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Storage Area Networks Maintenance and Administration

Course Length: Price:

Current Schedule:
3.5 days
$3495 (plus local applicable Tax)

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This course is designed to provide the system support engineer (SSE) with the skills necessary to install, configure, and perform first-line maintenance of the SGI storage area networks (SAN) solution.

The course introduces the 1-, 2- 4- and 8-Gb/s Brocade SilkWorm series family of Fibre Channel switches and switch features such as zoning, trunking, and fabric monitors. SGI supported SAN topologies are also addressed.

At course completion, the student will be able to install and configure Fibre Channel switches, connect storage systems and servers, perform fabric route analysis and tuning, isolate SAN failures to the field-replaceable unit (FRU) level in a heterogeneous environment, and perform routine maintenance tasks using a command line interface and graphical user interface.

Topics Covered

  • Describe storage area network concepts
  • Identify Brocade SilkWorm model 2400, 2800, 3200, 3800, 3900, 4100, 200E, 300, 5100, 5300, 12000, 24000, and 48000 switch hardware components and functionality
  • Explain SAN, server, and storage relationships
  • Install, configure, analyze, and tune fabric for optimal performance
  • Create zones for security and heterogeneous environments
  • Configure fabric monitoring utilities
  • Perform fabric diagnosis and corrective-action procedures


  • Student must be a SGI-approved service provider
  • Non-GCS service personnel must possess a maintenance agreement
  • Students must have a laptop computer configured with the Windows operating system
  • Students must have SGI Altix series server experience
  • Students should have successfully complete a storage course (TP9100, TPSSA, DDN, or ISMA)
  • SPT recommends that students complete the Fibre Channel CBT (FC-S)

SPT offers this class in the following formats:

  • Standard classroom and lab at the scheduled training center
  • Onsite classes on request

Site and Material Requirements

  • A server with the correct type of host bus adapter (HBA), software, and storage system.

Course Schedule

Day 1 Lecture

  • Introduction
  • SAN Overview
  • SAN topologies
  • SGI Configuration
  • SAN Operation
  • Switch Hardware

Day 1 Lab

  • Hardware Lab
  • Server and Storage System Cabling

Day 2 Lecture

  • Switch Hardware
  • Host Bus Adapters
  • Switch Setup
  • Fabric Administration
  • Switch Administration

Day 2 Lab

  • Switch Setup Lab
  • Administration Lab

Day 3 Lecture

  • Port Administration
  • Trunking
  • Fabric Watch
  • Zoning
  • Webtools

Day 3 Lab

  • Administration Lab
  • Trunking Lab
  • Fabric Watch Lab
  • Zoning Lab
  • Webtools Lab

Day 4 Lecture

  • Diagnostics
  • Fault Isolation
  • EDGE Test

Day 4 Lab

  • Diagnostics Lab