Introducing Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches V1.1 (DCIMDS)

Introducing Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches V1.1 (DCIMDS)


Duration: 2 days

The Introducing Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCIMDS) v1.1 course gives you an overview of Cisco® MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switches, including platform architecture, software, and management capabilities. You will learn the key features that contribute to high performance and availability, flexibility, and operational simplicity and investment protection. During hands-on lab time, you’ll configure: a Multilayer Director Switch (MDS) SAN fabric using Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) and Command Line Interface (CLI) commands; SAN analytics and SAN telemetry streaming; device aliases and zoning; and more. You’ll gain a technical understanding of how to build highly available, scalable storage networks using the robust, flexible hardware architecture with network and storage management intelligence.


After taking this course, you should be ableto:

  • Describe Cisco MDS SAN features andadvantages

  • Describe fixed and modular platforms

  • Describe Cisco MDS architecture andhigh-availability mechanisms

  • Describe technologies used in modern SANs

  • Describe SAN management with Cisco DCNM

  • Initialize a Cisco MDS switch and add it toDCNM

  • Describe key value-add features thatdistinguish Cisco MDS switches

  • Configure basic Cisco MDS features andinterfaces using DCNM

Course Outline

1. Describing Cisco MDSPlatform

  • Introduction and Advantages of Cisco MDS

  • Fixed Platforms

  • Modular Platforms

2. Describing Cisco MDSArchitecture

  • Store-and-Forward Architecture

  • High Availability

  • Redundancy

3. Describing StorageTechnologies

  • Fibre Channel

  • Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) Over Fibre Channel

  • Fibre Channel Over IP

  • Fibre Channel Over Ethernet

4. Managing Cisco MDS Switches

  • Cisco Data Center Network Manager

  • Cisco NX-OS CLI

  • Cisco NX-API

5. Describing and Using CiscoMDS Key Features

  • Virtual Storage Area Networks (VSANs)

  • Inter-VSAN Routing

  • Port Channels

  • Slow-Drain Device and Path Analysis Using CongestionControl Mechanisms

  • N Port Virtualization (NPV) and N-Port identifierVirtualization (NPIV)

  • Zoning

  • Smart Zoning

  • SAN Analytics and Telemetry Streaming

  • Diagnostics Toolbox

  • SAN Extension

  • Other Differentiator Features


Lab Outline

  • Perform Initial MDS Configuration

  • Set Up DCNM

  • Configure VSANs and Interfaces in Cisco DCNM

  • Configure Port Channels in Cisco DCNM

  • Configure Device Aliases and Zoning

  • Configure SAN Analytics and SAN Telemetry Streaming

  • Use CLI for Basic Monitoring


Data Center

To fully benefit from this course, you shouldhave the following knowledge and skills:

  • Experience managing data center deployments

  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of SANtechnologies

  • Understanding of business and applicationrequirements

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