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DCUCA: Administering Cisco Data Center Unified Computing System


Course Overview


In this 4-day instructor-led course, you will become experienced with the administration and troubleshooting of Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) B-Series and C-Series platforms.   


Using real-world scenarios and examples, this course will explore all of the components of the UCS B-Series and C-Series solutions from a day to day administrative point of view.  Learn C-Series standalone, C-Series under UCS Manager, B-Series administration, troubleshooting, and management tools used to support basic UCS and multi-cluster support with UCS Central.      


Who Should Attend

  • Systems Administrators and Engineers

  • Technical Solutions Architects

  • Systems Integrators

  • Channel Partners

  • Value-Added Resellers



  • Basic knowledge of Cisco routing and switching

  • Basic knowledge of Cisco Unified Computing Systems

  • Basic knowledge of servers and storage


Course Objectives

  • Understand the B-Series and C-Series product line similarities and differences

  • Describe the C-Series standalone and UCS managed architectures

  • Understand the process for upgrading B-Series and C-Series Firmware

  • Administering service profiles, pools, and policies

  • Understanding RBAC with Active Directory integration

  • Administering backup and restores in UCS Manager

  • Learn and discuss the various management tools for Cisco UCS

  • Perform basic troubleshooting of B-Series and C-Series in normal operations


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Course Outline

  • Module 1: UCS Infrastructure Components

    • Lesson 1: Cisco UCS Servers and Components

    • Lesson 2: Exploring Cisco UCS User Interfaces

    • Lesson 3: Cisco UCS Management Framework and Features


  • Module 2: Administering Cisco C-Series Servers

    • Lesson 1: Describing Cisco UCS C-Series Servers

    • Lesson 2: Cisco UCS C-Series Integrated Management Controller

    • Lesson 3: Provisioning Monitoring and Logging on the Cisco UCS C-Series Server

    • Lesson 4: Provisioning Cisco UCS C-Series Server Integration in UCS Manager

    • Lesson 5: Updating Cisco UCS C-Series Firmware with the Host Upgrade Utility

    • Lesson 6: Troubleshooting C-Series Standalone and UCS Managed Environments


  • Module 3: Administering Cisco B-Series Servers

    • Lesson 1: RBAC, Organizations, and Active Directory Integration

    • Lesson 2: Configuring Compute Node LAN Connectivity

    • Lesson 3: Configuring Compute Node SAN Connectivity

    • Lesson 4: Creating Identity and Resource Pools

    • Lesson 5: Creating Service Profiles

    • Lesson 6: Creating Templates and Cloning Service Profiles

    • Lesson 7: Managing Service Profiles

    • Lesson 8: Operating System Installation Options

    • Lesson 9: Backing Up and Restoring UCSM Database

    • Lesson 10: Upgrading UCS B-Series Firmware

    • Lesson 11: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Configuration

    • Lesson 12: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Operation


  • Module 4: UCS Management Tools

    • Lesson 1: UCS Management Tool Overview

    • Lesson 2: Integrating UCS Manager with UCS Central

    • Lesson 3: Managing UCS Using the Cisco UCS PowerTool


Custom-built Hands-on Labs

  • Lab 0-0: Connecting to the Lab Environment

  • Lab 2-1: Update Cisco UCS C-Series Firmware from the Cisco UCS Host Upgrade Utility

  • Lab 2-2: Install VMware ESXi on the Local RAID and Verify SAN Connectivity

  • Lab 2-3: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series

  • Lab 3-1: Explore the Cisco UCS GUI and CLI Environment

  • Lab 3-2: Configure RBAC and Active Directory Integration

  • Lab 3-3: Provision Identity and Resource Pools

  • Lab 3-4: Provision Mobile Service Profiles from Updating Templates

  • Lab 3-5: Backup and Restore Cisco UCS Manager Database Objects

  • Lab 3-6: Configure Logging in Cisco UCS

  • Lab 3-7: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series

  • Lab 4-1: Integrating Cisco UCS Manager with Cisco UCS Central

  • Lab 4-2: Using the Cisco UCS PowerTool