Introducing Cisco Unified Computing System - DCIUCS Course Outline

(2 Days)

Overview

In this 2-day introductory course, Introducing Cisco Unified Computing System (DCIUCS), students will learn how to deploy, secure, operate and maintain the Cisco Unified Computing system (Cisco UCS) B-Series blade server, Cisco UCS C-Series and S-Series rack servers, and Cisco HyperFlex product family, for use in data centers.

Audience Profile

The primary audience for this course are as follows:

  • Server administrators
  • Network engineers
  • Systems engineers
  • Consulting systems engineers
  • Technical solutions architects
  • Network administrators
  • Storage administrators
  • Network managers
  • Cisco integrators and partners

Prerequisites

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:

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

At Course Completion

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet the following overall objectives:

  • Describe Cisco UCS server hardware
  • Describe Cisco UCS connectivity
  • Describe the Cisco HyperFlex Data Platform, its data writing and reading processes, and data optimization
  • Describe and configure Cisco UCS service profiles
  • Describe and configure Cisco UCS service profile templates
  • Describe and implement iSCSI on Cisco UCS
  • Describe and implement Cisco UCS firmware updates
  • Describe and implement Cisco UCS backups

Course Outline

Describing Cisco UCS Server Hardware

  • Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers
  • Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers
  • Cisco UCS S-Series Rack Servers
  • Cisco Virtual Interface Cards
  • Hyperconvergence Overview
  • Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series Servers

Describing Cisco UCS Connectivity

  • Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Connectivity
  • Cisco UCS C-Series Connectivity
  • Cisco UCS S-Series Connectivity
  • Cisco HyperFlex Connectivity Architecture
  • Cisco HyperFlex Edge Connectivity
  • Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Ethernet End-Host Mode Compared to Switching Mode
  • Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Uplink Pinning
  • Cisco UCS C-Series Integration

Describing the Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform

  • Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform Software
  • Writing Data to Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform
  • Reading Data from Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform
  • Data Optimization in Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform

Configuring Cisco UCS Service Profiles

  • Portability Issue with Nonabstracted Identities
  • Cisco UCS Service Profile
  • Identity Pools
  • Server Pools
  • IP Pools

Configuring Cisco UCS Service Profile Templates

  • Service Profile Templates

Implementing iSCSI on Cisco UCS

  • iSCSI Addressing
  • iSCSI Support in Cisco UCS

Implementing Cisco UCS Firmware Updates

  • Update Cisco UCS C-Series Server Firmware
  • Download Tasks for the Infrastructure Image
  • Download Tasks for Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware Packages
  • Best Practices for Updating Firmware in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Firmware Upgrades Using Auto Install
  • Capability Catalog Updates
  • Host Firmware Packages
  • Driver Updates for Operating Systems and Hypervisors

Implementing Cisco UCS Backups

  • Compare Backup Options in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Compare Two Import Types
  • Policy Backup

Lab Outline:

  • Explore Cisco UCS Manager GUI
  • Configure Server and Uplink Ports
  • Configure VLANs
  • Configure Basic Identity Pools
  • Configure a Cisco UCS Service Profile Using Pools
  • Configure a Service Profile Template
  • Configure an iSCSI Service Profile on Cisco UCS
  • Perform Backup and Restore Activities