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Mellanox Academy Course


Mellanox Unified Fabric Manager (UFM®) Operations and Administration

Part number: MTR-UFM-OST-B

Duration: 2 Days

UFM® provides advanced monitoring capabilities, congestion analysis, device management, and much more. You can view the traffic, alarms, events, and congestion statistics all from a single dashboard. The UFM’s capabilities are endless.

This course provides an overview of InfiniBand foundations, while focusing on
fabric management using the UFM® product with Mellanox InfiniBand switches
and products. It is designed to meet the needs of InfiniBand fabric professionals
who are involved in installing, configuring, managing, troubleshooting and
monitoring InfiniBand fabrics.

This two-day course combines InfiniBand theory of operations with task-oriented hands-on lab exercises, which provides a logical approach to using UFM®.

What's in it for me?

Let's face it, managing fabrics can be overwhelming at times! Thousands of high-speed
ports, cables, switches, gateways, and servers, all playing a significant part in your
fabric. Locating the problem can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. If only there
was a product that made it easier, providing efficiency and greater productivity!
A product to help track and isolate fabric issues with just a point-and-click could make
all the difference in the world between applications completing or failing.

Mellanox actually already has this product waiting for you to become its master!

It is called Unified Fabric Manager, and it is the muscle you need to keep the fabric
behaving properly.

UFM® provides advanced monitoring capabilities, congestion analysis, device
management, and much more. You can view the traffic, alarms, events, and congestion
statistics all from a single dashboard. The UFM’s capabilities are endless.

So enroll today and start learning about the most advance InfiniBand management
tools available on today’s market.

This course was designed as an introduction to Mellanox’s Unified Fabric Manager
(UFM®). It provides an overview of InfiniBand foundations, while focusing on
fabric management using the UFM® product with Mellanox InfiniBand switches
and products. It is designed to meet the needs of InfiniBand fabric professionals
who are involved in installing, configuring, managing, troubleshooting and
monitoring InfiniBand fabrics.

This two-day course combines InfiniBand theory of operations with task-oriented
hands-on lab exercises, which provides a logical approach to using UFM®.


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Understand and utilize UFM’s dashboard and main features
  • Understand how UFM® implements and discovers fabric elements
  • Understand and configure InfiniBand partitions using UFM®
  • Manage InfiniBand devices using UFM®
  • Design fabrics using UFM’s Logical Model concept
  • Trace fabric event notification down to a component
  • Use UFM® as an InfiniBand cluster, troubleshooting tool
  • Describe UFM’s Subnet Manager main functions
  • Understand how to install and configure UFM®
  • Demonstrate how to use the Fabric Health Monitoring
  • Monitor fabric activity using the UFM® tools
  • Describe Mellanox SDK integration with a customer system

Target Audience

  • Level 1 & 2 network & system administrators
  • Level1 & 2 network & system engineers
  • Architects
  • InfiniBand pre-sales staff

Prerequisites

Data communications, Linux knowledge, InfiniBand fundamentals course or equivalent

Day 1 Agenda

UFM® Overview

  • UFM® Benefits
  • UFM® Software Components
  • UFM® Architecture

UFM Dashboard Introduction

  • How to Check Different Parameters Using UFM®
  • Monitoring BW Usage
  • Monitoring InfiniBand Traffic and Congestion
  • Monitoring Fabric Top Talkers
  • Monitoring the Top Congested Servers
  • Monitoring Event Notifications

Fabric Discovery and Views

  • Using the View Tab
  • Selecting Info per Object
  • Viewing Fabrics Internal Structure and Properties
  • Topology View Icons
  • Assigning Servers to Racks
  • Modifying Polling Intervals
  • Modifying Topology Display Modes
  • Viewing Entire Fabric Using Table & Map Mode
  • Viewing Fabric Historical Events

Device Management

  • Using the Device Tab
  • Modifying Device Attributes
  • Using the Device Management Agent
  • Utilizing the Table Filter Feature
  • Updating Firmware & Software Using UFM®
  • Port Management
  • Working with Device Alarms

Using UFM’s Logical Model

  • Fabric Partitioning Using UFM®
  • Introducing the Logical Model
  • Physical Components
  • The Logical Network Object
  • UFM’s Management Network
  • Implementing QoS with UFM®
  • Utilizing UFM’s TARA Routing Optimization
  • Load Balancing Using TARA
  • TARA’s Working Principles
  • QoS and TARA

UFM® Fabric Design

  • Using the Design Window
  • UFM’s Design Concept Introduction
  • Creating an Environment
  • Creating a Network
  • Network Isolation and Security Using Partitioning
  • QoS Parameters
  • Creating a Logical Server Group

Fabric Monitoring with UFM®

  • Using the Monitoring Tab
  • UFM’s Monitoring Features
  • How to Activate UFM® Monitoring
  • Using Monitoring Objects and Attributes
  • How to Configure a Monitor Window
  • Starting a Monitoring Session
  • Using Periodic Snapshots

Tracking Fabric Events

  • How to Use the Event Table
  • Tracing Event Down to the Component
  • Using Common Port Tasks

UFM’s Configuration Window

  • Configuring UFM’s Subnet Manager
  • Configuring Access Credentials
  • Using UFM’s Thresholds and Security Levels

Day 2 Agenda

UFM® Installation

  • How to Obtain UFM® Software License
  • Software Prerequisites
  • Installation Package Components
  • Standalone and HA Installation Differences
  • UFM’s Failover Mechanism
  • Starting the UFM® Session
  • Starting UFM® in Monitoring Mode
  • UFM’s Monitoring and Active Mode Differences
  • Using UFM’s GUI
  • Introducing UFM® Host Agent (optional)
  • UFM’s Discovery Stages
  • UFM’s Upgrade Procedures
  • UFM® Installation Troubleshooting

Lab Exercises

UFM Health Monitoring

  • Display InfiniBand Fabric Health Reports
  • Display UFM® server Health Report
  • Activate Topology Comparison, Current VS Planned for Fabric Optimal Setup Verification
  • Display UFM® Server Health Report
  • Display Log Reports (SM, UFM®, Events)
  • Perform UFM® Configuration Backup

Fabric Troubleshooting Using UFM®

  • Host Troubleshooting
  • Switch Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting Fabric Congestion

UFM’s Software Development Kit

  • UFM® Open API Benefits
  • 3rd Party Integration
  • SDK Tools and Scripts
  • UFM® Tool Kit Examples

Q&A Wrap Up


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