This course is for the information technology professional wanting to learn the fundamental elements of the Cisco UCS Director including Data Center Operations Professionals, Cloud Infrastructure Architects, Cloud Engineers, Network Engineers, Systems Engineers, Network Administrators, and Storage Administrators.
UCS Director is a centralized management solution that enables IT departments to experience the full benefits of their converged infrastructure investment by continuing to reduce TCO and save staff time with transparent unified management for the industry's leading converged infrastructure solutions. UCS Director supports NetApp FlexPod and ExpressPOD, EMC VSPEX, and Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) vBlock systems, based on the Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus platforms. UCS Director enables organizations to build their own internal private clouds as well as manage public clouds. With UCS Director, organizations achieve faster service delivery, greater IT agility, and substantial cost savings. UCS Director significantly improves service levels and operational efficiencies by providing service-centric IT management with end-to-end automation capabilities. The goal of this two-day training is to describe the fundamental capabilities and implementation details of the UCS Director platform. Since this course covers the fundamentals for UCS Director it is may not cover every detail of your installation. Therefore, the recommendation is to combine this course with additional training or services. This could be installation and knowledge transfer services from a VAR or a Firefly mentored installation or a mentored operations engagement.
Module 1: UCS Director Overview Lesson 1: Introduction to UCS Director Solution Overview UCSD Multi-Vendor Solution Architecture UCS Director Converged Infrastructure Management UCS Director Hypervisor Support Multitenant Management Capabilities UCS Director Value Proposition Lesson 2: UCS Director Components and Deployment UCS Director Components Environment and Setup/Requirements Deploying the UCS Director OVF Configuring UCS Director Deploying the Cisco Bare Metal Agent OVF Configuring the UCS Director Bare Metal Agent Lesson 3: UCS Director Basic Administration UCSD Licensing Setting System Parameters System Support Information Mail Settings Configuring RBAC and Users and Groups LDAP Integration UCS Director User Interface Customization ShellAdmin Available Options via ShellAdmin Services and Database Control Appliance Time Synchronization with NTP Database Backup and Recovery Module 2: UCS Director Infrastructure Management Lesson 1: Physical Infrastructure Management Physical Accounts in UCS Director Configuring Physical Infrastructure System Parameters NetApp Infrastructure Discovery and Administration VNX Infrastructure Discovery and Administration VMAX Infrastructure Discovery and Administration Lesson 2: Virtual Infrastructure and Cloud Setup Cloud Accounts in UCS Director Adding, Testing Connectivity, Deleting, Editing Cloud Account(s) Configuring Cloud Parameters Virtual Infrastructure Management UCS Director Policies VM Policy-based Provisioning Network Policy Management Storage Policy Management Computing Policy Management Service Delivery Policy Virtual Data Center Management Catalog Management Managing Reports and Monitoring Cost Model Setup Chargeback Reports Advanced Cost Model Setup Storage Tier Cost Model Setup Lesson 3: Self-Service Portal Management Self-Service Portal UI Catalogs and Services Self-Service Virtual and Physical Infrastructure Accounting, Approvals, and Reports Lesson 4: UCS Director Orchestration Key Capabilities and Use Cases UCS Director Task Library Workflow UI Designer Basic Orchestration Elements Orchestration Task Libraries Lab 1: UCS Director Installation and Configuration Lab 2: Basic Administration Lab 3: UCS Director Physical Infrastructure Discovery and Administration Lab 4: Advanced VI/Cloud Setup Lab 5: Self-Service Portal Management Lab 6: UCS Director Orchestration Lab 7: UCS Director Bare Metal Agent Installation and Configuration (Optional)
Describe the UCS Director solution, value proposition, and key differentiators Describe UCS Director components and implementation Explain UCS Director basic administrative tasks and settings including role-based access control, LDAP integration, interface customization, and shell admin Describe physical infrastructure management capabilities and configuration of UCS Director Explain virtual infrastructure management capabilities and configuration of UCS Director including virtual accounts, virtual data centers, and policy management Describe self-service portal and self-service catalog capabilities of UCS Director Discuss UCS Director Orchestration processes and capabilities