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DCMDS 3.0 – Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches


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  • 4 Days Course
    Storage Networking

    Classroom + Online

    Course Details


    The Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCMDS) v3.0 course shows you how to implement, manage, and troubleshoot Cisco® MDS 9000 Series Switches, to build highly available, scalable storage networks. Through expert instruction and extensive hands-on practice, 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.


    Upon completion of this course, you will 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
    • Configure and implement the Cisco MDS switches and platform features, such has 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, and switch boot and firmware upgrades


    Module 1: Describing Cisco MDS Platform

    • Lesson 1 Cisco MDS 9700/9300/9200/9100 Hardware
    • Lesson 2: Cisco NX-OS
    • Lesson 3: Cisco DCNM
    • Lesson 4: Fibre Channel Architecture
    • Lesson 5: FCoE Architecture


    Module 2: Describing Key Product Features

    • Lesson 1: Cisco DCNM 10.x
    • Lesson 2: RBAC and Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)
    • Lesson 3: Virtual SANs
    • Lesson 4: NPV and NPIV
    • Lesson 5: Port Channels and VSAN Trunking
    • Lesson 6: Zoning and Smart Zoning
    • Lesson 7: Device Aliases
    • Lesson 8: Inter-VSAN Routing
    • Lesson 9: Fibre Channel Fabric Security


    Module 3: Describing New Product Features

    • Lesson 1: 32-Gb Fibre Channel
    • Lesson 2: Cisco MDS NX-API
    • Lesson 3: Power-On Auto-Provisioning
    • Lesson 4: Slow Drain Analysis
    • Lesson 5: Analytics and SAN Telemetry Streaming
    • Lesson 6: Cisco Secure Boot


    Module 4: Deploying Cisco MDS Features

    • Lesson 1: Installation and Initial Setup
    • Lesson 2: Building a Fabric: FC Domains and FC Services
    • Lesson 3: Building SAN Extensions


    Module 5: Troubleshooting Common Cisco MDS Issues

    • Lesson 1: Fibre Channel Domains
    • Lesson 2: Zones and Zone Merges
    • Lesson 3: Boot and Upgrade Issues

    Target Audience

    • Data center engineers
    • Data center field engineers
    • Data center architects
    • Technical decision makers
    • Network architects
    • Cisco integrators and partners


    It is recommended that a learner has the following knowledge and skills before attending this course:

    • 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