This course takes you soup-to-nuts through the UCS system. We start off answering questions surrounding "Why UCS?," and then move swiftly through the components that comprise a Cisco UCS system. Following this, we begin discussing how UCS systems are built, and how they function. As an instructor, I firmly believe in the "see then do" process, especially when it comes to technology! So my method has always been to talk about the theory surrounding a topic, and then to show you it on a live system, and thats exactly what I do with this course.
We will build out the UCS system in the exact sequence that most engineers typically deploy it. We will connect it to the LAN and SAN networks, and configure the pools and policies that make up the identities of our service profiles (the true magic behind UCS!). We will practice things like 'boot from SAN' and show you how to troubleshoot and verify everything as we go!
In this short introduction we look at why we would want to use and learn Cisco's ACI solution.
A lot of folks don't know that Cisco has graciously created a UCS emulator for us to use and practice our UCS skill on! Here I show you where to find and download, and walk through the installation with you. Please, please, please use this resource!
In this video we will go through the B5108 chassis hardware, as well as the blades that go into it and serve as our compute hardware!
In this video we discuss the Fabric Interconnects available with the Cisco UCS solution. We will talk about the models of hardware, and the differences between the units.
The IOM's are the small modules that plug into the back of the UCS B5108 chassis, and provide the internal connectivity to the blade servers, and the external connectivity for the chassis (up to the FI's). We will discuss the models available, and the differences with them in this video.
Have you ever wondered how the blades communicate if they don't have 'physical' ports? In this video we will discuss the various mezzanine and MLOM cards available to us!
The UCS Manager is the brains of this system, and will allow us to configure our servers and connectivity. Watch this video to learn a little bit more about the UCS Manager, and the various reasons that you will want to use it!
Backplane ethernet, or 10GBASE-KR, is the technology that provides connectivity within the blade chassis, to the the blades themselves. Watch this video to learn a little bit more about it, and how the selection of your hardware affects the throughput we pass to the blades.
My name is Jason Lunde, and I am CCIE#29431 in Data Center and Routing and Switching. I have been a Cisco-centric network engineer for a little over 10 years now. Many of you may remember me from my days as a Sr. Technical Instructor at another training company, where I provided CCNA/CCNP and CCIE Datacenter training. I strive to continue that tradition of providing logical, real-world training to people willing to learn!