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Cisco FlexPod for Data Center Systems Administration- DCFSA v1.0

Learn how to plan, design, and implement a FlexPod integrated platform that includes NetApp unified storage systems, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) servers, Cisco Nexus fabric, and the VMware vSphere virtualization platform.

GK# 5355

Course Overview


Using real-world scenarios and examples, you will explore all the components of the FlexPod system and walk through installing, managing, and troubleshooting the platform as a whole as well as all of the individual Cisco, NetApp, and VMware components.

This course uses digital courseware.


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What You'll Learn


FlexPlod for Data Center Systems Administration (DCFSA) v1.0 is a 5-day instructor-led training program designed for the student to become experienced with the planning, design, and implementation of a FlexPod integrated platform that includes NetApp® unified storage systems, Cisco® Unified Computing System™ servers, Cisco Nexus® fabric, and VMware® vSphere virtualization platform. Using real-world scenarios and examples, this course will explore all of the components of the FlexPod system and guide you through the installation, management, and troubleshooting of the platform as a whole, as well as all of the individual Cisco, NetApp, and VMware components.


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Classroom Live Outline

Introduction to the FlexPod Architecture

  • Overview of the FlexPod platform architecture
  • FlexPod Design Considerations

Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches

  • Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches
  • High-Level Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Product Features
  • Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch Hardware Architecture
  • Configuring Basic Integration with FlexPod Platform

Cisco UCS

  • Cisco UCS Architecture Overview
  • Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series LAN Connectivity
  • Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series SAN Connectivity
  • Provisioning Resource Pools in the Cisco UCS Manager
  • Provisioning Service Policies in the Cisco UCS Manager

Virtual Networking

  • VMware Virtual Switching Overview
  • Cisco Nexus 1000v Series Switch
  • Configuring and Administering the Virtual Supervisor and Virtual Ethernet Modules

NetApp Storage Appliance

  • Benefits of Data ONTAP v8.x and Its Two Modes of Operation
  • Setting up a Basic Cluster Configuration
  • Introducing SAN and NAS Protocols
  • Administering Volumes, LUNs and Initiator Groups
  • Review and Discussion of Advanced Features in Data ONTAP

Managing and Monitoring the FlexPod Platform

  • Configuring Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Management Features
  • Configuring Cisco Nexus 1000v Series Management Features
  • Managing and Upgrading Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware
  • Implementing Backup, Import, and Restore of the Cisco UCS Manager Database
  • Monitoring, Backing Up, and Restoring the NetApp Storage Appliance
  • Implementing Cisco UCS Director to Manage FlexPod Operations

Troubleshooting the FlexPod Platform

  • Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Troubleshooting Tools
  • Troubleshooting the Cisco UCS B-Series Configuration
  • Basic Cisco Nexus 1000v Troubleshooting Tools
  • Basic NetApp Troubleshooting Tools


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Virtual Classroom Live Labs

Lab 1: Familiarization with the FlexPod GUI and CLI Interfaces

Lab 2: Cisco Nexus 5000 Hardware Platform and System Management

Lab 3-1: Verify B-Series LAN and SAN Physical Connections

Lab 3-2: Provision Identity and Resource Pools in UCS

Lab 3-3: Provision Mobile Service Profiles and Install VMware ESXi

Lab 4-1: Configure and Administer the Cisco Nexus 1000v VSM

Lab 4-2: Configure and Administer the Cisco Nexus 1000v VEM

Lab 5-1: Base configuration of NetApp Cluster: Instructor Demo

Lab 5-2: Provision NetApp LUN and Initiator Group

Lab 6-1: Back Up and Restore the Cisco UCS Manager Database

Lab 6-2: Provision Cisco UCS Director to Manage a FlexPod Environment

Lab 7: Troubleshoot Nexus, UCS, and NetApp


  • Basic knowledge of Cisco routing and switching
  • Basic knowledge of servers and storage
  • Familiarity with basic VMware virtualization concepts

Who Should Attend

  • Systems administrators and engineers
  • Technical solutions architects
  • Systems integrators
  • Channel partners
  • Value-added resellers
  • End users deploying FlexPod

Vendor Credits


This course can be purchased with Cisco Learning Credits (CLCs).

Course Delivery

This course is available in the following formats:

Classroom Live

Receive face-to-face instruction at one of our training center locations.

Duration: 5 day

Virtual Classroom Live

Experience expert-led online training from the convenience of your home, office or anywhere with an internet connection.

Duration: 5 day

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