Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI)

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Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) v6.0 is a five-day instructor-led course that is designed to help students prepare for the Cisco CCNP© Data Center certification and for professional level data center roles. The focus of this skills-building course is on deploying, securing, operating, and maintaining the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and UCS C-Series Rack Servers for use in data centers. The extensively hands-on course covers configuring and managing Cisco UCS servers using unified I/O networking for LAN and SAN connectivity, virtualizing server hardware identifiers to enable rapid recovery of server operating system images, automating UCS deployments using UCS Central Software and Cisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC) Supervisor, configuring fault tolerance, implementing role based access control (RBAC), backing up and restoring system configurations, and using the monitoring and troubleshooting tools in Cisco UCS Manager and Cisco IMC.

Target Audience

Primary: Cisco Integrators and Partners, Consulting Systems Engineer, Network Designer, Network Engineer, Server Administrator, Systems Engineer, Technical Solutions Architect

Secondary: Network Administrator, Network Manager, Storage Administrator, Program Manager, Project Manager


To fully benefit from this course, students should have the following prerequisite skills and knowledge:

  • Understanding of server system design and architecture
  • Familiarity with Ethernet and TCP/IP networking
  • Familiarity with SANs
  • Familiarity with Fibre Channel protocol
  • Understanding of Cisco Enterprise Data Center Architecture
  • Familiarity with hypervisor technologies (such as VMware)

Course Objectives

After completion of this course, students will be able to...

  • Install the UCS B-Series system out of the box and deploy service profiles using pooled identities and service profile templates
  • Configure the UCS B-Series system for deployments using iSCSI and configure B- and C-Series systems for deployments using Fibre Channel for regular data access and booting
  • Configure and implement security mechanisms such as RBAC with Organizations and Locales, LDAP integration, trusted points, and key rings
  • Configure and implement monitoring with syslog and Call Home
  • Manage UCS Manager domains with UCS Central, manage multiple C-Series servers with Cisco IMC Supervisor, and interact with the UCS Manager XML API

Course Outline

Module 1: Cisco Unified Computing System Implementation

  • Lesson 1: Describing Cisco UCS Server Form Factors
  • Lesson 2: Describing Cisco Unified Computing System Connectivity
  • Lesson 3: Configuring Identity Abstraction
  • Lesson 4: Configuring Service Profile Templates
Module 2: SAN Storage Implementation for Cisco Unified Computing System
  • Lesson 1: Implementing iSCSI
  • Lesson 2: Implementing Fibre Channel Port Channels 
  • Lesson 3: Implementing FCoE 
Module 3: Security Implementation for Cisco Unified Computing System
  • Lesson 1: Implementing Role-Based Access Control
  • Lesson 2: Implementing External Authentication Providers
  • Lesson 3: Implementing Key Management 

Module 4: Operations and Maintenance for Cisco Unified Computing System
  • Lesson 1: Implementing Cisco UCS Firmware Updates
  • Lesson 2: Implementing Cisco UCS Backups 
  • Lesson 3: Implementing Monitoring
Module 5: Cisco Unified Computing System Automation
  • Lesson 1: Implementing Cisco UCS Central
  • Lesson 2: Implementing Cisco UCS Director 
  • Lesson 3: Comparing Scripting Options for Cisco UCS Manager
  • Guided Lab 1: Access the Remote Lab Environment
  • ​Guided Lab 2: Provision Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Cluster
  • Guided Lab 3: Configure Server and Uplink Ports
  • Guided Lab 4: Configure VLANs
  • Guided Lab 5: Configure a Cisco UCS Service Profile Using Hardware Identities
  • Guided Lab 6: Configure Basic Identity Pools
  • Guided Lab 7: Configure a Cisco UCS Service Profile Using Pools
  • Guided Lab 8: Configure a Service Profile Template
  • Guided Lab 9: Configure an iSCSI Service Profile
  • Guided Lab 10: Configure Pod-Specific Device Aliases
  • Guided Lab 11: Configure Zoning
  • Guided Lab 12: Configure VSANs in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Guided Lab 13: Configure Unified Ports on UCS Fabric Interconnects
  • Guided Lab 14: Install and Boot VMware ESXi on Cisco UCS C-Series Servers from SAN LUN
  • Guided Lab 15: Install and Boot VMware ESXi on Cisco UCS B-Series Servers from SAN LUN
  • Guided Lab 16: Configure Organizations and Locales
  • Guided Lab 17: Configure Job-Specific Roles
  • Guided Lab 18: Configure Cisco UCS Manager to Authenticate Users with Microsoft Active Directory
  • Guided Lab 19: Configure a Trusted Point and KeyRing in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Guided Lab 20: Perform Backup and Restore Activities
  • Guided Lab 21: Implement Syslog
  • Guided Lab 22: Deploy and Use Cisco UCS Central
  • Guided Lab 23: Deploy and Use Cisco IMC Supervisor
  • Guided Lab 24: Configure Cisco UCS Manager with XML API and Cisco UCS PowerTools

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