Course Overview

Course Duration : 3 Days

This Specialist level course provides participants with an in-depth understanding of configuration tasks on the VMAX3 Family of arrays. Key features and functions of the VMAX3 arrays are covered in detail. Topics include storage provisioning concepts, virtual provisioning, automated tiering (FAST), device creation and port management, service level objective based storage allocation to hosts, and eNAS.  Participants will use Unisphere for VMAX and Solutions Enabler (SYMCLI) to manage configuration changes on the VMAX3 arrays. The lab exercises will be performed on Open Systems hosts (traditional and virtualized) attached to VMAX3 arrays.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for EMC personnel, customers and partners who will be managing VMAX3 arrays.

Course CertificationsThis course is part of the following Certifications:


  • VMAX3 Fundamentals
  • VMware vSphere


Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Provide an overview of VMAX3 configuration and storage provisioning
  • Describe  virtual provisioning concepts and automated tiering in VMAX3 arrays
  • Create VMAX3 thin devices
  • Manage ports and port characteristics
  • Perform service level objective based provisioning to hosts
  • Set/change Host I/O limits, SLO and Workload Type
  • Monitor Storage Resource Pools and SLO Compliance
  • Use Unisphere for VMAX for Workload Planning
  • Provide an overview of the eNAS solution for VMAX3 Arrays
  • Manage eNAS
  • Provide an overview of VMAX3 storage management in a virtualized environment


Course Content

Module  – VMAX3 Configuration Management Overview

  • Lesson – VMAX3 Overview
  • Lesson – VMAX3 Storage Provisioning Overview
  • Lab – Explore VMAX3 Environment with Unisphere for VMAX and SYMCLI


Module  – VMAX3 – Virtual Provisioning and FAST Concepts

  • Lesson – Virtual Provisioning and FAST Overview
  • Lesson – FAST Algorithms and Parameters


Module – Device Creation and Port Management

  • Lesson – Device Creation
  • Lesson – Port Management
  • Lab – Port Management with Unisphere and SYMCLI


Module – Storage Allocation using Autoprovisioning Groups

  • Lesson – Autoprovisioning Groups Overview
  • Lesson – Host Considerations – Storage Allocation
  • Lesson – Service Level Objective based provisioning with Unisphere
  • Lab – Service Level Objective based provisioning with Unisphere
  • Lesson – Service Level Objective based provisioning with SYMCLI
  • Lab – Service Level Objective based provisioning with SYMCLI
  • Lab – Cascaded Storage Groups – Moving devices non-disruptively and changing SLO
  • Lab – Managing Host I/O Limits


Module – Monitoring and Workload Planning with Unisphere for VMAX

  • Lesson – Monitor SRP
  • Lesson – Monitor SLO Compliance
  • Lesson – Workload Planning
  • Lab – Monitoring SRP and SLO Compliance with Unisphere
  • Lab – Workload Planning with  Unisphere


Module – eNAS Overview


Module – eNAS Management

  • Lesson –  Unisphere for VMAX File Dashboard
  • Lesson –  Managing File Systems/Shares
  • Lab – Allocate to eNAS with Unisphere for VMAX File Dashboard
  • Lab – Create FS/Exports on VMAX3 Storage with Unisphere for VNX


Module – Management in a Virtualized Environment

  • Lesson – Virtual Server Management – Unisphere for VMAX
  • Lesson – EMC VSI for VMware vSphere Web Client