Course ID 00811824
HP product number UC434S
Course format ILT
Typical Course length 5 days
Delivery languages English,German
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Course description

This course provides a comprehensive and accelerated understanding of SAN technologies and concepts. Students gain experience needed to tackle challenges of working in enterprise class SAN environments. The course is 60 percent lecture and 40 percent hands-on labs using HP servers.

Who should attend

Technical Consultants seeking an accelerated learning path that includes both conceptual knowledge of fibre channel SAN technologies and experience in heterogeneous SAN environments


• Basic technical understanding of networking and storage concepts and terminology
• Experience managing Windows or UNIX systems.
• It is recommended that you take the free web-based training, SAN Fundamentals (U5527AAE), at
For complete prerequisites and requirements to achieve any of the related certifications or upgrade paths, see the certification description on the HP ExpertOne website.


  • Introduction
    • SAN definition, benefits, and goals
    • High-speed backup and availability
    • Server and storage consolidation
    • DAS, NAS, and SAN concepts and comparisons
    • Host, target, and interconnect device characteristics
    • Power-on sequence
  • Fibre Channel (FC) Basics
    • FC terminology, port types, topologies, and layers
    • Class of service
  • Fibre Channel Switches
    • Switch configuration parameters
    • Principal switch selection
    • Frame routing within a fabric
    • Trunking and port channels
    • Virtualization within the fabric
  • SAN Hosts
    • Host role within SAN and virtualization
    • Host installation checklist and bus connections
    • Boot from SAN and load balancing
    • Multi-path SAN connections and software
    • Multi-path I/O (MPIO) components within OS
  • Disk Targets
    • Disk drives and associated technologies
    • How disks are connected to controllers
    • LUN masking and array management
  • Fibre Channel Advanced
    • Fibre channel addressing and reserved addresses
    • Ordered sets
    • Primitive signals and sequences
    • Flow control and zoning
    • Link and fabric services
    • Fabric login and segmentation
  • SAN Management
    • SAN management choices and considerations
    • Technologies driving SAN management
    • HP SAN management today
    • HP storage essentials
  • iSCSI
    • IP storage
    • iSCSI stack, packet construction, and name convention
    • iSCSI connection, hardware options, and security
    • HP Storage SAN as a sample of a iSCSI system
  • SAN Extension
    • SAN extension technologies and implementations
    • Fibre channel over IP (FCIP)
    • FCIP and its role in SAN extension
    • FCIP performance and security
    • Fibre routing implementations in a SAN
  • FCoE / CEE
    • FCoE and CEE standards
    • FCoE I/O consolidation and terminology
    • Lossless ethernet
    • FCIP, iSCSI, and FCoE protocols
  • SAN Security
    • Basic storage security model and access points
    • Planning security in a SAN
    • Core components for securing SAN data management
    • Security in practice
    • Authentication and encryption
  • Data Protection
    • Backup types and their differences
    • Accelerated and dynamic de-duplication
    • Synchronous and asynchronous replication
    • Split mirror and snapshot replication
  • Performance
    • Factors affecting SAN, disk, and drive speed performance
    • Fibre channel technology and how it affects storage performance
    • Planning a disk system that accounts for effects of RAID, cache, and chunk size on performance
    • I/O profiling
  • SAN Design
    • Architecture choices and design considerations
    • HP standard SAN topologies and topology design rules
    • Core and edge architecture
    • Levels of high availability in SAN architecture


After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:
  • Identify the differences between DAS, NAS, and SAN
  • Explain fibre channel layers and switch configuration parameters
  • Boot from SAN and verify device connectivity
  • Install and use SANsurfer utility
  • Implement zoning and troubleshoot fabric segmentation
  • Configure an HP storage SAN and RBAC B-series
  • Secure SAN data and mitigate risk
  • Plan a disk system that accounts for effects of RAID, cache, and chunk size on performance

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