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Dell EqualLogic PS Series

( Duration: 5 Days )

The Dell EqualLogic PS Series training course provides the opportunity to perform and master the tasks required to operate and manage the advanced features that are included in the PS Series Storage Array. This includes the Data Protection features of Auto Snapshot Manager, synchronous and asynchronous replication, managing pools, firmware updates, using clones, thin clones and snapshots. Also included are discussions on how to protect Hyper-V and SharePoint environments. You will install and configure the PS Series array using the Remote Setup Wizard as well as monitor the array group with the Dell EqualLogic SAN Headquarters performance and monitoring tool.

You will also learn to effectively use PS Series Storage in VMware environments and implement VMware integration tools including Virtual Storage Manager for VMware (VSM/VE) in order to build an efficient and fully optimized storage environment. Discussions on design considerations when deploying PS Series Storage in a vSphere environment are supplemented with hands-on exercises in order to provide practical knowledge and real-world experience prior to deploying in a live environment, resulting in less downtime.

By attending Dell EqualLogic PS Series workshop, delegates will learn to:

  • Configure MPIO with EqualLogic Host Integration Tools
  • Create snapshots and recover files or volumes from snapshots
  • Configure multi-member groups and storage pools
  • Update firmware
  • Install, configure and use SAN Headquarters
  • Configure and perform asynchronous replication between two groups
  • Configure and perform synchronous replication between two pools in a single group
  • Use Auto Snapshot Manager (ASM) to create and perform recovery of files and volumes from snapshots, clones and replicas with Smart Copies
  • Describe how ASM is used to protect and recover: ,MS SQL databases, MS Exchange mail groups and mailboxes, Hyper-V virtual machines, SharePoint environments
  • The key components of the vSphere environment that interact with the EqualLogic SAN environment
  • The setup requirements for using iSCSI volumes on ESX servers
  • How to create and present PS Series volumes to Guest VMs
  • How to install the Multipath Extension Module (MEM)
  • How to use the PS Series data protection features in a VMware environment
  • How the Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for VMware are used
  • How Dell EqualLogic Virtual Storage Manager for VMware is used to: Protect and recover VMs, Manage Datastores, Deploy VDI desktops, Configure VASA
  • vSphere API for Array Integration (VAAI)

  • Knowledge of Dell EqualLogic PS Series Arrays

  • Storage Administrators
  • IT Professionals
  • Technical Support



iSCSI Basics, Array Setup and Optimization

  • iSCSI SAN ecosystem and its components
  • Requirements for optimizing iSCSI environments
  • Basic configuration and administration

iSCSI Initiators and MPIO

  • Software and hardware initiators
  • MPIO Configuration
  • Volume management

SAN Headquarters Monitor Tool

  • Describe, install, and configure the SAN Headquarters tool
  • Monitor your group using SAN Headquarters

Snapshots, Clones, and Thin Clones

  • Creating, scheduling, and using snapshots
  • Cloning a volume - standard and thin clones and templates
  • Understand and Use Collections

ASM/ME Basic and Advanced Operations

  • Functions and features of Snapshot Manager
  • ASM integration with VSS
  • ASM and Data Recovery operations

Firmware Update Operations

  • Firmware upgrade requirements and process

Asynchronous Replication

  • Understand how replicas work in a PS Series Array
  • Planning the space required for replication
  • Understand the Manual Transfer Utility

Multi-Member Groups, Pools, and Load Balancing

  • Multi-member groups
  • Storage tiering and pools
  • Volume movement within a group, within a pool and between pools

Synchronous Replication

  • Synchronous replication features and administration

Protecting Microsoft SQL and Exchange with Auto Snapshot Manager

  • Describe configuration requirements for ASM and MSSQL
  • Describe local and remote recovery options for SQL databases
  • Requirements for Auto-Snapshot Manager and MS Exchange
  • Recovery options for MS Exchange mailboxes

Using Auto Snapshot Manager to Protect Hyper-V VMs

  • Overview of Windows Hyper-V
  • Features of ASM for Hyper-V virtual machines

Protecting SharePoint with ASM/ME

  • Using ASM with SharePoint

vSphere and Dell EqualLogic Storage Interoperability Overview

  • Review Dell EqualLogic storage
  • Review vSphere components: Virtual Storage Manager (VSM), vSphere API for Array Integration (VAAI) functionality

VMware MPIO and Multipath Extension Module (MEM)

  • Configure ESX to use PS Series Volumes
  • Requirements for PS Series volumes to be used by ESX servers in a vSphere Datacenter
  • MPIO requirements and configuration
  • Configuration settings that must be performed on ESX servers to use PS Series volumes as Datastores

Dell EqualLogic Virtual Storage Manager (VSM)

  • Discuss requirements, capabilities and how to install a VSM
  • Configuring vSphere API for Storage Awareness (VASA)

Working with Groups and Data Stores Using Dell EqualLogic Virtual Storage Manager (VSM)

  • Groups Menu and functionality in VSM
  • Datastore Menu and functionality in VSM
  • Demonstrate the creation, resizing and removal of data stores using VSM
  • Adding PS groups to VSM for management

Guest Attached Volumes

  • Providing Storage to Virtual Machines
  • Methods for attaching volumes to Guest Operating Systems
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using the iSCSI initiator inside a guest OS
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using VMFS based virtual disks for data volumes
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using RDMs initiator inside a guest OS

Working with Smart Copies in VSM

  • Describe VSM Smart Copies
  • Protection of VMs by making Smart Copies
  • Methods of recovery for virtual machines from Smart Copies

Working with Smart Copy Replication in VSM

  • Configuring replication partners
  • Replicating datastores
  • Recovery methods with VSM

Working with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Tool in VSM

  • Describe VSM VDI integration
  • Demonstrate the VDI deployment process


  • Describe some of the issues that can occur with Host Integration Tools for VMware
  • Describe some troubleshooting tools
  • Demonstrate how to collect diagnostics from the Virtual Storage Manager (VSM)

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