This workshop is designed for FlexPod-related teams who are involved with the design, implementation, and management of FlexPods. It assumes that a FlexPod is either being installed or has been installed.
The use of a converged infrastructure within data centers is rapidly changing the techniques needed to manage a data center. FXOPS-SA focuses on the Cisco/NetApp FlexPod architecture, a specific converged infrastructure, and how to optimize the Flex-Pod architecture for application delivery. It looks at ways of implementing and configuring a FlexPod, paying particular attention to the Unified Computing System (UCS) from Cisco.Cisco UCS represents a change of approach in the use of servers generically within the data center and specifically within the Flex-Pod. A key purpose of this course is to explain and demonstrate the features and functions of UCS and their relevance to FlexPod administrators. Cisco Validated Designs are used as case studies: for example, VMware vSphere 5.1 and Nexus 9300. In addition to UCS, all the elements of a typical FlexPod are covered, including Nexus, hypervisors, NetApp Storage, and ONTAP software. Application optimization for all three physical device platforms also is considered.A series of labs, interspersed within the training, reinforces the learning with a virtual hands-on experience of UCS within the context of FlexPod. Labs are run as part of each relevant module, including storage and network optimization for application delivery, remote access and login, configuration of FlexPod VMware parameters, Nexus 5548UP configuration, and Nexus 1000V configuration. Firefly is constantly improving these labs to reflect the changing needs of FlexPod administrators.
Module 1: Cisco Unified Computing System OverviewLesson 1: Cisco Unified Computing System OverviewLesson 2: Implementing an HA ClusterLesson 3: Managing and Upgrading Cisco UCS B-Series FirmwareLesson 4: Backing Up and Restoring the Cisco UCS Manager DatabaseLesson 5: Implementing Logging and MonitoringLesson 6: Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series Physical ConnectivityLesson 7: Implementing Cisco UCS B-Series LAN ConnectivityLesson 8: Configuring Compute Node SAN ConnectivityLesson 9: Provisioning Resource Pools in Cisco UCS ManagerLesson 10: Provisioning Server Profiles, Policies, and Templates in Cisco UCS ManagerLesson 11: Implementing Cisco R-Series Rack EnclosuresLesson 12: Installing Cisco UCS B-Series HardwareLesson 13: UCS Management ToolsModule 2: FlexPod OverviewLesson 1: FlexPod Architecture - OverviewLesson 2: Cisco Unified Computing System OverviewLesson 3: HA ClusterLesson 4: Role-Based Access ControlLesson 5: UCS B-Series FirmwareLesson 6: Backing Up and Restoring UCS Manager DatabaseLesson 7: Logging and MonitoringLesson 8: Physical Connectivity - UCS B-SeriesLesson 9: LAN Connectivity - UCS B-SeriesLesson 10: SAN Connectivity - UCS B-SeriesLesson 11: Resource Pools in UCS ManagerLesson 12: Provisioning Server Profiles, Policies, and Templates in UCSMLesson 13:Installing UCS B-Series HardwareLesson 14: UCS Management ToolsLesson 15: UCS B-Series FlexPodLesson 16: Nexus 1000V Design ParametersLesson 17: VMware Virtual Storage on NetApp FASLesson 18: FlexPod Hypervisor OptionsLesson 19: FlexPod Nexus 5548UP ParametersLabsDemonstration 1: Access the Lab EnvironmentLab 1: Initial ConfigurationLab 2: Upgrading UCS ComponentsLab 3: Creating Simple Service ProfilesLab 4: Configuring Resource PoolsLab 5: Creating Service Profiles from TemplatesLab 6: Creating Mobile Service ProfilesLab 7: Advanced Server NetworkingLab 8: Testing High AvailabilityLab 9: Backing Up and Importing Configuration DataLab 10: Deploying UCS CentralLab 11: Connecting to the Lab EnvironmentLab 12: Deploying a UCS Service ProfileLab 13: Using NFS Datastores and SISLab 14: Exploring NetApp DataFabric ManagerLab 15: UCS Director FlexPod Physical Infrastructure Discovery and AdministrationLab 16: UCS Director FlexPod Cloud Setup and Service Delivery
Describe the logical and physical architecture of a FlexPodExamine the logical and physical architecture of Cisco UCSImplement system management, maintenance, and high availability services for Cisco UCS B-series servers with UCS Manager 2.1Discuss how to configure Cisco UCS stateless computing using resource pools, templates, and policiesDescribe how to manage firmware upgrades for UCSDiscuss how to configure advanced networking on Cisco UCS service profilesDescribe how to troubleshoot errors and faults using the built-in logging systems within UCSDescribe how to monitor performance statistics using the built-in UCS toolsDescribe how to install Cisco C-series rack enclosuresDiscuss UCS Director and software orchestrationDescribe FlexPod networking requirementsExamine VMware virtual storage on NetApp FASOverview of Nexus 1000, 5000, 6000, 7000 and 9000 hardware and softwarePosition B-Series blades within a FlexPodUnderstand the Nexus 5000 series design parameters and configurationUnderstand the Nexus 1000V design parameters and configurationDiscuss the Nexus 9000 product rangeUnderstand the NetApp 8000 seriesDescribe NetApp ONTAP 8.2 cluster and 7 mode