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Configuring Data Center Unified Computing

  • Tuition USD $4,195
  • Reviews star_rate star_rate star_rate star_rate star_half 572 Ratings
  • Course Code DCUCS-v3-0
  • Duration 5 days
  • Available Formats Classroom
The Configuring Data Center Unified Computing course is a 5-day product training course designed to familiarize data center engineers, architects and Cisco partners with the Cisco UCS B-series and C-series products. This course prepares individuals for implementing and maintaining Cisco UCS hardware with a strong emphasis on best practices. The Configuring Data Center Unified Computing course also addresses relevant additional features added by Version 2.1 Cisco UCS Software Release.

Skills Gained

  • Describe the Cisco UCS architecture
  • Describe Cisco UCS LAN connectivity configuration
  • Describe Cisco UCS B-Series SAN connectivity configuration
  • Describe how to configure and manage the servers within Cisco UCS
  • Describe how to configure Cisco UCS virtualization
  • Describe how to configure Cisco UCS administration
  • Describe Cisco UCS C-Series features

Who Can Benefit

Overall this course is primarily aimed at customer network engineers and administrators whose interest is focused around configuration of product features. Server administrators working with hypervisor networking are also target audiences for this course.

  • The primary audience includes data center engineers, data center administrators, and system engineers
  • The secondary audience includes data center managers, network engineers, and consulting system engineers
  • The tertiary audience includes data center architects, network managers, and program and project managers


  • General knowledge of servers
  • Routing and switching knowledge
  • Storage area networking knowledge
  • Server virtualization knowledge

Course Details

To participate in the hands-on labs in this class, you need to bring a laptop computer with the foll

Note: Students registering for this course will be receiving their course kit in a digital format. To be able to view your digital kit you will need to bring a laptop PC and/or a compatible iPad or Android tablet. The recommended system requirements and instructions to access the course kit content can be found at the following link:Digital Course Kit Requirements and Instructions

Please be aware that this digital version is designed for online use, not for printing. You can print up to 10 pages only in each guide within a course. Please note that every time you click the Print button in the book, this counts as one page printed, whether or not you click OK in the Print dialog.
  • Windows 7 or 8.1 or 10 is recommended. Mac OSX 10.6 or greater is supported as well.
  • Intel Celeron or better processors are preferred.
  • 1 GB or more of RAM
  • Browser Requirements: Internet Explorer 10 or greater or Mozilla Firefox. (Safari and Mozilla Firefox for Mac OSX)
  • Note: Our labs currently cannot run on Microsoft Edge (Windows 10) due to it not supporting Extensions/Add-ons or Google Chrome due to Java being removed from the platform itself.
  • All students are required to have administrator rights to their PCs and cannot be logged in to a domain using any Group Policies that will limit their machine's capabilities.
  • If you do not have administrator rights to your PC, you at least need permissions to download, install, and run Cisco Any Connect Client and Java.
  • If you are participating in a WebEx event, it is highly recommended to take this class at a location that has bandwidth speeds at a minimum of 1 Mbps bandwidth speeds.
  • All PCs require the latest Java Runtime Environment, which can be downloaded from

Course Introduction

  • Overview
  • Course Goal and Objectives
  • Course Flow
  • Additional References
  • Your Training Curriculum

Module 1: Cisco UCS Architecture

Lesson 1: Describing Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server Hardware Components

  • The Logical View of the Cisco UCS Architecture
  • Cisco UCS Manager and Cisco UCS Central Software
  • Cisco UCS 5100 Series Blade Server Chassis
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Components
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Power Requirements
  • How to Determine Supported Configurations
  • Summary

Lesson 2: Describing Cisco UCS User Interfaces

  • Cisco UCS Manager GUI
  • Cisco UCS Manager Navigation Panel
  • The External Management Framework
  • The Finite State Machine
  • Fault Detection and Correction Using the Cisco UCS Manager
  • How to Connect to Cisco UCS Manager CLI Shells
  • Summary

Lesson 3: Configuring Cisco UCS B-Series Physical Connectivity and High Availability

  • Cisco UCS Cluster Connection Requirements
  • Initial Cisco Fabric Interconnect Cluster Setup
  • Modify Cisco UCS Cluster IP Addressing from the GUI
  • The Discovery Process and Monitoring Using FSM Output
  • I/O Uplinks and Bandwidth Oversubscription with the Cisco UCS 2204/2208XP
  • Intercluster Communications and Synchronization of the Cisco UCS Manager Database
  • How the Cisco UCS 5108 SEEPROM Resolves Split-Brain Issues in the High-Availability Cluster
  • Summary

Lesson 4: Using RBAC and Organizations

  • RBAC Framework in the Cisco UCS
  • Configure Local Users, Roles, and Privileges
  • Configure Organizations and Locales
  • Determine the Effective Rights of a User as an Intersection of Roles and Locales
  • Privileges of the Server-Profile Role
  • Summary

Lesson 5: Module Summary

  • References

Lesson 6: Module Self-Check

Module 2: Cisco UCS LAN Connectivity

Lesson 1: Configuring Compute Node LAN Connectivity

  • Configure Port Personality Mode and Unified Port Types on the Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Extenders
  • Unified Uplink Ports and Uplink Port Channels
  • Configure Port Channels to Northbound Switches (LACP) or Appliances (Static)
  • Configure Port Channels on Southbound Chassis Links (Cisco UCS 2200XP Series Fabric Extenders)
  • Ethernet End-Host Mode vs. Switching Mode
  • Automatic Pinning and Recovery from Failure
  • Configure VLANs
  • Configure Organization-Aware VLANs
  • Configure VLAN Port Count Optimization
  • Configure VLAN Groups and Permissions
  • Summary

Lesson 2: Configuring LAN Identity and Resource Pools

  • The Benefits of Creating Identity and Resource Pools
  • Configure MAC Pools
  • Configure IP Pools
  • ID Pool Sequential Allocation
  • Summary

Lesson 3: Configuring Compute Node LAN Policies

  • Service Profiles and Policies in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Configure Flow Control Policies Under the Root Organization
  • Configure Multicast Policies Under the Root Organization
  • The Default vNIC Behavior Policy
  • Configure LAN Connectivity Policies
  • Configure Network Control Policies
  • Configure QoS Policies
  • Configure Threshold Policies
  • Configure vNIC Templates
  • Summary

Lesson 4: Module Summary

  • References

Lesson 5: Module Self-Check

Module 3: Cisco UCS SAN Connectivity

Lesson 1: Configuring Compute Node SAN Connectivity

  • Configure Fibre Channel Ports on Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects
  • Configure VSANs and FCoE VLANs
  • Fibre Channel Protocol Addressing and Fibre Channel Switching
  • Fibre Channel End-Host Mode and N-Port Virtualization
  • Configure Fibre Channel Switching Mode
  • Configure Multihop FCoE
  • Configure SAN Connectivity Policies
  • Configure the Default vHBA Behavior Policy
  • Multipath I/O in Cisco UCS
  • Summary

Lesson 2: Configuring Advanced Compute Node SAN Connectivity

  • Configure Fibre Channel Zoning
  • Cisco UCS Support for Discovery of PCIe-Based Flash I/O Devices
  • Cisco UCS Provides Unified Storage Ports
  • Summary

Lesson 3: Configuring SAN Identity and Resource Pools

  • Provision Resource Pools in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Configure WWN Pools
  • Configure IQN Pools
  • Summary

Lesson 4: Module Summary

  • References

Lesson 5: Module Self-Check

Module 4: Configuring Cisco UCS B-Series Servers

Lesson 1: Configuring Server Identity and Resource Pools

  • Configure UUID Pools
  • Configure Server Pools
  • Summary

Lesson 2: Configuring Server Policies

  • Configure General Policies
  • Configure Host Firmware Packages
  • Configure a BIOS Policy to Enable Virtualization Features
  • Configure an Adapter Policy for VM-FEX
  • Configure Virtual Connection Assignment and Distribution
  • Configure Boot Policies
  • Configure Maintenance Policies
  • Configure Power Control Policies
  • Configure Scrub Policies
  • Summary

Lesson 3: Configuring Templates and Service Profiles

  • Purpose and Benefits of Service Profiles
  • Purpose and Benefits of Service Profile Templates
  • Service Profile Template Types
  • Configure a Template in the Expert Service Profile Wizard
  • Rename a Service Profile
  • Clone a Service Profile
  • Summary

Lesson 4: Managing Service Profiles

  • Associating and Disassociating a Service Profile to a Server Blade
  • Changes to a Service Profile that Trigger a Cisco PNuOS Update
  • Planning the Organization Where a Service Profile Is Created
  • Moving a Service Profile to a New Server Blade in the Event of Hardware Failure
  • Management IP Address, KVM, and Virtual Media
  • Supported Operating Systems and Boot Options
  • Summary

Lesson 5: Configuring Logical Service Profiles that Boot from iSCSI

  • Configure a Service Profile That Boots from iSCSI
  • Configure an iSCSI Adapter Policy
  • Configure an IQN Pool
  • Configure an iSCSI Authentication Profile
  • Configure and Boot ESXi
  • Configure and Boot Windows Server 2012
  • Configure and Boot Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Summary

Lesson 6: Module Summary

  • References

Lesson 7: Module Self-Check

Module 5: Configuring Cisco UCS Virtualization

Lesson 1: Configuring Cisco UCS VM-FEX

  • Virtualization and VMs
  • Configure a VM-FEX Driver
  • Support for vSphere 5.1
  • vCenter Integration Methods
  • Provision the Secure Connection from the Cisco UCS Manager to a VMware vCenter Server
  • Provision Port Profiles and Port Profile Clients
  • Provision a Dynamic vNIC Connection Policy and BIOS Policy for Cisco VM-FEX
  • Process to Join ESXi Hosts to the DVS
  • Provision VMs to Consume Port Groups on the DVS
  • Summary

Lesson 2: Configuring Cisco UCS SR-IOV

  • SR-IOV and Extending the Physical Network to the VMs
  • Service Profile, Adapter and BIOS Policy, and SR-IOV vNICs Configuration
  • Port Profile and DVS (Cluster) VM Tab Configuration
  • Summary

Lesson 3: Configuring Cisco UCS VM-FEX Integration for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Requirements
  • Create and Attach a Dynamic vNIC Connection Policy
  • Management via PowerShell and Standalone GUI
  • Summary

Lesson 4: Configuring the Cisco UCS VM-FEX for KVM SR-IOV

  • Linux Rx Data Path on Multi-CPU Systems for Single-Queuing Adapters and RSS-Capable Multiqueuing Adapters
  • Support MRQS on Linux
  • Summary

Lesson 5: Module Summary

  • References

Lesson 6: Module Self-Check

Module 6: Cisco UCS Administration

Lesson 1: Backing Up and Restoring the Cisco UCS Manager Database

  • Cisco UCS Backup and Restore Functions
  • Supported Backup Types and Functions
  • Import Operations and Disaster Recovery Restore Operations
  • Configuring a Backup Job
  • Verify Backup Creation and Execution
  • Scheduled Backups
  • Configure an Import Job to Restore the AAA User Database
  • Configure Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects for a Disaster Recovery Restore Operation
  • Summary

Lesson 2: Managing and Upgrading Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware

  • Updating Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware
  • Install Infrastructure Firmware
  • Install Server Firmware
  • Firmware Cross-Version Support
  • Direct Firmware Upgrade of Cisco IMC, IOMs, and Mezzanine Adapters
  • Firmware Updates Using a Service Profile
  • Firmware Auto Install
  • Cisco UCS Manager Upgrade Validation
  • Differences Between Firmware Processes Used by Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects and Cisco IMC, IOMs, and Adapters
  • Fault Suppression
  • Summary

Lesson 3: Using Cisco UCS Management Tools

  • Cisco UCS Central Software and Architecture
  • Registering Cisco UCS Manager with Cisco UCS Central Software
  • Policy Manager
  • Resource Manager
  • Identifier Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Summary

Lesson 4: Module Summary

Lesson 5: Module Self-Check

Module 7: Cisco UCS C-Series Features

Lesson 1: Describing Cisco UCS C-Series Servers

  • Cisco UCS C-Series Servers
  • Summary

Lesson 2: Describing Cisco USC C-Series Server Connectivity Options

  • Cisco UCS 1225 VIC Adapters
  • Managing C-Series Servers as Standalone versus Integrated
  • Cisco UCS C-Series Server Connectivity Options
  • Summary

Lesson 3: Using Cisco UCS C-Series IMC Discovery

  • Standalone Navigation of Cisco IMC
  • Configuring Cisco IMC Local User Accounts
  • Using the KVM Console
  • Configuring Virtual Media
  • Configuring IPMI
  • Configuring SoL Protocol
  • Full RAID Configuration in Cisco IMC
  • RAID Controller Monitoring and Status
  • Graphical DIMM Representation
  • Configure BIOS in Cisco IMC
  • Mounting NFS or CIFS Media to the Operating System
  • Embedded System Diagnostics
  • Summary

Lesson 4: Upgrading Cisco UCS C-Series Firmware

  • Downloading Cisco UCS C-Series Firmware
  • Cisco Host Upgrade Utility GUI
  • Summary

Lesson 5: Module Summary

Lesson 6: Module Self-Check

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