Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches

Course Description

The Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCMDS) 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 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 data center operations roles

**Please bring your laptop to ensure you can participate in the lab sessions.**

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

These are the recommended Cisco courses that may help you meet these prerequisites:

  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT)

Who Should Attend

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).

Course Information

Length: 4 day

Format: Lecture and Lab

Delivery Method: Virtual / Onsite

Max. Capacity: 12

Learning Objectives

  • 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 has initial configuration, building a 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


Lab 1: Set Up DCNM

Lab 2: Explore DCNM-SAN Client and DCNM Device Manager

Lab 3: Configure and Use RBAC

Lab 4: Configure and Use RBAC with DCNM-SAN Client and Device Manager

Lab 5: Manage VSANs and FC Domain

Lab 6: Configure NPV and N-Port Identification Virtualization (NPIV)

Lab 7: Configure Interfaces

Lab 8: Configure Device Aliases and Zoning

Lab 9: Explore and Automate with NX-API

Lab 10: Perform Slow Drain Analysis with Cisco DCNM

Lab 11: Configure FCIP Tunnels and FCIP High Availability (HA)

Lab 12: Configure IVR for SAN Extension

Lab 13: Troubleshoot Zoning and Zone Merges