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VersaStack Implementation (VSI)

Course Description

Duration 5 days

The VersaStack solution by Cisco and IBM is an integrated infrastructure designed for cloud and enterprise application deploy¬ments. It combines the performance and innovation of the Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with the versatility and efficiency of the IBM Storwize storage system. The VersaStack solution is backed by Cisco Validated Designs to provide a faster delivery of applications, greater IT efficiency, and less risk.

Our new 5-day training is designed for system and network engineers and administrators implementing and administering VersaStack solutions. The course covers key implementa-tion procedures, management and basic troubleshooting tasks on the Cisco Nexus 9300, Cisco MDS 9100, Cisco UCS, IBM Storwize V7000 Unified, Cisco Nexus 1000V and Cisco UCS Director.

Who should attend

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Network engineers, Network administrators, System engineers and Server administrators


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

  • General knowledge of networking technologies.
  • CCNA / CCNP Data Center recommended.
  • Basic understanding of storage operations.
  • Basic knowledge of server and server virtualization technologies such as VMware ESXi.

Course Objectives

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

  • Identify the architecture, features and components of VersaStack for Data Center
  • Describe implementation parameters for VersaStack for Data Center including Cisco Nexus 9300, Cisco MDS 9100, Cisco UCS, IBM Storwize V7000 and Cisco Nexus 1000V
  • Describe VersaStack management tools including Cisco UCS Director
  • Cisco Application Centric (ACI) Overview

Detailed Course Outline

  • VersaStack Overview
    • Describing Data Center Philosophy and Cisco VMDC Reference Architecture
    • Benefits of VersaStack for Data Center
    • Describing VersaStack Platform Components
    • Describing the VersaStack Cisco Validated Designs (CVD)
    • Describing the Installation Workflow of VersaStack for Data Center
  • VersaStack Networking
    • Describing Cisco Nexus Family of Products
    • Describing Cisco Nexus 9300 Series Hardware
    • Describing the Optics Supported by Cisco Nexus 9300 Switches
    • Describing the Cisco Nexus 9000 Support for Fabric Extenders
    • Describing Cisco NX-OS Software Architecture
    • Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) Overview
    • Licensing Cisco Nexus 9300 Switches
    • Describing System Management Features
    • Configuring Layer 2 Switching Features
    • Describing Port Channel Technology and vPC
  • VersaStack SAN
    • Describing Cisco MDS 9000 Series Platform
    • Describing Cisco MDS 9100 Switches
    • Implementing Integrated Management
    • Performing the Initial Switch Configuration
    • Installing and Licensing Cisco MDS 9100 Switches NX-OS Software
    • Using FLOGI and FCNS Databases
    • Configuring SAN Interfaces and Port Channels
    • Configuring VSANs
    • Implementing Zoning
  • VersaStack Compute
    • Describing Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server Hardware Components
    • Describing Cisco UCS User Interface
    • Describing Cisco UCS Physical Connectivity and High Availability
    • Configuring Compute Node LAN Connectivity
    • Configuring LAN Identity, Resource Pools and Policies
    • Configuring Compute Node SAN Connectivity and Resource Pools
    • Configuring Server Identity, Resource Pools and Policies
    • Configuring Service Profile and Templates
    • Provisioning Cisco UCS C-Series Integration in UCS Manager
  • VersaStack Storage
    • Introducing IBM Storwize V7000 Unified
    • Describing IBM Storwize Unified Hardware Components
    • Describing IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Block Level Architecture
    • Describing IBM Storwize V7000 Unified File Level Architecture
    • Installing IBM Storwize V7000 Unified
    • Configuring SAN Fabric
    • Initializing IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Control Enclosure
    • Initializing the IBM Storwize V7000 file modules
    • Understanding EZsetup of IBM Storwize V7000 Unified File Modules
    • Configuring LACP Compliant Interface Bonds
    • Provisioning IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Storage
  • VersaStack Virtualization
    • Defining Server Virtualization with VMware
    • Describing Networking in VMware
    • Using Fibre Channel with the ESXi Server
    • Describing Cisco Nexus 1000V
    • Implementing Cisco Nexus 1000V Using VSUM
    • Licensing Cisco Nexus 1000V
    • Configuring Port Profiles
  • Cisco UCS Director
    • UCS Director Overview
    • Configuring Users, Groups and RBAC
    • Managing Physical and Virtual Account
    • Configuring VDCs, Tenants and Policies
    • Managing Catalogs and Self-Service Provisioning
    • Using UCS Director Orchestrator


Course Curriculum

  • Module 1: VersaStack Overview

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  • Module 2: VersaStack Networking

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  • Module 3: VersaStack SAN

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  • Module 4: VersaStack Compute

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  • Module 5: VersaStack Storage

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  • Module 6: VersaStack Virtualization

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  • Module 7: Cisco UCS Director

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