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UCSTSBC - UCS Troubleshooting Boot Camp

Using UCS Manager v2.2, learn to install, configure, and troubleshoot UCS B-Series servers in conjunction with UCS C-Series servers.

GK# 5532

Course Overview

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This course is a combination of the Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series troubleshooting courses. In this course, you will prepare to implement and maintain Cisco Unified Computing System hardware. You will learn to identify and configure the features available with Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series products.

You will also cover the relevant features added by Cisco UCS code version 2.2. You will receive an overview of the new hardware available with this release, namely the Cisco 6248 Fabric Interconnects, 2208 IOMs, and 1240 and 1280 VICs. You will gain the knowledge and hands-on experience to properly install, configure, and troubleshoot UCS B-Series servers in conjunction with UCS C-Series servers operating in standalone mode.

The extended hours of this course (8:30am - 6:00pm each day) provide you with the most complete training experience possible, ensuring you have time to absorb and fully grasp the in-depth content that will be covered.



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What You'll Learn

  • Configure and troubleshot the Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect via GUI
  • Configure and troubleshoot the Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect via CLI
  • Configure and troubleshoot IOM to Fabric Interconnect connections
  • Configure and troubleshoot VLANS and VSANS
  • Configure and trouble shoot all aspects of a Service Profile, and Service Profile assignment via GUI and CLI
  • UCS benefits, connectivity configuration, management, and maintenance
  • Stateless computing and unified fabric
  • MACROBUTTON NoMaro UCS Series product platform with an emphasis on feature support
  • Initial setup, configuration, and connectivity to ensure proper Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) operation
  • UCS Series troubleshooting methodology and common configuration challenges
  • CIMC utilities that enable performance validation and facilitate data gathering activities for troubleshooting purposes
  • Download firmware updates by using Host Upgrade Utility (HUU)
  • Perform server BIOS updates with various methods
  • Update the server BIOS by using the EFI shell
  • Features and benefits of the UCS C-Series P81E Virtual Interface Card (VIC)
  • Perform the proper network (LAN) configuration steps for the P81E VIC
  • Troubleshoot issues and recommended solutions for the UCS Series P81E VIC
  • Cisco VIC P81E SAN configuration and vHBA properties
  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet Initialization Protocol (FIP) and validate its proper configuration
  • SAS extender and expander options for the C-Series servers
  • Install an operating system onto a local disk and using a SAN boot on B and C series servers
  • Common device driver and operating system troubleshooting issues and their recommended solutions
  • Execute the password recovery process for UCS Series server CIMC and BIOS passwords
  • Configure management access to the UCS C-Series server through the LAN on Motherboard and NIC ports
  • Configure the UCS C-Series Intelligent Peripheral Management Interface (IPMI) for management access
  • Configure the UCS C-Series Serial over LAN (SoL) service
  • Components required to complete UCS C-Series integration with UCS Manager v2.0
  • Configure the Fabric Interconnect and Fabric Extender for a UCS C-Series server
  • Configure the UCS C-Series server to operate as part of a UCS Manager v2.0 instance
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot the Nexus 1000v


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Classroom Live Outline

  1. Troubleshooting Cisco UCS in the Data Center
    • Cisco UCS Configuration Confirmation
    • UCS Architecture
    • Using Management Interfaces to Identify UCS Configuration Parameters
    • Chassis and Blade Discovery
    • Cisco UCS Support Tools
    • IPMI, SoL, and Data Gathering
    • Cisco UCS Advanced Operations
    • Ethernet Switching Mode
    • EHV Mode
    • Fibre Channel Switching Mode
    • NPV Mode
    • Counters and Statistics
    • LAN and SAN Connectivity
    • SAN Boot
  2. Troubleshooting Nexus 1000V Installation and Operations Problems
    • Installations on Cisco UCS
    • Troubleshooting the Installation of Nexus 1000V on UCS B-Series Servers Running VMware
    • VSM and VEM Installation Considerations
    • Troubleshooting VSM-VEM Connectivity Issues and High Availability Problems
    • Data Plane Issues
    • Virtual and Physical Interfaces: VM Guest to External Network
    • Nexus 1000V Operations: Data Plane Pack Flow
    • Troubleshooting Approaches Based on TAC Cases
  3. Troubleshooting Methodology
    • UCS C-Series Product Review
    • Server Models, including the C200, C210, C250, and C460
    • C-Series Installation, Setup, and Configuration
    • Configuring the CIMC to Enable Remote Access Management
    • UCS C-Series Troubleshooting Methodology
    • Proper Configurations
    • C-Series Data Gathering Activities
    • CIMC GUI
    • Navigating Utilities and Interpreting the Various Command Outputs
  4. Troubleshooting LAN Connectivity
    • UCS C-Series P81E VIC Configuration
    • Troubleshoot the UCS C-Series P81E VIC Installation and Configuration
  5. Troubleshooting SAN Connectivity
    • Cisco VIC P81E SAN Configuration and vHBA Properties
    • FIP: Validating Proper Operation
    • Cisco VIC P81E SAN Troubleshooting
    • Configuration Problems
    • Configure and Verify SAN Connectivity Using the P81E VIC Interfaces
  6. Configuring UCS C-Series Integration with UCS Manager v2.2
    • UCS C-Series and UCS Manager v2.2 Integration
    • UCS B-Series and C-Series Components
    • Cisco Nexus Products
    • UCS C-Series and UCS Manager v2.2 Installation
    • Connect Data and Management Paths
    • UCS C-Series and UCS Manager v2.2 Troubleshooting
    • Configure the UCS C-Series Server


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Classroom Live Labs

Lab 1: UCS Exploration and ESXi Installation
Lab 2: Record UCS Baseline Data
Lab 3: Cisco UCS Command Line Interface Exploration
Lab 4: Trace a path through the UCS system and revert your Service Profile
Lab 5: End Host Mode Verification
Lab 6-11: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS profiles
Lab 12: Cisco UCS Version Verification
Lab 13: Memory Data Collection
Lab 14: Initial Cisco UCS C-Series Configuration
Lab 15: Building a vSphere Datacenter
Lab 16: Reporting in Unified Computing System
Lab 17: Back Up and Import Cisco UCS Manager Configuration Data
Optional Lab 1: Install a Cisco Nexus 1000V VSM
Optional Lab 2: Configure 1000v Port Profiles
Optional Lab 3: Cisco UCS Manager and vSphere Integration
Optional Lab 4 : VM-FEX and Pass-Thru Switching



Understanding of server system design/architecture and Cisco Enterprise Data Center Architecture Familiarity with Ethernet and TCP/IP networking.  Understand fundamentals of Data Center servers.

Who Should Attend


Cisco UCS Engineers and Administrators who need to understand, configure and troubleshoot the UCS B and C series servers.

Vendor Credits


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

Training Exclusives

Classroom and Virtual Classroom sessions of this course include access to the following benefits:

  • IT Skills Video On-Demand Library (over 40,000 titles)
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity digital learning course
  • Course Recordings
  • IT Resource Library
  • Digital courseware
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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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