Storage+ Career Path Courses:

If you are involved in storage or want to become a storage master, then CompTIA®’s Storage+, is for you.  Storage+ certifies your storage practitioner expertise and sets you apart from the crowd. This Storage+ course has been certified by CompTIA® as CompTIA® Authorized Quality Curriculum (CAQC) and maps to the Storage+ Exam (Code SG0-001).

CompTIA® Storage+ Part 1 focuses on the fundamentals of storage networking. In Part 1 you will take a bottom up approach and exam the information flow requirements levied on a Storage Network and fully understand how various technologies meet those requirements including:

  • Why organizations are moving toward DAS, NAS and SAN
  • Comprehensive technical examination of fibre channel, SCSI and IP Storage protocols, along with the role they play in a Storage Network
  • The practical problems faced in the heterogeneous world where the "any to any" connectivity provided by SANs can present more problems than it solves
  • Identify the techniques used to overcome these problems through the use of volume management, storage resource security and persistent binding
  • Hard disk drives, tape drives and solid state storage
  • JBOD, RAID Levels and MAID
  • LUM presentation, LUN aggregation, LUN dynamic allocation
  • LUM thick and thin provisioning and persistent binding
  • Understanding the components/products that make up a NAS or SAN
  • Examine the design and performance aspects of a SAN
  • SCSI and ATA storage protocols
  • Parallel SCSI, Parallel ATA, SAS and SATA
  • The future of Storage Networks

With the purchase of this course, you receive a bonus course on Networking Concepts! This course will round out your knowledge on basic networking fundamentals. You'll find the link in the Related Links section of the Downloads Tab.  Please note that as of January 2016 the exam for this course was retired.

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Video Title
Length
01: Storage Networking Certification Program
18 min
02: Networks and Storage
16 min
Quiz: Networks, Storage and Storage Standards
03: Storage Standards
17 min
04: Network Links
25 min
05: Storage
22 min
Quiz: Capacity Terminology
07: Direct Attached Storage (DAS)
21 min
08: Network Attached Storage (NAS)
20 min
09: Storage Area Network (SAN)
21 min
10: File Area Networks (FAN)
8 min
11: Hybrids
21 min
12: “External” and “Internal” SANS
11 min
Quiz: Attachment Strategy
13: Blocks, Files and Objects
25 min
14: Standards and Content Addressable Storage (CAS)
16 min
15: Hard Disk Drives (HDD)
18 min
15 Demo: Show and Tell: Disk Drive Anatomy with SCSI and ATA drives
15 min
16: Disk Markets
12 min
17: Solid State Drive (SSD)
17 min
Quiz: Solid State Drive
18: Tape Anatomy
21 min
19: Tape Drive Types
8 min
20: More on Tape Drive Types
16 min
Quiz: Hard Drive and Tape Drive
21: Just a Bunch of Disks (JBOD)
11 min
22: Storage Array Controllers
24 min
23: Storage Array Controller LUNS
26 min
24: Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID)
18 min
Quiz: RAID
25: Combined RAID and Massive Array of Idle Disks (MAID)
11 min
26: Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI) Basics
26 min
27: SCSI Functions
16 min
28: SCSI and Parallel SCSI (P-SCSI)
24 min
29: SCSI and SAS, SATA
21 min
Quiz: SCSI and SAS, SATA
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Module 00: CompTIA® Storage+ Part 1 - Course Introduction

Module 01: Storage Networking Certification Program

  • SNIA Storage Networking Certification Program Overview
  • Benefits of Certifications and Qualifications
  • Qualification and Certification Program Structure

Module 02: Networks and Storage

  • Sound
  • Networks or Storage Learning Quiz
  • SCSI Devices
  • Networks, Storage and Storage Standards Quiz

Module 03: Storage Standards

  • Measure
  • Best Practices for Storage
  • Standards

Module 04: Network Links

  • Bandwidth
  • Network Link Capacity
  • Bandwidth Increase

Module 05: Storage

  • Storage Capacity
  • Storage Devices
  • Storage Anatomy

Module 06: Servers and Network Devices

  • Server Capacity
  • Server Processors
  • Server Virtual Machines
  • Network Device Capacity
  • Combined Environments
  • DAS, NAS, and SAN
  • Capacity Terminology Quiz

Module 07: Direct Attached Storage (DAS)

  • What’s Important
  • Components
  • DAS Attachment Strategy
  • Files and Blocks

Module 08: Network Attached Storage (NAS)

  • NAS Attachment Strategy
  • NAS Devices
  • NAS Gateway
  • Demo comparing NAS and DAS

Module 09: Storage Area Network (SAN)

  • SAN Attachment Strategy
  • LANS and SAN
  • SAN File Sharing

Module 10: File Area Networks (FAN)

  • FAN Attachment Strategy
  • FAN Components
  • FAN Core Elements

Module 11: Hybrids

  • Convergence Opportunities
  • Hybrid Attachment Strategies
  • Network Unified Storage (NUS)

Module 12: “External” and “Internal” SANS

  • Understanding “External” and “Internal” SANS
  • Virtual Cables
  • Protocol Options
  • Attachment Strategy Quiz

Module 13: Blocks, Files and Objects

  • Anatomy
  • Sharing
  • Structure

Module 14: Standards and Content Addressable Storage (CAS)

  • Organizations
  • Components
  • Intelligent Storage Node (ISN)

Module 15: Hard Disk Drives (HDD)

  • Disk Anatomy
  • Disk Striping
  • Disk Caching
  • Show and Tell: Disk Drive Anatomy with SCSI and ATA drives

Module 16: Disk Markets

  • Desktop, Nearline and Enterprise
  • Disc Attributes
  • SAS and SATA

Module 17: Solid State Drive (SSD)

  • SSD Anatomy
  • Why SSD?
  • SSD Performance
  • SSD Quiz

Module 18: Tape Anatomy

  • Tape Components
  • Tape Recording
  • Tape Performance

Module 19: Tape Drive Types

  • Tape Attributes
  • Tape Capacity

Module 20: More on Tape Drive Types

  • LTO Roadmap
  • Virtual Tape Libraries (VTL)
  • Taping “Shoe Shining” (Back-Hitching)
  • Other Removable Media
  • Hard Drive and Tape Drive Quiz

Module 21: Just a Bunch of Disks (JBOD)

  • JBOD Anatomy
  • JBOD Attachment Strategies

Module 22: Storage Array Controllers

  • Controller Vendors
  • Adapters
  • Hot Spare
  • Logical Unit Number (LUN) Presentation
  • Demo: Configure RAID function

Module 23: Storage Array Controller LUNS

  • LUN Aggregation
  • Dynamic LUN Expansion
  • Thick & Thin Provisioning
  • Persistent Binding

Module 24: Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID)

  • RAID Function
  • RAID Levels
  • RAID Performance
  • RAID Quiz

Module 25: Combined RAID and Massive Array of Idle Disks (MAID)

  • Combined RAID Levels
  • MAID Anatomy
  • MAID Performance

Module 26: Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI) Basics

  • SCSI Standards
  • SCSI Configurations
  • The SCSI Nexus
  • Demo: Parallel SCSI Bus Trace - High Level View using SCSI View

Module 27: SCSI Functions

  • SCSI Operations
  • SCSI Commands
  • SCSI Pages

Module 28: SCSI and Parallel SCSI (P-SCSI)

  • SCSI Devices
  • SCSI Bus Characteristics
  • SCSI Bus Phases
  • Parallel SCSI Bus Trace Demo Bus Phase View using SCSI View

Module 29: SCSI and SAS, SATA

  • Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)
  • Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA)
  • SAS and SATA Configurations
  • SCSI and SAS, SATA Quiz

Bonus Course!  Networking Concepts - to access this course, click on the link available in Related Links

Module 01: Introduction to Networking

  • Terminology
  • Protocols and Standards
  • Networking Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Networking Requirements
  • Anys
  • Architecture

Module 02: What is a Layered Stack?

  • Layers
  • OSI
  • World Wide Web (www)

Module 03: Data Structures

  • Protocol Data Units (PDU)
  • Headers and Trailers
  • IP Storage PDU

Module 04: Physical Transport Networks

  • Topologies
  • LAN
  • Backbone Networks
  • Interconnection Devices

Module 05: Duplex, Switching and Connections

  • Duplex
  • Network Models
  • Circuit and Packet Switching
  • Connection-Oriented vs. Connectionless

Module 06: Bit Rate, Bandwidth, Latency and Throughput

  • Parallel vs. Serial
  • What about Speed?
  • Protocol Performance Data
  • Throughput-Bandwidth
  • Back to the Future

Module 07: Ports and Phys

  • Ports
  • Phys

Module 08: Names vs. Addresses

  • Ethernet
  • Name, Address and Route
  • Mailing, Pickup and Delivery
  • WWN Formats
  • Routing

Module 09: Flow Control: SAS and Fibre Channel

  • SAS
  • Fibre Channel
  • FCAL

Module 10: Flow Control: TCP/IP and Ethernet

  • TCP Sliding Windows
  • Ethernet Pause
  • Shortest Path First
  • Priority Flow Control

Module 11: Segmentation and Offload

  • Traditional FC SAN
  • Traditional NAS
  • iSCSI Full Offload
  • Not All TOEs are Created Equal

Module 12: Bus, Loop, and Expanse

  • Bus
  • Loop
  • Expanse
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The exam is targeted toward IT storage professionals with at least twelve months of experience. Though it is not required, CompTIA® A+, CompTIA® Network+ or CompTIA® Security+ certification is recommended.

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If you are involved in storage or want to become a storage master, then CompTIA®’s Storage+ is for you.  Comptia's Storage + training certifies your storage practitioner expertise and sets you apart from the crowd. This Storage+ course has been certified by CompTIA® as CompTIA® Authorized Quality Curriculum (CAQC) and maps to the Storage+ Exam (Code SG0-001).

CompTIA® Storage+ Part 2 explores Fibre Channel technologies and components, and delves into the network aspects of storage. Fibre Channel is the jump off point for this module as it has been the driving force for Storage Area Networks from the late 90’s and into the 21st century. You will begin by understanding the benefits of Fibre Channel separating myth from reality and then go into the details of how software, firmware and hardware play a role in FC solutions, looking at each layer of the architecture as well including FC-0, 1, 2, 3 and FC Level 4.

Topics include:

  • Lower level electrical and optical signaling, connectors and cabling
  • Operating system interfaces with the Host Bus Adapter (HBA)
  • Converting SCSI information into signals that move across the infrastructure between a server and storage controller
  • Work flow management constructs like Exchanges, Sequences and Frames
  • Services offered and requested from adapter firmware and in a FC switched fabric
  • How session relationships, logons, occur and why
  • How error recovery takes place in the FC network
  • FC switches and the fabric it provides
  • Switch configuration and design
  • Pathing, routing, load balancing, load sharing and trunking techniques used by FC fabric switches
  • All aspects of security, access mechanisms, fabric routers and virtual fabrics

With the purchase of this course, you receive a bonus course on Networking Concepts! This course will round out your knowledge on basic networking fundamentals. You'll find the link in the Related Links section of the Downloads Tab.  Please note that as of January 2016 Comptia retired this exam.

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Video Title
Length
01: Fibre Channel (FC) Benefits
18 min
02: FC Organization
24 min
Quiz: FC Organization
03: FC Components
17 min
04: FC Topologies
26 min
05: FC Names & Addresses
17 min
06: Storage: Names and Addresses
11 min
07: FC Node Port ID Virtualization (NPIV)
17 min
08: FC Architecture Overview
23 min
09: Demo: SAN Lab Tour
8 min
10: FC Level-0 Components
20 min
12: FC Level-1 Scrambling and 8b/10b Encode/Decode
21 min
Quiz: FC Level-1 Scrambling and 8b/10b Encode/Decode
13: FC Level-1 Transmission Words
18 min
14: FC Level-1 Port State Machine (PSM) and Loop Port State Machine (LPSM)
15 min
Quiz: FC Level-1 Port State Machine (PSM) and Loop Port State Machine (LPSM)
15: FC Level-2 Data Structures and Session Management
31 min
16: FC Level-2 Session Management Functions
23 min
17: FC Level-2 Class of Service and Flow Control
20 min
18: FC Level-2 Error Recovery and Sequences
25 min
19: FC Architecture Services
14 min
20: FC Session Services
22 min
21: FC Level-3 Common Services
10 min
22: FC Level-4 SCSI over Fibre Channel Function
25 min
23: FC Level-4 SCSI over Fibre Channel Recovery
22 min
24: FC Level-4 IP over Fibre Channel (IPFC)
10 min
Quiz: FC Level-4 IP over Fibre Channel (IPFC)
25: Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) and Converged Network Adapters (CNAs)
16 min
26: FC Hubs & Loop Switches
10 min
Quiz: FC Hubs & Loop Switches
27: FC Bridges, Routers & Gateways
9 min
28: Switches Overview
24 min
Quiz: Switches Overview
29: Fabric Switches Design
18 min
30: Fabric Switches Pathing
20 min
Quiz: Fabric Switches Pathing
31: Fabric Switches Zoning Configuration
15 min
32: Fabric Switches Zoning Enforcement
14 min
33: FC Fabric Routers
12 min
34: FC Virtual Fabrics
24 min
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Module 00: CompTIA® Storage+ Part 2 - Course Introduction

Module 01: Fibre Channel (FC) Benefits

  • What is Fibre Channel?
  • FC Components
  • FC Benefits

Module 02: FC Organization

  • FC Origin
  • FC Roadmap
  • FC Structure
  • FC Organization Quiz

Module 03: FC Components

  • FC Nodes
  • FC Ports
  • FC World Wide Names (WWN)

Module 04: FC Topologies

  • Point-to-Point (P-T-P)
  • FC Arbitrated Loop (FCAL)
  • FC Fabric
  • FC Trace Analysis 1 Demo

Module 05: FC Names & Addresses

  • FC World Wide Node Name (WWNN) and World Wide Port Name (WWPN)
  • FC WWN Formats
  • FC Addressing and Routing

Module 06: Storage: Names and Addresses

  • P-SCSI
  • SC and SCAL
  • SAS
  • iSCSI

Module 07: FC Node Port ID Virtualization (NPIV)

  • NPIV Login
  • NPIV Protocol
  • NPIV Concentrator
  • FC Trace Analysis 2 Demo

Module 08: FC Architecture Overview

  • FC Levels
  • Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) vs. FC
  • FC System Architecture
  • Internet Protocol (IP) Architecture

Module 08 Demo: SAN Lab Tour

Module 09: FC Level-0 Components

  • Parallel vs. Serial
  • Connecters
  • Optical vs. Electrical
  • FC SAN Host Demo

Module 10: FC Level-0 Links

  • Single Mode vs. Multi-Mode Fiber
  • Variants
  • Speed Negotiation

Module 11: FC Level-1 Scrambling and 8b/10b Encode/Decode

  • Ordered Sets
  • Scrambling
  • 8b/10b Encode/Decode
  • “The Chicken and the Egg”
  • FC Level-1 Scrambling and 8b/10b Encode/Decode Quiz

Module 12: FC Level-1 Transmission Words

  • Frame Delimiters
  • Primitive Signals
  • Primitive Sequences

Module 13: FC Level-1 Port State Machine (PSM) and Loop Port State Machine (LPSM)

  • PSM
  • LPSM
  • FCAL
  • FC Level-1 Port State Machine (PSM) and Loop Port State Machine (LPSM) Quiz

Module 14: FC Level-2 Data Structures and Session Management

  • Exchanges
  • Sequences
  • Frames

Module 15: FC Level-2 Session Management Functions

  • FC Level-2 SCSI Operations-Exchange
  • FC Level-2 SCSI Operations-Sequence
  • FC Level-2 SCSI Operations-Frames
  • Trace Analysis 3 Demo

Module 16: FC Level-2 Class of Service and Flow Control

  • Class of Service
  • Flow Control
  • Long Distance Flow Control

Module 17: FC Level-2 Error Recovery and Sequences

  • Error Policies
  • Error Timers
  • Sequences
  • Switch HBA Server Lab

Module 18: FC Architecture Services

  • Basic Link Services
  • Extended Link Services
  • Session Services Introduction

Module 19: FC Session Services

  • Fabric Login (FLOGI)
  • Node Port Login (PLOGI)
  • Process Login (PRLOGI)
  • Registered State Change Notification (RSCN)
  • Trace Analysis 04

Module 20: FC Level-3 Common Services

  • Common Services
  • Security
  • Registered State Change Notification (RSCN)

Module 21: FC Level-4 SCSI over Fibre Channel Function

  • IP Upper Level Protocols
  • SCSI Architecture
  • SCSI FC Protocol (FCP) Basics
  • FC Storage Array Lab Exercise

Module 22: FC Level-4 SCSI over Fibre Channel Recovery

  • Information Units (IUs)
  • Information Sets
  • Error Recovery Examples

Module 23: FC Level-4 IP over Fibre Channel (IPFC)

  • IPFC Protocol
  • IPFC Routing
  • IPFC Services
  • FC Level-4 IP over Fibre Channel (IPFC) Quiz

Module 24: Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) and Converged Network Adapters (CNAs)

  • Vendors
  • HBA Function
  • CAN Function

Module 25: FC Hubs & Loop Switches

  • Hubs
  • Loop Switches
  • FC Hubs & Loop Switches Quiz

Module 26: FC Bridges, Routers & Gateways

  • Vendors
  • Bridges and Switches
  • Gateways

Module 27: Switches Overview

  • Vendors
  • Capabilities
  • Services
  • Directors vs. Switches
  • Switches Overview Quiz

Module 28: Fabric Switches Design

  • Mesh
  • Fabric Configurations
  • Core-Edge
  • Fan In, Fan Out
  • Locality

Module 29: Fabric Switches Pathing

  • Automatic Failover
  • Path Methodologies
  • Load Sharing
  • Trunking
  • Fabric Switches Pathing Quiz

Module 30: Fabric Switches Zoning Configuration

  • LUN Masking
  • Zoning Configuration Elements
  • WWNN, WWPN, Port ID, and Mixed
  • Zoning Terminology
  • Zoning Best Practices

Module 31: Fabric Switches Zoning Enforcement

  • Hard Zoning
  • Soft Zoning
  • Zoning Confusion
  • FC Switch Lab

Module 32: FC Fabric Routers

  • Fabric Expansion
  • Single Fabric
  • Multiple Fabrics
  • Network Address Translation (NAT)

Module 33: FC Virtual Fabrics

  • Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN)
  • Virtual Fabrics (VFs)
  • Shared Inter-switch Links (S-ISLs)
  • Demo: Zoning Lab

Bonus Course!  Networking Concepts - to access this course, click on the link available in Related Links

Module 01: Introduction to Networking

  • Terminology
  • Protocols and Standards
  • Networking Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Networking Requirements
  • Anys
  • Architecture

Module 02: What is a Layered Stack?

  • Layers
  • OSI
  • World Wide Web (www)

Module 03: Data Structures

  • Protocol Data Units (PDU)
  • Headers and Trailers
  • IP Storage PDU

Module 04: Physical Transport Networks

  • Topologies
  • LAN
  • Backbone Networks
  • Interconnection Devices

Module 05: Duplex, Switching and Connections

  • Duplex
  • Network Models
  • Circuit and Packet Switching
  • Connection-Oriented vs. Connectionless

Module 06: Bit Rate, Bandwidth, Latency and Throughput

  • Parallel vs. Serial
  • What about Speed?
  • Protocol Performance Data
  • Throughput-Bandwidth
  • Back to the Future

Module 07: Ports and Phys

  • Ports
  • Phys

Module 08: Names vs. Addresses

  • Ethernet
  • Name, Address and Route
  • Mailing, Pickup and Delivery
  • WWN Formats
  • Routing

Module 09: Flow Control: SAS and Fibre Channel

  • SAS
  • Fibre Channel
  • FCAL

Module 10: Flow Control: TCP/IP and Ethernet

  • TCP Sliding Windows
  • Ethernet Pause
  • Shortest Path First
  • Priority Flow Control

Module 11: Segmentation and Offload

  • Traditional FC SAN
  • Traditional NAS
  • iSCSI Full Offload
  • Not All TOEs are Created Equal

Module 12: Bus, Loop, and Expanse

  • Bus
  • Loop
  • Expanse
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The exam is targeted toward IT storage professionals with at least twelve months of experience. Though it is not required, CompTIA® A+, CompTIA® Network+ or CompTIA® Security+ certification is recommended.

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If you are involved in storage or want to become a storage master, then CompTIA®’s Storage+ is for you.  Storage+, certifies your storage practitioner expertise and sets you apart from the crowd. This Storage+ course has been certified by CompTIA® as CompTIA® Authorized Quality Curriculum (CAQC) and maps to the Storage+ Exam (Code SG0-001).

CompTIA® Storage+ Part 3 explores IP storage, performance and troubleshooting. In Part 3 we turn our attention to the use of traditional Internet protocol suite-based networks for storage access. These include the use of Fibre Channel and IP combinations as well as Ethernet physical transport with data center uses in combination with FC. You will begin with an overview of IP use in DAS, NAS and SAN attachment strategies for both external and internal SANs. Functionality of the IPS protocols including IPFC, iFCP, mFCP, FCIP and FCoE is covered in detail, as are the use of iSCSI and various options for software, firmware and hardware offload solutions. You will also examine current and future uses of storage network technologies in the data center with data center bridging capability (DCB) various ways to achieve High Performance Computing including PCIE and InfiniBand.

Topics include:

  • Performance issues and problems
  • How tuning can improve performance using both TCP based and FC based flow control buffering mechanisms
  • Terminology and function in the Internet Protocols and the data structures of message, segment, datagram, fragment and frame and how they affect performance
  • Performance monitors available for assessing and base lining performance metrics
  • Problem solving with storage networking analyzers
  • Troubleshooting
  • Storage network installation problems and resolution
  • Physical issues relating to copper and fiber media and signaling and distance
  • How to solve all storage network problems
  • How to understand useful IP based commands as well as analyzer tools (PING, NetStat, TraceT and Wireshark)
  • Environmental consideration for storage in the data center

With the purchase of this course, you receive a bonus course on Networking Concepts! This course will round out your knowledge on basic networking fundamentals. You'll find the link in the Related Links section of the Downloads Tab.  Please note that as of January 2016 the exam for this series was retired.

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Video Title
Length
01: Storage Networking & IP
20 min
02: IP over FC (IPFC)
8 min
Quiz: IP Over FC (IPFC)
03: Internet Fibre Channel Protocol (iFCP)
7 min
04: Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP)
15 min
05: Internet Small Computer Systems Interface (iSCSI)
17 min
06: iSCSI Demo
19 min
07: Next Generation Data Center
23 min
08: New Ethernet Functions
21 min
Quiz: New Ethernet Functions
10: Data Center Bridging (DCB) Part 1
13 min
11: Data Center Bridging (DCB) Part 2
12 min
12: Data Center Networks – FCoE
17 min
13: System Physical Transports
13 min
13 Demo: iSCSI SAN Lab
23 min
14: Performance Prelude Overview Part 1
12 min
15: Performance Prelude Overview Part2
11 min
16: Performance Prelude DAS and NAS Part 1
15 min
17: Performance Prelude DAS and NAS Part 2
22 min
18: Performance Prelude SAN
26 min
19: Performance Flow Control Mechanisms
19 min
Quiz: Performance Flow Control Mechanisms
20: Performance Flow Control Credit Recovery and Long Links
9 min
21: FC Arbitrated Loop Performance Factors
21 min
22: FC Arbitrated Loop Performance Example
14 min
23: FC Performance Fabric
14 min
24: Performance Fragmentation
20 min
25: Performance Tools: Monitors
13 min
26: Performance Tools: Analyzers
11 min
27: Troubleshooting Cables
17 min
28: Troubleshooting Methodology
19 min
29: Problem Solving Steps and Troubleshooting Tools
10 min
Quiz: Problem Solving Steps and Troubleshooting Tools
30: Configurations Part 1
8 min
31: Configurations Part 2
6 min
32: Commands Part 1
8 min
33: Commands Part 2
10 min
34: Environmental Considerations
4 min
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Module 00: CompTIA® Storage+ Part 3 - Course Introduction

Module 01: Storage Networking & IP

  • IP and DAS, NAS and SAN
  • IP External vs. Internal
  • TCP and IP
  • IP Storage Protocols (IPS)

Module 02: IP over FC (IPFC)

  • IPFC Config
  • IPFC Frame
  • IPFC Function
  • IP over FC (IPFC) Quiz

Module 03: Internet Fibre Channel Protocol (iFCP)

  • iFCP Config
  • iFCP Frame
  • iFCP Function

Module 04: Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP)

  • FCIP Config
  • FCIP Frame
  • FCIP Function
  • FCIP Trace 01 Demo

Module 05: Internet Small Computer Systems Interface (iSCSI)

  • iSCSI Config
  • iSCSI Frame
  • iSCSI Function
  • Offload Engine
  • Adapter Function
  • iSCSI Discovery

Module 06: iSCSI Demo

Module 07: Next Generation Data Center

  • Virtualization
  • Scaling
  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)

Module 08: New Ethernet Functions

  • 10G Ethernet
  • New Ethernet Protocols
  • FCoE
  • New Ethernet Functions Quiz

Module 09: Data Center Requirements

  • Data Center Networks
  • I/O Consolidation
  • I/O Traffic Types

Module 10: Data Center Bridging (DCB) Part 1

  • Converged Enhanced Ethernet
  • 10G Drivers
  • Priority Flow Control (PFC)

Module 11: Data Center Bridging (DCB) Part 2

  • New Ethernet Requirements
  • Enhanced Trasmission Selection
  • Congestion Motification
  • Shortest Path Routing
  • NAS Lab

Module 12: Data Center Networks – FCoE

  • FCoE History
  • FCoE Implementations
  • FCoE vs. iSCSI

Module 13: System Physical Transports

  • SAN Components
  • Firmware vs. Microcode
  • Firmware Load
  • Infiniband

Module 13 Demo: iSCSI SAN Lab

Module 14: Performance Prelude Overview Part 1

  • Rethinking the I/O Interface
  • System Buses
  • Paradigms and laws

Module 15: Performance Prelude Overview Part2

  • Wide Area Networks (WAN)
  • Centralized Access
  • Single and Multi-User

Module 16: Performance Prelude DAS and NAS Part 1

  • Direct Attached Storage
  • Channel Attached Storage
  • External Storage

Module 17: Performance Prelude DAS and NAS Part 2

  • Local Area Network (LAN)
  • Network Attached Storage
  • iSCSI Target Software

Module 18: Performance Prelude SAN

  • SAN
  • Path to Data
  • Configurations

Module 19: Performance Flow Control Mechanisms

  • Data Rate
  • Class of Service
  • Flow Control Buffer to Buffer
  • Flow Control End to End
  • Performance Flow Control Mechanisms Quiz

Module 20: Performance Flow Control Credit Recovery and Long Links

  • Credit and Long Links
  • Demo: Shockwave file
  • BB_Credit Recovery

Module 21: FC Arbitrated Loop Performance Factors

  • Loop Bi-section Bandwidth
  • Loop Tenancy
  • SCSI Data Structures
  • LOGIN BB_CREDIT
  • Opportunistic Transfers
  • iSNS Discovery Domains Software Lab

Module 22: FC Arbitrated Loop Performance Example

  • Loop Round Trip Time
  • SCSI Data Structure Time
  • Loop Utilization
  • Arbitrated Loop Performance Estimate
  • Spreadsheet Demo

Module 23: FC Performance Fabric

  • FC Switch Bi-section Bandwidth
  • Fabric Configurations
  • Path Analysis

Module 24: Performance Fragmentation

  • Fragmentation Performance Issues
  • Storage and Memory Fragmentation
  • Internal Fragmentation
  • External Fragmentation
  • Data Fragmentation
  • Performance Degradation

Module 25: Performance Tools: Monitors

  • Virtual Wisdom
  • Io Meter
  • Sysmon
  • Perfmon
  • Iostat
  • Iometer Demo

Module 26: Performance Tools: Analyzers

  • LeCroy Analyzers
  • Finisar Analyzers
  • Analyzer Demos

Module 27: Troubleshooting Cables

  • Optical Fiber
  • Electrical Cable
  • Connectivity

Module 28: Troubleshooting Methodology

  • Things to Watch
  • Problem Types
  • Structured Approach

Module 29: Problem Solving Steps and Troubleshooting Tools

  • Step 1: Define the Problem
  • Step 2: List Possible Causes
  • Step 3: Eliminate Possible Causes
  • Step 4: Narrow the Possibilities
  • Troubleshooting Tools
  • Problem Solving Steps and Troubleshooting Tools Quiz

Module 30: Configurations Part 1

  • Analyzers
  • Internet Protocol Suite (IPS)
  • Performance Considerations
  • Internet Protocols

Module 31: Configurations Part 2

  • TCP/IP Protocols
  • Troubleshooting
  • /Etc files

Module 32: Commands Part 1

  • Packet Internet Network Groper (PING)
  • Netstat
  • TracerT
  • Nslookup

Module 33: Commands Part 2

  • Wireshark
  • Checklist
  • Command & Wireshark Demo

Module 34: Environmental Considerations

  • HVAC
  • Fire Suppression
  • Floor and Rack Loading
  • Adequate Power
  • Safety

Bonus Course!  Networking Concepts - to access this course, click on the link available in Related Links

Module 01: Introduction to Networking

  • Terminology
  • Protocols and Standards
  • Networking Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Networking Requirements
  • Anys
  • Architecture

Module 02: What is a Layered Stack?

  • Layers
  • OSI
  • World Wide Web (www)

Module 03: Data Structures

  • Protocol Data Units (PDU)
  • Headers and Trailers
  • IP Storage PDU

Module 04: Physical Transport Networks

  • Topologies
  • LAN
  • Backbone Networks
  • Interconnection Devices

Module 05: Duplex, Switching and Connections

  • Duplex
  • Network Models
  • Circuit and Packet Switching
  • Connection-Oriented vs. Connectionless

Module 06: Bit Rate, Bandwidth, Latency and Throughput

  • Parallel vs. Serial
  • What about Speed?
  • Protocol Performance Data
  • Throughput-Bandwidth
  • Back to the Future

Module 07: Ports and Phys

  • Ports
  • Phys

Module 08: Names vs. Addresses

  • Ethernet
  • Name, Address and Route
  • Mailing, Pickup and Delivery
  • WWN Formats
  • Routing

Module 09: Flow Control: SAS and Fibre Channel

  • SAS
  • Fibre Channel
  • FCAL

Module 10: Flow Control: TCP/IP and Ethernet

  • TCP Sliding Windows
  • Ethernet Pause
  • Shortest Path First
  • Priority Flow Control

Module 11: Segmentation and Offload

  • Traditional FC SAN
  • Traditional NAS
  • iSCSI Full Offload
  • Not All TOEs are Created Equal

Module 12: Bus, Loop, and Expanse

  • Bus
  • Loop
  • Expanse
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The exam is targeted toward IT storage professionals with at least twelve months of experience. Though it is not required, CompTIA® A+, CompTIA® Network+ or CompTIA® Security+ certification is recommended.

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If you are involved in storage or want to become a storage master, then CompTIA Storage + is for you.  CompTIA®’s Storage+, certifies your storage practitioner expertise and sets you apart from the crowd. This Storage+ course has been certified by CompTIA® as CompTIA® Authorized Quality Curriculum (CAQC) and maps to the Storage+ Exam (Code SG0-001).  

CompTIA® Storage+ Part 4 covers storage applications. In Part 4 we look above the storage network infrastructure to the business applications environment and covers data protection, information-lifecycle management, tiered storage implementation, business continuity and security. You will delve into backup and recovery opportunities and options, differences between recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives and backup strategies (from offline backup to continuous data protection). Topics include:

  • Vaulting and evaluating solutions
  • The difference between backup and archive
  • Disk to tape, virtual tape and disk to disk techniques
  • Data center backup methods and levels
  • Snapshot technologies
  • Synchronous and asynchronous methods
  • Remote replication
  • Networking strategies including LAN based, LAN free, Server Free and Server less backup
  • Virtual tape libraries
  • The benefits of De-Duplication and Continuous Data Protection (CDP)
  • Storage virtualization and server virtualization
  • Network management (SNMP and Storage Management Interface Specification - (SMI-S)
  • Business continuity in storage networks
  • Fault tolerance and redundancy for high availability
  • Storage network security
  • The top 10 issues facing the future of Storage networking

With the purchase of this course, you receive a bonus course on Networking Concepts! This course will round out your knowledge on basic networking fundamentals. You'll find the link in the Related Links section of the Downloads Tab.  Please note that the exam for this course was retired in January 2016.

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Video Title
Length
01: Backup and Recovery Overview
23 min
02: Vaulting and Archive
15 min
Quiz: Vaulting and Archive
03: Backup Technologies Overview
21 min
04: Backup and Recovery: Methods and Levels
21 min
05: Snapshot
25 min
06: Remote Replication
16 min
Quiz: Backup & Recovery and Remote Replication
07: Backup and Recovery Networking
17 min
08: Virtual Tape Library (VTL)
13 min
Quiz: Virtual Tape Library (VTL)
10: Data De-Duplication Overview
22 min
11: Data De-Duplication Functions
11 min
Quiz: Data De-Duplication Functions
12: Information Lifecycle Management (ILM)
20 min
13: Tiered Storage
14 min
Quiz: Tiered Storage
14: Storage Virtualization
21 min
15: Space: The Final Frontier
10 min
Quiz: The Final Frontier
16: Storage Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Architecture
11 min
17: SNMP Functions
14 min
Quiz: SNMP Functions
18: Storage Management
20 min
19: Continuity Management
13 min
Quiz: Continuity Management
20: Storage Networking Security
11 min
21: The “Key” to Storage Security
4 min
Quiz: Storage Security
22: Storage Networking Future
13 min
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Module 00: CompTIA® Storage+ Part 4 - Course Introduction

Module 01: Backup and Recovery Overview

  • Data Protection Challenges
  • Operational Recovery Spectrum
  • DDRR
  • RPO and RTO
  • Backup Types

Module 02: Vaulting and Archive

  • Vaulting vs. eVaulting
  • Grandfather, Father, Son (GFS)
  • Backup vs. Archive
  • Vaulting and Archive Quiz

Module 03: Backup Technologies Overview

  • Tape (B2T)
  • Disk (B2D)
  • Virtual Tape Library (VTL)
  • Continuous Data Protection (CDP)
  • Data De-Duplication
  • Snapshots

Module 04: Backup and Recovery: Methods and Levels

  • Off-line and On-line Backup Methods
  • Raw Device Backup Method
  • Image Backup Method
  • Full, Incremental and Differential Backup Levels
  • Progressive Backup Level
  • Other Backup Levels
  • Backup and Recovery Quiz

Module 05: Snapshot

  • Snapshot Definition
  • Frozen Image
  • Copy-on-Write
  • Re-direct-on-Write
  • Write Anywhere

Module 06: Remote Replication

  • Distance
  • High Bandwidth, Low Latency
  • Wide Area Network (WAN)
  • Transport Options
  • Remote Replication Quiz

Module 07: Backup and Recovery Networking

  • Local Backup
  • LAN-Based Backup
  • LAN-Free Backup
  • Server-Free Backup
  • Server-Less Backup

Module 08: Virtual Tape Library (VTL)

  • Tape Technology
  • Tape Backup
  • Tape Virtualization
  • VTL Best Practices
  • Virtual Tape Library (VTL) Quiz

Module 09: Continuous Data Protection (CDP)

  • Introduction to CDP
  • The CDP Difference
  • CDP Implementation

Module 10: Data De-Duplication Overview

  • Backup Evolution
  • Data De-Duplication Benefits
  • Data De-Duplication Comparison to Traditional Backup Data

Module 11: Data De-Duplication Functions

  • Space Reduction Ratio
  • Local vs. Global De-Duplication
  • Post Process vs. Inline
  • Source vs. Target De-Duplication
  • Fixed or Variable Segment
  • Data De-Duplication Functions Quiz

Module 12: Information Lifecycle Management (ILM)

  • Computing, I/O and Storage
  • Information Growth
  • ILM
  • eDiscovery

Module 13: Tiered Storage

  • What is Tiered Storage?
  • Tiered Storage Hierarchy
  • Tier Levels
  • Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) vs. Tiered Storage
  • Tiered Storage Quiz

Module 14: Storage Virtualization

  • The Storage Provisioning Problem
  • What is Virtualization?
  • Storage Virtualization Taxonomy
  • Storage Virtualization Types

Module 15: Space: The Final Frontier

  • Managing Space
  • Configurations
  • Space in Storage Networks
  • The Final Frontier Quiz

Module 16: Storage Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Architecture

  • Managing Networks
  • SNMP Architecture Structure
  • SNMP Management Information Block (MIBs)

Module 17: SNMP Functions

  • Monitoring, Alerting and Reporting
  • Management Tools
  • Security
  • SNMP Functions Quiz

Module 18: Storage Management

  • SAN Devices
  • Storage Management Interface (SMI) Architecture
  • SMI and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)
  • Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM)
  • Common Information Model (CIM)

Module 19: Continuity Management

  • High Availability
  • Redundancy and Fault Tolerance
  • High Availability Configurations
  • High Availability Learning Quiz
  • Continuity Management Quiz

Module 20: Storage Networking Security

  • Why Storage Security?
  • Threats
  • Storage Security Model
  • Data at Rest
  • Data in Flight

Module 21: The “Key” to Storage Security

  • Key Management
  • Symmetric and Asymmetric
  • Security Best Practices
  • Storage Security Quiz

Module 22: Storage Networking Future

  • Upper Layer Protocol Changes
  • Bandwidth and Speed
  • Top 10 Storage Predictions

Bonus Course!  Networking Concepts - to access this course, click on the link available in Related Links

Module 01: Introduction to Networking

  • Terminology
  • Protocols and Standards
  • Networking Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Networking Requirements
  • Anys
  • Architecture

Module 02: What is a Layered Stack?

  • Layers
  • OSI
  • World Wide Web (www)

Module 03: Data Structures

  • Protocol Data Units (PDU)
  • Headers and Trailers
  • IP Storage PDU

Module 04: Physical Transport Networks

  • Topologies
  • LAN
  • Backbone Networks
  • Interconnection Devices

Module 05: Duplex, Switching and Connections

  • Duplex
  • Network Models
  • Circuit and Packet Switching
  • Connection-Oriented vs. Connectionless

Module 06: Bit Rate, Bandwidth, Latency and Throughput

  • Parallel vs. Serial
  • What about Speed?
  • Protocol Performance Data
  • Throughput-Bandwidth
  • Back to the Future

Module 07: Ports and Phys

  • Ports
  • Phys

Module 08: Names vs. Addresses

  • Ethernet
  • Name, Address and Route
  • Mailing, Pickup and Delivery
  • WWN Formats
  • Routing

Module 09: Flow Control: SAS and Fibre Channel

  • SAS
  • Fibre Channel
  • FCAL

Module 10: Flow Control: TCP/IP and Ethernet

  • TCP Sliding Windows
  • Ethernet Pause
  • Shortest Path First
  • Priority Flow Control

Module 11: Segmentation and Offload

  • Traditional FC SAN
  • Traditional NAS
  • iSCSI Full Offload
  • Not All TOEs are Created Equal

Module 12: Bus, Loop, and Expanse

  • Bus
  • Loop
  • Expanse

 

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Howard Goldstein

Howard Goldstein has over 30 years' experience in storage, data and telecommunications networking. His background includes positions in technology, management and education with practical technical experience in architecture, design, planning, implementation and operations. His education technical focus ranges across various storage network architectures and products including courses covering IP storage, iSCSI, SCSI, Serial Attached SCSI, SATA, Fibre Channel, TCP/IP, Gigabit Ethernet, PCI Express, InfiniBand and others.

He provides broad conceptual skills with his Storage Networking Solutions & Technologies making complex topics easily understood. He provides in-depth skills with his technology-specific classes. His job task approach in his Storage Networking Planning, Design, Performance and Troubleshooting classes provides the skill level required to perform specific job roles in the Storage Networking industry today.

Howard Goldstein has expertise in many aspects of the human side of technology offering innovative consulting and education services on Professional Vitality and Career Development, Adult Learning, and Presentation & Teaching Techniques. Howard believes that content delivery is as important as content development and is a master of both.

Goldstein is an active member of the Storage Networking Industry Association and serves on the SNIA Education Committee. He has helped develop the SNIA Certification Program as well as the SNIA Technology Center Institute. He has been active in the publications world as technical editor of Building Storage Networks and Resilient Storage Networks and Storage Series editor for Digital Press.

Goldstein holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts and an M.S. in Telecommunications from Pace University. He is a frequent speaker at Interop and Storage Networking World. He is the founder and principal member of Howard Goldstein Associates, Inc. a technology and Education Company offering instructor led training and course development.

 

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Certification

This series of courses has been certified by CompTIA® as CompTIA® Authorized Quality Curriculum (CAQC). It is also approved by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and maps to CompTIA Storage+  Powered by SNIA Exam, Code SGO-001.
 
The Storage+ Certification exam will be available worldwide through Prometric testing centers, at the SNIA Colorado Springs Technology Center, at U.S. SNW events, and other major storage conferences around the world.
 
In addition to preparing you to take the CompTIA Storage+  Powered by SNIA exam you will have the knowledge you need to begin the advanced storage certification programs SNIA in Storage Management/Administration and/or Storage Design, Assessment and Planning. These specialized storage programs provide the next level of storage certification and give you the designation of SNIA Certified Storage Engineer and/or SNIA Storage Architect.
 
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