DCMDS v2.0 - Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches

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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.

To participate in the hands-on labs in this class, you need to bring a laptop computer with the following:

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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

Who Should Attend

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


Module 1: Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switch Platforms

    Lesson 1: Introducing Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches

    • Cisco MDS 9000 Platform
    • Cisco MDS 9700 Series Director Class Switches and Components
    • Cisco MDS 9200 Series Multiservice Switch and Service Modules
    • Cisco MDS 9100 Series Fabric Modules

    Lesson2: Implementing Integrated Management

    • Cisco NX-OS
    • Cisco NX-OS CLI Command Set and Structure
    • Cisco Prime DCNM
    • Cisco Prime DCNM Components
    • Licensing Cisco Prime DCNM
    • Cisco MDS Device Manager
    • DCNM Federated Server
    • Cisco Prime DCNM VM Awareness

Module 2: System Installation and Initial Configuration

    Lesson 1: Performing the Initial Switch Configuration

    • Describe the boot sequence and purpose of each of the system memory areas
    • Describe the steps necessary to complete the initial setup routine on a newly installed switch
    • Describe the essential CLI show commands
    • Explain the setup of the classroom lab environment

    Lesson 2: Installing and Licensing Cisco NX-OS Software

    • Describe software licensing practices for Cisco MDS 9000 Series switches
    • Describe the Cisco NX-OS image installation and upgrade process
    • Explain the Cisco NX-OS version downgrade procedure

Module 3: Building a SAN Fabric

    Lesson 1: Using FLOGI and FCNS Databases

    • Describe the device login sequence
    • Describe the use of the FLOGI and FCNS databases for device registration
    • Describe the function of FCID persistence

    Lesson 2: Configuring Interfaces

    • Describe the basic interface configuration that is required on the switch
    • Explain consequences and recommendations for slow drain detection
    • Explain how to configure dedicated or shared bandwidth on each of the interfaces within port groups on the switching modules
    • Explain how to configure interface buffer-to-buffer credits (BB_Credits) on Fibre Channel interfaces
    • Explain how to configure the trunking feature of Cisco MDS 9000 Series switches

    Lesson 3: Configuring Port Channels

    • Describe the purpose and use of port channel functionality on the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switches
    • Explain how to configure port channels with expansion (E) and TE Ports
    • Describe how to configure fabric (F) and TF port channels

    Lesson 4: Configuring Cisco NPV and NPIV

    • Describe the benefits of Cisco NPV
    • Describe how NPIV provides a means to assign multiple FCIDs to a single N Port
    • Describe how to configure F and TF port channels

    Lesson 5: Configuring VSANs

    • Describe how VSANs provide logical separation of fabric services in a unified physical infrastructure
    • Describe the process of creating VSANs and assigning interface members
    • Describe the process for displaying the attributes of configured VSANs
    • Present and describe the recommended practices for creating and managing VSANs

    Lesson 6: Managing Domains

    • Describe how to configure domain IDs within a VSAN
    • Configure the principal switch priority
    • Describe the steps to manually configure domain ID settings
    • Describe how to view configured and run-time fcdomain information from the CLI and Cisco Device Manager
    • List and describe the configuration settings that determine if switches achieve adjacency or become isolated during a fabric merge event
    • Describe the effects of configuring the autoreconfigure, rcf-reject, and fcdomain options for fabric merge

    Lesson 7: Configuring Distributed Device Aliases

    • Describe the function of distributed device aliases
    • Describe the function of existing zone aliases
    • Explain how to configure the distributed device alias database
    • Explain how to configure distributed device aliases in a multiswitch fabric
    • Explain how to verify the distributed device alias database configuration

    Lesson 8: Implementing Zoning

    • Describe the purpose and use of zoning within Fibre Channel SANs
    • Describe the zone configuration process
    • Explain how to verify the zone configuration
    • Describe how to configure zone set distribution
    • Explain how to merge zones and zone configurations without causing fabric disruption
    • Explain how to recover from a zone merge failure
    • Describe how to rename, clone, copy, back up, and restore a zone set
    • Describe the enhanced zoning feature and configuration requirements
    • Describe the process of committing configuration changes to the zone database in enhanced mode
    • Describe the advantages of the Smart Zoning feature for SANs with large numbers of zones
    • Describe recommended zoning practices

Module 4: Intelligent SAN Fabric Services

    Lesson 1: Implementing Cisco MDS Data Mobility Manager

    • Describe the purpose of Cisco DMM
    • Describe Cisco DMM SAN topologies
    • Describe how to install and configure Cisco DMM software and how to prepare for data migration.
    • Describe how to use the Cisco DMM GUI for data migration.

    Lesson 2: Monitoring Traffic Flow

    • Describe how to configure a SPAN session
    • Explain the capabilities and limitations of RSPAN sessions
    • Explain the use of the Cisco Fabric Analyzer feature
    • Describe how to configure Wireshark to capture and view protocol traces

Module 5: FCoE Implementation

    Lesson 1: Describing FCoE

    • Describe the consolidation benefits of Unified I/O and the Cisco Data Center Ethernet enhancements that provide a lossless fabric
    • Describe the enhancements to the Ethernet quality of service to support Fibre Channel traffic requirements
    • Explain the FCoE protocol and how Fibre Channel frames are encapsulated in Ethernet frames
    • Explain the FCoE addressing scheme and how an FCoE node can acquire a unique MAC address from the FCF
    • Describe FIP

    Lesson 2: Configuring FCoE on Cisco MDS 9500 and 9700 Series Multilayer Directors

    • Describe the use of FCoE modules on the Cisco MDS 9500 and 9700 Series Directors
    • Describe the support of virtual expansion (VE) interfaces
    • Describe how FCoE can be configured to enable FCoE frames to traverse a unified fabric

Module 6: Security Implementation

    Lesson 1: Improving Management Security

    • Describe the secure protocols that can be employed to provide secure access to Cisco MDS 9000 Series management ports
    • Describe how to configure SSH services, including how digital certificates can be used to enhance scalability and management of SSH
    • Describe the use of RBAC for secure SAN management and the RBAC configuration steps

    Lesson 2: Configuring AAA Services

    • Describe the AAA solutions and services that are available on the Cisco MDS 9000 Series switch platform
    • Describe the authentication process and how to implement AAA services
    • Configure AAA service options for server monitoring and directed requests
    • Explain the process of distributing AAA configurations when using Cisco Fabric Services
    • Configure Network Time Protocol (NTP) services

    Lesson 3: Implementing Port Security and Fabric Binding

    • Explain how to configure port security on Cisco MDS 9000 Series switches
    • Explain the process of distributing and merging port security configurations when using Cisco Fabric Services
    • Explain the fabric binding feature to support Fibre Connection (FICON) and Fibre Channel VSANs

    Lesson 4: Configuring FC-SP

    • Explain how switch-to-switch and host-to-switch authentication is implemented on the Cisco MDS 9000 Series switch
    • Explain the purpose of CAs and digital certificates and how to configure them on Cisco MDS 9000 Series switches

    Lesson 5: Implementing Link Encryption

    • Describe IPsec and how to configure IPsec on the Cisco MDS 9000 Series switches
    • Describe the Cisco LinkSec Encryption feature and its configuration

Module 7: FCIP Implementation

    Lesson 1: Creating an FCIP Tunnel

    • Describe the process of configuring FCIP
    • Describe the process of configuring Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and static IP routes
    • Explain how to use the Cisco DCNM-SAN Client FCIP Wizard

    Lesson 2: Configuring FCIP High Availability

    • Describe guidelines for using port channels with FCIP links
    • Describe the steps to configure port channels with FCIP tunnels
    • Describe how to use the CLI or Cisco DCNM-SAN Client to verify that the port channels are operational
    • Describe additional high-availability options for FCIP

    Lesson 3: Implementing IVR for SAN Extension

    • Describe the purpose and use of IVR
    • Describe the use of IVR zones and IVR zone sets
    • Describe the process of configuring IVR
    • Describe the IVR verification commands and tools
    • Describe recommended practices for using and configuring IVR

    Lesson 4: Tuning FCIP Performance

    • Describe the process of configuring FCIP compression
    • Explain how FCIP write acceleration and FCIP tape acceleration improve performance of storage traffic over the WAN
    • Explain the deployment and configuration requirements for using Cisco IOA
    • Describe how to use the Cisco SAN Extension Tuner (SET) to generate test workloads and measure performance

Lab Outline

    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