The Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) v6.1 is a 5-day instructor-led course that is designed to help students prepare for the Cisco CCNP Data Center certification and for professional-level data center roles. The focus of this skills-building course is on deploying, securing, operating, and maintaining the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) and Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers for use in data centers. The extensively hands-on course covers configuring and managing Cisco UCS servers using unified I/O networking for LAN and SAN connectivity, virtualizing server hardware identifiers to enable rapid recovery of server operating system images, automating UCS deployments using Cisco UCS Central Software and Cisco Integrated Management Controller (Cisco IMC) Supervisor, configuring fault tolerance, implementing role-based access control (RBAC), backing up and restoring system configurations, and using the monitoring and troubleshooting tools in Cisco UCS Manager and Cisco IMC.

The goal of this course is to teach learners how to install, configure, manage, and troubleshoot Cisco Unified Computing System B-Series blade servers and C-Series rack servers in a virtualized data center environment. .


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Install the Cisco UCS B-Series system out of the box and deploy service profiles using pooled identities and service profile templates
  • Configure the Cisco UCS B-Series system for deployments using iSCSI and configure B- and C-Series systems for deployments using Fibre Channel for regular data access and booting
  • Configure and implement security mechanisms such as RBAC with Organizations and Locales, LDAP integration, trusted points, and key rings
  • Configure and implement monitoring with syslog and Call Home
  • Manage UCS Manager domains with Cisco UCS Central, manage multiple C-Series servers with Cisco IMC Supervisor, and interact with the UCS Manager XML API


The course contains these components:
  • Cisco Unified Computing System Implementation
    • Describing Cisco UCS Server Form Factors
    • Lab: Access the Remote Lab Environment
    • Describing Cisco Unified Computing System Connectivity
    • Lab: Provision Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Cluster
    • Lab: Configure Server and Uplink Ports
    • Lab: Configure VLANs
    • Configuring Identity Abstraction
    • Lab: Configure a Cisco UCS Service Profile Using Hardware Identities
    • Lab: Configure Basic Identity Pools
    • Lab: Configure a Cisco UCS Service Profile Using Pools
    • Configuring Service Profile Templates
    • Lab: Configure a Service Profile Template
  • SAN Storage Implementation for Cisco Unified Computing System
    • Implementing iSCSI
    • Lab: Configure an iSCSI Service Profile
    • Implementing Fibre Channel Port Channels
    • Lab: Configure Pod-Specific Device Aliases
    • Lab: Configure Zoning
    • Implementing FCoE
    • Lab: Configure VSANs in Cisco UCS Manager
    • Lab: Configure Unified Ports on UCS Fabric Interconnects
    • Lab: Install and Boot VMware ESXi on Cisco UCS C-Series Servers from SAN LUN
    • Lab: Install and Boot VMware ESXi on Cisco UCS B-Series Servers from SAN LUN
  • Security Implementation for Cisco Unified Computing System
    • Implementing Role-Based Access Control
    • Lab: Configure Organizations and Locales
    • Lab: Configure Job-Specific Roles
    • Implementing External Authentication Providers
    • Lab: Configure Cisco UCS Manager to Authenticate Users with Microsoft Active Directory
    • Implementing Key Management
    • Lab: Configure a Trusted Point and KeyRing in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Operations and Maintenance for Cisco Unified Computing System
    • Implementing Cisco UCS Firmware Updates
    • Implementing Cisco UCS Backups
    • Lab: Perform Backup and Restore Activities
    • Implementing Monitoring
    • Lab: Implement Syslog and CallHome
  • Cisco Unified Computing System Automation
    • Implementing Cisco UCS Central
    • Lab: Deploy and Use Cisco UCS Central
    • Implementing Cisco UCS Director
    • Lab: Deploy and Use Cisco IMC Supervisor
    • Comparing Scripting Options for Cisco UCS Manager
    • Lab: Configure Cisco UCS Manager with XML API and Cisco UCS PowerTools

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a learner should possess before attending this course are as follows:

Associated certifications