Cisco DCICT 1.0 – RAID Options and B-Series Blades and Cluster Options

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To provide redundancy, disks can be combined into arrays in several ways, which are referred to as RAID levels. This course describes the RAID adapter options for Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers. In this course, you will explore how Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers connect to the chassis and achieve external LAN and SAN connectivity. You will learn about the required information to perform initial Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) cluster setup for Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers and to validate cluster operation. This course is one of a series in the Skillsoft learning path that covers the objectives for Cisco exam 640-916: Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies.

Target Audience

This course is targeted toward data center network engineers and learners embarking on a network administration or engineering career who wish to understand all the components that make up a real-world data center. In addition, anyone interested in the DCICT CCNA Data Center certification exam will benefit from this course. This course offers the official training for the Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (640-916 DCICT) certification exam which is a component exam for the CCNA Data Center certification.



Expected Duration

90 min.

Course Objectives

Course Introduction

RAID Options

  • describe RAID options for the UCS products
  • RAID Level 0 – Data Striping

  • describe RAID Level 0
  • RAID Level 1 – Disk Mirroring

  • describe RAID Level 1
  • Redundancy via Parity

  • differentiate between data redundancy and parity
  • RAID 5 – Striping with Distributed Parity

  • describe RAID Level 5
  • RAID 0+1 – Mirrored Array of Striped Disks

  • describe RAID 0+1
  • RAID 1+0 – Striped Array of Mirrored Disks

  • describe RAID 1+0
  • Data Striping

  • describe data striping operation
  • Cisco UCS C-Series Model-Specific RAID Options

  • differentiate between UCS-C RAID options
  • General Memory Population Guidelines

  • describe adherence to UCS C-Series memory population guidelines
  • Cluster-to-IO Module Connectivity

  • describe cluster-to-IO module connectivity
  • UCS 2104XP I/O Module Bandwidth Oversubscription

  • describe blade server bandwidth oversubscription with the Cisco UCS 2104XP I/O module
  • UCS 2208XP I/O Module and UCS 6248UP Fabric Links

  • describe the links between Cisco UCS 2208XP I/O module and Cisco UCS 6248UP fabric interconnect
  • Fabric and Adapter Port Channel

  • describe fabric and adapter port channels
  • I/O Module Components

  • describe I/O module components
  • Basic Ethernet Port Personalities

  • describe Ethernet port personalities
  • Acknowledge Chassis

  • initiate chassis discovery
  • UCS 6100 and 6248UP Series Fabric Cluster Connectivity

  • describe Cisco UCS 6100 and 6248UP Series fabric interconnect cluster connectivity
  • Configure a Primary Cluster Peer

  • configure the primary cluster peer
  • Active and Subordinate Peer Cluster State

  • verify a fabric interconnect cluster
  • Changing Cluster Addressing from CLI

  • modify IP settings from the CLI
  • Exercise: Cisco UCS B-Series Configuration