Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCMDS)

Course Information

Duration: 4 days

Version: DCMDS

Price: $4,295.00



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Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCMDS) v3.0 is a 5-day instructor-led course that is presented by Cisco Learning Partners to their end-user customers. This Cisco MDS training course is a five-day program that is designed for systems and field engineers who implement storage networking solutions with the Cisco MDS 9000 Series switch platform. This Cisco DCMDS course covers the key concepts and procedures that you need to know to install, configure, and manage the Cisco MDS 9000 Series switch platform to improve the availability, scalability, performance, and manageability of the SAN.


The following lists the skills and knowledge that you must possess to benefit fully from the course:

  • Basic understanding of data storage hardware components and protocols, including SCSI and Fibre Channel
  • Basic understanding of networking protocols, including Ethernet and IP


Target Audience:

  • Field Engineers
  • System Engineers
  • Data center systems engineers
  • Data center field engineers
  • Data center architects
  • Technical decision makers
  • Network architects
  • Cisco integrators and partners


Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the components, services, and features of the Cisco MDS 9000 Series switch platform that can be used to improve the availability, scalability, performance, and manageability of the SAN
  • Describe how to install and configure the Cisco MDS 9000 switch and perform the initial software configuration process
  • Explain how to implement the logical topology that is specified by a SAN design, so that connectivity between end devices can be verified
  • Describe the traffic management features associated with Intelligent Network Services for the Cisco MDS 9000 switches in order to configure basic traffic management services for the SAN
  • Describe how to configure Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), modules on Cisco MDS 9500 Series switches
  • Explain how to implement security so that management access is secure, and that only trusted devices are allowed to connect to the fabric
  • Describe how to use FCIP to implement appropriate solutions for SAN extension solutions


Course Outine:

Module 1: Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switch Platform

  • Topic 1A: Introducing the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switch Platform
  • Topic 1B: Implementing Integrated Management

Module 2: System Installation and Initial Configuration

  • Topic 2A: Performing the Initial Switch Configuration
  • Topic 2B: Installing and Licensing Cisco NX-OS Software

Module 3: Building a SAN Fabric

  • Topic 3A: Configuring Interfaces
  • Topic 3B: Using FLOGI and FCNS Databases
  • Topic 3C: Configuring VSANs
  • Topic 3D: Managing Domains
  • Topic 3E: Configuring Cisco NPV and NPIV
  • Topic 3F: Configuring PortChannels
  • Topic 3G: Configuring Distributed Device Aliases
  • Topic 3H: Implementing Zoning

Module 4: Intelligent SAN Fabric Services

  • Topic 4A: Implementing Cisco MDS Data MobilityManager
  • Topic 4B: Implementing Cisco SANTap
  • Topic 4C: Monitoring Traffic Flow

Module 5: Fibre Channel over Ethernet Implementation

  • Topic 5A: Fibre Channel over Ethernet
  • Topic 5B: Configuring Multihop FCoE on the MDS 9500

Module 6: Security Implementation

  • Topic 6A: Improving Management Security
  • Topic 6B: Configuring AAA Services
  • Topic 6C: Implementing Port and Fabric Security
  • Topic 6D: Configuring FC-SP

Module 7: Implementing Link Encryption

Module 8: Implementing Cisco Storage Media Encryption

Module 9: FCIP Implementation

  • Topic 9A: Creating an FCIP Tunnel
  • Topic 9B: Configuring FCIP High Availability
  • Topic 9C: Implementing IVR for SAN Extension
  • Topic 9D: Tuning FCIP Performance

Hands On Labs

  • Lab 1: Initial Setup
  • Lab 2: Upgrade Switch Software
  • Lab 3: Configure Interfaces
  • Lab 4: Create VSANs
  • Lab 5: Configure Cisco NPV and NPIV
  • Lab 6: Configure PortChannels
  • Lab 7: Distribute DDAS with Cisco Fabric Services
  • Lab 8: Configure Zones
  • Lab 9: Configure Cisco DMM
  • Lab 10: Use SPAN and the PAA-2
  • Lab 11: Configure AAA Services
  • Lab 12: Implement Port and Fabric Security
  • Lab 13: Configure Cisco Storage Media Encryption
  • Lab 14: Implement an FCIP Tunnel
  • Lab 15: Configure FCIP High Availability
  • Lab 16: Implement IVR for SAN Extension
  • Lab 17: Tune FCIP Performance



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