Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Implementation v5.6

This course equips delegates with the knowledge and skills to configure, implement and manage Cisco Unified Computing System environments.

Who’s it for?

This hands-on course is intended for system engineers, data centre administrators, technicians and architects implementing Cisco Unified Computing System B and C Series Servers. It is also suitable preparation for exam 642-999, Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing. 

Key objectives

After attending this course a delegate should be able to:

  • understand the Cisco UCS B-Series management and system architecture in UCS Manager 2.1
  • implement system management, maintenance and high-availability services for Cisco UCS B and C-Series servers.
  • configure Cisco UCS Stateless Computing using resource pools, templates and policies with Cisco Unified Fabric.
  • discuss how to manage firmware upgrades
  • describe how to provision the Cisco UCS compute resources
  • discuss how to troubleshoot errors and faults using the built-in logging systems
  • explain how to monitor performance statistics using the built-in tools
  • install Cisco R-Series rack enclosures in the data centre
  • configure UCS Central 1.1
  • describe Cisco UCS C-Series system architecture and hardware components in UCS Manager 2.1
  • understand Cisco C-Series stand-alone operations
  • describe Cisco UCS C-Series integration with UCSM 2.1
  • implement Stateless Computing on B and C-Series servers
  • explain and configure Cisco UCS VM-FEX technology in UCS Manager 2.1 in a VMware environment.


Delegates should have:

  • an understanding of server system design and architecture
  • familiarity with Ethernet and TCP/IP networking
  • familiarity with LAN/SAN technology
  • familiarity with Fibre Channel protocol
  • an understanding of Cisco Enterprise Data Center architecture
  • familiarity with server virtualisation technologies (VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Red Hat KVM, Citrix Xen).

What's covered?

Module 1: Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) overview

  • Lesson 1: Overview of Cisco UCS
  • Lesson 2: Implementing an HA cluster
  • Lesson 3: Implementing role based access control
  • Lesson 4: Managing and upgrading UCS B-Series firmware
  • Lesson 5: Backing up and restoring the Cisco UCS Manager Database
  • Lesson 6: Implementing logging and monitoring
  • Lesson 7: Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series physical connectivity
  • Lesson 8: Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series LAN connectivity
  • Lesson 9: Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series SAN connectivity
  • Lesson 10: Provisioning resource pools in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Lesson 11: Provisioning server profiles, policies and templates in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Lesson 12: Implementing Cisco R-Series rack enclosures
  • Lesson 13: Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series hardware
  • Lesson 14: UCS management tools

Module 2: Configuring Cisco C-Series rack servers

  • Lesson 1: Installing Cisco UCS C-Series servers
  • Lesson 2: Installing Cisco UCS C-Series servers in Cisco R-Series rack enclosure
  • Lesson 3: Updating Cisco UCS C-Series firmware with the Host Upgrade Utility
  • Lesson 4: Provisioning monitoring and logging on the Cisco UCS C-Series server
  • Lesson 5: C-Series Server Configuration Utility
  • Lesson 6: Provisioning RAID on the C-Series server
  • Lesson 7: Installing VMware ESXi on the C-Series server local RAID array
  • Lesson 8: Provisioning LAN and SAN connectivity in the CIMC
  • Lesson 9: Provisioning Cisco UCS C-Series server integration in Cisco UCS Manager

Module 3: Design and Implementation with VM-FEX

  • Lesson 1: Overview Cisco VM-FEX and Cisco VM-FEX universal pass-through
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Cisco UCS VM-FEX
  • Lesson 3: Provisioning Cisco VM-FEX universal pass-through


  • Demonstration 1: Provision initial B-Series configuration
  • Lab 1: Upgrading UCS components
  • Lab 2: Creating simple service profiles
  • Lab 3: Configuring resource pools
  • Lab 4: Creating service profiles from templates
  • Lab 5: Creating mobile service profiles
  • Lab 6: Advanced service profiles creation
  • Lab 7: Testing High Availability
  • Lab 8: Backing up and importing configuration data
  • Lab 9: Role based access controls
  • Lab 10: Configuring and exploring UCS Central 1.1
  • Lab 11: C-Series single-wire UCSM integration
  • Lab 12: Installing ESXi 5.1 on C-Series to boot from SAN
  • Lab 13: Configuring VM-FEX


This course will prepare delegates for examination 642-999, Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (part of the certification as a Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Support Specialist).

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