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Cisco UCS Director Foundation v5.4 - UCSDF (Data Center)

Cisco UCS Director Foundation v5.4 - UCSDF (Data Center) Course Description

Duration: 4.00 days (32 hours)

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Cisco UCS Director Foundation (UCSDF) version 5.4 course. This training course will enable Cisco end customers and authorized Cisco System Engineers (SEs) to understand the concepts, architecture, and use cases that are related to the Cisco UCS Director deployment. This course will also prepare learners to implement basic Cisco UCS Director Deployment solutions. The focus is to ensure that students can implement the core features of the Cisco UCS Director that most implementations require. Students should already be familiar with basic Data Center Concepts.

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Jan 9, 2018 – Jan 12, 2018
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New York, NY 10018
Apr 3, 2018 – Apr 6, 2018
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Jun 26, 2018 – Jun 29, 2018
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Sep 18, 2018 – Sep 21, 2018
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Intended Audience for this Cisco UCS Director Foundation v5.4 - UCSDF (Data Center) Course

  • » The primary audience for this course is Cisco UCS and FlexPod SEs
  • » The secondary audience for this course is SEs who work in data center solutions and manage data center management policies

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Cisco UCS Director Foundation v5.4 - UCSDF (Data Center) Course Objectives

  • » Understand Data Center Challenges and the need of Unified Data Center Solution using the Cisco UCS Director
  • » Install, configure, and manage the Cisco UCS Director 5.4
  • » Configure Virtual Data Centers, policies, catalogs and cost models
  • » Create and monitor service requests for provisioning
  • » Define workflows using orchestration
  • » Administer the software effectively
  • » Customize the features for building proof of concepts

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Cisco UCS Director Foundation v5.4 - UCSDF (Data Center) Course Outline

      1. Cisco UCS Director Overview
        1. Challenges of the Modern Data Center
          1. IT Challenges
          2. Cisco UCS Director
          3. How Does It Work?
          4. Cisco UCS Director Orchestration
          5. Demonstration of Cisco UCS Director-End-User View
          6. Demonstration of Cisco UCS Director-Administrator View
          7. Lab: Use Cisco UCS Director as an End User
      2. Cisco UCS Director Deployment
        1. Installing Cisco UCS Director
          1. Supported Upgrade Paths
          2. Basic Components of Cisco UCS Director Solution
          3. Prerequisites and Minimum System Requirements
          4. UCS Director Deployment Models
          5. Cisco UCS Director Baremetal Agent
          6. Prerequisites and Limitations
          7. Challenge
        2. Upgrading Cisco UCS Director 5.4
          1. Cisco UCS Director 5.4 Upgrade
          2. Benefits of Upgrading
          3. Cisco UCS Director Upgrade Process
          4. Cisco UCS Director BMA Upgrade Process
          5. Challenge
        3. Configure UCS Director
          1. System Settings
          2. Role Based Access Control
          3. Users and Groups
          4. LDAP Integration
          5. LDAP Features
          6. Configuring LDAP Integration
          7. Customizing the Portal
          8. Lab: Cisco UCS Director Guided Setup
          9. Lab: Cisco UCS Director Customization
          10. Challenge
        4. Virtual and Physical Account Management
          1. Virtual and Physical Accounts
          2. Virtual Accounts in Cisco UCS Director
          3. Adding a Cloud Account
          4. Physical Accounts in Cisco UCS Director
          5. Physical Compute Accounts
          6. Physical Network Accounts
          7. Physical Storage Accounts
          8. Adding a Physical Account
          9. Device Discovery Wizard
          10. Performing a Discovery
          11. FlexPod Configuration Wizard
          12. Multidomain Managers in Cisco UCS Director
          13. Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Central Management
          14. Supported Features
          15. Lab: Add Virtual and Physical Accounts
          16. Challenge
        5. Administration and Troubleshooting
          1. Cisco UCS Director Shell Menu
          2. Troubleshooting
          3. Accessing the Logs
          4. Appliance Health Check and System Information
          5. Monitoring Events
          6. Monitor Balloon Messages
          7. Polling in Accounts
          8. Challenge
      3. Self-Service Portal
        1. Overview of Self-Service Portal
          1. Self-Service Portal
          2. Self-Service Portal Features
          3. Theory of Operation
          4. Benefits and Value Proposition
        2. Managing Users, Roles, and Groups
          1. Role Based Access Control
          2. Built-in Roles and Permissions
          3. Additional Features
          4. Managing User Types
          5. Adding User Roles
          6. Group Share Policy
          7. Budget Policy
          8. Managing User Access Profiles
          9. Challenge
        3. Managing VDC, Tenants, and Policies
          1. UCS Director Policy Driven Provisioning
          2. Policy Management
          3. Compute Policies
          4. Storage Policies and Virtual Storage Catalogs
          5. Network Policies
          6. System Policies
          7. vDC
          8. End User Self-Service Policy
          9. VM Management Policy
          10. vDC and Application Categories
          11. vDC Guided Setup
          12. Challenge
        4. Managing Catalogs and Templates
          1. Catalogs
          2. Catalog to Provision VM Using a Template
          3. Catalog to Provision VM Using ISO Image
          4. Publishing Advanced Catalogs
          5. Lab: Create Policies, Virtual Datacenters (vDCs), and Catalogs
          6. Challenge
        5. Managing Self-Service Provisioning
          1. Self-Service Provisioning
          2. Service Request Workflow
          3. Other Service Request Functions
          4. VM Lifecycle Management Actions
          5. Lab: Self-Service Portal and VM Provisioning
          6. Challenge
        6. Configuring Chargeback
          1. Chargeback
          2. Chargeback Features
          3. Cost Models
          4. Using a Cost Model for a vDC
          5. Package Based Cost Model
          6. Storage Tier Cost Models
          7. Chargeback Calculations
          8. Chargeback Reports
          9. Challenge
        7. Reviewing Reports
          1. Types of Reports
          2. Top Five Reports for Administrators
          3. Trending and Tabular Reports for Administrators
          4. Map Reports for Administrators
          5. Trending and Tabular Reports for End User
          6. VM Report for Administrators
          7. VM Report for End Users
          8. Lab: Chargeback and Reports
      4. Orchestration
        1. Orchestration, Workflows, and Tasks
          1. Cisco UCS Director Orchestration
          2. Workflows
          3. Tasks
          4. Workflow Designer
          5. Creating Workflows
          6. Executing Workflows
          7. Prebuilt Tasks
          8. Exporting Workflow as a Template
          9. Compound Tasks
          10. Custom Approval Tasks
          11. User VM Action Policy
          12. Triggers
          13. Validating Workflows
          14. Workflow Versioning
          15. Using Macros in Orchestration
          16. Lab: Orchestration
          17. Challenge
      5. Virtualization
        1. VMware Integration
          1. Cisco UCS Director VMware Integration
          2. Compatibility
        2. Hosts, Clusters, and DRS Configuration
          1. Managing Hosts
          2. Managing Clusters
          3. VMware DRS
          4. DRS Configuration
          5. DRS Rules and Groups
          6. Create a DRS Rule
          7. DRS Group Manager
          8. DRS Rules in Computing Policy
        3. VMWare Datastore Clusters and DRS Configuration
          1. Datastores Discovery
          2. Managing Datastores
          3. Datastore Clusters
          4. Storage DRS
          5. Storage Adapters
          6. Snapshot Summary
          7. Use Case
          8. Solution
        4. VMware—Virtual Networking (vSwitch, DvSwitch, Cisco N1000v)
          1. VMware Network Discovery
          2. Virtual Switch (Standard)
          3. vSwitch Discovery
          4. Distributed Virtual Switch (DVSwitch)
          5. DVSwitch Discovery
          6. Cisco Nexus 1000v for VMware
          7. Cisco Nexus 1000v in Cisco UCS Director
          8. Adding Cisco Nexus 1000v
          9. Cisco Nexus 1000v Management
          10. Cisco Nexus 1000v Tasks in Orchestration
          11. Use Case
          12. Solution
          13. Challenge
        5. VMWare—Host Profiles
          1. VMware Host Profile
          2. Cisco UCS Director Host Profile Actions
          3. Host Profile Configuration
          4. Host Profile Report
        6. VM Provisioning Using an ISO Image, Template Management, and VM Console
          1. VM Provisioning Using an ISO Image
          2. Mark Datastores for ISO Images
          3. Guest OS ISO Image Mapping Policy
          4. Assign Guest OS to ISO Image Mapping Policy to vDC
          5. Create Standard Catalog to Provision VM Using ISO Images
          6. Service Request to Provision VM Using ISO Images
          7. Template Management
          8. Convert Image as Virtual Machine
          9. Convert Virtual Machine to Image
          10. Clone Virtual Machine as Image
          11. Assign Image to a Group
          12. VM Console
          13. VNC
          14. VNC Configuration
          15. Host Configuration
          16. VNC Configuration in Cisco UCS Director
          17. Launch VNC Console
          18. VMware Remote Console (VMRC)
          19. Launch VMware Remote Console from UCS Director
          20. Lab: Provision Virtual Machines Using an ISO File
          21. Challenge
        7. VM Administration
          1. VM Administration
          2. VMware vMotion
          3. VMware vMotion in Cisco UCS Director
          4. Linked Clones
          5. Linked Clones in Cisco UCS Director
          6. VM Annotation
          7. Use Case
          8. Solution Execution Through Cisco UCS Director
          9. Lab: Virtual Machine Administration
        8. Integrating Site Recovery Manager
          1. VMware SRM
          2. SRM Key Components
          3. SRM Configuration
          4. SRM Prerequisites
          5. SRM Integration with Cisco UCS Director
          6. Adding SRM Account
          7. Enabling Resource Pool and Folder Mappings
          8. Network Mappings
          9. Enabling Protection Groups
          10. Enabling Policies in vDC
          11. SRM Reports
        9. Cisco VM-FEX
          1. Cisco VM-FEX
          2. Configuring Cisco VM-FEX
          3. VMware VM View
        10. Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) Integration Overview
          1. Compatibility
          2. Adding a Cloud Account
          3. Prerequisites for Adding SCVMM Account
          4. Cisco UCS Director PowerShell Agent
          5. Enabling WinRM and WinRS
          6. Adding SCVMM Cloud Account
          7. Running a Manual Discovery
          8. Lab: System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) Integration
          9. Challenge
        11. SCVMM Virtual Compute Management
          1. Managing Hosts
          2. Discovering Library Servers
          3. Jobs
          4. More Tasks
        12. SCVMM Virtual Storage Management
          1. Datastores Discovery
          2. Datastore Capacity Report
          3. More Tasks
        13. SCVMM Virtual Networking Management
          1. Network Discovery
          2. Networking Reports
          3. More Tasks
        14. Policies, VDCs, and Catalogs
          1. Hyper-V Computing Policy
          2. Hyper-V Storage Policy
          3. HyperV Network Policy
          4. Provision a VM in a Cluster
          5. Hyper-V Deployment Policy
          6. vDC
          7. vDC Actions
          8. Catalog
          9. Challenge
        15. Self-Service Provisioning
          1. Create a Service Request
          2. Viewing a Service Request
          3. Lab: VM Provisioning on System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM)
      6. Cisco UCS Director Baremetal Agent
        1. Cisco UCS Director Baremetal Agent
          1. Cisco UCS Director Baremetal Agent
          2. Cisco UCS Director Baremetal Agent Architecture
          3. Unattended OS Installation
          4. Simultaneous Windows PXE Booting
          5. Adding Cisco UCS Director BMA
          6. Configuring DHCP
          7. Starting Services
          8. Deploying Linux OS
          9. Lab: Install and Configure Cisco UCS Director Baremetal Agent
          10. Lab: Add Cisco UCS Director Baremetal Agent to UCS Director
          11. Challenge
      7. Compute Management with Cisco UCS Director
        1. Theory of Operation, Benefits, and Value Proposition
          1. Theory of Operation
          2. Benefits and Value Proposition
        2. Physical Compute Platforms in Cisco UCS Director
          1. Physical Compute Accounts in Cisco UCS Director
          2. Cisco UCS Director with Cisco UCS Manager
          3. Cisco UCS Compute Management Using Cisco UCS Director
          4. Adding a Cisco UCS Manager Account
          5. Lab: Configure Cisco UCS Manager Using Cisco UCS Director
        3. Compute Policies in Cisco UCS Director
          1. Cisco UCS Director Policies
          2. Compute Policies in Cisco UCS Director
          3. Unified Management and Automation
          4. Physical Infrastructure Policies
          5. Creating a vHBA Policy
          6. Creating a vNIC Policy
          7. Creating a UCS Storage Policy
          8. Creating a UCS Network Policy
          9. Creating a UCS Placement Policy
          10. Lab: Add Cisco UCS Director Physical Compute Policies
          11. Lab: Configure Cisco UCS Manager Service Profiles Using UCS Director
          12. Challenge
        4. Standalone Server Management
          1. Standalone Rack Mount Server Management
          2. List of Platforms Supported
          3. Supported Cisco IMC Tasks
          4. Hardware Profiles Key Features
          5. Policies
          6. Policy Types Supported
          7. Profiles
          8. System Tasks
          9. List of Rack Server Tasks
      8. Network Management with Cisco UCS Director
        1. Overview, Theory of Operation, Benefits, and Value Proposition
          1. Theory of Operation
          2. Network Management Using Cisco UCS Director
          3. Networking Support Matrix Cisco UCS Director
          4. Benefits and Value Proposition
          5. Physical Network Accounts in Cisco UCS Director
        2. Managing Cisco Nexus and Other Network Infrastructure Using Cisco UCS Director
          1. Cisco UCS Director with Cisco Nexus
          2. Cisco Network Management Using UCS Director
          3. Cisco Nexus 9300/9500
          4. Cisco Nexus 9300/9500 Features
          5. Adding Network Elements
          6. Cisco Network Tasks Available in Cisco UCS Director
          7. Cisco ASA Management Using UCS Director
          8. Cisco ASA Orchestration and Tasks Available in Cisco UCS Director
          9. Nexus Day Zero Configuration
          10. Challenge
        3. Monitoring and Reporting
          1. Monitoring and Reporting
          2. Cisco UCS Director CloudSense Analytics
          3. Data Center Inventory Report Using CloudSense Analytics
          4. Cisco PNSC Summary of Cisco Nexus 1000v Report
      9. Storage Management with Cisco UCS Director
        1. Overview of Storage Management with Cisco UCS Director
          1. Theory of Operation
          2. Complex IT Process to Deploy Application Resources
          3. Cisco UCS Director Unified Automation and Management
          4. Benefits and Value Proposition
          5. Physical Storage Management
          6. Virtual Storage Management
        2. Managing NetApp Storage Devices with Cisco UCS Director
          1. Typical NetApp Storage System Management
          2. Managing NetApp Storage Systems Using Cisco UCS Director
          3. Need for End to End Management and Automation
          4. Adding NetApp Account
          5. NetApp / Cisco UCS Director Integration Use Cases
          6. NetApp Orchestration
          7. NetApp Task Library
          8. Lab: Cisco UCS Director Storage Management and Monitoring
        3. EMC and IBM
          1. Comprehensive EMC Portfolio Coverage
          2. Cisco UCS Director IBM Storage Support
        4. Virtual SAN Module
          1. VMware Virtual SAN
          2. Supported Servers/Software
          3. Virtual SAN Pod Wizard
          4. Provisioning Virtual SAN Cluster
          5. Cisco UCS Manager Configuration
          6. Cisco UCS Director Baremetal Agent Configuration
          7. Pod Settings
          8. Server Pool
          9. Server Configuration
          10. Creating Virtual SAN Cluster
          11. Managing Virtual SAN Cluster
          12. Reports
          13. Workflows
          14. Not Supported
      10. Advanced Orchestration
        1. Orchestration Task: SSH Command
          1. SSH Command Task
          2. SSH Command Task Limitations
        2. Setting up Cisco UCS Director PowerShell Agent (PSA)
          1. Cisco UCS Director PowerShell Agent (PSA)
          2. Installing Cisco UCS Director PowerShell Agent
          3. Updating Authentication Properties of PSA (Optional)
          4. Configuring the Firewall
          5. Adding PowerShell Agent to Cisco UCS Director
        3. Execute PowerShell Command Task
          1. Execute PowerShell Command—Overview
          2. Execute PowerShell Command Task
          3. Summary
        4. Cloupia Script
          1. Cloupia Script
          2. Cloupia Script Components
          3. Ways of Executing Cloupia Scripts
          4. Executing Cloupia Script Task
        5. Custom Tasks
          1. Custom Tasks
          2. Custom Tasks Highlights
          3. Creating a Custom Task
          4. Add a Custom Task to the Workflow
          5. Advantages of Custom Task Over Execute Cloupia Script
          6. Code Snippets
          7. Logger Example
          8. Custom Task Use Cases
          9. Example – Get Workflow Initiator Detail
          10. Example – Provision a Catalog Multiple Times
          11. Example – Execute System Tasks
          12. Managing Reports
          13. Example – Accessing a Report
          14. Example—Emailing Reports
        6. Example – Invoking Another Workflow

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- Networking expert with several Cisco certifications, including CCENT, CCNA, CCDA, CCSI, and CCVP. - Has taught over 90 courses at NetCom Learning. - Average rating of 8.75 out of 9 on student evaluation reports.

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David has been in the Networking field for the past eleven years and holds several Cisco certifications. He has been an instructor since 2005 and has taught over 90 courses at NetCom Learning.

David is an extremely enthusiastic trainer with a raw passion towards teaching and delivering Cisco information and takes great pride in his career as an instructor, which has lead him to develop and deliver the class in his own unique way; very professional and knowledgeable, yet pleasant and enjoyable. His classes have a high passing rate for students taking certification exams, and averages 8.75 out of 9 on evaluation reports.
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- Over 22 years of professional experience in the IT field, including more than a decade as a Certified Trainer.
- An expert in Cisco's Routing, Switching, Security, Voice and Wireless areas, as well as select Microsoft, Novell, CompTIA, Sun and CWNP courses.
- High-skilled and acclaimed instructor. Has trained over 900 students at Netcom Learning.

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Michael has over 22 years of professional experience in the IT field, including more than a decade as a Certified Trainer. An expert in Cisco's Routing, Switching, Security, Voice and Wireless areas, Michael also teaches select Microsoft, Novell, CompTIA, Sun and CWNP courses.

Michael's dedication and passion for teaching is unmatched. He has trained over 900 students at Netcom Learning since 2006 and his evaluation scores average 8.7 out of 9.
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- Bachelors and Masters in Mathematics from University of Pennsylvania, in addition to several IT certifications.
- Over 20 years of experience in the IT industry; background ranges from engineering, administration and escalation support in networks.

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William is a highly-skilled IT professional with Bachelors and Masters Degree in Mathematics from University of Pennsylvania. He has been working in the IT industry for over 20 years, with experience in engineering, administration and escalation support in networks ranging from small to large scale complex enterprise environments.

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