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Cisco UCS Cookbook

Book Description

Over 40 practical recipes to get your hands dirty with the powerful Cisco UCS and overcome various challenges

About This Book

  • Master the skills of minimizing cost, enabling your business to work faster by reducing cycle times for reporting and improving overall revenue

  • Work through hands-on recipes for efficient deployment approaches, see computing techniques, and explore new operational models with UCS

  • Render a better work-flow management, ensure effective monitoring, and learn new deployment paradigms for the operational infrastructure with the help of this book

  • Who This Book Is For

    This book is for competent system/network or storage administrators who are working with Cisco UCS, but now want to learn new ways to compute UCS.

    What You Will Learn

  • Familiarize yourself with information on the latest information on memory management practices, virtualization architectures, and the specific technical advantages of UCS

  • Get a concrete understanding of integrating processes and techniques to ensure effective convergence of LAN/SAN

  • Get to know the best practices of Cisco UCS, EMC Storage, and VMware vSphere

  • Master migrating data from other band servers or Blade to Cisco UCS

  • Comprehend how to replicate and back up UCS to remote sites UCS

  • Assimilate innovative techniques to deploy UCS to leverage its full potential

  • Gather information on installing and configuring automatic and manual Pinning

  • Discover ways to integrate a system in Cisco UCS

  • In Detail

    Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) is a data center server platform that is used for computing, deploying, and storing resources in data center environments.

    This cookbook aims to teach you about various tasks you can implement to improve your existing method of configuring and deploying UCS. You will start by learning how to upgrade your firmware on Brocade and Cisco Fibre Channel Switch and will move on to enhance your knowledge of LAN connectivity. We will then discuss how to configure Windows 2008 and 2012 local boot in Cisco UCS. Next, you will learn how to install the operating system on Cisco UCS and use Cisco UCS Power Calculator to calculate the UCS consumption. Finally, we’ll take a look at backup solutions.

    By the end of the book, you will know several ways to build and compute in data center environment using Cisco UCS.

    Style and approach

    This guide explains every task in a conversational and easy-to-follow style. You can open this book up to the task you want to learn and will be able to perform that task by the end of the recipe.

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    Table of Contents

    1. Cisco UCS Cookbook
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Cisco UCS Cookbook
      3. Credits
      4. About the Author
      5. About the Reviewer
      6. www.PacktPub.com
        1. eBooks, discount offers, and more
          1. Why subscribe?
          2. Instant updates on new Packt books
      7. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Sections
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
          5. See also
        5. Conventions
        6. Reader feedback
        7. Customer support
          1. Downloading the color images of this book
          2. Errata
          3. Piracy
          4. Questions
      8. 1. Cisco UCS to SAN Connectivity
        1. Introduction
        2. Firmware upgrade on the Brocade Fibre Channel Switch
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
            1. Download
            2. Upgrade
          3. How it works…
            1. Validation
        3. Firmware upgrade on the Cisco Fibre Channel Switch
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
            1. Download
          3. How it works…
            1. Upgrade
        4. Cisco UCS to Brocade FC Switch connectivity
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
        5. Cisco UCS to Cisco FC Switch connectivity
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
        6. Zoning configuration in UCS Fibre Channel Switch mode
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
            1. Enable Cisco Fabric Interconnect in FC Switching mode
            2. Create local FC Zoning on Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect
          3. How it works…
            1. Validation
        7. HP 3PAR Storage connectivity of the Cisco UCS B-Series Server
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
            1. Validation
          4. There's more…
        8. EMC Storage connectivity of the Cisco UCS B-Series Server
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
            1. Validation
          4. There's more…
      9. 2. Cisco UCS to LAN Connectivity
        1. Introduction
        2. Configuring an Ethernet uplink on Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
            1. Validation
          4. There's more…
        3. Configuring an Ethernet Port Channels uplink on UCS Fabric Interconnect
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
            1. Validation
          4. There's more…
        4. Installing and configuring the NIC Teaming on Microsoft Windows
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
            1. Downloading the Cisco NIC Teaming driver
            2. Installing and configuring the Cisco NIC Teaming driver
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
        5. Configuring the load-balancing and failover on VMware vSphere
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
          5. See also
        6. Configuring LAN pin groups on UCS Fabric Interconnect
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
        7. Installing and configuring VMware vSphere Distributed Switch on Cisco UCS
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
      10. 3. Installing an Operating System on Cisco UCS
        1. Introduction
        2. Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 local boot installation and configuration
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        3. Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 local boot installation and configuration
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        4. VMware vSphere 5.5 local boot installation and configuration
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        5. VMware vSphere SAN boot configuration in EMC Storage
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
        6. VMware vSphere SAN boot configuration in HP 3PAR Storage
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
        7. Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 SAN boot configuration in EMC Storage
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
        8. Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 SAN boot configuration in HP 3PAR Storage
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
      11. 4. Data Migration to Cisco UCS
        1. Introduction
        2. Migrating VMware vSphere on HP C7000 to Cisco UCS
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
          5. See also
        3. P2V migration of HP C7000 to Cisco UCS
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
          5. See also
        4. Migrating the MSCS 2008 virtual machine to Cisco UCS
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
        5. Migrating the MSCS 2008 physical machine to Cisco UCS
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
      12. 5. System Integration on Cisco UCS
        1. Introduction
        2. Installation and configuration of the UCS Management Pack in VMware vROps
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        3. Installation and configuration of Cisco UCS Central
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        4. Installation and configuration of Cisco UCS Central in Cluster mode
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
        5. Installation and configuration of EMC Storage Integrator
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        6. Installation and configuration of EMC Connectrix Manager
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
        7. Installation and configuration of Cisco VM-FEX
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        8. Installation and configuration of VMware VSAN into Cisco UCS
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
      13. 6. Cisco UCS Site Planning
        1. Introduction
        2. The Cisco UCS Power Calculator
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        3. The Cisco UCS Manager Interoperability Utility
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        4. The EMC E-Lab Interoperability Navigator
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        5. HP Single Point of Connectivity Knowledge (SPOCK)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        6. The VMware Compatibility Guide
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        7. The IBM System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
      14. 7. Cisco UCS Backup Solutions
        1. Introduction
        2. Backup and restoration of Cisco UCS configuration
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        3. Backup and restoration of vSphere's virtual machine on Cisco UCS
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        4. Cloning vSphere's virtual machine in EMC Storage
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        5. Cloning vSphere's virtual machine in HP 3PAR Storage
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        6. Replicating vSphere's virtual machine to remote site's Cisco UCS by using EMC MirrorView
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        7. Replicating Microsoft Windows Server to remote site's Cisco UCS using EMC MirrorView
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        8. Replicating Microsoft Windows Server to remote site's Cisco UCS using HP 3PAR Remote Copy
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
      15. Index