Cisco UCS C-Series Servers Integrated Management Controller GUI Configuration Guide, Release 1.4
Configuring Network-Related Settings
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Configuring Network-Related Settings

Configuring Network-Related Settings

This chapter includes the following sections:

Server NIC Configuration

Server NICs

NIC Mode

The NIC mode setting determines which ports can reach the CIMC. The following network mode options are available, depending on your platform:

  • Dedicated—The management port is used to access the CIMC.
  • Shared LOM—Any LOM (LAN On Motherboard) port can be used to access the CIMC.
  • Shared LOM 10G—Any 10G LOM port can be used to access the CIMC. This option is only available for some adapter cards.
  • Cisco Card—Any port on the adapter card can be used to access the CIMC. The Cisco adapter card has to be installed in a slot with Network Communications Services Interface protocol (NCSI) support.
  • Shared LOM Extended—Any LOM port or adapter card port can be used to access the CIMC. The Cisco adapter card has to be installed in a slot with NCSI support.

NIC Redundancy

The following NIC redundancy options are available, depending on the selected NIC mode and your platform:

  • none—Each port associated with the configured NIC mode operates independently. The ports do not fail over if there is a problem.
  • active-active—If supported, all ports associated with the configured NIC mode operate simultaneously. This increases throughput and provides multiple paths to the CIMC.
  • active-standby—If a port associated with the configured NIC mode fails, traffic will fail over to one of the other ports associated with the NIC mode.

    Note


    If you select this option, make sure all ports associated with the configured NIC mode are connected to the same subnet to ensure that traffic is secure regardless of which port is used.


The available redundancy modes vary depending on the selected network mode and your platform. For the available modes, see the Hardware Installation Guide (HIG) for the type of server you are using. The C-Series HIGs are available at the following URL: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10493/prod_installation_guides_list.html

Configuring Server NICs

Configure a server NIC when you want to set the NIC mode and NIC redundancy.

Before You Begin

You must log in as a user with admin privileges to configure the NIC.

Procedure
    Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
    Step 2   On the Admin tab, click Network.
    Step 3   In the Network pane, click the Network Settings tab.
    Step 4   In the NIC Properties area, update the following properties:
    Name Description

    NIC Mode drop-down list

    Determines the ports that can be used to access the CIMC. This can be one of the following:

    • Dedicated—The management port is used to access the CIMC.
    • Shared LOM—Any LOM (LAN On Motherboard) port can be used to access the CIMC.
    • Shared LOM 10G—Any 10G LOM port can be used to access the CIMC. This option is only available for some adapter cards.
    • Cisco Card—Any port on the adapter card can be used to access the CIMC. The Cisco adapter card has to be installed in a slot with Network Communications Services Interface protocol (NCSI) support.
    • Shared LOM Extended—Any LOM port or adapter card port can be used to access the CIMC. The Cisco adapter card has to be installed in a slot with NCSI support.
    Note   

    If you select any of the shared LOM options, make sure that all host ports belong to the same subnet.

    NIC Redundancy drop-down list

    The available NIC redundancy options depend on the selected NIC mode and the model of the server that you are using. If you do not see a particular option, then it is not available for the selected mode or server model.

    This can be one of the following:

    • none—Each port associated with the configured NIC mode operates independently. The ports do not fail over if there is a problem.
    • active-active—If supported, all ports associated with the configured NIC mode operate simultaneously. This increases throughput and provides multiple paths to the CIMC.
    • active-standby—If a port associated with the configured NIC mode fails, traffic will fail over to one of the other ports associated with the NIC mode.
      Note   

      If you select this option, make sure all ports associated with the configured NIC mode are connected to the same subnet to ensure that traffic is secure regardless of which port is used.

    MAC Address field

    The MAC address of the CIMC network interface selected in the NIC Mode field.

    Step 5   Click Save Changes.

    Configuring Common Properties

    Use common properties to describe your server.

    Before You Begin

    You must log in as a user with admin privileges to configure common properties.

    Procedure
      Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
      Step 2   On the Admin tab, click Network.
      Step 3   In the Network pane, click the Network Settings tab.
      Step 4   In the Hostname field, enter the name of the host.
      Step 5   Click Save Changes.

      Configuring IPv4

      Before You Begin

      You must log in as a user with admin privileges to configure IPv4.

      Procedure
        Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
        Step 2   On the Admin tab, click Network.
        Step 3   In the Network pane, click the Network Settings tab.
        Step 4   In the IPv4 Properties area, update the following properties:
        Name Description

        Enable IPv4 check box

        If checked, IPv4 is enabled.

        Use DHCP check box

        If checked, the CIMC uses DHCP.

        IP Address field

        The IP address for the CIMC.

        Subnet Mask field

        The subnet mask for the IP address.

        Gateway field

        The gateway for the IP address.

        Obtain DNS Server Addresses from DHCP check box

        If checked, the CIMC retrieves the DNS server addresses from DHCP.

        Preferred DNS Server field

        The IP address of the primary DNS server.

        Alternate DNS Server field

        The IP address of the secondary DNS server.

        Step 5   Click Save Changes.

        Connecting to a VLAN

        Before You Begin

        You must be logged in as admin to connect to a VLAN.

        Procedure
          Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
          Step 2   On the Admin tab, click Network.
          Step 3   In the Network pane, click the Network Settings tab.
          Step 4   In the VLAN Properties area, update the following properties:
          Name Description

          Enable VLAN check box

          If checked, the CIMC is connected to a virtual LAN.

          Note   

          You can configure a VLAN or a port profile, but you cannot use both. If you want to use a port profile, make sure this check box is not checked.

          VLAN ID field

          The VLAN ID.

          Priority field

          The priority of this system on the VLAN.

          Step 5   Click Save Changes.

          Connecting to a Port Profile


          Note


          You can configure a port profile or a VLAN, but you cannot use both. If you want to use a port profile, make sure the Enable VLAN check box in the VLAN Properties area is not checked.


          Before You Begin

          You must be logged in as admin to connect to a port profile.

          Procedure
            Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
            Step 2   On the Admin tab, click Network.
            Step 3   In the Network pane, click the Network Settings tab.
            Step 4   In the Port Profile area, update the following properties:
            Name Description

            Port Profile field

            The port profile CIMC should use to configure the management interface, the virtual Ethernet, and the VIF on supported adapter cards such as the Cisco UCS VIC1225 Virtual Interface Card.

            Enter up to 80 alphanumeric characters. You cannot use spaces or other special characters except for - (hyphen) and _ (underscore). In addition, the port profile name cannot begin with a hyphen.

            Note   

            The port profile must be defined on the switch to which this server is connected.

            Step 5   Click Save Changes.

            Network Security Configuration

            Network Security

            The CIMC uses IP blocking as network security. IP blocking prevents the connection between a server or website and certain IP addresses or ranges of addresses. IP blocking effectively bans undesired connections from those computers to a website, mail server, or other Internet servers.

            IP banning is commonly used to protect against denial of service (DoS) attacks. CIMC bans IP addresses by setting up an IP blocking fail count.

            Configuring Network Security

            Configure network security if you want to set up an IP blocking fail count.

            Before You Begin

            You must log in as a user with admin privileges to configure network security.

            Procedure
              Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
              Step 2   On the Admin tab, click Network.
              Step 3   In the Network pane, click the Network Security tab.
              Step 4   In the IP Blocking Properties area, update the following properties:
              Name Description

              Enable IP Blocking check box

              Check this box to enable IP blocking.

              IP Blocking Fail Count field

              The number of times a user can attempt to log in unsuccessfully before the system locks that user out for a specified length of time.

              The number of unsuccessful login attempts must occur within the time frame specified in the IP Blocking Fail Window field.

              Enter an integer between 3 and 10.

              IP Blocking Fail Window field

              The length of time, in seconds, in which the unsuccessful login attempts must occur in order for the user to be locked out.

              Enter an integer between 60 and 120.

              IP Blocking Penalty Time field

              The number of seconds the user remains locked out if they exceed the maximum number of login attempts within the specified time window.

              Enter an integer between 300 and 900.

              Step 5   Click Save Changes.