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Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Switches

  • Course Code DCMDS
  • Duration 4 days
  • Version 3.5

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£2,745.00

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Course Delivery

This course is available in the following formats:

  • Company Event

    Event at company

  • Elearning (Self-paced)

    Self paced electronic learning

  • Public Classroom

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  • Virtual Learning

    Learning that is virtual

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Course Overview

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The Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches course shows you how to implement, manage and troubleshoot Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches, to build highly available, scalable storage networks. You will learn how to deploy and use capabilities such as virtual storage area networks (VSANs), Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), N-Port Virtualization (NPV) fabric security, zoning, automation with NX-API, Slow Drain Analysis, Fibre Channel over TCP/IP (FCIP) tunnels and more. You will learn how to configure and implement platform features and learn troubleshooting techniques pertaining to Fibre Channel (FC) domains, firmware upgrades, zones and zone mergers.

This course will help you:

    Learn how to deploy and troubleshoot the Cisco Nexus® 9000 Series Switches to support performance, resiliency, scalability, and enhanced operations for data centers

    Gain knowledge and skills through Cisco’s unique combination of lessons and hands-on practice using enterprise-grade Cisco learning technologies, data center equipment, and software

    Succeed in today’s demanding data center operations roles

    Earn 40 CE credits toward recertification

This course prepares you for Cisco CCNP Data Center and Cisco Certified Specialist - Data Center SAN Implementation certifications.

Course Schedule

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    • Delivery Format: Virtual Learning
    • Date: 13-16 December, 2021
    • Location: Virtual

    £2,745.00

    • Delivery Format: Virtual Learning
    • Date: 11-14 April, 2022
    • Location: Virtual

    £2,745.00

    • Delivery Format: Virtual Learning
    • Date: 04-07 July, 2022
    • Location: Virtual

    £2,745.00

    • Delivery Format: Virtual Learning
    • Date: 03-06 October, 2022
    • Location: Virtual

    £2,745.00

Target Audience

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Engineers involved in the implementation of a storage-networking solution incorporating the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switch platform.

Course Objectives

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After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Discover and describe the Cisco Multilayer Director Switch (MDS) platform of multilayer switches and directors. Describe the MDS hardware, NX-OS operating system, Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) management software and key architectures of the platform, such as FC and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
  • Describe key product features of the MDS platform, including VSANs, RBAC, NPV, port channels, zoning, device aliases, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and fabric security
  • Describe and implement state-of-the-art product features
  • Configure and implement the Cisco MDS switches and platform features, such as initial configuration, building a fabric, building a SAN extension and configuring inter-VSAN routing for that purpose
  • Configure FCIP tunnels
  • Resolve issues and troubleshoot FC domains, zones and zone merges, switch boot and firmware upgrades

Course Content

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Describing Cisco MDS Platform

  • Cisco MDS 9700/9300/9200/9100 Hardware
  • 32-Gb Fibre Channel
  • Cisco NX-OS
  • Cisco DCNM
  • Fibre Channel Architecture
  • FCoE Architecture

Provisioning Cisco MDS Switches

  • Power-On Auto-Provisioning
  • Cisco DCNM
  • Using Cisco DCNM 11.x
  • RBAC and Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)

Building the Fibre Channel Fabric with Cisco MDS Switches

  • Virtual SANs
  • Port Channels and VSAN Trunking
  • Zoning and Smart Zoning
  • Device Aliases
  • Inter-VSAN Routing
  • Fibre Channel Fabric Security
  • Building SAN Extensions
  • Inter-VSAN Routing
  • Slow Drain Analysis
  • SAN Analytics and Telemetry Streaming
  • Cisco Secure Boot
  • NPV and NPIV

Automating Cisco MDS Fabric

  • Cisco MDS NX_APIPython API
  • Ansible

Monitoring and Reporting Cisco MDS Features

  • Cisco DCNM SAN Reports and Alarms
  • SAN Analytics and SAN Telemetry Streaming

Troubleshooting Common Cisco MDS Issues

  • Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Domains, Zones and Zone Merges
  • Boot and Upgrade Issues

Labs

  • Set Up DCNM
  • Explore DCNM-SAN Client and DCNM Device Manager
  • Configure and Use RBAC
  • Configure and Use RBAC with DCNM-SAN Client and Device Manager
  • Manage VSANs and Fibre Channel Domain
  • Configure NPV and N-Port Identification Virtualization (NPIV)
  • Configure Interfaces
  • Configure Device Aliases and Zoning
  • Explore and Automate with NX-API
  • Perform Slow Drain Analysis with Cisco DCNM
  • Configure SAN Analysis and SAN Telemetry Streaming
  • Configure FCIP Tunnels and FCIP High Availability
  • Configure IVR for SAN Extension
  • Troubleshoot Zoning and Zone Merges

Course Prerequisites

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Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Basic understanding of data storage hardware components and protocols, including Small Computer System Interface(SCSI) and Fibre Channel
  • Basic understanding of network protocols, including Ethernet and IP
  • Basic routing and switching knowledge
Recommended prerequisites:

Test Certification

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Recommended as preparation for the following exams:

  • 300-625 - DCSAN - Implementing Cisco Storage Area Networking


This exam is one of the concentrations for the new Cisco CCNP Data Center Certification, passing the exam will also provide the Cisco Certified Specialist - Data Center  SAN Implementation certification.

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