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DCUCI v4.0 - Data Center Unified Computing Implementation On-Site Training

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DCUCI v4.0 - Data Center Unified Computing Implementation

Course Description/Agenda

In this course, you will learn rack installation and how to provision server hardware, operating systems or hypervisors, and applications. Significant content is devoted to management, maintenance, and troubleshooting. You will review Cisco data center virtualization solutions and learn how to execute a virtualization solution based on a detailed implementation plan.

The course follows an actual implementation workflow providing hands-on practice by configuring the most recent Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) solutions, including Cisco UCS B-Series, Cisco UCS C-Series, and Cisco Nexus 1000V product families.

This newly updated course walks current and prospective data center administrators through Cisco's UCS B-Series and UCS C-Series components with a heavy focus on systems architecture, installation, and administration. Special attention is paid to the individual components of a complete solution and how to install, configure, and maintain a Cisco UCS installation in various types of environments. Hands-on configuration labs throughout the week will reinforce the information as you build a complete solution.

This course includes two e-Learning components that you should complete before attending class:

  • VIrt101-ELT (~6 hours): Covers virtualization basics and server architecture
  • DCUCI-ELT (~10 hours): Introduces the Cisco UCS B and C Series and presents use cases

What You'll Learn

  • How Cisco UCS addresses key management challenges in data center server environments
  • Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series system architectures, hardware components, and field-installable options
  • Connect to and manage Cisco UCS components
  • Configure Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers with Cisco UCS Manager
  • Configure Cisco UCS C-Series blade servers with Cisco IMC
  • Connectivity requirements for the Cisco UCS platform
  • Configure server profiles to allocate physical resources
  • Configure maintenance tasks such as syslog, LDAP, RBAC, and SNMP
  • Configure high availability at the LAN, SAN, and server NIC level
  • Common deployment scenarios for small and large scale environments
  • Implement Service Profiles and blade configuration for VMware ESXi v4.1 and 5
  • Troubleshoot common LAN and SAN connectivity issues and service profile issues
  • Configure Cisco Nexus 1000V in a VMware vSphere 4.1 and/or 5 environment

Who Should Attend

  • System engineers and technicians who implement Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers and Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers
  • Data center technicians, administrators, designers and engineers

Course Prerequisites

  • Implementing Cisco Data Center Network Infrastructure 2 (DCNI-2) or Data Center Networking with the Cisco Nexus 5000 & 7000 (DCNX5+7) or DCUFI
  • Understanding of server system design/architecture and Cisco Enterprise Data Center Architecture
  • Familiarity with Ethernet and TCP/IP networking, SANs, Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP), and hypervisor technologies (VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix Xen)

Course Outline

1. Installation of the Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers

  • Updating Firmware Components

2. Cisco IMC Configuration

  • Provisioning Server Hardware with Cisco IMC

3. Cisco UCS B-Series Hardware and Management

  • Hardware Components
  • Assembling B-Series Architecture and Features
  • Installing Cisco UCS B-Series Hardware

4. Cisco UCS Connectivity Configuration and Management

  • Configuring Cisco UCS B-Series Physical Connectivity
  • Exploring the Cisco UCS B-Series User Interfaces
  • Configuring Compute Node LAN and SAN

5. Server Resources Implementation

  • Creating Identity and Resource Pools
  • Creating Service Profiles and Service Profile Templates
  • Cloning and Managing Service Profiles

6. Virtual Server Networking

  • Evaluating the Cisco Nexus 1000V
  • Working with VMware Ethernet Networking
  • Characterizing Cisco Nexus 1000V Architecture
  • Installing and Configuring the Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch
  • Configuring Basic Cisco Nexus 1000V Networking
  • Configuring Cisco UCS Manager for VMware PTS

7. Cisco UCS Management and Maintenance

  • Implementing Startup and Shutdown Procedures
  • Configuring Role-Based Access Control
  • Backing Up and Restoring the Cisco UCS Manager Database
  • Managing High Availability
  • Monitoring System Events
  • Managing and Upgrading Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware

8. Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Implementation (Optional)

  • C-Series Hardware Components and Installation
  • B-Series Hardware Components, Architecture, and Features
  • Cisco UCS Use Cases
  • Server Virtualization
  • Data Center Access Layer
  • VMware Ethernet Networking
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Architecture

9. Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Hardware (Optional)

  • Fault Color Coding Scheme
  • Hardware Discovery Common Errors
  • Hardware LED Error Codes
  • Core Files
  • Local Management

10. Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Service Profiles (Optional)

  • Troubleshooting Resource Assignment Issues and Issues After Association

11. Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Communications Failures (Optional)

  • Troubleshooting Communications from Server to Ethernet or SAN Switch
  • Troubleshooting Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and FCoE Connectivity


Lab 1: Initial Cisco UCS C-Series Configuration

Lab 2: Configure LAN and SAN Physical Connections

Lab 3: Configure Identity and Resource Pools

Lab 4: Create Mobile Service Profiles from Updating Templates

Lab 5: Create a Data-Center Cluster in VMware vCenter

Lab 6: Install a Cisco Nexus 1000V VSM

Lab 7: Configure Port Profiles

Lab 8: Configure RBAC

Lab 9: Back up and Import Cisco UCS Manager Configuration Data

Lab 10: Reporting in the Cisco Unified Computing System

Lab 11: Initial Cisco UCS B-Series Configuration


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