Cisco DCICT 1.0 – Fibre Channel Storage and Cisco MDS 9000 Series Configuration

This course is targeted toward data center network engineers and learners embarking on a network administration or engineering career who wish to understand all the components that make up a real-world data center. In addition, anyone interested in the DCICT CCNA Data Center certification exam will benefit from this course. This course offers the official training for the Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (640-916 DCICT) certification exam which is a component exam for the CCNA Data Center certification.


Expected Duration
164 minutes

When planning for data center storage, it is important to have an understanding of the Fibre Channel topologies that can be found in storage networking. It also important to know the different port types and how a device performs a fabric login and port login to establish initiator-to-target connection and communication. In this course, you will learn about the Fibre Channel topologies and how communication is established between an initiator and target device on the SAN. You will also learn how to perform an initial configuration of a Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer switch and use various show commands. This course is one of a series in the Skillsoft learning path that covers the objectives for Cisco exam 640-916: Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies.


Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking

  • start the course
  • match Fibre Channel SAN characteristics to the topology it belongs to
  • describe Fibre Channel technology
  • identify the devices Fibre Channel ports are embedded in
  • match the Fibre Channel port type to its interface functionality
  • describe Fibre Channel WWN addressing
  • describe Fibre Channel addressing schemes
  • describe the Fibre Channel layered model
  • describe features of the Fibre Channel name server
  • describe the fabric login process
  • describe the port login process
  • describe port and address discovery features
  • describe process login
  • describe how flow control can improve performance under high traffic loads
  • describe Fabric Shortest Path First
  • describe how zoning provides security
  • describe how VSANs increase the efficiency of a SAN fabric
  • describe how LUN masking and mapping is used in providing security

Fibre Channel on Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches

  • identify how to configure the initial settings of a Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer switch and Secure Shell (SSH) into the management CLI
  • sequence the steps involved when the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer switch is first switched on or during reboot
  • describe the procedure for upgrading the MDS 9000 Series switch
  • identify the two options to upgrade the licenses on the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer switch
  • describe how to use the CLI to obtain a new license key
  • identify the VSAN information that VSAN Manager maintains for each VSAN
  • verify a storage device in the fabric login
  • display the FCNS and statistical information for a specific VSAN
  • describe how device aliases simplify SAN configuration
  • describe how zoning is used to provide security and to restrict access
  • describe the purpose of the show tech-support command

Practice: Cisco MDS 9000 Series

  • perform an initial configuration of a Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer switch and use various show commands





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