Cisco UCS with Intel Xeon Processors Accelerated Accreditation Training (UCSAAT)

Starting with an overview of Cisco UCS features, hardware and software components, and Unified Fabric architecture, the course teaches the Channel Partner, pre- and post-sales system engineers, data center administrators, technicians, and architects to design, configure, implement, and manage Cisco UCS solutions on contemporary hypervisors, operating systems, and applications (including VMware, Hyper-V, and Red Hat KVM, among others). It teaches how to design and virtualize server properties with the goal of enabling simple and rapid mobility of service profiles between physical servers. In the lab, students will configure mobile service profiles, upgrade firmware, configure and design multi-tenant management models, and enable high availability and fault tolerance, as well as perform back-ups and restore system configurations. You will design solutions, given variables, and use the built-in and operating system reconnaissance tools. You will learn to design, install, and configure VMware VM-FEX and VM-FEX Universal Pass-Through Mode with the Cisco Virtual Interface Card on the Cisco UCS infrastructure.

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About This Course

Starting with an overview of Cisco UCS features, hardware and software components, and Unified Fabric architecture, the course teaches the Channel Partner, pre- and post-sales system engineers, data center administrators, technicians, and architects to design, configure, implement, and manage Cisco UCS solutions on contemporary hypervisors, operating systems, and applications (including VMware, Hyper-V, and Red Hat KVM, among others). It teaches how to design and virtualize server properties with the goal of enabling simple and rapid mobility of service profiles between physical servers. In the lab, students will configure mobile service profiles, upgrade firmware, configure and design multi-tenant management models, and enable high availability and fault tolerance, as well as perform back-ups and restore system configurations. You will design solutions, given variables, and use the built-in and operating system reconnaissance tools. You will learn to design, install, and configure VMware VM-FEX and VM-FEX Universal Pass-Through Mode with the Cisco Virtual Interface Card on the Cisco UCS infrastructure.

 

Course Audience

This course is designed for Channel Partners who need to accelerate exam preparation and for anyone who is preparing for CCNP certification. It prepares students for exam 642-999, Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing, and Exam 642-998, Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing. Upon passing these exams,the student will be a certified Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Support and Design Specialist and will be able to design, configure, implement, and manage Cisco UCS environments.

 

Course Prerequisites

  • Understanding of server system design and architecture
  • Familiarity with Ethernet and TCP/IP Networking
  • Familiarity with LAN/SAN Technology
  • Familiarity with the Fibre Channel Protocol
  • Understanding of Cisco Enterprise Data Center Architecture
  • Familiarity with server virtualization technologies (VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Red Hat KVM, Citrix Xen)
  • If the student is pursuing CCNP, then CCNA Data Center is recommended

 

At Course Completion

After completion of this course, you will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Describe how to install and provision Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers in standalone mode, install Cisco R-Series racks, provision the Cisco Integrated Management Controller, update server firmware, and install operating systems such as VMware ESXi
  • Explain how to implement high availability, manage the Cisco UCS, provision administrator access, and maintain Cisco UCS B-Series servers
  • Explain how to install and provision Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers in the Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Chassis
  • Describe the characteristics of the different models of Cisco I/O modules (IOMs) and fabric interconnects and how to install them
  • Describe the different connectivity topologies and options and how the Cisco NX-OS Software treats Ethernet and Fibre Channel traffic
  • Explain how to design and configure the connectivity of Cisco UCS with the LAN and SAN infrastructure in your data center and how to provision servers by leveraging reusable pools, policies, and templates that allow for rapid provisioning and consistency of policy
  • Explain how to implement virtualization features, unique to Cisco UCS, that improve performance and manageability
  • Describe how to evaluate the data center solution design process, including data center challenges, architecture, and components
  • Explain how to assess the requirements and performance characteristics of the data center computing solutions
  • Explain how to size and prepare a physical deployment plan for Cisco UCS C-Series and B-Series solutions per requirements
  • Employ design steps to create scalable, computing solutions for a given set of requirements
  • Create the Cisco UCS server deployment design for the given solution examples
  • Describe the feature enhancements which Intel has added to the processor and chipset
  • Become acquainted with generation 2 hardware and the recently introduced features

Course Outline

 

Module 1: Implement Cisco UCS

  • Lesson 1: Cisco Unified Computing System Overview
  • Lesson 2: Implementing an HA Cluster
  • Lesson 3: Implementing Role Based Access Control
  • Lesson 4: Managing and Upgrading UCS B-Series Firmware
  • Lesson 5: Backing Up and Restoring the Cisco UCS Manager Database
  • Lesson 6: Implementing Logging and Monitoring
  • Lesson 7: Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series Physical Connectivity
  • Lesson 8: Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series LAN Connectivity
  • Lesson 9: Configuring Computer Node SAN Connectivity
  • Lesson 10: Provisioning Resource Pools in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Lesson 11: Provisioning Server Profiles, Policies, and Templates in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Lesson 12: Provisioning Cisco UCS C-Series Server Integration in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Lesson 13: Overview Cisco VM-FEX and Cisco VM-FEX Universal Pass-Through
  • Lesson 14: Configuring Cisco UCS VM-FEX
  • Lesson 15: Provisioning Cisco VM-FEX Universal Pass-Through Mode


Module 2: Design and Deploy Cisco UCS

  • Lesson 1: Identifying Data Center Solutions
  • Lesson 2: Identifying Data Center Applications
  • Lesson 3: Identifying Cloud Computing
  • Lesson 4: Identifying Cisco Data Center Architecture and Components
  • Lesson 5: Defining a Cisco Unified Computing System Solution Design
  • Lesson 6: Analyzing Computing Solutions Characteristics
  • Lesson 7: Employing Data Center Analysis Tool
  • Lesson 8: Sizing the UCS B-Series Solution
  • Lesson 9: Planning Unified Computing Deployment
  • Lesson 10: Designing the Virtual Access Layer
  • Lesson 11: Designing Cisco UCS Server Deployment
  • Lesson 12: Designing Distributed Computing on Cisco UCS


Module 3: Appendix​

  • Lesson 1: Implementing Cisco R-Series Rack Enclosures
  • Lesson 2: Installing Cisco UCS C-Series Servers
  • Lesson 3: Installing Cisco UCS C-Series Servers in Cisco R-Series Rack Enclosures
  • Lesson 4: Updating Cisco UCS C-Series Firmware with the Host Upgrade Utility
  • Lesson 5: Provisioning Monitoring and Logging on the Cisco UCS C-Series Server
  • Provision SNMP
  • Lesson 6: C-Series Server Configuration Utility
  • Lesson 7: Provisioning Raid on the C-Series Server
  • Lesson 8: Installing VMware ESXi on the C-Series Server Local RAID Array
  • Lesson 9: Provisioning LAN and SAN Connectivity in the Cisco Integrated Management Controller
  • Provision 
  • Lesson 10: Installing Cisco UCS B-Series Hardware
  • Lesson 11: Presentation on Intel's Technical Enhancements

Appendix: Upgrading UCS Components
Appendix: Backing Up and Importing Configuration Data
Appendix: Reporting


Lab outline:

  • Lab 1: Initial Configuration
  • Lab 2: Configuring Role-Based Access Control
  • Lab 3: Configuring Resource Pools Lab 4: Creating Mobile Service Profiles Lab 5: Testing High Availability
  • Lab 6: Configuring VM-FEX Switching


Case Studies:

  • Case Study 1: Sizing the Cisco Unified Computing System
  • Case Study 2: Designing Server Deployment
  • Case Study 3: Designing a Cisco Unified Computing Network
  • Case Study 4: Designing Cisco Unified Computing SAN


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