Cisco DCICT 1.0 – Virtualizing Network Devices and FEX Operations

This course is targeted toward data center network engineers and learners embarking on a network administration or engineering career who wish to understand all the components that make up a real-world data center. In addition, anyone interested in the DCICT CCNA Data Center certification exam will benefit from this course. This course offers the official training for the Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (640-916 DCICT) certification exam which is a component exam for the CCNA Data Center certification.


Expected Duration
143 minutes

Using virtual device contexts (VDCs) and Network Interface Virtualization (NIV), Cisco Nexus 5000 and 7000 Series Switches allow you to lower complexity and cost of ownership of data center network and storage resources. In this course, you will learn about the virtualization capabilities of Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 Series Switches. You will also explore the configuration of VDCs and FEX operations. This course is one of a series in the Skillsoft learning path that covers the objectives for Cisco exam 640-916: Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies.


Network Device Virtualization

  • start the course
  • describe infrastructure consolidation in the data center
  • describe benefits of implementing VDCs
  • recognize VDC deployment models
  • describe the VDC architecture
  • describe how VDC can be used on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch
  • describe the capabilities of a VDC
  • describe how VDC fault domains prevent failures within any VDC from affecting other VDCs
  • describe VDC interface allocation
  • identify the access roles that the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches can recognize
  • describe the considerations for implementing VDCs
  • verify VDCs on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch
  • save the running configuration for all VDCs on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch
  • navigate between VDCs on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch

FEX Operations

  • recognize characteristics of FEX operation
  • recognize FEX support on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch
  • list the benefits of having a virtualized switch chassis
  • describe fabric extender connectivity
  • describe fabric extender packet processing
  • describe Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Fabric Extender fabric port connectivity
  • match the FEX terminology to its description
  • configure a FEX in a nondefault VDC on a Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch
  • verify FEX on an interface
  • verify FEX on a Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch
  • describe how FEX interfaces appear in the running configuration of the parent switch
  • verify port pinning on a Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch
  • verify the FEX installation on a Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch

Practice: Implementing VDC and FEX Operations

  • configure virtualization capabilities of the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch in a given scenario





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