HPE StoreFabric B-series Switch Administration (HK910S)

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of everyday administration within an HPE B-series SAN solution covering technologies and concepts. Students gain experience needed to tackle the challenges of working in enterprise-class SAN environments. The course is 60 percent lecture and 40 percent hands-on labs using HPE servers.


Technical professionals seeking a learning path that includes both conceptual knowledge of Fibre Channel SAN technologies and experience in HPE B-series SAN environments.


  • Basic technical understanding of networking and storage, concepts and terminology
  • Experience managing Windows® or UNIX® systems
  • Recommended free, Web-based training: SAN Fundamentals (U5527AAE)

Course objectives

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

  • Describe features and functionality of the switch hardware
  • Discuss ICL technology
  • Describe blade, HB/CAN, SFP, and cable options
  • Discuss FC theory
  • Identify switch configuration parameters
  • List the steps for port initialization
  • List Fabric services and features
  • Perform an out-of-box initial configuration
  • Perform common administrative tasks
  • List basic security features
  • Work with ports
  • Identify routing capabilities
  • Discuss trucking
  • Manage Inter Switch Link (ISL)
  • Zoning theory
  • New zoning features
  • Implement zoning using the CLI syntax
  • Activate and deactivate a default zone
  • List zoning tools
  • Identify when a long distance license is required
  • List SAN extension technologies
  • Configure long distance connection
  • Describe buffer concepts
  • Administer using different interfaces
  • List SNMP capabilities
  • Back up and manage configuration files
  • Upgrade firmware
  • Create a diagram of a fabric using collected data
  • Perform basic troubleshooting and performance monitoring
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Course Outline

Brocade switches

  • Brocade Fibre Channel switch family overview
  • Features and functionality of the switch hardware
  • Switch blades and compatibility
  • ICL connectivity
  • Different Brocade FC HBAs
  • Brocade CNAs
  • Different types of fiber optic cable and SFPs

Fibre Channel theory

  •  SA theory and introduction
  • FC layers
  • Fibre Channel networking model
  • Different class of service
  • Frame structure
  • WWN format
  • Node and port types
  • Basic switch parameters
  • Steps for port initialization
  • FC addressing
  • Fabric services well-known addresses
  • Fabric and N-port login sequence
  • RSCN
  • Name server and other fabric services
  • NPIV implementation and support
  • Fabric and port name
  • Interoperability

Installation and configuration

  • Out-of-box initial configuration
  • Checking switch status
  • Basic management tools
  • Important fabric parameters
  • Initial configuration
  • IP settings
  • Time settings
  • Login banner
  • Activating licenses
  • Setting switch and chassis name
  • Working with syslog server settings
  • Working with security
  • Switch and port status
  • Booting a switch

Brocade FCP routing

  • Terminology review
  • Principle switch role and up/downstream links
  • Fabric initialization
  • ISL oversubscription
  • Virtual channels
  • Port-based routing
  • Exchange-based routing
  • Dynamic Load Sharing (DLS)
  • In-Order Delivery (IOD)
  • Inter Switch Link (ISL)
  • Working and checking routing
  • Trunking theory, benefits, and configuration


  • Basic concepts associated with zoning
  • Zoning elements
  • Zoning hierarchy
  • New zoning features
  • Zoning using the CLI syntax
  • How to check the maximum size of a zoning database
  • Displaying zoning information
  • Activate and deactivate a default zone
  • Zoning configuration example
  • Hardware and session enforcement differences
  • Zoning tools
  • Issues when adding a switch to an existing fabric with zoning enabled
  • Best practices when implementing a zone
  • Fabric segmentation

Long distance connectivity

  • Cabling
  • Extension options
  • Use and effects of buffer credits on distance and speed
  • Long distance modes, settings, and supported distances for Brocade switches
  • Configuration
  • When a long distance license is required
  • Limitations of long distance connection when using trunking
  • Long distance commands
  • Buffer monitoring


  • Interfaces and management tools to manage Brocade switches and fabrics
  • Using BNA, Web Tools, and Telnet/SSH/HTTP/SSL/SNMP
  • Host Connectivity Manager (HCM) to manage Brocade HBAs
  • Brocade SAN health
  • Fabric watch
  • SNMP management
  • SNMP commands
  • Back up and manage configuration files
  • Firmware upgrade steps

Basic troubleshooting

  • Troubleshooting techniques
  • Data-gathering process
  • Supportsave and supportshow
  • How to create a diagram of a fabric using collected data
  • Documentation tools
  • Brocade SAN health
  • HPE SAP® visibility tool
  • Common SAN problems
  • Switch and Field Replaceable Units (FRU) status
  • Performance monitoring and troubleshooting
  • Diagnostic tools