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Course number HK758S
Length 3 days
Delivery method* Remotely assisted instructional learning ( RAIL)
Instructor-led training ( ILT)
Onsite dedicated training ( OST)
Price USD $2,400
CAD $2,400
*Courses are supported in the delivery formats above, but are not necessarily scheduled in every delivery format listed. Please click the schedule links at the top of the page to see which delivery formats are currently scheduled.

Course overview

This 3-day course assists System Administrators to identify, manage, configure, and update the HP Virtual Connect Manager and associated components. An architecture overview ensures understanding of the Virtual Connect Ethernet, FlexFabric, and Fibre Channel components and their function. Hands-on labs provide Domain and Profile configuration and a variety of network scenarios.


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

  • Completion of HP BladeSystem Administration (HE646S)


System Administrators, engineers and consultants who will plan and manage the HP Virtual Connect environment.

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Course objectives

At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the HP BladeSystem Virtual Connect Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and Flex-Fabric modules
  • Understand and configure Virtual Connect components
  • Access the VC Manager
  • Configure a VC Domain (including profiles, networks, and storage connectivity
  • Plan and complete firmware updates

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 using the GUI and CLI
  • Be able to perform effective local and remote administration using HP Virtual Connect Manager

Course outline

Module 1: Virtual Connect overview

  • Access Virtual Connect documents and support
  • Define common Virtual Connect terms
  • Explain fundamental Virtual Connect technologies

Module 2: HP Virtual Connect Ethernet

  • Follow Virtual Connect naming conventions
  • Determine primary/secondary module placement
  • Identify Virtual Connect Ethernet modules, ports, and connectors

Module 3: HP Virtual Connect Fibre Channel

  • Identify Virtual Connect Fibre Channel modules and ports
  • Select VC Fibre Channel connector options
  • Understand Server Side NPIV
  • Describe Virtual Connect Fibre Channel login distribution and re-distribution
  • List Virtual Connect FlexFabric Components

Module 4: The Virtual Connect Manager

  • List basic requirements for Virtual Connect
  • Configure administrative roles
  • Explain Virtual Connect Logical Flow for an Initial Setup
  • Navigate the GUI and CLI
  • Describe Virtual Connect Failover and Configuration Backup

Module 5: The Virtual Connect Domain

  • Understand VLAN tagging and addressing
  • Describe Modes, Tunneling and Mapping
  • Explain Virtual Connect Networking definitions and terminology
  • Describe Dynamic Link Aggregation
  • List VC Ethernet Best Practices Practices

Module 6: HP Virtual Connect Flex-NIC Technology

  • Explain, in general terms, how HP VC Flex Technology works
  • Describe the Flex Technology port assignment process
  • Describe the function of VCM and the Onboard Administrator
  • Identify the advantages offered by Device Control Channel, SmartLink, and VMware
  • Recognize preferred and maximum Bandwidth allocation
  • Explain how oversubscriptions are resolved
  • Describe best practices for Network Configurations and Teaming
  • Describe Teaming (NIC bonding) options supported by Virtual Connect

Module 7: The Virtual Connect Profile

  • Configure VC profiles using the GUI and scripting
  • Describe basic VC network designs
  • Outline Manageability Enhancements
  • Use Virtual Connect Command Line Interface Telemetry
  • Explain Virtual Connect and FCoE

Module 8: Firmware Best Practices

  • Describe the HP Service Pack for ProLiant and Smart Update Manager
  • Deploy Virtual Connect Firmware
  • Use the Virtual Connect support utility
  • Update Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager
  • Explain recent updates to Virtual Connect Firmware

Module 9: Advanced Features

  • Describe major Virtual Connect Firmware Enhancements
  • Explain the role of SmartLink
  • Identify Virtual Connect core functions
  • Explain Virtual Connect multi-enclosure domains
  • Performance Monitoring and Reporting
  • Describe Virtual Connect 4.01 SNMP MIB Enhancements

Appendix: The HP Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager

  • Install options
  • Database
  • MAC and WWN naming
  • Domain groups
  • Profile migration

Lab 1: Access the Virtual Connect Manager and establish the Virtual Connect Domain

Lab 2: Basic Virtual Connect Manager Setup

Lab 3: Advanced VC Setup

Lab 4: Using the Virtual Connect Manager CLI

Appendix A: Advanced Networking for the System Admin

  • Bandwidth Optimization
  • Priority Queue (QoS)
  • Multicast Filtering
  • SNMP MIB Enhancements
  • Virtual Connect 4.01 SNMP Enhancements

Appendix B: The HP Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager

  • Install options
  • Database
  • MAC and WWN naming
  • Domain groups
  • Profile migration

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