HPE SAN Essentials II: Advanced B-series Networking (HM9Q2S)

This course is designed for advanced B-Series SAN administrators and is a follow-up to the SAN Essentials I: Administration Fundamentals class. It does not cover basics since those are discussed in the  Fundamentals training. This course introduces new topics such  as advanced Fibre Channel (FC) features, additional B-Series management options, SAN extension technologies, advanced SAN security, and hardware installation. All practical parts are based on B-Series devices. This course helps students gain the experience  needed to tackle the challenges of working in medium-sized and enterprise-class B-Series SAN environments.


Intermediate to advanced technical  professionals seeking a learning path that  includes more advanced knowledge of SAN  technologies and experience in HPE B-series  SAN environments.


  • HPE SAN Essentials I: Administration Fundamentals (HM9Q1S)
  • A good technical understanding of networking and storage concepts
  • Basic experience in managing Windows systems

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, you should be  able to:

  • Explain advanced FC terminology
  • Describe the role of the principal switch
  • Talk about FCP routing
  • Explain ISLs and trunking
  • Explain advanced FC concepts ,SAN services, and associated well-known addresses
  • Describe FC stack, Classes of Service, and frame structure
  • Discuss additional zoning types (Peer, TDPZ, TI, QoS) as well as ingress rate limiting
  • List and talk about SAN extension options, B-Series Extended Fabrics, and Buffer-to[1]Buffer Credits
  • Describe FCIP technology including tunnels, circuits FCIP QoS, performance and security
  • Discuss FC-FC routing including definitions and elements.
  • Talk about Virtual Fabrics including IDs, types of logical switches and links between them
  • Present SAN security in both theory and practice (policy distribution, SCC, DCC, FCS policies as well as IP Filter and AUTH policies)
  • Talk about performance monitoring on HPE StoreFabric B-series products (Fabric Vision, with focus on Flow Vision and MAPS)
  • Talk about additional SAN management options and switch firmware
  • Present basic troubleshooting and diagnostics methods by using SAN Network Advisor, Web Tools, and CLI.
  • Perform Firmware upgrade
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Detailed Course Outline

FCP Routing and Trunking

  • Fabric Terminology
  • Principal switch
  • Upstream and downstream links
  • Fabric Initialization Process
  • Basics of FSPF and frame routing within a fabric
  • FCping
  • Inter-Chassis Link
  • Trunking

Advanced Fibre Channel Theory and Services

  • FC stack and layers
  • Class of service
  • Frame structure and frame head
  • Advanced Fibre Channel terminology
  • Flow control
  • Link and fabric services
  • Well known addresses
  • Fabric and N_Port login sequence
  • Registered State Change Notification
  • Peer Zoning
  • Target Driven Zoning
  • QoS zoning
  • Virtual Channels implementation
  • QoS naming convention
  • QoS over routers
  • QoS configuration
  • TI Zoning theory
  • TI Zoning implementation
  • TI Zone Failover
  • TI and FSPF
  • TI Zoning configuration
  • Ingress Rate Limiting

Long Distance Connectivity

  • Why extend the SAN?
  • Long distance cabling
  • HPE Supported SAN extension technologies
  • Cables and SFPs
  • C/DWDM
  • Fabric OS Extended Fabrics theory and configuration
  • Working with Buffer-to-Buffer Credits

Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP)

  • FCIP and its role in SAN extension
  • FCIP Tunnels
  • FCIP Circuits
  • FCIP Trunking
  • FCIP performance and security
  • Selective Acknowledgement
  • Compression
  • Adaptive Rate Limiting (ARL)
  • FCIP QoS
  • FastWrite and Open Systems Tape Pipelining
  • FCIP network best practices, advantages and disadvantages.
  • Basic configuration and analysis overview
  • FC-FC Routing & Virtual Fabrics Introduction
  • SAN scaling and Fabric services limits
  • LSAN Zoning
  • EX_Ports
  • Domains
  • Trunking
  • Integration of Fibre Channel routing and FCIP
  • Supported platforms
  • Virtual fabrics overview and terminology
  • Logical Switch types
  • FIDs and Domain IDs
  • ISL Sharing
  • ISL Types
  • Basic configuration
  • VF Supported platforms

SAN Security

  • Security policies list
  • Policy Database Distribution
  • Switch Connection Control (SCC) policy
  • Setting Device Connection Control (DCC) policy
  • Fabric Configuration Server (FCS)
  • FCS Switch Operations
  • Authentication policy for fabric elements (FCAP and DH[1]CHAP)
  • IP Filter policies and rules
  • How to configure them
  • Encryption and compression


  • B-Series Fabric Vision Introduction
  • Fabric Vision Elements
  • Dashboards
  • Flow Vision Overview
  • What is Flow?
  • Flow Vision Elements – Flow Monitor
  • Flow Monitor Example
  • Flow Vision Elements – Flow Learning
  • Flow Learning Example
  • Flow Vision Elements – Flow Generator
  • SIM port attributes and configuration
  • Flow Generator Example
  • Flow Generator + Monitor
  • Flow Generator + Monitor Example
  • Flow Vision Elements – Flow Mirroring
  • Flow Mirror Example
  • Flow Vision - IO Insight and VM Insight
  • Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS)
  • MAPS monitoring categories
  • MAPS Groups, and Conditions
  • MAPS Rules, and Policies
  • MAPS Dashboard
  • Port monitoring using MAPS
  • Monitoring Flow Vision Flow Monitor data with MAPS
  • Fabric performance impact monitoring using MAPS
  • Other Features: Fabric Performance Impact (FPI) Monitoring
  • Other Features: Configuration and Operational Monitoring Policy Automation Services Suite (COMPASS)
  • Other Featureas: ClearLink Diagnostics, Forward Error Correction (FEC), Credit Loss/Buffer Credit Recovery
  • Fabric Vision licensing
  • SAN Network Advisor and Fabric Vision technology

Management and Troubleshooting

  • HPE SAN Network Advisor - its features and  editions
  • Configuration backup
  • CP details for B-Series switches and Directors
  • Firmware management and upgrade process
  • General approach
  • Information to collect
  • Supportshow and supportsave
  • Common issues
  • Tools and features to use
  • Diagnostic Tools and D_Port use
  • Checking FRUs status via SAN Network Advisor, Web Tools, and CLI

Detailed lab outline

  • FC Routing (locating Principal Switch, changing
  • Link Cost, working with trunks)
  • Fabric Channel Theory (Optional)
  • Configuring Traffic Isolation zoning (CLI)
  • Installing and configuring SAN Network Advisor
  • Configuring Traffic Isolation zoning (Web Tools)
  • TI zone checking (SNA)
  • Configuring QoS zoning (SNA)
  • Long distance (managing buffers)
  • Configuring FCIP (SNA)
  • Configuring Virtual Fabrics
  • Security - users and RBAC (SNA)
  • Fabric Vision (Flow Vision, MAPS, thresholds, reporting) (SNA)
  • Configuring and troubleshooting zoning (SNA)
  • Checking health and troubleshooting switches (SNA)
  • Checking health and troubleshooting switches (CLI)
  • D_port functionality