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UCS Implementation and Design Lab Camp v5.0

Become proficient in designing, configuring, and administering a Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) environment.

GK# 5366

Course Overview


This course is ideal for the engineer who has limited time to become proficient in designing, configuring, and administering a Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) environment. Designed for those who understand the basics of UCS server architecture, this course provides you with an opportunity to work with a complete UCS environment.

In order to maximize hands-on practice time, brief lectures will occur each morning, preparing you for the day's labs. The remaining time in class is dedicated to lab time, whereby each student is assigned a separate UCS environment.

Each UCS environment includes a Nexus 5k core, a pair of Fabric Interconnects, both B-Series and C-Series servers, Microsoft Hyper-V (2008 or 2012), VMware vSphere (v4.x, 5.0, 5.1, and 5.5), the Cisco Nexus 1000v (v1.5x and 2.2x), and Cisco's pass-through switching.


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What You'll Learn

  • Evaluate the data center solution design, architecture, and components.
  • Assess the requirements and performance of the data-center solution
  • Cisco UCS hardware components and how to select the proper hardware
  • Evaluate and design Cisco UCS solutions for LAN, SAN, and Virtual Access layer connectivity
  • Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series system architectures, hardware components, and field-installable options
  • Cisco UCS server deployments
  • Configure Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers with Cisco UCS Manager v2.2(1d) Configure Cisco UCS C-Series blade servers with Cisco IMC Implement service profiles and blade configuration for Microsoft Hyper-V (2008 and 2012) and VMware ESXi (v4.1, v5.0, v5.1 and v5.5)
  • Management challenges in Cisco UCS data center server environments
  • Cisco UCS components
  • Configure Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers with Cisco UCS Manager
  • Configure Cisco UCS C-Series blade servers with Cisco IMC (CIMC)
  • Cisco UCS platform connectivity requirements
  • Configure server profiles to allocate physical resources
  • Configure maintenance tasks such as Syslog, LDAP, RBAC, and SNMP
  • Configure high availability at the LAN, SAN, and server NIC level
  • Troubleshoot common LAN and SAN connectivity and service-profile issues
  • Configure Cisco Nexus 1000v v1.5.x or 2.2.x in VMware vSphere v4.1, v5.0, 5.1, or v5.5 environments
  • Configure Cisco UCS Manager and VMware vSphere integration
  • Configure, compare, and contrast Cisco's VM-FEX and VM-FEX with pass-through switching


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  • Cisco Data Center Solution Architecture and Components
  • Assess Data Center Computing Requirements
  • Size Cisco Unified Computing Solutions
  • Design Cisco Unified Computing Solutions
  • Design Cisco Unified Computing Solutions Server Deployment
  • Cisco Unified Computing Solution Applications
  • Installation of the Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers
  • Cisco IMC Configuration
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Hardware and Management
  • Cisco UCS Connectivity Configuration and Management
  • Server Resources Implementation
  • Virtual Server Networking
  • Cisco UCS Management and Maintenance


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Lab 0: Introduction to the Remote Labs System

Lab 1: Analyze the Existing Computing Solution

Lab 2: Size the Cisco UCS C-Series Solution

Lab 3: Size the Cisco UCS B-Series Solution

Lab 4: Plan the Physical Deployment

Lab 5: Design the Server Deployment for Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 or 2012

Lab 6: Initial Cisco UCS C-Series Configuration

Lab 7: Verify LAN and SAN Physical Connections

Lab 8: Configure Identity and Resource Pools

Lab 9: Create Logical Service Profiles from Updating Templates

Lab 10: Building a vSphere Datacenter

Lab 11: Install a Cisco Nexus 1000V VSM

Lab 12: Deploy a Cisco Nexus 1000V VEM and Configure Port Profiles

Lab 13: Cisco's UCS Manager and VMware's vSphere Integration

Lab 14: Configuring VM-FEX and VM-FEX with Pass-Thru Switching

Lab 15: Configure RBAC

Lab 16: Back up and Import Cisco UCS Manager Configuration Data

Lab 17: Reporting in the Cisco UCS

Appendix A: Design labs answer key, Complete Lab Topology, Optional labs

Appendix B: Installing Hyper-V 2012, vSphere v4.1, and vSphere v5.1

Appendix C: Real-world problem resolutions, Optional labs

Appendix D: C-Series Host Upgrade Utility


  • CCNA and DCUFI knowledge and experience
  • CCNA DC equivalent knowledge and experience
  • Familiarity with server operating systems, hypervisor, and virtualization
  • Familiarity with Ethernet and TCP/IP networking, SANs, Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP), and hypervisor technologies (VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix Xen)

Attendance of the following Cisco courses is recommended in order to fully benefit from this course:

Who Should Attend

  • System engineers and technicians who implement Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers and Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers
  • Data center (LAN, SAN, Server) administrators, managers, designers, and engineers

Vendor Credits


This course can be purchased with Cisco Learning Credits (CLCs).

Follow-On Courses

Course Delivery

This course is available in the following formats:

Classroom Live

Receive face-to-face instruction at one of our training center locations.

Duration: 5 day

Virtual Classroom Live

Experience expert-led online training from the convenience of your home, office or anywhere with an internet connection.

Duration: 5 day

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