Cisco UCS Implementation and Troubleshooting Bootcamp (UCSITBC) v5.0 (UCSITBC)

In this course, you will learn to install, configure, and maintain Unified Computing System (UCS) B-Series and C-Series servers with a strong emphasis on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers. You will focus on the management, maintenance, and troubleshooting of UCS B-Series and C-Series servers. You will cover virtualization solutions and how to execute a virtualization solution on UCS B-series and C-series hardware.

New features of the UCS v2.0 code will be addressed with additional information provided on the new hardware additions to the UCS portfolio, including the 6248 series Fabric Interconnects, 2208 I/O modules (IOMs), and 1280 virtual interface cards (VICs).

Please note extended hours apply on this boot camp.


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • CCNA DC (DCICN and DCICT) or equivalent knowledge. 
  • CCNA (ICND1 and ICND2) this will be superceeded by CCNA DC 
  • Prior Attendance of DCUFI recommended 
  • Familiarity with hypervisor technologies (VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V,Citrix Xen) - VSICM recommended


After you complete this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Architecture. 
  • Describe the Cisco UCS connectivity configuration and management. 
  • Describe how to configure and manage Cisco UCS virtual resources. 
  • Configure, Maintain, and Operate Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers leveraging the Cisco IMC, Host Update Utility, and the P81E Virtual Interface Card. 
  • Explain the troubleshooting processes on the standalone Cisco UCS C-Series deployments 
  • Understand the Cisco UCS C-Series integrated architecture and the process of determining issues related to integration of Cisco UCS C-Series server with Cisco UCS Manager.

Target Audience

This course is recommended for any engineer involved in the implementation and troubleshooting of Cisco Unified Computing System solution. 


Recommended Preparation for exams(s):

  • 642-999 - DCUCI 
  • 642-035 - DCUCT

These exams are required by delegates looking to achieve a CCNP in Data Center. 

Follow on Courses

Delegates looking to achieve their CCNP in Data Center will also need to attend the courses that cover the Cisco Nexus Products. 

  • DCUFI - Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric 
  • DCUFT - Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric
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Implementation topics

Describing Cisco UCS Architecture

  • Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server Hardware Components 
  • Describing the Cisco UCS User Interfaces 
  • Describing Cisco UCS Management Framework and Features

Configuring Cisco UCS B-Series Connectivity

  • Configuring Cisco UCS B-Series Physical Connectivity 
  • Configuring Compute Node LAN Connectivity 
  • Configuring Compute Node SAN Connectivity 
  • Supporting Disjointed Layer 2 Domains with Cisco UCS Manager 

Configuring and Managing UCS Virtual Resources

  • Creating Identity and Resource Pools 
  • Creating Service Profiles 
  • Creating Service Profile Templates and Cloning Service Profiles 
  • Managing Service Profiles 
  • Creating Logical Service Profiles that Boot from iSCSI with Cisco UCS 2.0 
  • Configuring Cisco UCS VM-FEX 
  • Managing High Availability 

Configuring Cisco UCS C-Series Features

  • Describing Cisco UCS C-Series Servers 
  • Using Cisco UCS C-Series Integrated Management Controller Discovery 
  • Describing Cisco UCS C-Series Server Connectivity Options 
  • Upgrading Cisco UCS C-Series Firmware

Troubleshooting topics 

Cisco UCS B-Series Troubleshooting

  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Architecture and Initialization 
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Configuration 
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Operation 
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series LAN and SAN Connectivity 
  • Troubleshooting and Upgrading Cisco UCS Manager 
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Hardware 

Cisco UCS C-Series Troubleshooting

  • Cisco UCS C-Series Architecture and Configuration 
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series Hardware and Firmware 
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series LAN and SAN Connectivity 
  • Troubleshooting Locally Attached Storage 
  • Troubleshooting Operating System-Related Issues 

Cisco UCS C-Series Integration Troubleshooting 

  • Integrating Cisco UCS C-Series Servers and Cisco UCS Manager 
  • Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series Server and Cisco UCS Manager Integration 

Labs - Implementation

  • Lab 1: Initial Configuration 
  • Lab 2: Configuring Resource Pools 
  • Lab 3: Creating Locgical Service profiles 
  • Lab 4: Install VMware ESXI on iSCSI LUN and Boot from iSCSI 
  • Lab 5: Backing Up and Importing Configuration Data 
  • Lab 6: Upgrading Cisco UCS Components 
  • Lab 7: Reporting and RAID Configuration 
  • Lab 8: Configuring VM-FEX Passthrough Switching

Labs - Troubleshooting 

  • Lab 2: Cisco UCS Management and Service Profile Deployment 
  • Lab 3: Troubleshoot Cisco UCS B-Series Server Boot from SAN 
  • Lab 4: Troubleshoot LAN Connectivity: Part 1 
  • Lab 5: Troubleshoot LAN Connectivity: Part 2 
  • Lab 6: Troubleshoot Failover Connectivity: Part 1 
  • Lab 7: Troubleshoot Failover Connectivity: Part 2 
  • Lab 8: Troubleshoot Cisco UCS C-Series Server Boot from SAN 
  • Lab 9: Troubleshoot Network Connectivity