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While delivering what turned out to be a very successful UCS and Nexus 1000V class a week and a half back, a number of you on the east coast of the US got tragically knocked out of class due to Hurricane/TS Sandy. While the class had to go on, I received a number of emails later on the following week mentioning about the disappointment many of you had based on not being able to ask questions during the live class. So we’ve decided to run the class again, live, the week after next. So for any who were not able to attend the first time due to this or any other reason, or would just like to attend again (or simply have an opportunity to purchase it for the first time and still attend a live version of this class), we will offer it again beginning on Nov 26 and running through Nov 30.
For anyone who may not know INE’s teaching style very well – let me just tell you that you will not be bored to death-by-powerpoint. We’ll present a very few slides with key points to remember, but 90% of the content you will see will be live, hands-on configuration and troubleshooting. We test everything the box(es) have to offer. We’ll do static pinning, dynamic pinning, and port channels for both LAN and SAN, and verify and fail(over) everything to show exactly what’s going on. We don’t just do GUI (that’d be too boring). We verify everything in the NX-OS CLI, and the upstream Nexus 5548UPs and MDS 9222Is. We’ll boot from local disk, boot from SAN, and build ESXi 5 live on the blades and pizza-box C200 as well, while talking through a number of the recommendations from both Cisco and VMware on the box. Things like number of vNICs, vHBAs, when to enable failover or not to enable failover and on which vNICS – and when should you do these things on ESXi with standard vSwitches vs when you should do them on ESXi running on top of the N1Kv VEM module.
Also, watch this blog as we will soon announce dates for a few new classes I will be holding relating to some very real-world production network training. Things such as UC on UCS (actually building it – not just talking about it), as well as BYOD with Cisco ISE across Wireless, Nexus and Catalyst platforms, as well as an across-the-board QoS class that shows both relevant and similar comparison configurations spanning Catalyst 3550, 3560/3750, 6500 with many various model blades, and Nexus 5500, 7000 and even 1000 platforms. The QoS class is something I’ve been asked by students to do for a while now, and am quite excited to bring all the hardware together in a single class.
See you in about a week.
The second portion of our CCIE Data Center Live Online Bootcamps – Storage Networking – is now complete, and the videos are available for streaming and download. This class focuses on Fibre Channel Switching, IP Storage, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) on the Nexus 5500, Nexus 7000, and MDS series switches.
All Access Pass (AAP) subscribers can view the videos in streaming format for no additional fee and also purchase the download version at a discounted rate. If you are not an AAP subscriber you can purchase the standalone download version here. As usual, all of these videos have cross-platform support (desktop, iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows phone, etc.), and the download versions are DRM free. After you purchase them, they are yours to do with as you please.
The CCIE Data Center Live Online Bootcamp Series continues with Unified Computing the week of October 29th. All Access Pass subscribers can attend for free, in addition to anyone who purchased the download version.
Below is an excerpt from the Storage Networking class on how to configure Multihop FCoE on the Nexus 5000 and Nexus 7000:
CCIE Data Center :: Storage :: Multihop FCoE Configuration
The outline for the Storage Networking class is as follows:
- Storage Networking Hardware Architecture
- Fibre Channel Switching Overview
- Fibre Channel Switching Verification
- Nexus 5500UP Initialization & FC Interface Configuration
- SAN Port Channels
- Virtual SANs (VSANs)
- FC Fabric Services :: FC Domain
- FC Fabric Services :: FSPF
- FC Fabric Services :: FLOGI & FCNS
- FC Fabric Services :: Basic Zoning
- FC Fabric Services :: Enhanced Zoning & Aliases
- FC Fabric Services :: Q&A
- iSCSI :: Part 1
- iSCSI :: Part 2
- NPV & NPIV
- FCoE Overview
- FCoE Configuration :: Part 1
- FCoE Configuration :: Part 2
- FCoE Q&A
- Multihop FCoE Overview
- Multihop FCoE Configuration
- FCoE NPV
- Data Center Network Manager (DCNM)
As many of you already know, the launch date for the CCIE Data Center Lab Exam is approaching soon. The CCIE Data Center Written Exam is now live, and lab scheduling will come online in the coming weeks. At INE, we’ve completed two out of our three planned online classes for CCIE DC – CCIE Data Center Nexus Switching and CCIE Data Center Storage Networking. Videos from the Nexus class are currently available for download and streaming, and Storage is currently in post-processing and will be available next week. More information on the Storage Networking class, as well as samples, will be posted early next week. The final portion of our online classes – CCIE Data Center Unified Computing – will be held at the end of this month, the week of October 29th. Seats in the online class are still available for purchase, which includes the downloadable videos after class – All Access Pass members can attend this class live online for free. This brings us to the most anticipated and requested product of the CCIE Data Center line: INE’s CCIE Data Center Workbook and Rack Rentals.
Like our online Bootcamps, INE’s CCIE Data Center Workbooks will take a three-part approach to the topic scope: Nexus Switching, Storage Networking, and Unified Computing. Unlike our previous workbook products, however, the delivery of the Data Center Workbooks will be enhanced. The Data Center Workbook series will be delivered as online content. It will still include diagrams, technology scenarios, configurations, and verifications, but it will also include embedded streaming video content that delves deep into technology breakdowns, verification, and troubleshooting. By delivering the content in an online format as opposed to print-formatted PDFs, we will be able to shorten the time to market for the labs through incremental releases, and we will be able to ensure that everyone always has the most updated version of content without the need for a complicated sub-versioning system. Furthermore, the embedded video breakdown content will take this product above and beyond the incredibly high quality bar that you, our customers, are already accustomed to with INE.
The time frame for content release of the CCIE Data Center Workbooks is as follows:
- Nexus Switching: Mid to Late November 2012
- Storage Networking: Mid to Late December 2012
- Unified Computing: Mid to Late December 2012
- Full Scale Labs: Mid to Late January 2013
What about rack rentals? We plan to release access to rack rentals in tandem with the release of the workbook content. Rack rentals will be offered in multiple ways. First we will offer smaller subsets of the overall complete hardware topology that is used to complete specific technology labs. For example, a lab on vPC on Nexus 5000 may consist of 2 x Nexus 5548UPs and an end host. Likewise, as you progressively work through the labs, the topologies will get more complex, ultimately culminating in full-scale multi-protocol labs that require the entire overall hardware topology.
The full hardware topology used in the workbooks will consist of:
- Nexus 7000s with both M1 and F1 modules
- Nexus 5500UPs
- Nexus 2000 1GigE & 10GigE Fabric Extenders
- MDS 9200i Fibre Channel & IP Storage Switches
- UCS C Series Rackmount Servers
- UCS B Series Blade Servers
- UCS Fabric Interconnects
- Additional 1GigE & 10GigE attached end servers
- Fibre Channel attached Storage Arrays
Further details, such as pricing for the workbooks and rack rentals and the availability of the rack schedule, will be solidified within the next few weeks. As always, questions and comments are welcome, and I hope to see many of you in the upcoming CCIE Data Center – Unified Computing class at the end of the month!
As any CCIE candidate knows, there is no escape from the hours and hours of reading that comes along with preparing for the written exam and the lab exam. The new CCIE Data Center certification is no exception. There is a lot of prerequisite reading that should be done before sitting down at the keyboard and pounding away at the CLI, and we have compiled a manageable list that we are recommending candidates to go through before attending our upcoming CCIE Data Center Live Online Bootcamps.
This list, like our bootcamps, is broken down into three topic domains: Nexus Switching, Storage, and Unified Computing. All of the books listed below are available on Safari Online for those of you that want to save a few trees. The vast major of the list however is comprised of Cisco documentation. Since these technologies are so new – say compared to OSPF – there are not as many traditional books available. What I would recommend for people going through this track is to start with the first book listed in each category (or in the case of Storage, the first two) and use these as an overview of the technologies that are within that topic domain. Once you have a basic understanding of what’s involved, then go through the configuration guides in detail to see the specific technology details, platform caveats (there are a lot, you’ll see ), syntax examples, etc. This list may expand in the future but for right now it’s a really good starting point for anyone that is going to be pursuing CCIE DC, or just wants to learn these technologies in general.
- Nexus Switching
- NX-OS and Cisco Nexus Switching: Next-Generation Data Center Architectures
- Nexus 5000 Configuration Guides
- Nexus 7000 Configuration Guides
- Introduction to Storage Area Networks
- Storage Networks Explained: Basics and Application of Fibre Channel SAN, NAS, iSCSI, InfiniBand and FCoE, Second Edition
- MDS 9000 Configuration Guides
- Unified Computing