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UCS Test Drive for

Technical Decision Makers

2 days

Why Firefly
From expert-led classrooms to virtual experiences and state-of-the art remote lab access, we are passionate about
the service we deliver. Fireflys heritage in education and data center technologies ensures a consistently high level
of customer satisfaction scores. Firefly instructors are industry practitioners and leverage this experience to blend
formal education with hands-on training and customized laboratories to deliver a highly interactive and immersive
This course uses the key pieces of the DCUCI/UCS-IP course to provide summary information, with practice labs, to
enable technical decision makers to understand the architecture and value of Cisco UCS products. The materials
and labs are current, using UCS Manager version 2.1 content. The course also describes UCS enterprise management tools such as UCS Central and UCS Director. The labs for this course are conducted on physical and virtual
equipment running UCS Manager 2.1. Students will explore, hands-on, the new features of UCS Manager 2.1 while
implementing VMware's latest hypervisor, ESXi 5.1.

Course Description


The Cisco Unified Computing System family of

products is a next-generation computing solution
based on industry-standard technologies and innovative management concepts. Cisco UCS redefines the
way data centers use and deploy compute resources
while reducing management overhead and increasing
efficiency. This two-day course provides the student
with an architectural overview of the Cisco UCS and
how it can be deployed to increase compute density,
reduce the cabling, power, and cooling burdens, and
accelerate server provisioning in both virtualized and
non-virtualized environments.

You will gain the most from this seminar if you have
basic knowledge of Intel x86 server solutions, data
center networking technologies, and storage area

The course includes hands-on labs to demonstrate

the deployment and management of compute
resources in a Cisco UCS environment.

Who Should Attend

This course provides an introduction to the Cisco
Unified Computing System for data center and
system architects, network administrators, and
systems administrators.


Related Training
Unified Computing System Implementation Professional

Learning Objectives

Discuss challenges in the Data Center today

Describe the Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server hardware
Describe the Cisco UCS Management framework
Provide a detailed description of Cisco UCS core network
Describe port configuration on the Cisco UCS fabric
Describe how to create Service Profiles
Describe how to manage Service Profiles
Explain use cases that demonstrate how Cisco UCS can
benefit application deployments and provide business
Describe the feature enhancements added by Intel to the
processor and chipset

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UCS Test Drive for

Technical Decision Makers
Lesson 1: Challenges in the Data
Center Today
Describe the transformations taking place in the Data
Center and the emergence of cloud computing
Describe the evolution of server scalability
Explain how Cisco UCS provides business benefits in
the form of improved management and rapid

Lesson 2: Cisco Unified Computing

System Overview
Describe the logical view of the Cisco UCS architecture
from various perspectives
Describe Data Center Bridging
Describe the Cisco UCS 5100 Series Blade Server
Describe the Cisco UCS B-Series fabric interconnect
Describe the Cisco UCS B-Series models and options
Describe the Cisco UCS extended memory architecture
Describe the Cisco UCS C-Series models and options
Describe UCS C-Series integration with UCS Manager
Describe the power requirements of the Cisco UCS
Describe how to determine supported configurations
Discuss UCS Central 1.1

Lesson 3: Cisco UCS Management

Describe the Cisco UCS management architecture
Describe the third-party tools written to the Cisco
UCS XML API for monitoring, deployment, and
Describe Cisco UCS PowerTools 1.0
Describe Cisco UCS Service Profiles
Explain the use of Cisco UCS Service Profile
Describe a hierarchical resource management model
for Cisco UCS environments

Lesson 4: Cisco UCS Core Network

Describe Cisco UCS core network connectivity requirements
Describe End Host Mode (EHM) on the Cisco UCS fabric
Describe EHM with L2 disjoint networks in Cisco UCS
Release 2.1
Describe Cisco UCS SAN connectivity requirements
Describe SAN End Host Mode (EHM) on the Cisco UCS
fabric interconnect

Lesson 5: UCS Port Configuration

Describe Cisco UCS fabric interconnect port configuration
Describe and configure pin groups
Describe the fabric interconnect storage network

Lesson 6: Creating Service Profiles

Compare the Simple to the Expert Service Profile

Use the Simple Service Profile Wizard to create a Service
Use the Expert Service Profile Wizard to create a Service

Lesson 7: Managing Service Profiles

Discuss how to use Cisco UCS Manager to associate and
disassociate a Service Profile to a server blade
Discuss how to use Service Profiles
Describe how UCS handles compute node failures
Set the server management IP address and use KVM
and virtual media utilities to access a compute node

Lesson 8: Use Cases

Provide high-level examples of application deployments

on Cisco UCS and also an overview of Cisco UCS CVDs
Describe Cisco UCS integration in the Vblock and
FlexPod infrastructure stacks and the benefits of a
pre-validated solution
Describe Cisco UCS Director
Describe Cisco CIAC
Describe the Whiptail Scale Up, Scale Out Solution

Lesson 9: Presentation on Intels

Technical Enhancements

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UCS Test Drive for

Technical Decision Makers
Lab 1: Initial Configuration
Lab 2: Upgrading UCS Components
Lab 3: Creating Simple Service
Lab 4: Configuring Resource Pools
Lab 5: Creating Service Profiles
from Templates
Lab 6: Creating Mobile Service


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