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Velisa Africa is the official Global Knowledge partner in Sub-Saharan Africa. Course details : http://www.globalknowledge.ae/courses/cisco/data_center/dcmds.html

This course is delivered in partnership between Global Knowledge and Firefly Education. This partnership has enabled the Cisco market to conduct training on the latest technology addressing business relevant issues and is constantly invested in, to keep the materials up to date of any changes that happen.

Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCMDS) v2.0 is an instructor-led course for the end-user customer consisting of lectures and labs. This course is a five-day product training course.

DCMDS is a comprehensive hands-on experience which familiarizes data center systems engineers, field engineers, architects, and Cisco partners who implement storage networking solutions with the Cisco MDS 9000 Series switch platform.


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

Module 1: Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switch Platform

  • Lesson 1: Introducing the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switch Platform
  • Lesson 2: Implementing Integrated Management and Explaining the Value of the Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) for SAN Monitoring, Health Checks, and Threshold-based Reporting

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, Explaining Interface Buffer
  • Credit Usage, and Commands for Detecting Slow Drain Device Interfaces
  • Lesson 3: Configuring Port Channels with MDS 9710 and MDS 9222i
  • Lesson 4: Configuring NPV and NPIV
  • Lesson 5: Configuring VSANs
  • Lesson 6: Managing Domains
  • Lesson 7: Configuring Distributed Device Aliases
  • Lesson 8: Implementing Zoning Using Basic, Enhanced, and Smart Zoning Features

Module 4: Intelligent SAN Fabric Services

  • Lesson 1: Implementing Cisco Data Mobility Manager
  • Lesson 2: Monitoring Traffic Flow Using an Analyzer for Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Data Frames

Module 5: Fibre Channel Over Ethernet 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: Implementing Fibre Channel Over IP (FCIP)

  • Lesson 1: Creating an FCIP Tunnel
  • Lesson 2: Configuring FCIP High Availability
  • Lesson 3: Implementing IVR for SAN Extension
  • Lesson 4: Tuning FCIP Performance with Tools such as I/O Acceleration and SAN Extension Tuner


  • Lab 1: Initial Switch Setup
  • Lab 2: Upgrading Switch Software
  • Lab 3: Installing Cisco Prime DCNM
  • Lab 4: Configuring Interfaces
  • Lab 5: Configuring PortChannels with MDS 9710 and MDS 9222i
  • Lab 6: Configuring NPV and NPIV
  • Lab 7: Creating VSANs
  • Lab 8: Distributing Device Alias with Cisco Fabric Services (CFS)
  • Lab 9: Configuring Zoning Using Basic, Enhanced, and Smart Zoning Features
  • Lab 10: Configuring Cisco DMM
  • Lab 11: Configuring AAA Services
  • Lab 12: Implementing Port and Fabric Security
  • Lab 13: Configuring FCIP Tunnels and FCIP HA with PortChannels
  • Lab 14: Implementing IVR for SAN Extension
  • Lab 15: Tuning FCIP Performance
  • Lab 16: Appendix – Uninstall DCNMv6.2.3
  • Review the components of the MDS 9000 Series platforms, which include the Cisco MDS 9100, 9200, 9500, and 9700 Series models, and learn the value of the Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) for SAN monitoring, health checks, and threshold based reporting.
  • Explore system installation and perform initial configuration of Cisco Multilayer Director Switches (MDS)
  • Explain how to: configure Fibre Channel interfaces; use the FLOGI database and the FCNS database; create VSANs; manage Domain IDs and FCID assignment; use NPV mode and NPIV feature; and configure Port Channels, Device Alias, Basic Zoning, Enhanced Zoning, and Smart Zoning
  • Explore intelligent SAN fabric services available in the Cisco MDS 9000 Series switch platforms
  • Learn how to implement Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
  • Learn how to implement security in Cisco MDS 9000 Series switches
  • Describe the basic FCIP configuration process; use Fibre Channel Port Channels to provide high availability for FCIP environments; implement IVR in order to increase the reliability of the SAN extension solution; and identify parameters that must be tuned to optimize performance across the FCIP tunnel

Systems engineers, Field Engineers, Architects and Cisco Partners wanting operational knowledge and hands on experience with the Cisco MDS 9000 series switches.

Candidates preparing for the Storage Networking components in the CCIE Data Center Written Exam (350-080) and Lab Exam, the DCUFI exam (642-997), the DCUCI exam (642-999), and/or the DCUCD Exam (642-998).

Recommended preparation for exam(s):-

  • CCIE Data Center Written Exam (350-080) and Lab Exam,
  • DCUFI exam (642-997),
  • DCUCI exam (642-999), and/or
  • DCUCD Exam (642-998)

For more information please contact us:

Enquiries in Johannesburg and Cape Town : pauli@velisaafrica.co.za

International Enquiries : hema.chugh@globalknowledge.ae

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