Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches

Code: DCMDSTechnology: DatacentreVendor: CISCOLevel: CCNP DCDifficulty: Advanced


The DCMDS v2.0 course is a five-day training course that is designed as a comprehensive hands-on experience to familiarize data center systems engineers, field engineers, architects and
partners who implement storage-networking solutions with the MDS 9000 Series switch platform. Upon finishing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the MDS 9000 Series switch platform, NX-OS, and the features of Prime DCNM
  • Explain the techniques and information that will enable you to perform the initial software configuration of a MDS 9000 Series switch, upgrade the system software, and enable licensing
  • Explain the configurations involved in building a Fibre Channel SAN fabric including interfaces, VSANs, domains, port channels, device aliases, NPV, NPIV, and zones
  • Describe and configure intelligent SAN fabric services on specific MDS 9000 Series switches and the software resources that are provided
  • Describe the FCoE protocol and the use of FCoE modules on the MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Director and MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Director as a Fibre Channel forwarder in a single-hop and multihop design
  • Describe the process of configuring security features on MDS 9000 Series switches to prevent unauthorized access, intrusion, and data theft, and to preserve data integrity in an enterprise SAN environment
  • Describe the steps for basic FCIP configuration, high availability implementation, and achieving a fault tolerant SAN extension using the IVR feature

Duration in days:



Basic understanding of data storage hardware components and protocols, including Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI) and Fiber Channel Basic understanding of network protocols, including Ethernet and IP The knowledge that is covered in the CCNA or CCNA Data Center certification courses


  • MDS 9000 Series Switch Platform
    • Introducing MDS 9000 Series Switches
    • Implementing Integrated Management
  • System Installation and Initial Configuration
    • Performing the Initial Switch Configuration
    • Installing and Licensing NX-OS Software
  • Building a SAN Fabric
    • Using FLOGI and FCNS Databases
    • Configuring Interfaces
    • Configuring Port Channels
    • Configuring NPV and NPIV
    • Configuring VSANs
    • Managing Domains
    • Configuring Distributed Device Aliases
    • Implementing Zoning
  • Intelligent SAN Fabric Services
    • Implementing MDS Data Mobility Manager
    • Monitoring Traffic Flow
  • FCoE Implementation
    • Describing FCoE
    • Configuring FCoE on MDS 9500 and 9700 Series Multilayer Directors
  • Security Implementation
    • Improving Management Security
    • Configuring AAA Services
    • Implementing Port Security and Fabric Binding
    • Configuring FC-SP
    • Implementing Link Encryption
  • FCIP Implementation
    • Creating an FCIP Tunnel
    • Configuring FCIP High Availability
    • Implementing IVR for SAN Extension
    • Tuning FCIP Performance


All attendees receive an original of study guide.

Technical equipment

Student POD contains MDS 9148 and 9222i switches or newer and servers. Shared lab core is composed of MDS 9500 or 9700 switches and a disk array. According to starndard two students share one pod.

Current dates

Price without VAT
Location / Language
2 900,00 €
Budapest /
2 900,00 €
Belgrade /
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2 900,00 €
Bucharest /
2 900,00 €
Prague /
2 900,00 €
Ljubljana /
2 900,00 €
Zagreb /
2 900,00 €
Budapest /
2 900,00 €
Bratislava /
2 900,00 €
Belgrade /

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We also deliver the high-quality multimedia sharing for efficient, effective virtual communication on a global scale. In the Competence Center is also available Spark Board. Cisco Sparkboard integrates the most common tools needed for team collaboration in physical meeting rooms into a single elegant device. It also combines white board, video or audio conference features.

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Team of instructors

Our team, consisting of more than 50 lecturers, offers a full range of technologies in the area of routing and switching, security, collaboration and data centres.

The uniqueness of our lecturers lies mainly in the fact that they have extensive practical experience from various projects. They can thus respond very flexibly to any question or comment from the students. The lecturers pass their practical knowledge on to the participants of the trainings. Thanks to the synergy of the reliable operation of the company and years of experience, we have been able to respond flexibly to the upcoming changes in Cisco specializations, so we can guarantee a wide range of certified courses that will allow you and your colleagues to acquire the necessary know-how for the subsequent certification tests.

In addition to the certified trainings, we offer special courses that are focused primarily on the development of the necessary configuration skills.

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The uniqueness of our training is to transfer knowledge both on theoretical and practical level.

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Our training customers include:

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  • Vodafone
  • Raiffeisen Bank
  • ERSTE Bank
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  • IBM Slovensko
  • Orange Slovensko
  • Telefónica O2 Czech Republic,a.s.
  • AT&T Global Network Services Slovakia
  • T-Mobile Slovensko
  • U.S.Steel Košice
  • VOLKSWAGEN Slovakia
  • Magyar Telekom Nyrt
  • MÁV Zrt


Collaboration with our partners is an essential part of our growth and success.

CiscoCisco is the largest provider of networking technologies in the world that are the basis of data, voice and video communications on the Internet and corporate computer networks. ALEFs partnership with Cisco has multiple levels. In the area of solution implementation it is a Cisco Gold Partner, in the area of education it is a Specialized Cisco Learning Partner.

NetappNetApp is a world leader in storage and management dat. Due to continuous investment in the development of their solutions able since 1992 to hold long-term leadership in introducing innovative approaches.

IronPortIronPort je dodávateľom unikátnej technológie, v súčasnosti patriacej do portfólia Cisco Systems, ktorá sa zameriava na e-mailovú a webovú bezpečnosť. Alef je jediným distribútorom IronPortu v Českej republike a na Slovensku, ako jediný prevádzkuje IronPort Authorized Training Center v Českej a Slovenskej republike.

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vmware VMware is one of the largest providers of virtualization software in the world. ALEF partnership consists primarily of activities within the scope of Cisco Data center specialization. ALEF Training also offers a special Vmware course for the administration of end stations.

Pearson VUE is a global certificate authority, which offers a portfolio of several hundred tests in the field of information-communications technology. It covers the technology company Cisco Systems, VMware, Adobe, Citrix, CompTIA or Tanberg. The test centers of their partner Pearson VUE puts stringent requirements to meet ALEF Training.

gopasThe GOPAS Computer School is the largest information technology training provider on the Czech and Slovak markets. The technical courses are attended annually by almost 30,000 students, most of them IT specialists. Despite operating on a relatively small market, GOPAS is among major IT training providers in Europe.

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Recipient of such personal data is the Controller and any entity linked in any way to the Controller in terms of assets, whether directly or indirectly, and entities that are members of the ALEF Group, even in the case such entity is in a third country (i.e. outside the European Union), if the European Commission has decided that such third country ensures the appropriate level of personal data protection (for a list of countries see, for example, a and employees of the aforementioned entities. Business partners of the Controller, entities linked to the Controller in terms of assets, Processors of personal data or public power authorities  can also be recipients of personal data.

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Where processing has been restricted personal data shall, with the exception of their storage, only be processed with your consent or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person or for reasons of important public interest of the Union or of a Member State;

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The right to object; in the event your personal data are processed for direct marketing purposes, you have the right to object at any time to processing of personal data concerning you for such marketing, which includes profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing, and in such case the personal data will no longer be used for such purposes.

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Terms and Conditions


Business Terms and Conditions for Training and Tests

of ALEF NULA, a.s. (hereinafter the “TaC”)

Version 1.0
Effective from January 2019

1. Introductory Provisions

These Business Terms and Conditions govern legal relations between a client for training and/or courses and/or tests in the event that the training or course is a test or ends with tests (hereinafter “Training”) and the Training provider, ALEF NULA, a.s., registered number: 618 58 579, registered office: Pernerova 691/42, Karlín, 186 00 Prague 8, file reference: B 2727, maintained by the Municipal Court in Prague (hereinafter “ALEF”).

These Business Terms and Conditions can be unilaterally amended by ALEF. The rights and duties of the Training client and ALEF are always, however, governed by the TaC with the wording effective at the time an order was demonstrably sent to ALEF; such text of the TaC is binding on the Training client.

It is up to the Training client to monitor, in ongoing fashion, the current text of the TaC (the text of the TaC is designated in ongoing fashion with the version number) and to familiarise itself with the TaC in ongoing fashion. All versions of the TaC, including the currently effective version, are published at ALEF’s website:

The prices of Training are stated at the abovementioned website. The prices stated do not include VAT.

2. Ordering Training

Orders for Training can be placed by the client using the website or by e-mail sent to Every order must have the requisites that are subsequently necessary for invoicing and for specific registration:

  • Information about the legal entity or natural person (Training client) to which an invoice will be issued, including the registered office and tax ID number, if it is a VAT payer;
  • An express reference that the order and the rights and duties resulting from it are governed by the effective TaC of ALEF published at the website, with which the Training client has familiarised itself and which it undertakes to comply with;
  • The first name, surname and contact details of the Training participant(s);
  • The type of Training and the date the participant(s) want to attend;
  • The chosen payment method (invoice, ALEF Training Credits or Cisco Learning Credits, if the Training client has them).

After the acceptance of an order, an ALEF Training Team specialist will send ALEF for each Training client and each registered participant an order confirmation, within 48 hours, if the Training date is free. In the event that the date of the chosen Training is full, the Training client and every registered participant will be contacted with an offer of alternative dates.

At least a week before the start of Training, Training participants will receive an invitation with more detailed organisational information, such as the Training start time, the place of Training and where to park.

3. Payment for Training

The participant fee for Training includes teaching, the use of computers, study materials and the issue of a certificate confirming the Training was taken. The price of Training includes refreshments, including drinks of various types and a hot lunch in the event that Training takes place in the Alef Training Centre. In the event Training is realised outside such space, refreshments and lunch are a matter of agreement between the Training client and ALEF.

Payment of the price for Training takes place in the case of existing customers after Training, the standard is within 14 business days of the delivery of an invoice. For new customers a down payment invoice is issued for the first Training sessions, which the Training client is obligated to pay before the start of Training. After Training, the Training client is issued with an invoice—tax document. In the event of problem-free payment, i.e. in the invoiced amount and by the due date, each additional Training is then paid for the same as for existing customers of ALEF, i.e. after completion within 14 business days of the delivery of an invoice.

In the event the company has ALEF Training Credits (ATC), it can use them to pay for the relevant Training or certification. Information about the current amount and method of drawing can be obtained from the ALEF Training Team.

If the company has Cisco Learning Credits (CLC), they can be used only for certified Cisco Training.

In the event of a delay paying the price of Training, the Training client is obligated to pay ALEF penalty interest totalling 0.05% of the outstanding amount for each day of delay.

4. Cancellation Conditions

A request for the free cancellation of participation in certified Training should be sent no later than within 35 business days of the date of the start of Training to, or to the relevant ALEF Training Team specialist at ALEF that confirmed the order. In the event of the cancellation of participation less than 35 business days before the date for the start of Training, the cancellation conditions are the following:

  • Cancellation of participation in certified Training less than 35 business days before the start date for Training—the cancellation charge is (excluding VAT) 50% of the price of Training (excluding VAT);
  • Cancellation of participation in certified Training less than 10 business days before the start date for Training—the cancellation charge is (excluding VAT) 100% of the price of Training (excluding VAT). 

A request for cancellation of uncertified Training should be sent no later than 10 business days before the Training start date. If a request is sent later, a cancellation charge will be billed (excluding VAT) totalling 100% of the price of Training (excluding VAT).

Cancellation charges are payable within 14 business days of the delivery of an invoice.

After receiving registration for a certification test, which completes certificated Training, it is not possible to cancel the order for a certification test. The date of a test can be changed, but regarding the movement of the date it is necessary to contact the person that confirmed the registration for the relevant test, no later than three business days before the planned start of the certification test.

If there is a second change to the date of a certification test, an administrative charge totalling EUR 20 (excluding VAT) is billed. This administrative fee is payable within 14 business days of the delivery of an invoice. Information about a change to a date should be sent no later than three business days before the scheduled date to If a date change is possible, it will be confirmed by ALEF.

In the event of a delay with the payment of a cancellation charge or administrative charge, there is a duty to pay default interest totalling 0.05% of the outstanding amount for each day of delay.

5. Organisational Changes

ALEF (the ALEF Training Team) reserves the right to cancel a planned Training date in the event of unexpected events—illness of a teacher, suspension of delivery of services (such as electrical energy, internet access, etc.).

ALEF also reserves the right to cancel a Training date in the event there is not a sufficient number of participants for its realisation. In such case the Training client and the registered participants will be contacted with a new possible date.

6. Electronic Materials

In connection with the new trend for the provision of electronic Training materials for certificated Cisco Training, it is necessary for the Training participants to bring with them a laptop, or they can, at least a week before the date of the Training session, ask for one to be lent for free.

7. Concluding Provisions

These TaC, the legal relations resulting from them or related to them, including extra-contractual relations (if the selection of law is permissible for them), are governed by the legal order of the Czech Republic, with the exclusion of conflicting international private law standards. In matters not governed by these TaC, the legal relationship between a Training client and ALEF is governed, in particular, by the Civil Code.

In the event of disputes under these TaC or in connection with them, the jurisdiction of the relevant court of first instance is as follows: if a regional court has material jurisdiction, the court with local jurisdiction is the Municipal Court in Prague, if a district court has material jurisdiction, the court with local jurisdiction is the District Court for Prague 8.

The provisions of the previous sentence are binding only if the legal relation between a Training client and ALEF is a legal relationship between entrepreneurs during their business activities.