DCMDS: Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Switches

The Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches course shows you how to implement, manage and troubleshoot Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches, to build highly available, scalable storage networks. 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.

How you will benefit

This course will help you:

  • Learn how to deploy and troubleshoot the Cisco Nexus® 9000 Series Switches to support performance, resiliency, scalability, and enhanced operations for data centers
  • Gain knowledge and skills through Cisco’s unique combination of lessons and hands-on practice using enterprise-grade Cisco learning technologies, data center equipment, and software
  • Succeed in today’s demanding data center operations roles
  • This course prepares you for Cisco CCNP Data Center and Cisco Certified Specialist - Data Center SAN Implementation certifications.


Engineers involved in the implementation of a storage-networking solution incorporating the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switch platform.


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • 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

Recommended prerequisites:

CCNA - Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions

Course outline

Describing Cisco MDS Platform

Cisco MDS 9700/9300/9200/9100 Hardware
32-Gb Fibre Channel
Cisco NX-OS
Cisco DCNM
Fibre Channel Architecture
FCoE Architecture

Provisioning Cisco MDS Switches

Power-On Auto-Provisioning
Cisco DCNM
Using Cisco DCNM 11.x
RBAC and Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)

Building the Fibre Channel Fabric with Cisco MDS Switches

Virtual SANs
Port Channels and VSAN Trunking
Zoning and Smart Zoning
Device Aliases
Inter-VSAN Routing
Fibre Channel Fabric Security
Building SAN Extensions
Inter-VSAN Routing
Slow Drain Analysis
SAN Analytics and Telemetry Streaming
Cisco Secure Boot

Automating Cisco MDS Fabric

Cisco MDS NX_APIPython API

Monitoring and Reporting Cisco MDS Features

Cisco DCNM SAN Reports and Alarms
SAN Analytics and SAN Telemetry Streaming

Troubleshooting Common Cisco MDS Issues

Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Domains, Zones and Zone Merges
Boot and Upgrade Issues


Explore DCNM-SAN Client and DCNM Device Manager
Configure and Use RBAC
Configure and Use RBAC with DCNM-SAN Client and Device Manager
Manage VSANs and Fibre Channel Domain
Configure NPV and N-Port Identification Virtualization (NPIV)
Configure Interfaces
Configure Device Aliases and Zoning
Explore and Automate with NX-API
Perform Slow Drain Analysis with Cisco DCNM
Configure SAN Analysis and SAN Telemetry Streaming
Configure FCIP Tunnels and FCIP High Availability
Configure IVR for SAN Extension
Troubleshoot Zoning and Zone Merges


This course is recommended as preparation for the following exam:

Exam 300-625 DCSAN: Implementing Cisco Storage Area Networking

This exam is one of the concentrations for the Cisco CCNP Data Center Certification. Passing the exam will also provide the Cisco Certified Specialist - Data Center SAN Implementation certification.

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