Cisco UCS C-Series Server Integration with Cisco UCS Manager 2.1
Upgrading Earlier Release Version Servers for Cisco UCS Manager Integration
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Upgrading Earlier Release Version Servers for Cisco UCS Manager Integration

Upgrading Earlier Release Version Servers for Cisco UCS Manager Integration

This chapter includes the following sections:

Required Items for Upgrade

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:

Server

CIMC Version

C200

1.4.3c

C210

1.4.3c

C250

1.4.3c

C460

1.4.3c

C260

1.4.3c

C220

1.4.4a

C240

1.4.4a

C22

1.4.5d

C24

1.4.5d

Upgrading the C-Series Server Firmware

Cisco 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 http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​products/​ps10493/​products_​user_​guide_​list.html

Procedure
    Step 1   Find the Host Upgrade Utility ISO file download for your server online and download it to a temporary location on your workstation:
    1. See the following URL: http://www.cisco.com/cisco/software/navigator.html
    2. Click Unified Computing and Servers in the middle column.
    3. Click Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Standalone Server Software in the right-hand column.
    4. Click your model of server in the right-hand column.
    5. Click Unified Computing System (UCS) Server Firmware.
    6. Click the release number that you are downloading.
    7. Click Download Now to download the ISO file.
    8. Verify the information on the next page, then click Proceed With Download.
    9. Continue through the subsequent screens to accept the license agreement and then browse to a location where you will save the ISO file.
    Step 2   Prepare the ISO. For local upgrade, on a local media and for remote upgrade, as a virtual device:
    Option Description

    Local upgrade

    Perform the steps before going to Step 3:
    1. Burn the ISO image onto a writable DVD.
    2. Connect a VGA monitor and USB keyboard to the Cisco C-Series server.
    3. Insert the DVD into the DVD drive of the Cisco C-Series server or an external DVD drive.

    Remote upgrade

    Perform the steps before going to Step 3:
    1. Use a browser to connect to the CIMC Manager software on the server that you are upgrading.
    2. Enter the CIMC IP address for that server in the address field of the browser, then enter your user name and password.
    3. Launch a KVM Console window (click the KVM keyboard icon).
    4. When the Virtual KVM Console window launches, select Tools > Launch Virtual Media.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    Step 3   Boot the server and press F6 when prompted to open the Boot Menu screen.
    Step 4   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.

    Step 5   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.

    Step 6   Upgrade all the firmware by entering the number for the All the above menu item at the Enter Choice prompt:

    The utility selects the correct firmware components for your server and then upgrades the firmware. Watch your console screen until you see confirmation that the upgrades were successful, then go to Step 7.

    Step 7   In Host Upgrade Menu, at the Enter Choice prompt, enter the number for the Reboot (Configures CIMC to UCSM mode—default factory settings) menu item to reboot the server with UCSM mode settings.

    The utility reboots the server with UCSM mode settings. This mode allows integration with the Cisco UCS environment.

    Note   
    • The new CIMC firmware is activated automatically during this reboot.
    • These UCSM mode settings enable DHCP, Active-Active NIC redundancy, and Shared LOM NIC mode, which enables CIMC control through the 1-Gb LOM ports, rather than the management port. Any static IP addresses and the management port are disabled, so you lose connection with the CIMC.

    What to Do Next

    After upgrading the server to the compatible server release version, you must establish the physical connection for the server to make it a part of Cisco UCS domain.To connect the server to your Cisco UCS FEXes and FIs, see Connecting the C-Series Server with Cisco UCS Domain in Cluster Setup .

    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.
    Procedure
      Step 1   Decommission the server from UCS Manager.
      Step 2   Disconnect the cables from the 1-Gb LOM ports on the server.
      Step 3   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).
      Step 4   Find the Host Upgrade Utility ISO file download for your server online and download it to a temporary location on your workstation:
      1. See the following URL: http://www.cisco.com/cisco/software/navigator.html
      2. Click Unified Computing and Servers in the middle column.
      3. Click Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Standalone Server Software in the right-hand column.
      4. Click your model of server in the right-hand column.
      5. Click Unified Computing System (UCS) Server Firmware.
      6. Click the release number that you are downloading.
      7. Click Download Now to download the ISO file.
      8. Verify the information on the next page, then click Proceed With Download.
      9. Continue through the subsequent screens to accept the license agreement and then browse to a location where you will save the ISO file.
      Step 5   Prepare the ISO. For local upgrade, on a local media and for remote upgrade, as a virtual device:
      Option Description

      Local upgrade

      Perform the steps before going to Step 3:
      1. Burn the ISO image onto a writable DVD.
      2. Connect a VGA monitor and USB keyboard to the Cisco C-Series server.
      3. Insert the DVD into the DVD drive of the Cisco C-Series server or an external DVD drive.

      Remote upgrade

      Perform the steps before going to Step 3:
      1. Use a browser to connect to the CIMC Manager software on the server that you are upgrading.
      2. Enter the CIMC IP address for that server in the address field of the browser, then enter your user name and password.
      3. Launch a KVM Console window (click the KVM keyboard icon).
      4. When the Virtual KVM Console window launches, select Tools > Launch Virtual Media.
      5. 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.
      6. 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.
      Step 6   Boot the server and press F6 when prompted to open the Boot Menu screen.
      Step 7   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.

      Step 8   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.

      Step 9   Select the option to Update UCS P81E VIC. This will update the card firmware and uboot image to the required level.
      Step 10   Select the option to Update CIMC Firmware. This will update the CIMC firmware.
      Step 11   Verify the firmware levels on the next screen.
      Step 12   Select the option to Reboot the machine.
      Step 13   When you see the F8 prompt during rebooting, press F8 to open the CIMC Configuration Utility.
      Step 14   In the CIMC Configuration Utility, select the option CIMC Factory Default, then press F10 to save your changes.
      Step 15   Return the cables from the FEXes to the 1-Gb LOM ports on the server.
      Step 16   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.


      Note


      If the C-Series Rack-Mount Server is managed in standalone mode, to upgrade the server for single-wire integration, do the following:


      The following is the process to upgrade an existing server integrated in dual-wire management to integrate in single-wire management.

      Migrating the Configuration to Release 2.1 or Later

      When a Cisco UCS C-Series server is integrated with Cisco UCS Manager, discovered and associated with a service profile, you can migrate the configuration to a later version of Cisco UCS Manager.


      Note


      • This migration process causes server downtime.
      • This procedure describes the scenario where management path from the server connects to the FEX and the data path connects directly to the FI.

      Procedure
        Step 1   Shut down the server OS.
        Step 2   In Cisco UCS Manager, decommission all C-series servers from the Cisco UCS domain.
        Step 3   Unconfigure all FI server ports that are connected to the Nexus 2248 FEX.

        Issue an NX-OS show fex command to verify that the FEX is unconfigured. Wait until the command return does not list the FEX.

        Step 4   Disconnect the cable that connects the FEX and the FI.
        Step 5   In Cisco UCS Manager CLI, issue a remove fex fex_ID command to remove the FEX from the database.
        Step 6   In Cisco UCS Manager GUI, Unconfigure all FI server ports that are connected to the server’s adapter card.
        Step 7   Disconnect the cable that connects the FI and the server’s adapter card.
        Step 8   Disconnect the cable that connects the FEX and the server’s LOM connector.
        Step 9   Upgrade your Cisco UCS Manager software to release 2.1 or later and the FI firmware to the corresponding level.
        Step 10   Repeat steps 3 through 9 on the second fabric interconnect in your configuration.
        Step 11   Connect the C-Series server directly to your network and upgrade the firmware by using the standalone CIMC utility.
        1. Connect an Ethernet line from your LAN to one of the 1-Gb LOM ports on the server. Do not use the dedicated management port, this is disabled in the Cisco UCS Manager integrated mode.
        2. Follow the instructions in Upgrading the Firmware and Rebooting in UCSM Mode, then return to the next step in this procedure.
        Step 12   Physically replace the Nexus 2248 FEX with a Nexus 2232PP FEX in your rack.
        Step 13   Connect the cables as shown in the image. See Physical Connectivity Illustrations.

        In this new configuration, the data and management paths both connect from the server to the FEX. The paths between the FEX and the FI carry both data and management traffic.

        Important:

        Issuing an NX-OS show fex command to verify the FEX. Wait until the command return lists the new Nexus 2232PP FEX. The FEX will automatically upgrade to the corresponding FI firmware version.

        Step 14   After both fabric interconnects are cabled, from Cisco UCS Manager, Re-commission the decommissioned C-series servers.

        When the server is discovered in Cisco UCS Manager, the previously assigned service profile is automatically re-associated with the server.