This course provides the learner with an in-depth understanding of how to manage, monitor and maintain a functional VPLEX system. Operational aspects of VPLEX (Local and Metro) using Unisphere for VPLEX and the VPLEX CLI are covered. Lab exercises provide hands-on experience. Provisioning virtualized storage from VPLEX to hosts and performing mobility and mirroring operations on live virtual volumes is emphasized. Integration of VPLEX into existing data centers with live production data and interoperability considerations are included.
This course is intended for any person who presently or plans to administer or manage VPLEX systems.
Prerequisite Knowledge/Skills
To understand the content and successfully complete this course, a student should have knowledge and skills associated with the following:
  • Storage Area Network (SAN) concepts
  • IP networking basics
  • EMC SAN implementation and Connectrix switch administration
  • Storage provisioning procedures with EMC arrays
  • Basic familiarity with host operating systems: Windows, VMware
Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:
  • Describe VPLEX architecture and product capabilities
  • Provision VPLEX virtual volumes to hosts using EMC Unisphere for VPLEX
  • Create and configure distributed devices and consistency groups
  • Expand a virtual volume
  • List data migration options and perform a data migration
  • Describe VPLEX monitoring options, setup monitors and analyze monitoring data
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Course Outline
The content of this course is designed to support the course objectives.
VPLEX Product and Technology Details
  • VPLEX Product Overview
  • VPLEX Architecture and Hardware (VS2 and VS6)
  • VPLEX I/O Operations
  • VPLEX Management Options
VPLEX Storage Provisioning
  • Storage Provisioning Concepts
  • Storage Provisioning Methods
  • Storage Volume Encapsulation
Provisioning Distributed Devices
  • VPLEX Distributed Device Concepts
  • VPLEX Distributed Device Configuration
  • VPLEX Failure Scenarios
Volume Management and Protection
  • Volume Protection and Expansion
  • Data Protection with RecoverPoint
  • Adding RecoverPoint Protection to VPLEX
Data Mobility
  • Data Mobility Use Cases
  • Data Mobility
  • Data Mobility Tools
VPLEX Monitoring
  • Role Based Access Control (RBAC)
  • VPLEX Support Integration
  • VPLEX Monitoring Concepts
  • VPLEX Performance Monitoring
In addition to lecture and demonstrations, this course includes labs designed to allow practical experience for the participant.