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The Zero-to-Hero Data Center class is designed to give students a quick and effective overview of the requirements of the data center track. It will cover data center architecture, technologies, products and solutions that can be used in day-to-day operations. Upon completion of this course, learners will have a working knowledge of vPC, FabricPath, VPC+, OTV, EVPN, VXLAN, Routing Protocols (OSPF, ISIS, MPBGP, BSR, Anycast-RP), HSRP, FC, FCoE, iSCSI, DCB, UCS, ACI, NFV and Policy-based networking.


There are no formal perquisite but we recommend CCNA level knowledge.

Course Delivery Method:

This boot camp is a combination of lecture and hands-on labs.

Boot Camp Hours:

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time (Saturdays Only)

Day 1:

Classic Ethernet Switching

  • VLANs
  • Trunking
  • Port Channels
  • RSTP
  • MST
  • Private VLANs
  • UDLD
  • Layer 2 Multicast

Day 2:

Data Center Switching

  • Fabric Extenders
  • Virtual Port Channels
  • FabricPath
  • Virtual Port Channels Plus (VPC+)
  • Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV)
  • Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN)
  • VXLAN with BGP EVPN Control Plane
  • Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP)
  • Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)
  • RISE
  • Intelligent Traffic Distribution

Day 3:

Layer 3 Routing

  • OSPF on NXOS
  • IS-IS on NXOS
  • BGP on NXOS
  • Multicast Routing on NXOS
  • Bi-Directional Forwarding Detection (BFD)
  • Layer 3 High Availability
  • First-Hop Redundancy Protocol (FHRP/GLBP/HSRP)

Day 4:

NXOS Storage Networking

  • Quality of Service
  • Fibre Channel Switching
  • SAN Port Channels
  • Zoning
  • NPV & NPIV
  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
  • Multi-Hop FCoE

Day 5:

NXOS Management

  • Virtual Device Contexts
  • AAA
  • SNMPv3
  • Netflow
  • Smart Call Home
  • NTP & PTP
  • Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager (DCNM)

Week 6:

NXOS Security

  • Access Control Lists (ACL) for IP/MAC/VLAN
  • Port Security
  • DHCP Snooping
  • Dynamic ARP inspection
  • IP Source Guard
  • Cisco TrustSec

Week 7:

UCS B-Series Components and Management

  • UCS B-Series Initialization
  • FI High Availability
  • UCSM Web/Java UI
  • UCS System Management Communications
  • Call Home, Policies and Profiles
  • Organizations
  • Role Based Access Control
  • Backup and Restore
  • Chassis and Blade Discovery
  • Management IP Address Pools
  • DNS Server Management
  • NTP Server and Time Management

Week 8:

UCS B-Series SAN Connectivity

  • Fibre Channel Switching Mode
  • Fibre Channel End Host Mode
  • FC Uplink Configuration
  • VSANs
  • FCoE VLANs
  • Uplink Trunking Port Channels
  • SAN Pin Groups
  • WWNN/nWWN Pools
  • WWPN/pWWN Pools
  • iSCSI IP Pools
  • iSCSI IQNs

Week 9:

UCS B-Series LAN Connectivity

  • Ethernet Switching Mode
  • Ethernet End Host Mode
  • LAN Uplink Configuration
  • MAC Address Aging
  • VLAN Creation and Trunking
  • Private VLANs
  • Uplink Port Channels
  • LAN Pin Groups
  • Disjointed Layer 2 Networks
  • Global LAN QoS
  • FCoE and iSCSI QoS
  • LAN QoS Policies
  • FCoE QoS Policies
  • MAC Address Pools
  • LAN Polices for Network Control
  • LAN Polices for Flow Control
  • Monitoring LAN Connections and Exposing Hot Spots
  • vNIC Templates
  • Dynamic vNIC Provisioning

Week 10:

UCS B-Series Service Profiles

  • UUID Pools
  • Server Pool Creation
  • Server Pool Qualification
  • BIOS Policies
  • Boot Polices
  • System Policies
  • Initial Template Service Profiles
  • Updating Template Service Profiles
  • Service Profile Instantiation
  • Manual Service Profile Creation

Week 11:

Nexus 1000v

  • Deploying Nexus 1000v VSMs in L3 Mode
  • Install VEMs in ESXi Hosts
  • Port Profile Provisioning
  • Migrating Physical Adapters to N1Kv DVS
  • Migrating VM Guests to N1Kv DVS
  • Virtual Port Channels Host Mode (vPC-HM)
  • QoS in Nexus 1000v
  • IGMP in Nexus 1000v
  • SPAN in Nexus 1000v
  • ERSPAN in Nexus 1000v
  • Access Control Lists in Nexus 1000v
  • DHCP Snooping in Nexus 1000v
  • Dynamic ARP Inspection in Nexus 1000v
  • IP Source Guard in Nexus 1000v
  • Netflow in Nexus 1000v
  • vPATH in Nexus 1000v

Week 12:

ACI and Orchestration

  • Fabric Management
  • Creation of Network Constructs
  • Specification of Cisco ACI Policy Parameters
  • Application Deployment
  • Virtualization: VMware Integration
  • Layer 4 through 7 Services
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting
  • APIC Northbound API Clients
  • Scripting: Python
  • REST with JSON and XML Bindings
  • PowerShell
  • UCS Director

Payment Policy / Options:

  • Prepayment is required for all courses and packages. All prices are based on USD currency.
  • Pricing, registration terms, and conditions are subject to change without notice.
  • Payment can be made using following methods:
  • PayPal
  • Credit Card: American Express, MasterCard, Visa.
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  • Bank Wire.

Retake Policy:
There are no free retakes for this track.

Refund/Cancellation Policy:
There are no refunds. You will be issued a credit. There is no expiration for the credit. You can take the class at a different date or location at no additional cost. We need a minimum of two weeks notice for postponing the class.

May 13, 2017 - July 29, 2017
Course Fee$4,699.00
August 12, 2017 - October 28, 2017
Course Fee$4,699.00
November 18, 2017 - April 21, 2018
Course Fee$4,699.00

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Course Description:

Zero-to-Hero-UCS (Z2H-UCS) is a 5-day workshop exploring the fundamentals of the Unified Computing System (UCS). The course teaches UCS LAN and SAN fundamentals, the physical and logical architecture of the Cisco UCS, and NX1000v virtual switch.

You will learn to install Cisco UCS fabric interconnects and blade chassis, upgrade firmware, create identity and physical resource pools, create Service Profile templates and policies, and deploy servers in a stateless computing environment to include installation of the logical components of the Nexus 1000v, and the tasks necessary to provide advanced cisco networking features to any hosted virtualization environment (the course will focus on VMware vSphere).

Z2H-UCS features an introduction to Cisco UCS Central 1.1(2a) and UCS PowerTools 1.2.1, including performance of day-to-day operations, from monitoring logs to performing back-ups in addition to extensive fault isolation and troubleshooting procedures related to the general UCS product line.

The course will teach basic to advanced concepts, practiced on a mixture of physical and virtual equipment, ensuring a reliable and effective learning environment.

This course is design for any student that wants to learn everything necessary to design, deploy, troubleshoot and maintain the Cisco Unified Computing System in a data center environment. Topics covered in this course are applicable to both CCNP and CCIE level of study with special emphasis in being ready to take the CCIE Data Center Written Exam while simultaneously preparing students to get the most out of our 80% hands-on lab focused CCIE Data Center Boot Camp.

Course Delivery Method:

This boot camp is delivered online via Webex.

Students Will Receive:

  • Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) Student kits and lab guid
  • VPN access via Cisco AnyConnect to dedicated equipment for the duration of the course.

Boot Camp Date and Hours:

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Central Standard Time

Los Angeles (U.S.A. - California)        PST  UTC-8 hours    
Warsaw (Poland)                          CET  UTC+1 hour     
Sydney (Australia - New South Wales)     AEDT UTC+11 hours   
Mumbai (India - Maharashtra)             IST  UTC+5:30 hours 
Mexico City (Mexico - Federal District)  CST  UTC-6 hours    
Chicago (U.S.A. - Illinois)              CST  UTC-6 hours    
New York (U.S.A. - New York)             EST  UTC-5 hours    
London (United Kingdom - England)        GMT  UTC            
Dubai (United Arab Emirates - Dubai)     GST  UTC+4 hours

Follow On Certification:

CCIE Data Center Boot Camp v2

Day One

 Lesson 1: Cisco Unified Computing System

  • Data Center Bridging
  • Cisco UCS 5100 Series Blade Server Chassis
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Fabric Components
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Models and Options
  • Cisco UCS C-Series Models and Options
  • Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Cards
  • Cisco UCS M-Series Servers
  • Cisco UCS Mini
  • Cisco UCS Manager
  • Cisco UCS Manager Command Line
  • Power Requirements of Cisco UCS B-Series
  • Supported Configurations

Lesson 2: HA Clusters

  • High-Availability Cluster Connection Requirements for Cisco UCS B-Series
  • Cluster Initial Setup from the Fabric Interconnect Console
  • Server Management IP Address in Cisco UCS
  • Inter-cluster Communications and Synchronization of the Cisco UCS Manager Database
  • Discovery Process and Monitoring Using FSM Output
  • How Cisco UCS 5108 SEEPROM Resolves Split-Brain Issues in the High-Availability Cluster

Lesson 3: Managing and Upgrading Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware

  • Cisco UCS Software Packages
  • Upgrading Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware
  • Direct Firmware Upgrades of Cisco IMC, IOM, and Mezzanine Adapters
  • Firmware Updates Using a Service Profile
  • Hardware Capability Catalogs

Lesson 4: Cisco UCS Manager Backup and Restore Operations

  • Supported Backup Types and Functions and Import and Disaster Recovery Restore Operations
  • Backup Creation, Execution, and Scheduling
  • Configuring an Import Job to Restore the AAA User Database
  • Configuring Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects for a Disaster Recovery Restore Operation

Lesson 5: Logging and Monitoring

  • Cisco UCS Manager Interfaces
  • Fault Management System and Fault Severity Levels
  • Track Administrative Changes in the Cisco UCS Manager Audit Log
  • Cisco UCS Manager Operations Subject to FSM Validation
  • Logging Options
  • System Event Log and Log Policies
  • Smart Call Home Feature
  • Logs, Events, and Faults
  • SPAN for Protocol Analysis

Day Two

Lesson 6: Cisco UCS B-Series Physical Connectivity

  • Relationship Between I/O Uplinks and Bandwidth Oversubscription with Generation 2 Hardware
  • Cisco UCS 2204/2208XP IOM Architecture Including CMC, I/O MUX, and Chassis Management Switch
  • Cisco UCS 2nd and 3rd Generation VICs
  • Alternate Mezzanine Cards Including M51, M61, M7-Q/E, and Storage Accelerators
  • Cisco Integrated Management Controller
  • Port Channels from the Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnect to the 2204/2208XP IOM
  • Server and Uplink Port Personalities in the Fabric Interconnect
  • Chassis Discovery Process and Monitoring using the FSM
  • Chassis Discovery Policy

Lesson 7: Cisco UCS B-Series LAN Connectivity

  • UCS Manager Networking Features
  • Ethernet Ports on the Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect
  • Ethernet Port Channels on the UCS Fabric Interconnect
  • VLAN and Private VLAN Configuration
  • End-Host and Switching Modes
  • Automatic Pinning and Recovery from Failure
  • Manual Pinning and Recovery from Failure
  • Disjointed Layer 2 Domains

Lesson 8: Compute Node SAN Connectivity

  • UCS Manager Storage Features
  • FC Ports on Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects
  • VSANs in the Cisco UCS Manager
  • N Port Identifier Virtualization (NPiV) and UCS FC End-Host Mode
  • Fibre Channel Switching Mode
  • Multipath IO

Lesson 9: Resource Pools in Cisco UCS Manager

  • Rationale for Creating Identity and Resource Pools
  • UUID Resource Pools
  • MAC Resource Pools
  • WWN Resource Pools
  • IQN Resource Pools
  • Server Resource Pools
  • Provision WWxN Pools
  • iSCSI Initiator Pools

Lesson 10: Service Profiles, Policies, and Templates in Cisco UCS Manager

  • Service Profiles and Policies in UCS Manager
  • Service Profile Templates in UCS Manager
  • Service Profile Templates and Expert Service Profile Wizards
  • Service Profile Associations
  • Changes to a Service Profile that Trigger a Cisco UCS Utility Operating System Update
  • Service Profile to a New Server Blade in the Event of Hardware Failure
  • KVM and Virtual Media
  • Supported Operating Systems and Boot Options

Day Three

Lesson 11: Upgrading and Troubleshooting the UCS

  • Isolating and Repairing Control Plane Issues
  • Isolating and Repairing UCS SAN Boot Issues
  • Isolating and Repairing UCS iSCSI Boot Issues
  • Isolating and Repairing UCS Network Issues
  • Isolating and Repairing UCS Hardware Issues
  • Fabric Interconnect upgrade and replacement

Day Four

Lesson 12: UCS Virtualization

  • Install Nexus 1000v VSM/VEMs
  • Implement QoS, traffic flow, and IGMP snooping
  • Implement network monitoring on Cisco Nexus 1000v
  • Understanding and Implementing VXLANs and VXLAN Operations
  • Implement Cisco Nexus 1000v port channels
  • Configure VLANs, port profiles, DHCP snooping, dynamic ARP inspection, IP source guard, port security, access control lists, and private VLANs
  • Switch between L2/L3 control mode
  • Diagnose VSM HA issues, VSM/VEM connectivity, and security feature issues

Day Five

Lesson 13: UCS Management Tools

  • UCS Central Cisco
  • UCS PowerTools for UCS Manager

Lesson 14: UCS Lab Exam

  • Timed UCS Mock Lab

Zero-To-Hero UCS Foundations Workbook

Lab 1: Initial Configuration

Lab 2: Upgrading UCS Components

Lab 3: Creating Simple Service Profiles

Lab 4: Configuring Resource Pools

Lab 5: Creating Service Profiles from Templates

Lab 6: Creating Mobile Service Profiles

Lab 7: Advanced Server Networking

Lab 8: Testing High Availability

Lab 9: Backing Up and Importing Configuration Data

Lab 10: Install NX1000v VSM/VEM

Lab 11: NX1000v Features and Capabilities

Lab 12: Deploying UCS Central

Payment Policy / Options:

  1. Prepayment is required for all courses and packages. All prices are based on USD currency.
  2. Pricing, registration terms, and conditions are subject to change without notice.
  3. Payment can be made using following methods:
  4. PayPal
  5. Credit Card: American Express, MasterCard, Visa.
  6. CISCO Learning Credits (to submit CLC request please contact
  7. Bank Wire.

Retake Policy:
There are no free retakes for this track.

Refund/Cancellation Policy:
There are no refunds. You will be issued a credit. There is no expiration for the credit. You can take the class at a different date or location at no additional cost. We need a minimum of two weeks notice for postponing the class.

Homewood Suites By Hilton
8320 Benson Dr.
Columbia, MD 21045
Phone; 443-896-5073

Columbia (Hanover), MD
Hampton Inn Suites Arundel Mills/Baltimore
7027 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover, MD 21076

Closest Airport:
Baltimore/Washington International (BWI)

Homewood Suites by Hilton® Dulles Int’l Airport
(Distance from Dulles Airport 3 miles and distance from training location less than 1 mile)
13460 Sunrise Valley Drive
Herndon, Virginia 20171
Tel: 1-703-793-1700
Fax: 1-703-793-1899

Candlewood Suites
(Distance from Dulles Airport 1.5 miles and Distance from training location 2 miles)
13845 Sunrise Valley Drive
Herndon, VA 20171
(703) 793-7100

Closest Airport:
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Homewood Suites by Hilton
10 West Trimble Rd
San Jose, CA. 95131
Dir: (408) 678-4481
Fax: (408) 428-0373

Closest Airport:
Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)

1. Homewood Suites by Hilton Plano-Richardson 0.3 miles
2601 East President George Bush
Plano, Texas 75074
Phone: 1-972-881-3339

2. Comfort Suites – 0.22 miles
2301 E Pres George Bush Hwy,
Plano, TX, US, 75074
Phone: (469) 429-0700

3. Candlewood Suites East Plano – 0.9 miles from Homewood Suites
2200 E President George Bush Hwy
Richardson, TX 75082-3550

4. Hyatt Regency North Dallas
701 East Campbell Road,
Richardson, Texas, USA 75081
Tel: 1 972 619 1234
Fax: 1 972 907 2578

Closest Airport:
Dallas/Fr. Worth (DFW)

Distance from hotel: 20 mi. (Homewood Suites)

1. Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale & Executive Meeting Ctr
(7 minutes driving distance from training location)
100 West Glenoaks Blvd
Glendale, California 91202
Tel: 1-818-956-5466

2. Days Inn Glendale LosAngeles
(6 minutes driving distance from training center)
450 West Pioneer Drive, I-134 & Pacific Ave.,
Glendale, CA 91203

3. Portofino Inn Burbank
(10 minutes driving distance from training location)
924 West Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91506
818 848 5100

4. Courtyard Los Angeles Burbank Airport
2100 Empire Ave.
Burbank, CA 91504

5. Extended Stay America- Los Angeles – Burbank Airpot
2200 Empire Ave.
Burbank, CA 91504

Closest Domestic Airport: Burbank Airport (BUR)
(15 minutes driving distance from training location)
International Airport: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
(45 minutes driving distance from training location)

Homewood Suites by Hilton® Denver Tech
199 Inverness Drive West
Englewood, Colorado 80112

Closest Airport:
Denver international Airport (DEN)

Homewood Suites Raleigh-Durham AP/ Research Triangle
4603 Central Park Drive,
Durham, North Carolina 27703
Tel: 1-919-474-9900
Fax: 1-919-998-8804

Closest Airport:
Raleigh-Durham International Airport 

(Distance from hotel: 3 mi. Drive time: 8 min.)
Directions: Follow the signs to I-40 West, Take 40 West to Exit 281 Miami Blvd. Take a left at the stop light, 2nd hotel on the left.
Piedmont Triad International Airport (Distance from hotel: 76 mi. Drive time: 90 min.)
Directions: I-40 West to Greensboro

1. Hilton Warsaw Poland
Grzybowska 63,
Warsaw, Poland 00-844
Tel: 48-22-356 5555
Fax: 48-22-356 5556

00-209 Warszawa
ul. Muranowska 2
Tel. +48 (22) 310 10 00
Fax. +48 (22) 310 10 10

3. HOTEL “Maria”
01-038 Warszawa
Al. Jana Pawła II nr 71
Tel. +48 (22) 838 40 62
Fax. +48 (22) 838 38 40

4. HOTEL “Meksyk”
01-813 Warszawa
ul. Marymoncka 34 (AWF)
Tel./Fax. +48 (022) 834 44 63
Tel. +48 (22) 834 62 10

Closest Airport:
Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW)

1. Swan Revived Hotel (B+B) – 0.25 Miles from Venue
High Street,
Newport Pagnell,
Milton Keynes,
01908 610 565‎

2. Holiday Inn Milton Keynes – 1 Mile from Venue
London Road,
Newport Pagnell,
Milton Keynes,
0870 400 7219‎

Closest Airport:
London Heathrow (LHR)

1. Tulip Inn FZ LLC
Po Box: 500707
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971-4-367-1222
Fax: +971-4-367-8633

2. Holiday Inn Express
P.O. BOX 282647
Hotel Front Desk: 971-4-4275555
Hotel Fax: 971-4-4272400

Closest airport:
Dubai international Airport (DXB)

1. Harbourview Hotel, North Sydney (walking distance from the venue)
17 Blue Street North Sydney NSW 2060
Phone: +61 2 9955 0499

2. Rydges North Sydney (walking distance from the venue)
54 McLaren Street North Sydney NSW 2060
Phone:+61 2 9922 1311

Closest Airport:
Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD)

1.Hilton Rotterdam Hotel
Weena 10
Rotterdam, 3012 CM, Nederland
Tel: +31-10-7108000

2. The Manhattan Hotel Rotterdam
Weena 686, NL-3012 CN
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 10 430 2000

3. STROOM Rotterdam
Lloydstraat 1
3024 EA Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Tel: +31(0)10 221 40 60

4. Hotel Port
Pieter de Hoochweg 115
3024 BG Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Tel: 31 (0)10 477 96 28

Closest International Airpot
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
Closest Domestic Airport
Rotterdam The Hague Airpot (RTM)

July 3, 2017 - July 7, 2017
Course Fee$2,995.00
November 6, 2017 - November 10, 2017
Course Fee$2,995.00