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Implementing Cisco UCS Solutions

Farhan Ahmed Nadeem, Prasenjit Sarkar

Cisco Unified Computer System is a powerful solution for data centers that can raise efficiency and lower costs. This tutorial helps professionals realize its full potential through a practical, hands-on approach written by two Cisco experts.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782170662
Paperback370 pages

About This Book

  • Learn about various Cisco UCS equipment options suitable for your deployment and configure various Cisco UCS components like LAN, SAN, Resource pools, Backup, Restore, RBAC, policies, and service profiles
  • Configure Cisco UCS Emulator for Cisco UCS practice lab and integrate Cisco UCS with 3rd party applications
  • With implementation examples for each topic using the Cisco UCS Emulator , learn how to configure your Cisco UCS environment
  • The book will follow a hands-on approach to help you deploy servers and application stacks

Who This Book Is For

If you are a professional such as a system, network, or storage administrator who is responsible for Cisco UCS deployments, this is the perfect book for you. You should have some basic knowledge of the server’s architecture, network, and storage technologies. Familiarity with virtualization technologies is also recommended (though not necessary) as the majority of real-world UCS deployments run virtualized loads. Knowledge of Nexus OS is not necessary as the majority of the management tasks are handled in a graphical user interface with very few exceptions using the CLI.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: 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
Chapter 2: 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
Chapter 3: 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
Chapter 4: 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
Chapter 5: 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
Chapter 6: 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
Chapter 7: 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
Chapter 8: 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
Chapter 9: 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
Chapter 10: 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
Chapter 11: 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
Chapter 12: 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

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the options for Cisco UCS hardware components and their selection
  • Discover Cisco UCS Emulator-based lab setup
  • Get to know UCS Manager interface
  • Know about different LAN and SAN connectivity and failure scenarios
  • Create identity and resource pools
  • Developservice profiles for the stateless servers
  • Learn about RBAC, backup, restore, and cluster configurations
  • Get introduced to Nexus 1K integration and integrating 3rd party tools for enhanced features

In Detail

Cisco Unified Computing System(UCS) provides unique features for the contemporary data centres. Cisco UCS is a unified solution that consolidates computing, network and storage connectivity components along-with centralized management. Cisco UCS reduces TCO and improves scalability and flexibility. Stateless computing blade server's design simplifies the troubleshooting, and Cisco-patented extended memory technology provides higher virtualized servers consolidation results.

A hands-on guide to take you through deployment in Cisco UCS. With real-world examples for configuring and deploying Cisco UCS components, this book will prepare you for the practical deployments of Cisco UCS data centre solutions.

If you want to learn and enhance your hands-on skills with Cisco UCS solutions, this book is certainly for you.

Starting with the description of Cisco UCS equipment options, this hands-on guide then introduces Cisco UCS Emulator which is an excellent resource to practically learn Cisco UCS components’ deployment. You will also be introduced to all areas of UCS solutions with practical configuration examples.

You will also discover the Cisco UCS Manager, which is the centralized management interface for Cisco UCS. Once you get to know UCS Manager, the book dives deeper into configuring LAN, SAN, identity pools, resource pools, and service profiles for the servers. The book also presents other administration topics including Backup, Restore, user’s roles, and high availability cluster configuration. Finally, you will learn about virtualized networking, 3rd party integration tools and testing failure scenarios.

You will learn everything you need to know for the rapidly growing Cisco UCS deployments in the real-world.


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