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The New 200-150 DCICN Exam for CCNA Data Center

February 26, 2017 at 2:58 am


Overview of DCICN

The CCNA Data Center has finally revised! This certification has lunged from version 1 to version 6. The CCNA Data Center is still made up of two exams you must pass. These exams have no prerequisites.  This post focuses on the new Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) exam.

The Old DCICN Exam

Are you interested in squeaking out the old DCICN exam? Its number is 640-911 and your last day to test is April 11, 2017. If you are interested in my training course for this exam, it can be found here at CBT Nuggets until it retirement.

This “old” exam featured these major sections and exam percentages:

1.0 Describe How a Network Works (15%)
2.0 Configure, Verify and Troubleshoot a Switch with VLANs and Interswitch Communications Using Nexus (21%)
3.0 Implement an IP Addressing Scheme and IP Services to Meet Network Requirements in a Medium-Size Enterprise Branch Office Network Using Nexus (12%)
4.0 Configure, Verify, and Troubleshoot Basic Router Operation and Routing on Cisco Devices Using Nexus (52%)

The New DCICN Exam

The new exam features these major sections and exam percentages:

1.0 Data Center Physical Infrastructure (15%)
2.0 Basic Data Center Networking Concepts (23%)
3.0 Advanced Data Center Networking Concepts (23%)
4.0 Basic Data Center Storage (19%)
5.0 Advanced Data Center Storage (20%)

What was removed from the old exam to the new and what was added? Here are the biggest areas:


  • Removed product-specific elements, such as Nexus, and instead increased the focus on skills and technologies
  • Removed Ethernet low-level functionality and added operational roles of data center devices; for example, use cases to deploy various types of physical devices
  • Removed Cisco IOS router topics
  • Removed specifications of platform components as in boot process procedures, passwords, and diagnostics

Added or Changed:

  • Increased breadth of data center networking concepts including First Hop Redundancy Protocols (FHRP), data center networking architectures such as spine-and-leaf designs, unicast and multicast, and authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) concepts and filtering
  • Additional focus on high-availability switching concepts, port channel, virtual Port Channel (vPC), and control plane and data plane separation
  • Increased data center storage concepts including Fiber Channel operations and design, IP storage protocols, and moved storage topics from DCICT into DCICN
  • Added basic understanding of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)

In the next post – I will provide you with the complete topic list for this new DCICN exam!
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Learning Python – Variables

February 12, 2017 at 10:09 pm

We all know that variables are a key part of programming and scripting languages, and sure enough, they are a big part of Python. Here is how simple they are to implement:

#Today we are going to create and use some variables! 
#This is really cool! 
#Hey just to remind you, these are comments that are here to make our code "self-documenting"! 
#Python itself is ignoring the s#$t out of these! 
my_books = 14
my_years_on_planet = 47
books_per_year_on_planet = my_books / my_years_on_planet
print ("Below is my books per year on the planet!")
print (books_per_year_on_planet)

Notice here I am using Python 3 so I need parenthesis around the objects and text that I want to print!

Here is the result of my program!

Python 3.6.0 (v3.6.0:41df79263a11, Dec 23 2016, 07:18:10) [MSC v.1900 32 bit (Intel)] on win32
Type "copyright", "credits" or "license()" for more information.
======================= RESTART: C:\Users\terry\ex3.ps =======================
Below is my books per year on the planet!

CBT Nuggets’ Windows 10 70-697: Configuring Windows Devices Course Outline

February 10, 2017 at 8:48 am


I know that many of you are going through the Nuggets as they publish each week here at the CBT Nuggets site. Here is the complete course outline so you can easily track your progress. Enjoy! By the way – the Nuggets you see in bold means I have completed and uploaded them. If they do not appear in your course yet – it is because they are going through the very stringent review process.

  • Nugget 1: 70-697 Course Introduction
  • Nugget 2: Key Administration Tools
  • Nugget 3: Install Apps Using Office 365
  • Nugget 4: Windows Store Apps
  • Nugget 5: Sideloading Apps
  • Nugget 6: Using your Microsoft Account with Windows 10
  • Nugget 7: Other Authentication Options
  • Nugget 8: User Profiles
  • Nugget 9: Hyper-V
  • Nugget 10: Offline Files
  • Nugget 11: Windows To Go
  • Nugget 12: WiFi Direct
  • Nugget 13: Power
  • Nugget 14: BitLocker
  • Nugget 15: Manage Devices with Microsoft Intune
  • Nugget 16: Support Mobile Devices with Intune
  • Nugget 17: Deploy Software Updates by Using Microsoft Intune
  • Nugget 18: Configure IP and Network Settings
  • Nugget 19: Configure and Maintain Network Security
  • Nugget 20: Data Storage Topics
  • Nugget 21: EFS
  • Nugget 22: Share and NTF Permissions
  • Nugget 23: Libraries
  • Nugget 24: HomeGroups
  • Nugget 25: Other Printer and File Options
  • Nugget 26: Configure Remote Connections
  • Nugget 27: Deploy and manage Azure RemoteApp
  • Nugget 28: Support desktop apps
  • Nugget 29: Your 70-697 Exam