamic FCoE FabricPath Topology
          2. Dynamic FCoE Virtual Links
          3. Dynamic Virtual Fibre Channel Interfaces
          4. Redundancy and High Availability
        4. Reference List
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Define Key Terms
    4. Part III Review
      1. Repeat All DIKTA Questions
      2. Answer Part Review Questions
      3. Review Key Topics
      4. Self-Assessment Questionnaire
  18. Part IV: Cisco Unified Computing
    1. Chapter 13. Cisco Unified Computing System Architecture
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Evolution of Server Computing in a Nutshell
          1. What Is a Socket?
          2. What Is a Core?
          3. What Is Hyperthreading?
          4. Understanding Server Processor Numbering
        2. Value of Cisco UCS in the Data Center
          1. One Unified System
          2. Unified Fabric
          3. Unified Management and Operations
          4. Cisco UCS Stateless Computing
          5. Intelligent Automation, Cloud-Ready Infrastructure
        3. Describing the Cisco UCS Product Family
          1. Cisco UCS Computer Hardware Naming
          2. Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects
            1. What Is a Unified Port?
          3. Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect—Expansion Modules
          4. Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis
            1. Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis—Power Supply and Redundancy Modes
          5. Cisco UCS I/O Modules (FEX)
          6. Cisco UCS B-series Blade Servers
          7. Cisco UCS B-series Best Practices for Populating DRAM
          8. Cisco Adapters (Mezzanine Cards) for UCS B-series Blade Servers
            1. Cisco Converged Network Adapters (CNA)
            2. Cisco Virtual Interface Cards
            3. Cisco UCS Port Expander for VIC 1240
            4. What Is Cisco Adapter FEX?
            5. What Is Cisco Virtual Machine-Fabric Extender (VM-FEX)?
            6. Cisco UCS Storage Accelerator Adapters
          9. Cisco UCS C-series Rackmount Servers
          10. Cisco UCS C-series Best Practices for Populating DRAM
          11. Cisco Adapters for UCS C-series Rackmount Servers
            1. Cisco UCS C-series RAID Adapter Options
            2. Cisco UCS C-series Virtual Interface Cards and OEM CNA Adapters
            3. What Is SR-IOV (Single Root-IO Virtualization)?
            4. Cisco UCS C-series Network Interface Card
            5. Cisco UCS C-series Host Bus Adapter
            6. What Is N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV)?
            7. Cisco UCS Storage Accelerator Adapters
          12. Cisco UCS E-series Servers
          13. Cisco UCS “All-in-One”
          14. Cisco UCS Invicta Series—Solid State Storage Systems
        4. Cisco UCS Software
          1. Cisco UCS Manager
          2. Cisco UCS Central
          3. Cisco UCS Director
          4. Cisco UCS Platform Emulator
          5. Cisco goUCS Automation Tool
        5. Cisco UCS Connectivity Architecture
          1. Cisco UCS 5108 Chassis to Fabric Interconnect Physical Connectivity
          2. Cisco UCS C-series Rackmount Server Physical Connectivity
          3. Cisco UCS 6200 Fabric Interconnect to LAN, SAN Connectivity
            1. Ethernet Switching Mode
            2. Fibre Channel Switching Mode
          4. Cisco UCS I/O Module and Fabric Interconnect Connectivity
          5. Cisco UCS I/O Module Architecture
          6. Fabric and Adapter Port Channel Architecture
        6. Cisco Integrated Management Controller Architecture
        7. Reference List
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
    2. Chapter 14. Cisco Unified Computing System Manager
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Cabling a Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect HA Cluster
          1. Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect HA Architecture
          2. Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Cluster Connectivity
          3. Initial Setup Script for Primary Fabric Interconnect
          4. Initial Setup Script for Subordinate Secondary Fabric Interconnect
          5. Verify Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Cluster Setup
          6. Changing Cluster Addressing via Command-Line Interface
            1. Command Modes
            2. Changing Cluster IP Addresses via Command-Line Interface
            3. Changing Static IP Addresses via Command-Line Interface
        2. Cisco UCS Manager Operations
          1. Cisco UCS Manager Functions
          2. Cisco UCS Manager GUI Layout
          3. Cisco UCS Manager: Navigation Pane—Tabs
            1. Equipment Tab
            2. Servers Tab
            3. LAN Tab
            4. SAN Tab
            5. VM Tab
            6. Admin Tab
        3. Device Discovery in Cisco UCS Manager
          1. Basic Port Personalities in the Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect
          2. Verifying Device Discovery in Cisco UCS Manager
        4. Reference List
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Define Key Terms
    3. Chapter 15. Cisco Unified Computing System Pools, Policies, Templates, and Service Profiles
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Cisco UCS Service Profiles
          1. Cisco UCS Hardware Abstraction and Stateless Computing
          2. Contents of a Cisco UCS Service Profile
          3. Other Benefits of Cisco UCS Service Profiles
            1. Ease of Incremental Deployments
            2. Plan and Preconfigure Cisco UCS Solutions
            3. Ease of Server Replacement
            4. Right-Sized Server Deployments
        2. Cisco UCS Templates
          1. Organizational Awareness with Service Profile Templates
          2. Cisco UCS Service Profile Templates
          3. Cisco UCS vNIC Templates
          4. Cisco UCS vHBA Templates
        3. Cisco UCS Logical Resource Pools
          1. UUID Identity Pools
          2. MAC Address Identity Pools
          3. WWN Address Identity Pools
            1. WWNN Pools
            2. WWPN Pools
        4. Cisco UCS Physical Resource Pools
          1. Server Pools
          2. Cisco UCS Server Qualification and Pool Policies
          3. Server Auto-Configuration Policies
        5. Creation of Policies for Cisco UCS Service Profiles and Service Profile Templates
          1. Commonly Used Policies Explained
            1. Equipment Tab—Global Policies
            2. BIOS Policy
            3. Boot Policy
            4. Local Disk Configuration Policy
            5. Maintenance Policy
            6. Scrub Policy
            7. Host Firmware Packages
            8. Adapter Policy
        6. Cisco UCS Chassis and Blade Power Capping
          1. What Is Power Capping?
          2. Cisco UCS Power Capping Strategies
            1. Static Power Capping (Explicit Blade Power Cap)
            2. Dynamic Power Capping (Implicit Chassis Power Cap)
            3. Power Cap Groups (Explicit Group)
        7. Utilizing Cisco UCS Service Profile Templates
          1. Creating Cisco UCS Service Profile Templates
          2. Modifying a Cisco UCS Service Profile Template
          3. Utilizing Cisco UCS Service Profile Templates for Different Workloads
          4. Creating Service Profiles from Templates
        8. Reference List
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
    4. Chapter 16. Administration, Management, and Monitoring of Cisco Unified Computing System
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Cisco UCS Administration
          1. Organization and Locales
          2. Role-Based Access Control
          3. Authentication Methods
            1. LDAP Providers
            2. LDAP Provider Groups
            3. Domain, Realm, and Default Authentication Settings
          4. Communication Management
          5. UCS Firmware, Backup, and License Management
            1. Firmware Terminology
            2. Firmware Definitions
            3. Firmware Update Guidelines
            4. Host Firmware Packages
            5. Cross-Version Firmware Support
            6. Firmware Auto Install
            7. UCS Backups
            8. Backup Automation
            9. License Management
        2. Cisco UCS Management
          1. Operational Planes
          2. In-Band Versus Out-of-Band Management
          3. Remote Accessibility
          4. Direct KVM Access
          5. Advanced UCS Management
            1. Cisco UCS Manager XML API
            2. goUCS Automation Toolkit
            3. Using the Python SDK
          6. Multi-UCS Management
        3. Cisco UCS Monitoring
          1. Cisco UCS System Logs
            1. Fault, Event, and Audit Logs (Syslogs)
            2. System Event Logs
          2. UCS SNMP
          3. UCS Fault Suppression
          4. Collection and Threshold Policies
          5. Call Home and Smart Call Home
        4. Reference List
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Define Key Terms
    5. Part IV Review
      1. Repeat All DIKTA Questions
      2. Answer Part Review Questions
      3. Review Key Topics
      4. Self-Assessment Questionnaire
  19. Part V: Data Center Server Virtualization
    1. Chapter 17. Server Virtualization Solutions
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Brief History of Server Virtualization
        2. Server Virtualization Components
          1. Hypervisor
          2. Virtual Machines
          3. Virtual Switching
          4. Management Tools
        3. Types of Server Virtualization
          1. Full Virtualization
          2. Paravirtualization
          3. Operating System Virtualization
        4. Server Virtualization Benefits and Challenges
          1. Server Virtualization Benefits
          2. Server Virtualization Challenges
        5. Reference List
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Define Key Terms
    2. Chapter 18. Cisco Nexus 1000V and Virtual Switching
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Evolution of Virtual Switching
          1. Before Server Virtualization
          2. Server Virtualization with Static VMware vSwitch
            1. Virtual Network Components
            2. Virtual Access Layer
          3. Standard VMware vSwitch Overview
            1. Standard VMware vSwitch Operations
            2. Standard VMware vSwitch Configuration
          4. VMware vDS Overview
            1. VMware vDS Configuration
            2. VMware vDS Enhancements
            3. VMware vSwitch and vDS
        2. Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Networking Solution
          1. Cisco Nexus 1000V System Overview
          2. Cisco Nexus 1000V Salient Features and Benefits
          3. Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Virtual Switch Architecture
            1. Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Supervisory Module
            2. Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Ethernet Module
            3. Cisco Nexus 1000V Component Communication
            4. Cisco Nexus 1000V Management Communication
            5. Cisco Nexus 1000V Port Profiles
            6. Types of Port Profiles in Cisco Nexus 1000V
          4. Cisco Nexus 1000V Administrator View and Roles
        3. Cisco Nexus 1000V Verifying Initial Configuration
          1. Cisco Nexus 1000V VSM Installation Methods
          2. Initial VSM Configuration Verification
            1. Verifying VMware vCenter Connectivity
            2. Verify Nexus 1000V Module Status
          3. Cisco Nexus 1000V VEM Installation Methods
            1. Initial VEM Status on ESX or ESXi Host
            2. Verifying VSM Connectivity from vCenter Server
            3. Verifying VEM Agent Running
            4. Verifying VEM Uplink Interface Status
            5. Verifying VEM Parameters with VSM Configuration
            6. Validating VM Port Groups and Port Profiles
            7. Verifying Port Profile and Groups
          4. Key New Technologies Integrated with Cisco Nexus 1000V
            1. What Is the Difference Between VN-Link and VN-Tag?
            2. What Is VXLAN?
            3. What Is vPath Technology?
        4. Reference List
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
    3. Part V Review
      1. Repeat All DIKTA Questions
      2. Answer Part Review Questions
      3. Review Key Topics
      4. Self-Assessment Questionnaire
  20. Part VI: Data Center Network Services
    1. Chapter 19. Cisco ACE and GSS
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Server Load-Balancing Concepts
          1. What Is Server Load Balancing?
          2. Benefits of Server Load Balancing
          3. Methods of Server Load Balancing
        2. ACE Family Products
          1. ACE Module
            1. Control Plane
            2. Data Plane
          2. ACE 4710 Appliances
          3. Global Site Selector
        3. Understanding the Load-Balancing Solution Using ACE
          1. Layer 3 and Layer 4 Load Balancing
          2. Layer 7 Load Balancing
          3. TCP Server Reuse
          4. Real Server
          5. Server Farm
          6. Server Health Monitoring
            1. In-band Health Monitoring
            2. Out-of-band Health Monitoring (Probes)
          7. Load-Balancing Algorithms (Predictor)
          8. Stickiness
            1. Sticky Groups
            2. Sticky Methods
            3. Sticky Table
          9. Traffic Policies for Server Load Balancing
            1. Class Maps
            2. Policy Map
          10. Configuration Steps
        4. ACE Deployment Modes
          1. Bridge Mode
          2. Routed Mode
          3. One-Arm Mode
        5. ACE Virtualization
          1. Contexts
          2. Domains
          3. Role-Based Access Control
          4. Resource Classes
        6. ACE High Availability
        7. Management of ACE
          1. Remote Management
          2. Simple Network Management Protocol
          3. XML Interface
          4. ACE Device Manager
          5. ANM
        8. Global Load Balancing Using GSS and ACE
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
    2. Chapter 20. Cisco WAAS and Application Acceleration
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Wide-Area Network Optimization
          1. Characteristics of Wide-Area Networks
            1. Latency
            2. Bandwidth
            3. Packet Loss
            4. Poor Link Utilization
          2. What Is WAAS?
        2. WAAS Product Family
          1. WAVE Appliances
          2. Router-Integrated Form Factors
          3. Virtual Appliances (vWAAS)
          4. WAAS Express (WAASx)
          5. WAAS Mobile
          6. WAAS Central Manager
        3. WAAS Architecture
        4. WAAS Solution Overview
        5. Key Features and Benefits of Cisco WAAS
        6. Cisco WAAS WAN Optimization Techniques
          1. Transport Flow Optimization
            1. TCP Window Scaling
            2. TCP Initial Window Size Maximization
            3. Increased Buffering
            4. Selective Acknowledgement
            5. Binary Increase Congestion TCP
          2. Compression
            1. Data Redundancy Elimination
            2. LZ Compression
          3. Application-Specific Acceleration
          4. Virtualization
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
    3. Part VI Review
      1. Repeat All DIKTA Questions
      2. Answer Part Review Questions
      3. Review Key Topics
      4. Self-Assessment Questionnaire
  21. Part VII: Final Preparation
    1. Chapter 21. Final Review
      1. Advice About the Exam Event
        1. Learn the Question Types Using the Cisco Certification Exam Tutorial
        2. Think About Your Time Budget Versus the Number of Questions
        3. A Suggested Time-Check Method
        4. Miscellaneous Pre-Exam Suggestions
        5. Exam-Day Advice
      2. Exam Review
        1. Take Practice Exams
          1. Practicing Taking the DCICT Exam
          2. Advice on How to Answer Exam Questions
          3. Taking Other Practice Exams
        2. Find Knowledge Gaps Through Question Review
        3. Practice Hands-On CLI Skills
        4. Other Study Tasks
        5. Final Thoughts
  22. Part VIII: Appendices
    1. Appendix A. Answers to the “Do I Know This Already?” Quizzes
      1. Chapter 1
      2. Chapter 2
      3. Chapter 3
      4. Chapter 4
      5. Chapter 5
      6. Chapter 6
      7. Chapter 7
      8. Chapter 8
      9. Chapter 9
      10. Chapter 10
      11. Chapter 11
      12. Chapter 12
      13. Chapter 13
      14. Chapter 14
      15. Chapter 15
      16. Chapter 16
      17. Chapter 17
      18. Chapter 18
      19. Chapter 19
      20. Chapter 20
  23. Glossary
  24. Index
  25. Appendix B. Memory Tables
    1. Chapter 1
    2. Chapter 2
    3. Chapter 5
    4. Chapter 6
    5. Chapter 7
    6. Chapter 8
    7. Chapter 9
    8. Chapter 13
    9. Chapter 15
    10. Chapter 18
    11. Chapter 19
    12. Chapter 20
  26. Appendix C. Memory Tables Answer Key
    1. Chapter 1
    2. Chapter 2
    3. Chapter 5
    4. Chapter 6
    5. Chapter 7
    6. Chapter 8
    7. Chapter 9
    8. Chapter 13
    9. Chapter 15
    10. Chapter 18
    11. Chapter 19
    12. Chapter 20
  27. Appendix D. Study Planner
  28. Code Snippets