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

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


Duration: 5 days

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. The goal of this course is to help students understand how to apply these new technologies to optimize the scalability, agility, performance, and operational efficiency of the SAN


Upon completion of this course, you will be able 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.

Course Outline

Module 1: Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switch Platforms

  • Lesson 1-1: Introducing Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches
  • Lesson 1-2: Implementing Integrated Management


Module 2: System Installation and Initial Configuration

  • Lesson 2-1: Performing the Initial Switch Configuration
  • Lesson 2-2: Installing and Licensing Cisco NX-OS Software


Module 3: Building a SAN Fabric

  • Lesson 3-1: Using FLOGI and FCNS Databases
  • Lesson 3-2: Configuring Interfaces
  • Lesson 3-3: Configuring Port Channels
  • Lesson 3-4: Configuring Cisco NPV and NPIV
  • Lesson 3-5: Configuring VSANs
  • Lesson 3-6: Managing Domains
  • Lesson 3-7: Configuring Distributed Device Aliases
  • Lesson 3-8: Implementing Zoning


Module 4: Intelligent SAN Fabric Services

  • Lesson 4-1: Implementing Cisco MDS Data Mobility Manager
  • Lesson 4-2: Monitoring Traffic Flow


Module 5: FCoE Implementation

  • Lesson 5-1: Describing FCoE
  • Lesson 5-2: Configuring FCoE on Cisco MDS 9500 and 9700 Series Multilayer Directors


Module 6: Security Implementation

  • Lesson 6-1: Improving Management Security
  • Lesson 6-2: Configuring AAA Services
  • Lesson 6-3: Implementing Port Security and Fabric Binding
  • Lesson 6-4: Configuring FC-SP
  • Lesson 6-5: Implementing Link Encryption


Module 7: FCIP Implementation

  • Lesson 7-1: Creating an FCIP Tunnel
  • Lesson 7-2: Configuring FCIP High Availability
  • Lesson 7-3: Implementing IVR for SAN Extension
  • Lesson 7-4: Tuning FCIP Performance


Lab Details:

  • Lab 2-1: Perform Initial Switch Setup
  • Lab 2-2: Perform the Boot Process and Upgrade Switch Software
  • Lab 2-3: Install Cisco DCNM Release 6.2(3)
  • Lab 3-1: Configure Interfaces
  • Lab 3-2: Configure Port Channels
  • Lab 3-3: Configure Cisco NPV and NPIV
  • Lab 3-4: Configure VSANs, Domain Management, and Persistent FCIDs
  • Lab 3-5: Configure Device Aliases
  • Lab 3-6: Configure Zoning
  • Lab 4-1: Implement Cisco DMM
  • Lab 6-1: Configure RBAC and AAA Services
  • Lab 6-2: Implement Fabric and Port Security
  • Lab 7-1: Configure FCIP Tunnels and FCIP High Availability with Port Channels
  • Lab 7-2: Implement IVR for SAN Extension
  • Lab 7-3: Tune FCIP Performance

It is recommended to have the following skills and knowledge before attending this course: 

  • Basic understanding of data storage hardware components and protocols, including Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI) and Fiber Channel
  • Basic understanding of network protocols, including Ethernet and IP
  • Recommended: Cisco CCNA certification
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