UCSDF v5.0 - Cisco UCS Director Foundation

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Description

Cisco UCS Director Foundation (UCSDF) version 5.0 is a 5-day Instructor-led hands-on training 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 Cisco UCS Director that most implementations require. Students should already be familiar with basic Data Center Concepts.

To participate in the hands-on labs in this class, you need to bring a laptop computer with the following:

  • Windows 7 or 8.1 or 10 is recommended. Mac OSX 10.6 or greater is supported as well.
  • Intel Celeron or better processors are preferred.
  • 1 GB or more of RAM
  • Browser Requirements: Internet Explorer 10 or greater or Mozilla Firefox. (Safari and Mozilla Firefox for Mac OSX)
  • All students are required to have administrator rights to their PCs and cannot be logged in to a domain using any Group Policies that will limit their machine's capabilities.
  • If you do not have administrator rights to your PC, you at least need permissions to download, install, and run Cisco Any Connect Client.
  • If you are participating in a WebEx event, it is highly recommended to take this class at a location that has bandwidth speeds at a minimum of 1 Mbps bandwidth speeds.

Note:Students registering for this course will be receiving their course kit in a digital format. To be able to view your digital kit you will need to bring a laptop PC and/or a compatible iPad or Android tablet. The recommended system requirements and instructions to access the course kit content can be found at the following link:Digital Course Kit Requirements and Instructions

Please be aware that this digital version is designed for online use, not for printing. You can print up to 10 pages only in each guide within a course. Please note that every time you click the Print button in the book, this counts as one page printed, whether or not you click OK in the Print dialog.

 

Objectives

Attending students will learn:

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

Prerequisites

You should possess knowledge of the following:

  • General knowledge of cloud and datacenter virtualization
  • Knowledge of Cisco UCS, NetApp Storage, Nexus, and VMware vCenter
  • Knowledge of datacenter processes and best practices

Who Should Attend

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Cisco UCS and FlexPod SEs

The secondary audience for this course is as follows:

  • SEs who work in data center solutions and manage data center management policies

Outline

Module 1: Cisco UCS Director Overview

    Lesson 1: UCS Director Overview
    • Describe and identify the challenges and convert them into opportunities
    • Describe positioning of Cisco UCS Director as a solution
    • Define the core components of the UCS Director

Module 2: Cisco UCS Director Deployment

    Lesson 1: Cisco UCS Director Installation
    • List of prerequisites for installation
    • Install Cisco UDS Director
    • Describe Cisco UCS Director deployment models
    • Adding license to Cisco UCS Director


    Lesson 2: Cisco UCS Director Configuration

    • Configure system and infrastructure parameters
    • Configure advanced control and menu settings
    • Configure user interface settings
    • Add users and groups
    • Perform LDAP integration


    Lesson 3: Virtual and Physical Account Management

    • Define virtual and physical accounts
    • Test connectivity for virtual and physical accounts
    • Define sites and PODs


    Lesson 4: Administration and Troubleshooting

    • Describe how Cisco UCS Director management tools are used for troubleshooting

Module 3: Self-service Portal

    Lesson 1: Overview of Self-service Portal
    • Review the Theory of Operation of Self-service Portal
    • Review the components and features of Self-service Portal


    Lesson 2: Managing Users, Roles, and Groups

    • Describe Managing Users and Groups
    • Describe Role Types, In-built Roles and Custom Roles
    • Describe Permissions and Menu Access
    • Describe Group Sharing and Budget Policies
    • Describe Group Resource Limits
    • Describe User Access Profiles


    Lesson 3: Managing VDCs, Tenants, and Policies

    • Describe Policies and Policy Based Provisioning
    • Describe Virtual Data Centers (VDCs) and Management
    • Describe Tenancy in UCS Director


    Lesson 4: Managing Catalogs and Templates

    • Describe Catalogs and Management of Catalog Items
    • Describe Templates and Management
    • Describe Images and Management


    Lesson 5: Managing Self-Service Provisioning

    • Describe Self-service Provisioning
    • Describe Service Request Life-cycle
    • Describe Self-service Functions and Administrators and End Users


    Lesson 6: Configuring Chargeback

    • Describe Creation of Cost Models
    • Describe Associating Cost Model with VDC
    • Describe Chargeback Reports


    Lesson 7: Reviewing Reports

    • Describe Types of available Reports
    • Describe Accessing the Reports
    • Describe Virtual and Physical Reports
    • Describe Administrator and End User Reports


    Lesson 8: Implementing Customer Onboarding with Secure Multitenancy

    • Describe Secure Multi Tenancy
    • Describe Building Blocks for Customer Onboarding
    • Describe the execution of Customer Onboarding Workflow

Module 4: Orchestration

    Lesson 1: Using Orchestration
    • Understand how Cisco UCS Director Orchestrator components and how they work
    • Understand basic orchestration elements and predefined workflows of Cisco UCS Director
    • Understand the usage of Workflow designer to create and modify workflows
    • Create Compound and Custom Approval Tasks
    • Execute and Schedule workflows

Module 5: Virtualization

    Lesson 1: Overview of VMware Integration
    • Describe UCS Director Virtualization Features
    • Describe the benefits of Cisco UCS Director for VMware
    • Describe Operations and Automation Features for VMware
    • Use Cases for VMware Virtual Cloud Design and Management


    Lesson 2: Hosts, Clusters, and DRS Configuration

    • Understanding Clusters and how they are integrated into Cisco UCS Director
    • Configuring DRS and creating rules
    • Creating and modifying resource pools


    Lesson 3: VMware Datastore Clusters and DRS Configuration

    • Datastore and Datastore Cluster discovery
    • Virtual Storage related reports
    • Creating clusters and configuring storage DRS


    Lesson 4: VMware: Virtual Networking

    • Discovery of Virtual Network Infrastructure in UCS Director
    • View the discovered virtual network summary and reports in UCS Director
    • Creating vSwitch, DvSwitch and other virtual network components through orchestration


    Lesson 5: Host Profiles

    • What is VMware Host Profiles
    • Create Host Profile from reference host
    • Attach or Detach Host to Host Profile
    • Apply or Delete Host Profile
    • Host Profile Reports


    Lesson 6: VM Provisioning (Using an ISO Image), Template Management, VM Console

    • Discovering and mapping ISO images inside Cisco UCS Director
    • Provisioning new VMs using ISO images
    • Managing VM templates
    • Using VM consoles to access the virtual machines


    Lesson 7: Administration of VMs, vMotion, Linked Clones, VM Annotation Support

    • VM administration features in Cisco UCS Director
    • VM annotation support
    • Creating linked clones using Cisco UCS Director


    Lesson 8: SRM Integration

    • Adding SRM Account
    • Configuring SRM related policies
    • Looking at SRM reports


    Lesson 9: VM-FEX

    • VM-FEX prerequisites
    • VM-FEX supported policies


    Lesson 10: Microsoft SCVMM Integration Overview

    • Describe UCS Director SCVMM capabilities
    • Describe the benefits of Cisco UCS Director for managing SCVMM
    • Describe Operations and Automation Features for SCVMM
    • Use Cases for SCVMM Virtual Cloud Design and Management
    • Demonstrations and Labs to reinforce learning objectives


    Lesson 11: Adding SCVMM Account and Discovery

    • Understand the prerequisites of adding SCVMM account
    • Using Cisco UCS Directors PowerShell Agent
    • Adding SCVMM account
    • SCVMM account discovery


    Lesson 12: SCVMM Virtual Compute Management

    • Host management features
    • Tracking jobs
    • Looking at various reports


    Lesson 13: SCVMM Virtual Storage Management

    • Datastore Discovery and Reports
    • Datastore Capacity Reports
    • Automation Tasks


    Lesson 14: SCVMM Virtual Networking Management

    • Virtual Networking Discovery
    • Creating, adding logical switches
    • Handling VM networking
    • Creating port classification and IP management


    Lesson 15: Policies, VDCs, and Catalogs

    • Understand Policies, VDCs and Catalogs
    • Their Role in virtual machine provisioning


    Lesson 16: Self-Service Provisioning

    • Understanding the Self-Service Provisioning Process
    • Creating a Service Request
    • Managing that Service Request

Module 6: Compute Management

    Lesson 1: Theory of Operation, Benefits, and Value Proposition
    • Discuss the overview and theory of operation of UCS Director
    • Explain the Physical Compute Management in UCS Director across multiple types of Physical compute platforms
    • Describe the benefits and value proposition of UCS Director
    • Describe the supported Physical compute platforms in UCS Director


    Lesson 2: Managing Cisco UCS Infrastructure Using the Cisco UCS Director

    • Learn about various VM lifecycle operations that can be perform in UCS Director
    • Understand vMotion functionality available in UCS Director
    • Understand what is VM Annotation and how to add them to a VM during VM provisioning


    Lesson 3: Cisco UCS Director Baremetal Agent

    • Describe the Cisco UCS Director Baremetal Agent
    • Explain the Architecture of BMA
    • Discuss the Pre-Boot Execution Environment (PXE)
    • Describe the Unattended OS installation using BMA


    Lesson 4: Compute Policies in the Cisco UCS Director

    • Explain the Polices in UCS Director
    • Describe the Compute Policies in UCS Director
    • Explain the Unified Management and Automation of Physical and virtual infrastructure using UCS Director Policies


    Lesson 5: Monitoring and Reports in the Cisco UCS Director

    • Describe the Monitoring and Reporting capabilities of UCS Director
    • Explain the UCS Director Dashboard
    • Describe UCS director reports
    • Discuss the UCS Director CloudSense Analytics

Module 7: Storage Management

    Lesson 1: Theory of Operation with NetApp and Cisco UCS Director
    • Discuss the overview and theory of operation of UCS Director with a NetApp device
    • Describe how UCS Director provides value when integrated with a NetApp storage device
    • Describe how UCS Director plays a key role when being used in a multi-tenant environment


    Lesson 2: Supported NetApp Device with the Cisco UCS Director

    • Which NetApp devices are currently supported for integration with the UCS Director 5.0


    Lesson 3: NetApp Day Zero Configuration

    • Discuss and describe what is required to be configured and provisioned on a NetApp device operating in 7-Mode before integrating it into UCS Director.
    • Discuss and describe what is required to be configured and provisioned on a NetApp device operating in Cluster Mode before integrating it into UCS Director.


    Lesson 4: Adding NetApp Accounts to the Cisco UCS Director

    • Discuss what NetApp account types can be added to UCS Director
    • Describe each step required to successful add an account
    • Test connectivity once complete


    Lesson 5: Monitoring and Managing the Cluster Mode NetApp Storage Devices with the Cisco UCS Director

    • Discuss what reports can be ran against a NetApp Device
    • Discuss what management capabilities can be accomplished using UCS director
    • Describe what advantage UCS Director provides when managing a NetApp device


    Lesson 6: Orchestration with NetApp

    • Discuss and describe the orchestration capabilities with UCS Director
    • Describe how to build a workflow for provisioning of a NetApp device.


    Lesson 7: NetApp and Cisco UCS Director Integration Use Cases

    • Discuss what use cases UCS Director provides and how it can be leveraged by an organization
    • Describe how UCS Director plays a key role in a multi-tenant environment.

Module 8: Network Management

    Lesson 1: Theory of Operation, Benefits, and Value Proposition
    • Describe the overview and theory of operation of UCS Director
    • Describe the Physical Network device Management in UCS Director across multiple types of Physical Network platforms
    • Describe the benefits and value proposition of UCS Director
    • Describe the supported Physical Network platforms in UCS Director


    Lesson 2: Managing Cisco Nexus and Other Network Infrastructure Using the Cisco UCS Director

    • Explain the Multidomain feature of UCS Director and UCS Central Management with UCS Director
    • Describe the overview of UCS Network infrastructure management and automation with UCS Director
    • Explain the Configuration, Management and monitoring of Cisco Nexus Infrastructure that can be performed from UCS Director
    • Describe the list of UCS Orchestration tasks that can be performed from UCS Director
    • Explain the Multidomain Managers administration feature of UCS Director and Security devices with UCS Director


    Lesson 3: Network Policies in the Cisco UCS Director

    • Describe the Polices in UCS Director
    • Explain the Network Policies in UCS Director
    • Describe the Unified Management and Automation of Physical and virtual infrastructure using UCS Director Policies


    Lesson 4: Monitoring and Reports in the Cisco UCS Director

    • Describe the Monitoring and Reporting capabilities of UCS Director
    • Explain the UCS Director Dashboard
    • Describe UCS director reports
    • Discuss the UCS Director CloudSense Analytics

Module 9 Integrations

    Lesson 1: Integrations Overview
    • Integrate UCS Director with other applications using North bound REST API
    • Build Custom Tasks using Cloupia Script
    • Develop and Deploy Modules using UCS Director Open Automation SDK
    • Build Connectors for devices, Collect Inventory and Create Actions