This course is designed for new or entry-level B-Series SAN administrators. It provides a comprehensive understanding of everyday administration within an HPE SAN solution, covering a broad range of technologies and concepts such as FC, iSCSI, and FCoE. It discusses basics and building blocks of FC and IP-SAN with examples based on B-Series products, as well as the role of SAN-enabled hosts and disk targets. B-Series SAN features and management options are also presented. Other topics include data protection, basic SAN security, and performance aspects of SAN components. Please note that advanced technologies are only introduced in this course, while they are fully covered in the SAN Essentials II: Advanced B-series Networking class. This training helps students gain the experience needed to tackle the challenges of working in medium-sized and enterprise-class BSeries SAN environments. This course covers general SAN technologies and StoreFabric B-series specific topics.

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Students should be experienced professionals with a solid understanding of servers, storage, networks and virtualization

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Delegates will learn how to

  • Describe SAN and SAN benefits
  • List SAN components
  • Present the overall HPE SAN portfolio
  • Identify the differences between DAS, NAS, and SAN
  • Compare different data access methods
  • Talk about FC topologies
  • Discuss WWN identifiers and FC addressing
  • Talk about basic switch features and configuration parameters
  • Perform initial switch installation, configuration and verification
  • Describe the role of a host in a SAN network nd host-related technologies including NPIV and load balancing.
  • Present the role of storage in a SAN network and storage-related technologies including disks and interfaces types, encryption, deduplication and VVOLs overview.
  • Explain basic FC concepts and SAN services, such as zoning and name server
  • Talk about basic B-Series SAN management options and technologies
  • Describe iSCSI protocol and Nimble storage array as an iSCSI-based product example
  • Talk about FCoE technologies including building blocks and how it compares to FCIP and iSCSI
  • Present the theory of SAN security and basic B-Series based implementation as well as authentication options
  • Talk about data protection (backup, replication) including theory, topologies, technologies and related HPE products: StoreOnce, tape, CloudBank Storage and RMC
  • Cover SAN and storage planning performance aspects and monitoring options
  • Design and document SAN
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SAN definition, benefits and goals
High-speed backup and high availability
Server and storage consolidation
DAS, NAS, and SAN concepts and comparisons
SAN considerations
Tier storage
SAN components
Host, target and interconnect device characteristics
SAN portfolio overview
Power-on sequence
Fibre Channel (FC) Basics
FC terminology, WWNs, port types, and topologies
Switch Installation and Configuration
In the box
Steps overview
Environmental issues
Configuration parameters
Initial CLI and serial connection
Default passwords
IP settings
CLI settings
Time settings
Licensing management
Login banner
Switch, chassis, fabric and port names
Checkin switch and ports status
Configuration file backup
SAN Hosts
Host role within SAN
Converged network adapters
Host installation checklist and bus connections
Boot from SAN
Multi-path SAN and load balancing
Multi-path I/O (MPIO) components within OS
NPIV overview, benefits, scalability and management
HPE Virtual Connect overview
Finding WWNs
Disk Targets
SATA interface
SAS interface
SSD technologies
Disk enclosures
Storage presentation
Storage Virtualization
Connecting disks to controllers
Storage Deduplication
Provisioning types
Data encryption
Portfolio overview
Fibre Channel Basic Services
SNS/name server
SNS in Web Tools
SNS related commands
Zoning overview
Zoning building blocks
Basic zoning configuration
Basic zoning configuration via CLI and GUI
Fabric segmentation
Zoning best practices
SAN Management
SAN management choices and considerations
Technologies driving SAN management
HPE SAN management today
Web Tools
SAN Network Advisor
IP storage overview
iSCSI stack, packet construction and name convention
iSCSI initiator options
iSCSI discovery methods and security
HPE Nimble array as an iSCSI product example
SAN Extension
Basics and overview
Cables and SFPs
Fabric virtualization overview
FCoE and CEE standards
FCoE I/O consolidation and terminology
FCoE stack and encapsulation
Lossless Ethernet
Priority-based Flow Control (PFC)
Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS)
Congestion Notification (CN)
Data Center Bridging Capabilities Exchange (DCBX)
FCIP, iSCSI and FCoE basic comparison
SAN Security
Basic storage security model and access points
Planning security in a SAN environment
Core components for securing SAN data management
Data and management security models
Roles management
Password rules and local/remote authentication
Data Protection
Reasons for data protection
Data protection challenges
Data classification
Protection and recovery methods
Backup types and their differences
Backup topologies
Tape libraries overview
StoreOnce overview and introduction
CloudBank Storage
Local and remote replication
Factors affecting SAN performance
SAN performance planning and considerations
Latencies and congestion
Performance monitoring
Performance guidelines within the SAN
Recommendations for switch ISL connectivity
Determining the required bandwidth
Storage performance (drive and RAID selection)
SAN Design
Architecture choices and design considerations
HPE standard SAN topologies and topology design rules
Advantages, disadvantages and scalability of different topologies
Data locality
Topology data access usage
SAN infrastructure performance factors
Levels of high availability in SAN architecture
SAN planning and documentation utilities
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