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Cisco UCS Design, Installation & Configuration

Data Center forms the basis of the modern ICT infrastructure. Previously Data Center components have been divided into three categories; Servers, Local Area Network and Storage Area Network. With the new system-level architectures the borders between these three silos are not so visible any longer. This change allows e.g. better management, scalability and service creation.

Cisco Unified Computing System presents next-generation architecture for data centers. UCS is an integrated solution, which contains all elements from servers to modern storage networking technology. Effective management tools and thoroughly tested systems enable the creation of both private and public clouds via UCS.

The purpose of this course is to take a look at the installation, implementation and operation of Cisco UCS system. The approach is practical – concise theory sections are followed by hands-on labs, which are done in actual Cisco UCS system.

Target Group: Personnel that need to do implementation and operation work on Cisco UCS systems.

Course Goal: The goal of this course is to take a look at the various administrative tasks on Cisco UCS system so that after the course, personnel is capable of doing these tasks individually.

Course Contents:

1. Overview of the Cisco UCS System

  • Cisco Virtualized Multi-Tenant Data Center 2.0
  • Some viewpoints from the present server systems
  • Positioning Cisco UCS
  • Cisco UCS architecture and components
  • Integrating Cisco UCS with hypervisor platforms 

2. Implementing Cisco UCS and Basic Management Tasks

  • Tasks related to basic setup
  • Licence managament
  • Fabric interconnect
  • Clustering Fabric Interconnect (CLI)
  • Port types
  • UCS Manager Basics
  • User management
  • Role-Based Access Control
  • authentication alternatives
  • Setting up UCS Manager
  • Creating organizations
  • Device inventory
  • Statistics management
  • UCS Central for scalable implementations

3. Equipment management

  • Hardware management; Working with...
  • chassises
  • blades
  • I/O modules
  • Rack servers         
  • Topological considerations
  • Dual-wire management
  • SingleConnect management
  • Direct Connect
  • Enviromental components
  • PSU
  • Fans

4. Server management

  • Server management addressing
  • Basics of integrated management (CIMC)
  • Working with policies
  • Adapter
  • BIOS
  • Boot
  • Local disk config
  • Maintenance
  • Scrub
  • Server pool
  • vNIC/vHBA placement
  • Power control
  • Pools
  • Server
  • UUID suffix
  • Creating and managing service profile templates
  • Creating and managing service profiles
  • Creating and managing schedules

5. External Connections; LAN

  • Fabric Interconnect operational modes
  • End Host Mode
  • Switch Mode
  • Fabric ports and link types
  • Managing port-channels 
  • Working with vNICs
  • Virtual Interface Card (Palo adapter)
  • QoS policies
  • Threshold policies
  • Multicast policies
  • Dynamic vNIC connection policies
  • Pools
  • IP
  • MAC
  • Traffic monitoring sessions
  • LAN Pin Groups
  • Managing VLANs
  • Connecting to disjoint domains

6. External Connections; SAN

  • SAN primer
  • Unified I/O -> what is this?
  • FCoE and DCB as an enabler for Unified I/O
  • Defining Unified I/O in Cisco UCS
  • VSANs
  • Connecting regular SAN to Cisco UCS
  • Virtualization within SAN with NPV/NPIV
  • Pools
  • pWWN
  • nWWN
  • Creating and working with vHBAs
  • Templates
  • Policies
  • Traffic monitoring sessions

7. System Management and Virtualization Aspects

  • System management
  • Firmware management and updates
  • Interconnect
  • Fabric Extender
  • NICs
  • BIOS
  • Cisco Integrated Management Controller
  • Backup and recovery tasks
  • System level reports
  • Defining alarms
  • Troubleshooting UCS with CLI
  • Virtualization aspects
  • Support for different virtualization platforms
  • UCS as a DVS
  • VM-FEX
  • Passthrough switching
  • Hypervisor bypass
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Joni Oksanen
Joni Oksanen Director – Consultancy, Architecture and Training 040 555 6666
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Jupiter Vuorikoski
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