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Brocade Certified Professional Data Center Track – Check!

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 unprobro_edu4_cert_pro_data_center_rgbctored 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.

BANAS – Brocade Certification – Studying

I’m going to focus on the below things when studying for BANAS: They are based on the current objectives listed on Brocade’s page.

 

Brocade Accredited Network Advisor Specialist Exam Topics

  • The Brocade Accredited Network Advisor Specialist exam has these objectives:

Product Features

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Brocade Network Advisor product features

Installation and Configuration

  • Describe the installation and configuration of Brocade Network Advisor

  • Perform SAN Discovery

    • What are seed switches?
  • Perform IP Discovery

    • BNA 170-WBT is a course that’s currently free by Brocade – it’s about IP Discovery in BNA!
    • Once discovered devices are stored in the Management application database. First IP of the device discovered becomes the primary address of the device.
    • Simple/Profile based discovery: single: hostname/IP. Profile: range.
    • Requirements
      • Users must have Discover Setup-IP and “All IP Products AOR” privileges
        • For rediscovery only “All IP Products AOR” is needed?
      • ICMP or telnet must be enabled on devices
      • Snmpv1+v2 or v3 read-write
      • IP range of devices must be known
      • All devices must have SNMP MIB support
    • Access by: “Discover -> IP Products”.
    • One can add default username/password. One can add several and it tries the default and then the rest..
    • It uses OIDs to select products to include/exclude.
      • Cisco/Juniper are available by default.
    • Seed address: the IP the BNA server will use to contact the switches?

Migration

  • Describe considerations when migrating to Brocade Network Advisor from other tools
    • Check out the Installation Guide for BNA.

Troubleshooting

  • Demonstrate knowledge of troubleshooting Brocade Network Advisor

BANAS – Brocade Accredited Network Advisor Specialist

Finally got around to start preparing the last certificate/accreditation – BANAS – to complete the Brocade Data Center Track (ok, not last. There are plenty more!).

It looks like it’s an accreditation showing that the taker can do some basic tasks in Brocade Network Advisor (BNA). This used to be a certification, so it’s probably a bit harder than it might seem!

Please note, this post is not meant to be a replacement for the official Brocade studying recommendation, just my notes on how I’m practicing for it.

Methods:

 

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.