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UCUCS - Installing Cisco UC on UCS in a Virtualized Environment

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Course Description

This five day training event is intended for individuals who are responsible for migrating current UC stand-alone server environments onto Cisco UCS servers (B-Series and C-Series) running in a virtualized environment (i.e., VMware ESXi).

Unlike traditional server based installations, Cisco UCS servers can be configured through the UCS Manager (UCSM) using Service Profiles. This training includes a brief discussion of the changing Data Center server environment, where the Cisco UCS system fits into this environment, and LAN and storage (SAN) considerations. An overview of the UCS products will be provided, with emphasis on the advantages the UCS Manager brings to server provisioning. Server provisioning, through the use of easy-to-configure Service Profiles, will also be covered in detail, along with supporting labs.

VMware ESXi is an integral part of this installation and so an overview of VMware concepts and products will be included. The Nexus 1000V Switch will also be discussed.

UC on UCS specific considerations will then be covered, including minimum requirements, VMware OVF templates, caveats, recommendations, etc.

Lectures will be complemented by hands-on labs:

  • UCS Manager Overview
  • Creating Resource Pools
  • Preparing Standalone C-Series Servers Using CIMC
  • Building Service Profiles
  • Installing VMware ESXi
  • Installing vCenter and building a DVS
  • Installing Unified communications Manager (Subscriber)
  • Connecting the Subscriber to the Publisher
  • Using vMotion to migrate VMs
  • Installing and configuring Nexus 1000V
  • Troubleshooting the UC on UCS installation
Note: The lecture discussions will address the installation of UC in a virtualized environment for both UCS managed B- and C-Series servers as well as servers operating in a standalone environment. Labs will be performed primarily on UCS managed servers; however, most of the tasks performed in lab have applicability to both environments (e.g., installing ESXi, vCenter, UC using VMware templates, etc.).​

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this training, the student should be able to:

Install Unified Communications applications on the Cisco UCS Servers listed below running VMware ESXi based on Guidelines specified on the Cisco UC on UCS DocWiki site. UCS Servers include:

  • B-Series Servers managed by UCS Manager using SAN boot
  • C-Series standalone Servers using local hard drive boot
  • Demonstrate VMware functions and features that complement the UC installation (e.g., vMotion)
  • Install and configure the Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch to support the UC applications​

 

Course Audience

Individuals interested in, or responsible for, the installation or migration of Cisco’s Unified Communications (UC) Manager (a.k.a. CallManager) on a Unified Computing System (UCS) B-Series blade server or C-Series server platform running VMware®.​

 

Course Outline

Overview of Today’s Data Center and UCS

 

  • Data Center Computing Challenges
  • Understanding Server Evolution
  • Introduction to UCS

 

UCS Architecture

 

  • UCS Hardware Overview
  • Chassis, B-Series Servers (Blades) and Fabric Interconnects
  • C-Series Servers

 

UCS Connectivity and Access

 

  • Hardware Connectivity
  • High Availability Considerations
  • UCS Manager Interfaces (GUI and CLI)
  • Using CIMC to Provision Standalone Servers

 

The UCS Manager

 

  • Managing the UCS System Using UCSM

 

Compute Node Connectivity

 

  • LAN Connectivity
  • SAN Connectivity 

 

Service Profiles

 

  • Creating Resource Pools
  • Creating Service Profiles
  • Using Service Profiles

 

Customizing the Server - The Service Profile

 

  • BIOS and Boot Options
  • Network Options
  • Storage Options
  • Optional Options

 

Virtualization in the Data Center

 

  • Introduction to Virtualization
  • VMware Overview 
  • Configuring VMware and VMware Networking
  • Using vCenter 

 

Adding Unified Communications to the UCS Environment - Planning and Design

 

  • Implementation Considerations
  • Feature Impact
  • Minimum Requirements
  • LAN Planning
  • SAN Planning

 

Deployment Considerations

 

  • Using the B-Series Servers
  • Migration Considerations
  • QoS Considerations
  • Provisioning and Configuration Considerations
  • Troubleshooting Considerations

 

Installing UC on UCS

 

  • Building the Service Profile
  • Preparing the Infrastructure for the Installation
  • Installing VMware – ESXi
  • Selecting the Correct OVF Template
  • Installing the UC Application
  • Verifying the Installation
  • Troubleshooting the Installation 

 

Nexus 1000V

 

  • Functions and Features of the Nexus 1000V Switch
  • Installing and configuring the Nexus 1000V Switch
  • Troubleshooting Considerations

 

 

Lab Outline

  • UCS Manager Overview
  • Creating Resource Pools
  • Creating a Service Profile for the UC Installation
  • Installing VMware ESXi
  • Using vCenter and Building a DVS
  • Configuring vMotion
  • Installing the UC (Subscriber) Application Using the Correct Template
  • Validating Publisher (preinstalled) / Subscriber Connectivity
  • Installing and Configuring the Nexus 1000v Switch
  • Using Functions and Features of the Nexus 1000V (e.g., configuring Qos, using SPAN ports)​

Course Prerequisites

All students are expected to be trained and experienced on Cisco’s Unified Communications products.​

 

Course Schedule
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