Introduction to SAN and NAS Storage 

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"Great course, I gained so much understanding on this subject. It was fun to listen to and the real world examples are greatly appreciated."  

- Steve Charl Tolmay

Today's data center and cloud environments have converged infrastructures and management tools, and with the use of virtualization technologies like VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V, external SAN and NAS storage is becoming standard. It's no longer possible to get by as an IT professional by knowing only servers, networking or storage, you need an understanding of all three for your career to thrive.

This course will give you the knowledge you need to understand and work with SAN and NAS storage. You'll learn the theory of the SMB, CIFS, NFS, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, FCoE and NVMeOF protocols, and see how to configure the storage system and connect from the client with hands-on lab demonstrations.

The lessons are vendor agnostic so they're suitable no matter who the manufacturer of your storage system is. I've used NetApp as the storage system in the live demos but the information is relevant to all vendors.

As a student in this course, you will get an answer to every question you ask. I love interaction with my students- anything you want to know, please ask. You can contact me at Thanks for taking the time to read about the course.

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What are the requirements? 

  • A basic knowledge of computer networks 
  • No previous storage knowledge is necessary  

What will you be able to do after taking this course? 

  • Understand the basics plus more of Storage Area Networks and Network Attached Storage 
  • Understand why we use centralised storage 
  • Understand the difference between SAN and NAS 
  • Understand the theory of the NAS protocols - SMB, CIFS and NFS 
  • Understand the theory of the SAN protocols - Fibre Channel, iSCSI, FCoE and NVMeOF 
  • Perform a basic configuration of SAN and NAS storage on a Storage System 
  • Connect to CIFS (SMB) NAS storage from a Windows client 
  • Connect to NFS NAS storage from a Linux client 
  • Connect to iSCSI SAN storage from a Windows client  

You can take Introduction to SAN and NAS Storage from home or anywhere in the world.  

You have permanent lifetime access to all the course material so you can go at your own pace and do the lessons on your schedule. You can work through the entire program from start to finish, or pick and choose individual tutorials and configuration demos as and when you need them.  

Instructor - Neil Anderson

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Hi, I'm Neil Anderson. My main focus since 2007 has been development and delivery of technical training for large enterprise and service provider customers such as NetApp, Cisco, Verizon and IBM. I train the engineers who design and implement the largest Cloud and Data Center deployments throughout Asia Pacific and the rest of the world.  

Prior to focusing on training I worked in the field for over 10 years in a variety of systems engineering roles. I love sharing my knowledge and can't wait to help you take your career to the next level.

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Course Curriculum

  • 01 Storage Foundations

    What is Centralised Storage?
    The Benefits of SAN and NAS Storage
    Storage Media Types
    Comparing SAN and NAS Storage

  • 02 NAS Protocols

    SMB and CIFS: Overview and Configuration
    NFS: Overview and Configuration

  • 03 SAN Protocols

    Fibre Channel Part 1 - FCP and WWPN Addressing
    Fibre Channel Part 2 - Security: Zoning and LUN Masking
    Fibre Channel Part 3 - The Fabric Login
    Fibre Channel Part 4 - Redundancy and Multipathing
    FCoE Overview
    Fibre Channel and FCoE Configuration
    iSCSI Overview
    iSCSI Configuration
    NVMeOF Overview

  • 04 Object Storage

    Object Storage Overview

  • 05 Converged and Hyper Converged Infrastructure HCI

    Converged and Hyper Converged Infrastructure HCI Overview

  • 06 Wrap-Up

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the course start and finish?

    It's self-paced training -- you can watch the videos whenever and wherever is best for you.

  • How long does it take to complete the course?

    The course is a few hours long, students typically complete it in one sitting.

  • How long do I have access to the course for?

    Your enrollment never expires. You have permanent and unlimited access across all devices you own.

  • Can I access the course material offline?

    Yes, you can install the Teachable app on your tablet or mobile (or using an emulator on your PC) to download the videos and quizzes and watch them offline. All of the study notes are provided as downloadable PDFs.

  • Is a course certificate provided?

    Yes, you will receive a verifiable course certificate upon course completion.

  • Can I ask questions about the course lessons?

    Yes, I'm always happy to help. You can email me at

  • Do you offer a consultancy service?

    I'd love to be able to provide consultancy for individual production environments but I'm unable to take on new clients right now sorry.

  • What if I'm unhappy with the course?

    I go above and beyond to make sure you are more than happy with every course. If however you are unsatisfied with any purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund.

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