Cisco UCS C210 Installation and Service Guide
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The Cisco UCS C210 Server, which is a part of the Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Server family, operates in a wide range of data center environments, including those environments that use the Cisco Unified Computing System, Cisco Nexus family products, and discrete Ethernet and Fibre Channel switches from Cisco and third parties.

The server is a general-purpose, two-socket, two rack unit (2RU), rack-mount server. The server is designed to balance performance, density, and efficiency for workloads that require up to 8 terabytes of economical, high-capacity, reliable internal storage.

Figure 1-1 shows the external features of the front panel. Figure 1-2 shows the external features of the rear panel.

Figure 1-1 Front Panel Features



Locator button/LED


Network activity LED


System fault LED


Power button/Power status LED


CPU fault LED


Memory fault LED


Power supply fault LED


Console connector (with supplied KVM cable, provides DB15 video, DB9 serial, and two USB 2.0 connectors)


DVD drive (optional)


Hard drives (up to 16)

Figure 1-2 Rear Panel Features



Power supply (up to two)


USB 2.0 connectors (two)


10/100 Ethernet management port (RJ45)


Serial connector (DB9)


Video connector (DB15 VGA)


10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet ports (two)


Standard-profile PCIe card slot (five)



The Cisco UCS C210 server has the following hardware components and features:


Table 1-1 Hardware Features of the Server

Feature or Component
Cisco UCS C210 Server


Two rack unit (2RU) chassis.


Up to two quad-core Intel Xeon Series processors.


12 DIMM1 slots supporting up to 96 GB of industry-standard DDR32 main memory.


Up to 16 internal SAS3 or SATA4 hard drives or solid state drives, supporting up to 8 TB total.

Server Generation M2 only—There is also one internal USB port on the motherboard that you can use with a USB thumb drive (see Figure 3-5).

Disk Management

Factory-configured RAID5 support options:

  • RAID 0 and 1 support for up to five SATA drives with the integrated SATA controller.

Note The integrated ICH10R RAID controller is not compatible for use with VMWare ESX/ESXi Server software in any generation or version of the Cisco UCS C210 server.

  • RAID 0, 1, and 1E support for up to four SAS or SATA drives with the optional LSI 1064-based controller mezzanine card.
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 00, 10, 50 and 60 support for up to 16 SAS or SATA drives with the optional LSI 9261-8i MegaRAID controller card.
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 00, 10, 50 and 60 support for up to 4 SAS or SATA drives with the optional LSI 9280-4i4e MegaRAID card.

See Appendix C, “RAID Controller Considerations” for more information about RAID in this server.


Up to five standard-profile PCIe6 expansion cards (or low-profile cards with a standard-profile adapters), plugged into horizontal riser card sockets.

Two of the riser card sockets are full-length, x8-lane, with a x16 connector. The other three riser cards are half-length, x8-lane, with a x16 connector.

Network and management I/O

The server provides these rear-panel connectors:

  • Two 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet ports (RJ-45 connectors).

These integrated Gigabit ports support the Wake on LAN (WoL) and TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE) standards.

  • One 10/100 Ethernet management port (RJ-45 connector).
  • One DB9 serial connector.
  • One 15-pin VGA7 connector.
  • Two USB8 2.0 connectors.

The server also has one front-panel console connector (with supplied KVM9 cable provides DB15 video, DB9 serial, and two USB 2.0 connectors).

Removable media devices

One internal DVD drive (orderable option).

The drive supports the following media types: CD-R, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-ROM, DVD-RW, +R DL


Up to two power supplies, each with a maximum output of 650 W.


Three internal fans that force front-to-rear cooling; also one fan in each power supply.


The server CIMC chip includes a Matrox G200 core. The Matrox G200 core shares the same memory as the rest of the CIMC. The first 8 MB of memory are allocated to the video core, followed by another 5 MB allocated to the compression engine for difference buffers.

1.DIMM = dual inline memory module

2.DDR = double data rate (transfer mode)

3.SAS = serial attached SCSI

4.SATA = serial advanced technology attachment

5.RAID = redundant array of independent disks

6.PCIe = peripheral component interconnect express

7.VGA = video graphics array

8.USB = universal serial bus

9.KVM = keyboard, video, mouse

See the “Technical Specifications” section for more physical, environmental, and power details.