Introducing Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCIMDS)


Course Description

The Introducing Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCIMDS) v1.0 course gives you an overview of Cisco® MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switches, including platform architecture, software, and management capabilities. You will learn the key features that contribute to high performance and availability, flexibility, and operational simplicity and investment protection. During hands-on lab time, you’ll configure a Multilayer Director Switch (MDS) SAN fabric using Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) and Command Line Interface (CLI) commands. 

Learning Objectives

This course will help you:
  • Gain a technical understanding of the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches capabilities through Cisco’s unique combination of lessons and hands-on practice
  • Be the technical consultant on deployment options
  • Prepare to give technical demonstrations on the MDS 9000 Series
After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Describe Cisco MDS SAN features and advantages
  • Describe fixed and modular platforms
  • Describe Cisco MDS architecture and high-availability mechanisms
  • Describe technologies used in modern SANs
  • Describe SAN management with Cisco DCNM
  • Describe key value-add features that distinguish Cisco MDS switches
  • Configure basic Cisco MDS features and interfaces using DCNM

  • Experience managing data center deployments
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of SAN technologies
  • Understanding of business and application requirements


  1. Perform Initial MDS Configuration
  2. Set Up DCNM
  3. Configure VSANs and Interfaces in Cisco DCNM
  4. Configure Port Channels in Cisco DCNM
  5. Configure Device Aliases and Zoning
  6. Use CLI for Basic Monitoring

Who Should Attend

Technical decision makers and professionals who architect, implement, or manage data center SAN environments, including: Solutions architects, Data center architects, Network architects, Systems engineers, Data center engineers, Network engineers, Technical decision makers, Cisco integrators and partners

Course Info

Length: 2 day
Format: Lecture and Lab
Delivery Method: Virtual / Onsite
Max. Capacity: 16

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