I’m currently preparing for yet another accreditation, the previous one I took was the BADCS,
The BASP (Brocade Accredited Server Specialist) appear to focus on the server side. Things like:
how to install drivers
HBA management tools
how to run diagnostics
This accrediation has the most questions of all the current ones, but it has the same amount of time allotted (one hour) so this exam will have a lot less time available for each question.
The curriculum for this accreditation are also free, they are called Introduction to HBA and Introduction to CNA. There’s also some docs about the 1860 Fibre Adapter. They can be found on Brocade’s Saba/training website under my.brocade.com.
// Update 20140422: This accrediation has been replaced with something else. See the current list here: http://www.brocade.com/education/certification-accreditation/index.page?
The only part I was initially not entirely sure about is the “Given a scenario, describe when portlog dumps are required”. The objectives indicate that a Fibre Channel theory knowledge is necessary, so the FC-101 course seems like a very good idea to study. I doubt many people remember specific FC mechanisms/theory if they don’t work with these occasionally. Like the well-known addresses – who remembers the address of the name-server or controller? =)
My general tip for the BADCS: Learn the material of the FC-101 course. Really. Learn. it.
You may be tricked into thinking that Brocade’s accrediations are easy because you can do them from home.
HP just published an advisory describing how to tune some parameters for Emulex, Qlogic and Brocade Fibre Channel HBAs: c02518189. It sounds like these are new, but these changes have been around for at least 6 months in all three vendors’ HBAs.
“Emulex driver version 2.42.002 or later, along with OneCommand Manager version 126.96.36.199 or later,”
Use HBAnywhere to change these.
Examples to tune the server or port level transfer size:
128 kbytes, set the LimTransferSize = 2 and ExtTransferSize = 0 (default)
512 kbytes, set the LimTransferSize = 0 (default) and ExtTransferSize = 0 (default)
1 Mbytes, set the LimTransferSize = 0 (default) and ExtTransferSize = 1