The NIL - UCS Implementation and Design (NIL_UCSID) v5.0 is an intensive five-day workshop that focuses on deployment, operations, and design of the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) B-Series Blade Servers.

In the first part of the course you will learn how to configure and manage Cisco UCS servers using Unified I/O networking for LAN and SAN connectivity, and how to virtualize server hardware identifiers to enable rapid recovery of server operating system images through service profile mobility.

The second part of this course describes the design-related aspects, which include how to evaluate the hardware components and the sizing process, how to define the server deployment model, how to address the management and environmental aspects, and how to design the network and storage perspectives of the Cisco Unified Computing System solution.

In labs, you will practice 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.

You will gain hands-on experience working with provisioning Cisco B-Series servers, installing and configuring the Cisco Virtual Interface Card (VIC), and leveraging VMware vSphere on Cisco UCS B-Series infrastructure.


After finishing this course, you will be able to:
  • Implement high availability, manage the Cisco UCS, provision administrator access, and maintain Cisco UCS
  • Install and provision Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers in the Cisco UCS 5108 blade chassis, know the characteristics of the different models of Cisco UCS I/O modules (IOM) and how to install them, understand the different connectivity topologies and options and how the Cisco Nexus Operating System (NX-OS) treats Ethernet and Fibre Channel traffic, and be acquainted with generation 2 hardware and all the newly introduced features
  • Design and configure the connectivity of the Cisco UCS with the LAN and SAN infrastructures in your data center. You will be able to provision servers by leveraging reusable pools, policies, and templates that allow for rapid provisioning and consistency of policy
  • Implement virtualization features unique to Cisco UCS that improve performance and manageability
  • Use the reconnaissance and analysis tools to assess computing solution performance characteristics and requirements
  • Identify the hardware components of Cisco UCS B-series and select proper hardware for a given set of requirements
  • Design the Cisco UCS solution LAN and SAN connectivity
  • Identify the Cisco UCS server deployment model and design one with proper naming, addressing and management for a given set of requirementss


Implementing RBAC
Managing and Upgrading Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware
Implementing Backup, Import, and Restore of the Cisco UCS Manager Database
Implementing Logging and Monitoring
Implementing High Availability

Lab: Provision Cisco UCS Ethernet Connectivity and Management IP Pools
Lab: Configure RBAC
Lab: Back Up and Restore Cisco UCS Manager Database Objects
Lab: Configure Logging in Cisco UCS

Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series Physical Connectivity
Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series LAN Connectivity
Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series SAN Connectivity
Provisioning the Cisco UCS Cluster
Provisioning LAN Networking
Provisioning SAN Networking
Provisioning Resource Pools in Cisco UCS Manager

Lab: Provision Identity and Resource Pools

Provisioning Server Policies in Cisco UCS Manager
Provisioning Service Profiles from Templates in Cisco UCS Manager

Lab: Provision Mobile Service Profiles from Updating Templates
Lab: Test High Availability

Provisioning Cisco VM-FEX and Cisco VM-FEX Universal Pass-Through
Provisioning Cisco VM-FEX
Provisioning Cisco VM-FEX Universal Pass-Through
Defining a Cisco Unified Computing System Solution Design
Analyzing Computing Solutions Characteristics
Employing Data Center Analysis Tools

Lab: Analyze the Existing Computing Solution

Sizing Cisco UCS B-Series Server Solution

Lab: Size the Cisco UCS B-Series Solution

Planning Unified Computing Deployment

Lab: Plan the Physical Deployment

Designing Unified Computing Network
Designing Unified Computing Storage
Designing Virtual Access Layer
Designing Cisco UCS Server Deployment
Designing Unified Computing Management

Prerequisite Knowledge