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UCSDF v5.0 - Cisco® UCS Director Foundation Course Outline

 (5 days)
Version 5.0

Overview
Cisco UCS Director Foundation (UCSDF) version 5.0 is a 5-day Instructor-led hands-on training course. This training course will enable Cisco end customers and authorized Cisco System Engineers (SEs) to understand the concepts, architecture, and use cases that are related to the Cisco UCS Director Deployment. This course will also prepare learners to
implement basic Cisco UCS Director Deployment solutions. The focus is to ensure that students can implement the core features of Cisco UCS Director that most implementations require. Students should already be familiar with basic Data Center Concepts.

Note: Students registering for this course will be receiving their course kit in a digital format.

Objectives
Attending students will learn:
Understand Data Center Challenges and the need of Unified Data Center Solution using Cisco UCS Director
Install, configure and manage Cisco UCS Director
Configure Virtual Data Centers, Policies, Catalogs and Cost Models
Create and Monitor Service Requests for Provisioning
Define Workflows using Orchestration
Administer the software effectively
Customize the features for building proof of concepts

Prerequisites
You should possess knowledge of the following:
General knowledge of cloud and datacenter virtualization
Knowledge of Cisco UCS, NetApp Storage, Nexus, and VMware vCenter
Knowledge of datacenter processes and best practices

Who Should Attend
The primary audience for this course is as follows:
Cisco UCS and FlexPod SEs
The secondary audience for this course is as follows:
SEs who work in data center solutions and manage data center management
policies

Course Outline

Module 1: Cisco UCS Director Overview
Lesson 1: UCS Director Overview
Describe and identify the challenges and convert them into opportunities
Describe positioning of Cisco UCS Director as a solution
Define the core components of the UCS Director

Module 2: Cisco UCS Director Deployment
Lesson 1: Cisco UCS Director Installation
List of prerequisites for installation
Install Cisco UDS Director
Describe Cisco UCS Director deployment models
Adding license to Cisco UCS Director
Lesson 2: Cisco UCS Director Configuration
Configure system and infrastructure parameters
Configure advanced control and menu settings
Configure user interface settings
Add users and groups
Perform LDAP integration
Lesson 3: Virtual and Physical Account Management
Define virtual and physical accounts
Test connectivity for virtual and physical accounts
Define sites and PODs
Lesson 4: Administration and Troubleshooting
Describe how Cisco UCS Director management tools are used for
troubleshooting

Module 3: Self-service Portal
Lesson 1: Overview of Self-service Portal
Review the Theory of Operation of Self-service Portal
Review the components and features of Self-service Portal
Lesson 2: Managing Users, Roles, and Groups
Describe Managing Users and Groups
Describe Role Types, In-built Roles and Custom Roles
Describe Permissions and Menu Access
Describe Group Sharing and Budget Policies
Describe Group Resource Limits
Describe User Access Profiles
Lesson 3: Managing VDCs, Tenants, and Policies
Describe Policies and Policy Based Provisioning
Describe Virtual Data Centers (VDCs) and Management
Describe Tenancy in UCS Director
Lesson 4: Managing Catalogs and Templates
Describe Catalogs and Management of Catalog Items
Describe Templates and Management
Describe Images and Management
Lesson 5: Managing Self-Service Provisioning
Describe Self-service Provisioning
Describe Service Request Life-cycle
Describe Self-service Functions and Administrators and End Users
Lesson 6: Configuring Chargeback
Describe Creation of Cost Models
Describe Associating Cost Model with VDC
Describe Chargeback Reports
Lesson 7: Reviewing Reports
Describe Types of available Reports
Describe Accessing the Reports
Describe Virtual and Physical Reports
Describe Administrator and End User Reports
Lesson 8: Implementing Customer Onboarding with Secure Multitenancy
Describe Secure Multi Tenancy
Describe Building Blocks for Customer Onboarding
Describe the execution of Customer Onboarding Workflow

Module 4: Orchestration
Lesson 1: Using Orchestration
Understand how Cisco UCS Director Orchestrator components and how
they work
Understand basic orchestration elements and predefined workflows of
Cisco UCS Director
Understand the usage of Workflow designer to create and modify workflows
Create Compound and Custom Approval Tasks
Execute and Schedule workflows

Module 5: Virtualization
Lesson 1: Overview of VMware Integration
Describe UCS Director Virtualization Features
Describe the benefits of Cisco UCS Director for VMware
Describe Operations and Automation Features for VMware
Use Cases for VMware Virtual Cloud Design and Management
Lesson 2: Hosts, Clusters, and DRS Configuration
Understanding Clusters and how they are integrated into Cisco UCS
Director
Configuring DRS and creating rules
Creating and modifying resource pools
Lesson 3: VMware Datastore Clusters and DRS Configuration
Datastore and Datastore Cluster discovery
Virtual Storage related reports
Creating clusters and configuring storage DRS
Lesson 4: VMware: Virtual Networking
Discovery of Virtual Network Infrastructure in UCS Director
View the discovered virtual network summary and reports in UCS Director
Creating vSwitch, DvSwitch and other virtual network components through
orchestration
Lesson 5: Host Profiles
What is VMware Host Profiles
Create Host Profile from reference host
Attach or Detach Host to Host Profile
Apply or Delete Host Profile
Host Profile Reports
Lesson 6: VM Provisioning (Using an ISO Image), Template Management, VM
Console
Discovering and mapping ISO images inside Cisco UCS Director
Provisioning new VMs using ISO images
Managing VM templates
Using VM consoles to access the virtual machines
Lesson 7: Administration of VMs, vMotion, Linked Clones, VM Annotation Support
VM administration features in Cisco UCS Director
VM annotation support
Creating linked clones using Cisco UCS Director
Lesson 8: SRM Integration
Adding SRM Account
Configuring SRM related policies
Looking at SRM reports
Lesson 9: VM-FEX
VM-FEX prerequisites
VM-FEX supported policies
Lesson 10: Microsoft SCVMM Integration Overview
Describe UCS Director SCVMM capabilities
Describe the benefits of Cisco UCS Director for managing SCVMM
Describe Operations and Automation Features for SCVMM
Use Cases for SCVMM Virtual Cloud Design and Management
Demonstrations and Labs to reinforce learning objectives
Lesson 11: Adding SCVMM Account and Discovery
Understand the prerequisites of adding SCVMM account
Using Cisco UCS Directors PowerShell Agent
Adding SCVMM account
SCVMM account discovery
Lesson 12: SCVMM Virtual Compute Management
Host management features
Tracking jobs
Looking at various reports
Lesson 13: SCVMM Virtual Storage Management
Datastore Discovery and Reports
Datastore Capacity Reports
Automation Tasks
Lesson 14: SCVMM Virtual Networking Management
Virtual Networking Discovery
Creating, adding logical switches
Handling VM networking
Creating port classification and IP management
Lesson 15: Policies, VDCs, and Catalogs
Understand Policies, VDCs and Catalogs
Their Role in virtual machine provisioning
Lesson 16: Self-Service Provisioning
Understanding the Self-Service Provisioning Process
Creating a Service Request
Managing that Service Request

Module 6: Compute Management
Lesson 1: Theory of Operation, Benefits, and Value Proposition
Discuss the overview and theory of operation of UCS Director
Explain the Physical Compute Management in UCS Director across
multiple types of Physical compute platforms
Describe the benefits and value proposition of UCS Director
Describe the supported Physical compute platforms in UCS Director
Lesson 2: Managing Cisco UCS Infrastructure Using the Cisco UCS Director
Learn about various VM lifecycle operations that can be perform in UCS
Director
Understand vMotion functionality available in UCS Director
Understand what is VM Annotation and how to add them to a VM during
VM provisioning
Lesson 3: Cisco UCS Director Baremetal Agent
Describe the Cisco UCS Director Baremetal Agent
Explain the Architecture of BMA
Discuss the Pre-Boot Execution Environment (PXE)
Describe the Unattended OS installation using BMA
Lesson 4: Compute Policies in the Cisco UCS Director
Explain the Polices in UCS Director
Describe the Compute Policies in UCS Director
Explain the Unified Management and Automation of Physical and virtual
infrastructure using UCS Director Policies
Lesson 5: Monitoring and Reports in the Cisco UCS Director
Describe the Monitoring and Reporting capabilities of UCS Director
Explain the UCS Director Dashboard
Describe UCS director reports
Discuss the UCS Director CloudSense Analytics

Module 7: Storage Management
Lesson 1: Theory of Operation with NetApp and Cisco UCS Director
Discuss the overview and theory of operation of UCS Director with a
NetApp device
Describe how UCS Director provides value when integrated with a NetApp
storage device
Describe how UCS Director plays a key role when being used in a multitenant
environment
Lesson 2: Supported NetApp Device with the Cisco UCS Director
Which NetApp devices are currently supported for integration with the UCS
Director 5.0
Lesson 3: NetApp Day Zero Configuration
Discuss and describe what is required to be configured and provisioned on
a NetApp device operating in 7-Mode before integrating it into UCS
Director.
Discuss and describe what is required to be configured and provisioned on
a NetApp device operating in Cluster Mode before integrating it into UCS
Director.
Lesson 4: Adding NetApp Accounts to the Cisco UCS Director
Discuss what NetApp account types can be added to UCS Director
Describe each step required to successful add an account
Test connectivity once complete
Lesson 5: Monitoring and Managing the Cluster Mode NetApp Storage Devices
with the Cisco UCS Director
Discuss what reports can be ran against a NetApp Device
Discuss what management capabilities can be accomplished using UCS
director
Describe what advantage UCS Director provides when managing a NetApp
device
Lesson 6: Orchestration with NetApp
Discuss and describe the orchestration capabilities with UCS Director
Describe how to build a workflow for provisioning of a NetApp device.
Lesson 7: NetApp and Cisco UCS Director Integration Use Cases
Discuss what use cases UCS Director provides and how it can be
leveraged by an organization
Describe how UCS Director plays a key role in a multi-tenant environment.

Module 8: Network Management
Lesson 1: Theory of Operation, Benefits, and Value Proposition
Describe the overview and theory of operation of UCS Director
Describe the Physical Network device Management in UCS Director across
multiple types of Physical Network platforms
Describe the benefits and value proposition of UCS Director
Describe the supported Physical Network platforms in UCS Director
Lesson 2: Managing Cisco Nexus and Other Network Infrastructure Using the
Cisco UCS Director
Explain the Multidomain feature of UCS Director and UCS Central
Management with UCS Director
Describe the overview of UCS Network infrastructure management and
automation with UCS Director
Explain the Configuration, Management and monitoring of Cisco Nexus
Infrastructure that can be performed from UCS Director
Describe the list of UCS Orchestration tasks that can be performed from
UCS Director
Explain the Multidomain Managers administration feature of UCS Director
and Security devices with UCS Director
Lesson 3: Network Policies in the Cisco UCS Director
Describe the Polices in UCS Director
Explain the Network Policies in UCS Director
Describe the Unified Management and Automation of Physical and virtual
infrastructure using UCS Director Policies
Lesson 4: Monitoring and Reports in the Cisco UCS Director
Describe the Monitoring and Reporting capabilities of UCS Director
Explain the UCS Director Dashboard
Describe UCS director reports
Discuss the UCS Director CloudSense Analytics

Module 9 Integrations
Lesson 1: Integrations Overview
Integrate UCS Director with other applications using North bound REST
API
Build Custom Tasks using Cloupia Script
Develop and Deploy Modules using UCS Director Open Automation SDK
Build Connectors for devices, Collect Inventory and Create Actions
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