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Implementing and Administering the FlexPod Solution


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Who should attend

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Network engineers, Network administrators, System engineers and Server administrators


This course is part of the following Certifications:

  • Cisco and NetApp FlexPod Specialist (FLEXPOD)

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • Identify the architecture, features and components of FlexPod
  • Describe implementation parameters for Components including Cisco Nexus 5500 switches, Cisco UCS and NetApp clustered Data ONTAP
  • Describe FlexPod management tools

Topics Covered

Module 1: Describe FlexPod

  • Describe data center philosophy
  • Understand migration to cloud architecture
  • Build a cloud infrastructure using proper requirements and challenges
  • Describe the benefits of FlexPod architecture
  • Identify FlexPod data center architecture platforms
  • Describe the components of FlexPod data center
  • Describe FlexPod validated designs

Module 2: FlexPod Networking

  • Describe Cisco Nexus Switches
  • Describe expansion modules
  • Identify features of Cisco NX-OS
  • Demonstrate NX-OS management
  • Describe NX-OS high availability
  • Describe Cisco Nexus configuration options
  • Initialize the Cisco Nexus switch
  • Configure LAN interfaces
  • Create VLANs and virtual port channels
  • Demonstrate VSAN configuration
  • Demonstrate creation of device aliases
  • Demonstrate configuration of zoning policies

Module 3: FlexPod Storage

  • Understanding NetApp Storage
  • Describe the cluster interconnect configuration requirements
  • Set up clustered Data ONTAP 8.2
  • Describe storage network configuration requirements
  • Identify Storage Virtual Machine (SVM) configuration requirements
  • Demonstrate setup of a NFS SVM with NetApp OnCommand System Manager
  • Demonstrate setup of a Fibre Channel SVM with NetApp OnCommand System Manager

Module 4: FlexPod Compute

  • Identify Cisco UCS compute components
  • Describe Cisco UCS Manager
  • Describe Role Based Access Control (RBAC)
  • Demonstrate configuration of the Fabric Interconnect
  • Set up Cisco UCS service profiles and templates
  • Manage Cisco UCS

Module 5: FlexPod Virtualization

  • Describe Hypervisor Virtualization
  • Discuss VMware ESXi Server
  • Define Microsoft Windows Hyper-V 2012
  • Explain NetApp SnapDrive and NetApp SnapManager for Hyper-V

Module 6: FlexPod Management and Troubleshooting Tools

  • Describe NetApp Management Tools
  • Describe Cisco Management Tools
  • Describe Cisco UCS System Faults and Logging
  • Describe Cisco Nexus System Logging
  • Define App System Monitoring and Logs
  • Explain Microsoft and VMware Hypervisor Event Logging


  • Lab 1-1: Understanding Connectivity in the FlexPod Environment
  • Lab 2-1: Cisco Nexus 5548 LAN Deployment
  • Lab 2-2: Cisco Nexus 5548 SAN Deployment
  • Lab 3-1: NetApp Cluster Setup (Optional)
  • Lab 3-2: Assign VLAN Tags to the NetApp ifgrps
  • Lab 3-3: Create Vservers (SVMs) to Serve Fibre Channel and NFS
  • Lab 4-1: Configure Cisco UCS B-Series
  • Lab 4-2: Install ESXi 5.1 to a Boot LUN
  • Lab 5-1: Connect vCenter to the ESXi Server
  • Lab 6-1: Install and Configure Cisco UCS Director


The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:

  • General knowledge of networking technologies
  • CCNA / CCNP Data Center recommended
  • Basic understanding of storage operations
  • Basic knowledge of server and server virtualization technologies such as VMware ESXi

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