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Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCMDS v2.0)

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Course Number

2836

Duration

5 Days

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Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCMDS) v2.0 is an instructor-led, five-day training course that is designed to familiarize data center systems engineers, field engineers, architects, and Cisco partners who implement storage-networking solutions with the Cisco MDS 9000 Series switch platform. The goal of this course is for students to learn how to install, configure, and manage the Cisco MDS 9000 Series switch platform in a scalable, highly available environment.

You Will Learn How To

  • Describe the MDS 9000 Series switch platform, Cisco NX-OS, and the features of Cisco Prime DCNM
  • Explain the techniques and information that will enable you to perform the initial software configuration of a Cisco MDS 9000 Series switch, upgrade the system software, and enable licensing
  • Explain the configurations involved in building a Cisco Fibre Channel SAN fabric including interfaces, VSANs, domains, port channels, device aliases, NPV, NPIV, and zones
  • Describe and configure intelligent SAN fabric services on specific Cisco MDS 9000 Series switches and the software resources that are provided
  • Describe the FCoE protocol and the use of FCoE modules on the Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Director and Cisco MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Director as a Fibre Channel forwarder in a single-hop and multihop design
  • Describe the process of configuring security features on Cisco MDS 9000 Series switches to prevent unauthorized access, intrusion, and data theft, and to preserve data integrity in an enterprise SAN environment
  • Describe the steps for basic FCIP configuration, high availability implementation, and achieving a fault tolerant SAN extension using the IVR feature

Important Course Information

Requirements:

  • The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:
    • Basic understanding of data storage hardware components and protocols, including SCSI and Fibre Channel
    • Basic understanding of network protocols, including Ethernet and IP

Recommended Experience:

  • Cisco CCNA certification

Software:

  • This course covers features on each of the MDS 9000 Series product family of switches including the 9100, 9200, 9500, and 9700 models, and the Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and service modules supported. Fundamental topics include 8-Gbps Fibre Channel, 16-Gbps Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP), multihop FCoE, upgrading the Cisco NX-OS, and the common management tool Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager (DCNM). The course provides comprehensive SAN configuration for features such as interface configuration, Cisco N-Port Virtualizer (NPV), N-Port ID Virtualization (NPIV), virtual SAN (VSAN) and domain setup, SAN zoning, and SAN extension using FCIP and Inter-VSAN Routing (IVR). Topics introduced also include centralized SAN services using the Cisco MDS 9222i Multiservice Modular Switch and Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch for Cisco I/O Acceleration (IOA) and Cisco Data Mobility Manager (DMM), management security and role-based access control (RBAC) topics.

Exam Information:

  • Course tuition does not include an exam voucher.

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Course Outline

  • Module 1: Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switch Platforms

Lesson 1: Introducing Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches

Lesson 2: Implementing Integrated Management

  • Module 2: System Installation and Initial Configuration

Lesson 1: Performing the Initial Switch Configuration

Lesson 2: Installing and Licensing Cisco NX-OS Software

  • Module 3: Building a SAN Fabric

Lesson 1: Using FLOGI and FCNS Databases

Lesson 2: Configuring Interfaces

Lesson 3: Configuring Port Channels

Lesson 4: Configuring Cisco NPV and NPIV

Lesson 5: Configuring VSANs

Lesson 6: Managing Domains

Lesson 7: Configuring Distributed Device Aliases

Lesson 8: Implementing Zoning

  • Module 4: Intelligent SAN Fabric Services

Lesson 1: Implementing Cisco MDS Data Mobility Manager

Lesson 2: Monitoring Traffic Flow

  • Module 5: FCoE Implementation

Lesson 1: Describing FCoE

Lesson 2: Configuring FCoE on Cisco MDS 9500 and 9700 Series Multilayer Directors

  • Module 6: Security Implementation

Lesson 1: Improving Management Security

Lesson 2: Configuring AAA Services

Lesson 3: Implementing Port Security and Fabric Binding

Lesson 4: Configuring FC-SP

Lesson 5: Implementing Link Encryption

  • Module 7: FCIP Implementation

Lesson 1: Creating an FCIP Tunnel

Lesson 2: Configuring FCIP High Availability

Lesson 3: Implementing IVR for SAN Extension

Lesson 4: Tuning FCIP Performance 

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