Implementing Cisco HyperFlex (DCIHX)

The Implementing Cisco HyperFlex (DCIHX) v1.1 course shows you how to deploy and use the Cisco© HyperFlex data platform to support multi-cloud workloads. You will become familiar with HyperFlex components and learn how to install, design, manage and troubleshoot Cisco HyperFlex to support highly scalable and resilient multi-cloud implementations. You will also gain hands-on experience focused on installation, management, maintenance, and native replication, and you will explore cluster technologies as well as Cisco Intersight.

Course Information

Price: $3,500.00
Duration: 3 days
Certification: None
Learning Credits: 39

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To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge:

  • Cisco CCNA©_-level knowledge about data center architecture and products technologies (network, compute, storage network)
  • Familiarity with VMware vCenter and ESXi
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Server 2016 and Hyper-V

Recommended Cisco learning offerings that may help you meet these prerequisites:

  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) 6.x
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) 6.x
  • Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) 6.x


Target Audience:

  • Data center engineers
  • Cisco integrators and partners


Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe hyper-convergence, Cisco HyperFlex, and the components of Cisco HyperFlex
  • Explain the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS©_) and what makes it valuable to business
  • Describe how Cisco HyperFlex Data Platform (HXDP) and HX maintenance mode work
  • Describe the physical components of Cisco HyperFlex
  • Install and expand Regular vSphere Cisco HyperFlex
  • Manage your Cisco HyperFlex VMware ESXi-based cluster
  • Describe how to maintain Cisco HyperFlex
  • Design a Cisco HyperFlex solution and explain third-party data restore solutions
  • Protect the data on your Cisco HyperFlex cluster using replication and data at rest encryption
  • Describe a stretched cluster and how is it different from a standard cluster
  • Describe an Edge cluster and how is it different from a standard cluster
  • Describe a HyperV-based cluster and how is it different from an ESXi-based cluster
  • Design a multi-cloud data center with Cisco HyperFlex
  • Perform basic troubleshooting tasks and explain Cisco Intersight
  • Explain Cisco HyperFlex releases beyond 3.5(1a)


Course Outline:

Introducing Hyperconvergence and Cisco HyperFlex

  • Traditional Data Center Design
  • What Is Hyperconvergence?
  • What Is Cisco HyperFlex?
  • Cisco HyperFlex Primer
  • Evolution of Cisco HyperFlex

Describing Cisco UCS: The Foundation of Cisco HyperFlex

  • Cisco Server Deployment Models: Standalone Versus Managed
  • Cisco UCS Managed Model Benefits
  • Cisco UCS M5 Overview
  • Cisco UCS M5 Server Types
  • Cisco Virtual Interface Cards (VICs) and Their Benefits
  • Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects
  • Cisco UCS Manager

Describing Cisco HyperFlex Software Components

  • Virtual Machine Hypervisor
  • Log-Structured File System
  • Cisco HyperFlex Snapshots Versus VMware Snapshots
  • Cisco HyperFlex Versus Regular Virtualized Server
  • Cisco HyperFlex Data Distribution
  • Writing and Reading Process
  • Data Optimization Overview
  • Cisco HyperFlex vs. Other Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) Solutions

Describing Cisco HyperFlex Hardware Components

  • Introducing Cisco HyperFlex Servers
  • Storage Technologies in Cisco HyperFlex
  • Storage Components of Cisco HyperFlex Converged Nodes
  • Non-Storage Components of Cisco HyperFlex Converged Nodes
  • Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects
  • Compute-Only Nodes

Installing and Expanding Standard ESXi Cisco HyperFlex

  • Installation Summary
  • Software Prerequisites
  • Hardware Prerequisites
  • Cisco HyperFlex Networking
  • Required Deployment Information
  • Installing Physical Components
  • Configure Upstream Switches
  • Prepare Fabric Interconnects
  • Deploy the Installer Virtual Machine (VM)
  • HyperFlex Installation
  • Post-Installation Script
  • Cluster Expansion
  • Additional Installation Options

Managing Cisco HyperFlex in vSphere Environment

  • Management Interfaces Overview
  • Cisco HyperFlex Plugin for vCenter
  • Cisco HyperFlex Connect
  • Storage Command Line Interface
  • Representational State Transfer (REST) API Overview
  • ReadyClones
  • Cisco HyperFlex Snapshots

Maintaining Cisco HyperFlex

  • Cisco HyperFlex Upgrade Overview
  • Cisco HyperFlex Online Upgrade
  • Cisco HyperFlex Offline Upgrade
  • HX Maintenance Mode
  • ESXi Upgrade
  • Moving Cisco HyperFlex Storage Cluster to Another vCenter

Designing Cisco HyperFlex

  • Cluster Resiliency: VM-Level
  • Cluster Resiliency: HXDP-Level
  • Cisco HyperFlex Cluster Scalability
  • Cluster Capacity
  • Multiple Clusters on One Cisco UCS Domain
  • Cisco HyperFlex and External Storage
  • Licensing Tiers
  • Smart Licensing
  • Cisco HyperFlex Positioning
  • Graphical Processing Units and Cisco HyperFlex

Protecting Your Data

  • Disaster Recovery Overview
  • Third-Party Data Restore Solutions
  • Cisco HyperFlex Native Replication Solution
  • Configuring Native Replication
  • Protecting Your VMs with Native Replication
  • Restoring Your VMs with Native Replication
  • Data at Rest Encryption
  • D@RE: Remote Key Management

Introducing Stretched Cluster

  • Stretched Cluster Overview
  • Prerequisites
  • Data Distribution
  • Datastores and VM Affinity
  • Installation Process
  • Maintenance and Monitoring

Introducing EDGE Cluster

  • Cisco HyperFlex EDGE Cluster Overview
  • Prerequisites and Recommendations
  • Installation Process
  • Management and Monitoring
  • Upgrades and Maintenance

Introducing HyperV-Based Standard Cluster

  • HyperV-Based Standard Cluster Overview
  • Prerequisites and Recommendations
  • Preinstallation Tasks
  • Installation Process
  • Post-Installation Process
  • Maintenance and Monitoring

Designing Multicloud Data Center with Cisco HyperFlex

  • Cisco UCS Director Overview
  • Cisco CloudCenter Overview
  • Cisco Workload Optimization Manager (CWOM) Overview
  • Cisco HyperFlex with Kubernetes and Cisco Container Platform
  • Cisco Intersight Overview
  • HyperFlex: Releases Beyond 3.5(1a)

Troubleshooting Cisco HyperFlex

  • Troubleshooting Guidelines
  • Generating Tech Support Bundles
  • Common Troubleshooting Issues

Lab outline

  • Investigate Software Components of HyperFlex
  • Investigate Cisco UCS Part of HyperFlex
  • Install Cisco HyperFlex
  • Manage Cisco HyperFlex
  • Protect Your HyperFlex VMs
  • Install and Manage Stretched Cluster
  • Investigate Edge Cluster
  • Investigate Hyper-V Cluster
  • Investigate Cisco Intersight