Cisco CCNP Data Center Program


Cisco Certified Network Professional certification validates advance knowledge and skills required to integrate into underlying network architectures. Furthermore, this certification validates a robust set of skills in implementing, operating, configuring, and troubleshooting a converged IP network.

With a CCNP Data Center certification, a network professional can create a collaborative solution that is transparent, scalable, and manageable.

On October 19, 2010, Cisco announced the evolution of the CCDC certification, renaming it CCNP Data Center. The new CCNP Data Center certification reflects alignment to Cisco’s Data Center solutions portfolio and aligns it with the latest courses and exams.

Course Syllabus

  • Troubleshooting UCS Architecture and System Internals (24%)

    Extract diagnostic data i.e., collecting dumps and core files

    Identify issues using FSM

    Troubleshoot boot issues

    • Blades
    • OS

    Identify using CLI/GUI defective hardware

    Troubleshoot management 0 KVM IP overlap issues

  • Troubleshooting UCS Installation, Configuration, and Startup (17%)

    Configure and troubleshoot RBAC

    Configure and troubleshoot modes and perform reboots

    Configure and troubleshoot power consumption, power availability, and power policies

    Manage service profiles

    Understand and troubleshoot the UCSM upgrade process

  • Troubleshooting UCS SAN/LAN/VLAN Connectivity (12%)

    Configure and capture SPAN traces

    Troubleshoot fiber channel services

    Troubleshoot L2 issues

    Troubleshoot link-level issues

    Configure and troubleshoot jumbo frames

    Troubleshoot dynamic vNIC

  • UCS Compute Troubleshooting (13%)

    Troubleshoot CIMC GUI and CLI remote access methods

    Using CLI/GUI Troubleshoot packet flow from server to the fabric

    Identify the steps that need to be performed on a rack standalone prior to integration into the UCSM

    Describe the various methods to update the server BIOS/CIMC/adapters/array controllers

    Troubleshoot OS driver issues

    Troubleshoot memory issues

    Troubleshoot boot issues

    Troubleshoot redundant paths

    Troubleshoot different adapters

    Describe the process for password recovery

  • UCS C-Series Standalone Troubleshooting (34%)

    Troubleshoot using CIMC GUI and CLI remote access methods

    Use CIMC utilities for performance validation and data gathering activities

    Update the server with the various methods

    • BIOS
    • CIMC
    • Adapters
    • Array Controllers 5.3.e LOM

    Troubleshoot OS driver issues

    Troubleshoot memory issues

    Troubleshoot boot issues

    Troubleshoot Local Disk and RAID controller

    Troubleshoot FCoE Connectivity

    Describe the process for password recovery