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Version: 6.6

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The Cisco UCS Director Foundation (UCSDF) is an instructor-led or virtual instructor-led course that helps you understand concepts, architecture, and deployment use cases for Cisco UCS Director. You will gain hands-on experience in deploying basic Cisco UCS Director solutions. You will also practice using core features that most implementations require, such as services design, using the self-service portal for provisioning services, creating workflows that enable cloud automation and standardize IT services, and more.

This course will help you:
  • learn how to deploy Cisco UCS Director to replace manual configuration and provisioning processes with orchestration to optimize and simplify delivery of private cloud and data center Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS),
  • gain knowledge and skills through Cisco’s unique combination of lessons and hands-on practice using enterprise-grade Cisco learning technologies, Cisco cloud solutions, and software,
  • be the technical consultant on deployment options and give technical demonstrations.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Understand Cisco UCS Director architecture
  • Understand deployment models of Cisco UCS Director
  • Configure virtual data centers, policies, and catalogs
  • Understand the unified infrastructure management capabilities of Cisco UCS Director
  • Understand orchestration and build advanced workflows
  • Understand application containers


The course contains these components:
  • Introducing Cisco UCS Director
    • Understanding Data Center Challenges
    • Understanding the Benefits of Cisco UCS Director
  • Understanding Cisco UCS Director Components
    • Explaining Cisco UCS Director Architecture
    • Explaining Bare-Metal Agent
  • Understanding Cisco UCS Director Deployment
    • Explaining Cisco UCS Director Deployment
    • Explaining Global System Settings
    • Understanding Site and Pod Management
  • Understanding Cisco UCS Director Infrastructure Management
    • Understanding Cisco UCS Director Deployment
  • Understanding the Design Phase
    • Understanding Policies
    • Understanding vDC and Groups Use Case
  • Understanding Deployment through Self-Service Portal
    • Understanding Self-Service Provisioning Portal
    • Understanding Service Request
  • Introducing Orchestration
    • Understanding Orchestration
  • Reporting and Monitoring in Cisco UCS Director
    • Understanding Chargeback in Cisco UCS Director
    • Understanding Reports in Cisco UCS Director
  • Introducing Application Containers
    • Understanding Application Containers

Lab outline:
  • Configure Cisco UCS Director
  • Cisco UCS Director Discovery
  • Cisco UCS Director GUI Familiarization
  • Service Design
  • Catalogs
  • Self-Service Portal
  • Orchestration Workflow Design
  • Advanced Workflow Design
  • Create Application Container

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a learner should possess before attending this course are as follows:
  • General knowledge of cloud and data center virtualization
  • Knowledge of Cisco UCS, NetApp storage, Cisco Nexus switches, and VMware vCenter
  • Knowledge of data center processes and best practices

The primary audience for this course is as follows:
  • Data Center Architects
  • Cloud infrastructure Architects
  • Network Engineers
  • System Administrators
  • Storage Administrators
  • System Engineers who work in data center solutions and manage data center management policies
  • Cisco Integrators and Partners