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CCNA Data Center: Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies Study Guide: Exam 640-916

CCNA Data Center: Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies Study Guide: Exam 640-916

Todd Lammle, Todd Montgomery

ISBN: 978-1-118-66109-3

Apr 2016

288 pages

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$49.99

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Complete theory and practice for the CCNA Data Center Technologies exam

CCNA Data Center, Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies Study Guide is your comprehensive study guide for exam 640-916. Authors Todd Lammle and Todd Montgomery, authorities on Cisco networking, guide you through 100% of all exam objectives with expanded coverage of key exam topics, and hands-on labs that help you become confident in dealing with everyday challenges. You'll get access to the free Nexus switch simulator that allows you to try your hand at what you've learned without expensive software, plus bonus study aids, such as electronic flashcards, a practice exam, and a searchable PDF glossary of terms. Coverage includes Data Center networking and virtualization, storage networking, unified fabric, Cisco UCS configuration, Data Center services, and much more, for complete exam preparation.

This is your guide to study for the entire second (and final) exam required for certification

  • Review networking principles, products, and technologies
  • Understand Nexus 1000V and Data Center virtualization
  • Learn the principles and major configurations of Cisco UCS
  • Practice hands-on solutions you'll employ on the job
  • Prepare for using Cisco's Unified Data Center, which unifies computing, storage, networking, and management resources

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Introduction xix

Assessment Test xxviii

Chapter 1 Data Center Networking Principles 1

Data Center Networking Principles 2

The Data Center LAN 2

The Data Center SAN 4

Network Design Using a Modular Approach 4

The Data Center Core Layer 5

The Data Center Aggregation Layer 5

The Data Center Access Layer 6

The Collapsed Core Model 7

FabricPath 8

How Do We Interconnect Data Centers? 11

Virtual Port Channels 12

Understanding Port Channels 17

Going Virtual with Virtual Device Contexts 26

Storage Networking with Nexus 28

Configuring and Verifying Network Connectivity 29

Identifying Control and Data Plane Traffic 29

Data Plane 29

Control Plane 30

Performing the Initial Setup 31

Summary 34

Exam Essentials 34

Written Lab 1 36

Review Questions 37

Chapter 2 Networking Products 41

The Nexus Product Family 43

Nexus Product Family Overview 44

Nexus 7000 Product Family 48

Nexus 5000 Product Family 53

Nexus 2000 Product Family 55

Reviewing the Cisco MDS Product Family 58

MDS 9500 59

MDS 9100/9200 60

Cisco Application Control Engine 60

Summary 60

Exam Essentials 61

Written Lab 2 61

Review Questions 63

Chapter 3 Storage Networking Principles 67

Storage Area Networking 68

Storage Categories 69

Block-Based Storage 70

File-Based Storage 70

Block and File Storage 71

Fibre Channel Networks 72

Describe the SAN Initiator and Target 73

Verify SAN Switch Operations 74

Describe Basic SAN Connectivity 75

Describe Storage Array Connectivity 76

Describe Storage Protection 77

Describe Storage Topologies 78

Point-to-Point 78

Arbitrated Loop 78

Fabric 79

Port Types 80

Storage Systems 81

World Wide Names 82

SAN Boot 83

Verify Name Server Login 84

Describe, Configure, and Verify Zoning 85

Perform Initial MDS Setup 87

Describe, Configure, and Verify VSAN 91

Summary 93

Exam Essentials 93

Written Lab 3 94

Review Questions 96

Chapter 4 Data Center Network Services 101

Data Center Network Services 102

Standard ACE Features for Load Balancing 102

Server Load Balancing Virtual Context and HA 106

Server Load Balancing Management Options 107

Benefits of the Cisco Global Load-Balancing Solution 108

Cisco WAAS Needs and Advantages in the Data Center 109

Summary 109

Exam Essentials 110

Written Lab 4 110

Review Questions 111

Chapter 5 Nexus 1000V 115

Virtual Switches 116

Server Virtualization 117

Network Connectivity 118

Standard Virtual Switch 120

VMware Distributed Virtual Switch 122

Nexus 1000V Switch 124

Nexus 1000V Components 125

Virtual Supervisor Module 125

Virtual Ethernet Module 127

Communication between the VEM and VSM 127

Communication between the VSM and vCenter 128

Port Profiles 129

Installing Nexus 1000V 129

Installation Preparation 130

Nexus 1000V Software 130

Deploying the OVF Template 130

Initial Configuration 133

Verify Installation 134

Summary 138

Exam Essentials 138

Written Lab 5 139

Review Questions 140

Chapter 6 Unified Fabric 145

Unified Fabric 147

FCoE 148

Connectivity Hardware 154

Connecting the Virtual Interface Card to Nexus 5500UP 155

VN-Tag 155

FEX Configuration 156

Summary 164

Exam Essentials 164

Written Lab 6 166

Review Questions 167

Chapter 7 Cisco UCS Principles 171

Data Center Computing Evolution 174

Network-Centric Computing 175

Fabric Interconnects 177

Server Chassis 180

I/O Modules 181

UCS Servers 181

Extended Memory 181

B-Series Blade Server Models 182

C-Series Rack Servers 182

Interface Cards 183

UCS Connectivity 184

Fabric Interconnect Connectivity 185

Cisco Integrated Management Controller 186

Ethernet Interface Port Personality 187

UCS Discovery Process 187

Summary 188

Exam Essentials 189

Written Lab 7 189

Review Questions 191

Chapter 8 Cisco UCS Configuration 195

UCS Cluster Setup 197

Cabling the Fabric Interconnects 197

Setup Dialog for the Fabric Interconnects 198

Cluster Verification 201

UCS Manager 203

Welcome to the GUI 204

UCS GUI Navigation 205

Finite State Machine 206

Service Profiles 207

Traditional Computing 208

Upgrading or Replacing a Server 208

Stateless Computing 209

Service Profiles 209

Summary 218

Exam Essentials 218

Written Lab 8 219

Chapter 8: Hands-On Labs 219

Review Questions 222

Appendix A Answers to Written Labs 227

Chapter 1: Data Center Networking Principles 228

Chapter 2: Networking Products 228

Chapter 3: Storage Networking Principles 228

Chapter 4: Data Center Network Services 230

Chapter 5: Nexus 1000V 231

Chapter 6: Unified Fabric 231

Chapter 7: Cisco USC Principles 232

Chapter 8: Cisco UCS Configuration 233

Appendix B Answers to Review Questions 235

Chapter 1: Data Center Networking Principles 236

Chapter 2: Networking Products 237

Chapter 3: Storage Networking Principles 238

Chapter 4: Data Center Network Services 239

Chapter 5: Nexus 1000V 240

Chapter 6: Unified Fabric 241

Chapter 7: Cisco USC Principles 242

Chapter 8: Cisco UCS Configuration 243

Index 245