UCSMINI1 - Cisco UCS Mini Implementation and Deployment



In this course, you will learn about implementing and deploying the Cisco UCS Mini solution. This hands on intensive training will help you understand the UCS Mini's key features, their configuration steps in the UCS management interfaces, and the physical specifications of the hardware.


  • Field engineers
  • Channel partners
  • IT staff

Learning Objectives

  • Updated 5108 chassis and backplane
  • UCS Mini's configuration requirements
  • UCS Mini's expansion capabilities
  • UCS Mini's connectivity options and supported topologies
  • UCS Mini's common usage scenarios
  • Perform the UCS Mini's initial configuration and deployment

1. UCS Mini Hardware Overview

  • Cisco UCS 5108 Chassis
  • Updated Backplane, Fabric Interconnect, IOMs, PSUs
  • Fabric Interconnect 6324 Integrated Networking
  • UCS Mini Power Enhancements
  • Cisco UCS vs Cisco UCS Mini Comparison

2. UCS Mini Supported Topologies

  • Supported Topologies with Blade and Rack Servers
  • Network Attached Storage (IP Based Connectivity)
  • Direct Attached Storage (DAS)
  • SAN Attached Storage (FC/FCoE)
  • Storage Features and Support
  • Supported Scale Numbers

3. UCS Ethernet Networking

  • Port Type Configuration
  • Virtual Port Channel Configuration (VPC)
  • End Host Mode vs. Switching Mode

4. UCS Mini Network Interface Virtualization Support

  • Both Static and Dynamic vNIC's
  • VMFEX Support for VMware ESX and Microsoft Hyper-V
  • vNIC Failover in HA Mode
  • MAC Filtering Support in VIC
  • Supported NIV Adaptors

5. UCS Mini Initial Deployment

  • Pre-Deployment Tasks
  • Customer Configuration Data
  • Connect Network Cables
  • Prepare UCS F/Is and Configure UCS Manager

6. UCS Mini Global Network Configuration

  • Move to FC Switching Mode
  • Uplink VLAN Configuration
  • Configure Universal Ports as FC Ports
  • Configure Uplink Ports
  • Configure Ethernet Port as Appliance Ports
  • Configure FC Appliance Ports
  • Configure FC Zoning Policies
  • Configure QoS Classes and QoS Policy for Jumbo MTU

7. UCS Mini Configure Identifier Pools

  • Server UUID Pool
  • MAC Address Pool
  • WWN Pool
  • Management IP Address Pool

8. UCS Mini Server Pools

  • Creation of Server Pool
  • Creation of Server Pool Policy Qualification
  • Creation of Server Pool Policy

9. Installing Server OS

  • Configuring B-Series and C-Series Servers for OS Installation
  • Using UCSM for Server Installations
  • Installing Windows Server 2012

10. UCS Mini Server Deployment

  • Configure Service Profile Template
  • Instantiate Service Profiles from the Service Profile Template
  • Install ESXi Servers and vCenter Infrastructure

11. UCS Mini Management

  • Full-Featured Cisco UCS Manager
  • Cisco UCS Manager 3.0 'Fletcher Cove' for UCS Mini
  • Cisco UCS Manager 3.0 for UCS Mini Unsupported Features
  • Cisco UCS Director API
  • Cisco UCS Mini Support in Cisco UCS Central Software
  • Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Fabric Interconnect IOM Management Model
  • Online Insertion and Removal (OIR) of Fabric Interconnect IOM
  • Cisco UCS Mini Firmware Management

12. ROBO Compared to Data Center Deployment Model

  • Cisco UCS Mini can be deployed in a ROBO location
  • Centrally managed using Cisco UCS Central Software in data center
  • WAN Characteristics, Network Bandwidth, Latency, Jitter
  • Firewall-Friendly Enhancements
  • Cisco UCS Central Software Release 1.2
  • Firmware Management with Cisco UCS Central Software

13. Cisco UCS Mini Branch Office Management with UCS Central

  • Install and Configure UCS Central
  • Configure UCS Central for Branch Office Deployment

14. UCS Mini Solutions

  • Virtual Server Infrastructure (VSI)
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
  • Business Applications
  • Software Defined Storage
  • Remote Office / Branch Office (ROBO)

15. UCS Mini vs. 'Classic' UCS Server Support

  • Maximum Servers Supported per Domain
  • Support for specific B-Series vs C-Series Servers
  • SingleConnect Support
  • Switching and EHM/NPV mode