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UCSMINI2 Training

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Exam Name: UCSMINI2
Certifications: Data Center
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UCSMINI2: UCS Mini Administration and Troubleshooting

Cisco UCS, originally designed for the data center, is now optimized for branch and remote offices, point-of-sale locations and smaller IT environments with Cisco UCS Mini. The solution is ideal for customers who need fewer servers but still want the comprehensive management capabilities provided by UCS Manager and UCS Central. Cisco UCS Mini delivers servers, storage and 10 Gigabit networking in an easy-to-deploy, compact form factor.

This two-day course is designed to provide in-depth day two knowledge of the Cisco UCS Mini solution. This hands-on intensive training helps the student, understanding the key features, configuration steps, configuration interfaces and the physical specifications of the Cisco UCS Mini’s associated hardware. This course will also focus on many common issues in the unified fabric, chassis, servers and how to identify and resolve these issues.


  • Familiarity with Cisco UCS Blade Servers and Cisco UCS Manager

What's Included

  • Comprehensive study materials

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Course Objectives

After you complete this course you will be able to:
  • Understand the UCS Mini’s 5108 Chassis and Updated Backplane.
  • Explore the UCS Mini’s Supported Topologies.
  • Describe the UCS Mini vs “Classic” Data Center Remote Management.
  • Explore the normal operation of the UCS Mini with Cisco UCS Manager 3.0.
  • Perform administration tasks of the UCS Mini with Cisco UCS Manager 3.0.
  • Perform troubleshooting of the UCS Mini using the Cisco UCS Manager 3.0 (GUI).
  • Perform troubleshooting of the UCS Mini using the Command Line Interface (CLI).

Course Outline

Lesson 1. UCS Mini Hardware Overview

  • Cisco UCS 5108 Chassis
    • Physically the same 5108 Chassis with Updated Product ID, Backplane
    • Backwards Compatibility
      • Support for existing and new F/I, IOM’s, PSU’s, Servers
      • 6RU rack-mount storage, Up to 8 blade servers
  • Updated Backplane, Fabric Interconnect, IOMs, PSU's
    • Backplane and Fabric Interconnect 6324 Updates
    • Embedded F/I capability in the IOM slot
  • Fabric Interconnect 6324 Integrated Networking
    • Basic Supported Topologies and Connectivity
    • 1x 40G QSFP+, FCoE Storage Port
    • 4x 10G SFP+, Supports 1G or 10G
    • Cabling Options, support for SFP, SFP+, SFP FC, QSFP
    • Cisco UCS 2204XP IOM
    • Support for next-gen VIC
  • UCS Mini Power Enhancements
    • Enhanced UCS Power Capping
    • Updated 220v PSU available for higher density loads
    • Reserved Power, Server Boot Staggering, Power Budget Reclaim
    • Determine power needs
    • Configure Power Policy
  • Cisco UCS vs Cisco UCS Mini Comparison

Lesson 2. Common UCS Mini Supported Topologies

  • Supported Topologies with Blade and Rack Servers
  • Network Attached Storage (IP Based Connectivity)
  • Direct Attached Storage (DAS)
  • SAN Attached Storage (FC/FCoE)
  • Storage Features and Support
  • Supported Scale Numbers
    • Switch Fabric Throughput
    • LAN and Fibre Channel Ports
    • MAC Addresses, VLAN’s, IGMP Groups, VI Support, Frame Sizes

Lesson 3. UCS Mini vs “Classic” UCS Server Support

  • Maximum Servers Supported per Domain
  • Support for specific B-Series vs C-Series Servers
  • SingleConnect Support
  • Switching and EHM/NPV mode

Lesson 4. Remote Office/Branch Office Compared to Data Center Administration

  • Cisco UCS Mini can be deployed in a ROBO location
  • Centrally managed using Cisco UCS Central Software in data center
  • Cisco UCS Central Software Release 1.2
  • Remote Firmware Management with Cisco UCS Central Software

Lesson 5. Supported Administration Options for UCS Mini

  • Full-featured Cisco UCS Manager
  • Cisco UCS Manager 3.0 "Fletcher Cove" for UCS Mini
    • UCS Manager 3.0 vs 2.2 differences
    • UCS Mini Limitations in UCSM 3.0
    • New Features in UCSM 3.0(2c) for UCS Mini
    • Cisco UCS Manager and Service Profiles Support
  • Cisco UCS Director API
  • Cisco UCS Central Software support for UCS Mini
  • Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Cisco UCS Mini Firmware Management

Lesson 6. Administering UCS Mini Global Network configurations

  • Managing Uplink VLANs
  • Managing ports and uplinks
  • Managing Ethernet and Appliance Ports
  • Managing FC Appliance ports
  • Managing FC Zoning policies
  • Managing QoS classes and QoS policy for jumbo MTU

Lesson 7. Cisco UCS Mini Remote Office / Branch Office Management

  • Using UCS Central
    • Managing multiple local and remote domains with UCS Central
    • Adding Cisco UCS Managers to Cisco UCS Central
  • Using UCS Central for a Remote Office Branch Office
    • Adding UCS Central Domain Group
    • Adding Pools and Policies
    • Adding Global Service Profile Template
    • Adding Global Service Profile Instance

Lesson 8. Troubleshooting UCS Mini Identifier Pool misconfigurations

  • Verification of Server UUID pool resources
  • Verification of MAC address pool resources
  • Verification of WWN pool resources
  • Verification of Management IP address pool resources

Lesson 9. Troubleshooting UCS Mini Server Pool misconfigurations

  • Verification of server pool
  • Verification of server pool policy qualification
  • Verification of server pool policy

Lesson 10. Troubleshooting UCS Mini Service Profile and Template misconfigurations

  • Determining common service profile misconfigurations
  • Determining common service profile template misconfigurations
  • Determining common ESXi and vCenter misconfigurations

Lesson 11. Troubleshooting Servers and VM’s issues

  • Locating and correcting common B-Series and C-Series Server issues
  • Locating and correcting common VM boot failure issues
  • Troubleshooting common Windows Server 2012 VM installation issues

Lesson 12.Troubleshooting UCS Performance issues

  • Identifying performance problems
  • Methodology behind UCS performance
  • Network and Storage performance-related issues
  • Effective inbox tools and free 3rd-party utilies
  • Exploring CLI based commands and outputs commonly used by Cisco TAC


  • Identify connectivity issues with the 5108 Chassis and UCSM 3.0
  • Create a new User Account and setting its Access Permissions
  • Administer an existing and add a new VLAN configuration
  • Administer and modify an existing Service Profile
  • Administer and modify an existing Power Policy
  • Troubleshoot a Service Profile and its Template
  • Troubleshoot a B-Series Server
  • Identify a failed Windows Server 2012 VM installation

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