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



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.

Audience Profile

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.

Prerequisite(s) Recommended

The knowledge and skills that a student should have before attending this course: Basic understanding of data storage hardware components and protocols, including SCSI and Fibre Channel. Basic understanding of network protocols, including Ethernet and IP. Recommended: Cisco CCNA certification

Learning 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 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

Course Outline

Module 1: Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switch Platforms
• Introducing Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches
• Implementing Integrated Management
No Lab for this Module

Module 2: System Installation and Initial Configuration
• Performing the Initial Switch Configuration
• Installing and Licensing Cisco NX-OS Software
Lab: Perform Initial Switch Setup
Lab: Perform the Boot Process and Upgrade Switch Software
Lab: Install Cisco DCNM Release 6.2(3)

Module 3: Building a SAN Fabric
• Using FLOGI and FCNS Databases
• Configuring Interfaces
• Configuring Port Channels
• Configuring Cisco NPV and NPIV
• Configuring VSANs
• Managing Domains
• Configuring Distributed Device Aliases
• Implementing Zoning
Lab: Configure Interfaces
Lab: Configure Port Channels
Lab: Configure Cisco NPV and NPIV
Lab: Configure VSANs, Domain Management, and Persistent FCIDs
Lab: Configure Device Aliases
Lab: Configure Zoning

Module 4: Intelligent SAN Fabric Services
• Implementing Cisco MDS Data Mobility Manager
• Monitoring Traffic Flow
Lab: Implement Cisco DMM

Module 5: FCoE Implementation
• Describing FCoE
• Configuring FCoE on Cisco MDS 9500 and 9700 Series Multilayer Directors
No Labs for this Module

Module 6: Security Implementation
• Improving Management Security
• Configuring AAA Services
• Implementing Port Security and Fabric Binding
• Configuring FC-SP
• Implementing Link Encryption
Lab: Configure RBAC and AAA Services
Lab: Implement Fabric and Port Security

Module 7: FCIP Implementation
• Creating an FCIP Tunnel
• Configuring FCIP High Availability
• Implementing IVR for SAN Extension
• Tuning FCIP Performance
Lab: Configure FCIP Tunnels and FCIP High Availability with Port Channels
Lab: Implement IVR for SAN Extension
Lab: Tune FCIP Performance

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