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  • Learn how to implement and administer Xsan 2, Apple's enterprise file system designed for storage area networks (SAN).
  • Take advantage of Xsan 2's built-in flexibility and create shared volumes on your SAN compatible with third-party products, maximizing the return on your storage investment.
  • Use the skills, tools, and knowledge from this course to set up, manage, and monitor the SAN that's right for your organization.
  • The three-day Xsan 2 Administration course focuses on deploying storage area networks
  • Students configure, performance tune, and troubleshoot a storage area network using Apple's Xsan 2 tools.
  • The course also covers storage resource management and data protection. A combination of lecture and hands-on exercises provides practical real-world experience.

Who Should Attend

  • This class is for system administrators, network engineers, analysts, and IT professionals who are responsible for analyzing business and technical requirements and architecting, implementing, or maintaining storage networking solutions using Xsan 2.


  • Students should have the following prerequisite knowledge prior to attending the course:

Course Knowledge

  • Basic storage knowledge
  • Practical working knowledge of computers
    Network and topical knowledge
  • Basic networking fundamentals
  • Networks and layers
  • Network communication
  • Network devices
  • Server basics
  • Basic file-serving knowledge
  • Directory services fundamentals
  • These prerequisites can be met by studying the same training courses or technical books that will prepare you to take the CompTIA Network+ and i-Net+ exams.
  • Concepts
  • What is a SAN, What's new in Xsan 2
  • Deployment
  • Xsan 2 Components, Xsan 2 Connections, MDC & Client Configuration, RAID Configuration, Configuring the SAN and Xsan 2 Volumes.
  • Client Management
  • Access Controls, Quotas, Home Folders & Xsan 2
  • Volume Management
  • Volume Configuration, Advanced Settings, Performance Tuning, Growing the SAN, Affinities
  • Maintenance & Troubleshooting
  • Xsan Command LIne Tools, Failover, Startup & Shutdown Process
  • Planning
  • Defining the Requirements, Designing the Deployment


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