DCMDS Training

DCMDS (Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches) v2.0 is a five-day instructor-led course that is 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.


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What's Included

  • Comprehensive study materials and official Cisco courseware
  • Remote lab access


  • Basic understanding of data storage hardware components and protocols, including SCSI and Fibre Channel
  • Basic understanding of networking protocols, including Ethernet and IP

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • 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.

Course Outline

Module 1: Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switch Platform

  • Lesson 1: Introducing the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switch Platform
  • Lesson 2: Implementing Integrated Management

Module 2: System Installation and Initial Configuration

  • Lesson 1: Performing the Initial Switch Configuration
  • Lesson 2: Installing and Licensing Cisco NX-OS Software

Module 3: Building a SAN Fabric

  • Lesson 1: Using FLOGI and FCNS Databases
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Interfaces
  • Lesson 3: Configuring Port Channels
  • Lesson 4: Configuring Cisco NPV and NPIV
  • Lesson 5: Configuring VSANs
  • Lesson 6: Managing Domains
  • Lesson 7: Configuring Distributed Device Aliases
  • Lesson 8: Implementing Zoning

Module 4: Intelligent SAN Fabric Services

  • Lesson 1: Implementing Cisco MDS Data Mobility Manager
  • Lesson 2: Monitoring Traffic Flow

Module 5: FCoE Implementation

  • Lesson 1: Describing FCoE
  • Lesson 2: Configuring FCoE on Cisco MDS 9500 and 9700 Series Multilayer Directors

Module 6: Security Implementation

  • Lesson 1: Improving Management Security
  • Lesson 2: Configuring AAA Services
  • Lesson 3: Implementing Port Security and Fabric Binding
  • Lesson 4: Configuring FC-SP
  • Lesson 5: Implementing Link Encryption

Module 7: FCIP Implementation

  • Lesson 1: Creating an FCIP Tunnel
  • Lesson 2: Configuring FCIP High Availability
  • Lesson 3: Implementing IVR for SAN Extension
  • Lesson 4: Tuning FCIP Performance


  • Lab 1: Initial Setup
  • Lab 2: Upgrade Switch Software
  • Lab 3: Install Cisco DCNM Release 6.2(3)
  • Lab 4: Configure Interfaces
  • Lab 5: Configure Port Channels
  • Lab 6: Configure Cisco NPV and NPIV
  • Lab 7: Configure VSANs, Domain Management, and Persistent FCIDs
  • Lab 8: Configure Device Aliases
  • Lab 9: Configure Zoning
  • Lab 10: Implement Cisco DMM
  • Lab 11: Configure RBAC and AAA Services
  • Lab 12: Implement Fabric and Port Security
  • Lab 13: Configure FCIP Tunnels and FCIP High Availability with Port Channels
  • Lab 14: Implement IVR for SAN Extension
  • Lab 15: Tune FCIP Performance