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FPUCSDIM - FlexPod UCS Director Infrastructure Management Training


This hands-on 2-day workshop with hands on labs immerses you into the operations of Cisco UCS Director Infrastructure Management 1.0 and its functional components based on FlexPod. You will get a hands-on experience setting up Cisco UCS Director infrastructure and learn how to monitor and manage physical and virtual server resources, manage storage and manage network infrastructure. The deployment, maintenance and update capabilities that are supported by Cisco UCS Director are also covered.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to perform the following tasks:

  • Articulate how the Cisco UCS Director product fits into the infrastructure management functions of a data center operation
  • Describe Cisco UCS Director key benefits, supported by use cases
  • Describe Cisco UCS Director deployment models
  • Understand basic Cisco UCS Director administration tasks
  • Describe Cisco UCS Director infrastructure management concepts
  • Explain physical and virtual infrastructure monitoring and management using Cisco UCS Director
  • Describe Cisco UCS Director orchestrator, orchestration flows and its out-of-the-box task library
  • Explain additional Cisco UCS Director features

After completing the lab exercises, you will be able to:

  • Implement initial Cisco UCS Director configuration
  • Perform physical and virtual infrastructure management
  • Perform automation tasks across converged infrastructure
  • Demonstrate built-in tasks and out-of-the-box workflows enabling extension and customization of the system


The knowledge and skills that you should posess before attending this course are as follows:

  • Data center operations literacy management, automation, monitoring
  • Cloud computing concepts and cloud architecture
  • A basic understanding of data storage reference architectures

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for:

  • Data Center Architects
  • Data Center Operations Professionals
  • Cloud Infrastructure Architects
  • Cloud Engineers
  • Network Engineers
  • Network Administrators
  • Storage Administrators
  • Cisco Integrators/Partners


1. Cisco UCS Director Product Portfolio Overview

  • Cisco UCS Director product overview
  • Cisco UCS Director functionality
  • Cisco UCS Director FlexPod management validated solution
  • Infrastructure management with Cisco UCS Director

2. Cisco UCS Director Demonstration

  • Live Cisco UCS Director implementation walkthrough
  • Product elements

3. Cisco UCS Director Value Proposition

  • Cisco UCS Director benefits
  • Cisco UCS Director solution for FlexPod
  • Case studies

4. Cisco UCS Director Architecture and Deployment Guidelines

  • Cisco UCS Director deployment models
  • When to use which deployment model, based on customer requirements

5. Basic Cisco UCS Director Administration

  • Cisco UCS Director concepts
  • Installation
  • License control
  • Role-based access control
  • User-interface constructs

6. Virtual Infrastructure Building Blocks

  • Virtual infrastructure management
  • Policies
  • Virtual data centers
  • Catalogs

7. Virtual Infrastructure Management

  • Virtual machine monitoring and management
  • Virtual machine lifecycle operations
  • Virtual compute, network, and storage functionality management

8. Physical Infrastructure Management

  • Physical Infrastructure and physical policy management
  • Physical compute, network and storage infrastructure management:
    • Provisioning
    • Operations
    • Administration

9. Orchestration

  • Cisco UCS Director orchestrator overview
  • Orchestration flows
  • Out-of-the-box task library

10.Additional Cisco UCS Director Features

  • CloudGenie
  • Chargeback
  • ShellAdmin
  • Public cloud integration

Lab Outline

1. Configuring Cisco UCS Director

  • Add physical accounts
  • Add virtual accounts
  • Discovery
  • Policy creation
  • VDC and catalog creation

2. Cisco UCS Director Unified Management

  • Unified management Dashboard and Converged view
  • Virtual lifecycle management
  • Physical lifecycle management

3. Cisco UCS Director Unified Automation

  • Unified Automation across converged infrastructure
  • Administration portal
  • Self-Service tenant administration
  • Life cycle management
  • Bare-metal provisioning

4. Cisco UCS Director Workflows

  • Administration workflow
  • Self-Service Infrastructure user workflow
  • Tenant Administration workflow