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DCFSA Training

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DCFSA Training

In this five-day DCFSA FlexPod for Data Center Systems Administration course, the student will become experienced with the planning, design and implementation of a FlexPod integrated platform that includes NetApp unified storage systems, Cisco Unified Computing System servers, Cisco Nexus fabric and VMware vSphere virtualization platform.

Using real-world scenarios and examples, this course will explore all of the components of the FlexPod system and guide the student through the installation, management and troubleshooting of the platform as a whole, as well as all of the individual Cisco, NetApp and VMware components.

What's Included

  • Comprehensive study materials

DCFSA Training Prerequisites

  • Basic knowledge of Cisco routing and switching
  • Basic knowledge of servers and storage
  • Familiarity with basic VMware virtualization concepts

DCFSA Training Course Outline

  • Module 1: Introduction to the FlexPod Architecture
    • Lesson 1: Overview of the FlexPod Platform Architecture
    • Lesson 2: FlexPod Design Considerations
  • Module 2: Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches
    • Lesson 1: Introducing the Cisco Nexus 5000-Series Switches
    • Lesson 2: High-Level Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Product Features
    • Lesson 3: Cisco Nexus 5000-Series Switch Hardware Architecture
    • Lesson 4: Configuring Basic Integration with FlexPod Platform
  • Module 3: Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)
    • Lesson 1: Cisco UCS Architecture Overview
    • Lesson 2: Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series LAN Connectivity
    • Lesson 3: Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series SAN Connectivity
    • Lesson 4: Provisioning Resource Pools in the Cisco UCS Manager
    • Lesson 5: Provisioning Service Policies in the Cisco UCS Manager
  • Module 4: Virtual Networking
    • Lesson 1: VMware Virtual Switching Overview
    • Lesson 2: Reviewing the Cisco Nexus 1000v-Series Switch
    • Lesson 3: Configuring and Administering the Virtual Supervisor and Virtual Ethernet Modules
  • Module 5: NetApp Storage Appliance
    • Lesson 1: Discuss the Benefits of Data ONTAP Version 8.x and Explain Its Two Modes of Operation
    • Lesson 2: Describe the Steps for Setting Up a Basic Cluster Configuration
    • Lesson 3: Introducing SAN and NAS Protocols
    • Lesson 4: Administering Volumes, LUNs and Initiator Groups
    • Lesson 5: Review and Discussion of Advanced Features in Data ONTAP
  • Module 6: Management and Monitoring of the FlexPod Platform
    • Lesson 1: Configuring Cisco Nexus 5000-Series Management Features
    • Lesson 2: Configuring Cisco Nexus 1000v-Series Management Features
    • Lesson 3: Managing and Upgrading Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware
    • Lesson 4: Implementing Backup, Import and Restore of the Cisco UCS Manager Database
    • Lesson 5: Monitoring, Backing Up and Restoring of the NetApp Storage Appliance
    • Lesson 6: Implementing Cisco UCS Director to Manage FlexPod Operations
  • Module 7: Troubleshooting the FlexPod Platform
    • Lesson 1: Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Troubleshooting Tools
    • Lesson 2: Troubleshooting the Cisco UCS B-Series Configuration
    • Lesson 3: Basic Cisco Nexus 1000v Troubleshooting Tools
    • Lesson 4: Basic NetApp Troubleshooting Tools


  • Lab 0-0: Connecting to the Lab Environment
  • Lab 0-1: Familiarization with the FlexPod GUI and CLI Interfaces
  • Lab 2-1: Cisco Nexus 5000 Hardware Platform and System Management
  • Lab 3-1: Verify B-Series LAN and SAN Physical Connections
  • Lab 3-2: Provision Identity and Resource Pools in UCS
  • Lab 3-3: Provision Mobile Service Profiles and Install VMware ESXi
  • Lab 4-1: Configuring and Administering the Cisco Nexus 1000v VSM
  • Lab 4-2: Configuring and Administering the Cisco Nexus 1000v VEM
  • Lab 5-1: Base Configuration of NetApp Cluster – Instructor Demo
  • Lab 5-2: Provisioning of NetApp LUN and Initiator Group
  • Lab 6-1: Back Up and Restore the Cisco UCS Manager Database
  • Lab 6-2: Provisioning Cisco UCS Director to Manage a FlexPod Environment
  • Lab 7-1: Troubleshooting Nexus, UCS and NetApp

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