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can I use an MDS 9216 for my CCIE Datacenter lab?

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Jun 4th, 2012
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I have 2 x MDS 9216 switches available for my CCIE Datacenter lab.

Both chassis have standard 16 x Fiber Channel ports available and are equipped with line card DS-X9308-SMIP (Cisco MDS 9000 Family 8-port 1GE IP Storage Services Module).


The official Lab exam "equipment list" --> https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/docs/DOC-13968 suggests using MDS 9222i devices.


I am wondering if I will be able to test all the features described in the lab exam topics --> https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/docs/DOC-13992


--> Cisco Storage Networking


---->Implement Fiber Channel Protocols Features

------>Implement Port Channel, ISL and Trunking

------>Implement VSANs

------>Implement Basic and Enhanced Zoning

------>Implement FC Domain Parameters

------>Implement Fiber Channel Security Features

------>Implement Proper Oversubscription in an FC environment


---->Implement IP Storage Based Solution

------>Implement IP Features including high availability

------>Implement iSCSI including advanced features

------>Implement SAN Extension tuner

------>Implement FCIP and Security Features

------>Implement iSCSI security features

------>Validate proper configuration of IP Storage based solutions



I believe I will be able to test all features asked ... but I am not that into storage yet, so it would be nice if someone could confirm this.

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adamdave901 Thu, 01/26/2017 - 22:39
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We can emulate the entire CCIE DC rack (as mentioned in Cisco's Blueprint) at home with virtualization (VMWare Workstation, vCenter, vSphere, vMWare ESXi etc) as we can for R & S and SP. If so, please guide how to do it. Cisco 400-051 Test

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