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Implementing Cisco HyperFlex

  • Course Code DCIHX
  • Days Access 180 days
  • Version 1.3

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Course Delivery

This course is available in the following formats:

  • Company Event

    Event at company

  • Elearning (Self-paced)

    Self paced electronic learning

  • Public Classroom

    Traditional Classroom Learning

  • Virtual Learning

    Learning that is virtual

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Course Overview


The Implementing Cisco HyperFlex course shows you how to deploy and use the Cisco HyperFlex data platform to support multicloud workloads. You will become familiar with HyperFlex components and learn how to install, design, and manage HyperFlex to support highly scalable and resilient multicloud implementations. Hands-on labs provide experience with installation, management, native replication, cluster technologies as well as Cisco Intersight.™ .

Target Audience


Data Center engineers involved in the implementation of a Hyperflex multicloud solution.


Course Objectives


After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Describe hyperconvergence, 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) works
  • Describe the physical components of Cisco HyperFlex
  • Describe Cisco Intersight and introduce functionalities relevant to HyperFlex
  • Install standard ESXi-based vSphere Cisco HyperFlex
  • Manage your Cisco HyperFlex VMware ESXi-based cluster
  • Describe how to maintain Cisco HyperFlex
  • Design a Cisco HyperFlex solution
  • 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
  • Perform basic troubleshooting tasks and explain Cisco Intersight

Course Content


Introducing Hyperconvergence and Cisco HyperFlex

  • Traditional Data Center Design
  • What Is Hyperconvergence?
  • What is Cisco HyperFlex?
  • Cisco HypeFllex Basics
  • Cisco HyperFlex Deployment Options
  • Evolution of Cisco HyperFlex

Describing Cisco UCS: The Foundation of Cisco HyperFlex

  • Cisco Server Deployment Models: Standalone Versus Managed
  • Cisco UCS M5 Overview
  • Cisco UCS M5 Server Types
  • Cisco UCS GPU Acceleration
  • Cisco 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 vs VMware Snapshots
  • Cisco HyperFlex vs. Regular Virtualised Server
  • Cisco HyperFlex Data Distribution
  • Writing and Reading Process
  • Data Optimization Overview
  • Cisco HyperFlex vs. Other HCI Solutions
  • Investigate Software Components of Cisco HyperFlex

Describing Cisco HyperFlex Hardware Components

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

Introducing Cisco Intersight

  • Cisco Intersight Overview
  • HyperFlex Features of Intersight
  • Connecting Systems to Intersight
  • Intersight Infrastructure Services
  • Intersight Cloud Orchestrator
  • Intersight Workload Optimizer
  • Intersight Kubernetes Service
  • Intersight Service for Terraform
  • Investigate Cisco Intersight

Installing and Expanding Standard ESXi Cisco HyperFlex

  • Installation Summary
  • Software Prerequisites
  • Hardware Prerequisites
  • Cisco HyperFlex Networking
  • Required Deployment Information
  • Installing Physical Components
  • Configuring Upstream Switches
  • Preparing Fabric Interconnects
  • Deploying the Installer VM
  • HyperFlex Installation
  • Post-Installation
  • Intersight-Based HyperFlex Expansion
  • Additional Installation Options
  • Install Cisco HyperFlex

Managing Cisco HyperFlex in vSphere Environment

  • Management Interfaces Overview
  • Cisco HyperFlex Plugin for vCenter
  • Cisco HyperFlex Connect
  • Storage CLI
  • REST API Overview
  • iSCSI and Cisco HyperFLEX LUN Management
  • Cisco HyperFlex Container Storage Interface
  • ReadyClones
  • Cisco HyperFlex Snapshots
  • Manage Cisco HyperFlex

Maintaining Cisco HyperFlex

  • Cisco HyperFlex Upgrade Overview
  • Cisco HyperFlex Online Upgrade
  • Cisco HyperFlex Offline Upgrade
  • Cisco HyperFlex Maintenance Mode
  • ESXi Upgrade
  • Moving Cisco HyperFlex Group to Another vCenter

Designing Cisco HyperFlex

  • Cluster Resiliency: VM-Level
  • Cluster Resiliency: HXDP-Level
  • Cisco HyperFlex Scalability
  • Cisco HyperFlex Storage Capacity
  • Multiple Systems on One Cisco UCS Domain
  • Cisco HyperFlex and External Storage
  • Exporting Cisco HyperFlex Storage with iSCSI
  • Licensing Tiers
  • Cisco Smart Licensing
  • Cisco HyperFlex Use Cases
  • Graphical Processing Units on Cisco HyperFlex
  • Designing Multicloud Data Center with Cisco HyperFlex
  • HyperFlex: Releases Beyond 4.5 (1a)

Protecting Your Data

  • Disaster Recovery Overview
  • Third-Party Data Restore Solutions
  • Cisco HyperFlex Native Replication Solutions
  • Cisco HyperFlex One-to-One Native Replication
  • Disaster Recovery Orchestration for One-to-One Native Replication
  • Cisco HyperFlex Many-to-One Replication
  • Data at Rest Encryption
  • Data at Rest Encryption: Remote Key Management
  • Protect Your Cisco HyperFlex VMs

Introducing Cisco HyperFlex Stretched Deployment

  • Stretched Deployment Overview
  • Prerequisites
  • Data Distribution
  • Data Stores and VM Affinity
  • Installation Process
  • Monitoring and Maintenance
  • Investigate Stretched Group
  • Install and Manage Stretched HyperFlex Group

Introducing Cisco HyperFlex EDGE

  • Cisco HyperFlex EDGE System Overview
  • EDGE Design Considerations
  • Cisco HyperFlex EDGE Network Topologies
  • Prerequisites and Recommendations
  • Installation Process
  • Management and Monitoring
  • Upgrades and Maintenance
  • Investigate HyperFlex Edge

Troubleshooting Cisco HyperFlex

  • Cisco HyperFlex Best Practices
  • Cisco HyperFlex Security Hardening
  • Troubleshooting Guidelines
  • Generating Tech Support Bundles
  • Common Troubleshooting Issues


  • Lab 1: Investigate Software Components of HyperFlex
  • Lab 2: Investigate Cisco UCS Part of HyperFlex
  • Lab 3: Investigate Cisco Intersight
  • Lab 4: Install Cisco HyperFlex
  • Lab 5: Manage Cisco HyperFlex
  • Lab 6: Protect Your HyperFlex VMs
  • Lab 7: Investgate Stretched Group
  • Lab 8: Install and Manage Stretched HyperFlex Group
  • Lab 9: Investigate Hyperflex Edge

Course Prerequisites


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Cisco CCNA level knowledge about data center architecture and products technologies (network, compute, storage network)
  • Familiarity with VMware vCenter and ESXi
  • Familiarity with public cloud offerings, primarily AWS, but also Azure and GCP
Recommended prerequisites:

Test Certification


Recommended as preparation for the following exams:

  • 700-905  - CHXSE - Cisco HyperFlex for Systems Engineers


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