UCS Implementation and Design Lab Camp v5.0



This course is ideal for the engineer who has limited time to become proficient in designing, configuring, and administering a Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) environment. Designed for those who understand the basics of UCS server architecture, this course provides you with an opportunity to work with a complete UCS environment.

In order to maximize hands-on practice time, brief lectures will occur each morning, preparing you for the day's labs. The remaining time in class is dedicated to lab time, whereby each student is assigned a separate UCS environment.

Each UCS environment includes a Nexus 5k core, a pair of Fabric Interconnects, both B-Series and C-Series servers, Microsoft Hyper-V (2008 or 2012), VMware vSphere (v4.x, 5.0, 5.1, and 5.5), the Cisco Nexus 1000v (v1.5x and 2.2x), and Cisco's pass-through switching.


  • System engineers and technicians who implement Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers and Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers
  • Data center (LAN, SAN, Server) administrators, managers, designers, and engineers


  • CCNA and DCUFI knowledge and experience
  • CCNA DC equivalent knowledge and experience
  • Familiarity with server operating systems, hypervisor, and virtualization
  • Familiarity with Ethernet and TCP/IP networking, SANs, Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP), and hypervisor technologies (VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix Xen)

Attendance of the following Cisco courses is recommended in order to fully benefit from this course:

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate the data center solution design, architecture, and components.
  • Assess the requirements and performance of the data-center solution
  • Cisco UCS hardware components and how to select the proper hardware
  • Evaluate and design Cisco UCS solutions for LAN, SAN, and Virtual Access layer connectivity
  • Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series system architectures, hardware components, and field-installable options
  • Cisco UCS server deployments
  • Configure Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers with Cisco UCS Manager v2.2(1d) Configure Cisco UCS C-Series blade servers with Cisco IMC Implement service profiles and blade configuration for Microsoft Hyper-V (2008 and 2012) and VMware ESXi (v4.1, v5.0, v5.1 and v5.5)
  • Management challenges in Cisco UCS data center server environments
  • Cisco UCS components
  • Configure Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers with Cisco UCS Manager
  • Configure Cisco UCS C-Series blade servers with Cisco IMC (CIMC)
  • Cisco UCS platform connectivity requirements
  • Configure server profiles to allocate physical resources
  • Configure maintenance tasks such as Syslog, LDAP, RBAC, and SNMP
  • Configure high availability at the LAN, SAN, and server NIC level
  • Troubleshoot common LAN and SAN connectivity and service-profile issues
  • Configure Cisco Nexus 1000v v1.5.x or 2.2.x in VMware vSphere v4.1, v5.0, 5.1, or v5.5 environments
  • Configure Cisco UCS Manager and VMware vSphere integration
  • Configure, compare, and contrast Cisco's VM-FEX and VM-FEX with pass-through switching