Data Center, Professional (JNCIP-DC)

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The Data Center track enables you to demonstrate competence with advanced data center technologies and related configuration and troubleshooting skills. JNCIP-DC, the professional-level certification in this track, is designed for experienced data center networking professionals with advanced knowledge of the Juniper Networks Junos software and data center devices. The written exam verifies your understanding of data center technologies, related platform configuration, and troubleshooting skills.

This track includes four certifications:

  • JNCIA-DC: Data Center, Associate. For details, see JNCIA-DC.
  • JNCIS-DC: Data Center, Specialist. For details, see JNCIS-DC.
  • JNCIP-DC: Data Center, Professional. For details, see the sections below.
  • JNCIE-DC: Data Center, Expert. For details, see JNCIE-DC.

Exam Preparation

We recommend the following resources to help you prepare for your exam. However, these resources aren't required, and using them doesn't guarantee you'll pass the exam.

Exam Resources

Additional Preparation

Exam Objectives

Here’s a high-level view of the skillset required to successfully complete the JNCIP-DC certification exam.

Exam Objective


Data Center Deployment or Management

Describe data center deployment concepts:

  • Zero Touch provisioning
  • DHCP
  • Implementation


Describe data center management concepts:

  • Monitoring
  • Analytics

Layer 3 Fabrics

Describe IP Fabric concepts:

  • IP Fabric architecture
  • IP Fabric routing
  • IP Fabric scaling
  • IP Fabric best practices


Demonstrate knowledge of configuring, monitoring, or troubleshooting IP Fabrics


Describe VXLAN concepts:

  • VXLAN control planes
  • Data plane

Demonstrate knowledge of configuring, monitoring, or troubleshooting VXLAN

EVPN VXLAN Signaling

Describe EVPN concepts:

  • Route types
  • EVPN multicast
  • Multiprotocol BGP
  • EVPN architectures, including Centrally-Routed Bridging (CRB) and Edge-Routed Bridging (ERB)
  • MAC Learning


Demonstrate knowledge of configuring, monitoring, or troubleshooting EVPNs

Data Center Interconnect

Describe DCI concepts:

  • Interconnect network types
  • Layer 2 to L3 stretching
  • Stitching
  • EVPN-signaled VXLAN for DCI


Demonstrate knowledge of configuring, monitoring, or troubleshooting DCI

Data Center Architecture and Security

Describe single-tenant and multi-tenant architectures:

  • Traffic isolation
  • Multitenancy (routing instances)


Describe data center security concepts:

  • Filter-based forwarding

Exam Details

Exam questions are derived from the recommended training and the exam resources listed above. Pass/fail status is available immediately after taking the exam. The exam is only provided in English.

Exam Code


Prerequisite Certification

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Exam Length

90 minutes

Exam Type

65 multiple-choice questions

Software Versions

Junos OS: 21.3


Juniper certifications are valid for three years. For more information, see Recertification.