ICSNS Implementing Cisco Storage Networking Solutions

Course Description

Through lecture and hands-on labs running SAN-OS v3.x, you will gain the fundamental skills needed to implement and troubleshoot Cisco storage networks. You will learn about:

  • Installing and bringing up the switch
  • Configuring virtual storage area networks (VSANs)
  • Domains, interfaces, and zones
  • Implementing port channels
  • Configuring management security
  • Basic troubleshooting
  • Configuring highly available Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) tunnels
  • Tuning FCIP link performance

Course Code:RRS14; Category: Cisco;

Hardware: Cisco MDS9000 & Brocade Switches, JBOD, Sun Solaris 10, Sun Servers.

Anyone responsible for the system and network administrative duties considering Cisco SAN for their enterprises as well as application, developers and IT staff.

Basic understanding of data storage hardware components and protocols, including SCSI and Fibre Channel

Course Outline

Cisco MDS 9000 Platform

  • System Architecture
  • Using Intelligent Fabric Services
  • Implementing Integrated Management

System Installation and Initial Configuration

  • Installing Switch Hardware
  • Initial Switch Configuration
  • Installing and Licensing Cisco NX-OS Software
  • Configuring the Call Home Feature

Building VSANs

  • Configuring VSANs
  • Managing Domains
  • Using Distributed Device Aliases
  • Configuring Interfaces
  • Configuring PortChannels
  • Configuring Fabric Services
  • Improving Management Security
  • Implementing Zones

Implementing FCIP

  • FCIP Protocol
  • Configuring FCIP
  • Configuring FCIP High Availability
  • Implementing IVR for SAN Extension
  • Tuning FCIP Performance

Troubleshooting Tools and Scenarios

  • Diagnostic Tools and Methodologies
  • Capturing and Analyzing SAN Traffic
  • Troubleshooting SAN Configuration


  • Lab 1: Quick Start Switch Configuration
  • Lab 2: Upgrading Switch Software
  • Lab 3: Configuring Call Home
  • Lab 4: Creating VSANs
  • Lab 5: Configuring Interfaces
  • Lab 6: Configuring PortChannels
  • Lab 7: Using Advanced Cisco Fabric Services
  • Lab 8: Configuring Zones
  • Lab 9: Implementing an FCIP Tunnel
  • Lab 10: Configuring FCIP High Availability
  • Lab 11: Implementing IVR for SAN Extension
  • Lab 12: Tuning FCIP Performance
  • Lab 13: Using SPAN and the Cisco Port Analyzer Adapter
  • Lab 14: Challenge Lab