Implementing and Administering the FlexPod Solution Training

Implementing and Administering the FlexPod Solution Training (FPIMPADM)


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Implementing and Administering the FlexPod Solution Training is a 3-day instructor-led course where you will learn to set up, configure and administer the FlexPod architecture. The Implementing and Administering the FlexPod Solution Training course provides a comprehensive understanding of the configuration requirements for FlexPod at the network, storage and compute layers of the architecture. With Implementing and Administering the FlexPod Solution Training, you will also learn key implementation procedures, management and basic troubleshooting tasks on the Cisco Nexus 9372, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and NetApp storage.

This Implementing and Administering the FlexPod Solution Training course uses the ONTAP 8.3 environment.

Updated features:

● Cisco Nexus 9372
● Cisco UCS Director / Cisco UCS Central
● OpenStack
● Hyper-V

Customize It:

With onsite Training, courses can be scheduled on a date that is convenient for you, and because they can be scheduled at your location, you don’t incur travel costs and students won’t be away from home. Onsite classes can also be tailored to meet your needs. You might shorten a 5-day class into a 3-day class, or combine portions of several related courses into a single course, or have the instructor vary the emphasis of topics depending on your staff’s and site’s requirements.

Audience/Target Group

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

Network engineers, Network administrators, System engineers and Server administrators

Implementing and Administering the FlexPod Solution Training (FPIMPADM)Related Courses:

Duration: 5 days

Skilled Gained:

Describe the FlexPod solution
Describe the deployment use case
Describe network features
Describe storage networking features
Describe NetApp key features
Describe Cisco UCS compute
Describe compute node LAN connectivity
Describe identity, resource pools and policies
Describe service profiles and templates
Describe hypervisor and application solutions
Describe management and troubleshooting tools available for FlexPod components

Course Content:

Module 1: FlexPod Overview

FlexPod validated designs
FlexPod architecture
FlexPod platform solutions
Cisco UCS Mini
All FAS Flash
FlexPod platform
Review of storage
Review of network
Review of compute
FlexPod cooperative support
Life-cycle management (LCM)
Customer profile
Customer challenges and goals
Existing customer environment
VMware vSphere 6.0 characteristics

Module 2: FlexPod 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
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
Service Processor and RLM
Management settings: CDP, Autosupports, and SNMP
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

Module 4: Cisco UCS Implementation

Cisco UCS hardware
Cisco UCS features
User interfaces
Finite-state machine (FSM)
Fabric interconnect configuration
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
Resource pools
Creating identity and resource pools
MAC pools
IP pools
LAN connectivity policies
WWNN and WWPN pools
SAN connectivity 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

Module 6: FlexPod Management Tools Implementation

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


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

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