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Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Switches (DCMDS)

Course Description Schedule Course Outline

Who should attend

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Data center engineers, data center administrators, and system engineers

The secondary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Data center managers, network engineers, and consulting system engineers


The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:

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

Course Objectives

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

  • 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 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 Content

Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCMDS) v2.0 is an instructor-led course presented by Cisco Learning Partners to their end-user customers. This course is a five-day product training course that is designed as a comprehensive hands-on experience to familiarize data center systems engineers, field engineers, architects, and Cisco partners who implement storage-networking solutions with the Cisco MDS 9000 Series switch platform.

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.

Classroom Training
Modality: C

Duration 5 days

Price (excl. tax)
  • Germany: 3,290.- €
  • Switzerland: Fr. 4,150.-
  • Cisco Learning Credits: 40 CLC
incl. catering
Catering includes:

  • Coffee, Tea, Juice, Water, Soft drinks
  • Pastry and Sweets
  • Fresh fruits
  • Lunch in a nearby restaurant

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Digital courseware Dates and Booking
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16/07/2018 - 20/07/2018 Frankfurt
06/08/2018 - 10/08/2018 Munich
03/09/2018 - 07/09/2018 Berlin
05/11/2018 - 09/11/2018 Hamburg
26/11/2018 - 30/11/2018 Stuttgart
17/12/2018 - 21/12/2018 Berlin
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27/08/2018 - 31/08/2018 FLEX training This is an English language FLEX course.
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10/09/2018 - 14/09/2018 Zurich
22/10/2018 - 25/10/2018 Vienna (iTLS) 4 days

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