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Implementing and Administering the FlexPod Solution (FPIMPADM)

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Student Testimonials

"Great class. I had taken a class using self-paced material, although good, having an knowledgeable instructor is invaluable when you get stuck."
- Scott Kimbel, GSIA, NetApp

Course Overview

Now including additional information including:

  • New Information on the SolidFire Platform
  • Additional deployment models to include:
    • SolidFire on FlexPod
    • CVD featuring ONTAP 9, vSphere 6.5 and Nexus 9000 with FC / FCoE
  • Updated hardware options and new equipment
  • Theory lab

Course Content

FlexPod Implementation and Administration is a 3-day instructor-led course where you will learn to set up, configure, and administer the FlexPod architecture. The course provides a comprehensive understanding of the configuration requirements for FlexPod at the network, storage, and compute layers of the architecture. FlexPod can be used to deploy and manage internal, external, and cloud architectures. Centralized administration is achieved by using management tools such as Cisco UCS Director, NetApp Virtual Storage Console, and vCenter. These management tools are introduced and practical hands on labs are used to reinforce topics to learners.

This course provides learners with the course objectives and prerequisite learner skills and knowledge. The Course Introduction presents the course flow diagram and the icons that are used in the course illustrations and figures. This course component also describes the curriculum for this course, providing learners with the information that they need to make decisions regarding their specific learning path.

Who should attend

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Network engineers, Network administrators, System engineers and Server administrators

Certifications

This course is part of the following Certifications:

Prerequisites

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

  • Knowledge of server system design and architecture
  • Familiarity with Ethernet and TCP/IP networking
  • Familiarity with SANs and NFS network-attached storage (NAS) technologies
  • Familiarity with Fibre Channel Protocol
  • Understanding of Cisco Enterprise Data Center Concepts including Unified LAN and SAN
  • Familiarity with hypervisor technologies (such as Microsoft, Red Hat, or VMware)

Course Objectives

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

  • Describe data center architecture and identify FlexPod architecture components
  • Identify and configure FlexPod networking components
  • Describe and configure FlexPod storage with clustered data ONTAP
  • Identify and configure the Cisco UCS compute components of FlexPod
  • Identify FlexPod management and troubleshooting tools
  • **NEW Objectives**:
    • Describe FlexPod Platform Solutions
    • Identify FlexPod Deployment Models
    • Describe FlexPod Topologies

Outline: Implementing and Administering the FlexPod Solution (FPIMPADM)

Module 1: FlexPod Solution Portfolio

  • FlexPod validated designs
  • FlexPod architecture
  • FlexPod platform solutions
    • Cisco UCS Mini
    • All FAS Flash
    • SolidFire ** NEW Content**
    • OpenStack
    • Hyper-V
  • FlexPod platform
    • Review of storage
    • Review of network
    • Review of compute
  • Identify FlexPod Deployment Models - **NEW Content**
    • FlexPod Express
    • FlexPod Datacenter
    • FlexPod Select
  • Describe FlexPod Deployment Topologies - **NEW Content**
    • iSCSI
    • FCoE
    • FC
  • FlexPod cooperative support
  • Life-cycle management (LCM)
  • Customer profile
  • Customer challenges and goals
  • Existing customer environment
  • VMware vSphere 6.0 characteristics
  • Learning Activity: check understanding of FlexPod Platform Solutions, Deployment Models and Topologies **NEW Activity**

Module 2: FlexPod Solution Networking Implementation

  • Cisco Nexus hardware
  • VLAN requirements
  • Port configuration options
  • Access and trunk ports
  • Port channels
  • Virtual port channels (vPC)
  • vPC building blocks
  • vPC configuration requirements
  • NPV and NPIV
  • Fibre Channel fundamentals
  • FCoE fundamentals
  • Overview of VSAN
  • VSAN information
  • VSAN recommended practices
  • Zoning implementation
  • Zones and zone sets
  • Zoning practices

Module 3: FlexPod Storage Implementation

  • NetApp hardware
  • Cluster configuration
  • Switched/switchless clusters
  • Management interfaces
    • NetApp Oncommand System Manager
    • NetApp OnCommand Unified Manager
    • CLI
  • Service Processor and RLM
  • Management settings: CDP, Autosupports, and SNMP
  • Aggregates
  • SVM namespace and volumes
  • NFS for VMware datastores
  • SAN configuration
  • Initiator groups (igroups), port sets, and ALUA
  • High availability, including Storage Failover (SFO)
  • IPspaces and broadcast domains
  • ifgrps and VLAN tags
  • LIFs

Module 4: Cisco UCS Implementation

  • Cisco UCS hardware
  • Cisco UCS features
    • User interfaces
    • Manager
    • Central
  • Finite-state machine (FSM)
  • Fabric interconnect configuration
    • Clustering
    • Discovery process and monitoring using FSM
  • I/O Uplinks and Bandwidth Oversubscription
  • End-host and switching mode comparisons
  • Port personality and port types
  • Unified uplink ports and port channels
  • Chassis links
  • VLAN
  • Resource pools
  • Creating identity and resource pools
  • MAC pools
  • IP pools
  • LAN connectivity policies
  • WWNN and WWPN pools
  • SAN connectivity policies
  • Policies
  • Benefits of service profiles
  • Benefits of service profile template
  • Expert Service Profile wizard
  • Service profile associate/disassociate
  • Management of IP address, KVM and virtual media Cisco hardware

Module 5: Virtualization and Application Solutions

  • Key implementation factors for FlexPod applications and hypervisors
  • VMware
  • OpenStack
  • Hyper-V

Module 6: FlexPod Management Tools Implementation

  • Cisco UCS Director
  • Cisco UCS Central
  • NetApp OnCommand Unified Manager
  • NetApp Virtual Storage Console (VSC)

Labs:

  • General Lab Setup
  • Cisco Nexus 9300 Network Initial Configuration Setup (Instructor Demo)
  • Cisco Nexus 9300 LAN Configuration
  • NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP Initial Configuration Setup (Instructor Demo)
  • NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP Configuration
  • Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Initial Configuration Setup (Instructor Demo)
  • Cisco UCS Configuration
  • VMware ESXi Installation on a NetApp LUN
  • VMware vSphere Setup
  • NetApp Virtual Storage Console Configuration
  • Cisco UCS Director Discovery and Configuration
  • Cisco UCS Director Discovery Monitoring and Statistics (Optional)
  • Teardown and Restoration
Classroom Training
Modality: C

Duration 3 days

Price
  • United States: US$ 2,700
  • NetApp Training Units: 36 NTU
    NTU's may not have the same redemption value if used in a country other than where they were purchased.
  • Cisco Learning Credits: 27 CLC
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Online Training
Modality: L

Duration 3 days

Price
  • United States: US$ 2,700
  • NetApp Training Units: 36 NTU
    NTU's may not have the same redemption value if used in a country other than where they were purchased.
  • Cisco Learning Credits: 27 CLC
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