INTUCSX - Administering Cisco UCS X-Series Solutions with Intersight

This deep-dive training covers Cisco UCS X-Series server family and how Intersight can be the enablement platform for all UCS servers. We will cover Intersight features such as IWOM, IST, ICO, and programmability either On-Prem or in the Cloud. Attendees will learn the breadth of the physical X-Series (pools, policies, firmware, so much more) platform as well as maintaining existing infrastructure with Intersight Infrastructures Services. Also covered is how to manage physical, virtual, cloud platforms and deploy to any or all.

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Detailed Class Syllabus

Section 1: Intersight Foundations

Intersight Architecture
Flexible Deployment Models
Cisco Intersight Infrastructure Service Licensing
Intersight Essentials License Tier
Intersight Advantage License Tier
Intersight Premier License Tier

Section 2: Monitoring and Maintaining UCS Infrastructure with Intersight

Device Health and Monitoring
Standalone Management for UCS C-Series Servers
Server Compatibility (HCL), Advisories (CVEs), and Contract Status
Firmware Upgrades

Section 3: Designing & Operationalizing Cisco UCS Solutions with Intersight

Implementing Cisco Hyperflex with Intersight
Managing Cisco HyperFlex in vSphere Environment

Section 4: Cisco UCS M5, M6, X Overview and Configuration

Cisco UCS X-Series with Intersight Deployment
X-Series Fabric Interconnects
Compute X-Series
Power/Cooling Efficiency
Cooling Capacity
Thermal Policies
Future-Proof Cooling
Power Policies
Compute Series
Architecture – C220 M6
Architecture – C240 M6
Cisco VIC Offerings for M6
GPU Offerings for X-Series
Management Options for C220 / C240 M6 Rack Servers
UCS 7th Generation Intel Rack Servers
Architecture – C220 M7
Architecture – C240 M7
Intel 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® SP Sapphire Rapids High Level Features
M7 Memory DIMMs
Architecture – C225 M6
Architecture – C245 M6

Section 5: Designing Cisco UCS LAN and SAN Connectivity

LAN Connectivity Overview Gen 4
End Host Mode
Requirements for Configuring VLANs in Cisco UCS Manager
Role of the vNIC in Abstracting MAC Addresses
Configuring Compute Node SAN Connectivity
Fibre Channel Switching
Fibre Channel Operating Modes
EHM and N-Port Virtualization
Configuring VSANs in Cisco UCS Manager
Creating VSANs and FCoE VLANs in Cisco UCS
Role of vHBAs when Abstracting WWNNs and WWPNs into a Service Profile
Configuring Manual Uplink Pinning and Recovery from Failure

Section 6: Configuring Cisco UCS-X in IMM Mode

IMM and Domain Profiles
Domain Policy Concepts and Usage
Cisco Intersight Server Profiles
Creating and Deploying a UCS C-Series Server Profile – Process Overview
Importing a Server Profile – Process Overview
Upgrading Firmware
Cisco IMM Transition Tool
Thermal Policies
Power Policies

Section 7: Implementing Cisco UCS-X Firmware Updates

Intersight Platform Firmware Operations Overview
Intersight Firmware Bundles
Cisco Stand-Alone Firmware Management
Cisco HX Firmware Management
UCS Managed Infrastructure Firmware Management
UCS Intersight Managed Mode Firmware Management
Hardware Compatibility List

Section 8: Intersight Workload Optimizer (IWO)

Intersight Workload Optimizer Overview
IWO Delivery and Tiers
Workload Optimizer – What’s New?
IWO Value Proposition
Application Resource Management
IWO Market

Section 9: Intersight Cloud Orchestrator (ICO)

Sample Scenario
Workflow Designer
Validate and Execute a Workflow
ICO – Intersight Cloud Orchestrator
Infrastructure Orchestration
Infrastructure as Code with ICO
Immutability with Intersight Cloud Orchestrator
Workflow Versions
Rollback Tasks (Task Designer)

Section 10: Intersight API Overview

Intersight API Resources
SDKs / Ansible Modules
Use Case

Appendix 1: Intersight Kubernetes Services (IKS) and Intersight Workload Engine (IWE)

IKS Overview
IKS Policies
Kubernetes Cluster Profile
IKS Dashboard
Container Technologies
Intersight Integration with HashiCorp Terraform Cloud

Appendix 2: Intersight Services for Terraform (IST)

Terraform OSS Challenges
Application & Infrastructure Deployment and Delivery
Target Workflow
Step 1: Deploy an Intersight Assist
Step 2: Add Terraform Cloud Target to Intersight
Step 3: Deploy Terraform Cloud Agents to Intersight Assist