HPE Nimble Storage Advanced Administration and Integration (H6LH9S)

This course will provide a practical understanding of advance administration techniques and a deeper practical understanding of Disaster Recovery using SmartCopy, Zero Copy Cloning and SmartReplica. The course will also provide hands-on exercises working with HPE Nimble Storage integration solution features and how they integrate into VMware®, Microsoft® Windows, Linux and Veeam®.


  • Review HPE Nimble Storage platforms and associated features
  • Discuss and understand disaster Recovery RPO and RTO
  • Describe, configure and perform replication between groups for both planned and unplanned disaster recovery scenarios
  • Discuss and perform advance administration features including volume performance settings, SNMP, deduplication, encryption, etc
  • Working with clones and Zero copy clones
  • Create a volume snapshot and perform a file recovery, as well as a volume recovery from a snapshot
  • Configure and manage multi-member groups, storage pools and discuss scale up and scale out guidelines and requirements
  • Configure and perform volume moves between pools and volume striping in a multi-member pool
  • Discuss network considerations and networking best practices and scenarios for HPE Nimble Storage
  • Discuss Nimble QOS features
  • Describe VSS and how it can be used in your storage environment, and how it integrates with Nimble Storage
  • Perform Application integration with VMware, Linux and Veeam
  • Evaluate design considerations and best practices


Storage administrators who desire additional training on the advanced features of HPE Nimble


  • H6LH8S: HPE Nimble Storage Introduction and Administration -OR-
  • H9TH5S: HPE Nimble Storage Introduction and Administration (with extended lab time) -OR-
  • H9TH1S: Designing HPE Nimble Solutions, Rev. 18.11 (01113228)
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Course Outline

Module 1: Nimble Storage Solution and Product Overview - Review

  • Review platforms and features
    • Key characteristics of the Adaptive Flash platform
    • Adaptive Flash platform product family.
    • Overview of software components
    • Key features and benefits
    • Identify key configuration parameters
  • Review basic configuration
    • Initial configuration
  • Command line setup utility
  • Nimble Setup Manager
    • Initial creation and connection from server
  • Access Control and Multi-host access
  • iSCSI initiator connection
    • Templates
    • Initiator groups
    • Create volumes
    • Connect and access a volume from a Windows Host
    • Using volume level encryption
  • Working with Users, SYSLOG, SNMP and Event Logs
  • Discuss Volume attributes: Volume Pinning , QOS, Deduplication, etc

Module 2: Understanding Disaster Recovery RPO and RTO

  • Understanding disaster recovery
  • Understanding disaster recovery RPO
  • Understating disaster recovery RTO

Module 3: Advance snapshots usage

  • Understanding how space is used with snapshots for sizing
  • Creating a snapshot both unscheduled and using a schedule to identify space
  • Connecting to a snapshot
  • Using a snapshot to recover a file or a full volume
  • Discuss VSS usage and Windows integration
  • Describe Zero Copy cloning
  • Describe and demonstrate Zero Copy clones
  • Create a Zero Copy clone
  • Observe and understand space usage as a volume changes and what happens to snapshots during that time

Module 4: Administration and Using Replication

  • Nimble Storage Replication and replication features
  • Understanding how space is used with replication for sizing
  • Configure replication between groups
  • Replication space
  • Replication considerations
  • Perform handover for a non-disaster event
  • Perform disaster recovery replication

Module 5: Administration of a scale out - Multi-Array Group and Pools

  • Storage scaling
  • Creating pools and managing pools
    • Adding an array to a group
    • Creating a pool
  • Volume movement within a group, within a pool and between pools
  • Removing arrays from a pool
  • AF to AF grouping
    • Volume moves
    • Related compression, dedupe and encryption guidelines
  • AF to CS grouping
    • Volume moves
    • Related compression, dedupe and encryption guidelines
    • No scale-out
  • CS to CS Grouping
    • Volume moves
    • Related compression, dedupe and encryption guidelines
  • Group-leader evacuations
  • CS to AF migration fork-lift data migration using Grouping

Module 6: Network Considerations for Nimble Storage

  • Discuss network requirements and common network scenarios
  • Identify network best practice guidelines
    • Group level
    • Between groups
  • WAN
    • MGMT
    • NCM – iSCSI session management
    • VLANs for Data, when/why?
    • VLANS for Mgmt, when/why?
    • Initiator-Group Subnet Segregation, why?
    • Sub-netting for multiple Data Subnets
    • WAN link Routing for Replication + Mgmt for Replication
    • Fibre channel need and requirements
    • Network Failure Production, NCM/MPIO, Management Port, best practice for full Redundancy

Module 7: Application Integration – Veeam, VMWare and Linux

• VMware integration

• Veeam integration

• Linux integration