Introducing Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches v1.1 - DCIMDS Course Outline

(2 Days)

Overview

In this 2-day course, Introducing Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches v1.1, students will gain a technical understanding of the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches capabilities through Cisco’s unique combination of lessons and hands-on practice. This course gives students an overview of Cisco® MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switches, including platform architecture, software, and management capabilities. Students will learn the key features that contribute to high performance and availability, flexibility, and operational simplicity and investment protection.

During hands-on lab time, students will 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. Students will 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.

Audience Profile

The primary audience for this course are technical decision makers and professionals who architect, implement, or manage data center SAN environments, including:

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

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

At Course Completion

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

  • Describe Cisco MDS SAN features and advantages
  • Describe fixed and modular platforms
  • Describe Cisco MDS architecture and high-availability mechanisms
  • Describe technologies used in modern SANs
  • Describe SAN management with Cisco DCNM
  • Initialize a Cisco MDS switch and add it to DCNM
  • Describe key value-add features that distinguish Cisco MDS switches
  • Configure basic Cisco MDS features and interfaces using DCNM

Course Outline

Module 1: Describing Cisco MDS Platform

  • Introduction and Advantages of Cisco MDS
  • Fixed Platforms
  • Modular Platforms

Module 2: Describing Cisco MDS Architecture

  • Store-and-Forward Architecture
  • High Availability
  • Redundancy

Module 3: Describing Storage Technologies

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

Module 4: Managing Cisco MDS Switches

  • Cisco Data Center Network Manager
  • Cisco NX-OS CLI
  • Cisco NX-API

Module 5: Describing and Using Cisco MDS Key Features

  • Virtual Storage Area Networks (VSANs)
  • Inter-VSAN Routing
  • Port Channels
  • Slow-Drain Device and Path Analysis Using Congestion Control Mechanisms
  • N Port Virtualization (NPV) and N-Port identifier Virtualization (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