This 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. This course prepares you for Cisco CCNP Data Center and Cisco Certified Specialist - Data Center SAN Implementation certifications.


* Actual course outline may vary depending on offering center. Contact your sales representative for more information.

Learning Objectives

After taking this course, you should be able to:
Discover and describe the Cisco Multilayer Director Switch (MDS) platform of multilayer switches and directors.
Provisioning Cisco MDS Switches
Describe key product features of the MDS platform
Describe and implement automation an Cisco MDS Switches
Configure and implement the Cisco MDS switches and platform features
Resolve issues and troubleshoot FC domains, zones and zone merges, and switch boot and firmware upgrades

  • Describing Cisco MDS Platform

  • Cisco MDS 9700/9300/9200/9100 Hardware
    Cisco NX-OS
    Cisco DCNM
    Fibre Channel Architecture
    FCoE Architecture

  • Provisioning Cisco MDS Switches

  • Power-On Auto-Provisioning
    Cisco DCNM
    Using Cisco DCNM 11.x
    RBAC and Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)

  • Building the Fibre Channel Fabric with Cisco MDS Switches

  • Virtual SANs
    Port Channels and VSAN Trunking
    Zoning and Smart Zoning
    Device Aliases
    Inter-VSAN Routing
    Fibre Channel Fabric Security
    Building SAN Extensions
    Inter-VSAN Routing
    Slow Drain Analysis
    SAN Analytics and Telemetry Streaming
    Cisco Secure Boot
    NPV and NPIV

  • Automating Cisco MDS Fabric

  • Cisco MDS NX_APIPython API

  • Monitoring and Reporting Cisco MDS Features

  • Cisco DCNM SAN Reports and Alarms
    SAN Analytics and SAN Telemetry Streaming

  • Troubleshooting Common Cisco MDS Issues

  • Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Domains, Zones and Zone Merges
    Boot and Upgrade Issues


Technical decision makers and Network architects will benefit from this course.




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


Length: 4.0 days (32 hours)


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