Configuring Cisco Data Center Unified Computing System v3.0 (DCUCS)

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About this Course

The Configuring Data Center Unified Computing course is a product training course designed to familiarize data center engineers, architects and Cisco partners with the Cisco UCS B-series and C-series products. This course prepares individuals for implementing and maintaining Cisco UCS hardware with a strong emphasis on best practices. The Configuring Data Center Unified Computing course also addresses relevant additional features added by Version 2.1 Cisco UCS Software Release.

Audience Profile

  • The primary audience includes data center engineers, data center administrators, and system engineers.
  • The secondary audience includes data center managers, network engineers, and consulting system engineers.
  • The tertiary audience includes data center architects, network managers, and program and project managers.

At Course Completion

Upon completing this course, you will be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Describe the Cisco UCS architecture
  • Describe Cisco UCS LAN connectivity configuration
  • Describe Cisco UCS B-Series SAN connectivity configuration
  • Describe how to configure and manage the servers within Cisco UCS
  • Describe how to configure Cisco UCS virtualization
  • Describe how to configure Cisco UCS administration
  • Describe Cisco UCS C-Series features


The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:

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

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Describing Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server Hardware Components

  • The Logical View of the Cisco UCS Architecture
  • Cisco UCS Manager and Cisco UCS Central Software
  • Cisco UCS 5100 Series Blade Server Chassis
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Components
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Power Requirements
  • How to Determine Supported Configurations

Lesson 2: Describing Cisco UCS User Interfaces

  • Cisco UCS Manager GUI
  • Cisco UCS Manager Navigation Panel
  • The External Management Framework
  • The Finite State Machine
  • Fault Detection and Correction Using the Cisco UCS Manager
  • How to Connect to Cisco UCS Manager CLI Shells

Lesson 3: Describe how to configure Cisco UCS B-Series physical connectivity

  • Cisco UCS Cluster Connection Requirements
  • Initial Cisco Fabric Interconnect Cluster Setup
  • Modify Cisco UCS Cluster IP Addressing from the GUI
  • The Discovery Process and Monitoring Using FSM Output
  • I/O Uplinks and Bandwidth Oversubscription with the Cisco UCS 2204/2208XP
  • Intercluster Communications and Synchronization of the Cisco UCS Manager Database
  • How the Cisco UCS 5108 SEEPROM Resolves Split-Brain Issues in the High-Availability Cluster

Hands On Labs

Lab 1-1: Initial Cisco UCS Configuration

Lab 1-2: Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI

Lab 1-3: Configure RBAC

Lab 2-1: Configure System Related Policies and Uplink Port Properties

Lab 2-2: Configure LAN Related Pools and Policies

Lab 3-1: Configure SAN Connectivity

Lab 3-2: Configure SAN Identity Pools and Templates

Lab 4-1: Configure Server-Related Features and Renaming a Service Profile

Lab 4-2: Configure a Service Profile that Boots from iSCSI LUN

Lab 5-1: Configure VM-FEX Passthrough Switching

Lab 6-1: Back Up and Import the System Configuration

Lab 7-1: Configure Server Settings with the Integrated Management Controller GUI