Course Duration:

4 Days


It is recommended that a learner has the following knowledge and skills before attending this course:

  • Basic understanding of data storage hardware components and protocols, including Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) and Fibre Channel
  • Basic understanding of network protocols, including Ethernet and IP
  • Basic routing and switching knowledge

Course Content

The Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCMDS) v3.0 course shows you how to implement, manage, and troubleshoot Cisco® MDS 9000 Series Switches, to build highly available, scalable storage networks. Through expert instruction and extensive hands-on practice, you will learn how to deploy and use capabilities such as Virtual Storage Area Networks (VSANs), Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), N-Port Virtualization (NPV) fabric security, zoning, automation with NX-API, Slow Drain Analysis, Fibre Channel over TCP/IP (FCIP) tunnels, and more. You will learn how to configure and implement platform features and learn troubleshooting techniques pertaining to Fibre Channel (FC) domains, firmware upgrades, zones, and zone mergers.

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Describing Cisco MDS Platform
    • Lesson 1 Cisco MDS 9700/9300/9200/9100 Hardware
    • Lesson 2: Cisco NX-OS
    • Lesson 3: Cisco DCNM
    • Lesson 4: Fibre Channel Architecture
    • Lesson 5: FCoE Architecture
  • Module 2: Describing Key Product Features
    • Lesson 1: Cisco DCNM 10.x
    • Lesson 2: RBAC and Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)
    • Lesson 3: Virtual SANs
    • Lesson 4: NPV and NPIV
    • Lesson 5: Port Channels and VSAN Trunking
    • Lesson 6: Zoning and Smart Zoning
    • Lesson 7: Device Aliases
    • Lesson 8: Inter-VSAN Routing
    • Lesson 9: Fibre Channel Fabric Security
  • Module 3: Describing New Product Features
    • Lesson 1: 32-Gb Fibre Channel
    • Lesson 2: Cisco MDS NX-API
    • Lesson 3: Power-On Auto-Provisioning
    • Lesson 4: Slow Drain Analysis
    • Lesson 5: Analytics and SAN Telemetry Streaming
    • Lesson 6: Cisco Secure Boot
  • Module 4: Deploying Cisco MDS Features
    • Lesson 1: Installation and Initial Setup
    • Lesson 2: Building a Fabric: FC Domains and FC Services
    • Lesson 3: Building SAN Extensions
  • Module 5: Troubleshooting Common Cisco MDS Issues
    • Lesson 1: Fibre Channel Domains
    • Lesson 2: Zones and Zone Merges
    • Lesson 3: Boot and Upgrade Issues

Who Should Attend

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