UCS X-Series Intersight, Deployment, Operations, Troubleshooting (UCSXDOT)

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This five-day Cisco UCS X-Series with Intersight Deployment course enables participants to deploy, troubleshoot and operate a UCS X-Series production installation.  

  • Deploy: covers deployment of the X9508 chassis, X210c/X410c compute nodes, 6400/6500 Series Fabric Interconnects and other hardware options. Participants learn how to prepare the UCS X-Series hardware components for discovery by Intersight Managed Mode (IMM). Participants gain practical experience through hands-on labs.
  • Troubleshoot: enables participants to effectively troubleshoot common issues with Fabric Interconnect configurations, vNIC/vHBA configuration issues, firmware update issues and profile/policy/pool configuration issues. Information is also provided on CLI/Intersight troubleshooting options and common troubleshooting methodologies. Participants gain practical experience through hands-on labs.
  • Operate: participants will be provided with the information and tools to manage and support UCS X-Series in a production environment. The students will be using the most up-to-date tools in Cisco’s Intersight Dashboard for day-to-day operations. This will include the new Telemetry Dashboard and the new Monitoring tool. Participants gain practical experience through hands-on labs.

Course Information

Price: $4,995.00
Duration: 5 days
Learning Credits: 45
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To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

  • Basic to intermediate understanding of UCS


Target Audience:

Cisco customers, internal and Partner SEs/FEs looking to deploy the UCS X9508 chassis, X210c/ X410c compute nodes, and 6400/6500 Series Fabric Interconnects.


Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to: 

  • Articulate the solution level architecture of the UCS X-Series solution, and the role of IMM/Intersight and the key differentiators of the UCS X-Series solution from previous UCS architecture.
  • Identify the function of each hardware component in the UCS X-Series solution and the communication and traffic flow between components.
  • Enumerate the key requirements to successfully deploy a UCS X-Series solution with Intersight.
  • Identify the key features of Cisco Intersight to manage a UCS X-Series deployment.
  • Understand Troubleshooting Guidelines and able to successfully troubleshoot:
    • Fabric Interconnect issues
    • IOM issues
    • Frame and CRC issues
    • SAN connectivity issues
  • Successfully operate a UCS X-Series production installation. 


Course Outline:


Section 1: Cisco UCS X-Series Hardware Components & Traffic Flow

  • Cisco UCS X9508 System Chassis
  • Fabric Components
  • Compute Options (Needs Updated)
  • Storage Options 
  • Networking & Data Flow
  • Power/Cooling Efficiency

Section 2: Cisco UCS X-Series Installation Considerations

  • Managing Cisco UCS 2.0 with Cisco Intersight
  • Deployment Model Options

Section 3: Cisco UCS Migration and Monitoring Options

  • Prerequisites
  • Installing Cisco Intersight IMM Transition Tool 
  • Accessing Cisco Intersight IMM Transition Tool 
  • Initiate Migration
  • Verification


Section 4: Cisco UCS X-Series Management Through Intersight

  • IMM Overview
  • Intersight Licensing 
  • Dashboard Navigation
  • Domain Claiming

LAB 1 – Claiming a Domain

  • Domain and Server Policies/Profiles

LAB 2 – Domain Profile Creation

LAB 3 – Domain Profile Deployment

LAB 4 – Creating Pools

LAB 5 – Server Policy Creation

LAB 6 – Server Profile Deployment

LAB 7 – Server Profile Template Deployment

LAB 8 – Installing VMware ESXi


Section 5: General Guidelines for Troubleshooting 

  • Faults
  • Audit Log
  • Requests Tab

LAB 9 – Intersight Dashboard Overview

LAB 10 – Add and Remove a Dashboard Widget

  • Syslog
  • Technical Support Files

Section 6: Troubleshooting Fabric Interconnect Issues 

  • Recovering a Fabric Interconnect from the Boot Loader Prompt
  • Resolving Fabric Interconnect Cluster ID Mismatch

Section 7: Troubleshooting Firmware Issues 

  • Recovering Fabric Interconnect During Upgrade
  • Recovering IO Modules During Firmware Upgrade

LAB 11 – Updating Firmware (Review Only)


Section 8: Troubleshooting IOM Issues

  • IOM Terminology
  • Chassis Boot Sequence
  • Link Pinning and Failover Behavior

Section 9: Troubleshooting Frame and CRC Issues

  • Background Information
  • Reasons for Bad Frames and CRC Errors
  • Forwarding Mode Behavior (Cut-Through or Store-and-Forward)
  • Main Forwarding ASICs Commands for UCS FIs, IOMs and VIC Cards

Section 10: Troubleshooting Pool/Policy/Profile Issues

  • Diagnosing Common Pool/Policy/Profile Issues


Section 11: Day 2 Operations

  • Topology Views
  • Monitoring and Metrics Explorer

LAB 12 – Using Metrics

  • Telemetry Dashboard

LAB 13 – Creating and Using Dashboards for Operations

  • Policy Cloning

LAB 14 – Policy Cloning

  • Organizations and Shared Orgs

LAB 15 – Creating Shared Orgs and Sharing Policies