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CLDINF v1.0 - Implementing and Troubleshooting the Cisco Cloud Infrastructure

5 Day Hands-On Lab & Lecture Course



Implementing and Troubleshooting the Cisco Cloud Infrastructure (CLDINF) v1.0 is a newly created five-day instructor-led training on the curriculum path leading to the Cisco Certified Cloud Professional certification. Additionally, it is designed to prepare data center engineers with the knowledge and hands-on experience to implement and troubleshooting Cisco cloud infrastructure.

The students will gain hands-on experience with configuring various cloud infrastructure components, such as Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), Cisco UCS Director (UCSD), Cisco UCS Director Bare Metal Agent (BMA), Cisco MDS switches, Cisco Nexus 5500 Series switches, Cisco Nexus Cisco Nexus1000v, and Cisco Cloud Services Router (CSR). At the end of the course, students will be able to deploy ESXi hosts, provision VMs, and implement a variety of features such as vMotion and VXLANs.

Note: Students registering for this course will be receiving their course kit in a digital format. To be able to view your digital kit you will need to bring a laptop PC and/or a compatible iPad or Android tablet.

Please be aware that this digital version is designed for online use, not for printing. You can print up to 10 pages only in each guide within a course. Please note that every time you click the Print button in the book, this counts as one page printed, whether or not you click OK in the Print dialog.



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

  • Describe the major components of the cloud infrastructure.
  • Implement and troubleshoot the computing component in the cloud.
  • Implement and troubleshoot the storage component in the cloud.
  • Implement and troubleshoot the network component in the cloud.
  • Troubleshoot cloud environments that consist of multiple components.



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

  • CCNA Cloud certification or equivalent knowledge
  • Basic knowledge of Cisco Data Center technologies and equipment
  • Basic knowledge of cloud computing and associated technologies
  • Basic knowledge of VMware data center concepts

Attending the following Cisco courses or equivalent experience is highly recommended, in order to fully benefit from this course:

  • CCNA Cloud Fundamentals
  • CCNA Cloud Administration


Who Should Attend

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Cloud computing and data center engineers

The secondary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Cloud computing and data center designers



Module 1: Cloud Infrastructure Overview

Lesson 1: Cloud Physical Infrastructure

    • Physical Components of Cloud Infrastructure
    • Data Center Architecture
    • Cloud Characteristics
    • Building the Cloud
    • Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches
    • Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches
    • Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches
    • Cisco Nexus 2000 Architecture
    • Fabric Extender Benefits
    • Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender Terminology
    • Cisco Nexus 1000V
    • Cisco MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Directors
    • Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch
    • Cisco NX-OS Architecture
    • Cisco NX-OS Features
    • Cisco NX-OS System Resiliency
    • Cisco NX-OS Extensibility
    • Cisco NX-OS Security
    • Cisco NX-OS Efficiency
    • Cisco NX-OS Virtualization
    • Cisco Unified Computing System
    • Cisco UCS Product Portfolio
    • Cisco UCS Network Equipment
    • Blade Servers: Cisco UCS B-Series and Options
    • Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers
    • Cisco UCS C3160 Rack Server
    • Cisco UCS M-Series Modular Servers
    • Cisco UCS Invicta
    • Cisco UCS Manager
    • Cisco UCS Central
    • Cisco UCS Director
    • Cisco UCS Performance Manager
    • Variety of Storage Access Methods
    • Fibre Channel
    • Fibre Channel Ports
    • Fabric Login (FLOGI)
    • VSANs and Zoning
    • FCoE Protocol
    • FCoE Characteristics
    • FCoE Elements and Ports
    • Summary

Lesson 2: Cloud Virtual Infrastructure and Software Components

    • Server Virtualization
    • Server Virtualization Types
    • Server Virtualization Benefits
    • HypervisorAbstraction Layer
    • VMware ESXi
    • Microsoft Hyper-V Architecture
    • Linux KVM
    • Virtual Machine
    • VM Benefits
    • VM Partitioning
    • VM Isolation
    • VM Encapsulation
    • VM Hardware Abstraction
    • VMware Management
    • VM Mobility
    • VM High Availability
    • Dynamic VM Placement
    • Server Power Management
    • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager
    • Hyper-V Live Migration
    • Hyper-V Processor Compatibility Mode
    • Hyper-V Server Core Parking
    • Using Cloud Management Platforms
    • Cisco UCS Director
    • Cisco Prime Service Catalog
    • Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud
    • Cisco Intercloud Fabric
    • Summary

Lesson 3: Setting Up Hypervisor

    • Installing Hypervisor Software on Server
    • Installing VMware ESXi
    • Installing Microsoft Hyper-V
    • Installing Linux KVM
    • Associating the Hypervisor to Virtualized Management Software
    • Assigning Shared Storage Space
    • Summary

Lesson 4: Module Summary Lesson 5: Module Self-Check

Module 2: Cloud Infrastructure Computing Component

Lesson 1: Implementing Computing Infrastructure

    • Prepare the Computing Environment to Deploy Hypervisors on Multiple Servers
    • Prepare the Infrastructure to Support Automated Hypervisor Installations: DHCP, TFTP Services to Use PXE
    • Provision a Lights-Out Management Network and Possible Integration with the Cloud Integrated Management Platform
    • Summary

Lesson 2: Using Cisco UCS as a Cloud Compute Platform

    • Implementing Service Profile Templates
    • Service Profile Network Configuration
    • Implementing LAN and SAN Separation
    • Implement a Boot Policy for Servers: Server Boot Devices
    • Boot Policy for Network Boot
    • Boot Policy for SAN Boot
    • Boot Policy for iSCSI Boot
    • Remote Boot Devices Redundancy
    • Boot Policy for Local Hard Drive Boot
    • Summary

Lesson 3: Troubleshooting Compute Infrastructure

    • Troubleshooting Methodology
    • Data Gathering Tools in Cisco UCS Troubleshooting
    • Scenarios for Troubleshooting Compute Infrastructure
    • Troubleshooting Service Profiles on Different Hardware Types
    • Troubleshooting Management Connectivity to a Server
    • Troubleshooting Boot Policies When Booting Servers from Remote Storage
    • Summary

Lesson 4: Module Summary Lesson 5: Module Self-Check

Module 3: Cloud Infrastructure Storage Component

Lesson 1: Implementing Cloud Storage

    • Storage Types
    • Block-Level Storage Considerations
    • File-Level Storage Considerations
    • Differentiating SAN Protocols FC/FCoE, iSCSI, NFS, SMB
    • What Are Virtual SANs?
    • Why Virtual SANs?
    • VSAN Usage Examples
    • Why Zoning?
    • Zoning Modes
    • Sets of Zones
    • Zoning Configuration
    • Provisioning Storage Space
    • Summary

Lesson 2: Configuring Storage Access on Hosts

    • Preparing a Server (Service Profile) for Fibre Channel Storage Access
    • Preparing a Server for iSCSI Storage Access
    • Preparing a Server for SAN/iSCSI Boot
    • Preparing a Server for NAS-Based Storage Access
    • Configuring Access Rights, File and Folder Permissions
    • Summary

Lesson 3: Troubleshooting Cloud Storage Infrastructure

    • Methodology in Troubleshooting Storage Infrastructure
    • Storage Troubleshooting Scenarios
    • Troubleshooting the vHBA Component
    • Troubleshooting the iSCSI Component
    • Troubleshooting the SAN
    • Summary

Lesson 4: Module Summary Lesson 5: Module Self-Check

Module 4: Cloud Infrastructure Network Component

Lesson 1: Implementing Physical Network for the Cloud

    • Physical Network Infrastructure Solutions
    • Virtual Device Context Overview
    • VDC Interaction with VLANs and VRFs
    • FCoE VDC
    • Ethernet PortChannel
    • Configuring PortChannels
    • Virtual PortChannel
    • vPC Components
    • vPC Local Traffic
    • vPC External Traffic
    • Configuring vPC
    • VXLAN Overview
    • VXLAN Architecture
    • VXLAN Packet Format
    • VXLAN Tunnel Endpoint
    • Hypervisor VXLAN
    • VXLAN Gateway
    • VXLAN Unicast Packet Flow
    • VXLAN Broadcast, Unknown Unicast, and Multicast Flow
    • IP Addressing Plan for Infrastructure and Tenants
    • Summary

Lesson 2: Implementing a Virtual Network for the Cloud

    • VMware Standard vSwitch
    • VMware vSwitch Ports
    • VMware vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS)
    • Cisco Nexus 1000V Overview
    • Cisco Nexus 1000V Architecture
    • Virtual Supervisor Module (VSM)
    • Virtual Ethernet Module (VEM)
    • Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Chassis
    • VSM-to-VEM Communication
    • Configuring Nexus 1000V Global Settings
    • Registering the VSM Extension in vCenter
    • Verifying Server Virtualization Switch (SVS) Connection
    • Configuring Nexus 1000V Port Profile
    • Configuring Nexus 1000V System VLANs
    • Installing the VEM and Adding Host to VDS
    • Configuring VSM-to-VEM Communication
    • Verifying Nexus 1000V Virtual Chassis
    • Migrating VMs and VMkernel Adapters to VDS
    • Assigning Individual VMs and VMkernels to Port Groups
    • Implementing Hypervisor VTEP
    • Implementing VXLAN
    • Summary

Lesson 3: Configuring Network Access on Hosts

    • Cisco UCS Network Configuration Elements
    • MAC Pool
    • vNIC Template
    • LAN Connectivity Policy
    • Network Policy (UCS Director)
    • Assigning vNIC Templates When Creating Service Profile or Template
    • Changing Network Settings in Service Profile or Template
    • iSCSI vNICs
    • Access to Cisco Integrated Management Controller
    • Server Management IP Address
    • Inband vs. Out-of-Band Server Management
    • Summary

Lesson 4: Troubleshooting Cloud Network Infrastructure

    • Methodology in Troubleshooting Network Infrastructure
    • Network Troubleshooting Scenarios
    • Troubleshooting Management Connectivity to Hypervisors
    • Troubleshooting Abnormal Hypervisor Behavior
    • Troubleshooting VXLAN Connectivity
    • Summary

Lesson 5: Module Summary

    • References

Lesson 6: Module Self-Check

Module 5: Troubleshoot Multiple Components

Lesson 1: Troubleshooting Cloud Infrastructure

    • Troubleshooting Methodology
    • Potential Problems with Multiple Components
    • Scenarios for Troubleshooting Multiple Components
    • Troubleshooting Storage Provisioning Using Cisco UCS Director Workflows
    • Troubleshooting VM Provisioning
    • Summary

Lesson 2: Module Summary

    • References

Lesson 3: Module Self-Check

Lab Outline

Hardware Lab 1: UCS Manager and UCS Director Quickstart

  • Install the UCS Director
  • Initialize the UCS Cluster
  • Configure UCS Director Networking and Fabric Interconnect Ethernet Ports
  • Prepare the UCS Director for UCS Provisioning
  • Perform UCS Direct Configuration via the UCS Director
  • Provision a VLAN in the UCS Fabric Using UCS Director Workflow
  • Verify VLAN Configuration in the Backbone

Hardware Lab 2: Deploy CentOS Host on UCS Blade Server

  • Install the Bare Metal Agent or Verify Its Installation
  • Explore the Manual Creation of PXE Boot Requests in the UCS Director
  • Deploy UCS Director Workflow to Provision a CentOS Host on Local Disk

Hardware Lab 3: Deploy ESXi Hosts on Remote Storage

  • Use the UCS Director to Configure UCS for Remote Storage Access
  • Configure Unified Ports on the First Fabric Interconnect to Act as FC Uplinks
  • Create an Account for Invicta in UCS Director and Configure a Workflow to Provision Remote Storage
  • Complete the Configuration of FC Uplinks on FI Switches
  • Define UCS Director Workflow to Provision ESXi Host on Remote Storage
  • Execute Workflow to Provision Second ESXi Host and Add ESXi Hosts to vCenter
  • Provision a CentOS VM using PXE Boot
  • Implement iSCSI
  • Define Virtual Account in UCS Director

Hardware Lab 4: Troubleshoot Storage Access

  • Identify Limitations of Using Non-Shared Storage
  • Provision Shared Storage Using a Workflow to Enable vMotion in vSphere Client
  • Troubleshoot SAN High Availability

Hardware Lab 5: Configure Network Server Connectivity

  • Provision UCS VLANs Using UCSD Workflow
  • Implement Ethernet Port Channels
  • Configure VMware Port Groups
  • Deploy CSR Router
  • Assign CentOS VM to Sales Port Group
  • Provision Windows VM Using UCSD Service Request

Hardware Lab 6: Configure Virtual Network Connectivity

  • Deploy the VSM
  • Configure Trunk and VEM Port Profiles
  • Deploy the VEMs
  • Migrate Remaining Uplink, VMkernels, and VMs to VDS
  • Implement vMotion in Cisco Nexus 1000V
  • Deploy VXLANs

Hardware Lab 7: Troubleshoot Network Connectivity (Optional)

  • Load a Trouble Ticket and Troubleshoot Network Connectivity on Cisco Nexus 1000V

Hardware Lab 8: Troubleshoot Capstone Lab (Optional)

  • Load a UCS Trouble Ticket Using System Recovery
  • Configure Management IP Addresses
  • Troubleshoot Service Profile Errors
  • Troubleshoot KVM Access
  • Troubleshoot SAN Access
  • Troubleshoot Network Connectivity


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