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BLP-UCS-PW2: Cisco UCS Power Workshop - 2 days


This workshop is a fast-paced technical delivery that is aimed at providing essential skills that will enable engineers to successfully place UCS in a customer environment.

It covers the key concepts of placing Service Profiles to servers, storage and network integration along with using the UCS unique features in a Hypervisor environment.


After completing this course the student should be able to:
  • Establish and set-up UCS infrastructure including UCS Fabric Interconnects, UCS IOMs, the UCS 5108 Blade Chassis and UCS B-Series Blade Servers.
  • Explain how to set up and provision Cisco UCS Servers
  • Create and establish service profiles, service profile templates and related policies and resources.
  • Explain how to update server firmware.
  • Use operating systems such as VMware ESXi.
  • Explain high availability, management of the Cisco UCS, provisioning administrator access, and maintaining Cisco UCS B-Series servers. Understand the components of the
  • UCS system and the connectivity between them.
  • Understand how the Cisco NX-OS Software treats Ethernet and Fibre Channel traffic.

   Workshop Content

Module 1: Data Centre Requirements
  • Power
  • Manageability
  • Cloud → Flexibility, Agility, Automation, Virtualization
  • Deployment considerations
  • OpEx
  • Security
  • Types of Workloads
  • Converged infrastructure
Module 2: Cisco DC Solutions Overview (short)
  • Networking Portfolio
  • ACI
  • UCS B-, C-, E-, S-Series
  • Hyperflex (Hyperconverged)
  • Integrated Infrastructure Systems
  • Management Portfolio
  • Interoperability, 3rd-party products
Module 3: UCS Solution
  • (Overview of how UCS meets the requirements)
  • Different platform for different use cases
  • Access Layer Integration
  • Stateless computing, policy driven
  • Adapter versatility
  • Single point of management
  • Cisco ONE
Module 4: UCS Components
  • FI, UCSM, IOM, Computes, Adapters
  • What they do, how they work, how they interconnect
  • All the hardware foundation
Module 5: Service Profiles
  • (Before external connectivity to get to labs earlier)
  • Resources, Pools, Policies
  • Templates
  • (Lab: No external connectivity yet)??
  • Association
Module 6: External Connectivity
  • Intro to networking and DC issues (SPT, L3, PC, etc)
  • EHM, Switching Mode
  • Intro to FC
  • NPV and FC Switching
Module 7: Features
  • Soft-/Firmware Management
  • Backup/Restore
  • RBAC
  • Local Storage Configuration (especially relevant to S-Series)
Module 8: Management
  • UCS Central
  • IMC Supervisor
  • UCS Director / Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite
  • UCS Performance Manager
  • Configuration of the UCS system
  • Connect the UCS system to the core infrastructure
  • Resource pools and server policies
  • Local storage policies
  • Creating service profiles and service profile templates
  • Mobile service profiles
  • Creating a virtualized environments with advanced networking
  • Soft- and firmware maintenance
  • Configuration management
  • Testing UCS system high availability


2 days

   Target Audience

  • Server administrators and operators
  • Technical architects and designers
  • Networking Field Engineers

   Pre-Requisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a student must have before attending this course are as follows:
  • Basic understanding of networking, server and storage technologies

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