Time to Train

Like most of my peers, I have a love-hate relationship with training, knowledge is power so I love that but I don’t like exams. with that in mind, it has become time again to get some professional qualification I have chosen Implementing Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (350-601 DCCOR) with the look at getting a CCNP which is (DCCOR exam + Consentation exam) and if I have time push for the CCIE which is (DCCOR exam + practical LAB) many of my friends haven’t passed the LAB first time around so we will see.

Exam topics

high level overview of the exam topics

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lets break them down further

  1. Network
    1.1 Apply routing protocols
    • OSPFv2, OSPFv3
    • MP-BGP
    • PIM
    • FHRP
    1.2 Apply switching protocols such as RSTP+, LACP and vPC
    1.3 Apply overlay protocols such as VXLAN EVPN and OTV
    1.4 Apply ACI concepts
    • Fabric setup
    • Access policies
    • VMM
    • Tenant policies
    1.5 Analyze packet flow (unicast, multicast, and broadcast)
    1.6 Analyze Cloud service and deployment models (NIST 800-145)
    1.7 Describe software updates and their impacts
    • Disruptive / nondisruptive
    • EPLD
    • Patches
    1.8 Implement network configuration management
    1.9 Implement infrastructure monitoring such as NetFlow and SPAN
    1.10 Explain network assurance concepts such as streaming telemetry
  2. Compute
    2.1 Implement Cisco Unified Compute System Rack Servers
    2.2 Implement Cisco Unified Compute System Blade Chassis
    • Initial setup
    • Infrastructure management
    • Network management (VLANs, pools and policies, templates, QoS)
    • Storage management (SAN connectivity, Fibre Channel zoning, VSANs, WWN pools, SAN policies, templates)
    • Server management (Server pools and boot policies)
    2.3 Explain HyperFlex Infrastructure Concepts and benefits (Edge and Hybrid Architecture vs all-flash)
    2.4 Describe firmware and software updates and their impacts on B-Series and C-Series servers
    2.5 Implement compute configuration management (Backup and restore)
    2.6 Implement infrastructure monitoring such as SPAN and Intersight
  3. Storage Network
    3.1 Implement Fibre Channel
    • Switch fabric initialization
    • Port channels
    • FCID
    • CFS
    • Zoning
    • FCNS
    • Device alias
    • NPV and NPIV
    • VSAN
    3.2 Implement FCoE Unified Fabric (FIP and DCB)
    3.3 Describe NFS and NAS concepts
    3.4 Describe software updates and their impacts (Disruptive/nondisruptive and EPLD)
    3.5 Implement infrastructure monitoring
  4. Automation
    4.1 Implement automation and scripting tools
    • EEM
    • Scheduler
    • Bash Shell and Guest Shell for NX-OS
    • REST API
    • JSON and XML encodings
    4.2 Evaluate automation and orchestration technologies
    • Ansible
    • Puppet
    • Python
    • POAP
    • DCNM
    • UCSD
    • PowerShell
  5. Security
    5.1 Apply network security
    • AAA and RBAC
    • ACI contracts and microsegmentation
    • First-hop security features such as dynamic ARP inspection (DAI), DHCP snooping, and port security
    • CoPP
    5.2 Apply compute security
    • AAA and RBAC
    • Keychain authentication
    5.3 Apply storage security
    • AAA and RBAC
    • Port security
    • Fabric binding

Format of the Exam

100-110 multipole-choice question in 120 minutes about 65-70 seconds a question, the exam also has fill-in-the-blank list-in-order and Simulated-labs

I will be linking my blog pages when they are created about the subjects above.

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