This is my attempt at creating a 350-601 DCCOR exam guide. This exam is the CCNP Data Center Core Exam, and its full name is Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies. This guide is made up of completely FREE resources I have found on the Internet.
While some of these resources may seem a little dated if you look at the publish date, the truth is some of these concepts on the exam have been around for a long time, and have not changed much over the years.
As we talked about in The Ultimate CCNP Data Center Guide, the new CCNP is composed of a core exam and a specialty exam. This is a study guide for the core exam, with links to resources on each exam topic. It is not meant to be a completely exhaustive guide, but to point you in the right direction to help you determine what topics you are already comfortable with, and what topics you need to spend more time on.
This guide is currently in process so be sure to bookmark it and check back for updates! I will also post when I have made an update on my Twitter account, @vMiss33.
More About 350-601-DCCOR, CCNP Data Center Core Exam
The 350-601 exam, Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies, is also known as the CCNP Data Center Core Exam.
This Exam will be available on February 24, 2020.
The 350-601 Exam is 120 minutes long.
The most important document when studying for this exam are the Exam Topics published by Cisco, which we are about to take a closer look at.
350-601 DCCOR Exam Topics
When it comes to any Cisco Certification Exam, the Exam Topics tell you what topics you need to study for the test. I am going to break down each section of the Exam Topics, and list some resources to go along with it. Be sure to pay attention to how heavy each section of the exam topics is weighted.
You can find the Exam Topics for 350-601 here.
Section 1 – Networking – 25%
1.1 Apply routing protocols
- 1.1.a OSPFv2, OSPFv3
Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) protocol States – Be sure to browse this site, lots of great OSPF info
OSPFv2 vs OSPFv3
- 1.1.b MP-BGP
Multiprotocol BGP (MP-BGP) Configuration
- 1.1.c PIM
What is Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM)?
- 1.1.d FHRP
First Hop Redundancy Protocol (FHRP)
1.2 Apply switching protocols such as RSTP+, LACP and vPC
Spanning-Tree Protocol Types
1.3 Apply overlay protocols such as VXLAN EVPN and OTV
1.4 Apply ACI concepts
- 1.4.a Fabric setup
- 1.4.b Access policies
- 1.4.c VMM
Configure Access Policies, Static Binding (Paths), L2Outs, L3Outs, and VMM Integration (vDS) (Covers 1.4.b and 1.4.c)
- 1.4.d 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
- 1.7.a Disruptive / nondisruptive
- 1.7.b EPLD
- 1.7.c 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
Section 2 – Compute – 25%
Coming Soon. Mostly Cisco UCS.
Section 3 – Storage Network – 25%
Coming Soon. Mostly Cisco MDS.
Section 4 Automation – 15%
Section 5 – Security -15%
Cisco CCNP Data Center Core Exam (350-601 DCCOR) Study Tips
When it comes to studying for 350-601 DCCOR the resources in this guide are a great starting point. Be sure to note which topics you are currently comfortable with, and which topics you know you need to spend more time on. Personally, I like to dedicate a good old fashioned paper notebook per test when it comes to studying for a certification exam.
Melissa is an Independent Technology Analyst & Content Creator, focused on IT infrastructure and information security. She is a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX-236) and has spent her career focused on the full IT infrastructure stack.