PacktLib: Implementing Cisco UCS Solutions

Implementing Cisco UCS Solutions


About the Authors

About the Reviewer


Cisco UCS Physical Architecture and Installing UCS Hardware

Looking at the UCS equipment

Understanding the physical architecture of UCS

Understanding FIs

The Cisco UCS 5100 series blade server chassis

IOM modules

Blade servers and rack-mount servers

Getting started with mezzanine adapters

Power capacity and power plug types

Installing UCS chassis components

Cabling FI and IOM


Setting Up Lab Using Cisco UCS Emulator

Configuring Cisco UCS emulator

Using Cisco UCSPE

Configuring network settings

Configuring hardware settings

Launching UCSM using the platform emulator

UCSPE limitations


Configuring Cisco UCS Using UCS Manager

Introducing Cisco UCSM

Walking through the UCSM interface

Starting with the initial configuration

Step-by-step initial configuration

Global configuration policies

UCS Manager – Command Line Interface


Configuring LAN Connectivity

Understanding Fabric Interconnect switching modes

Introduction to Fabric Interconnect port types

Configuring northbound connectivity to upstream switches

Using pin groups

Configuring southbound connectivity to IOMs

Configuring the last piece of the puzzle – vNICs


Configuring SAN Connectivity

Learning storage connectivity options

Overview of FC and iSCSI storage

Storage connectivity design considerations

Learning about the FC switching mode

Configuring the FC port channel and trunking

Configuring VSAN and zoning

Learning about VSAN

Configuring FCoE

Manual and automatic uplink pinning


Creating Identity and Resource Pools

Understanding identity and resource pools

Learning to create a UUID pool

Learning to create a MAC pool

Learning to create a WWNN pool

Learning to create a WWPN pool

Making your identity pools meaningful

Understanding server pools

Learning to create server pool membership and qualification policies


Creating and Managing Service Profiles

Overview of service profiles

Different ways of creating a service profile

Configuring policies

A walkthrough of the service profile creation – expert mode

Creating and applying a service profile template


Managing UCS through Routine and Advanced Management

Licensing Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect

Startup and shutdown of Fabric Interconnects

Controlling blade server power

Status and Locator LED

Configuring logging

Configuring Cisco Call Home

Organizational structure in UCS Manager

Role-based Access Control

Permissions in Multitenancy


Virtual Networking in Cisco UCS

Understanding IEEE 802.1Q

Learning about VN-Link

Using the NX-OS

Changes in the datacenter

Development of Nexus 1000v

Nexus 1000v components

VEM implementation

VSM implementation

VEM data plane

VSM control plane

Nexus 1000v and physical switches

Nexus and vPath

Deploying VSM

Communication between VSM and VEM


Configuring Backup, Restore, and High Availability

Backing up the Cisco UCS configuration

Creating UCS backup jobs

Restoring backups using GUI

Configuring high-availability clustering

Managing high availability


Cisco UCS Failure Scenarios Testing

Port-channel uplink failure and recovery on Fabric Interconnect

Server link to Fabric Interconnect failure and recovery

FEX IO modules – failure and recovery

Fabric Interconnect device failure and recovery

UCS chassis failure, reporting, and recovery

Single fiber channel failure and recovery on Fabric Interconnects

Indicating a status with LEDs

Creating a tech-support file


Third-party Application Integration

Understanding the challenges in Infrastructure

Going deep with UIM

Understanding the discovery mechanism of UIM

Learning about the UIM service life cycle

Integrating VMware vCenter server with UCSM