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What is Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches Training about?

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 rolebased access control (RBAC) topics.

What are the objectives of Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches Training ?

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 oftware, 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.
Available Training Modes

Live Online Training

40 Hours

Classroom Training


5 Days

Who is Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches Training for?

  • Anyone who wants to add Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches skills to their profile
  • Teams getting started on Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches projects
  • What are the prerequisites for Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches Training?

    To understand the content and successfully complete this course, a student should have knowledge and skills associated with the following:

    • Basic understanding of data storage hardware components and protocols, including S... Read More

    Course Outline

    • Module 1:
      • Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switch Platforms
    • Module 2:
      • System Installation and Initial Configuratio
    • Module 3:
      • Building a SAN Fabric
    • Module 4:
      • Intelligent SAN Fabric Devices
    • Module 5:
      • FCoE Implementatio
    • Module 6:
      • Security Implementatio
    • Module 7:
      • FCIP Implementatio
    • Lab
      • Lab 2-1: Perform Initial Switch Setup
      • Lab 2-2: Perform the Boot Process and Upgrade Switch Software
      • Lab 2-3: Install Cisco DCNM Release 6.2(3)
      • Lab 3-1: Configure Interfaces
      • Lab 3-2: Configure Port Channels
      • Lab 3-3: Configure Cisco NPV and NPIV
      • Lab 3-4: Configure VSANs, Domain Management, and Persistent FCIDs
      • Lab 3-5: Configure Device Aliases
      • Lab 3-6: Configure Zoning
      • Lab 4-1: Implement Cisco DMM
      • Lab 6-1: Configure RBAC and AAA Services
      • Lab 6-2: Implement Fabric and Port Security
      • Lab 7-1: Configure FCIP Tunnels and FCIP High Availability with Port Channels
      • Lab 7-2: Implement IVR for SAN Extension
      • Lab 7-3: Tune FCIP Performance

    Who is the instructor for this training?

    The trainer for this Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches Training has extensive experience in this domain, including years of experience training & mentoring professionals.