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HP BladeSystem Virtual Connect


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Course number HF837S
Length 2 days
Delivery method Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT)
Instructor-led training (ILT)
Onsite dedicated training (OST)
Price USD $1,600
CAD $1,760

Special Note

There is now an updated version of this Virtual Connect course at : HK758S
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Course overview

This 2-day instructor led training course covers how Virtual Connect integrates with c-Class BladeSystem technology. It includes the configuration and use of Virtual Connect (VC) Ethernet and Fibre Channel technology. Each topic will involve lab scenarios that will reflect real-world scenarios. Students will configure the Virtual Connect Ethernet and Virtual Connect Fibre channel modules.


HP recommends that students have attained the following credentials or levels of experience before taking this course:

  • Completion of HP BladeSystem Administration (HE646S)
  • Basic Windows Server 2003 knowledge


Administrators, engineers and consultants who will plan and manage the configuration of HP ProLiant BladeSystem c-Class network connectivity and blade servers

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Course objectives

At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:
  • Understand the HP BladeSystem Virtual Connect Ethernet and Fibre Channel modules
  • Access and configure the VC Manager
  • Discuss the VC Flex-10 Technology
  • Understand HP Firmware Release sets
  • Discuss the VC Firmware upgrade
  • Discuss the FlexFabric technology

Benefits to you

  • Gain the ability to perform successful site planning and infrastructure design needed to deploy an HP Virtual Connect solution
  • Understand the various product and firmware versions which will be required in the solution
  • Configure simple and complex HP Virtual Connect environments
  • Be able to perform effective local and remote administration using HP Virtual Connect Manager
  • Gain experience using the management tools to deploy and monitor HP Virtual Connect configuration
  • Understand the support processes for HP Virtual
  • Connect within the HP c_Class environment

Detailed Course Outline

Module 1: Virtual Connect overview

  • What is Virtual Connect
  • Discuss Virtual Connect fundamentals
  • Introduce Server failover using Virtual Connect
  • Review the Virtual Connect components and connectivity options
  • Understand the VC Fibre Channel options
  • Implement Server Side NPIV
  • Discuss Fibre Channel Port Mapping

Module 2: Virtual Connect Manager overview

  • Pre-deployment Planning
  • Virtual Connect Basic Setup
  • Logical Flow for an Initial Setup
  • Using the CLI
  • Native VLANs
  • Fast MAC Cache Failover
  • SmartLink
  • IGMP Snooping
  • Port monitoring
  • PXE settings
  • Server VLAN Tag mapping
  • Private network mode
  • Virtual Server IDs
  • Integrity Server Fibre Channel boot parameters
  • Multiple Fibre Channel SAN Fabric Support
  • Certificates/Authentications
  • Multi-enclosure VC Domains
  • Virtual Connect 3.x Enhancements
  • Failover and Configuration Backup

Video: Flex-10-with-hypervisor3

Lab 1: Basic Virtual Connect Manager Setup

  • Use the HP Virtual Connect wizards to complete the initial set up, which includes the following tasks: Logging into the VC Domain, Running the Domain Setup Wizard, Completing the Network Setup Wizard, Completing the Fibre Channel Setup Wizard, Make a Server Profile

Module 3: The Virtual Connect Domain

  • Virtual Connect networking definitions and terminology
  • Virtual Connect vNets
  • VC Ethernet Best Practice

Module 4: The Virtual Connect Profile

  • Server profile overview
  • Advanced profile configuration
  • Scripting a profile

Module 5: VC Flex-10 Overview

  • HP VC Flex-10 Technology
  • Flex-10 port assignments
  • Flex-10 bandwidth allocation
  • Flex-10 Network Configuration

Lab 2: Advanced VC Setup

  • Verifying network status
  • Review Fast MAC Cache Failover
  • Setup Local User Accounts
  • Review Secure Sockets Layer
  • Enable Multi-enclosure VC Domains
  • Make a Server Profile using a Shared Uplink Set with Mapped VLAN Tagging

Module 6: Firmware Best Practices

  • Release sets
  • Deploying VC Firmware

Lab 3: Advanced Virtual Connect Lab Exercises

  • Setup VC-FC fabrics with Dynamic Login Balancing that are all connected to the same SAN fabric
  • Add VC-FC ports to an existing VC-FC fabric and manually redistribute the server blade HBA logins
  • Configure a Ethernet/SAN Profile using the FlexFabric module
  • Establish VLAN Tagging (802.1Q) with a Shared Uplink Set (SUS) with Link Aggregation using LACP (802.3ad) - Windows
  • Configure VLAN Tagging (802.1Q) with Multiple Shared Uplink Sets (SUS) and Mapped VLANs - ESX 4

Module 7: VC Flex Fabric

  • HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric Overview
  • FlexFabric Definitions and Terminology
  • HP VC FlexFabric Modules
  • HP VC FlexFabric Adapters
  • VC FlexFabric Fibre
  • FlexFabric Fibre iSCSI
  • VC FlexFabric Module Compatibility

Appendix A: HP BladeSystem c-Class Overview

Appendix B: HP BladeSystem c-Class Port


Appendix C: VC Troubleshooting

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