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This five-day hands-on Cisco training course focuses on the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) deployment and operations. Participants will learn how to configure an... READ MORE

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Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Implementation (DCUCI)

Course Length: 5 Days

This five-day hands-on Cisco training course focuses on the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) deployment and operations. Participants will learn how to configure and manage Cisco UCS servers with consolidated I/O networking for LAN and SAN connectivity and how to virtualize server properties to enable simple and rapid mobility of server operating system images between physical servers.

As part of your DCUCI Cisco training, you will benefit from:

  • Highly-skilled CCSIs(Cisco Certified System Instructors) with real-world experience
  • Lab guide and workbook
  • Enhanced lab topology representing a real-world network
  • Dynamic learning environment where student/teacher interactions are highly promoted

This course focuses on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) deployment and operations. You will learn how to configure and manage UCS servers with consolidated I/O networking for LAN and SAN connectivity. Students will also learn how to virtualize server properties to enable simple and rapid mobility of server OS images between physical servers. In the labs, you will practice implementing a multi-tenant management model, configuring fault tolerance, backing up and restoring system configurations, and using the built-in monitoring and troubleshooting tools. You will also install and configure the Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual switch on the UCS infrastructure.
* To participate in this course and access the remote labs, you are required to have a laptop running Windows 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP, or Vista, and including Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher. Also, the ability to install new ActiveX components may be required.

Course Objectives

  • How UCS addresses key problems in Cisco Data Center server environments
  • UCS system architecture
  • UCS hardware components and options
  • Perform the key operational tasks required to deploy a Cisco UCS
  • Configure physical and logical unified fabric connectivity
  • Implement the basic opt-in and logical server management models
  • Configure system-level fault tolerance
  • Implement a multi-tenant management model using Role-Based Access Control
  • Perform system upgrades
  • Back up and restore system configurations
  • Monitor system events and use the built-in troubleshooting tools


To fully benefit from this course, it is recommended that you have the following prerequisite skills and knowledge:

  • Server administration experience
  • Basic knowledge of LAN, SAN, and server hardware concepts
  • Basic knowledge of server virtualization concepts

Intended Audience

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Pre- and post-sales professionals
  • Systems Engineers
  • Network Engineers
  • Those who need to deploy, configure, and manage the Cisco UCS

Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Implementation (DCUCI)

1. Introduction to the Cisco Unified Computing System

  • Implementing Cisco Virtualized Data Centers
  • Evolution of Server Scalability
  • Management Challenges
  • Blade Challenges
  • The Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)
    • Logical View of UCS
    • I/O Consolidation

2. Understanding the Cisco Unified Computing System

  • Hardware Components
    • Cisco UCS Hardware Overview
    • Cisco UCS Chassis Hardware
    • Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect
    • Cisco UCS Blades
    • VMware Integration
  • Architecture and Feature Overview
    • Cisco UCS Management Architecture
    • Cisco UCS Management Assignments
  • Installing Cisco UCS Hardware
    • Installation Guidelines
    • Configuring Chassis Power Supplies
    • Chassis Module Installation

3. UCS Connectivity

  • Unified Connectivity
    • Hardware Component Connectivity
    • High Availability Connectivity
    • Fabric Interconnect Network Configuration
  • UCS User Interfaces
    • The Graphical User Interface
  • Startup and Shutdown
    • Cisco UCS 6100 Startup and Shutdown
  • Upgrading Software
    • Cisco UCS Software Upgrade Overview

4. Cisco UCS Manager

  • UCS Manager Fundamentals
    • Cisco UCS Resources
    • Resource Pools
    • Service Profiles
    • Service Profile Policies
    • Service Profiles in Basic Opt-In Model
    • Service Profiles in Logical Server Model
  • Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
    • Management Groups
    • Remote RBAC Configuration

5. Establishing Compute Node Connectivity

  • LAN Connectivity
    • Server and Uplink Ports
    • Ethernet Host Virtualizer Mode
    • Ethernet Switching Mode
    • Use of VLANs
    • Virtual NICs
    • Comparison
    • Port Channels
    • Pin Groups
    • LAN Tools
  • SAN Connectivity
    • N Port Identifier Virtualization
    • SAN Port Connectivity

6. Implementation of Server Resources

  • Identity and Resource Pools
    • Mobile Service Profiles
    • MAC Addresses
    • World Wide Names
    • Universally Unique Identifiers
    • Server Pools
  • Creating Service Profiles
    • Service Profile Review
    • Service Profile Expert Wizard
  • Managing Service Profiles
    • Associating Service Profiles

7. Maintaining a Cisco UCS

  • Backup and Restore
    • Backup Types
    • Backup and Import Jobs
    • Backup Configuration
    • Import Configuration
  • Managing High Availability
    • High Availability Connectivity
    • Managing High Availability
  • Monitoring System Events
    • GUI Monitoring
    • Threshold Policies

8. UCS Deployments

  • UCS Use Cases
    • Server Operations
    • Virtualization
    • Databases
  • Operating System Provisioning
    • SAN-Based Installation

9. Networks in a Virtual Server Environment

  • Introduction to the Cisco Nexus 1000V
    • Data Center Access Layer Networks
    • Virtual Environment Overview
    • Cisco Virtual Switching Overview
    • Feature Overview
  • Server Virtualization Primer
    • Server Virtualization
    • Virtual Storage Networking with VMware
  • VMware Ethernet Networking
    • Virtual Access Layer
    • Distributed Virtual Switching
  • Nexus 1000V Architecture
    • Cisco Nexus 1000V Architectural Overview
    • Installation and Operation
  • Configure VMware Switching
    • Configure vSwitches
  • Installing and Configuring the Cisco Nexus 1000V
    • Configure VSM vSwitch Networks
    • Connect the VSM to vCenter
  • Configure Basic Cisco Nexus 1000V Networking
    • Port Profiles
    • Creating VM Data Port Profiles

10. Appendix: Exploring the Unified Computing User Interfaces

  • Command-Line Interface
  • The connect Commands
  • UCS Acronyms


  • Lab Topology and System Addressing Overview
  • Exploring Cisco UCS Hardware
  • Upgrading UCS Components
  • Creating Simple Service Profiles
  • Configuring Resource Pools
  • Creating Mobile Service Profiles
  • Testing High Availability
  • Configuration Backup and Import
  • Reporting
  • Installing ESXi and vCenter Server
  • Installing a Nexus 1000V Virtual Supervisor Module (VSM)
  • Configuring Port Profiles

Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Support Specialist

Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Support Specialist

The Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Support Specialist is designed to test students knowledge of the fundamentals of the Cisco Unified Compute System and their ability to implement a virtualized Data Center environment. In addition the student also tested on how to implement the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) in an enterprise data center routing and switching infrastructure with the next-generation Cisco Nexus product family.


All candidates must first meet the following baseline requirement:

  1. VMware certification: Earn a VMware Certified Professional Certification (VCP3 or VCP4), and
  2. Complete either one of the following options:
    • Earn the following two Cisco certifications ICSNS (Data Center Storage Networking Support Specialist) and DCNIS (Data Center Networking Infrastructure Support Specialist)


    • "Fast start option" (Choose this option if you wish to bypass option "a" by completing your CCNA certification and passing the DCUCI Qualifier Exam (642-979)


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