DCNMSAN v7.2 - Prime Data Center Network Management for Storage v7.2

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Cisco Prime Data Center Manager is the single pane of glass solution for the Nexus data center solution for both Local Area Network and Storage Area Network management and configuration. The course will cover the implementation of Cisco DCNM-SAN to enable the student to configure, monitor, and troubleshoot the data center Storage Area Network infrastructure. It provides an explanation of the Local Area Network and Storage Area Network control of the unified data center so that the attendee can optimize the data center to meet service-level agreements. The course will provide a hands-on experience, focused on how to install and use DCNM-SAN, discover data center resources, use diagnostics tools to troubleshoot the network, monitor the events, resource management and provisioning tools and templates to configure the network. Lab activity will provide for installation of the DCNM-SAN Clients, Web Client SAN Client and Device Manager and that DCNM-SAN delivers the expected visibility and benefits based on DCNM version 7.2(3).

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

  • We recommend using at least a Pentium 4 or better and 1 GB of RAM or more.
  • We recommend running Windows XP Professional SP3 or greater (Vista & Windows 7/8).
    Mac & Linux machines are also supported.
  • Browser Requirements: Internet Explorer 10 or greater or Mozilla Firefox. (Safari and Mozilla Firefox for Mac OSX)
  • All students are required to have administrator rights to their PCs and cannot be logged in to a domain using any Group Policies that will limit their machine's capabilities.
  • If you do not have administrator rights to your PC, you at least need permissions to download, install, and run Cisco Any Connect Client.
  • If you are participating in a WebEx event, it is highly recommended to take this class at a location that has bandwidth speeds at a minimum of 1 Mbps bandwidth speeds.

If you have any questions or issues with meeting the recommended requirements, please contact us at info@idtlearning.com to discuss.

Note: The courseware and lab guide for this course are being provided in an encrypted digital format. To be able to view your digital kit, you will need to bring a suitable device to view the content. You can install your digital course material onto a Windows PC, Mac (OSX 10.6 & up), Apple iPad (iPAD2 & up preferred) or Android tablet (v4.1 & up preferred). You will need to install an encrypted document viewer on your device to be able to view the course material.


This course is designed for storage and local area network managers that are getting involved with FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet), systems and field engineers, consulting engineers, technical solutions architects, and Cisco integrators and partners who install, implement, and manage the Cisco MDS/Nexus family of data center switches.


  • The student should have an understanding of Local Area Networking protocols and technologies in general
  • Good understanding of Cisco MDS Storage Area Networking, including VSANs, Aliases, Interfaces and Zoneng
  • Recommended that the student has an understanding of Command Line Interface configuration, monitoring, and troubleshooting of Cisco MDS/Nexus switching equipment


    Lesson 1 DCNM Functions for Storage Administration

    • Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager
    • Cisco Prime DCNM's End to End Visibility
    • Resource Management Scope and Capabilities in DCNM Manage Events andTroubleshoot
    • Tools Available for Configuration and Provisioning
    • DCNM Integration with Other Tools for End-to-End Visibility in Your DataCenter

    Lesson 2 DCNM Architecture/Components

    • Cisco Prime DCNM Evolved Management Tool Cisco Prime DCNM Components
    • Characteristics of the DCNM Database
    • DCNM Product Support
    • Differences in features and how to use them
    • Changes from Features in 6 and Features in 7.

    Lesson 3 DCNM High Availability

    • Federated Server Architecture in HA Architecture
    • Server Federation Implementation
    • Automatic Fabric Failover Process

    Lesson 4 DCNM Deployment

    • DCNM Management Applications
    • DCNM Deployment Procedures
    • Initial Switch Setup
    • DCNM Installation Requirements
    • DCNM Server Installation Process
    • Upgrade Checklist for DCNM
    • DCNM-SAN Client Configuration Tool
    • DCNM SAN Licensing

    Lesson 5 Administering Data Sources

    • Unified Discovery
    • DCNM Fabric Discovery
    • UCS Server Discovery
    • DCNM and vCenter Integration
    • Storage Discovery in DCNM and the SMI-S Feature
    • Managing DCNM Licenses
    • Configure AAA Properties

    Lesson 6 Performance Administration

    • Historical Functions of Cisco Prim DCNM Performance Manager
    • Methods of Real Time Performance Monitoring
    • DCNM's Ability to Monitor Traffic and Forecast Trends
    • Configure Flows and Collections using DCNM-SAN
    • Client and Device Manager
    • Methods of Real Time Performance Monitoring
    • DCNM's Ability to Monitor Traffic and Forecast Trends
    • Create Switch and Custom Port Groups

    Lab Outline

    Lab 1: Launch DCNM Client and Setup MDS Switches
    Lab 2: Administering Data Sources
    Lab 3: DCNM Performance Administration
    Lab 4: Diagnostics and Event Management
    Lab 5: Troubleshooting and Diagnosing

    • Troubleshoot tools with DCNM, to identifying a Slow Drain condition, pro-actively.
      • A host that cannot access its allocated storage.
      • An application that does not respond after attempting to access the allocated storage.

    Lab 6: Installation and Upgrade Training

    • Updated features in DCNM 7.2 for reducing network congestion and slow drain devices.
    • Slow Drain and Congestion Avoidance
    • Port monitoring templates selection of the template