The third and final portion of our CCIE Data Center Live Online Bootcamps – Unified Computing with Nexus 1000v – is now complete, and the videos are available for both streaming and download. This class focuses on the Cisco Unified Computing System – both B-Series and C-Series servers, Fabric Interconnects, and also the Nexus 1000v. We use the Nexus 5548UP switches along with Cisco MDS 9222i and a rack of JBODs to configure absolutely everything live in the class, including boot-from-SAN, FC zoning, static and dynamic pinning, normal and vPC port-channels, FCoE and vPC-HM (Host Mode) with MAC-Pinning. We also discuss many of the very recent enhancements to the Cisco UCS line with the new addition of version 2.1 and UCS Central.

All Access Pass (AAP) subscribers can view the videos in streaming format for no additional fee and also purchase the download version at a discounted rate. If you are not an AAP subscriber you can purchase the standalone download version here. As usual, all of these videos have cross-platform support (desktop, iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows phone, etc.), and the download versions are DRM free. After you purchase them, they are yours to do with as you please.

A few samples of the class, along with the outline can be seen after the break.

CCIE Data Center :: Unified Computing :: A Look at the Hardware

CCIE Data Center :: Unified Computing :: LAN Connectivity Part 2

CCIE Data Center :: Unified Computing :: Nexus 1000v Overview

The outline for the Unified Computing class is as follows:

  • Introduction
  • Background and Physical Architecture
  • A Look at the Hardware
  • Hardware Options
  • Configuration Options
  • Virtualization and Service Profiles
  • Initial Setup of UCS
  • LAN Connectivity :: Part 1
  • LAN Connectivity :: Part 2
  • LAN Connectivity :: Part 3
  • SAN Connectivity
  • Server Pools
  • Addressing Recommendations
  • Building Pools and Profiles :: Part 1
  • Building Pools and Profiles :: Part 2
  • Spinning up Blades :: Part 1
  • Spinning up Blades :: Part 2
  • Spinning up Blades :: Part 3
  • QoS and Network Control
  • Nexus 1000v Overview
  • Nexus 1000v Installation :: Part 1
  • Nexus 1000v Installation :: Part 2
  • Nexus 1000v Migration
  • Nexus 1000v vPC-HM Mac Pinning
  • Nexus 1000v ACLs QoS and vMotion
  • VM-FEX :: Part 1
  • VM-FEX :: Part 2
  • Adapter-FEX
  • Administration

Questions and comments are welcome. Technical discussion can also be found on the Data Center Technical forum of INE’s Online Community at

About Mark Snow, CCIE #14073:

Mark Snow has been actively working with data and traditional telephony as a Network Consulting Engineer since 1995, and has been working with Cisco Call Manager and voice-over technology since 1998. Mark has been actively teaching and developing content for the CCIE Voice track since 2005, and the Security track since 2007. Mark's story with both data and voice technology started out quite young, as he began learning around the age of five from his father who was a patented inventor and a research scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Mark started out on Unix System V and basic analog telephony, and went on from there to large data networking projects with technologies such as Banyan Vines, IPX and of course IP, and large phone systems such as Nortel 61c, Tadiran Coral, Avaya Definity and of course Cisco Unified Communications Manager in both enterprise and 911 PSAP environments across the US and internationally. Mark is also an accomplished pilot and punched his ticket in 2001. When Mark isn't learning, labing, consulting or teaching, he can be found either piloting or possibly jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, hanging off a rock somewhere or else skiing out west. He also might just be enjoying a quiet day at the beach with his wife and two wonderful young kids, Ryleigh and Judah.

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16 Responses to “CCIE Data Center UCS Videos Now Available”

  1. Paul says:

    Do you demo vmotion ?


  2. Mohamed says:

    Thanks alot Mark and INE Team for your effort, does this a complete list of videos or still upcoming parts.

    thanks alot


  3. Kenny says:

    AAP subscriber here, just wanted to say you guys are awesome!

  4. Mauricio says:

    Excellent news Mark!

  5. Rich says:

    Mark, do you have an ETA on when DC rack rentals will be available and will there be a lab work book available to AAP subscribers. The DC VODs are awesome, thanks for all your great work, you guys rock.

    • Thanks Rich. We are actually expanding our data center (even more than previously reported on this blog) at this moment, as well as getting new hardware in every day and getting automation ready to release the rentals specifically for these DC racks. Look for another announcement very soon.

  6. BENEDICT says:

    Mike i will like to know why your company is not considering making training on Avaya product since they are Cisco’s close competitors.Moreover, we do not have more training materials for Avaya product.I will like to suggest to your company in the near future to consider this, since there are more people out there planning to get into Avaya thank you.

    • Hi Benedict,

      We will consider this, however you should know that Cisco doesn’t even consider Avaya a competitor any longer. They haven’t for about 3-4 years now. They consider Microsoft to be the only viable Voice competitor out there any more. Not my opinion, that’s what Cisco thinks in the UC space.

  7. BENEDICT says:

    Thanks for the reply Mark and I appreciate your effort for future consideration of Avaya product. Moreover, i think as a a voice engineer you should equip yourself with different vendor product.

  8. Boris says:

    Hello Mark,

    i would need to start my preparation for DC, can i start with storage first or i have to go in order, nexus,storage and UC.

    i can see storage is unrelated to both, thus it will make it easy to start storage then nexus and UC.

    thanks alot


    • You certainly can go for Storage first. However, if you are not yet familiar with Nexus, then I would certainly do Nexus Switching next, before moving on to UCS, because UCS really wraps both Nexus and Storage up together nicely, and you really need to understand both first.

  9. Srini says:


    I would like to take certification in Data Center track but I can see the bootcamp training is available only for CCIE data center. Can you guide me whether I can start with CCIE data center training videos directly or do I need to take any other trainings for CCNA, CCNP data center exams. I dont find any trainings available for CCNA or CCNP data center except CCIE data center.

    Thank you

  10. jeanne says:

    Thanks for sharing this CCIE Data Center Live Online Bootcamps and this will help us


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