Cisco UCSTSBC – UCS Troubleshooting Boot Camp

In this course you will learn how to implement and maintain a Cisco Unified Computing System as well as how to identify and configure the features of Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series solutions.

You will also take a look at the new hardware of this release like the Cisco 6248 Fabric Interconnects, 2208 IOMs and 1240 and 1280 VICs. You will acquire the knowledge and skills to install, configure and troubleshoot UCS B-Sereis servers in conjunction with UCS C-Series servers operating in standalone mode.

Who needs to attend

Who needs to attend?
This course is aimed at anyone interested in learning how to troubleshoot Cisco UCS.

what you will learn

What you will learn
Upon completion you will know how to:

  • Configure and troubleshot the Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect via GUI
  • Configure and troubleshoot the Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect via CLI
  • Configure and troubleshoot IOM to Fabric Interconnect connections
  • Configure and troubleshoot VLANS and VSANS
  • Configure and trouble shoot all aspects of a Service Profile, and Service Profile assignment via GUI and CLI UCS benefits, connectivity configuration, management, and maintenance
  • Stateless computing and unified fabric
  • MACROBUTTON NoMaro UCS Series product platform with an emphasis on feature support
  • Initial setup, configuration, and connectivity to ensure proper Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) operation
    UCS Series troubleshooting methodology and common configuration challenges
  • CIMC utilities that enable performance validation and facilitate data gathering activities for troubleshooting purposes
  • Download firmware updates by using Host Upgrade Utility (HUU)
  • Perform server BIOS updates with various methods
  • Update the server BIOS by using the EFI shell
  • Features and benefits of the UCS C-Series P81E Virtual Interface Card (VIC)
  • Perform the proper network (LAN) configuration steps for the P81E VIC
  • Troubleshoot issues and recommended solutions for the UCS Series P81E VIC
  • Cisco VIC P81E SAN configuration and vHBA properties
  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet Initialization Protocol (FIP) and validate its proper configuration
  • SAS extender and expander options for the C-Series servers
  • Install an operating system onto a local disk and using a SAN boot on B and C series servers
  • Common device driver and operating system troubleshooting issues and their recommended solutions
  • Execute the password recovery process for UCS Series server CIMC and BIOS passwords
  • Configure management access to the UCS C-Series server through the LAN on Motherboard and NIC ports
  • Configure the UCS C-Series Intelligent Peripheral Management Interface (IPMI) for management access
  • Configure the UCS C-Series Serial over LAN (SoL) service
  • Components required to complete UCS C-Series integration with UCS Manager v2.0
  • Configure the Fabric Interconnect and Fabric Extender for a UCS C-Series server
  • Configure the UCS C-Series server to operate as part of a UCS Manager v2.0 instance
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot the Nexus 1000v

Students need to have:

  • Understanding of server system design/architecture and Cisco Enterprise Data Center Architecture
  • Familiarity with Cisco UCS Architecture
  • Familiarity with Ethernet and TCP/IP networking, SANs, Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP), and hypervisor technologies (VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix Xen)
Course outline

Course Outline

1. Troubleshooting Cisco UCS in the Data Center

Cisco UCS Configuration Confirmation
UCS Architecture
Using Management Interfaces to Identify UCS Configuration Parameters
Chassis and Blade Discovery
Cisco UCS Support Tools
IPMI, SoL, and Data Gathering
Cisco UCS Advanced Operations
Ethernet Switching Mode
EHV Mode
Fibre Channel Switching Mode
NPV Mode
Counters and Statistics
LAN and SAN Connectivity
SAN Boot

2. Troubleshooting Nexus 1000V Installation and Operations Problems

Installations on Cisco UCS
Troubleshooting the Installation of Nexus 1000V on UCS B-Series Servers Running VMware
VSM and VEM Installation Considerations
Troubleshooting VSM-VEM Connectivity Issues and High Availability Problems
Data Plane Issues
Virtual and Physical Interfaces: VM Guest to External Network
Nexus 1000V Operations: Data Plane Pack Flow
Troubleshooting Approaches Based on TAC Cases

3. Troubleshooting Methodology

UCS C-Series Product Review
Server Models, including the C200, C210, C250, and C460
C-Series Installation, Setup, and Configuration
Configuring the CIMC to Enable Remote Access Management
UCS C-Series Troubleshooting Methodology
Proper Configurations
C-Series Data Gathering Activities
Navigating Utilities and Interpreting the Various Command Outputs

4. Troubleshooting LAN Connectivity

UCS C-Series P81E VIC Configuration
Troubleshoot the UCS C-Series P81E VIC Installation and Configuration

5. Troubleshooting SAN Connectivity

Cisco VIC P81E SAN Configuration and vHBA Properties
FIP: Validating Proper Operation
Cisco VIC P81E SAN Troubleshooting
Configuration Problems
Configure and Verify SAN Connectivity Using the P81E VIC Interfaces

6. Configuring UCS C-Series Integration with UCS Manager v2.0

UCS C-Series and UCS Manager v2.0 Integration
UCS B-Series and C-Series Components
Cisco Nexus Products
UCS C-Series and UCS Manager v2.0 Installation
Connect Data and Management Paths
UCS C-Series and UCS Manager v2.0 Troubleshooting
o Configure the UCS C-Series Server

Follow on
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Certification programs
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