Configuring Cisco Unified Computing System (DCCUCS)

The Configuring Cisco Unified Computing System (DCCUCS) v1.0 shows you how to deploy, secure, operate, and maintain Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) B-series blade servers, Cisco UCS C-Series, and S-Series rack servers for use in data centers. You will learn how to implement management and orchestration software for Cisco UCS. You will gain hands-on practice configuring and implementing key features of Cisco UCS, Cisco UCS Director, Cisco UCS Manager and Cisco Intersight™.

This course will help you:

  • Acquire in-depth experience implementing and maintaining Cisco UCS servers to help you accelerate and provide robust UCS deployments
  • Gain knowledge and skills through Cisco’s unique combination of lessons and hands-on practice using enterprise-grade Cisco learning technologies, data center equipment, and software

Who should enroll

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

Objectives

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe and implement SAN on Cisco UCS
  • Describe Cisco UCS policies for service profiles
  • Describe and implement Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) on Cisco UCS
  • Describe and implement external authentication providers on Cisco UCS Manager
  • Describe and implement key management on Cisco UCS Manager
  • Describe Cisco UCS Director
  • Describe and implement Cisco Intersight
  • Describe the scripting options for Cisco UCS Manager
  • Describe and implement monitoring on Cisco UCS Manager

Prerequisites

To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

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

These are the recommended Cisco courses that may help you meet these prerequisites:

  • Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA)
  • Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR)
  • Introducing Cisco Unified Computing System (DCIUCS)
  • Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU)

Outline

  • Implementing Cisco UCS Storage Area Network (SAN)
    • SAN Introduction
    • Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Fibre Channels modes
    • Named VSANs
    • Cisco UCS Fibre Channel and FCoE Storage Connectivity
  • Describing Cisco UCS Policies for Service Profiles
    • Storage Policies and Profiles
    • Basic Input Output System (BIOS) Policies
    • Boot Policy
    • Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) Policies
    • Scrub Policies
    • Maintenance Policies
  • Implementing RBAC on Cisco UCS
    • RBAC in Cisco UCS
    • Users, Roles, and Privileges
    • Functions of Organizations and Locales
    • Effective Rights of a User
  • Implementing External Authentication Providers
    • Options for External Authentication Providers
  • Implementing Key Management on Cisco UCS Manager
    • Public Key Infrastructure
  • Implementing Cisco UCS Director
    • Cisco UCS Director Overview
    • Policies, Virtual Data Centers, and Catalogs
    • Cisco UCS Director Virtualization Support
    • Managing Compute with Cisco UCS Director
    • Cisco UCS Manager Orchestration
    • Self-Service Portal
    • Reporting and Monitoring in Cisco UCS Director
  • Implementing Cisco Intersight
    • Cisco UCS Director Overview
    • Important Features of Cisco Intersight
  • Describing the Scripting Options for Cisco UCS Manager
    • Cisco UCS Manager XML API
    • Cisco UCS Management Information Tree
    • Managed Object Browser
    • Cisco UCS PowerTool
    • Cisco UCS Python Software Development Kit (SDK)
  • Implementing Monitoring on Cisco UCS Manager
    • Logging Sources in Cisco UCS Manager
    • Port Monitoring Capabilities of Cisco UCS Manager
    • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Security Ramifications
    • Cisco UCS Manager Call Home Feature

Lab outline

  • Configure Pod-Specific Device Aliases
  • Configure Zoning
  • Configure VSANs in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Configure Unified Ports on Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects
  • Install and Boot VMware Elastic Sky X Integrated (ESXi) on Cisco UCS from the FCoE Logical Unit Number (LUN) via FCoE
  • Configure RBAC
  • Configure Cisco UCS Manager to Authenticate Users via Open Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (OpenLDAP)
  • Configure a Trusted Point and Key Ring in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Configure Cisco UCS Manager Using Scripting
  • Implement Syslog and Call Home

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