The following are the minimum Server CIMC version and Cisco UCS Manager version requirements for upgrade for C-Series server integration with Cisco UCS Manager:
C-Series Server Firmware
UCS C-Series server CIMC Release version 1.4 is the required level for
integration with Cisco UCS Manager 2.1. If your server CIMC release
version does not meet the requirement for integration with Cisco UCS Manager,
make sure to upgrade the server firmware before connecting the server with
Cisco UCS domain. For more information on upgrading the C-Series server firmware,
see the host upgrade utility quick start guide for your release
Prepare the ISO for a remote upgrade using the
Use a browser to connect to the
software on the server that you are upgrading.
in the address field of the browser, enter the
IP address for that server, and then enter your username and password.
Launch KVM Console on the toolbar to
Add Image and click the
Client View area, in the
Mapped column, check the check box for the
ISO file that you added and then wait for mapping to complete.
After the ISO file appears as a mapped remote device, go to
Boot the server and press
F6 when prompted to open the
Boot Menu screen.
Boot Menu screen, choose the prepared ISO:
For a local
upgrade, choose the physical or externally connected CD/DVD device and then
For a remote
Cisco vKVM-Mapped vDVD1.22, and press
The server boots from the selected device.
After the HUU boots, Cisco End User License Agreement (EULA)
appears, read the EULA and click:
Agree to agree with the license agreement and proceed with the
Disagree to cancel.
After you accept the EULA, when the
Cisco Host Upgrade Utility window appears with
a list of all the components that are available for update.
If you want to update all the listed components, click
If you are updating to 2.0 (x) from versions 1.5(1l) and
before, or from version 1.5.3 both the active and the backup versions of Cisco
IMC will be updated to 2.0(x).
During update the KVM connection will be lost, you have to
reconnect to view the progress of the updates.
If you want update specific components from the list, choose the
components that you want to update.
We recommend you update the firmware on all components using
Update all option, unless you want to
specifically update the firmware of a component.
When you update the firmware of one of the following three
or CMC, we recommend that you also update the firmware of the other two
If you update the
Exit and then
Ok to activate the
If you choose to update
and any other component with it and if you have not chosen BIOS, then on exit,
you will be prompted to update the
Chassis Firmware, click
Yes in the confirmation box to update the chassis
This initiates the update and the status of the update is
displayed in the
Update Status column. You can also view a
more detailed log of a series of activities and statuses that are involved
while updating the firmware in the
Execution Logs section.
If you want to update the firmware of the hard disk of a server,
Update HDD Firmware. A window displays a list
of hard disk drives on the server that support new firmware. Hard disk drives
that do not support firmware upgrades are not listed.
Updating the firmware of the hard disk drive could result in
data loss. Cisco recommends that you take a complete system backup prior to
updating the firmware.
To update the firmware of all the hard disks, click
With this option, HDDs with the latest firmware installed are
To update a specific HDD, choose the HDD and click
Reboot the server.
Reboot the server, and click
Last Update Verify
to verify if the update was successfully completed.
This action compares the previously updated firmware version for
each component that was updated using the HUU with the current version of the
firmware on the components and provides the status of the update.
If you want to save the log files of the update status for later
Log files that contain a detailed status of the update are saved
to an external USB device that is connected to the server physically or through
the KVM vMedia.
If an error occurs while updating the firmware, you are prompted
to save the error log. Click
Save Logs to save the log to an externally
connected USB. This log can be used for identifying the cause of the error and
Exit to exit from the HUU.
If you have updated
and not the BIOS, when you click
gets activated and you lose connectivity to the
If you have selected
LOM for update and you are on shared LOM mode, when you click
Exit, you lose connectivity to the
Updating Cisco UCS P81E VIC Firmware and uboot Image in Integrated Servers
If your Cisco UCS P81E VIC firmware and uboot version is earlier than 2.0(2g), when you integrate the server with any Cisco UCS Manager version, the UCS Manager software will return discovery and associate/disassociate failures. To avoid such failures you can do the following:
Before you integrate the server with UCS System, upgrade your P81E VIC firmware and uboot image to the required minimum 2.0(2g) level in standalone mode.
If your server is already integrated, you cannot upgrade the P81E VIC uboot image in the UCS Manager software. You have to remove the server from the integration and then use Cisco Host Upgrade Utility to upgrade the card and server firmware.
The following procedure provides the process to upgrade when your server is integrated with Cisco UCS Manager.
Decommission the server from UCS Manager.
Disconnect the cables from the 1-Gb LOM ports on the server.
Connect an Ethernet line from your LAN to one of the 1-Gb LOM ports (not to the dedicated management port, which is disabled in UCSM mode).
Find the Host Upgrade Utility ISO file download for your server online and download it to a temporary location on your workstation:
See the following URL: http://www.cisco.com/cisco/software/navigator.html
Click Unified Computing and Servers in the middle column.
Click Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Standalone Server Software in the right-hand column.
Click your model of server in the right-hand column.
Click Unified Computing System (UCS) Server Firmware.
Click the release number that you are downloading.
Click Download Now to download the ISO file.
Verify the information on the next page, then click Proceed With Download.
Continue through the subsequent screens to accept the license agreement and then browse to a location where you will save the ISO file.
Prepare the ISO. For local upgrade, on a local media and for remote upgrade, as a virtual device:
Perform the steps before going to Step 3:
Burn the ISO image onto a writable DVD.
Connect a VGA monitor and USB keyboard to the Cisco C-Series server.
Insert the DVD into the DVD drive of the Cisco C-Series server or an external DVD drive.
Perform the steps before going to Step 3:
Use a browser to connect to the CIMC Manager software on the server that you are upgrading.
Enter the CIMC IP address for that server in the address field of the browser, then enter your user name and password.
Launch a KVM Console window (click the KVM keyboard icon).
When the Virtual KVM Console window launches, select Tools > Launch Virtual Media.
In the Virtual Media Session window, click Add Image and navigate to the utility ISO file and select it. Navigate to the location where you downloaded the ISO. The ISO image is displayed in the Client View area.
In the Virtual Media Session window, select the check box in the Mapped column for the ISO file that you added, and then wait for mapping to complete. Observe the progress in the Details area.
Now the ISO image is mapped to the remote device.
Boot the server and press F6 when prompted to open the Boot Menu screen.
On the Boot Menu screen, select the device where you prepared the ISO in Step 2:
If you are upgrading locally, select the physical CD/DVD device and then press Enter (for example, SATA5:TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L633C).
If you are upgrading remotely, select Cisco Virtual CD/DVD and then press Enter.
The server is rebooted from the device you choose.
A screen appears with the server BIOS and CIMC firmware versions. Answer the prompt, Have you read the Cisco EULA (end user license agreement)?
Press y to accept the EULA and continue the update.
Press n to read the EULA. The EULA is displayed and you are prompted to press y to continue the update, or n to cancel. If you press n, the server will reboot without updating.
Press q to exit without updating. This selection reboots the server.
The Host Upgrade Menu screen displays.
Select the option to Update UCS P81E VIC. This will update the card firmware and uboot image to the required level.
Select the option to Update CIMC Firmware. This will update the CIMC firmware.
Verify the firmware levels on the next screen.
Select the option to Reboot the machine.
When you see the F8 prompt during rebooting, press F8 to open the CIMC Configuration Utility.
In the CIMC Configuration Utility, select the option CIMC Factory Default, then press F10 to save your changes.
Return the cables from the FEXes to the 1-Gb LOM ports on the server.
Recommission the server in UCS Manager.
Upgrading a Server from Dual-Wire Management to Single-Wire Management
If your server is integrated with the Cisco UCS Domain in dual-wire management, with the upgrade to Cisco UCS Manager, release 2.1, you can upgrade the server to integrate in single-wire management.
If the C-Series Rack-Mount
Server is managed in standalone mode, to upgrade the server for single-wire integration, do the following:
Power off the server, insert Cisco UCS VIC 1225 adapter in the required PCIe slot