This course is designed for advanced B-Series SAN administrators and is a follow-up to the SAN Essentials I: Administration Fundamentals class. It does not cover basics since those are discussed in the Fundamentals training. This course introduces new topics such as advanced Fibre Channel (FC) features, additional B-Series management options, SAN extension technologies, advanced SAN security, and hardware installation. All practical parts are based on B-Series devices. This course helps students gain the experience needed to tackle the challenges of working in medium-sized and enterprise-class B-Series SAN environments.

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  • HPE SAN Essentials I: Administration Fundamentals (HM9Q1S)
  • A good technical understanding of networking and storage concepts
  • Basic experience in managing Windows systems
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Delegates will learn how to

  • Explain advanced FC terminology
  • Describe the role of the principal switch
  • Talk about FCP routing
  • Explain ISLs and trunking
  • Explain advanced FC concepts ,SAN services, and associated well-known addresses
  • Describe FC stack, Classes of Service, and frame structure
  • Discuss additional zoning types (Peer, TDPZ, TI, QoS) as well as ingress rate limiting
  • List and talk about SAN extension options, B-Series Extended Fabrics, and Buffer-to Buffer Credits
  • Describe FCIP technology including tunnels, circuits FCIP QoS, performance and security
  • Discuss FC-FC routing including definitions and elements.
  • Talk about Virtual Fabrics including IDs, types of logical switches and links between them
  • Present SAN security in both theory and practice (policy distribution, SCC, DCC, FCS policies as well as IP Filter and AUTH policies)
  • Talk about performance monitoring on HPE StoreFabric B-series products (Fabric Vision, with focus on Flow Vision and MAPS)
  • Talk about additional SAN management options and switch firmware
  • Present basic troubleshooting and diagnostics methods by using SAN Network Advisor, Web Tools, and CLI.
  • Perform Firmware upgrade
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FCP Routing and Trunking
Fabric Terminology
Principal switch
Upstream and downstream links
Fabric Initialization Process
Basics of FSPF and frame routing within a fabric
Inter-Chassis Link
Advanced Fibre Channel Theory and Services
FC stack and layers
Class of service
Frame structure and frame head
Advanced Fibre Channel terminology
Flow control
Link and fabric services
Well known addresses
Fabric and N_Port login sequence
Registered State Change Notification
Peer Zoning
Target Driven Zoning
QoS zoning
Virtual Channels implementation
QoS naming convention
QoS over routers
QoS configuration
TI Zoning theory
TI Zoning implementation
TI Zone Failover
TI Zoning configuration
Ingress Rate Limiting
Long Distance Connectivity
Why extend the SAN?
Long distance cabling
HPE Supported SAN extension technologies
Cables and SFPs
Fabric OS Extended Fabrics theory and configuration
Working with Buffer-to-Buffer Credits
Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP)
FCIP and its role in SAN extension
FCIP Tunnels
FCIP Circuits
FCIP Trunking
FCIP performance and security
Selective Acknowledgement
Adaptive Rate Limiting (ARL)
FastWrite and Open Systems Tape Pipelining
FCIP network best practices, advantages and disadvantages.
Basic configuration and analysis overview
FC-FC Routing & Virtual Fabrics Introduction
SAN scaling and Fabric services limits
LSAN Zoning
Integration of Fibre Channel routing and FCIP
Supported platforms
Virtual fabrics overview and terminology
Logical Switch types
FIDs and Domain IDs
ISL Sharing
ISL Types
Basic configuration
VF Supported platforms
SAN Security
Security policies list
Policy Database Distribution
Switch Connection Control (SCC) policy
Setting Device Connection Control (DCC) policy
Fabric Configuration Server (FCS)
FCS Switch Operations
Authentication policy for fabric elements (FCAP and DH[1]CHAP)
IP Filter policies and rules
How to configure them
Encryption and compression
B-Series Fabric Vision Introduction
Fabric Vision Elements
Flow Vision Overview
What is Flow?
Flow Vision Elements – Flow Monitor
Flow Monitor Example
Flow Vision Elements – Flow Learning
Flow Learning Example
Flow Vision Elements – Flow Generator
SIM port attributes and configuration
Flow Generator Example
Flow Generator + Monitor
Flow Generator + Monitor Example
Flow Vision Elements – Flow Mirroring
Flow Mirror Example
Flow Vision - IO Insight and VM Insight
Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS)
MAPS monitoring categories
MAPS Groups, and Conditions
MAPS Rules, and Policies
MAPS Dashboard
Port monitoring using MAPS
Monitoring Flow Vision Flow Monitor data with MAPS
Fabric performance impact monitoring using MAPS
Other Features: Fabric Performance Impact (FPI) Monitoring
Other Features: Configuration and Operational Monitoring Policy Automation Services Suite (COMPASS)
Other Featureas: ClearLink Diagnostics, Forward Error Correction (FEC), Credit Loss/Buffer Credit Recovery
Fabric Vision licensing
SAN Network Advisor and Fabric Vision technology
Management and Troubleshooting
HPE SAN Network Advisor - its features and editions
Configuration backup
CP details for B-Series switches and Directors
Firmware management and upgrade process
General approach
Information to collect
Supportshow and supportsave
Common issues
Tools and features to use
Diagnostic Tools and D_Port use
Checking FRUs status via SAN Network Advisor, Web Tools, and CLI
Detailed lab outline
FC Routing (locating Principal Switch, changing
Link Cost, working with trunks)
Fabric Channel Theory (Optional)
Configuring Traffic Isolation zoning (CLI)
Installing and configuring SAN Network Advisor
Configuring Traffic Isolation zoning (Web Tools)
TI zone checking (SNA)
Configuring QoS zoning (SNA)
Long distance (managing buffers)
Configuring FCIP (SNA)
Configuring Virtual Fabrics
Security - users and RBAC (SNA)
Fabric Vision (Flow Vision, MAPS, thresholds, reporting) (SNA)
Configuring and troubleshooting zoning (SNA)
Checking health and troubleshooting switches (SNA)
Checking health and troubleshooting switches (CLI)
D_port functionality
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