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

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About this Course

Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCMDS) v2.0 is an instructor-led 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 for students to learn how to install, configure, and manage the Cisco MDS 9000 Series switch platform in a scalable, highly available environment.

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

At Course Completion

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.


The knowledge and skills that a student must have before attending this course are these:

  • 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

Course Outline

Module 1: Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switch Platform

  • Topic 1A: Introducing the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switch Platform
  • Topic 1B: Implementing Integrated Management

Module 2: System Installation and Initial Configuration

  • Topic 2A: Performing the Initial Switch Configuration
  • Topic 2B: Installing and Licensing Cisco NX-OS Software

Module 3: Building a SAN Fabric

  • Topic 3A: Configuring Interfaces
  • Topic 3B: Using FLOGI and FCNS Databases
  • Topic 3C: Configuring VSANs
  • Topic 3D: Managing Domains
  • Topic 3E: Configuring Cisco NPV and NPIV
  • Topic 3F: Configuring PortChannels
  • Topic 3G: Configuring Distributed Device Aliases
  • Topic 3H: Implementing Zoning

Module 4: Intelligent SAN Fabric Services

  • Topic 4A: Implementing Cisco MDS Data MobilityManager
  • Topic 4B: Implementing Cisco SANTap
  • Topic 4C: Monitoring Traffic Flow

Module 5: Fibre Channel over Ethernet Implementation

  • Topic 5A: Fibre Channel over Ethernet
  • Topic 5B: Configuring Multihop FCoE on the MDS 9500

Module 6: Security Implementation

  • Topic 6A: Improving Management Security
  • Topic 6B: Configuring AAA Services
  • Topic 6C: Implementing Port and Fabric Security
  • Topic 6D: Configuring FC-SP

Module 7: Implementing Link Encryption

Module 8: Implementing Cisco Storage Media Encryption

Module 9: FCIP Implementation

  • Topic 9A: Creating an FCIP Tunnel
  • Topic 9B: Configuring FCIP High Availability
  • Topic 9C: Implementing IVR for SAN Extension
  • Topic 9D: Tuning FCIP Performance

+ Hands On Labs

  • Lab 1: Initial Setup
  • Lab 2: Upgrade Switch Software
  • Lab 3: Configure Interfaces
  • Lab 4: Create VSANs
  • Lab 5: Configure Cisco NPV and NPIV
  • Lab 6: Configure PortChannels
  • Lab 7: Distribute DDAS with Cisco Fabric Services
  • Lab 8: Configure Zones
  • Lab 9: Configure Cisco DMM
  • Lab 10: Use SPAN and the PAA-2
  • Lab 11: Configure AAA Services
  • Lab 12: Implement Port and Fabric Security
  • Lab 13: Configure Cisco Storage Media Encryption
  • Lab 14: Implement an FCIP Tunnel
  • Lab 15: Configure FCIP High Availability
  • Lab 16: Implement IVR for SAN Extension
  • Lab 17: Tune FCIP Performance