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Implementing Cisco HyperFlex (DCIHX)

Detailed Course Outline

Introducing Hyperconvergence and HyperFlex
  • Traditional Data Center Design
  • What Is Hyperconvergence?
  • What Is HyperFlex?
  • HyperFlex Primer
  • Evolution of HyperFlex
Describing Cisco UCS: The Foundation of Cisco HyperFlex
  • Cisco Server Deployment Models: Standalone Versus Managed
  • Cisco UCS Managed Model Benefits
  • Cisco UCS M5 Overview
  • Cisco UCS M5 Server Types
  • Cisco Virtual Interface Cards (VICs) and Their Benefits
  • Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects
  • Cisco UCS Manager
Describing Cisco HyperFlex Software Components
  • Log-Structured File System
  • HyperFlex Snapshots Versus VMware Snapshots
  • HyperFlex Versus Regular Virtualized Server
  • HyperFlex Replicas
  • Writing and Reading Process
  • Data Optimization Overview
  • HyperFlex vs. Other Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) Solutions
Describing Cisco HyperFlex Hardware Components
  • HX UCS M4 and M5
  • Introducing HyperFlex Converged Nodes
  • Hybrid Nodes: HX240M5 and HX220M5
  • All-Flash Nodes: HX240M5 and HX220M5
  • Difference Between Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Types of Cache Solid-State Drive (SSD)
  • Interconnects with Focus on G3
  • Compute-Only Nodes
  • CPU Options
  • Compatibility: Server Types
Installing Regular ESXi Cisco HyperFlex
  • Installation Summary
  • Software Prerequisites
  • Hardware Prerequisites
  • HyperFlex Networking
  • Required Deployment Information
  • vCenter for HyperFlex
  • Installing Physical Components
  • Configure Upstream Switches
  • Prepare Fabric Interconnects
  • Deploy the Installer Virtual Machine (VM)
  • HyperFlex Installation
  • Post-Installation Tasks
  • Add a Converged Node
  • Add a Compute-Only Node
  • Advanced Installation Option: Nested vCenter
Managing Cisco HyperFlex
  • Introduction to Management Options
  • vCenter and HyperFlex Plugin
  • HyperFlex Connect
  • stCLI Command Line Interface
  • Representational State Transfer (REST) API
  • HyperFlex Clones
  • HyperFlex Snapshots
Maintaining Cisco HyperFlex
  • Installer Custom Workflow: Use Cases
  • HyperFlex Upgrade Considerations
  • HyperFlex Online Upgrade
  • HyperFlex Offline Upgrade
  • ESXi Upgrade
  • Moving Storage Cluster to Another vCenter
Designing Cisco HyperFlex
  • Cluster Resiliency: VM-Level
  • Cluster Resiliency: HXDP-Level
  • HyperFlex Cluster Scalability
  • Logical Availability Zones
  • Cluster Capacity
  • Multiple HyperFlex Clusters on One UCS Domain
  • Mixing HyperFlex and Non-HyperFlex Servers
  • Cisco HyperFlex and External Storages
  • Smart Licensing
  • Licensing Tiers
  • HyperFlex Positioning
  • Graphical Processing Units and HyperFlex
Protecting Your Data
  • Disaster Recovery (DR)/Replication Overview
  • Native Replication: Protect
  • Native Replication: Recover
  • Data at Rest Encryption
Introducing Stretched Cluster
  • Stretched Cluster Overview
  • Prerequisites and Recommendations
  • Installation Process
  • Maintenance and Monitoring
Introducing EDGE Cluster
  • EDGE Cluster Overview
  • Prerequisites and Recommendations
  • Installation Process
  • Maintenance and Monitoring
Introducing HyperV-Based Regular Cluster
  • HyperV-Based Standard Cluster Overview
  • Prerequisites and Recommendations
  • Preinstallation Tasks
  • Installation Process
  • Post-Installation Process
  • Maintenance and Monitoring
Designing Multicloud Data Center with HyperFlex
  • Cisco UCS Director Overview
  • Cisco UCS Director: Example Workflow
  • Cisco AppDynamics Introduction
  • Cisco CloudCenter™ Introduction
  • Cisco Workload Optimization Manager (CWOM) Introduction
  • Kubernetes and Cisco Container Platform (CCP): Introduction and Use Cases
  • Cisco Intersight Overview
Lab outline
  • HyperFlex Installation
  • Basic HyperFlex Management
  • Explore Native Replication
  • Deeper Into Management of HX