Cisco UCS Director Foundation

The Cisco UCS Director Foundation (UCSDF) version 5.0 course 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.

The knowledge and skills that you must have before attending this course are as follows:
General knowledge of cloud and datacenter virtualization
Knowledge of Cisco UCS, NetApp Storage, Nexus, and VMware vCenter
Knowledge of datacenter processes and best practices

Course Outline

Module 1: UCS Director Overview
UCS Director Overview

Module 2: UCS Director Installation & Configuration
Cisco UCS Director Installation
Cisco UCS Director Configuration
Virtual and Physical Account Management

Module 3: Self-service Portal
Overview of Self-service Portal
Managing Users, Roles and Groups
Managing VDCs, Tenants and Policies
Managing Catalogs & Templates
Managing Self-Service Provisioning
Configuring Chargeback
Reviewing Reports
Implementing Customer Onboarding with Secure Multi Tenancy

Module 4: Orchestration

Module 5: Virtualization Management
Overview of Virtualization
Hosts, Clusters and DRS Configuration
Datastore Clusters and DRS Configuration
VMWare – Virtual Networking
Host Profiles
VM Provisioning (using ISO images), Template Management, VM Console
Administration of VMs
SRM Integration
Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) Integration Overview
Adding SCVMM Account and Discovery
SCVMM Virtual Compute Management
SCVMM Virtual Storage Management
SCVMM Virtual Networking Management
Policies, VDCs and Catalogs
Self Service Provisioning

Module 6: Compute Management
Theory of Operation, Benefits and Value Proposition
Managing Cisco UCS Infrastructure using UCS Director
Cisco UCS Director Bare metal Agent
Compute Policies in UCS Director
Monitoring and Reports in UCS Director

Module 7: Storage Management
Theory of Operation with NetApp and UCS Director
Supported NetApp Device with UCS Director
NetApp Day Zero Configuration
Adding NetApp Accounts to UCS Director
Monitoring and Managing Cluster Mode NetApp Storage Devices with UCS Director
Orchestration with NetApp
NetApp / UCS Director integration Use Cases

Module 8: Network Management
Theory of Operation, Benefits and Value Proposition
Managing Cisco Nexus and other network Infrastructure using UCS Director
Network Policies in UCS Director
Monitoring and Reports in UCS Director

Use UCS Director as an End User
Cisco UCS Director Guided Setup
Cisco UCS Director Customization
Add Virtual and Physical Accounts
Create Policies, VDCs, and Catalogs
Self Service Portal and VM Provisioning
Chargeback and Reports
Provision VM Using ISO
VM Administration
SCVMM Integration
VM Provisioning on SCVMM
Install and configure Cisco UCS Director Bare-Metal Agent
Adding UCS Director BMA to UCS Director using GUI
Configuring UCS Manager using UCS Director
Adding UCS Director Physical Compute Policies
Configuring UCS Service Profiles using UCS Director
Adding UCS Director Physical Network Policies
Monitoring and Managing Network Elements in UCS Director
Creating Workflows for Network provisioning
UCS Director Storage Management and Monitoring


The primary audience for this course is as follows:
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