Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCMDS 3.6)

The Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCMDS) v3.6 course shows you how to implement, manage, and troubleshoot Cisco® MDS 9000 Series Switches, to build highly available, scalable storage networks. Through expert instruction and extensive hands-on practice, you will learn how to deploy and use capabilities such as Virtual Storage Area Networks (VSANs), Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), N-Port Virtualization (NPV) fabric security, zoning, automation with NX-API, Slow Drain Analysis, SAN analytics, Fibre Channel over TCP/IP (FCIP) tunnels, and more. You will learn how to configure and implement platform features and learn troubleshooting techniques pertaining to Fibre Channel (FC) domains, firmware upgrades, zones, and zone mergers. This course helps you prepare to take the exam, Implementing Cisco Storage Area Networking (300-625 DCSAN), which leads to CCNP Data Center and the Certified Specialist - Data Center SAN Implementation certifications.

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After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Discover and describe the Cisco Multilayer Director Switch (MDS) platform of multilayer switches and directors.
  • Provisioning Cisco MDS Switches
  • Describe key product features of the MDS platform
  • Describe and implement automation an Cisco MDS Switches
  • Configure and implement the Cisco MDS switches and platform features
  • Resolve issues and troubleshoot FC domains, zones and zone merges, and switch boot and firmware upgrades


Who Should Attend

  • Technical decision makers
  • Network architects
  • Data center systems engineers
  • Field engineers



To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

  • Basic understanding of data storage hardware components and protocols, including Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) and Fibre Channel
  • Basic understanding of network protocols, including Ethernet and IP
  • Basic routing and switching knowledge

           The following courses may help you meet these prerequisites:

  • Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR)


  • Describing Cisco MDS Platform
  • Provisioning Cisco MDS Switches
  • Building the Fibre Channel Fabric with Cisco MDS Switches
  • Automating Cisco MDS Fabric
  • Monitoring and Reporting Cisco MDS Features
  • Troubleshooting Common Cisco MDS Issues 

Lab outline

Perform Initial MDS Configuration
Setup Cisco DCNM
Explore DCNM-SAN Client and DCNM Cisco Device Manager
Configure and Use RBAC
Configure and Use RBAC with DCNM-SAN Client and Device Manager
Manage VSANs and Fibre Channel Domain
Configure Interfaces
Configure Device Aliases and Zoning
Configure FCIP Tunnels and FCIP High Availability
Configure IVR for SAN Extension
Configure NPV and NPIV
Explore and Automate with NX-API
Monitor SAN with Cisco DCNM
Configure SAN Analytics and SAN Telemetry Streaming
Troubleshoot Fibre Channel Domains, Zoning, and Zone Merges
Perform Slow-Drain Analysis with Cisco DCNM

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