The Designing and Deploying Cisco UCS Director with ACI (UCSDACI) v6.6 is a 4-day instructor-led or virtual instructor-led course shows you how to use Cisco UCS Director software to manage physical and virtual infrastructure elements, including Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI). You will learn to use orchestration and automation functions of Cisco UCS Director to effectively manage infrastructure and automate IT processes. The course offers hands-on experience installing and configuring Cisco UCS Director software. You will also learn about features such as bare-metal provisioning; compute, network, and storage management; orchestration, including Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC); Cisco UCS Director custom tasks, and more.

This training awards 40 Continuing Education credits.

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Upon completing this course, the learner will be familiar with the following concepts:
  • Data center challenges and cloud solutions
  • Cisco UCS Director architecture
  • Cisco UCS Director setup and configuration
  • Cisco ACI
  • Multitenancy in FlexPod Cisco ACI infrastructure
  • Resource groups and service offerings
  • Tenant onboarding
  • Self-service provisioning
  • Application containers


  • 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
  • Introducing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure
    • Understanding Cisco ACI Overview
    • Understanding Cisco ACI Terms and Constructs
  • Understanding Cisco UCS Director Infrastructure Management
    • Understanding Cisco UCS Director Deployment
  • Introducing Role-Based Access Control
    • Explaining User Groups/ Roles/ Users
  • Introducing Orchestration
    • Understanding Orchestration
  • Introducing Cisco UCS Director with ACI
    • Explaining Cisco UCS Director with ACI Solution
  • Understanding Multi-Tenancy with Cisco UCS Director ACI
    • Explaining Multi-Tenancy with Cisco UCS Director ACI
    • Understanding Resource Groups and Service Offerings
  • Introducing Advanced Tenant Onboarding
    • Onboarding a Tenant
    • Tagging Resources
  • Introducing Application Containers
    • Understanding Application Profiles
    • Understanding Service Container Catalog
  • Understanding Deployment Through Self-Service Portal
    • Understanding Self-Service Provisioning Portal
    • Understanding Service Request
  • Understanding Virtual Data Center
    • Understanding Policies
  • Understanding vDC and Groups Use Case
Lab outline:
  • Configure Cisco UCS Director
  • Cisco UCS Director Discovery
  • Cisco UCS Director User Interface Familiarization
  • APIC Orchestration Using Workflows
  • Import Advance APIC Workflow
  • Create Environmental Variables
  • Create Resource Groups
  • Create Service Offering and Tenant Profiles
  • Onboard a Tenant in Cisco ACI Environment
  • Create Application Container
  • Deploy Multi-Tier Application Container
  • Self-Service Portal – End User Experience
  • Service Design
  • Catalogs
  • Self-Service Portal – Standard VM Provisioning (End User)
  • Advance Workflow with Dynamic Input Filter

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

The primary audience for this course is as follows:
  • Data center architects
  • Cloud infrastructure architects
  • Network engineers
  • System administrators
  • Storage administrators
  • Engineers requiring advanced configuration skills
  • Cisco integrators and partners