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Data Center Administrator I
Build skills equivalent to the Cisco CCNP Data Center, Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Design Specialist, and Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Support Specialist
  • Credit Hours: 5 Days

  • Format: Virtual Classroom - Instructor-Led Online

  • Professional Certificate: DCUCI v5.0 - Data Center Unified Computing Implementation

  • Recommended for: System engineers and technicians who implement Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers and Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers Data center (LAN, SAN, Server) administrators, managers, designers, and engineers

The Data Center Administrator I course prepares students for employment in the Informational Technology industry. This course is an intensive coverage of significant content devoted to management, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Students will gain the knowledge needed for rack installations, provision server hardware, and direct operating systems. Students will also review Cisco data center virtualization solutions and learn how to execute a virtualization solution through theory-based lectures and virtual labs. The programs curriculum satisfies the requirements needed to obtain employment and/or career advancement. 

This program prepares students for employment as a System Engineer. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment change between 2010 and 2020 will grow 15% greater than the annual average.

What You'll Learn

  • Address key management challenges in data center server environments with Cisco UCS
  • Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series system architectures, hardware components, and field-installable options
  • Connect to and manage Cisco UCS components
  • Configure Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers with Cisco UCS Manager
  • Configure Cisco UCS C-Series blade servers with Cisco IMC (CIMC)
  • Connectivity requirements for the Cisco UCS platform
  • Configure server profiles to allocate physical resources
  • Configure maintenance tasks such as Syslog, Local Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
  • Configure high availability at the LAN, SAN, and server NIC level
  • Common deployment scenarios for small and large scale environments
  • Implement service profiles and blade configuration for VMware ESXi v4.1, 5 and 5.1
  • Troubleshoot common LAN and SAN connectivity issues and service profile issues
  • Configure Cisco Nexus 1000V in a VMware vSphere v4.1, v5, or v5.1 environment
  • Configure Cisco UCS Manager and VMware vSphere Integration
  • Configure, compare, and contrast Cisco VM-FEX and VM-FEX with Pass-Thru Switching

Who Needs to Attend

  • System engineers and technicians who implement Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers and Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers
  • Data center (LAN, SAN, Server) administrators, managers, designers, and engineers

Prerequisites

  • CCNA and DCUFI knowledge and experience up to CCNA Data Center
  • CCNA DC equivalent knowledge and experience
  • Familiarity with server operating systems, hypervisor, and virtualization
  • Implementing Cisco Storage Networking Solutions (ICSNS)
  • Familiarity with ethernet and TCP/IP networking, SANs, Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP), and hypervisor technologies (VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix Xen)

Course Outline

1. Installation of the Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers

  • Updating Firmware Components
  • Installing Cisco UCS C-Series Servers in a Cisco R-Series Rack Enclosure

2. Cisco IMC Configuration

  • Provisioning Server Hardware with Cisco IMC

3. Cisco UCS B-Series Hardware and Management

  • Hardware Components
  • Assembling B-Series Architecture and Features
  • Installing Cisco UCS B-Series Hardware

4. Cisco UCS Connectivity Configuration and Management

  • Configuring Cisco UCS B-Series Physical Connectivity
  • Exploring the Cisco UCS B-Series User Interfaces
  • Configuring Compute Node LAN and SAN

5. Server Resources Implementation

  • Creating Identity and Resource Pools
  • Creating Service Profiles and Service Profile Templates
  • Cloning and Managing Service Profiles

6. Virtual Server Networking

  • Evaluating the Cisco Nexus 1000V
  • Working with VMware Ethernet Networking
  • Characterizing Cisco Nexus 1000V Architecture
  • Installing and Configuring the Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch
  • Configuring Basic Cisco Nexus 1000V Networking
  • Configuring Cisco UCS Manager for VMware PTS

7. Cisco UCS Management and Maintenance

  • Implementing Startup and Shutdown Procedures
  • Configuring Role-Based Access Control
  • Backing Up and Restoring the Cisco UCS Manager Database
  • Managing High Availability
  • Monitoring System Events
  • Managing and Upgrading Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware

Labs

Lab 1: Initial Cisco UCS C-Series Configuration

Lab 2: Verify LAN and SAN Physical Connections

Lab 3: Configure Identity and Resource Pools

Lab 4: Create Logical Service Profiles from Updating Templates

Lab 5: Build a vSphere Data Center

Lab 6: Exclusive - Install a Cisco Nexus 1000V VSM

Lab 7: Exclusive - Configure Port Profiles

Lab 8: Cisco UCS Manager and VMware vSphere Integration

Lab 9: Configure VM-FEX and VM-FEX with Pass-Thru Switching

Lab 10: Configure RBAC

Lab 11: Back Up and Import Cisco UCS Manager Configuration Data

Lab 12: Reporting in the Cisco UCS

Appendix A: Resolutions to Real World Problems (Optional)

Appendix B: C-Series Host Upgrade Utility and VMware vSphere v4.1 Deployment Options

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$3695.00

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