0845 450 6120

Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Switches (DCMDS)


Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCMDS) v1.0 is a five-day lecture and lab course that provides learners with fundamental skills in configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series switches. Course topics include setting up the switch, configuring interfaces, virtual SANs (VSANs), domains, zones, port channels, management security, and Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) tunnels.

Who should attend

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Field engineers

The secondary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Systems engineers


Learning Objectives

Delegates will learn how to

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • Identify the components, services, and features of the Cisco MDS 9000 Series switch platform that can be used to improve the availability, scalability, performance, and manageability of the SAN
  • Describe how to install and configure the Cisco MDS 9000 switch and perform the initial software configuration process
  • Explain how to implement the logical topology that is specified by a SAN design, so that connectivity between end devices can be verified
  • Describe the traffic management features associated with Intelligent Network Services for the Cisco MDS 9000 switches in order to configure basic traffic management services for the SAN
  • Describe how to configure Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), modules on Cisco MDS 9500 Series switches
  • Explain how to implement security so that management access is secure, and that only trusted devices are allowed to connect to the fabric.
  • Describe how to use FCIP to implement appropriate solutions for SAN extension solution



The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Basic understanding of data storage hardware components and protocols, including Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI) and Fibre Channel
  • Basic understanding of network protocols, including Ethernet and IP

Course Content

Course Outline.

1: Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switch Platform

  • 1.1: Introducing the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switch Platform
  • 1.2: Implementing Integrated Management

2: System Installation and Initial Configuration

  • 2.1: Performing the Initial Switch Configuration
  • 2.2: Installing and Licensing Cisco NX-OS Software

3: Building a SAN Fabric

  • 3.1: Configuring Interfaces
  • 3.2: Using FLOGI and FCNS Databases
  • 3.3: Configuring VSANs
  • 3.4: Managing Domains
  • 3.5: Configuring NPV and NPIV
  • 3.6: Configuring Port Channels
  • 3.7: Configuring Distributed Device Aliases
  • 3.8: Implementing Zoning

4: Intelligent SAN Fabric Services

  • 4.1: Implementing Cisco MDS Data MobilityManager
  • 4.2: Implementing Cisco SANTap
  • 4.3: Monitoring Traffic Flow

5: Fibre Channel over Ethernet Implementation

  • 5.1: Fibre Channel over Ethernet
  • 5.2: Configuring Multihop FCoE on the MDS 9500

6: Implementing Security

  • 6.1: Improving Management Security
  • 6.2: Configuring AAA Services
  • 6.3: Implementing Port and Fabric Security
  • 6.4: Configuring FC-SP
  • 6.5: Implementing Link Encryption
  • 6.6: Implementing Cisco Storage Media Encryption

7: Implementing FCIP

  • 7.1: Creating an FCIP Tunnel
  • 7.2: Configuring FCIP High Availability
  • 7.3: Implementing IVR for SAN Extension
  • 7.4: Tuning FCIP Performance


  • Lab 2-1: Initial Setup
  • Lab 2-2: Upgrading Switch Software
  • Lab 3-1: Configuring Interfaces
  • Lab 3-2: Creating VSANs
  • Lab 3-3: Configuring NPV and NPIV
  • Lab 3-4: Configuring PortChannels
  • Lab 3-5: Distributing DDAS with CFS
  • Lab 3-6: Configuring Zones
  • Lab 4-1: Configuring Cisco DMM
  • Lab 4-2: Using SPAN and the Cisco PAA-2
  • Lab 6-1: Configuring AAA Services
  • Lab 6-2: Implementing Port and Fabric Security
  • Lab 6-3: Configuring Cisco Storage Media Encryption
  • Lab 7-1: Implementing an FCIP Tunnel
  • Lab 7-2: Configuring FCIP High Availability
  • Lab 7-3: Implementing IVR for SAN Extension
  • Lab 7-4: Tuning FCIP Performance
One Month
Two Months
Three Months
More than Three Months
PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner
MSP Foundation & Practitioner
APMP Certificate
ITIL Foundation
Scrum in One Day
Certified ScrumMaster
ISTQB Software Test Foundation
Microsoft Project
BCS Business Analysis Practice
Other - Please Specify Below

Virtual Classroom

Virtual classrooms provide all the benefits of attending a classroom course without the need to arrange travel and accomodation. Please note that virtual courses are attended in real-time, commencing on a specified date.

Virtual Course Dates

Our Customers Include