Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet the following overall objectives:

Understand the B-Series and C-Series product line similarities and differences

Describe the Intersight support for C-Series standalone and UCS managed architectures

Describe Cisco Intersight and how it can be used to manage UCS and Hyperflex

Understand the process for upgrading B-Series and C-Series Firmware with UCSM and Intersight

Administering service profiles, pools, and policies with UCSM and Intersight

Understanding RBAC with Active Directory integration

Administering backup and restores in UCS Manager

Learn and discuss the various management tools for Cisco UCS including Intersight

Perform basic troubleshooting of B-Series and C-Series in normal operations with UCSM and Intersight

Describe the Intersight REST API, Object Model, and Intersight Managed Objects

Demonstrate how to use Intersight developer tools

Understand how to use Postman to interact with the Intersight API

Use Python to manage UCS/HX operations with the Intersight API

Demonstrate how to use Ansible to automate deployments with Intersight

Deploy UCS/HX infrastructure using Terraform

Audience

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

Systems administrators and engineers

Technical solutions architects

Systems integrators

Channel partners

Value-added resellers

Prerequisites

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:

Basic knowledge of Cisco routing and switching

Basic knowledge of Cisco Unified Computing Systems

Basic knowledge of servers and storage

Familiarity with Cisco UCS and Hyperflex

Duration

Five Days

 

 

 

Outline for Administering Cisco Data Center Unified Computing System

Module 1: UCS Infrastructure Components with Intersight

Cisco UCS Product Line, Use Cases, and Components

Introducing Cisco Intersight

Describing Cisco UCS C-Series Servers

Module 2: Administering Cisco UCS with Intersight

Managing Virtual Resources

Configuring Compute Node LAN Connectivity

Configuring Compute Node SAN Connectivity

Creating Identity and Resource Pools

Creating Service Profiles

Creating Service Profile Templates and Cloning Service Profiles

Managing Service Profiles

Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Configuration

Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Operation

Backing Up & Restoring the Cisco UCS Manager Database

Managing and Upgrading Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware

Module 3: Administering UCS Management Tools with Intersight

Describing Cisco UCS User Interfaces

Exploring Intersight User Interfaces

Describing Cisco UCS Management Framework & Features

Describing Cisco UCS Hyperflex

Getting Started with Intersight Programmability

Module 4: Examining the Intersight Object Model and API tools

Understanding Managed Objects in Intersight

Using the REST API Browser to test resources and methods and run results

Intersight Developer tools

Module 5: Interacting with the Intersight REST API using Postman

Using the Postman collection repo

Configuring environment variables

Intersight Collection Postman How-To

Understanding  request headers

Why use a pre-request script?

Request examples for managing UCS and HX in Intersight

Module 6: Using Python to manage operations with the Intersight  REST API

Using the Intersight Python SDK

How to Generate API Keys and Secrets

looking at the contents of the rest-API repository

Leveraging Python examples with Intersight

Running and validating python requests on Intersight

Module 7: Managing and automating Intersight with Ansible

Installing Ansible and the UCS Python SDK

Installing the UCS and UCSM Ansible Collections

Configure and run UCS Ansible Playbooks

Install the Intersight Ansible Collection

Configure and run Intersight Ansible Playbooks

Intersight Automated Hyperflex Deployment with Ansible How-To

Module 8: Deploying UCS infrastructure with Intersight and Terraform

Terraform Workflow Overview

How to Install GO and Terraform

Intersight Terraform Provider requirements and config 

Terraform configuration files

How to Initialize Terraform

Create and configure Terraform Resources

Running Terraform Apply to configure UCS infrastructure in Intersight

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Lab Outline:

Labs are designed to assure learners a whole practical experience, through the following practical activities:

Connecting to the Lab Environment

Explore the Cisco UCS GUI and CLI Environment

Explore the Cisco Intersight Dashboard and claim devices

Create Users, Groups, Roles and Organizations in Intersight

Provision Identity and Resource Pools in UCSM

Provision Mobile Service Profiles from Updating Templates

Backup and Restore Cisco UCS Manager Database Objects

Configure Logging in Cisco Intersight

Create LAN and SAN Network Policies in Intersight

Build a Server Profile and deploy to a UCS blade from Intersight

Using Intersight to upgrade Firmware

Install an OS from Intersight

Using Rest API to Query UCSM Objects in Intersight

Examining the Intersight Object Model and API tools

Interacting with the Intersight REST API using Postman

Using Python to manage operations with the Intersight  REST API

Managing and automating Intersight with Ansible

Deploying UCS infrastructure with Intersight and Terraform