UC-UCS - Installing Cisco UC on UCS in a Virtualized Environment v4.5



In this course, you will cover both the Unified Computing (UCS) System B-series servers and the stand alone C-series servers. You will examine the system preparation (B-series and C-series), ESXi deployment, Unified Communications (UC) applications in ESXi, and the Nexus 1000v virtual Ethernet switch. You will cover the changing Data Center server environment, where the Cisco UCS system fits into the environment, and LAN and SAN considerations. UCS products will be discussed, with emphasis on the advantages the UCS Manager brings to server provisioning, as well as server provisioning through the use of easy-to-configure Service Profiles.

ESXi will be covered along with the features that are supported in current UC applications. You will examine the concepts and methods of virtual Ethernet traffic, VMware vCenter, VMware networking, iSCSI SAN access, and vMotion.

You'll explore the UC on UCS specific considerations, including design requirements, VMware OVF templates, caveats, and recommendations. Unified Communications installation within ESXi and migration from MCS 7800 series servers to Virtual Machines will be covered and you will troubleshoot UC applications in a virtual environment.


  • Anyone interested in, or responsible for, the installation, migration, and management of Cisco's Unified Communications applciations on a UCS B-Series blade server or C-Series server platform running VMware
  • Individuals seeking to learn the fundamentals of UCS, VMware ESXi, and Nexus 1000v


  • Experience with Cisco's Unified Communications products

Learning Objectives

  • Install UC applications on the Cisco UCS Servers running VMware ESXi:
    • B-Series Servers managed by UCS Manager using SAN boot
    • C-Series standalone Servers using local hard drive boot
  • Guidelines specified on the Cisco UC on UCS DocWiki site
  • Demonstrate VMware functions and features that complement the UC installation (vMotion)
  • Install and configure the Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch to support the UC applications

1. Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)

  • Data Center Computing Challenges
  • Cisco UCS
  • Cisco UCS Servers

2. UCS Architecture

  • UCS Architecture and B-Series Connectivity
  • B-Series Installation
    • Configuring High Availability
  • Exploring the B-Series User Interfaces

3. Cisco UCS LAN and SAN Connectivity

  • Configuring Compute Node LAN Connectivity
  • Configuring Compute Node SAN Connectivity

4. Cisco UCS Service Profiles

  • Creating Identity and Resource Pools
  • Creating Service Profiles
  • Creating Service Profile Templates and Cloning Service Profiles

5. Virtualization and VMware

  • Virtual Infrastructure
  • Networking in the VMware Infrastructure
  • Configuring VMware Switching
  • Deploying Standalone C-Series Servers
  • Supporting VMware features for Unified Communications Applications

6. Installing Unified Communications on UCS

  • Deploying Virtualized Cisco UC Applications
  • Virtualizing Cisco UC Manager
  • Migrating Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM) from a Physical to a Virtual Server
  • Troubleshooting Database Replication Issues

7. UC on UCS QoS Considerations

  • Quality of Service for UC on UCS

8. Unified Communications Update

  • Unified Communications 8.5

9. Nexus 1000v Switch

  • Evaluating the Cisco Nexus 1000v Switch
  • Installing and Configuring the Cisco Nexus 1000v Switch
  • Configuring Basic Cisco Nexus 1000v Networking
  • Nexus 1000v Troubleshooting

10. Backup and Restore Operations

  • Backing Up and Restoring the Cisco UCS Manager Database

Appendix: Unified Computing System C-Series

  • Integrating C-Series Servers