Learning Cisco Unified Computing System - UCS
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Learning Cisco Unified Computing System - UCS

Your guide to complete mastery over Cisco's UCS!
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4.7 (43 ratings)
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138 students enrolled
Created by Jason Lunde
Last updated 5/2017
English
Current price: $60 Original price: $65 Discount: 8% off
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Includes:
  • 10.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Identify common UCS components
  • Describe and configure service profiles
  • Describe and configure UCS pools
  • Describe and configure UCS policies
  • Connect UCS to the LAN and SAN networks
  • Design UCS solutions
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Requirements
  • Basic understanding of x86 Architectures
  • Basic understanding of virtualization fundamentals (Hypervisors, virtual machines, etc...)
  • CCNA or equivalent knowledge
  • Knowledge of VLAN's and SAN's
Description

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!

Who is the target audience?
  • Pre and Post Sales Engineers
  • Support Engineers
  • Virtualization Engineers
  • Network Engineers
Curriculum For This Course
55 Lectures
10:40:16
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Introduction to the Course!
1 Lecture 09:46

The video where you meet me! We will also cover the course objectives, and talk about what you may hope to learn from this Cisco UCS ( Unified Computing Systems ) course. 

Preview 09:46
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Introduction and Hardware
8 Lectures 01:43:30

In this short introduction we look at why we would want to use and learn Cisco's ACI solution.

Why Cisco UCS?
15:28

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!

Introducing the UCS Emulator!
11:19

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!

UCS Chassis and Blade Overview
13:26

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.

UCS Fabric Interconnect Overview
12:48

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.

UCS IOM Overview
11:43

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!

UCS Blade I/O Adapter Overview
14:55

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!

UCS Manager Overview
10:24

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.

Backplane Ethernet - 10GBASE-KR Overview
13:27
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Connecting UCS to the Data Center
19 Lectures 03:55:34
Bootstrapping the UCS
03:37

Demo - Bootstrapping the UCS
15:27

IOM Pinning Overview
12:14

Demo - Connecting a UCS Chassis
21:13

Fabric Interconnects Modes
15:35

How UCS Uplinks Work
09:51


Demo - Configuring UCS Ethernet Port-Channels
11:40

Dynamic Pinning Overview
11:23

Static Pinning Overview
06:20

Disjoint Layer-2 Overview
09:44

Demo - Configuring Disjoint Layer-2
18:21

Unified Ports within Cisco UCS
08:52

Demo - Configuring Unified Ports
06:16

UCS Storage Networking Theory
13:26

Demo - SAN Uplink Configuration
21:15

Demo - Fibre Channel Port-Channels
13:37

Demo - Fibre Channel Uplink Trunking
13:36

Demo - FCoE Uplink Configuration
13:17
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Configuring Pools and Policies
20 Lectures 03:17:08
Initial vs. Updating Templates
07:28

Server Pools and Policies
14:06

UUID Pools (Universally Unique Identifiers)
11:43

External MGMT IP Address Pools
08:09

MAC Address Pools
07:14

World Wide Name Pools
13:25


Configuring BIOS Policies
12:14

Configuring Boot Policies (this is kind of important!)
10:28

Local Disk Configuration Policies
10:35

Configuring Maintenance Policies
06:59

Configuring Scrub Policies
06:02

Power Control Policies
16:58

Network Interface Policies (LACP, Flow Control, etc)
15:37

QoS System Classes
12:14

QoS Policies
07:21

vNIC Templates
08:10

Network Control Policies
11:51

LAN Connectivity Policies
05:04

vHBA Templates and SAN Connectivity Policies
04:38
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Service Profiles
5 Lectures 01:15:24
Service Profile Templates
12:38

Service Profile - Boot From SAN
12:02

Service Profile Cloning and Boot from Local Disk
15:44

Service Profile - iSCSI Booting
21:57

Service Profile - FlexFlash Booting
13:03
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UCS Management
2 Lectures 18:54
UCS Organizations
07:43

UCS Locales and Local Authentication
11:11
About the Instructor
Jason Lunde
4.7 Average rating
136 Reviews
402 Students
2 Courses
CCIE# 29431 R/S, DC

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!