NA-NCDA: NCDA Boot Camp

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The NCDA Boot Camp (NA-NCDA) 10 days intensive Boot Camp prepares you for the NetApp Certified Data Management Administrator (NCDA) Data ONTAP 7-Mode exam # NSO-155. Through lectures and labs, you will learn about the features and functions of the NetApp® Data ONTAP® 7-Mode operating system and about network- attached storage (NAS) administration and SAN configuration.


Upon completion of this course, students are able to:

  • Identify the various components of a NetApp storage environment
  • Install and perform the setup configuration of Data ONTAP
  • Perform basic administration on a storage system
  • Explain and configure physical and logical storage Identify and configure client protocols
  • State virtualization techniques available in Data ONTAP
  • Describe Snapshot copies and space consumption in Data ONTAP
  • Discuss backup methods available in Data ONTAP
  • Configure and administer client-server relationships in NFS environments
  • Configure, administer, and troubleshoot storage systems in CIFS environments
  • Collect and analyze performance data to assist with troubleshooting storage system hardware, operating systems, network connections, NFS configuration files, and options
  • Define the components of a SAN environment and explain how LUNs relate to the storage system
  • Describe the Fibre Channel (FC) and iSCSI SAN multipathing options for Windows and Linux-based operating systems
  • List the storage-system and data availability methods
  • Configure and administer SnapRestore®, asynchronous and synchronous SnapMirror®, MetroCluster™, SnapVault®, and Open Systems SnapVault technologies

Course Outline


PART I of the Bootcamp


Module 1 The NetApp Storage Environment

  • Identify the key features and functions of NetApp storage systems
  • Describe the advantages that a NetApp storage system provides
  • Distinguish between network-attached storage (NAS) and SAN topologies
  • Describe NetApp Unified Storage Architecture
  • Access the NetApp Support site to obtain software and hardware documentation

Module 2 WAFL Simplified

  • Describe how data is written to and read from WAFL (Write Anywhere File Layout) file system on a volume Explain the WAFL file system concepts, including consistency points (CPs), RAID management, and storage levels
  • Describe how RAID is used to protect disk data Explain how the WAFL file system processes write and read requests

Module 3 Basic Administration

  • Connect remotely to a FAS system by using the console and a remote host
  • Access NetApp System Manager to administrator a storage system
  • Execute commands by using the console, a remote host and NetApp System Manager
  • Use commands to analyze a FAS system
  • Configure and manage the NetApp AutoSupport tool for a FAS system

Module 4 Physical Storage

  • Describe Data ONTAP RAID technology Identify a disk in a disk shelf based on its ID Execute commands to determine a disk ID Identify a hot-spark disk in a FAS system Describe the effects of using multiple disk types
  • Create a 32-bit aggregate and a 64-bit aggregate Execute aggregate commands in the Data ONTAP operating system
  • Calculate usable disk space

Module 5 Logical Storage

  • Explain the concepts related to volumes in the Data ONTAP operating system
  • Define and create a flexible volume Execute vol commands
  • Define and create qtrees

Module 6 Administration Security

  • Restrict administrative access
  • Restrict console and NetApp System Manager access Configure a client machine as an administration host to manage a storage system

Module 7 Networking

  • Identify the configuration of network settings and components in the Data ONTAP operating system Explain and configure name resolution services Configure routing tables in the Data ONTAP operating system
  • Define and create interface groups
  • Discuss the operation of virtual LANs (VLANs) and how to route them

Module 8 NFS

  • Explain NFS implementation in the Data ONTAP operating system
  • License NFS on a storage system
  • Explain the purpose and format of /etc/ exports List and define the export specification options Describe the use of the exportfs command Mount an export on a UNIX host

Module 9 CIFS

  • Describe the CIFS environment
  • Configure the storage system to participate in the CIFS environment
  • Share a resource on the storage system
  • Map a drive from a client to the shared resource on the storage system

Module 10 NAS Management

  • List some security methods for protecting data Explain and configure a security style setting for a volume and a qtree
  • Describe methods of tracking and restricting storage usage
  • Explain, create, and manage quotas
  • Explain and configure the Data ONTAP FPolicy file- screening policy

Module 11 SAN

  • Explain the purpose of a SAN
  • Identify supported SAN configurations
  • Distinguish between Fibre Channel (FC), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and iSCSI protocols
  • Define a LUN and explain LUN attributes
  • Use the LUN setup command and NetApp System Manager to create iSCSI-attached LUNs
  • Access and manage a LUN from a Windows host Define SnapDrive data management software and its feature

Module 12 Snapshot Copies

  • Describe the function of Snapshot copies Explain the benefits of Snapshot copies Identify and execute Snapshot commands Create and delete Snapshot copies Configure and modify Snapshot options
  • Explain the importance of the .snapshot directory Describe how Snapshot technology allocates disk space for volumes and aggregates
  • Schedule Snapshot copies
  • Configure and manage the Snapshot copy reserve

Module 13 Space Management

  • List the storage efficiency techniques that are available within the Data ONTAP operating system
  • Identify the factors that impact space consumption in the Data ONTAP operating system
  • Describe how and when a volume consumes space from the aggregate that contains it
  • Explain how to guarantee writes for a file
  • Explain how the Data ONTAP operating system can provide space to a full volume
  • Identify the deduplication and compression techniques that are available in the Data ONTAP operating system

Module 14 High-Availability

  • Describe high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Discuss how HA increases the reliability of storage
  • Define HA controller configuration
  • Describe the three modes of HA operation with an HA pair
  • Analyze how HA affects clients protocols during failover and giveback operations

Module 15 Virtualization Solutions

  • Describe how to virtualize a storage controller by using MultiStore software
  • Configure MultiStore software
  • Assign client protocols on MultiStore software

Module 16 Backup and Recovery Methods

  • List the methods available to back up and recover data Use ndmpcopy to process full and incremental data transfers
  • Discuss dump and restore
  • Describe, enable, and configure Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) on a storage system

Module 17 Data Collection Tools

  • Use the sysstat, stats, and statit commands Describe the factors that affect RAID performance
  • Execute commands to collect data about write and read throughputs
  • Execute commands to verify the operation of hardware, software, and network components
  • Identify commands and options that are used to obtain configuration and status

Module 18 Data ONTAP Upgrades

  • Access the NetApp Support site for the following documents:
  • Data ONTAP Upgrade Guide Data ONTAP Release Notes
  • Use a configuration worksheet to collect data for installation
  • Describe how to perform Data ONTAP software upgrades and reboots
  • Use the setup command to configure a storage system

Hands On Labs

Part II of Boot camp

Module 1 NCDA Overview

  • Identify the skills and knowledge that NetApp Certified Data Management Administrator (NCDA) certification verifies and the benefits that certification provide Explain key concepts from the Data ONTAP 7-Mode Administration course

Module 2 NFS Overview

  • Define NFS
  • Differentiate between NFS protocol versions
  • Recognize the differences between stateless and stateful protocols
  • Describe how the storage system acts as an NFS file server
  • List the requirements of NFS

Module 3 NFS Setup

  • Configure NFS on a NetApp® storage system Add Network Information Server (NIS) to manage users, groups, and name-to-IP resolution Configure a storage system to perform hostname (Domain Name System or DNS) look ups
  • Configure a storage system to access a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server, in order to centrally manage users and groups
  • Configure PC-NFS and WebNFS environments to extend the reach of NFS

Module 4 Exports and Mounts

  • Identify exportable resources
  • Export and unexport resources to clients, subnets, and netgroups
  • Manage a storage system with the exportfs command Create mountpoints and mount exported resources on a client
  • Monitor the usage of exported resources Discuss a nondisruptive migration technique

Module 5 CIFS Overview

  • Describe basic CIFS features
  • Describe the following network environments: Microsoft® Windows® workgroup Non-Windows workgroup
  • Windows domains
  • Describe how a storage system authenticates users in each server environment
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of each server environment

Module 6 CIFS Workgroups

  • License CIFS on a storage system
  • Join a storage system to a Microsoft® Windows® workgroup environment using the CIFS setup command Review the results of CIFS setup
  • Manage newly created configuration files for a CIFS workgroup environment

Module 7 CIFS Shares and Sessions

  • Display all shares that are available on the storage system
  • List the default shares
  • Configure a client machine to access any share Identify the CIFS sessions that have been established
  • by accessing a share on the storage system Add, modify, and delete shares

Module 8 CIFS Access Control

  • Create and manage local users for a storage system Identify how to create a local group and make a local user a member of that group
  • Use the command-line interface, NetApp® System Manager, and Microsoft® tools to add, delete, and modify access permissions for shares
  • Use Microsoft tools to add, delete, and modify access per missions for files and folders

Module 9 CIFS Domains

  • Terminate the CIFS service to prepare for CIFS domain configuration
  • Reconfigure the CIFS service for a Windows® domain Identify the resulting files
  • Create domain users and add the domain users to a local storage system group
  • Configure preferred domain controllers (DCs)

Module 10 NAS Multiprotocol

  • Determine and verify user mappings for CIFS users that are accessing UNIX® volumes and qtrees and mixed volumes and qtrees
  • Determine and verify user mappings for UNIX users that are accessing New Technology File System (NTFS) volumes and qtrees and mixed volumes and qtrees

Module 11 NAS Troubleshooting

  • Locate options and configuration files that might be misconfigured on the storage system
  • Test for Domain Name System (DNS) resolution on both they storage system and the client
  • Use client-side tools to test the client configuration Use storage system and client tools to isolate network system blockages
  • Recognize typical error messages and list the commands that you can use to identify the sources of the error messages

Module 12 SAN Overview

  • Describe the differences between network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN)
  • List the methods that you can use to implement a SAN environment
  • Define a LUN, initiator, and target
  • Describe ports, worldwide node names (WWNNs), and worldwide port names (WWPNs)
  • List the basic steps required to implement a SAN

Module 13 FC Connectivity

  • Describe how to implement multiple paths with Fibre Channel (FC) connectivity
  • Describe hot to configure FC ports on Windows®, Red Hat®, and NetApp® systems
  • Describe the commands and utilities that you can use to identify worldwide node names (WWNNs) and worldwide port names (WWPNs) on Windows®, Red Hat®, and NetApp® systems

Module 14 iSCSI Connectivity

  • Describe multiple path implementation with iSCSI connectivity
  • Configure network ports on Windows®, Red Hat®, and NetApp® systems
  • Identify the worldwide node name (WWNN) on Windows, Red Hat, and NetApp systems
  • Configure and verify multiple-path iSCSI connectivity between Windows, Red Hat, and NetApp systems

Module 15 LUN Access

  • Describe the steps that you must complete to allow a Windows® Server 2008 R2 initiator to access a LUN on a storage system
  • Describe the steps that you must complete to allow a Red Hat® initiator to access a LUN on a storage system

Module 16 Availability Overview

  • List the methods that you can use to back up and recover data for data availability
  • Describe the methods that you can use to ensure system availability

Module 17 Snapshot Copies

  • Describe the function of Snapshot® copies Explain the benefits of Snapshot copies Identify and execute Snapshot commands Create and delete Snapshot copies Configure and modify Snapshot options
  • Explain the importance of the .snapshot and ~snapshot directory
  • Describe how disk space is allocated by a Snapshot copy for volumes and aggregates
  • Schedule Snapshot copies
  • Configure and manage the Snapshot reserve

Module 18 SnapRestore Software

  • Explain how SnapRestore® technology works with SnapShot® copies
  • Describe what SnapRestore software can revert or restore
  • Revert and restore volumes and files using SnapRestore software
  • Describe how to implement multiple paths with Fibre Channel (FC) connectivity
  • Describe hot to configure FC ports on Windows®, Red Hat®, and NetApp® systems
  • Describe the commands and utilities that you can use to identify worldwide node names (WWNNs) and worldwide port names (WWPNs) on Windows®, Red Hat®, and NetApp® systems

Module 19 SnapVault

  • Describe SnapVault® components and benefits Configure SnapVault on primary and secondary systems
  • Administer SnapVault on primary and secondary systems
  • Describe the application-consistent backup feature available in Data ONTAP® 7-Mode
  • Restore data from secondary to primary systems

Module 20 Open Systems SnapVault

  • Describe how Open Systems SnapVault® integrates with Data ONTAP® SnapVault
  • List Open Systems SnapVault advanced features Configure and administer Open Systems SnapVault Perform Open Systems SnapVault backup and restore operations
  • Troubleshoot and resolve Open Systems SnapVault transfer failures

Module 21 High-Availability

  • Define the high-availability controller configuration Describe the three modes of high-availability operation with a high-availability pair
  • Analyze the effect on client protocols during failover and giveback operations

Module 22 MetroCluster

  • Describe a stretch MetroCluster environment
  • List the basic steps to implement a stretch MetroCluster Describe a fabric-attached MetroCluster environment List the basic steps to implement a fabric-attached MetroCluster

Module 23 SnapMirror

  • Explain the SnapMirror® Async, Sync, and Semi-Sync modes of operation
  • Describe how volume SnapMirror and qtree SnapMirror replicate data
  • Configure SnapMirror
  • Perform advanced SnapMirror operations Explain SnapMirror performance impact

Module 24 Performance

  • Use Data ONTAP® tools to identify networking, disk I/O, FC loop saturation, and CPU bottlenecks using sysstat, stats, perfstat
  • Discuss how increasing utilization can affect
  • performance
  • Use the reallocate command to maintain performance Use recommended techniques to optimize Data ONTAP configuration for SAN and NAS

PART I Labs

Lab 1-1 Identify the exercise environment Lab 1-2 Explore the NetApp support site
Lab 2-1 Explain how the Data ONTAP operating system writes data
Lab 2-2 Explain how the Data ONTAP operating system reads data
Lab 3-1 Log in to the exercise environment Lab 3-2 Install System Manager
Lab 3-3 Add a storage system to NetApp System Manager Lab 3-4 Use the CLI to access a storage system
Lab 3-5 Explore the Help command and privilege levels Lab 3-6 List the options on a storage system
Lab 3-7 From the CLI, examine the system configuration of a storage system
Lab 3-8 Use NetApp System Manager to configure DNS
Lab 3-9 Use system manager to configure the AutoSupport tool Lab 4-1 Exploring the current disk configuration
Lab 4-2 Understand the impact of disk scrub on a storage system
Lab 4-3 Run the storage configuration wizard
Lab 4-4 Use NetApp system manager to create a 64-bit aggregate
Lab 4-5 Use the CLI to create a 64-bit aggregate
Lab 4-6 Use the CLI to create a 32-bit aggregate and upgrade to 64-bit
Lab 4-7 Cause a disk to fail
Lab 4-8 Add disks to an aggregate
Lab 5-1 Use system manager to create a volume Lab 5-2 Resize a volume
Lab 5-3 Delete a volume Lab 5-4 Create qtrees Lab 5-5 Delete qtrees
Lab 6-1 Create an administrative user account
Lab 6-2 Use the CLI to configure administrative security Lab 6-3 Log in with a new user account
Lab 7-1 Use the System Manager to configure network settings Lab 7-2 Use the CLI to configuration network settings
Lab 7-3 Use the CLI to create a single-mode interface group Lab 7-4 Use the CLI to create a multimode interface group Lab 8-1 Use NetApp System Manager to license NFS
Lab 8-2 Use NetApp System Manager to export a volume Lab 8-3 Use the CLI to export a volume
Lab 8-4 Mount exports from an administration host
Lab 9-1 Use NetApp System Managerr to license CIFS service Lab 9-2 Use NetApp System Manager to configure CIFS service
Lab 9-3 Create a window domain user
Lab 9-4 Use the CLI and NetApp System Manager to view and create shares
Lab 9-5 Create a new share with computer management Lab 9-6 Map shares to drive letters
Lab 9-7 Modify user permissions Lab 9-8 Display CIFS sessions
Lab 9-9 Configure SMB 2.0 protocol Lab 9-10 Terminate CIFS sessions Lab 10-1 Create and manage quotas Lab 10-2 Create a quota report
Lab 10-3 Modify the /etc/quotas file and implement quota
changes
Lab 10-4 Use the CLI to create qtrees and quotas for the qtrees
Lab 10-5 Create a native file-blocking policy Lab 11-1 License and start the iSCSI service
Lab 11-2 Configure iSCSI on Windows Server 2008 R2 Lab 11-3 Use NetApp System Manager to create a LUN Lab 11-4 Use the CLI to create a LUN
Lab 11-5 Access LUNs from Windows Server 2008 R2
Lab 11-6 Nondistributively move a volume that contains a LUN Lab 12-1 Use NetApp system manager to create a SnapShot copy
Lab 12-2 Restore a windows file from a SnapShot copy Lab 12-3 Restore a linux file fom a SnapShot copy
Lab 12-4 Use NetApp system manager to manage SnapShot copies
Lab 12-5 Restore a file by using the windows previous version tool
Lab 12-6 License and configure SnapRestore technology
Lab 12-7 Revert a volume using SnapRestore technology to restore a volume
Lab 12-8 Use SnapRestore technology to restore a file Lab 13-1 Explore volume space consumption
Lab 13-2 Explore file space consumption Lab 13-3 Configure deduplication
Lab 15-1 Create two MultiStore systems with separate IP aliases
Lab 15-2 Create a CIFS share on a MultiStore system Lab 15-3 Create an iSCSI LUN on a MultiStore system
Lab 16-1 Copy a volume by using the NDMPCOPY command Lab 17-1 Identify the commands that you can use to troubleshoot and solve problems
Lab 17-2 Run the statit command on a storage system Lab 17-3 Run the stats command on a storage system

PART II Labs

Lab 1-1 Identify the exercise environment Lab 1-2 Log in to the exercise environment Lab 1-3 Install NetApp System Manager
Lab 1-4 Allow NetApp System Manager access through Windows firewall
Lab 2-1 Identify the exercise environment
Lab 2-2 Log in to your assigned storage system
Lab 2-3 Log in to NetApp System Manager and add your storage system
Lab 3-1 License and configure the NFS service
Lab 3-2 Add an administration host using the setup command Lab 4-1 Mount the root volume of the storage system on an administration host
Lab 4-2 Export a volume using the command-line interface Lab 4-3 Rename a volume and verify the automatic export Lab 4-4 Export and mount a qtree
Lab 4-5 Export to a subnet Lab 4-6 Export to a netgroup
Lab 4-7 Export a qtree using NetApp System Manager Lab 4-8 Mount an export from an admin host
Lab 5-1 Identify the exercise environment
Lab 6-1 Configure a storage system for a Windows Workgroup environment
Lab 6-2 Review the results of CIFS setup in a Windows Workgroup environment
Lab 7-1 View current shares
Lab 7-2 Create a new share using the command-line interface Lab 7-3 Verify share access and display session information Lab 8-1 Add a new local user account and configure user access
Lab 8-2 Access a network drive and work with access control Lab 8-3 Create a local group
Lab 9-1 Terminate CIFS services using NetApp System Manager
Lab 9-2 Configure DNS with NetApp System Manager
Lab 9-3 Configure time services with NetApp System Manager Lab 9-4 Reconfigure the CIFS services using NetApp System Manager
Lab 9-5 Create a 32-bit aggregate using NetApp System Manager
Lab 9-6 Create a volume using NetApp System Manager
Lab 9-7 Create shares and manage the permissions of the shares
Lab 9-8 Create a domain user
Lab 9-9 Create a share with computer management Lab 9-10 Map shares to drive letters
Lab 9-11 Display CIFS sessions
Lab 10-1 Configure your storage system for multiprotocol access
Lab 12-1 Identify the components of your SAN exercise environment
Lab 14-1 Configure iSCSI on a storage system Lab 14-2 Configure Windows for MPIO
Lab 14-3 Install the NetApp DSM for Windows
Lab 14-4 Install the NetApp host utilities for Window Lab 14-5 Configure iSCSI on Windows
Lab 14-6 Confirm an iSCSI session on a storage system Lab 14-7 Configure a second iSCSI session on Windows
Lab 14-8 Confirm the second iSCSI session on a storage system
Lab 14-9 Install host utilities on Red Hat Linux
Lab 14-10 Install the iSCSI software initiator for Red Hat Linux Lab 14-11 Configure the iSCSI software initiator on Red Hat Linux
Lab 14-12 Confirm an iSCSI session or iSCSI sessions on a storage system
Lab 15-1 Create a LUN using commands
Lab 15-2 Initialize a LUN with disk management Lab 15-3 Provision a LUN with disk management Lab 15-4 Make the mounting of a LUN persistent
Lab 15-5 Create iSCSI-attached LUNS for Red Hat Linux
Lab 15-6 Discover iSCSI-accessible LUNs from Red Hat Linux Lab 15-7 Prepare an individual LUN and mount it on Red Hat Linux
Lab 16-1 Identify the exercise environment
Lab 17-1 Create a Snapshot copy using NetApp System Manager
Lab 17-2 Restore a Windows file from a Snapshot copy Lab 17-3 Restore a Unix or Linux file from a Snapshot copy
Lab 17-4 Manage Snapshot copies using NetApp System Manager
Lab 17-5 Create a FlexClone clone using the command-line interface
Lab 18-1 License and configure the SnapRestore software Lab 18-2 Restore a volume using SnapRestore technology Lab 18-3 Restore a file using SnapRestore technology Lab 19-1 Identify primary and secondary systems
Lab 19-2 Configure SnapVault on the primary system Lab 19-3 Configure SnapVault on the secondary system Lab 19-4 Initialize the transfer
Lab 19-5 Perform a restore
Lab 19-6 Restart the backup relationship
Lab 20-1 Install Open Systems SnapVault for Windows server Lab 20-2 Configure the SnapVault secondary system
Lab 20-3 Configure Windows Server 2008 R2’s firewall for Open Systems SnapVault
Lab 20-4 Establish the Open Systems SnapVault baseline Lab 20-5 Perform a restore and resume SnapVault operations Lab 23-1 Identify the source and destination systems
Lab 23-2 Set up SnapMirror on the source storage system Lab 23-3 Set up SnapMirror on the destination storage system Lab 23-4 Initiate a baseline transfer and schedule updates Lab 23-5 Break the SnapMirror relationship
Lab 23-6 Resynchronizing the relationship
Lab 23-7 Reinstate the original SnapMirror relationship Lab 23-8 Configure synchronous SnapMirror


This course is intended for Networking Professionals seeking the NetApp Certified Data Management Administrator (NCDA) certification. Those who need to perform in- depth support, administrative functions, and performance management for environments using any of the following enterprise storage solutions: CIFS, NFS, FCP, iSCSI protocols on a NetApp storage appliance running the Data ONTAP 8.1 operating system.


Prior to taking this course, it is recommended that students have gone through introduction to NetApp Products Web Based Training


This course prepares you for the NetApp NCDA certification