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Implementing Cisco HyperFlex (DCIHX) v1.1

Implementing Cisco HyperFlex (DCIHX) v1.1

The Implementing Cisco HyperFlex (DCIHX) v1.1 course shows you how to deploy and use the Cisco© HyperFlex data platform to support multi-cloud workloads. You will become familiar with HyperFlex components and learn how to install, design, manage and troubleshoot Cisco HyperFlex to support highly scalable and resilient multi-cloud implementations. You will also gain hands-on experience focused on installation, management, maintenance, and native replication, and you will explore cluster technologies as well as Cisco Intersight.

Prerequisites:
To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge:
    •    Cisco CCNA©_-level knowledge about data center architecture and products technologies
    •    (network, compute, storage network)
    •    Familiarity with VMware vCenter and ESXi
    •    Familiarity with Microsoft Server 2016 and Hyper-V
Recommended Cisco learning offerings that may help you meet these prerequisites:
    •    Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) 6.x
    •    Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) 6.x
    •    Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) 6.x
 
Target Audience:
    •    Data center engineers
    •    Cisco integrators and partners
 
Course Objectives:
After taking this course, you should be able to:
    •    Describe hyper-convergence, Cisco HyperFlex, and the components of Cisco HyperFlex
    •    Explain the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS©_) and what makes it valuable to business
    •    Describe how Cisco HyperFlex Data Platform (HXDP) and HX maintenance mode work
    •    Describe the physical components of Cisco HyperFlex
    •    Install and expand Regular vSphere Cisco HyperFlex
    •    Manage your Cisco HyperFlex VMware ESXi-based cluster
    •    Describe how to maintain Cisco HyperFlex
    •    Design a Cisco HyperFlex solution and explain third-party data restore solutions
    •    Protect the data on your Cisco HyperFlex cluster using replication and data at rest encryption
    •    Describe a stretched cluster and how is it different from a standard cluster
    •    Describe an Edge cluster and how is it different from a standard cluster
    •    Describe a HyperV-based cluster and how is it different from an ESXi-based cluster
    •    Design a multi-cloud data center with Cisco HyperFlex
    •    Perform basic troubleshooting tasks and explain Cisco Intersight
    •    Explain Cisco HyperFlex releases beyond 3.5(1a)
 
Course Outline:
Introducing Hyperconvergence and Cisco HyperFlex
    •    Traditional Data Center Design
    •    What Is Hyperconvergence?
    •    What Is Cisco HyperFlex?
    •    Cisco HyperFlex Primer
    •    Evolution of Cisco HyperFlex
Describing Cisco UCS: The Foundation of Cisco HyperFlex
    •    Cisco Server Deployment Models: Standalone Versus Managed
    •    Cisco UCS Managed Model Benefits
    •    Cisco UCS M5 Overview
    •    Cisco UCS M5 Server Types
    •    Cisco Virtual Interface Cards (VICs) and Their Benefits
    •    Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects
    •    Cisco UCS Manager
Describing Cisco HyperFlex Software Components
    •    Virtual Machine Hypervisor
    •    Log-Structured File System
    •    Cisco HyperFlex Snapshots Versus VMware Snapshots
    •    Cisco HyperFlex Versus Regular Virtualized Server
    •    Cisco HyperFlex Data Distribution
    •    Writing and Reading Process
    •    Data Optimization Overview
    •    Cisco HyperFlex vs. Other Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) Solutions
Describing Cisco HyperFlex Hardware Components
    •    Introducing Cisco HyperFlex Servers
    •    Storage Technologies in Cisco HyperFlex
    •    Storage Components of Cisco HyperFlex Converged Nodes
    •    Non-Storage Components of Cisco HyperFlex Converged Nodes
    •    Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects
    •    Compute-Only Nodes
Installing and Expanding Standard ESXi Cisco HyperFlex
    •    Installation Summary
    •    Software Prerequisites
    •    Hardware Prerequisites
    •    Cisco HyperFlex Networking
    •    Required Deployment Information
    •    Installing Physical Components
    •    Configure Upstream Switches
    •    Prepare Fabric Interconnects
    •    Deploy the Installer Virtual Machine (VM)
    •    HyperFlex Installation
    •    Post-Installation Script
    •    Cluster Expansion
    •    Additional Installation Options
Managing Cisco HyperFlex in vSphere Environment
    •    Management Interfaces Overview
    •    Cisco HyperFlex Plugin for vCenter
    •    Cisco HyperFlex Connect
    •    Storage Command Line Interface
    •    Representational State Transfer (REST) API Overview
    •    ReadyClones
    •    Cisco HyperFlex Snapshots
Maintaining Cisco HyperFlex
    •    Cisco HyperFlex Upgrade Overview
    •    Cisco HyperFlex Online Upgrade
    •    Cisco HyperFlex Offline Upgrade
    •    HX Maintenance Mode
    •    ESXi Upgrade
    •    Moving Cisco HyperFlex Storage Cluster to Another vCenter
Designing Cisco HyperFlex
    •    Cluster Resiliency: VM-Level
    •    Cluster Resiliency: HXDP-Level
    •    Cisco HyperFlex Cluster Scalability
    •    Cluster Capacity
    •    Multiple Clusters on One Cisco UCS Domain
    •    Cisco HyperFlex and External Storage
    •    Licensing Tiers
    •    Smart Licensing
    •    Cisco HyperFlex Positioning
    •    Graphical Processing Units and Cisco HyperFlex
Protecting Your Data
    •    Disaster Recovery Overview
    •    Third-Party Data Restore Solutions
    •    Cisco HyperFlex Native Replication Solution
    •    Configuring Native Replication
    •    Protecting Your VMs with Native Replication
    •    Restoring Your VMs with Native Replication
    •    Data at Rest Encryption
    •    D@RE: Remote Key Management
Introducing Stretched Cluster
    •    Stretched Cluster Overview
    •    Prerequisites
    •    Data Distribution
    •    Datastores and VM Affinity
    •    Installation Process
    •    Maintenance and Monitoring
Introducing EDGE Cluster
    •    Cisco HyperFlex EDGE Cluster Overview
    •    Prerequisites and Recommendations
    •    Installation Process
    •    Management and Monitoring
    •    Upgrades and Maintenance
Introducing HyperV-Based Standard Cluster
    •    HyperV-Based Standard Cluster Overview
    •    Prerequisites and Recommendations
    •    Preinstallation Tasks
    •    Installation Process
    •    Post-Installation Process
    •    Maintenance and Monitoring
Designing Multicloud Data Center with Cisco HyperFlex
    •    Cisco UCS Director Overview
    •    Cisco CloudCenter Overview
    •    Cisco Workload Optimization Manager (CWOM) Overview
    •    Cisco HyperFlex with Kubernetes and Cisco Container Platform
    •    Cisco Intersight Overview
    •    HyperFlex: Releases Beyond 3.5(1a)
Troubleshooting Cisco HyperFlex
    •    Troubleshooting Guidelines
    •    Generating Tech Support Bundles
    •    Common Troubleshooting Issues

Lab outline
    •    Investigate Software Components of HyperFlex
    •    Investigate Cisco UCS Part of HyperFlex
    •    Install Cisco HyperFlex
    •    Manage Cisco HyperFlex
    •    Protect Your HyperFlex VMs
    •    Install and Manage Stretched Cluster
    •    Investigate Edge Cluster
    •    Investigate Hyper-V Cluster
    •    Investigate Cisco Intersight


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