Data Center and Virtualization Accelerated NCDA Boot Camp Data ONTAP 7-Mode

Accelerated NCDA Boot Camp Data ONTAP 7-Mode


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  • Course Delivery: Virtual Classroom
  • Language: English

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This is a 5-day bootcamp that expands upon what students learned in the D7ADM course in order to prepare for the NCDA 7-mode certification exam. This is an accelerated course with extended hours so come prepared work hard and become a knowledgeable user of Data ONTAP 7-mode.

Who should attend

This course is intended for NetApp customers, partners and employees who provide basic support and perform administrative functions of the Data ONTAP 8.2 operating system running in 7-mode and those seeking NCDA certification.


Course Objectives

  • Configure a Data ONTAP storage system in an NFS environment
  • Configure and administer a storage system for CIFS functionality
  • Discuss how to configure a storage system for a SAN FC environment
  • Configure and administer a storage system in a SAN iSCSI environment
  • Explain and implement the backup and recovery methods that are available in the Data ONTAP operating system
  • Describe and implement the business continuance methods that are available in the Data ONTAP operating system

Additional Fast Lane-developed content you will learn to:

  • Perform administrative tasks on FC target ports
  • Perform administrative tasks on LUNs
  • Perform administrative tasks on initiator groups (igroups)
  • Describe how and when a LUN consumes space from its containing volume
  • Discuss backup guarantees through NetApp Snapshot reserve
  • Discuss the overwrite guarantee for space -reserved LUNs
  • Analyze the default LUN configuration and two thin-provisioning configurations
  • Discuss Flash Pool Design and Implementation
  • Easily implement SnapVault
  • Utilize Provisioning and Protection manager workflows with OnCommand Unified Manager

Topics Covered

Detailed Course Outline

Module 1: NCDA Overview

  • Identify the skills and knowledge that NetApp Certified Data Management Administrator (NCDA) certification verifies
  • Describe the benefits of certification
  • Explain the key concepts of Data ONTAP operating in 7-mode

Module 2: NFS Overview

  • Define NFS
  • Differentiate between NFS protocol versions
  • Recognize the differences between stateless and stateful protocols
  • Describe how the storage system acts as an NFS file server
  • List the requirements of NFS

Module 3: NFS Setup

  • Configure NFS on a NetApp® storage system
  • Configure a storage system to perform IP to host-name resolution
  • Add Network Information Server (NIS) to manage users, groups, and name-to-IP resolution
  • Configure a storage system to centrally manage users and groups
  • Configure PC-NFS and WebNFS environments to extend the reach of NFS

Module 4: Exports and Mounts

  • Identify exportable resources
  • Export and unexport resources to clients, subnets, and netgroups
  • Manage exports with the exportfs command
  • Create mount points and mount exported resources on a client
  • Monitor the usage of exported resources
  • Explain how to monitor exports with access cache

Module 5: CIFS Overview

  • Describe basic CIFS terminology and CIFS versions
  • Describe the role of the Data ONTAP storage system within Windows environments:

    • Microsoft® Windows® workgroup
    • Non-Windows workgroup
    • Windows domains
  • Describe host name resolution
  • Describe user authentication and authorization

Module 6: CIFS Workgroups

  • License CIFS on a storage system
  • Join a storage system to a Microsoft® Windows® workgroup environment using the CIFS setup command
  • Review the results of CIFS setup
  • Manage newly created configuration files for a CIFS workgroup environment

Module 7: CIFS Shares and Sessions

  • Display the list of shared resources available on the storage system
  • Configure a client machine to access a storage system share
  • Identify users and hosts that are connected to the storage system in CIFS sessions
  • Add, modify, and delete shares

Module 8: CIFS Access Control

  • Create and manage local users for a storage system
  • Create and manage local users for a storage system
  • Create local group and local users for that group
  • Use the CLI (command-line interface), NetApp® System Manager, and Microsoft® tools to add, delete, and modify access permissions for shares
  • Use Microsoft tools to add, delete, and modify access permissions for files and folders

Module 9: CIFS Domains

  • Terminate the CIFS service to prepare for CIFS domain configuration
  • Reconfigure the CIFS service for a Windows® domain
  • Identify the resulting files
  • Create domain users and add the domain users to a local storage system group
  • Configure preferred domain controllers (DCs)

Module 10: NAS Multiprotocol

  • Describe security styles and how they affect file permissions
  • Determine and verify user mappings for CIFS users that access UNIX® volumes and qtrees and mixed volumes and qtrees
  • Determine and verify user mappings for UNIX users that are access New Technology File System (NTFS) volumes and qtrees and mixed volumes and qtrees
  • Describe the WAFL (Write Anywhere File Layout) Credential Cache

Module 11: NAS Troubleshooting

  • Locate options and configuration files that might be misconfigured on the storage system
  • Test for Domain Name System (DNS) resolution on both the storage system and the client
  • Use client-side tools to test the client configuration
  • Use storage system and client tools to isolate network system blockages
  • Recognize typical error messages and list the commands to identify their sources

Module 12: SAN Overview

  • Describe the differences between network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN)
  • List the protocols to implement a SAN environment
  • Define a LUN, initiator, and target
  • Describe ports, worldwide node names (WWNNs), and worldwide port names (WWPNs)
  • Implement a SAN

Module 13: iSCSI Connectivity

  • Describe multiple-path implementation with iSCSI connectivity
  • Configure network ports on Windows® and NetApp® systems
  • Identify the node name (WWNN) on Windows and NetApp systems
  • Configure and verify multiple-path iSCSI connectivity between Windows and NetApp systems

Module 14: FC Connectivity

  • Implement multiple paths with Fibre Channel (FC) connectivity
  • Configure FC ports on Windows® and Data ONTAP systems
  • Describe the commands and utilities to identify worldwide node names (WWNNs) and worldwide port names (WWPNs) on Windows® and Data ONTAP systems

Module 15: LUN Access

  • Describe the steps that are required to enable a Windows® Server initiator to access a LUN on a storage system

Module 16: Availability Features

  • Describe the features that you can use to ensure system availability
  • Explain RAID-DP functionality
  • Define SyncMirror
  • Define the high-availability controller configuration
  • Describe a stretch MetroCluster environment
  • List the basic steps to implement a stretch MetroCluster
  • Describe a fabric-attached MetroCluster environment
  • List the basic steps to implement a fabric-attached MetroCluster

Module 17: Managing Snapshot Copies

  • Describe the functions and benefits of Snapshot and SnapRestore technologies
  • Use the storage system CLI and NetApp System Manager interfaces to manage Snapshot copies
  • Manage and reclaim space used by Snapshot copies
  • Use Snapshot copies to restore lost data

Module 18: SnapMirror Technology

  • Explain the SnapMirror Async, Sync, and Semi-Sync modes of operation
  • Describe how volume SnapMirror and qtree SnapMirror software replicate data
  • Configure SnapMirror software
  • Perform advanced SnapMirror operations
  • Explain SnapMirror performance impact

Module 19: Managing SnapVault Technology

  • Describe SnapVault® components and benefits
  • Configure SnapVault software on primary and secondary systems
  • Administer a SnapVault backup on primary and secondary systems
  • Describe the application-consistent backup operations
  • Restore data from secondary system to primary system

Module 20: Open Systems SnapVault

  • Describe how Open Systems SnapVault® integrates with Data ONTAP® SnapVault
  • Describe Open Systems SnapVault advanced features
  • Configure and administer Open Systems SnapVault
  • Perform Open Systems SnapVault backup and restore operations
  • Troubleshoot and resolve Open Systems SnapVault transfer failures

Module 21: Storage Efficiency

  • Utilize FlexClone technology to create efficient copies of volumes, files, and LUNs
  • Use deduplication and compression to manage data growth

Module 22: Performance and Data Collections Tools

  • Use Data ONTAP operating system commands and tools to capture performance data
  • Describe Data ONTAP tools that can affect performance
  • Use the reallocate command to maintain performance
  • Use recommended techniques to optimize Data ONTAP configuration for SAN and NAS


  • Log in to the exercise environment
  • Perform a health check on the storage systems and the Linux server
  • Install NetApp OnCommand System Manager
  • Add storage systems to System Manager
  • Use OnCommand System Manager to create aggregates
  • Use OnCommand System Manger to create an aggregate with a flash pool
  • Use the CLI to create aggregates
  • Use the CLI to create an aggregate with a flash pool
  • Destroy an aggregate and initialize its disks
  • Create a Flexvol volumes
  • Resize Flexvol volumes
  • Create Qtrees
  • Use the CLI to investigate the status of the NFS protocol
  • Investigate NIS and LDAP
  • Investigate NFS protocols and configuration files
  • Determine if the storage system is accessible from a unix or unix host
  • Enable the NFS protocol
  • Create a netgroup on the storage system
  • Designate a unix host as an administrative host
  • Designate a unix host as an administrative host
  • Change the permissions for the root volume export
  • Mount exported volumes on a unix administration host
  • Use system manager to export a Qtree to a subnet
  • Use a unix admin host to export a Qtree to a netgroup
  • Investigate the status of the CIFS protocol on your storage systems
  • Execute the CIFS setup script
  • Determine the CIFS protocol status
  • Map a drive to the root volume of the storage system
  • View CIFS shares from the CLI, system manager, or computer management
  • Use the CLI to create shares
  • Use system manager to create shares
  • Use Windows Computer Management to create shares
  • View file and folder properties from the windows host
  • Display CIFS session information from the storage system CLI
  • Add a local user account on the storage system
  • Add a local group to a storage system
  • Grant share access to the new group
  • Determine whether CIFS configuration prerequisites are met
  • Set up the prerequisites for CIFS configuration
  • Use system manager to terminate CIFS services
  • Use the CIFS setup wizard to join a storage system to a Windows domain
  • Use the storage system CLI to join a storage system to a Windows domain
  • Create a domain user as a member of the built-in administrators group
  • Use Windows Computer Management to manage storage system shares
  • Display CIFS session
  • Configure multiprotocol access
  • Use the WCC to view the mapping of unix to Windows users
  • Create, share, and export unix, NTFS, and mixed-style Qtrees
  • Access a unix-style volume as a Window server
  • Access NTFS security-style volumes as a unix user
  • Troubleshoot multiprotocol access
  • Send an autosupport message
  • Locate storage system diagnostic log files
  • Recall diagnostic commands to enter on the storage system
  • Capture a packet trace
  • Recall diagnostic commands to enter on a unix host
  • Recall diagnostic commands to enter on a windows host
  • Identify the components of your SAN exercise environment
  • Configure iSCSI on a storage system
  • Configure Windows for MPIO
  • Install NetApp Host Utilities
  • Configure iSCSI on Window
  • Confirm an iSCSI session on a storage system
  • Confirm a second iSCSI session on Windows
  • Create a Flexvol volume to contain LUNs
  • Create a LUN that is mapped to an igroup
  • Initialize a LUN with disk management
  • Provision a LUN with disk management
  • Make the mounting of a LUN persistent
  • Move a volume
  • Manage Snapshot copies on the storage system CLI and System Manager
  • Ensure that Snapshot directories are visible to CIFS and NFS users
  • Restore a windows file from a Snapshot copy
  • Create a data-loss test scenario
  • Use SnapRestore technology to restore a volume
  • Use SnapRestore technology to restore a file
  • Identify the source and destination systems
  • Set up SnapMirror on the source storage system
  • Set up SnapMirror on the destination storage system
  • Initiate a baseline transfer and schedule updates
  • Update the SnapMirror relationship
  • Break the SnapMirror relationship
  • Resynchronize the relationship from the source storage system
  • Reinstate the original SnapMirror relationship
  • Configure synchronous SnapMirror mode
  • Identify primary and secondary systems
  • Configure SnapVault software on the primary system
  • Configure SnapVault software on the secondary system
  • Initialize the transfer
  • Perform a restore
  • Restart the backup relationship
  • Install Open Systems SnapVault for Windows server
  • Configure the SnapVault secondary system
  • Configure Windows Server 2012 firewall settings
  • Establish the Open Systems SnapVault baseline
  • Perform a restore and resume SnapVault operations
  • Enable, schedule, and run volume deduplication operations
  • Create a FlexClone volume clone
  • Create a FlexClone LUN clone and work with fractional reserve
  • Locate statistics on flash pool performance
  • Set processing priorities with the FlexShare tool
  • Use the sysstat command to collect performance statistics
  • Use the stats command to collect performance statistics


  • Three years of experience in a storage related function, such as storage administrator or field engineer
  • Six months experience with NetApp storage solutions
  • Data ONTAP 7-Mode Administration (D7ADM)


It is strongly recommended that you have attended the instructor-led D7ADM course or have the equivalent practical experience with the NetApp ONTAP operating system before attending this advanced boot camp. The web-based version of Data ONTAP 7-Mode will not provide sufficient preparation for those seeking NCDA certification upon completion of this course.


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