PowerFlex 3.6 Implementation and Administration (PF36IA)


Course Overview

This course provides a complete view of installing, upgrading, expanding a PowerFlex and Ready Node system. Installation methods for Linux and ESXi environments are introduced and you will perform hands-on installation and upgrade of a PowerFlex cluster. It also includes working with the MDM, SDS, SDC, volumes, adjusting cache, and administrating the system. A deeper understanding of the architecture and components will be introduced. Labs, simulations, and video demonstrations are also provided for a complete learning experience.

Who should attend

This course is intended for those who will be involved in installing, expanding and upgrading a PowerFlex solution. It is also intended for those who will be involved in configuring, managing, administering, and provisioning a PowerFlex solution.


To understand the content and successfully complete this course, a student must have a suitable knowledgebase/skill set. The student must have an understanding of:

  • Storage networking infrastructures and concepts
  • Monitoring and reporting concepts
  • Virtualized data center concepts
  • PowerFlex product concepts

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Introduction to PowerFlex
  • Install a PowerFlex system
  • Implement Native asynchronous replication in a PowerFlex cluster
  • Upgrade PowerFlex cluster from v3.5 to v3.6
  • Perform a PowerFlex Cluster Expansion.
  • Manage system user accounts and secure the PowerFlex system.
  • Create, map, and protect PowerFlex volumes and manage system capacity.
  • Monitor and Troubleshoot a PowerFlex System.

Course Content

Introduction to PowerFlex
  • PowerFlex Overview
  • PowerFlex Storage and Data Organization
  • PowerFlex Integration and Management
PowerFlex Installation
  • Installation methods
  • Storage Data Replicator (SDR)
  • Adding SDR components to PowerFlex cluster
  • Lab Exercise: Install PowerFlex
PowerFlex Upgrade
  • Upgrade overview
  • Upgrade considerations
  • Upgrade Procedure (ESXi)
  • Lab Exercise: Upgrade PowerFlex
PowerFlex Expansion
  • Expansion overview
  • Expansion pre-requisites
  • Expansion procedure
  • Lab Exercise: Expand a PowerFlex System
Configuring the System
  • User Roles and management
  • User Authentication
  • Add Protection Domain
  • Lab Exercise: Create a Protection Domain
  • Add Storage Pool
  • Lab Exercise: Create a Storage Pool
  • Add Acceleration Pool
  • Lab Exercise: Create an Acceleration Pool
  • Add Fault Set
  • Lab Exercise: Create a Fault Set
  • Modify Spare Capacity
  • Administering Volumes
  • Lab Exercise: Create and Map a Volume
  • Lab Exercise: Migrate a Volume
Data Protection Options
  • Rebuild and Rebalance
  • Snapshots and Snapshot Policy
  • Lab Exercise: Create a Secure Snapshot
  • Lab Exercise: Create a Consistency Group
  • Lab Exercise: Create a Snapshot Policy
  • Maintenance Modes
  • Lab Exercise: Enter Maintenance Mode
  • Native Asynchronous Replication
  • PowerFlex with CloudLink
Managing System Objects
  • Managing the Cluster Components
  • Lab Exercise: Switching the Primary MDM
  • Managing the SDS Components
  • Managing the SDC Components
  • Managing the Volume Components
Monitoring and Troubleshooting
  • Monitoring tools and activities
  • Lab Exercise: Log Collection
  • Troubleshooting a PowerFlex system

In addition to lecture and demonstrations, this course includes hands on lab and lab simulations designed to allow practical experience for the participant.

Prices & Delivery methods

Online Training

4 days

  • on request
Classroom Training

4 days

  • on request

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