Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCD) v5.0

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In this course, you will learn how to choose and design scalable, reliable, and intelligent data center unified computing and virtualization solutions. These solutions are based on the Cisco data center product portfolio with a Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) as a centerpiece integrated with contemporary server virtualization solutions, such as VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V R2, and Citrix for Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure [VXI] and operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows and Linux. You'll also learn how to evaluate existing data center computing solutions, determine the requirements and design Cisco datacenter unified computing and virtualization solutions. In this newly updated course with heavy focus on systems solutions, design and product placement you will walk through Cisco's UCS B-Series and UCS C-Series components paying special attention to the individual and updated components of a complete solution and how to position a Cisco UCS design in various types of environments. Hands-on configuration labs using UCS Manager v2.0 and scenario-driven case studies reinforce the information you'll cover. Digital courseware: Cisco now provide students with electronic courseware for this course. Students who have a confirmed booking will be sent an email prior to the course start date, with a link to create an account via before they attend their first day of class.  Please note that any electronic courseware or labs will not be available (visible) until the first day of the class.


  • Evaluate the data center solution design and design process in regards to contemporary data center challenges, data center solution architecture, and components
  • Asses the requirements and performance characteristics of the data center computing solution
  • Updated hardware components available in Cisco UCS designs and how to select the proper hardware
  • Employ design steps to design for the Cisco UCS solution for given data center requirements
  • Propose a solution management design for a given environment
  • Evaluate and design Cisco UCS solution for LAN, SAN, and Virtual Access layer connectivity
  • Recognise and design Cisco UCS server deployments
  • Identify a Cisco UCS solution for Unified Communications and a Hadoop distributed computing application with specific UCS components to fit their application needs
  • Configure Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers with Cisco UCS Manager v2.0
  • Configure Cisco UCS C-Series blade servers with Cisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC)
  • Implement service profiles and blade configuration for Microsoft Hyper-V 2008 and 2012, VMware ESXi v4.1, v5.0, and v5.1
  • Configure Cisco UCS v2.0 Manager and vSphere integration for pass-thru switching (PTS)


  • Data center designers, administrators, and engineers
  • System engineers and managers

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Recommended Experience:

  • CCNA Data Center experience
  • Knowledge of Cisco Nexus product
  • Knowledge of Cisco MDS product
  • Knowledge of server and desktop virtualization (VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware View and Citrix XenDesktop)
  • Operating system administration familiarity (Linux and Windows)


1. Cisco Data Center Solution Architecture and Components

  • Data Center Solutions
  • Data Center Applications
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cisco Data Center Architecture and Components

2. Assessing Data Center Computing Requirements

  • Defining a Cisco Unified Computing System Solution Design
  • Analyzing Computing Solutions Characteristics
  • Employing Data Center Analysis Tools

3. Sizing Cisco Unified Computing Solutions

  • Sizing the Cisco UCS C-Series Server Solution
  • Sizing the Cisco UCS B-Series Server Solution
  • Planning Unified Computing Deployment

4. Designing Cisco Unified Computing Solutions

  • Designing the Unified Computing Network
  • Designing Unified Computing Storage
  • Designing the Virtual Access Layer

5. Designing Cisco Unified Computing Solutions Server Deployment

  • Designing Cisco UCS Server Deployment
  • Designing Unified Computing Management

6. Cisco Unified Computing Solution Applications

  • Designing Cisco Unified Communications on Cisco UCS
  • Designing Distributed Computing on Cisco UCS Appendix A: Creating Cisco UCS Solution BOM


Lab 1: Enhanced - Analyze the Existing Computing Solution

Lab 2: Enhanced - Size the Cisco UCS C-Series Solution

Lab 3: Enhanced - Size the Cisco UCS B-Series Solution

Lab 4: Enhanced - Plan the Physical Deployment

Lab 5: Enhanced - Design the Server Deployment for Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 or 2012

Lab 6: Configure Identity and Resource Pools

Lab 7: Create Logical Service Profiles from Updating Templates

Lab 8: Enhanced - Build a vSphere Data Center and UCSM Integration

Lab 9: Install a Cisco Nexus 1000V VSM

Lab 10: New: Configure 1000v Port Profiles

Appendix A: Answer Key, Lab Topology, and Optional Labs

Appendix B: New: Installing Hyper-V 2012, vSphere v4.1, and vSphere v5.1

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Teaching mode: Classroom - Instructor Led
Duration: 4 days
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