DCFSA - FlexPod for Data Center Systems Administration v1.0



In this course, you will become experienced with planning, designing, and implementing a FlexPod integrated platform that includes NetApp unified storage systems, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) servers, Cisco Nexus fabric, and VMware vSphere virtualization platform.

Using real-world scenarios and examples, you will explore all the components of the FlexPod system and walk through installing, managing, and troubleshooting the platform as a whole as well as all of the individual Cisco, NetApp, and VMware components.


  • Systems administrators and engineers
  • Technical solutions architects
  • Systems integrators
  • Channel partners
  • Value-added resellers
  • End users deploying FlexPod


  • Basic knowledge of Cisco routing and switching
  • Basic knowledge of servers and storage
  • Familiarity with basic VMware virtualization concepts

1. Introduction to the FlexPod Architecture

  • Overview of the FlexPod platform architecture
  • FlexPod Design Considerations

2. Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches

  • Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches
  • High-Level Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Product Features
  • Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch Hardware Architecture
  • Configuring Basic Integration with FlexPod Platform

3. Cisco UCS

  • Cisco UCS Architecture Overview
  • Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series LAN Connectivity
  • Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series SAN Connectivity
  • Provisioning Resource Pools in the Cisco UCS Manager
  • Provisioning Service Policies in the Cisco UCS Manager

4. Virtual Networking

  • VMware Virtual Switching Overview
  • Cisco Nexus 1000v Series Switch
  • Configuring and Administering the Virtual Supervisor and Virtual Ethernet Modules

5. NetApp Storage Appliance

  • Benefits of Data ONTAP v8.x and Its Two Modes of Operation
  • Setting up a Basic Cluster Configuration
  • Introducing SAN and NAS Protocols
  • Administering Volumes, LUNs and Initiator Groups
  • Review and Discussion of Advanced Features in Data ONTAP

6. Managing and Monitoring the FlexPod Platform

  • Configuring Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Management Features
  • Configuring Cisco Nexus 1000v Series Management Features
  • Managing and Upgrading Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware
  • Implementing Backup, Import, and Restore of the Cisco UCS Manager Database
  • Monitoring, Backing Up, and Restoring the NetApp Storage Appliance
  • Implementing Cisco UCS Director to Manage FlexPod Operations

7. Troubleshooting the FlexPod Platform

  • Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Troubleshooting Tools
  • Troubleshooting the Cisco UCS B-Series Configuration
  • Basic Cisco Nexus 1000v Troubleshooting Tools
  • Basic NetApp Troubleshooting Tools