The Designing and Deploying Cisco UCS Director with ACI (UCSDACI) v5.4 is a 5-day instructor-led course that introduces learners to different features of Cisco UCS Director software to manage physical and virtual infrastructure elements.
Learners get a chance to explore orchestration and automation functions of the Cisco UCS Director to effectively manage infrastructure and automate IT processes. Learners get hands-on experience to install and configure Cisco UCS Director software. In addition, learners understand functionality around features such as bare metal provisioning, compute/network/storage management, orchestration, CloupiaScript, SSH and PowerShell Tasks, UCS Director Custom Tasks, and so on.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Describe ACI business solution and Cisco UCS Director solutions, SDN, Cisco’s ACI solution, and ACI with Cisco UCS Director
  • Describe Cisco UCS Director architecture, BMA architecture, deployment models of Cisco UCS Director, and modes of connectivity between Cisco UCS Director and BMA network
  • Understand ACI Logical Model, defining concepts, application policy and infrastructure controller, and tenant context
  • Understand how to instal Cisco UCS Director, deploy OVF, and configure UCSD-BMA
  • Understand overview about Cisco UCS Director Discovery, Virtual Infrastructure Discovery, Physical Infrastructure Discovery, and Multi-Domain Manager Discovery
  • Describe the concept of users and user groups, role based access control, and how to manage user profiles
  • Describe the overview of vDC, Cisco UCS Director policies, tasks, and design of workflows
  • Understand the concept of tenancy overview, resource groups, service offerings, tenant profile, tagging groups and tags, activities and ACI tenant onboarding
  • Describe the concept of tags, adding tags to a service offering and how to build a custom tenant onboarding workflow
  • Deploy applications using Cisco UCS Director and ACI, learn how application containers are created and Cisco UCS Director facilitates in Layer 4–7 service insertion
  • Describe, create, and view self-service portal
  • Describe service insertion with ACI, device package constructs, Layer 4–7 services concept in ACI, and deploy a Layer 4–7 service


The course contains these components:
  • Introduction to UCS Director with ACI
    • Explaining Business Cloud Mandates
    • Understanding Tenant Model
    • Understanding Application Requirement and Deployment Challenges
    • Understanding UCS Director Solution
  • UCSD Components
    • Explaining UCS Director
    • Explaining Bare Metal Agent
  • Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)
    • Understanding ACI Overview
    • Understanding ACI Concepts
    • Explaining UCS Director with ACI Solution
  • UCSD Deployment
    • Understanding UCSD Deployment
    • Explaining Global System Settings
    • Understanding Site and POD Management
    • Lab: Configuring Cisco UCS Director
  • UCSD Infrastructure Element Management
    • Understanding UCSD Discovery
    • Lab: Discovery
    • Lab: UCSD UI Familiarization
  • Role Based Access Control
    • Explaining User Groups/ Roles/ Users
  • Orchestration
    • Understanding Orchestration
    • Understanding APIC Orchestration with UCS
  • UCSD Tenancy Model
    • Explaining Multi-Tenancy with UCSD ACI
    • Understanding Tenancy Models in Non-ACI Environments
    • Understanding Resource Groups and Service Offerings
    • Understanding Tenant Onboarding
    • Lab: APIC Orchestration Using Workflows
    • Lab: Importing Advance APIC Workflow
    • Lab: Creating Environmental Variables
  • Advanced Tenant Onboarding
    • Explaining Activities
    • Tagging Resources
    • Building a Custom Tenant Onboarding Workflow
    • Lab: Creating Resource Groups
    • Lab: Creating the Service Offering and Tenant Profiles
    • Lab: Onboarding Tenant in an ACI Environment
  • Application Containers
    • Understanding Application Profiles
    • Understanding Application Templates
    • Lab: Creating Application Container
    • Lab: Deploying a Multi-Tier Application Container
  • Deployment Through Self-Service Portal
    • Understanding Self-Service Provisioning Portal
    • Understanding Service Request
    • Lab: Self-Service Portal—End User Experience
  • Layer 4-7 Services
    • Explaining Device Packages
    • Explaining Service Packages
    • Lab: Adding L4-L7 Services

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a learner should possess before attending this course are as follows:
  • Understanding of server design and architecture
  • Familiarity with Cisco UCS, Cisco ACI, server virtualization, and storage concepts