Cisco UCS Director Foundation Training (UCSDF)

Course Overview

The Cisco UCS Director Foundation (UCSDF) version 5.5 course is a five-day instructor-led hands-on training course. This training course will enable Cisco end customers and authorized Cisco System Engineers (SEs) to understand the concepts, architecture, and use cases that are related to the Cisco UCS Director deployment. This course will also prepare learners to implement basic Cisco UCS Director Deployment solutions. The focus is to ensure that students can implement the core features of the Cisco UCS Director that most implementations require. Students should already be familiar with basic Data Center Concepts.

Target Audience

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Cisco UCS, VersaStack and FlexPod engineers, administrators, and SEs
The secondary audience for this course is as follows:
  • SEs who work in data center solutions and manage data center management policies.

Prerequisites

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

  • General knowledge of cloud and datacenter virtualization
  • Knowledge of Cisco UCS, NetApp Storage, Nexus, and VMware vCenter
  • Knowledge of datacenter processes and best practices.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Understand Data Center Challenges and the need of Unified Data Center Solution using the Cisco UCS Director
  • Install, configure, and manage the Cisco UCS Director 5.5
  • Configure Virtual Data Centers, policies, catalogs, and cost models
  • Create and monitor service requests for provisioning
  • Define workflows using orchestration
  • Administer the software effectively
  • Customize the features for building proof of concepts

Course Outline

Module 1: Cisco UCS Director Overview

  • Lesson 1: UCS Director Overview
Module 2: Cisco UCS Director Deployment
  • Lesson 1: Cisco UCS Director Installation
  • Lesson 2: Cisco UCS Director Configuration
  • Lesson 3: Virtual and Physical Account Management
  • Lesson 4: Administration and Troubleshooting
Module 3: Self-service Portal
  • Lesson 1: Overview of Self-service Portal
  • Lesson 2: Managing Users, Roles, and Groups
  • Lesson 3: Managing VDCs, Tenants, and Policies
  • Lesson 4: Managing Catalogs and Templates
  • Lesson 5: Managing Self-Service Provisioning
  • Lesson 6: Configuring Chargeback
  • Lesson 7: Reviewing Reports
  • Lesson 8: Implementing Customer Onboarding with Secure Multitenancy
Module 4: Orchestration
  • Lesson 1: Using Orchestration
Module 5: Virtualization
  • Lesson 1: Overview of VMware Integration
  • Lesson 2: Hosts, Clusters, and DRS Configuration
  • Lesson 3: VMware Datastore Clusters and DRS Configuration
  • Lesson 4: VMware: Virtual Networking
  • Lesson 5: Host Profiles
  • Lesson 6: VM Provisioning (Using an ISO Image), Template Management, VM Console
  • Lesson 7: Administration of VMs, vMotion, Linked Clones, VM Annotation Support
  • Lesson 8: SRM Integration
  • Lesson 9: VM-FEX
  • Lesson 10: Microsoft SCVMM Integration Overview
  • Lesson 11: Adding SCVMM Account and Discovery
  • Lesson 12: SCVMM Virtual Compute Management
  • Lesson 13: SCVMM Virtual Storage Management
  • Lesson 14: SCVMM Virtual Networking Management
  • Lesson 15: Policies, VDCs, and Catalogs
  • Lesson 15: Policies, VDCs, and Catalogs

Module 6: Compute Management
  • Lesson 1: Theory of Operation, Benefits, and Value Proposition
  • Lesson 2: Managing Cisco UCS Infrastructure Using the Cisco UCS Director
  • Lesson 3: Cisco UCS Director Baremetal Agent
  • Lesson 4: Compute Policies in the Cisco UCS Director
  • Lesson 5: Monitoring and Reports in the Cisco UCS Director
Module 7: Storage Management
  • Lesson 1: Theory of Operation with NetApp and Cisco UCS Director
  • Lesson 2: Supported NetApp Device with the Cisco UCS Director
  • Lesson 3: NetApp Day Zero Configuration
  • Lesson 4: Adding NetApp Accounts to the Cisco UCS Director
  • Lesson 5: Monitoring and Managing the Cluster Mode NetApp Storage Devices with the Cisco UCS Director
  • Lesson 6: Orchestration with NetApp
  • Lesson 7: NetApp and Cisco UCS Director Integration Use Cases
Module 8: Network Management
  • Lesson 1: Theory of Operation, Benefits, and Value Proposition
  • Lesson 2: Managing Cisco Nexus and Other Network Infrastructure Using the Cisco UCS Director
  • Lesson 3: Network Policies in the Cisco UCS Director
  • Lesson 4: Monitoring and Reports in the Cisco UCS Director
Module 9: Integrations
  • Lesson 1: Integrations Overview
Hands On Labs
  • Lab 1-1: Use UCS Director as an End User
  • Lab 2-1: Cisco UCS Director Guided Setup
  • Lab 2-2: Cisco UCS Director Customization
  • Lab 2-3: Add Virtual and Physical Accounts
  • Lab 3-1: Create Policies, VDCs, and Catalogs
  • Lab 3-2: Self Service Portal and VM Provisioning
  • Lab 3-3: Chargeback and Reports
  • Lab 4-1: Orchestration
  • Lab 5-1: Provision VM Using ISO
  • Lab 5-2: VM Administration
  • Lab 5-3: SCVMM Integration
  • Lab 5-4: VM Provisioning on SCVMM
  • Lab 6-1: Install and configure Cisco UCS Director Baremetal
  • Lab 6-2: Adding UCS Director BMA to UCS Director using GU
  • Lab 6-3: Configuring UCS Manager using UCS Director
  • Lab 6-4: Adding UCS Director Physical Compute Policies
  • Lab 6-5: Configuring UCS Service Profiles using UCS Direct
  • Lab 6-6: Adding UCS Director Physical Network Policies
  • Lab 7-1: Monitoring and Managing Network Elements in UCS Director
  • Lab 7-2: Creating Workflows for Network provisioning
  • Lab 8-1: UCS Director Storage Management and Monitoring Configuration Files Summary Lab Activity Solutions Teardown and Restoration

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