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HP Virtual Connect (HK758S)

  • Overview
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  • Certifications
  • Prerequisites
  • Objectives
  • Content
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Course Overview

Course Duration 2 days
This two days course helps students identify, manage, and configure HP Virtual Connect components. An architecture overview ensures understanding of the Virtual Connect Ethernet, FlexFabric, and Fibre Channel components and their function. Hands-on labs provide configuration setup and a variety of network scenarios.

Who Should Attend

  • Administrators, engineers and consultants who will plan and manage the configuration of HP ProLiant BladeSystem c-Class network connectivity and blade servers.


Course Certifications

This course is part of the following Certifications:


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

  • Completion of HP BladeSystem Administration (HE646S)

  • Basic Windows Server 2003/2008 knowledge


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

  • Discuss the VC Flex-Technology

  • Understand and configure FlexFabric components

  • Access the VC Manager

  • Configure a VC domain

  • Plan and complete firmware updates using the Virtual Connect Support Utility

Course Content

Module 1: HP Virtual Connect overview

  • Access Virtual Connect documents and support

  • Understand the differences between Virtual Connect and an Ethernet switch

  • Describe how Virtual Connect configures the server

  • Understand how NIC teams and bonds relate to Virtual Connect

Module 2: HP Virtual Connect Ethernet

  • Determine primary/secondary module placement

  • Identify Virtual Connect Ethernet modules, ports and connectors

  • Stack multiple Ethernet modules within a single enclosure

  • Describe Virtual Connect manager redundancy

Module 3: HP Virtual Connect Fibre Channel

  • Identify Virtual Connect Fibre Channel modules, and ports

  • Select VC Fibre Channel connector options

  • Understand Server Side NPIV

  • Understand Virtual Connect Fibre Channel login distribution and re-distribution

Module 4: The Virtual Connect Manager

  • Pre-deployment planning

  • Virtual Connect Basic Setup

  • Logical Flow for an inital Setup

  • Navigating the GUI and CLI

  • Virtual Connect Failover and configuration backup

    • Lab 1: Introducing the Virtual Connect Manager

Module 5: The HP Virtual Connect Domain

  • VLAN Tagging

  • Modes, Tunneling and Mapping

  • Virtual Connect Networking Definitions and Terminlogy

  • Dynamic Link Aggregation 

  • VC Ethernet Best Practice

  • Video: Flex-10-with-hypervisor

Module 6: HP Virtual Connect Flew- NIC Technology

  • HP VC Flex Technology

  • Flex Technology port assignments

  • VCM and the Onboard Administrator

  • Device control channel, Smartlink, and VMware

  • Bandwidth allocation

  • Resolving oversubscriptions

  • Network Configuration and Teaming

  • Teaming (NIC bonding) options

Module 7: HP Virtual Connect Flex Fabric

  • FlexFabric can replace legacy Ethernet and FC interconnects

  • FlextFabic Definition and Terminology

  • The HP VC FlexFabric module structure

  • The different HP VC FlexFabric adapters: AMD - NC 551, Intel - NC553

  • VC FlexFabric Fibre

  • FlexFabric iSCSI

  • Introduce the Nexcus B22HP

Module 8: The Virtual Connect Profile 

  • Configure VC profiles using the GUI and scripting

    • Lab 2: Completing the Domain Configuration

Module 9: HP Virtual Connect Manager Advanced Features

  • Virtual Connect Enhancements

  • Virtual Connect 3.x

  • Additional Features and Configurations

    • Lab 3: Advanced Virtural Connect Manager Setup

Module 10: The HP Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager

  • Understand the basic capabilities in VCEM

  • Install options Database

  • MAC and WWN naming

  • Domain groups

  • Profile migration

Module 11: HP Firmware Best Practices

  • Deploy Virtual Connect firmware

    • Lab 4: USing the Virtual Connect Manager CLI

Module 12: Supporting Virtual Connect

  • Collect information from the log files

  • Perform BAsic Virtual connect troubleshooting

  • Delete a VC Domain

  • Reset VC to factory default settings

  • Upgrade the VC 1/10 Domain to Flex-10 or FlexFabric

  • TRoubleshoot using the Virtual Connect Support Utility

  • Understand Virtual Connect Stacking Port Functionality.

Course ID: HK758S

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