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Managing HPE Nimble Storage

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Using hands-on labs, this course teaches students how to perform common management tasks, including array installation, volume creation, and data protection/recovery using snapshots. This course also covers system monitoring basics using HPE InfoSight. This course provides additional knowledge of the advanced capabilities of HPE Nimble Storage arrays, including multi-array groups and pools, replication, disaster recovery, VMware® vVols, configuration of syslog and SNMP trap forwarding, and audit logs and event logs. Using extensive hands-on lab exercises, you gain a practical understanding of HPE Nimble Storage integration with Microsoft Windows, Linux, VMware, Veeam, and Commvault.


This course is the combination of:

  • HJ7C5S: HPE Nimble I: Management and Local Replication(1 day)
  • HJ7C6S: HPE Nimble II: Remote Replication and Integrations(2 days)



This course is for customers, administrators and channel partner sales or technical sales. Also, storage administrators who desire additional training on the advanced features of HPE Nimble Storage benefit from this course.



Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Perform initial configuration of a new array with NSM and GUI
  • Perform post-installation tests
  • Create volumes and zero-copy clones
  • Attach and verify volumes/clones to Windows
  • Create and modify data protection policies for volumes
  • Restore volumes and individual files from a snapshot
  • Use the HPE Nimble GUI to monitor array capacity/performance
  • Review HPE Nimble Storage topics
  • Discuss and understand disaster terminology
  • Describe, configure and perform replication between groups for both planned and unplanned disaster recovery scenarios
  • Discuss peer persistence
  • Discuss and perform advanced administration features, including volume performance settings, SNMP, deduplication, encryption, and more
  • Configure and manage multi-member groups, storage pools and discuss scale-up and scale-out guidelines and requirements
  • Configure and perform volume moves between pools, and volume striping in a multi-member pool
  • Discuss network considerations, networking best practices and scenarios for HPE Nimble Storage
  • Describe integrations with Windows, Linux, VMware, Veeam, and Commvault


HPE Nimble I: Management and Local Replication

Course Outline


Module 1: Course Introduction and Overview

  • Agenda
  • Documentation
  • Capacity units


Module 2: AF and HF-Series Hardware

  • Portfolio overview
  • AF-Series controllers and enclosures
  • HF-Series controllers and enclosures


Module 3: Array Initialization and Setup

  • Networking overview
  • HPE Nimble Setup Manager
  • Initialization
  • Setup
  • Post-setup test
  • Basic events monitoring


Module 4: HPE Nimble Storage WebUI Introduction

  • How to access
  • Tour
  • User management
  • Basic monitoring


Module 5: Working with HPE Nimble Storage Volumes

  • Concepts
  • Provisioning and performance policies
  • Access control and initiator groups
  • Volume collections
  • Space reclamation theory introduction
  • Protection templates overview
  • Presentation
  • QoS and volume pinning
  • HPE Nimble Storage Windows Toolkit
  • HPE Nimble Storage Connection Manager


Module 6: Architecture and Advanced Features Overview

  • Read and write operations
  • HPE Nimble FS
  • Triple+ Parity RAID
  • Sparing
  • Deduplication
  • Encryption


Module 7: Snapshots and Clones

  • Concepts
  • Protection templates
  • App synchronization
  • Schedules
  • Manual snapshots
  • Clone
  • Data recovery


Module 8: Introduction to HPE Nimble Storage Replication and Peer Persistence

  • Remote replication options overview
  • Supported replication topologies
  • Peer persistence overview
  • Next training direction


Module 9: Introduction to HPE Nimble Scaling

  • Scale-to-fit options overview
  • Next training direction


Module 10: Introduction to HPE InfoSight

  • Concepts
  • Architecture
  • Benefits


LAB Outline


Lab 1: HPE vLabs Access

  • Objectives
  • Accessing HPE vLabs


Lab 2: Installing the HPE Nimble Windows Toolkit

  • Background
  • Task 1: launch NWT installer


Lab 3: Initialize an Array

  • Background
  • Lab topology
  • Task 1: Launch HPE Nimble Setup Manager
  • Task 2: Subnet configuration
  • Task 3: Post setup testing


Lab 4: Update HPE Nimble Operation System

Lab 5-1: Basic Volume Creation

  • Task 1: Create a volume
  • Task 2: Create a volume collection
  • Task 3: Create an initiator and an initiator group


Lab 5-2: Windows Host Setup (NCM)

  • Background
  • Task 1: Launch NCM and connect to a volume
  • Task 2: Examine the newly connected volume
  • Task 3: Return to the Windows host to prepare and mount the volume


Lab 7: Snapshots and Data Recovery

  • Background
  • Task 1: Create data
  • Task 2: Simulate a data loss event
  • Task 3: Create a zero-copy clone
  • Task 4: Connect to the clone and recover the data
  • Task 5: Disconnect and delete the clone


Lab 10-1: Correlate System Events/SNMP traps with lab activities

Lab 10-2: HPE Infosight


HPE Nimble II: Remote Replication and Integrations Course Outline


Module 1: Course Overview

  • Agenda
  • Topics review


Module 2: Architecture and Advanced Features

  • Read ad write operations
  • Nimble FS
  • Triple+ Parity RAID
  • Sparing
  • Deduplication
  • Encryption


Module 3: HPE Nimble Storage Replication and Peer Persistence

  • Disaster recovery terminology (planning, RPO, RTO, etc.)
  • SmartReplicate overview
  • Async replication
  • Sync replication
  • Replication capabilities (architecture, topologies, including fan-out, etc.)
  • SmartReplicate operations
  • Peer persistence architecture and operations


Module 4: Scale-out, Multi-Array Groups and Pools

  • Scale-to-fit review
  • Scale-out groups
  • Scale-out pools
  • Scale-out operations
  • Scale-out limitations and rules
  • Group merge
  • Host operation in pools
  • Multi-array groups and pools


Module 5: Windows Integration

  • VSS theory
  • VSS in use on HPE Nimble
  • NWT components review
  • Space reclamation


Module 6: Linux Integration, Oracle and Docker Integration

  • HPE Nimble Storage Linux Toolkit (NLT)
  • NCM
  • HPE Nimble Storage Oracle Application Data Manager
  • HPE Nimble Host Tuning Utility/Nimbletune
  • Space reclamation


Module 7: VMware Integration

  • VMware integration features
  • NCM
  • VMware vCenter® integration
  • SRM integration
  • Synchronized snapshots
  • APIs and space reclamation
  • vVols
  • dHCI introduction


Module 8: Backup Solution Integration

  • HPE RMC overview and basic architecture
  • Veeam overview and basic architecture
  • Commvault overview and basic architecture
  • Additional data protection training


LAB Outline


Lab 1-1: HPE vLabs Access

  • Objectives
  • Accessing the vLabs


Lab 1-2: Environment Preparation

  • Task 1: Launch HPE Nimble graphical user interface (GUI)
  • Task 2: HPE Nimble array administration
  • Task 3: Creating an initiator in HPE Nimble Storage
  • Task 4: Working with users of different roles


Lab 2: Using and Understanding Advanced Volume Features

  • Task 1: Create a volume
  • Task 2: Working with volume pinning—volume performance attribute
  • Task 3: Create volumes using volume performance attribute
  • Task 4: Connect the server to the FSserver10 and FSserver11 volume
  • Task 5: Working with deduplication
  • Task 6: Working with volume limits—QoS
  • Task 7: Working with encryption


Lab 3: Replication and Disaster Recovery

  • Task 1: Configure the upstream array
  • Task 2: Configure the downstream array
  • Task 3: Create volume, volume collection and replicate
  • Task 4: Planned outage scenario—temporary transition to the remote DR site
  • Task 5: Unplanned outage scenario—disaster recovery


Lab 4: Multi-Array Groups and Pools

  • Task 1: Review current pool status
  • Task 2: Adding an array to the default pool
  • Task 3: Observing capacity and volume behavior
  • Task 4: Connect the server to the HPE Nimble Storage volume
  • Task 5: Understanding how new volumes and data placement is managed
  • Task 6: Removing an array from a pool and assigning the array to a new pool
  • Task 7: Moving a volume between pools
  • Task 8: Merging two pools in a group
  • Task 9: Removing or evacuating an array from a pool and group


Lab 6: Working with Linux Integration

  • Task 1: Logging into the Linux server
  • Task 2: Installing the HPE Nimble Storage Linux Toolkit (NLT)
  • Task 3: Working with Nimble Connection Manager for Linux
  • Task 4: Working with settings—Nimbletune

Lab 7-1: Working with VMware Integrations

  • Task 1: Register the HPE Nimble plug-in
  • Task 2: HPE Nimble Connection Manager
  • Task 3: Create an HPE Nimble-backed datastore
  • Task 4: Clone an HPE Nimble-backed datastore
  • Task 5: Grow an HPE Nimble-backed datastore
  • Task 6: Create a virtual machine on an HPE Nimble-backed datastore


Lab 7-2: Working with VMware vVols

  • Task 1: Register the HPE Nimble Storage Protocol Endpoint with vCenter
  • Task 2: Create a vVol container on an HPE Nimble Storage array
  • Task 3: Create an HPE Nimble-backed vVol datastore
  • Task 4: Create a VM storage policy
  • Task 5: Create a VM based on a storage policy
  • Task 6: Delete and restore a vVol backed VM


Lab 8-1: Working with Veeam—HPE Nimble Integration

  • Task 1: Connect to the Veeam backup system
  • Task 2: Configure VMware vSphere as a managed server
  • Task 3: Add the HPE Nimble Storage array
  • Task 4: Create a backup job
  • Task 5: Remove a disk on a virtual machine
  • Task 6: Validate the recovery of the lost disk


Lab 8-2: Working with Commvault—HPE Nimble Integration

  • Task 1: Connecting to the Commvault user interfaces
  • Task 2: Create a new client machine for backing up the VMware virtual machines
  • Task 3: Connect the HPE Nimble array
  • Task 4.1 Create a storage pool
  • Task 4.2 Create a snapshot enabled storage policy
  • Task 5: Enable the VMware client for IntelliSnap, create a new subclient, and assign the subclient to the snapshot enabled storage policy
  • Task 6: Prepare the HPE Nimble array for third-party snapshots
  • Task 7: Run a backup
  • Task 8: Perform an out of place restore of some files


Optional: Do the below labs only when time permits

  • Task 9: Remove a disk from the virtual machine
  • Task 10: Restore the virtual machine disk to the Windows 2019 server
  • Task 11: Check the restore of the disk


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