Dell Connectrix SAN Administration

Course code: DCSANADM

This course is intended for individuals who will perform SAN management activities using vendor-specific tools in a Dell Technologies environment. Connectrix SAN switches are administered through CLI and UI management tools for configuration in a multi-switch fabric to enable communication between hosts and storage. The concepts of SAN design, configuration, and management for B-Series switches from Broadcom and MDS-Series switches from Cisco is provided. Classroom activities and lab exercises are included to reinforce the lecture portion of the course.

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Target group

This course is intended for anyone planning to manage SANs in a Dell Technologies environment.

Course structure

SAN Management Concepts

  • Designing a Fabric
  • Fibre Channel SAN Environment
  • Manage the SAN

B-Series Administration

  • B-Series Management
  • B-Series SAN Environment and Virtual Fabrics
  • B-Series Switch Maintenance
  • B-Series Zoning
  • B-Series Merging

MDS-Series Administration

  • MDS-Series Management
  • MDS-Series SAN Environment and VSANs
  • MDS-Series Switch Maintenance
  • MDS-Series Zoning
  • MDS-Series Merging

Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the components of a Fibre Channel fabric.
  • Perform configuration and management tasks on Dell Connectrix BSeries and MDS-Series switches.
  • Manage zoning on B-Series and MDS-Series switches.
  • Configure virtualization features including VSANs, Virtual Fabrics, NPIV, NPV, and Access Gateway.
  • Expand fabrics by merging switches.
  • Perform basic troubleshooting using SAN Management tools.


To understand the content and successfully complete this course, a student must have a suitable knowledgebase/skill set. Students would benefit from an understanding of:

  • Storage Area Network (SAN) protocols and devices
  • Fibre channel concepts
  • Familiarity with host operating systems and storage array administration

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