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Dell PowerVault MD Overview and Administration

Course Details
Code: 971-1987
Tuition (USD): $100.00 • Self Paced (4 hours)
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This self-paced online training course jump starts the Storage Administrator on managing the PowerVault MD Storage environment. The online course includes a combination of Basic Storage Principles, Hardware Knowledge, Administration, Management, and Advanced Administration coursework. The course concentrates on utilizing PowerVault Modular Disk Storage Manager to educate PowerVault MD Administrators on how to perform key administrative tasks for a MD Storage environment and effectively manage all tools associated with PowerVault MD operations.

  • Self-paced online course is 3-4 hours in duration
  • 1 year of access (per student) to course

Skills Gained

You will learn:

  • The Dell PwerVault MD Storage Architecture
  • Deployment Options
  • Detailed functions of MD hardware components
  • Hardware Components for the MD1200
  • Hardware Components for the MD 3200
  • Hardware Components for the MD 3600
  • Detailed configuration of SAS
  • Detailed Configuration of iSCSI
  • Detailed Configuration of Fibre Channel
  • MD Storage Manager core software benefits
  • MD Storage Manager applications functions and usage
  • Creating/Modifying Disk Groups
  • Creating/Modifying Virtual Disks
  • Mapping Virtual Disks to Servers
  • Expand Volumes
  • Manage Disk and Disk Groups
  • Manage Virtual Disks
  • User Group setup
  • User Management and Security
  • Management Viewers
  • Disk Drive Sparing and Replacing a failed drive
  • Configure SNMP and SMTP
  • Configure Alerts

Who Can Benefit

  • Storage Administrators
  • IT Professionals
  • Technical Support



  • Basic knowledge of SCSI and RAID terminology and function

Course Details

Module 1: Storage Area Networks

  • What is a SAN?
  • Differences between Direct Attach, NAS and SAN
  • What are Initiators and Targets
  • SAN Infrastructure
  • Define SAS, iSCSI and Fibre Channel Protocols

Module 2: PowerVault MD Hardware

  • MD12x0, MD32x0 and MD36x0
  • Hardware Features
  • Enclosure Components
  • Enclosure Modes
  • Cabling Considerations
  • Enclosure Expansion

Module 3: Modular Disk Storage Management

  • Describe the MD Storage management software
  • Installation Steps
  • Initialization of the Storage Array
  • Configure SNMP and SMTP
  • Create Disk Group
  • Create Virtual Disk
  • Create Server to Virtual Disk Mapping

Module 4: Advanced Features

  • Snapshot Concepts
  • Creating a Snapshot Virtual Disk
  • Creating a Virtual Disk Copy
  • Copying a Virtual Disk
  • Remote Replication
  • Additional Replication Features

Module 5: VMware and MD Storage

  • Configure an ESX Host to communicate with the MD Storage Environment
  • How to configure the MD Storage environment for VMware
  • Configuring a VMFS Volume on the MD Storage System
  • Understand the MD Storage Array VMware vSphere Storage Plug-in

Module 6: MD Troubleshooting

  • Troubleshoot Management Ports
  • Troubleshoot iSCSI Host Ports
  • Understand iSCSI best practices
  • Understand the Recovery Guru
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