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Cisco UCS Design Workshop (UCSDW)

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Module1: Assess Data Center Computing Requirements

  • Lesson 1: Defining a Cisco Unified Computing System Solution Design
    • Describe the design process for the Cisco Unified Computing solution
    • Evaluate design process phases
    • Recognize the deliverables for the Cisco Unified Computing solution
  • Lesson 2: Analyzing Computing Solutions Characteristics
    • Identify performance characteristics
    • Assess server virtualization performance characteristics
    • Assess desktop virtualization performance characteristics
    • Assess requirements for small VMware vSphere deployment example
    • Assess requirements for small Microsoft Hyper-V deployment example
    • Assess requirements for VMware View VDI deployment example
  • Lesson 3: Employing Data Center Analysis Tools
    • Evaluate reconnaissance and analysis tools
    • Perform existing computing solution analysis with VMware Capacity Planner
    • Perform VMware vSphere analysis with VMware Capacity IQ
    • Perform existing computing solution analysis with MAP toolkit
    • Perform TCO/ROI analysis with Cisco UCS TCO/ROI Advisor

Module 2: Size Cisco Unified Computing Solutions

  • Lesson 1: Sizing Cisco UCS C-Series Server Solution
    • Recognize general Cisco UCS C-series server selection steps
    • Select proper hardware components to integrate UCS C-series server with UCS Manager
    • Select proper Cisco UCS C-series server hardware based on the requirements for a given small VMware vSphere environment
    • Select proper Cisco UCS C-series server hardware based on the requirements for a given small Microsoft Hyper-V environment
  • Lesson 2: Sizing Cisco UCS B-Series Server Solution
    • Recognize general Cisco UCS B-series server selection steps
    • Select proper Cisco UCS servers based on the requirements for a given desktop virtualization solution
  • Lesson 3: Planning Unified Computing Deployment
    • Recognize Power Calculator tool
    • Propose physical deployment plan

Module 3: Evaluate the use of Intel Xeon Processor families

  • Lesson 1: Intel Technology in Cisco UCS
    • Identify processors in Intel Xeon E5 and E7 families
    • Differentiate between different DIMM types
    • Understand the benefits of Intel MCA recovery in Intel Xeon E7 processor families
    • Differentiate between the use of Hard Disk Drives and Solid State Drives

Module 4: Design Cisco Unified Computing Solutions

  • Lesson 1: Designing Unified Computing Network
    • Recognize network operational modes of the Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects
    • Recognize Layer 2 disjoint domains
    • Define the network high availability mechanisms for Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects
    • Define the VM-FEX requirements for Cisco UCS
  • Lesson 2: Designing Unified Computing Storage
    • Recognize SAN operational modes of Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects
    • Understand SAN Connectivity
    • Define the SAN high availability mechanisms for Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects
    • Recognize SAN Scalability Options
  • Lesson 3: Designing Virtual Access Layer
    • Identify and describe the Cisco Nexus 1000V
    • Identify and describe Cisco Nexus 1000V integration with VMware vCenter

Module 5: Design Cisco Unified Computing Solutions Server Deployment

  • Lesson 1: Designing Cisco UCS Server Deployment
    • Identify server deployment aspects
    • Define the common naming convention for given solutions
    • Define the UUID addressing for given solutions
    • Define the MAC addressing for given solutions
    • Define the WWN addressing for given solutions
    • Define the common policies for hosts of a given solutions
  • Lesson 2: Designing Unified Computing Management
    • Define the Cisco UCS management access
    • Define the organizational hierarchy within Cisco UCS configuration
    • Define the remote management connectivity characteristics

Course Labs

  • Lab 1-1: Analyze the Existing Computing Solution
  • Lab 2-1: Design Cisco UCS C-series Solution
  • Lab 2-2: Design Cisco UCS B-series Solution
  • Lab 2-3: Plan the Physical Deployment