Implementing and Administering the FlexPod Solution (FPIMADM)

This course is a three-day ILT training program that is designed for system and network engineers and administrators implementing and administering FlexPod solutions. This course covers key implementation procedures, management and basic troubleshooting tasks on the Cisco Nexus 5548UP, Cisco UCS and NetApp storage.

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:
Basic understanding of NetApp storage operations. NetApp NCDA recommended.
Basic knowledge of server and server virtualization technologies such as VMware ESXi.
General knowledge of networking technologies. CCNA / CCNP Data Center recommended.

Course Outline

Module 1: Describe FlexPod
Describe data center philosophy
Understand migration to cloud architecture
Build a cloud infrastructure using proper requirements and challenges
Describe the benefits of FlexPod architecture
Identify FlexPod data center architecture platforms
Describe the components of FlexPod data center
Describe FlexPod validated designs

Module 2: FlexPod Networking
Describe Cisco Nexus Switches
Describe expansion modules
Identify features of Cisco NX-OS
Demonstrate NX-OS management
Describe NX-OS high availability
Describe Cisco Nexus configuration options
Initialize the Cisco Nexus switch
Configure LAN interfaces
Create VLANs and virtual port channels
Demonstrate VSAN configuration
Demonstrate creation of device aliases
Demonstrate configuration of zoning policies

Module 3: FlexPod Storage
Understanding NetApp Storage
Describe the cluster interconnect configuration requirements
Set up clustered Data ONTAP 8.2
Describe storage network configuration requirements
Identify Storage Virtual Machine (SVM) configuration requirements
Demonstrate setup of a NFS SVM with NetApp OnCommand System Manager
Demonstrate setup of a Fibre Channel SVM with NetApp OnCommand System Manager

Module 4: FlexPod Compute
Identify Cisco UCS compute components
Describe Cisco UCS Manager
Describe Role Based Access Control (RBAC)
Demonstrate configuration of the Fabric Interconnect
Set up Cisco UCS service profiles and templates
Manage Cisco UCS

Module 5: FlexPod Virtualization
Describe Hypervisor Virtualization
Discuss VMware ESXi Server
Define Microsoft Windows Hyper-V 2012
Explain NetApp SnapDrive and NetApp SnapManager for Hyper-V

Module 6: FlexPod Management and Troubleshooting Tools
Describe NetApp Management Tools
Describe Cisco Management Tools
Describe Cisco UCS System Faults and Logging
Describe Cisco Nexus System Logging
Define App System Monitoring and Logs
Explain Microsoft and VMware Hypervisor Event Logging

Understanding Connectivity in the FlexPod Environment
Cisco Nexus 5548 LAN Deployment
Cisco Nexus 5548 SAN Deployment
NetApp Cluster Setup
Assign VLAN Tags to NetApp ifgrps
Create Servers to Serve Fibre Channel and NFS
Configure Cisco UCS B-Series
Install ESXi 5.1 to a Boot LUN
Connect vCenter to ESXi Server
Install and Configure Cisco UCS Director
Install Microsoft Hyper-V


The primary audience for this course is as follows:
Network engineers, Network administrators, System Engineers
The secondary audience for this course is as follows:
System Engineers, Consulting System Engineers and Server Administrators