HP Virtual Connect

HP Virtual Connect Course Description

Duration: 3.00 days (24 hours)

This three-day course assists system administrators learn to identify, manage, configure, and update the HP Virtual Connect Manager and associated components. An architecture overview ensures your 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.

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Intended Audience for this HP Virtual Connect Course

  • » 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 Prerequisites for HP Virtual Connect

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HP Virtual Connect Course Objectives

  • » 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

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HP Virtual Connect Course Outline

      1. Virtual Connect
        1. Access Virtual Connect Documents and Support
        2. Common Virtual Connect Terms
        3. Fundamental Virtual Connect Technologies
      2. HP Virtual Connect Ethernet
        1. Virtual Connect Naming Conventions
        2. Primary/secondary Module Placement
        3. Virtual Connect Ethernet Modules, Ports, and Connectors
      3. HP Virtual Connect Fibre Channel
        1. Virtual Connect Fibre Channel Modules and Ports
        2. VC Fibre Channel Connector Options
        3. Server Side NPIV
        4. Virtual Connect Fibre Channel Login Distribution and Re-Distribution
        5. Virtual Connect FlexFabric Components
      4. The Virtual Connect Manager
        1. Basic Requirements for Virtual Connect
        2. Configure Administrative Roles
        3. Virtual Connect Logical Flow for an Initial Setup
        4. Navigate the GUI and CLI
        5. Virtual Connect Failover and Configuration Backup
      5. The Virtual Connect Domain
        1. VLAN Tagging and Addressing
        2. Modes, Tunneling, and Mapping
        3. Virtual Connect Networking Definitions and Terminology
        4. Dynamic Link Aggregation
        5. VC Ethernet Best Practices
      6. HP Virtual Connect Flex-NIC Technology
        1. How HP VC Flex Technology Works (General Terms)
        2. Flex Technology Port Assignment Process
        3. Function of VCM and the Onboard Administrator
        4. Advantages of Device Control Channel, SmartLink, and VMware
        5. Preferred and Maximum Bandwidth Allocation
        6. How Oversubscriptions are Resolved
        7. Best Practices for Network Configurations and Teaming
        8. Teaming (NIC Bonding) Options Supported by Virtual Connect
      7. The Virtual Connect Profile
        1. Configure VC Profiles Using the GUI and Scripting
        2. Basic VC Network Designs
        3. Manageability Enhancements
        4. Use Virtual Connect Command Line Interface Telemetry
        5. Virtual Connect and FCoE
      8. Firmware Best Practices
        1. HP Service Pack for ProLiant and Smart Update Manager
        2. Deploy Virtual Connect Firmware
        3. Use the Virtual Connect Support Utility
        4. Update Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager
        5. Recent updates to Virtual Connect Firmware
      9. Advanced Features
        1. Major Virtual Connect Firmware Enhancements
        2. Role of SmartLink
        3. Virtual Connect Core Functions
        4. Virtual Connect Multi-Enclosure Domains
        5. Performance Monitoring and Reporting
        6. Virtual Connect 4.01 SNMP MIB Enhancements
      10. Appendix A: Advanced Networking for the System Admin
        1. Bandwidth Optimization
        2. Priority Queue (QoS)
        3. Multicast FilteringProfile migration
      11. Appendix B: The HP Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager
        1. Install Options
        2. Database
        3. MAC and WWN Naming
        4. Domain Groups
        5. Profile Migration
      12. Labs
        1. Lab 1: Access the Virtual Connect Manager and Establish the Virtual Connect Domain
        2. Lab 2: Basic Virtual Connect Manager Setup
        3. Lab 3: Advanced VC Setup
        4. Lab 4: Using the Virtual Connect Manager CLI

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Skills Assessment

We ensure your success by asking all students to take a FREE Skill Assessment test. These short, instructor-written tests are an objective measure of your current skills that help us determine whether or not you will be able to meet your goals by attending this course at your current skill level. If we determine that you need additional preparation or training in order to gain the most value from this course, we will recommend cost-effective solutions that you can use to get ready for the course.

Our required skill-assessments ensure that:

  1. All students in the class are at a comparable skill level, so the class can run smoothly without beginners slowing down the class for everyone else.
  2. NetCom students enjoy one of the industry's highest success rates, and pass rates when a certification exam is involved.
  3. We stay committed to providing you real value. Again, your success is paramount; we will register you only if you have the skills to succeed.
This assessment is for your benefit and best taken without any preparation or reference materials, so your skills can be objectively measured.

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