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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 $2,640
*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.


Prerequisites

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

  • Completion of HP BladeSystem Administration (HE646S)

Audience

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
  • Access and manage the VC Manager through the CLI and GUI interfaces
  • 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 required in the solution

Course outline

Module 1: HP Virtual Connect Overview

  • Review recent Firmware releases
  • Access Virtual Connect documents and support
  • Introduce the current Virtual Connect modules
  • Outline Virtual Connect default behaviors
  • Review the c-Class management signal paths and stacking link requirements
  • Introduce common Virtual Connect terms
  • Explain fundamental Virtual Connect technologies
  • Introduce Virtual Connect as a Layer2 bridge

Module 2: HP Virtual Connect Ethernet

  • Investigate the current Virtual Connect Ethernet modules
  • Understand and identify primary/secondary module placement
  • Recognize uplink port status error conditions
  • Review administrator password recovery procedures
  • Introduce the Ethernet concepts and protocols used with Virtual Connect
  • Introduce the concept of Physical Functions (FlexNICs)
  • Introduce VLAN tagging and addressing
  • Discuss Teaming and Bonding modes with Virtual Connect
  • An appendix addresses FlexFabric-20/40 F8 cabling and older hardware

Module 3: HP Virtual Connect Fibre Channel

  • Identify Virtual Connect Fibre Channel modules and function
  • Understand NPIV and why HP uses this technology
  • Review the Fibre Channel Logon sequence (FLOGI)
  • Investigate Virtual Connect Fibre Channel login distribution and re-distribution

Module 4: The Virtual Connect Manager

  • List basic requirements for accessing and managing Virtual Connect functionality
  • Configure Virtual Connect Manager Local User accounts
  • Explain Virtual Connect Logical Flow for an Initial Setup
  • Investigate Virtual Connect Failover and Configuration Backup

Module 5: The Virtual Connect FlexFabric Technology

  • Detail the FlexFabric modules, adapters, and FCoE capabilities
  • Describe VSAN support and configuration
  • Introduce 3PAR flat-SAN connectivity

Module 6: Virtual Connect vNets

  • Outline the Virtual Connect ports
  • Investigate Virtual Connect Networking definitions and terminology
  • Configure vNets and VLANs
  • Investigate Advanced Virtual Connect VLAN tagging
  • Describe the Tunneling and Mapping Modes
  • Outline the Link Layer Discovery role in Virtual Connect
  • Introduce Link Aggregation Control Protocol
  • Demonstrate basic Virtual Connect Ethernet networks
  • Compare Active/Standby and Active/Active network designs

Module 7: The Virtual Connect Profile

  • Outline Virtual Connect Flex-Port Assignments
  • Explore Virtual Connect Bandwidth Allocation
  • Investigate profile inheritance, and migration
  • Manage and configure profiles
  • Using the Pool-Specified function to capture MAC and WWN addresses

Module 8: Virtual Connect Manager Advanced Features

  • Build Multi-Enclosure Domains
  • Configure Native VLANs
  • Explain the role of SmartLink
  • Configure Certificates
  • Configure Port Monitoring
  • Understand Network Loop Detection technologies embedded in Virtual Connect

Module 9: Virtual Connect Firmware Best Practices

  • Describe the recent Virtual Connect Firmware enhancements and dependencies
  • Review the HP Service Pack for ProLiant and Smart Update Manager
  • Deploy Virtual Connect Firmware with Smart Update Manager
  • Use the Virtual Connect Support Utility
  • Update Virtual Connect Firmware with Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager in place

Module 10: Advanced Virtual Connect Networking for the System Administrator

  • Review LACP
  • Implement Load Balancing
  • Configure Flow Control
  • Understand sFlow
  • Deploy IPv6 Management Support
  • Configure Bandwidth Optimization
  • Setup Priority Queue (QoS)
  • Implement Multicast Filtering
  • Choose TACACS+ or RADIUS
  • Review SNMP enhancements and MIB support

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: The HP Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager

  • Feature overview
  • Configuration and install options
  • Domain groups
  • Profile migration
  • Firmware Updates

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