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Chapter 1 : Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switch Platform 

1Introducing the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switch Platform

  • Cisco MDS 9100, MDS 9200, and MDS 9500 Series fabric switches
  • Cisco MDS 9000 Series line card modules
  • Cisco MDS 9500 Series Supervisor Modules
  • Cisco MDS 9500 Series Fabric Modules

2Implementing Integrated Management

  • Architecture of Cisco NX-OS on the Cisco MDS 9000 Series and Cisco Nexus product lines
  • Cisco NX-OS CLI and explain how it is used to configure the Cisco MDS 9000 Series switches and obtain status information

Chapter 2 : System Installation and Initial Configuration 

1Performing the Initial Switch Configuration

  • Boot sequence and purpose of each of the system memory areas
  • Steps necessary to complete the initial setup routine on a newly installed switch
  • Purpose and settings of default values to manage the switch successfully
  • Process for completing the initial switch configuration and for creating a simple SAN using Cisco Device Manager

2Installing and Licensing Cisco NX-OS Software

  • Software licensing practices for the Cisco MDS 9000 Series
  • Guidelines for successful image installation and upgrade
  • Mechanisms for upgrading the Cisco MDS 9000 Series switch software image

Chapter 3 : Building a SAN Fabric 

1Configuring Interfaces

  • Basic interface configuration that is required on the switch
  • Guidelines for configuring bandwidth
  • Different BB_Credits available on the Cisco MDS 9000 Series switch and modules
  • Ttrunking feature of the Cisco MDS 9000 Series switches

2Using FLOGI and FCNS Databases

  • Device login sequence
  • Using the FLOGI and FCNS database for device registration
  • Function of Fibre Channel ID (FCID) persistence

3Configuring VSANs

  • VSANs provide logical separation of Fabric Services in a unified physical infrastructure
  • Process of creating VSANs and assigning interface members
  • Process for displaying the attributes of configured VSANs
  • Recommended practices for creating and managing VSANs

4Managing Domains

  • Configuring domain IDs within a VSAN
  • Configuring the principal switch priority
  • Steps to manually configure domain ID settings
  • Viewing configured and run-time fcdomain information from the CLI and Cisco Device Manager
  • Configuring Cisco Fabric Services distribution of allowed domain ID lists
  • Configuration settings that determine whether switches achieve adjacency or become isolated during a fabric merge event
  • Effects of configuring the auto-reconfigure, rcf-reject, and fcdomain options for fabric merge options

5Configuring Cisco NPV and NPIV

  • Benefits of Cisco NPV
  • NPIV provides a means to assign multiple FCID to a single N Port

6Configuring PortChannels

  • Purpose and use of PortChannel functionality on the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switches
  • Configuring PortChannels
  • Interface configuration for a PortChannel, including interface addition and deletion
  • Configuring the PortChannel protocol
  • Configuring F and TF PortChannels
  • Verifying the PortChannel configuration

7Configuring Distributed Device Aliases

  • Function of distributed device aliases
  • Function of existing zone aliases
  • Configuring the distributed device alias database
  • Configuring distributed device aliases in a multiswitch fabric
  • Verifying the distributed device alias database configuration

8Implementing Zoning

  • Purpose and use of zoning within Fibre Channel SANs
  • Zone configuration process
  • Verifying the zone configuration
  • Configuring zone set distribution
  • Merging zones and zone configurations without causing fabric disruption
  • Recovering from a zone merge failure
  • Renaming, cloning, copying, backing up, and restoring a zone set
  • Enhanced zoning feature and configuration requirements
  • Process of committing configuration changes to the zone database in enhanced mode
  • Configuring and use zone attribute groups
  • Recommended zoning practices


  • Implementing IVR
  • Purpose and use of IVR
  • Using IVR zones and IVR zone sets
  • Process of configuring IVR
  • IVR verification commands and tools
  • Recommended practices for using and configuring IVR

Chapter 4 : Fibre Channel over Ethernet Implementation 

1Fibre Channel over Ethernet

  • Consolidation benefits of Unified I/O and the data center Ethernet enhancements that provide a lossless fabric.
  • FCoE protocol and how Fibre Channel frames are encapsulated in Ethernet frames.
  • FCoE adapters and software stack, and explain their features and benefits.
  • FCoE addressing scheme and how an FCoE node can acquire a unique MAC address from the FCoE Forwarder (FCF).
  • FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP)


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  • Skill level Full Course
  • Languages English

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