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UCSDF 5.4 – Cisco UCS Director Foundation


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  • 5 Days Course
    Unified Computing

    Classroom + Online

    Course Details


    This course is a hands-on course that enables participants to understand the different features of Cisco UCS Director software to manage Physical and Virtual Infrastructure elements. Participants will get a chance to explore Orchestration and Automation functions of Cisco UCS Director to effectively manage infrastructure and automate IT processes. Participants will get hands on experience to install and configure Cisco UCS Director software. In addition, participants will understand functionality around features such as Bare metal provisioning, Compute/Network/Storage Management, Orchestration, CloupiaScript, SSH and PowerShell Tasks, UCS Director Custom Tasks etc.


    Upon completing this course, students will be able to understand:


    • Understand Data Center Challenges and the need for Unified Data Center Solution using Cisco UCS Director
    • Install, configure, and manage 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



    Module 1: Cisco UCS Director Overview


    • Lesson 1: Challenges of the Modern Data Center

    Module 2: Cisco UCS Director Deployment


    • Lesson 1: Installing Cisco UCS Director
    • Lesson 2: Upgrading Cisco UCS Director 5.4
    • Lesson 3: Configure UCS Director
    • Lesson 4: Virtual and Physical Account Management
    • Lesson 5: Administration and Troubleshooting

    Module 3: Self-Service Portal


    • Lesson 1: Overview of Self-Service Portal
    • Lesson 2: Managing Users, Roles, and Groups
    • Lesson 3: Managing VDC, Tenants, and Policies
    • Lesson 4: Managing Catalogs and Templates
    • Lesson 5: Managing Self-Service Provisioning
    • Lesson 6: Configuring Chargeback
    • Lesson 7: Reviewing Reports

    Module 4: Orchestration


    • Lesson 1: Orchestration, Workflows, and Tasks

    Module 5: Virtualization


    • Lesson 1: VMware Integration
    • Lesson 2: Hosts, Clusters, and DRS Configuration
    • Lesson 3: VMWare Datastore Clusters and DRS Configuration
    • Lesson 4: VMware—Virtual Networking (vSwitch, DvSwitch, Cisco N1000v)
    • Lesson 5: VMWare—Host Profiles
    • Lesson 6: VM Provisioning Using an ISO Image, Template Management, and VM Console
    • Lesson 7: VM Administration
    • Lesson 8: Integrating Site Recovery Manager
    • Lesson 9: Cisco VM-FEX
    • Lesson 10: Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) Integration Overview
    • Lesson 11: SCVMM Virtual Compute Management
    • Lesson 12: SCVMM Virtual Storage Management
    • Lesson 13: SCVMM Virtual Networking Management
    • Lesson 14: Policies, VDCs, and Catalogs
    • Lesson 15: Self-Service Provisioning

    Module 6: Cisco UCS Director Baremetal Agent


    • Lesson 1: Cisco UCS Director Baremetal Agent

    Module 7: Compute Management with Cisco UCS Director


    • Lesson 1: Theory of Operation, Benefits, and Value Proposition
    • Lesson 2: Physical Compute Platforms in Cisco UCS Director
    • Lesson 3: Compute Policies in Cisco UCS Director
    • Lesson 4: Standalone Server Management

    Module 8: Network Management with Cisco UCS Director


    • Lesson 1: Overview, Theory of Operation, Benefits, and Value Proposition
    • Lesson 2: Managing Cisco Nexus and Other Network Infrastructure Using Cisco UCS Director
    • Lesson 3: Monitoring and Reporting

    Module 9: Storage Management with Cisco UCS Director


    • Lesson 1: Overview of Storage Management with Cisco UCS Director
    • Lesson 2: Managing NetApp Storage Devices with Cisco UCS Director
    • Lesson 3: EMC and IBM
    • Lesson 4: Virtual SAN Module

    Module 10: Advanced Orchestration


    • Lesson 1: Orchestration Task: SSH Command
    • Lesson 2: Setting up Cisco UCS Director PowerShell Agent (PSA)
    • Lesson 3: Execute PowerShell Command Task
    • Lesson 4: Cloupia Script
    • Lesson 5: Custom Tasks

    Target Audience

    • Solution Architects
    • Technical Engineers
    • Systems Engineers
    • Field Engineers


    It is recommended, but not required, that students have the following knowledge and skills before attending this course:

    • An understanding of Business Processes and Cloud Solutions
    • General IT Service Management and Workflow Concepts
    • Knowledge of Datacenter technologies including Cisco UCS and related infrastructure