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Cisco Data Center Application Services Support

Specialist DCASI 642-975

Course Title: Implementing Cisco Data Center Application Services v1.0

Course Code: DCASI 642-975
Duration: 5 Days

Course Overview

The Implementing Cisco Data Center Application Services v1.0 (DCASI) training course has been designed to teach candidates how to design, deploy, and optimise intelligent network services using the following technologies: Cisco Application Control Engine (ACE) Appliance, Service Module v2.0 and GSS. DCASI covers all of the key features of the ACE 2.0 software, including resource virtualization and management, server load balancing (Layer 2-4 and Layer 7), SSL termination and offload, as well as security features like application-layer inspection and fixups.

Target Audience

Candidates who should consider attending the DCASI 642-975 Cisco training course include Network Administrators and Field Engineers responsible for the implementation and troubleshooting of Cisco ACE-based solutions.

Course Objectives

On successfully completing the DCASI 642-975 course you will be able to:
  • Describe IP application delivery with the ACE module
  • Describe the structure and function of the Modular Policy CLI statements used to configure ACE features
  • Describe the capabilities the ACE module used to load balance IP-based applications
  • Identify the layer 7 processing options used to provide advanced application networking
  • Create new contexts and resource classes
  • Create class maps and server farms
  • Configure an ACE context to load balance traffic flows
  • Configure an ACE context to monitor real servers
  • Implement fixups and inspection
  • Describe the ACE features that provide IP application security
  • Implement SSL termination
  • Configure network address translations
  • Describe the high availability features of the ACE module
  • Configure an ACE context to perform a variety functions in an integrated environment
  • Troubleshoot common SLB configuration errors

Course Prerequisites

Candidates attending the DCASI 642-975 Cisco training course are recommended to have CCNA certification or equivalent knowledge, be familiar with TCP / IP protocols and have a knowledge of HTTP and SSL protocols. Candidates are also required to have a basic understanding of N-tier application architecture and server load-balancing.

Testing and Certification

The DCASI Cisco training course is the recommended preparation for the 642-975 DCASI - Data Center Application Services Implementation exam. Please note that this course is required for the Cisco Data Center Application Services Support Specialist Certification as well as for candidates looking to achieve the Cisco Channel Partner Data Center Accreditation.

Course Content

Module 1: Data Center Application Services Overview:
  • IP-Based Data Center Applications
  • Introducing ACE Family Solutions
  • Deploying the ACE Appliance and Service Module
Module 2: Implementing Server Load Balancing:
  • Modular Policy CLI
  • Managing the ACE Appliance and Service Module
  • Security Features
  • Layer 4 Load Balancing
  • Health Monitoring
  • Layer 7 Protocol Processing
  • Processing Secure Connections
  • Migrating From CSS and CSM
  • Web Application Acceleration Overview
  • Integrating Multiple Features
Module 3: Implementing Site-to-Site Load Balancing:
  • Deploying the GSS
  • Managing the GSS
  • Implementing Global Server Load Balancing
Module 4: Redundancy and Troubleshooting:
  • High Availability Troubleshooting Application Services


  • Lab 1-1: Upgrading and Installing Licenses
  • Lab 1-2: Implementing Virtualisation
  • Lab 2-1: Implementing Security Features
  • Lab 2-2: Configuring Server Load Balancing
  • Lab 2-3: Implementing Health Monitoring
  • Lab 2-4: Configuring Layer 7 Load Balancing
  • Lab 2-5: Enabling Sticky Connections
  • Lab 2-6: Enabling Protocol Inspection
  • Lab 2-7: Configuring SSL Termination
  • Lab 2-8: Enabling HTTP Optimizations
  • Lab 3-1: Implementing Global Server Load Balancing
  • Lab 4-1: Challenge Lab: Implementing Data Center Application Services
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