FlexPod For Data Center Systems Administration (DCFSA)

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About this Course

In this 5-day instructor-led course, you will become experienced with the planning, design, and implementation of a FlexPod integrated platform that includes NetApp® unified storage systems, Cisco® Unified Computing System™ servers, Cisco Nexus® fabric, and VMware® vSphere virtualization platform.

Using real-world scenarios and examples, this course will explore all of the components of the FlexPod system and guide you through the installation, management, and troubleshooting of the platform as a whole, as well as all of the individual Cisco, NetApp, and VMware components.

Audience Profile

  • Systems Administrators and Engineers
  • Technical Solutions Architects
  • Systems Integrators
  • Channel Partners
  • Value-Added Resellers
  • End-user Customers Deploying FlexPod


  • Basic knowledge of Cisco routing and switching
  • Basic knowledge of servers and storage
  • Familiarity with basic VMware virtualization concepts

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to the FlexPod Architecture

  • Lesson 1: Overview of the FlexPod platform architecture
  • Lesson 2: FlexPod Design Considerations

Module 2: Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches

  • Lesson 1: Introducing the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches
  • Lesson 2: High-Level Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Product Features
  • Lesson 3: Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch Hardware Architecture
  • Lesson 4: Configuring Basic Integration with FlexPod Platform

Module 3: Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)

  • Lesson 1: Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Architecture Overview
  • Lesson 2: Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series LAN Connectivity
  • Lesson 3: Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series SAN Connectivity
  • Lesson 4: Provisioning Resource Pools in the Cisco UCS Manager
  • Lesson 5: Provisioning Service Policies in the Cisco UCS Manager

Module 4: Virtual Networking

  • Lesson 1: VMware Virtual Switching Overview
  • Lesson 2: Reviewing the Cisco Nexus 1000v Series Switch
  • Lesson 3: Configuring and Administering the Virtual Supervisor and Virtual Ethernet Modules

Module 5: NetApp Storage Appliance

  • Lesson 1: Discuss the benefits of Data ONTAP version 8.x and explain its two modes of operation
  • Lesson 2: Describe the steps for setting up a basic cluster configuration
  • Lesson 3: Introducing SAN and NAS Protocols
  • Lesson 4: Administering Volumes, LUNs and Initiator Groups
  • Lesson 5: Review and Discussion of Advanced Features in Data ONTAP

Module 6: Management and Monitoring of the FlexPod Platform

  • Lesson 1: Configuring Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Management Features
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Cisco Nexus 1000v Series Management Features
  • Lesson 3: Managing and Upgrading Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware
  • Lesson 4: Implementing Backup, Import, and Restore of the Cisco UCS Manager Database
  • Lesson 5: Monitoring, Backing Up and Restoring of the NetApp Storage Appliance
  • Lesson 6: Implementing Cisco UCS Director to Manage FlexPod Operations

Module 7: Troubleshooting the FlexPod Platform

  • Lesson 1: Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Troubleshooting Tools
  • Lesson 2: Troubleshooting the Cisco UCS B-Series Configuration
  • Lesson 3: Basic Cisco Nexus 1000v Troubleshooting Tools
  • Lesson 4: Basic NetApp Troubleshooting Tools

Course Labs

  • Lab 0-0: Connecting to the Lab Environment
  • Lab 0-1: Familiarization with the FlexPod GUI and CLI Interfaces
  • Lab 2-1: Cisco Nexus 5000 Hardware Platform and System Management
  • Lab 3-1: Verify B-Series LAN and SAN Physical Connections
  • Lab 3-2: Provision Identity and Resource Pools in UCS
  • Lab 3-3: Provision Mobile Service Profiles and Install VMware ESXi
  • Lab 4-1: Configuring and Administering the Cisco Nexus 1000v VSM
  • Lab 4-2: Configuring and Administering the Cisco Nexus 1000v VEM
  • Lab 5-1: Base configuration of NetApp Cluster – Instructor Demo
  • Lab 5-2: Provisioning of NetApp LUN and Initiator Group
  • Lab 6-1: Backup and Restore the Cisco UCS Manager Database
  • Lab 6-2: Provisioning Cisco UCS Director to Manage a FlexPod Environment
  • Lab 7-1: Troubleshooting Nexus, UCS, and NetApp