The written exam is a two-hour, multiple choice test with 100 questions covering topics such as storage device protocols, troubleshooting tools, storage networking design, applications, and advanced management.

Exam Topics

The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. In order to better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes, the guidelines below may change at any time without notice.

Describe standards-based SAN protocols
  • Describe Fibre channel standards and protocols
  • Describe SCSI standards and protocols
  • Describe iSCSI standards and protocols
  • Describe IP standards and protocols
  • vDescribe IPFC standards and protocols
  • Describe FCIP standards and protocols
  • Describe FICON standards and protocols
Design a solution that addresses a customer's fibre channel SAN requirements
  • Evaluate the customer's SAN utilization and propose consolidation options
  • Evaluate customer's Storage Virtualization implementation strategy
  • Evaluate customer's Security requirements
  • Evaluate over-subscription ratio for a given design
  • Identify characteristics of customer's host operating systems that could impact their SAN design
  • Select the appropriate design option given a set of customer requirements including applications such as data replication, high availability
  • Propose protocols, topologies, devices, and features that would improve customer solution
  • Design an appropriate Cisco management infrastructure
  • Determine hardware configurations, power requirements, environmental considerations to support SAN fabric design
Design WAN services for enterprise networks
  • Describe Layer 1 - 3 WAN connectivity options including optical networking, MetroEthernet, VPLS, and MPLS VPNs
  • Describe IPsec VPN technology options
  • Evaluate WAN service provider design considerations including features, SLAs, and WAN backup
  • Create site-to-site VPNs designs with appropriate technologies, scaling, and topologies
Implement FCP and FICON fibre channel features
  • Implement port channel, ISL, and trunking
  • Implement VSAN
  • Implement basic and enhanced zoning
  • Implement IVR, including IVR 2, IVR service groups, IVR static FCIDs
  • Implement traffic engineering
  • Implement port tracking
  • Implement Dynamic Port VSAN Membership
  • Implement Device Aliases
  • Implement CFS capable applications
  • Implement FC domain parameters
  • Implement FICON
  • Implement proper oversubscription
  • Implement standards-based and Cisco-specific FC-0 through FC-2 features
  • Implement SAN extension over optical
  • Implement fibre channel security features
  • Validate proper configuration of FCP and FICON fibre channel features
Identify switch interoperability requirements
  • Identify considerations that should be addressed when designing a heterogeneous fabric
  • Implement switch interoperability modes 0-4
  • Validate proper configuration of interoperability
Design IP configurations
  • Determine requirements for IP addressing and IP routing
  • Determine appropriate VLAN requirements for storage solutions
  • Determine ACL requirements for storage solutions
  • Determine end-to-end QoS requirements for SAN extension
  • Determine components needed for a SAN extension solution
  • Determine HA requirements based on customer service-level agreements
Implement IP Storage-based solutions
  • Implement IP features, including high-availability
  • Implement ISCSI, including advanced features
  • Implement SAN Extension Tuner
  • Implement Network Simulator
  • Implement ISLB
  • Implement ISNS
  • Implement FCIP, including advanced features
  • Implement iSCSI security features
  • Implement FCIP security features and use of special frames
  • Validate proper configuration of IP Storage-based solutions
Implement SAN management
  • Implement Performance Manager
  • Implement NTOP
  • Implement Fabric Manager and Device Manager
  • Implement CLI variables, aliases, scripting, and Command Scheduler
  • Implement Call Home, SNMP, and RMON features
  • Implement IPFC
  • Configure licensing to insure proper licensing compliance
  • Implement SAN Management security features
  • Implement AAA services
  • Verify performance statistics
  • Validate proper configuration of SAN Management
Implement Cisco intelligent storage services
  • Implement Fibre channel write acceleration
  • Implement SANTap
  • Implement SME
  • Implement DMM
  • Implement Storage virtualization
  • Implement SDV
  • Validate proper configuration of Cisco intelligent storage services
Troubleshoot SAN infrastructure
  • Troubleshoot problems and failures using Command Line Diagnostic tools, show and debug commands, and GUI
  • Capture and analyze fibre channel flows using FCAnalyzer, SPAN, and RSPAN
  • Troubleshoot using RMON, SNMP, and Call Home for detecting problems
  • Configure and interpret the various system logs
  • Troubleshoot problems with switch recovery, upgrades, and rollbacks
Exam Number 350-040 SAN
Associated Certifications CCIE SAN
Duration 120 minutes (90-110 questions)
Available Languages English
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The following course is the recommended training for this exam.

  • Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN)

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