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DCMDS 3.0 – Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches


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DCMDS 3.0 – Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches
4 days  (Instructor Led Online)  |  Storage Networking

Course Details

The DCMDS – Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches v3.0 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, 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 prepare you to take 300-625 DCSAN – Implementing Cisco Storage Area Networking exam, which leads to CCNP Data Center and the Certified Specialist – Data Center SAN Implementation certifications.


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Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discover and describe the Cisco Multilayer Director Switch (MDS) platform of multilayer switches and directors. Describe the MDS hardware, NX-OS operating system, Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) management software, and key architectures of the platform, such as FC and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
  • Describe key product features of the MDS platform, including VSANs, RBAC, NPV, port channels, zoning, device aliases, Interactive Voice Response (IVR), and fabric security
  • Configure and implement the Cisco MDS switches and platform features, such as initial configuration, building fabric, building a SAN extension, and configuring inter-VSAN routing for that purpose
  • Configure FCIP tunnels
  • Resolve issues and troubleshoot FC domains, zones and zone merges, and switch boot and firmware upgrades


Module 1: Describing Cisco MDS Platform

  • Lesson 1 Cisco MDS 9700/9300/9200/9100 Hardware
  • Lesson 2: Cisco NX-OS
  • Lesson 3: Cisco DCNM
  • Lesson 4: Fibre Channel Architecture
  • Lesson 5: FCoE Architecture


Module 2: Describing Key Product Features

  • Lesson 1: Cisco DCNM 10.x
  • Lesson 2: RBAC and Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)
  • Lesson 3: Virtual SANs
  • Lesson 4: NPV and NPIV
  • Lesson 5: Port Channels and VSAN Trunking
  • Lesson 6: Zoning and Smart Zoning
  • Lesson 7: Device Aliases
  • Lesson 8: Inter-VSAN Routing
  • Lesson 9: Fibre Channel Fabric Security


Module 3: Describing New Product Features

  • Lesson 1: 32-Gb Fibre Channel
  • Lesson 2: Cisco MDS NX-API
  • Lesson 3: Power-On Auto-Provisioning
  • Lesson 4: Slow Drain Analysis
  • Lesson 5: Analytics and SAN Telemetry Streaming
  • Lesson 6: Cisco Secure Boot


Module 4: Deploying Cisco MDS Features

  • Lesson 1: Installation and Initial Setup
  • Lesson 2: Building a Fabric: FC Domains and FC Services
  • Lesson 3: Building SAN Extensions


Module 5: Troubleshooting Common Cisco MDS Issues

  • Lesson 1: Fibre Channel Domains
  • Lesson 2: Zones and Zone Merges
  • Lesson 3: Boot and Upgrade Issues

Target Audience

  • Data Center engineers
  • Data Center field engineers
  • Data Center architects
  • Technical decision-makers
  • Network architects
  • Cisco integrators and partners


It is recommended that a learner has the following knowledge and skills before attending this course:

  • 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