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VSA – VersaStack Administration


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2 Days Course

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Course Details


This course is a two-day Instructor-Led training program that is designed for system and network engineers and administrators implementing and administering VersaStack solutions.


This course covers key implementation procedures, management and basic troubleshooting tasks on Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus 9000 switches, Cisco MDS 9100 Fibre Channel switches and IBM Storwize V7000 disk systems.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • Identify the architecture, features and components of VersaStack for Data Center.
  • Describe configuration parameters for VersaStack for Data Center including Cisco Nexus 9300 switches, Cisco MDS 9100 switches, Cisco UCS and IBM Storwize V7000 Disk Systems.
  • Describe VersaStack management tools including Cisco UCS Director


VersaStack Overview

  • Describe the benefits of VersaStack in a data center architecture
  • Understand the VersaStack Cisco Validated Design (CVD)
  • Identify VersaStack Data Center architecture platforms
  • Describe the components of VersaStack Data Center

Configuring LAN Switches

  • Describe Cisco Nexus Data Center Product Portfolio
  • Describe Cisco Nexus 9300 Series Switches
  • Licensing Nexus 9300 Switches
  • Describe cabling and optics used by Nexus 9000 Series switches
  • Describe Nexus 9300 Series Dual-Mode Operation
  • Identify management features of Cisco NX-OS
  • Cisco Nexus 9300 Initialization and setup
  • Configure Layer 2 switching features
  • Configure VLANs
  • Describe the vPC feature
  • Lab: Understanding Connectivity in the VersaStack Lab Environment
  • Lab: Cisco Nexus 9300 VersaStack LAN Configuration
  • Lab: Cisco Nexus 9300 VersaStack vPC Configuration

Configuring SAN Switches

  • Describe Cisco MDS Series Product Portfolio
  • Describe Cisco MDS 9100 Fabric Switches
  • Licensing Cisco MDS 9100 Fabric Switches
  • Describe Fibre Channel Protocol and SAN architecture
  • Cisco MDS 9100 Initialization and Setup
  • Configure Fibre Channel interfaces
  • Configure VSANs
  • Configure Device Aliases
  • Configure Zoning
  • Lab: Cisco MDS 9100 Initialization and Setup
  • Lab: Cisco MDS 9100 VersaStack SAN Configuration

Configure VersaStack Storage

  • Describe IBM Storwize Storage System Product Portfolio
  • Describe IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Storage System
  • Describe Storwize V7000 Unified Enclosures and RAID Arrays
  • Describe Storwize V7000 Initialization and Setup
  • Configure Storwize V7000 Unified Ports
  • Configure Storwize V7000 Unified Block Access
  • Configure Storwize V7000 Unified File Access
  • Lab: IBM Storwize V7000 Initialization and Setup
  • Lab: IBM Storwize V7000 Storage Configuration

Configure Cisco UCS Computing

  • Identify Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series components
  • Overview of Management Tools including Cisco UCS Manager, UCS Central and UCS Director
  • Describe Role Based Access Control (RBAC) and Organizations
  • Demonstrate cluster configuration of the Fabric Interconnects
  • Configure Cisco UCS LAN and SAN interfaces
  • Configure Cisco UCS Resource Pools and Policies
  • Configure Cisco UCS Service Profiles and Templates
  • Lab: Cisco UCS Interface Configuration
  • Lab: Configure Resource Pools and Policies
  • Lab: Configure vNIC and vHBA Templates
  • Lab: Configure Service Profile Template
  • Lab: Configure and Deploy Service Profiles

Target Audience

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Network engineers, Network administrators, System Engineers

The secondary audience for this course is as follows:

  • System Engineers, Consulting System Engineers and Server Administrators


The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Basic understanding of storage operations, Fibre Channel and SAN architectures.
  • Basic knowledge of server and server virtualization technologies such as VMware ESXi
  • General knowledge of networking technologies. CCNA/CCNP Data Center or equivalent knowledge recommended.