Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Training v5.0

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Training v5.0 (DCUCI)

Introduction:

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Training v5.0 Course Hands-on with Labs

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Training v5.0 trains engineers and technicians to flawlessly implement, manage and troubleshoot UCS B-Series Blade servers and UCS C-Series Rack-Mount servers. Students will learn the fundamentals of the Cisco Unified Computing System and its infrastructure within a virtualized data center environment.

The Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Training v5.0 course is composed of lectures and hands-on lab sessions, during which students are shown how to properly provision and install operating systems, hypervisors, applications and server hardware. The curriculum also covers the suite of available UCS management tools.

Graduates of the Cisco DCUCI course are exponentially more valuable to their respective departments than before the class. With the ability to completely implement and manage UCS B and C series servers in a virtual data center environment, a CI-DCUCI-certified employee can bring speed, agility, consistency and scalability to the company’s data environment.

Customize It:

With onsite Training, courses can be scheduled on a date that is convenient for you, and because they can be scheduled at your location, you don’t incur travel costs and students won’t be away from home. Onsite classes can also be tailored to meet your needs. You might shorten a 5-day class into a 3-day class, or combine portions of several related courses into a single course, or have the instructor vary the emphasis of topics depending on your staff’s and site’s requirements.

Audience/Target Group

Network Designer
Server Administrator
Network Engineer
Systems Engineer
Consulting Systems Engineer
Technical Solutions Architect
Cisco Integrators and Partners
Network Administrator
Storage Administrator
Network Manager

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Training v5.0 (DCUCI)Related Courses:

Duration: 5 days

Skilled Gained:

Implement Cisco UCS C-Series rack servers in standalone mode. Boot from the local hard drive and mount the Fibre Channel SAN LUN for shared storage
Install Cisco R-Series rack enclosures in the data center
Install components in the Cisco UCS C-Series rack server prior to rack mounting
Install Cisco UCS C-Series rack servers in a Cisco R-Series rack
Use the Cisco UCS Host Upgrade Utility to upgrade or downgrade C-Series firmware to the correct version
Provision SNMP and syslog, and use C-Series monitoring tools
Use the Cisco Integrated Management Controller to provision LAN and SAN connectivity for the C-Series server
Use the LSI MegaRAID web user interface to provision local hard drives into a RAID 5 array
Install VMware ESXi in the C-Series server local hard drives
Implement system management, maintenance, and high-availability services for Cisco UCS B-Series
Implement local and remote authentication services to restrict privileges and delegate management authority in Cisco UCS Manager
List the processes for managing the firmware repository and upgrade or downgrade Cisco UCS firmware components using Cisco UCS Manager
Implement backup and restore capabilities in Cisco UCS Manager
Implement syslog, Smart Call Home, and SPAN
Maintain Cisco UCS in a high-availability configuration
Implement generation 1 and generation 2 connectivity
Differentiate between physical connections on the IOM and the redundant connections for management and data plane over the I/O MUX and midplane
Install and power up Cisco UCS B-Series hardware
Implement LAN connectivity for Cisco UCS B-Series hardware
Implement SAN connectivity for Cisco UCS B-Series hardware
Provision servers by leveraging reusable pools, policies, and templates that allow for rapid provisioning and consistency of policy
Perform initial Cisco UCS cluster setup and provide management IP addresses for blade servers
Provision VLANs and fabric interconnect uplinks for server connectivity to the Layer 3 data center cloud
Provision VSANs and fabric interconnect Fibre Channel uplinks for server connectivity to the data center storage cloud
Provision resource pools for servers, UUIDs, MAC addresses, WWNN, WWPN, and iSCSI
Configure reusable server policies in Cisco UCS Manager
Provision service profiles with initial and updating templates
Implement virtualization features unique to Cisco UCS that improve performance and manageability
Describe Cisco VM-FEX and Cisco VM-FEX universal passthrough technologies
Provision Cisco VM-FEX in Cisco UCS Manager and the VMware vCenter Server
Provision Cisco VM-FEX universal passthrough in Cisco UCS Manager and the VMware vCenter Server

Course Content:

Module 1: Implement Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers

Unpack the Cisco R42610 rack enclosure
Remove the Cisco R-Series rack from the pallet
Secure the Cisco R-Series rack to the floor
Join Cisco R42610 racks into a suite
Install a Cisco RP208-30-U-1 PDU
Remove and install side panels
Remove and install Cisco R-Series rack doors
Use cabling portholes
Review ESD precautions
Review how to open Cisco UCS C-Series cases
Compare PCIe riser cards across Cisco UCS C-Series models
Describe CPU population rules for dual- and quad-socket servers
Describe the importance of color coding internal Cisco UCS C-Series components
Describe DRAM installation and population rules
Describe fan replacement
Describe power supply replacement
Install the slide-rail assembly into the Cisco R42610 rack enclosure
Attach the mounting brackets to the server
Insert the server into the slide rail
Attach the cable management arm
Connect the Cisco UCS C-Series server to the PDU
Connect management and data cables
Download the Cisco UCS Host Upgrade Utility from Cisco.com
Enable KVM and virtual media in Cisco Integrated Management Controller
Describe the session options that are available in the KVM
Launch virtual media and map the Cisco UCS Host Upgrade Utility ISO image
Perform an upgrade of all components
Provision SNMP
Provision syslog destinations for server logging data
Access data from the system event log
Export technical support information
Provision the Cisco UCS P81E VIC to allow FCoE
Provision a locally administered MAC address for the A- and B-side 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces
Enable RSS on Ethernet adapters
Provision locally administered addresses for the Fibre Channel interface WWPN and WWNN
Provision the Fibre Channel boot target for the A- and B-side Fibre Channel interfaces
Describe the characteristics of RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10
Boot the server in the KVM and access the LSI MegaRAID web user interface
Add all local hard drives to a RAID 5 array and save the configuration
Open a KVM session to the Cisco UCS C-Series server
Map virtual media to the ESXi installer ISO image
Install ESXi on the local RAID array
Boot ESXi from the local RAID array
Configure a management IP address for the ESXi server
Connect to the ESXi server with the VMware vSphere Client utility and connect to the VMware File System shared storage LUN on the Fibre Channel storage system

Module 2: Manage the Cisco UCS B-Series

Describe the overall framework of RBAC in the Cisco UCS B-Series
Implement local users, roles, and privileges
Implement organizations and locales
Describe the effective rights of a user as an intersection of roles and locales mapped to a user
Implement LDAP providers and provider groups
Implement LDAP (Microsoft Active Directory) as an external authentication and authorization service
Implement Cisco UCS roles mapping to LDAP (Active Directory) attributes with LDAP provider maps
Describe where to find Cisco UCS firmware packages on Cisco.com
Update Cisco UCS firmware
Direct upgrade of mezzanine adapter, Cisco Integrated Management Controller, and IOM firmware
Describe software updates on the fabric interconnect
Describe the requirement for firmware updates via host firmware packages in the service profile
Describe the differences between the firmware processes of Cisco UCS fabric interconnect and IOM, Cisco Integrated Management Controller, and adapter
Describe how to update and activate the hardware capability catalog
Differentiate between the supported backup types and the database objects to which they map in the Cisco UCS Manager database
Differentiate between an import operation and a disaster recovery restore operation
Implement a backup job
Implement backup jobs to preserve abstracted identities
Verify that the backup is created and executed
Implement an import job to restore the AAA user database
Verify that the AAA user database is restored
Configure the Cisco UCS 6100/6200 Series Fabric Interconnect for disaster recovery restore
Describe Cisco UCS Manager management interfaces
Describe the fault management system and evaluate fault severity levels
Use the audit log to track administrative changes to the Cisco UCS Manager database
Describe Cisco UCS Manager operations subject to FSM validation and how to interpret FSM output
Implement logging options including local buffer, console, and external syslog servers
Use system event log and system event log policies
Implement the Smart Call Home feature
Validate the Smart Call Home feature
Configure settings for logs, events, and faults
Configure SPAN to allow protocol analysis
Describe high-availability cluster connection requirements for Cisco UCS B-Series
Describe intercluster communications and Cisco UCS Manager database synchronization
Differentiate between cluster partition-in-time and partition-in-space split-brain conditions
Describe how the Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis SEEPROM resolves a split-brain issue in the high-availability cluster
Modify cluster IP addressing from the Cisco UCS Manager GUI and CLI

Module 3: Implement Cisco UCS B-Series Connectivity

Describe the relationship between I/O uplinks and bandwidth oversubscription with generation 2 hardware
Describe the Cisco UCS 2204/2208XP IOM architecture including CMC, I/O MUX, and chassis management switch
Describe the relationship between I/O uplinks and bandwidth oversubscription with generation 1 hardware
Describe the Cisco UCS 2104XP IO module architecture including CMC, I/O MUX, and chassis management switch
Describe the features of the Cisco UCS VIC 1280 and VIC 1240
Compare the number of virtual interfaces available on the Cisco UCS M81KR VIC and the VIC 1280
Describe new mezzanine cards including M51, M61, and M72
Describe the Cisco Integrated Management Controller management component of the BSeries blades
Describe the creation of port channels from the Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnect to the 2204/2208XP IOM
Describe the difference between server and uplink port personalities in the fabric interconnect
Describe the chassis discovery process and monitor using the FSM
Configure the chassis discovery policy
Describe the ESD precautions that are necessary when installing Cisco UCS B-Series components
List the steps for opening the case of half- and full-slot blade servers
List the steps for physical installation of rack-mount slides in the enclosure and on the Cisco UCS 5108 chassis
List the steps for installation and removal of CPU, RAM, and mezzanine cards in Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers
List the steps for physical installation and removal of local hard drives
List the steps for physical installation of half- and full-slot blade servers
List the steps for physical installation of IOMs and power supplies in the Cisco UCS 5108 chassis
List the steps for physical installation and removal of fan units
List the steps for physical installation and removal of SFP+ copper twinax and optical modules
Differentiate between uplink, server, appliance, FCoE storage, and monitoring Ethernet port personalities of 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces on the Cisco UCS fabric interconnect
Describe the requirements and configuration of port channels from the Cisco UCS fabric interconnect to a northbound switch
Describe end-host mode and its importance in forwarding over multiple Layer 2 links and maintaining a loop-free topology
Differentiate end-host mode with switched mode
Describe the requirements to configure VLANs in Cisco UCS Manager
Describe the role of vNICs to abstract MAC addresses into a service profile
Describe the automatic pinning process and recovery from failure
Describe the configuration of manual pinning and recovery from failure
Describe the configuration of disjoint Layer 2 domains
Describe Fibre Channel switching
Describe NPV
Differentiate between Fibre Channel uplink, Fibre Channel storage, and Fibre Channel monitoring port personalities of 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces on the Cisco UCS fabric interconnect
Differentiate between benefits and drawbacks of Fibre Channel switching and NPV
Describe how NPIV allows a single N Port to be associated with multiple FCIDs
Describe the requirements and configuration of VSANs in Cisco UCS Manager
Describe the role of the vHBA to abstract WWNNs and WWPNs into a service profile
Describe the automatic pinning process and recovery from failure
Describe the configuration of manual pinning and recovery from failure
Differentiate Ethernet failover from Fibre Channel multipath I/O recovery

Module 4: Provision Cisco UCS Compute Resources

Configure the primary cluster peer from the fabric interconnect console
Configure the secondary cluster peer from the fabric interconnect console and join to the cluster
Log into the Cisco UCS Manager GUI and assign a pool of management IP addresses for server management
Provision VLANs for single fabric, both fabrics, and both fabrics configured differently
Provision VLAN ranges
Provision private VLANs
Provision Ethernet uplinks
Provision Ethernet uplink port channels
Provision fabric port channels from the Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect to a Cisco 2204/2208 IOM
Provision FCoE storage ports
Provision appliance ports and prune VLANs
Provision VSANs for single fabric, both fabrics, and both fabrics configured differently
Provision Fibre Channel uplinks and VSAN trunking
Provision Fibre Channel port channels
Provision direct-attach Fibre Channel storage ports and default zoning
Provision server pools
Provision server pool autoplacement
Provision UUID pools
Provision MAC pools
Provision WWNN pools
Provision WWPN pools
Provision iSCSI initiator pools
Provision a service profile using the expert service profile wizard
Implement pools and policies in the service profile
Associate a service profile to a server
Describe the Cisco UCS Utility Operating System
Observe the association process using the FSM
Describe the requirements of service profile templates
Describe the difference between initial templates and updating templates, including operational caveats
Provision a vNIC template using the template wizard
Provision a vHBA template using the template wizard
Provision a service profile template using the template wizard
Provision multiple servers from a service profile template
Clone a service profile
Describe the benefits of C-Series integration
Describe the physical connectivity requirements for C-Series integration
Install version 1.2 C-Series server firmware to allow integration with Cisco UCS prior to version 2.0(2xx)
Describe the C-Series discovery process

Module 5: Implement Cisco UCS Server Virtualization Features

Describe VMware vSwitch and vDS
Describe Cisco Nexus 1000V switching
Describe Cisco VM-FEX
Describe Cisco VM-FEX universal pass-through
Provision VMware ESXi servers with a Cisco VEM
Provision the secure connection from Cisco UCS Manager to VMware vCenter Server
Provision port profiles and push to vCenter as port groups
Provision a dynamic vNIC connection policy and BIOS policy for Cisco VM-FEX
Join ESXi hosts to the DVS
Provision VMs to consume port groups on the DVS
Describe VMware requirements for universal pass-through mode
Provision a dynamic vNIC connection policy for Cisco VM-FEX universal pass-through
Provision a BIOS policy for Cisco VM-FEX universal pass-through
Associate universal pass-through policies to a service profile
Provision a port profile for universal pass-through mode
Provision VMs to connect to DirectPath I/O interfaces
Verify universal pass-through mode

Labs

Perform Initial C-Series Implementation
Update Cisco UCS C-Series Firmware from the Cisco UCS Host Upgrade Utility
Implement LAN and SAN Connectivity
Install VMware ESXi on the Local RAID and Verify SAN Connectivity
Provision Cisco UCS Ethernet Connectivity and Management IP Pools
Configure RBAC
Back Up and Restore Cisco UCS Manager Database Objects
Configure Logging in Cisco UCS
Provision Identity and Resource Pools
Provision Mobile Service Profiles from Updating Templates
Test High Availability
Provision VMware Integration
Provision M81-KR Cisco VM-FEX
Provision M81-KR Cisco VM-FEX Universal Pass-Through

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