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FlexPod Implementation (FPI)

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Detailed Course Outline

This in-depth outline of the course structure lists each module, lesson, and topic.

Module 1: FlexPod Overview
Describe the Data Center Evolution and the role of FlexPod in the Data Center. You will understand the difference between the ExpressPod and the FlexPod solution. Upon completing this module, you will be able to meet these objectives:
  • Understand the Data Center evolution and FlexPod overview
  • Learn the benefits and components of the ExpressPod solution
Lesson 1: Data Center Evolution and FlexPod Overview
  • Describe business and operational challenges
  • Describe the benefits of a FlexPod Architecture
  • Discuss Cisco Validated Designs for VMware and Microsoft Private Cloud
  • Describe NetApp Verified Architecture (NVA) and its relationship to the Cisco Validated Design (CVD)
  • List the Components of a FlexPod
  • Explore FlexPod connectivity requirements
Lesson 2: ExpressPod
  • Describe the ExpressPod Architecture
  • Describe how the ExpressPod compares to the FlexPod
  • Explore the different configurations of the ExpressPod
  • Discuss the benefits of the ExpressPod

Module 2: FlexPod LAN and SAN
  • Discuss the benefits of the ExpressPod
  • Describe the Cisco Nexus Switch portfolio, hardware options, and Cisco NX-OS
  • Understand LAN configuration of the Cisco Nexus 5548 Switch
  • Understand SAN configuration of the Cisco Nexus 5548 Switch
Lesson 1: Cisco Nexus Switch
  • Approaches & Rationale
  • Explore the Cisco Nexus product portfolio
  • List the Cisco Nexus 5500 Series hardware options
  • Evaluate the Cisco Nexus Operating System (NX-OS)
  • Explain the Cisco 5500 connectivity to the FlexPod
Lesson 2: Cisco Nexus 5548 Deployment—LAN
  • Identify the Cisco Nexus 5548 Switch initial setup and configuration process
  • Identify the Cisco Nexus 5548 Switch features that must be activated for successful FlexPod for VMware configuration
  • Examine the configuration steps for activating unified ports on the Cisco Nexus 5548 Switch
  • Explore the process to create and activate FlexPod for VMware VLANs
  • Understand the commands to create and validate a vPC domain, peer keepalive link, peer link, and virtual port channels on the Cisco Nexus 5548 Switch
Lesson 3: Cisco Nexus 5548 Deployment—SAN
  • Review the important parameters for successful Cisco Nexus 5548 Switch SAN deployment and configuration
  • Define the process to create VSANs for Fabrics A and B
  • Describe the process to create initiator and target device aliases on the Cisco Nexus 5548 Switch
  • Understand how to configure separate zones for boot and VMFS LUNs on the Cisco Nexus 548 Switch
  • Review the process of creating and activating zone sets for Fabrics A and B

Module 3: FlexPod Storage
Describes FlexPod storage
  • Review NetApp storage hardware
  • Compare Data ONTAP 7-Mode to Clustered ONTAP
Lesson 1: NetApp Storage Hardware
  • Explore the NetApp FAS storage system portfolio, including the 2200, 3200, and 6200 Series
  • Examine the supported NetApp disk shelves used with the FlexPod
  • Define the NetApp Virtual Storage Tier using Flash Cache and Flash Pools
  • Examine the differences between clustered Data ONTAP vs. Data ONTAP 7-Mode
  • Discuss NetApp clustered Data ONTAP data management capabilities
Lesson 2: Deploying Clustered Data ONTAP Storage
  • Describe the initial steps to create a storage cluster
  • Understand the types and roles of interface groups
  • Examine how VLANs are used in cluster mode configuration
  • Examine logical interface (LIF) characteristics and implementation steps
  • Describe failover groups and cluster high availability (HA)
  • Describe Vservers and how to create them to support the NFS and Fibre Channel storage protocols

Module 4: FlexPod Compute
In this module, you will learn about the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), including the available portfolio of products and Cisco UCS Manager. You will learn how to configure Cisco UCS fabric interconnects. You will learn the benefits of service profile use. The provisioning of servers will also be discussed:
  • Describe the features, architecture, and hardware of Cisco UCS, and how it interacts with FlexPod
  • Review how to deploy and configure Cisco UCS fabric interconnects
  • Learn the benefits of service profile creation
  • Understand the challenges and available solutions for provisioning servers
Lesson 1: Cisco Unified Computing System
  • Describe Cisco UCS B-Series architecture and components
  • Understand the benefits and features of Cisco UCS Manager, a single management application for configuring the Cisco UCS B-Series
  • Understand LAN connectivity requirements for a Cisco UCS B-Series cluster
  • Understand SAN connectivity requirements for a Cisco UCS B-Series cluster
  • Describe the performance of various connectivity options and basic operational features of Cisco UCS Manager
  • Compare the functionality of the Cisco UCS Manager GUI and CLI
Lesson 2: Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Configuration
  • Review the important parameters for successful Cisco UCS deployment and configuration
  • Identify the steps to configure the Cisco UCS chassis, interface, and management IP parameters
  • Understand how to validate Cisco UCS cluster connectivity
  • Perform a server blade discovery operation to ensure successful service profile association
  • Describe the process to reset and initialize the Cisco UCS cluster and fabric interconnects
Lesson 3: UCS Service Profiles
  • Describe the process to create sub-organizations and server pools
  • Understand the steps to configure resource identity pools
  • Describe the process to create VLANs and VSANs using Cisco UCS Manager
  • Identify the vNIC and vHBA template creation configuration steps
  • Review the process to create BIOS and boot policies
  • Describe the use of pools, policies, and templates to automate the process of service profile template creation
Lesson 4: Provisioning Servers
  • Explore provisioning challenges and solutions with Cisco UCS Director
  • Examine the process of creating a service profile from a template, which includes review of the process of associating service profiles with compute nodes and moving a logical server
  • Use keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM) and virtual media utilities to install software on a server

Module 5: Exploring FlexPod Solutions
Examine the FlexPod Data Center Solution. You will understand the FlexPod solutions for VMware, Microsoft Private Cloud, Citrix Zen Desktop, Secure MultiTenancy, Oracle, SAP, and RedHat. Upon completing this module, you will be able to meet these objectives:
  • Understand the FlexPod Data Center Solutions
Lesson 1: FlexPod Data Center Solutions
  • Understand the role of virtualization in FlexPod
  • Understand FlexPod for VMware
  • Understand FlexPod for Microsoft Private Cloud with Hyper-V

Module 6: FlexPod Design Use Case
Discuss a FlexPod design use case. Upon completing this module, you will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Understand the need and the FlexPod solution for the Salford City Council:

Lesson 1: FlexPod Use Case Discussion Salford City Council
  • Define a FlexPod Architecture to support given customer requirements
  • Identify key networking requirements
  • Identify a storage solution
  • Select an appropriate compute environment
  • Identify any provisioning or management tools
  • Describe and discuss details of the solution


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