Flexpod | Crescent Technology Consultants



In this 7-day instructor-led course, you will become experienced with the planning, design, and implementation of a FlexPod integrated platform which includes NetApp unified storage systems, Cisco Unified Computing System servers, Cisco Nexus fabric, and VMware vSphere virtualization platform. With real-world scenarios and examples, this course will explore all of the components of the FlexPod system and guide you through the installation, management, and troubleshooting of the platform.

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to the FlexPod Architecture

  • Overview of the FlexPod platform architecture
  • FlexPod Design Considerations

Module 2: Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches

  • Introducing the 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

Module 3: Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)

  • Cisco Unified Computing System (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

Module 4: Virtual Networking

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

Module 5: NetApp Storage Appliance

  • Discuss the benefits of Data ONTAP version 8.x and explain its two modes of operation
  • Describe the steps for 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

Module 6: Management and Monitoring of 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 of the NetApp Storage Appliance
  • Implementing Cisco UCS Director to Manage FlexPod Operations

Module 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

Course Labs

  • Lab 1 Connecting to the Lab Environment
  • Lab 2 Familiarization with the FlexPod GUI and CLI Interfaces
  • Lab 3 Cisco Nexus 5000 Hardware Platform and System Management
  • Lab 4 Verify B-Series LAN and SAN Physical Connections
  • Lab 5 Provision Identity and Resource Pools in UCS
  • Lab 6 Provision Mobile Service Profiles and Install VMware ESXi
  • Lab 7 Configuring and Administering the Cisco Nexus 1000v VSM
  • Lab 8 Configuring and Administering the Cisco Nexus 1000v VEM
  • Lab 9 Base configuration of NetApp Cluster – Instructor Demo
  • Lab 10 Provisioning of NetApp LUN and Initiator Group
  • Lab 11 Backup and Restore the Cisco UCS Manager Database
  • Lab 12 Provisioning Cisco UCS Director to Manage a FlexPod Environment
  • Lab 13 Troubleshooting Nexus, UCS, and NetApp