CISCO Training

  Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Implementation
 
DCUCI Course Description

This five-day hands-on course focuses on the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) deployment and operations. Participants will learn how to configure and manage Cisco UCS servers with consolidated I/O networking for LAN and SAN connectivity and how to virtualize server properties to enable simple and rapid mobility of server operating system images between physical servers. Participants will practice configuring fault tolerance, implementing a multitenant management model, backing up and restoring system configurations, and using the built-in monitoring and troubleshooting tools in Cisco UCS Manager.

Prerequisites

To fully benefit from this course, it is recommended that you have the following prerequisite skills and knowledge:

  • Cisco CCNA® certification or the equivalent level of working knowledge and experience
  • Expertise with Cisco Nexus switches
  • Familiarity with SAN concepts and Cisco MDS 9000 switches
  • VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
  • Familiarity with Linux and Windows

Who Should Attend

  • The primary audience for this course is as follows:
    • Channel Partners/Resellers (pre- and post-sales professionals)
    • Systems Engineers
  • The secondary audience for this course is as follows:
    • Network Engineers
    • Network

Number of Days

  • 5 Days instructor-led classroom training. (Approx. 7 hours each day.)

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain how Cisco UCS addresses key problems in Data Center server environments
  • Describe the Cisco UCS system architecture, hardware components, and options
  • Explain how to connect to and manage Cisco UCS components
  • Describe the Cisco UCS Manager
  • Explain the connectivity requirements for the Cisco UCS platform
  • Describe the process of configuring server profiles to allocate physical resources
  • Describe the maintenance processes and high-availability configuration for a Cisco UCS deployment
  • Identify common deployment scenarios for Cisco UCS
  • Explain how the Cisco Nexus 1000V switch fits in to a VMware server virtualization environment

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Benefits of the Cisco Unified Computing System
  • Lesson 1: Implementing Cisco Virtualized Data Centers
    • Evolution of Server Scalability
    • Management Challenges
    • Blade Challenges
  • Lesson 2: The Cisco Unified Computing System
    • Logical View of Cisco UCS
    • I/O Consolidation
  • Module 2: The Cisco Unified Computing System Architecture
    • Lesson 1: Defining Cisco UCS Hardware Components
      • Cisco UCS Hardware Overview
      • Cisco UCS Chassis Hardware
      • Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect
      • Cisco UCS Blades
      • VMware Integration
    • Lesson 2: Architectural and Feature Overview
      • Cisco UCS Management Architecture
      • Cisco UCS Management Assignments
      • Diagnostic Information
      • Management Solution Integration
      • Cisco UCS Manager High Availability and Disaster Recovery
    • Lesson 3: Installing Cisco UCS Hardware
      • Installation Guidelines
      • Configuring Chassis Power Supplies
      • Chassis Module Installation
  • Module 3: Cisco Unified Computing System Connectivity and Management
    • Lesson 1: Describing Unified Connectivity
      • Hardware Component Connectivity
      • High-Availability Connectivity
      • Fabric Interconnect Network Configuration
    • Lesson 2: Exploring the Unified Computing User Interfaces
      • Graphical User Interface
      • Command-Line Interface
      • connect Commands
    • Lesson 3: Describe Cisco UCS Startup and Shutdown Procedures
      • Cisco UCS 6100 Startup and Shutdown
    • Lesson 4: Upgrading Software in the Cisco Unified Computing System
      • Cisco UCS Software Upgrade Overview
      • Upgrading Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Software
      • Upgrading CMC Software
      • Upgrading BMC Software
      • Upgrading Adapter Software
  • Module 4: The Cisco Unified Computing System Manager
    • Lesson 1: Cisco UCS Manager Fundamentals
      • Cisco UCS Resources
      • Service Profile Overview
      • Resource Pools
      • Service Profiles
      • Service Profile Policies
      • Service Profiles in Basic Opt-In Model
      • Service Profiles in Logical Server Model
    • Lesson 2: Role-Based Access Control
      • Management Groups
      • RBAC Overview
      • RBAC Configuration
      • Remote RBAC Configuration
      • AAA Configuration
      • Multitenancy Features and Options
  • Module 5: Compute Node Connectivity
    • Lesson 1: Compute Node LAN Connectivity
      • Server and Uplink Ports
      • EHV Mode
      • Ethernet Switching Mode
      • Describe the Use of VLANs
      • Virtual Network Interface Cards
      • Port Channels
      • Pin Groups
      • LAN Tools
    • Lesson 2: Compute Node SAN Connectivity
      • N_Port ID Virtualization
      • VSANs
      • Virtual HBAs
      • SAN Port Connectivity
      • Pin Groups
  • Module 6: Implementation of Server Resources
    • Lesson 1: Create and identity Resource Pools
      • Mobile Service Profiles
      • MAC Addresses
      • World Wide Names
      • Universally Unique Identifiers
      • Server Pools
    • Lesson 2: Creating Service Profiles
      • Service Profile Review
      • Opt-In Models
      • Service Profile Wizard
      • Service Profile Expert Wizard
      • Profile Templates and Clones
      • Scrub Policies
    • Lesson 3: Managing Service Profiles
      • Associating Service Profiles
      • Moving a Logical Server
      • KVM and Virtual Media
  • Module 7: Cisco Unified Computing System Maintenance
    • Lesson 1: Backup and Restore
      • Backup Types
      • Backup and Import Jobs
      • Backup Configuration
      • Import Configuration
    • Lesson 2: Managing High Availability
      • High-Availability Connectivity
      • High-Availability Terminology
      • Configuring High Availability
      • Managing High Availability
    • Lesson 3: Monitoring System Events
      • GUI Monitoring
      • Remote Monitoring
      • CLI Status Monitoring
      • Threshold Policies
      • Call Home Configuration
      • Exporting Data
      • Ethanalyzer
  • Module 8: Cisco Unified Computing System Deployments
    • Lesson 1: Cisco UCS Use Cases
      • Use Case: Server Operations
      • Use Case: Virtualization
      • Use Case: Databases
    • Lesson 2: Operating System Provisioning
      • SAN-Based Installation
      • Local Disk Installations
      • Network-Based Installation
  • Module 9: Networks in a Virtual Server Environment
    • Lesson 1: Introduction to the Cisco Nexus 1000V
      • Data Center Access Layer Networks
      • Virtual Environment Overview
      • Cisco Virtual Switching Overview
      • Feature Overview
    • Lesson 2: Server Virtualization Primer
      • Server Virtualization
      • VMware Virtualization
      • Virtual Networking with VMware
      • Virtual Storage Networking with VMware
      • VMware Environment Management
    • Lesson 3: VMware Ethernet Networking
      • Virtual Access Layer
      • The VMware vSwitch
      • VMware Network Configuration
      • Distributed Virtual Switching
    • Lesson 4: The Cisco Nexus 1000V Architecture
      • Cisco Nexus 1000V
      • Architectural Overview
      • Cisco Nexus 1000V Installation and Operation
    • Lesson 5: Configure VMware Switching
      • Configure vSwitches
      • Configuring VMware DVS
    • Lesson 6: Installing and Configuring the Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch
      • Configure VSM vSwitch Networks
      • VSM VM Creation
      • Initial VSM Configuration
      • Connect the VSM to vCenter
      • Cisco Nexus 1000V High Availability Configuration
    • Lesson 7: Configure Basic Cisco Nexus 1000V Networking
      • Port Profiles
      • VLAN Configuration
      • Creating Uplink Profiles
      • Creating VM Data Port Profiles
      • Configuring Cisco Nexus 1000V Port Channels
      • Adding Hosts to the VSM
      • Adding VMs to a VSM

Hands-on Lab Exercises

  • Lab 2-1: Initial Configuration
  • Lab 3-1: Upgrading Cisco UCS Components
  • Lab 4-1: Configuring RBAC
  • Lab 6-1: Creating Simple Service Profiles
  • Lab 6-2: Configuring Resource Pools
  • Lab 6-3: Creating Mobile Service Profiles
  • Lab 7-1: Testing High Availability
  • Lab 7-2: Backing Up and Importing Configuration Data
  • Lab 7-3: Reporting
  • Lab 9-1: Installing VMware vSphere and vCenter
  • Lab 9-2: Installing a Cisco Nexus 1000V VSM
  • Lab 9-3: Configuring Port Profiles