After ~49 posts on this blog on the topic Brocade the first larger block is finally complete: the Brocade Certified Professional Data Center Track (BCPDC)!
What’s that? So Brocade has several (4) tracks which consist of certifications/accrediations, some are shared between the tracks and some are only in one track.
Currently, after completing 3 out of 4 you gets the title Brocade Distinguished Architect! Woop!
It took me ~3.5 years (counting since first blog post about BCFA (certified fabric administrator)) to complete all the prerequisites for BCPDC, but naturally I didn’t do it as fast as I could. I was patient and many of the certificates I got by being signing up for Brocade’s beta tests of their certs.
Not that many certificates left to take actually before I can complete another track.
Most of the remaining ones are labeled accreditations, which are unproctored tests one does at home.
For Brocade Certified Professional Converged Networking (BCPCN) I have 3 accrediations left (Fabric Specialist, FCoE Specialist and Ethernet Fabric Support Specialist) and 1 certification: Ethernet Fabric Professional 2013. The certification I have signed up for the free one I mentioned in an earlier blog post.
For Brocade Certified Professional FICON (BCPF) there’s one accrediation (Accredited FICON Specialist) an done certification (Certified Architect for FICON 2013) remaining.
For Brocade Certified Professional Internetworking (BCPI) there’s 3 certifications: Certified Layer 4-7 Engineer 2010, Certified Network Professional 2012 and Certified Layer 4-7 Professional 2013.
Brocade Network Advisor Installation and Migration Guide
Install in a VM
Not much can be tested without any switches, but installing it a few times is probably helpful. Also getting acquainted with the UI and some things can still be done in the UI like:
Set UI options
Set up a firmware repository (at least import firmwares, release notes and md5 checksums)
Retrieve a SupportSave
Either register on Brocade’s site and get the download that way. Or get it via HP’s public page – for example here. Click on Download.
Because I’m lazy I’m installing it in a Windows 7 x64 VM 2 cores and 4GB RAM is much faster than 2GB. For just installing it you’ll need 3-4GB disk space.
Find install.exe within na1214_hp_windows.zip
The default user/password is: Administrator/password
The user/password you set during installation is for the database.
FTP/SCP/SFTP, syslog, snmp, https. Uses a postgreSQL database.
On the http/https page there are MIBs and the BNA client.