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 NetApp Certified Data Administrator, ONTAP

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You demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and ability required to administer NetApp ONTAP solutions.

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NetApp Certified Data Administrator, ONTAP Professional NS0-163

Pass the Data Administrator, ONTAP Exam to stay ahead of the technology curve. Those that achieve this certification have validation they possess the required knowledge, skills, and ability to administer NetApp ONTAP solutions.

You should have:
Six to twelve months of experience with NetApp ONTAP solutions including configuration, storage administration, and data management.

  • Fundamental knowledge of network concepts
  • Fundamental knowledge of cloud concepts
  • Fundamental knowledge of virtualization concepts
  • Fundamental knowledge of SAN/NAS concepts
  • Knowledge of host OS (e.g., Windows, Linux)
  • Fundamental knowledge of NetApp ONTAP concepts and related technologies
  • Fundamental knowledge of data protection
  • NetApp ONTAP relevant courses
  • Knowledge of High Availability concepts

What You Will be Tested on

Storage Platforms

  • Describe knowledge of physical storage systems
  • Describe software-defined on-premises or cloud storage systems
  • Describe upgrading or scaling ONTAP clusters


  • Describe ONTAP system management
  • Describe high availability concepts
  • Describe Storage Virtual Machine management

ONTAP Storage

  • Describe logical storage features
  • Describe NetApp storage efficiency features


  • Describe network components
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to troubleshoot network components

Storage Protocols and Connectivity

  • Describe SAN solutions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to troubleshoot SAN solutions
  • Describe NAS solutions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to troubleshoot NAS solutions
  • Describe ONTAP S3 solutions

Data Protection

  • Describe ONTAP data protection solutions
  • Identify ONTAP business continuity concepts
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to troubleshoot DP solutions


  • Describe protocol security
  • Describe security hardening
  • Describe inflight or at rest encryption
  • Identify anti-ransomware concepts


  • Describe ONTAP performance monitoring
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to troubleshoot storage system performance

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