This two-day course is designed to provide students with intermediate knowledge of the QFabric system. Students will be provided with a system overview, including detailed coverage of its components, design and architecture. Students will also learn how the system is deployed and operates and will be provided configuration and monitoring examples. Through demonstrations and hands-on labs, students will gain experience in configuring and monitoring the QFabric system.

This course uses the Juniper Networks QFX3000-M system for the hands-on component using Junos Release 12.2X50-D20.4.

Audience: Network engineers, technical support personnel, reseller support engineers and others responsible for selling, implementing, monitoring or supporting the QFabric system.
Course Duration: 2 days

We recommend students attend Junos Enterprise Switching (JEX) and Junos Intermediate Routing (JIR) prior to taking this course or have equivalent experience. Students should also possess:

  • Intermediate TCP/IP networking knowledge or experience
  • Intermediate Layer 2 switching knowledge or experience
  • Introductory data center technologies knowledge and experience
Course Objectives:

After successfully completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Compare legacy environments compared to the QFabric system
  • Explain control plane and data plane functions in the QFabric system
  • Describe the goals of the software architecture
  • Identify the purpose and functions of the Director software
  • Configure and verify key software abstractions
  • List and describe operations of internal protocols used in the QFabric system
  • Perform the initial setup and configuration tasks
  • Configure and monitor network interfaces
  • Log into system components and verify status
  • Explain bridging concepts and operations for the QFabric system
  • Configure and monitor key Layer 2 protocols and features
  • Explain routing concepts and operations for the QFabric system
  • Configure and monitor key Layer 3 protocols and features
  • Describe and compare data center storage technologies and challenges
  • List and describe data center storage networking protocols
  • Describe common Fibre Channel topologies, components and related terminology
  • Explain Fibre Channel operations and issues that can impact protocol operations
  • Configure and monitor Fibre Channel functionality on the QFabric system
  • Identify the various QFabric system software packages
  • Perform a standard software upgrade
  • Perform a nonstop software upgrade
Course Outline:
  • Course Introduction


  • System Overview
    • QFabric System Introduction
    • Components and Architecture
    • Control Plane and Data Plane


  • Software Architecture
    • Architecture Overview
    • Software Abstractions
    • Internal Protocols


  • Setup and Initial Configuration
    • System Setup
    • Initial Configuration Tasks
    • Configuring Network Interfaces
    • Connecting to System Components


  • Layer 2 Features and Operations
    • Layer 2 Protocol and Feature Support
    • Overview of Layer 2 Operations
    • Configuring and Monitoring Layer 2 Protocols and Features


  • Layer 3 Features and Operations
    • Layer 3 Protocol and Feature Support
    • Overview of Layer 3 Operations
    • Configuring and Monitoring Layer 3 Protocols and Features


  • Network Storage Fundamentals
    • Introduction to Data Center Storage
    • Overview of Data Center Storage Technologies
    • Storage Networking Protocols


  • Fibre Channel
    • Fibre Channel Application and Operations
    • Configuring and Monitoring Fibre Channel
    • Troubleshooting Fibre Channel