Training Overview:

Forscher Technology Solutions provides the Cisco MDS Fiber Channel Switch management training program that delivers the product knowledge as-well-as the knowledge requirements to perform day-to-day management operations on Fiber Channel switches in the enterprise environments built on Cisco’s FC technology. The training is delivered by Subject Matter Experts currently managing, landscapes in real time environments. The course and its contents are developed by subject matter experts and solution Architects, who deliver the solutions to Fortune 500 and Top-Notch MNCs around the globe.

Target Audience and Pre-requisites:

The training course is designed for candidates with no prior knowledge of managing Fiber Channel Switches. However, a brief understanding of the Ethernet management is desirable. There are no pre-requisites for this training. All trainings are designed and developed from the ground up, by training experts specifically to cater, candidates of all technical back grounds, especially focusing on the Fiber Channel Switching area.

Course Duration:

Fast Track – 5 Days

Normal Track – 4 weekends or 20 Day-daily sessions.

Corporates – Custom configured per Client requirements and modules required

Module 1: Understanding Ethernet switching and Fiber Channel Networks

  • Basics of Ethernet switches from CISCO
  • Overview of Fiber Channel technology
  • The need for Fiber Channel in an Enterprise environment
  • Components of a Fiber Channel Network
  • Understanding FICON and FCP
  • WWNN and WWPN numbers
  • Importance of the MAC address in a Fiber Channel network
  • Understanding Virtualization from a Fiber Channel Network standpoint
  • Fiber Channel OEMs explained
  • Fiber channel terminology
  • Switches and Directors
  • SAN and NAS: demystified
  • Zoning: Its importance and types

Module 2: CISCO MDS Switch Architecture and components:

  • Key factors to be considered when designing your network
  • Choosing the right FC switch for your environment
  • Integrating a switch into your storage solutions
  • CISCO MDS switch family, predecessors and current models
  • Architecture of a CISCO MDS switch
  • Architecture of a CISCO MDS Director

Module 3: FC Switch Configuration

  • Powering on a FC switch
  • Monitoring the console
  • Configuring the switch for initial use
  • Installation and Licensing a Cisco MDS FC Switch
  • Configuring Interfaces and Port Channels
  • Understanding and configuring NPV and NPIV
  • Understanding FLogi and PLogi
  • Using the FCNS Databases
  • Creating Domains in a FC switch
  • Managing the domains in a FC switch

Module 4: FCoE vs. FCIP

  • Understanding the key differences between FCoE and FCIP
  • Designing and Implementing a FCoE SAN solution in an Enterprise Environment
  • Designing and Implementing a FCIP in an Enterprise environment
  • Setting up HA in FCIP and IVR
  • Tuning the FCIP for the best performance
  • Setting up FCoE on a Cisco MDS switch
  • Verifying the design and set-up
  • Intentional de-gradation of the operating environment and rectification of the errors

Module 5: Security and Monitoring in a FC Switch

  • Data flow path characteristic design
  • Understanding the Data Mobility Manager
  • Understanding Port security
  • Implementation of Fabric Binding
  • Link Encryption: Design and Implement

*All the above modules include LAB activity


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