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Exam Number Exam Name Certification
300-625 DCSAN Implementing Cisco Storage Area Networking (DCSAN) CCNP, CCNP Data Center, Cisco Certified Specialist

DCMDS: Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches v3.1

DCMDS: Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches v3.1

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DCMDS: Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches v3.6

DCMDS (Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches) v3.6 teaches 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, SAN analytics, 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 prepares you for the 300-625 exam, Implementing Cisco Storage Area Networking (DCSAN), which leads to Cisco Certified Specialist - Data Center SAN Implementation certifications and is part of the CCNP Data Center certification

What's Included

  • Official Cisco courseware
  • Remote lab access


  • Basic understanding of data storage hardware components and protocols, including Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) and Fibre Channel
  • Basic understanding of networking protocols, including Ethernet and IP
  • Basic routing and switching knowledge

Suggested courses to help prepare you for this course

  • Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA)
  • Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU)

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Discover and describe the Cisco Multilayer Director Switch (MDS) platform of multilayer switches and directors.
  • Provision Cisco MDS Switches
  • Describe key product features of the MDS platform
  • Describe and implement automation on Cisco MDS Switches
  • Configure and implement the Cisco MDS switches and platform features
  • Resolve issues and troubleshoot FC domains, zones and zone merges, and switch boot and firmware upgrades

Course Outline

Module 1: Describing Cisco MDS Platform

  • Lesson 1: Cisco MDS 9700/9300/9200/9100 Hardware
  • Lesson 2: Cisco NX-OS
  • Lesson 3: Cisco DCNM
  • Lesson 4: Fibre Channel Architecture
  • Lesson 5: FCoE Architecture

Module 2: Provisioning Cisco MDS Switches

  • Lesson 1: Power-On Auto-Provisioning
  • Lesson 2: Cisco DCNM
  • Lesson 3: Using Cisco DCNM 11.x
  • Lesson 4: RBAC and Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)

Module 3: Building the Fibre Channel Fabric with Cisco MDS Switches

  • Lesson 1: Virtual SANs
  • Lesson 2: Port Channels and VSAN Trunking
  • Lesson 3: Zoning and Smart Zoning
  • Lesson 4: Device Aliases
  • Lesson 5: Inter-VSAN Routing
  • Lesson 6: Fibre Channel Fabric Security
  • Lesson 7:Building SAN Extensions
  • Lesson 8:Inter-VSAN Routing
  • Lesson 9:Slow Drain Analysis
  • Lesson 10:SAN Analytics and Telemetry Streaming
  • Lesson 11:Cisco Secure Boot
  • Lesson 12:NPV and NPIV

Module 4: Automating Cisco MDS Fabric

  • Lesson 1: Cisco MDS NX_APIPython API
  • Lesson 2: Ansible

Module 5: Monitoring and Reporting Cisco MDS Features

  • Lesson 1: Cisco DCNM SAN Reports and Alarms
  • Lesson 2: SAN Analytics and SAN Telemetry Streaming

Module 6: Troubleshooting Common Cisco MDS Issues

  • Lesson 1: Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Domains, Zones and Zone Merges
  • Lesson 2: Boot and Upgrade Issues


  • 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 Fibre Channel 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 SAN Analysis and SAN Telemetry Streaming
  • Lab 12: Configure FCIP Tunnels and FCIP High Availability
  • Lab 13: Configure IVR for SAN Extension
  • Lab 14: Troubleshoot Zoning and Zone Merges

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