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Configuring Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCS)

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Module 1: Describing Cisco UCS Architecture
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server Hardware Components
    • Cisco UCS Overview
    • Cisco UCS 5100 Series Blade Server Chassis
    • Cisco UCS B-Series Components
    • Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers
    • Cisco UCS C-Series
    • Power Requirements
    • Determining Supported Configurations
  • Describing the Cisco UCS User Interfaces
    • Cisco UCSM GUI Layout
    • Navigation Pane
    • Standalone Navigation of the Cisco UCS C-Series IMC
    • CLI Shells
  • Describing Cisco UCS Management Framework and Features
    • Managing Cisco UCS
    • Managing C-Series Servers
    • External Management Framework
    • Fault Detection and Correction Using the Cisco UCSM
Module 2: Configuring Cisco UCS B-Series Connectivity
  • Configuring Cisco UCS B-Series Physical Connectivity
    • Cluster Connection Requirements
    • Initial Setup
    • Modifying Cluster IP Addressing
    • Discovery Process and Monitoring Using FSM Output
    • I/O Uplinks and Bandwidth Oversubscription with the Cisco UCS 2104XP
    • I/O Uplinks and Bandwidth Oversubscription with the Cisco UCS 2208XP
    • I/O Uplinks and Bandwidth Oversubscription with the Cisco UCS 2204XP
  • Configuring Compute Node LAN Connectivity
    • Port Personality States of 10 Gigabit Ethernet Interfaces on the Cisco UCS 6100 Series
    • Port Personality States of Unified Ports on the Cisco UCS 6200 Series
    • Configuring Port Channels to Northbound Switches
    • Configuring Discrete Mode and Port Channel Mode on Southbound Chassis Links
    • End Host Mode
    • Disjointed Layer 2 Uplink Support in EHM
    • EHM Compared to Switching Mode
    • Requirements for Configuring VLANs in Cisco UCS Manager
    • Role of the vNIC in Abstracting MAC Addresses
    • Failover
    • Static IOM Pinning and Recovery from Failure
    • Automatic Uplink Pinning and Recovery from Failure
    • Configuration of Manual Uplink Pinning and Recovery from Failure
  • Configuring Compute Node SAN Connectivity
    • Fibre Channel Switching
    • Fibre Channel Operating Modes
    • Fibre Channel Switching Mode
    • End Host Mode and N-Port Virtualization
    • Benefits and Drawbacks of Fibre Channel Switching and EHM
    • Multipath I/O
    • Configuring VSANs in the Cisco UCS Manager
    • Creating VSANs and FCoE VLANs in the Cisco UCS
    • Role of vHBAs when Abstracting WWNNs and WWPNs into a Service Profile
    • Configuring Manual Uplink Pinning and Recovery from Failure
  • Supporting Disjointed Layer 2 Domains with Cisco UCS Manager
    • Disjointed Layer 2 Domains
    • Network Implications of Disjointed Layer 2 Domains
    • Configuring Disjointed Layer 2 Domains
Module 3: Configuring and Managing UCS Virtual Resources
  • Creating Identity and Resource Pools
    • Rationale for Creating Identity and Resource Pools
    • Configure UUID Pools
    • Configure MAC Pools
    • Configure WWN Pools
    • Configure IQN Pools
    • Configure Server Pools
  • Creating Service Profiles
    • Purpose and Benefits of Service Profiles
    • Configuring a BIOS Policy to Enable Virtualization Features
    • Configuring an Adapter Policy
    • Create a QoS System Class
    • Configure IPMI and SoL Policies
    • Configure a Scrub Policy for Local Disks and BIOS
    • Simple Compared to Expert Service Profile Wizards
    • Simple Service Profile Wizard
    • Expert Service Profile Wizard
  • Creating Service Profile Templates and Cloning Service Profiles
    • Service Profile Templates
    • Creating Differentiated Service Profile Templates
    • Automating Creation of a Server Farm using Service Profile Templates
    • Hidden Pitfalls when using Updating Templates
    • Unbind a Service Profile from its Template
    • Cloning a Service Profile
  • Managing Service Profiles
    • Associating and Disassociating a Service Profile to a Server Blade
    • Changes to a Service Profile that Trigger a Cisco UUOS 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
  • Creating Logical Service Profiles that Boot from iSCSI with Cisco UCS 2.0
    • Creating a Service Profile that Boots from iSCSI
    • Creating an iSCSI Adapter Policy
    • Creating an IQN Pool
    • Creating an iSCSI Authentication Profile
    • Installing and Booting ESXi
    • Installing and Booting Windows 2008 R2 or R2-SP1
    • Installing and Booting RHEL
  • Configuring Cisco UCS VM-FEX
    • vCenter Integration Methods
    • Provisioning VMware ESXi Servers with a Cisco VEM
    • Provisioning the Secure Connection from Cisco UCS Manager to vCenter Server
    • Provisioning Port Profiles and Port Profile Clients
    • Provisioning a Dynamic vNIC Connection Policy and BIOS Policy for Cisco VM-FEX
    • Joining ESXi Hosts to the DVS
    • Provision VMs to Consume Port Groups on the DVS
  • Managing Virtual Resources
    • Overall Framework of RBAC in Cisco UCS
    • Configuring Local Users, Roles, and Privileges
    • Configuring Organizations and Locales
    • Effective Rights of a User, as an Intersection of Mapped Roles and Locales
  • Backing Up and Restoring the Cisco UCS Manager Database
    • Supported Backup Types and Functions
    • Import Operations and Disaster Recovery Restore Operations
    • Configuring a Backup Job
    • Verifying Backup Creation and Execution
    • Configuring an Import Job to Restore the AAA User Database
    • Configuring the Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects for a Disaster Recovery Restore Operation
  • Managing High Availability
    • High-Availability Cluster Connection Requirements for Cisco UCS B-Series
    • Intercluster Communications and Synchronization of the Cisco UCS Manager Database
    • How the Cisco UCS 5108 Chassis Serial EEPROM Resolves Split-Brain Issues in the High-Availability Cluster
    • Cluster Partition-in-Space and Cluster Partition-in-Time Conditions
  • Managing and Upgrading Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware
    • Updating Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware
    • Direct Upgrade of Cisco IMC, IOM, and Mezzanine Adapter Firmware
    • Firmware Updates Using a Service Profile
    • Differences Between Firmware Processes Used by Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects and CIMC, IOMs, and Adapters
Module 4: Configuring Cisco UCS C-Series Features
  • Describing Cisco UCS C-Series Servers
    • Cisco UCS C-Series
    • Managing C-Series Servers
    • Describing FEX Connectivity
  • Using Cisco UCS C-Series Integrated Management Controller Discovery
    • Configuring Cisco IMC Local User Accounts
    • Using the KVM Console
    • Configuring Virtual Media
    • Downloading Operating System Drivers and Utilities
    • Configuring IPMI
    • Configuring the SoL Protocol
  • Describing Cisco UCS C-Series Server Connectivity Options
    • Cisco UCS P81E and 1225 VICs
    • Describe the networking options for the Cisco UCS C-Series
  • Upgrading Cisco UCS C-Series Firmware
    • Cisco UCS C-Series Host Upgrade Utility
    • Downloading the Cisco UCS C-Series Firmware
    • Installing the Cisco IMC Firmware
    • Recovering from a Corrupted BIOS
Labs:
  • Lab 1-1: Performing Initial Configuration
  • Lab 3-1: Configuring Resource Pools
  • Lab 3-2: Creating Logical Service Profiles
  • Lab 3-3: Creating Logical Service Profiles That Boot from iSCSI with Cisco UCS 2.0
  • Lab 3-4: Configuring Cisco UCS Manager for Cisco VM-FEX
  • Lab 3-5: Backing Up and Importing Configuration Data
  • Lab 3-6: Upgrading Cisco UCS Components
 

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