Cisco UCS C260 Server Installation and Service Guide
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This server is a high-performance, memory-intensive, 2RU rack-mount server designed to increase performance and capacity for demanding virtualization and large data-set workloads. This server uses Cisco Extended Memory Technology to increase the overall memory footprint as well as reduce the cost of smaller memory footprints through the use of lower-cost, lower-density memory. The system is built for standalone applications, virtualized workloads in enterprise data centers, service provider environments, and virtual desktop hosting.

The figures in this chapter show an overview of external server features. Internal server features are illustrated in Figure 3-5. Figure 1-1 shows the front panel features of the server.

Figure 1-1 Front Panel Features




Modular drive bay 1


System status LED


Operations panel


Fan status LED


Modular drive bay 2


Temperature status LED


Hard drive fault LED


Power supply status LED


Hard drive activity LED


Network link activity LED


Power button/LED


Asset tag (serial number)


Identification button/LED


KVM console connector (used with KVM cable that provides two USB, one VGA, and one serial connector)

Figure 1-2 shows the rear panel features.

Figure 1-2 Rear Panel Features




Horizontal PCIe slot on riser card
(standard-profile, half-length, x16)


Reset button


Power supply 1


VGA video connector


RS-232 serial connector


10-Gb SFP+ LOM ports
(2, supported with optional card in designated PCIe slot 4)


PCIe slots on motherboard (5)
(4 low-profile, half-length, x8 slots and
1 low-profile, half-length, x4 slot)


RAID controller cards
(up to 2, supported in designated PCIe
slots 3 and 5)


Horizontal PCIe slot on riser card
(standard-profile, half-length, x16)


1-Gb Base-T LOM ports (2, RJ-45)


Power supply 2


USB 2.0 ports (2)


10/100 dedicated management Ethernet ports
(2, RJ-45)


Rear Identification button/LED


USB 2.0 ports (2)


Table 1-1 lists the features of the server.


Table 1-1 Cisco UCS C260 Server Features


Two rack-unit (2RU) chassis.


Two Intel Xeon E7-2800 Series processors.


The server provides 16 memory riser sockets and two memory riser options:

  • When using the standard Intel chipset memory risers, the 16 risers can each hold 2 DIMMs1. This provides a possible total of up to 32 DIMMs and 512 GB of industry-standard DDR32 memory.
  • When using the optional memory risers that have a memory-expansion ASIC, the 16 risers can each hold 4 DIMMs. This provides a possible total of up to 64 DIMMs and 1024 GB of industry-standard DDR3 memory.

Multi-bit error protection

This server supports multi-bit error protection.


Drives are installed into configurable (one or two) drive bay modules that provide hot-pluggable front-panel access.

Each drive bay module can hold up to eight 2.5in SAS3 or SATA4 hard drives or solid state drives, for a total of 16 drives.

Cisco FlexFlash drives

The server includes one internal Cisco FlexFlash drive (SD card).

This drive is pre-loaded with four virtual drives. The four virtual drives contain, respectively, the Cisco Server Configuration Utility, the Cisco Host Upgrade Utility, the Cisco C-Series server drivers set, and a blank VD on which you can install an OS or a hypervisor.

Disk Management

Factory-configured RAID5 support options:

  • The LSI MegaRAID SAS 9261-8i controller provides RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, and 60 support for up to 8 SAS or SATA drives. Support for up to 16 maximum drives can be achieved in two ways:

The server supports installation of two of these cards, which can be connected to two nonexpander-style transition cards.

You can control up to 16 drives with one of these cards, if connected to an expander-style transition card. See Replacing a Modular Drive Bay Assembly for more information about transition cards.

There are also two mounting points inside the chassis for the optional LSI RAID battery backup units that can be used with the controller cards.


Seven PCIeFigure 3-26 for details):

  • Two standard-profile, half-length, x16 horizontal slots on riser cards
  • Four low-profile, half-length, x8 slots on motherboard
  • One low-profile, half-length, x4 slot (x8-length connector) on motherboard

The card length is the supported length because of internal clearance.


The bus slots in this server support the InfiniBand architecture.

Network and management I/O

The server provides these rear-panel connectors:

  • Two 10/100 dedicated management Ethernet ports
  • Two 1-Gb Base-T Ethernet ports
  • Two 10-Gb SFP+ Ethernet ports (on optional modular card)
  • One RS-232 serial connector
  • One 15-pin VGA7 connector
  • Four USB8 2.0 connectors
  • One front-panel KVM connector that is used with the included KVM cable, which provides two USB, one VGA, and one serial connector.


The 1-Gb Base-T Ethernet LAN ports support the wake-on-LAN (WoL) standard.


Two power supplies, 1200 W each.
Redundant as 1+1.


This server supports the advanced configuration and power interface (ACPI) 4.0 standard.


Six fan modules, hot-swappable, redundant.

In addition, there is 1 fan in each power supply.

Baseboard management

Pilot II BMC, running Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) firmware.

Depending on your CIMC settings, the CIMC can be accessed through the
10/100 dedicated management ports, the 1-Gb LOM ports, the optional 10-Gb SFP+ ports, or a Cisco P81E virtual interface card.


The server CIMC chip includes a Matrox G200 core. The first 8 MB of memory are allocated to the video core.

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

7.VGA = video graphics array

8.USB = universal serial bus