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Velisa Africa is the official Global Knowledge partner in Sub-Saharan Africa. Course details : http://www.globalknowledge.ae/courses/cisco/data_center_and_virtualisation/dcucscts.html

This 2-day instructor-led training (ILT) course is designed to prepare engineers with the knowledge and skills required to install, configure, and troubleshoot UCS C-Series servers operating in standalone mode.

Students will become familiar with common troubleshooting scenarios and recommended solutions for leve1 and level 2 integrations issues, gaining hands-on experience of proper configuration procedures on the specifically designed labs.


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Attended DCUCI – Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Implementation.

Troubleshooting Methodology

  • UCS C-Series Product Review
  • C-Series Initial Setup and Configuration
  • C-Series Troubleshooting Methodology
  • C-Series Data Gathering Activities

Configuring Firmware Updates

  • Download Firmware Updates by Using the Host Upgrade Utility
  • Perform a Remote Update to the Server BIOS
  • Perform a BIOS Update by Using the EFI Shell
  • Configure USB Recovery Modules for Server BIOS Recovery

Troubleshooting LAN Connectivity

  • UCS C-Series P81E Virtual Interface Card Overview
  • UCS C-Series P81E Virtual Interface Card Configuration
  • Troubleshoot the UCS C-Series VIC (P81E) Installation and Configuration

Troubleshooting SAN Connectivity

  • Cisco VIC P81E SAN Configuration
  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet Initialization Protocol
  • Cisco VIC P81E SAN Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting Local Disk and RAID

  • UCS C-Series RAID Controller Overview
  • UCS C-Series LSI Controller SAS Expanders and Extenders
  • UCS C-Series RAID Controller Configuration
  • Troubleshoot RAID Adapter and Disk Failures

Troubleshooting Operating System Driver Issues

  • Installing a Windows Operating System onto a Local Drive
  • Installing the Operating System Using a SAN Boot
  • OS Device Drivers After Installation
  • Troubleshoot OS Device Driver Problems

Troubleshooting Management Access

  • Execute CIMC and BIOS Password Recovery
  • Troubleshoot the LOM and Cisco Card Mode
  • Troubleshoot IPMI Access
  • Troubleshoot SoL Access

Configuring UCS C-Series Integration with UCS Manager

  • UCS C-Series and UCS Manager Integration Overview
  • UCS C-Series and UCS Manager Installation
  • UCS C-Series and UCS Manager Troubleshooting

After you complete this course you will be able to :

  • Review the UCS C-Series product platform with an emphasis on feature support
  • Describe the initial setup, configuration, and connectivity to ensure proper Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) operation
  • Review the UCS C-Series troubleshooting methodology as well as present common configuration challenges
  • Describe CIMC utilities that enable performance validation and facilitate data gathering activities for troubleshooting purposes
  • Describe the process to download firmware updates by using Host Upgrade Utility (HUU)
  • Perform server BIOS updates with various methods
  • Describe the correct process to update the server BIOS by using the EFI shell
  • Describe the correct process for recovering a UCS C-Series server by using a USB Recovery Module
  • Describe the features and benefits of the UCS C-Series P81E Virtual Interface Card (VIC)
  • Perform the proper network (LAN) configuration steps for the P81E VIC
  • Describe common troubleshooting issues and recommended solutions for the UCS C-Series P81E VIC
  • Review the Cisco VIC P81E SAN configuration and vHBA properties
  • Describe the Fibre Channel over Ethernet Initialization Protocol (FIP) and validate its proper configuration
  • Describe the process for determining P81E configuration-related problems
  • Review and introduce the RAID controller options for the UCS C-Series servers
  • Introduce the SAS Extender and Expander options for the C-Series servers
  • Configure the LSI 1068E, LSI 9261-8i, and the software ICH10R RAID controllers
  • Identify the symptoms and recommended solutions of RAID adapter and disk failure modes
  • Describe the steps for installing an operating system onto a local disk
  • Describe the steps for installing an operating system by using a SAN boot
  • Describe the process to download and install additional device drivers after successful OS installation
  • Describe common device driver and operating system troubleshooting issues and their recommended solutions
  • Execute the password recovery process for UCS C-Series server CIMC and BIOS passwords
  • Configure management access to the UCS C-Series server through the LAN on Motherboard and NIC ports
  • Configure the UCS C-Series Intelligent Peripheral Management Interface for management access
  • Configure the UCS C-Series Serial over LAN service
  • Describe the rationale and various components that are required to complete UCS C-Series integration with UCS Manager
  • Configure the Fabric Interconnect and Fabric Extender for a UCS C-Series server
  • Configure the UCS C-Series server to operate as part of a UCS Manager instance

Cisco Channel Partner SEs and FEs that are seeking to assume active roles in addressing and correcting Level 1 and 2 UCS C-Series Standalone Server issues.

Recommended preparation for exam(s):

  • There is currently no exam assigned to this course

For more information please contact us:

Enquiries in Johannesburg and Cape Town : pauli@velisaafrica.co.za

International Enquiries : hema.chugh@globalknowledge.ae

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