Cisco UCS C-Series Servers Integrated Management Controller GUI Configuration Guide, Release 1.4
Managing Network Adapters
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Managing Network Adapters

Contents

Managing Network Adapters

This chapter includes the following sections:

Overview of the Cisco UCS C-Series Network Adapters


Note


The procedures in this chapter are available only when a Cisco UCS C-Series network adapter is installed in the chassis.


A Cisco UCS C-Series network adapter can be installed to provide options for I/O consolidation and virtualization support. The following adapters are available:

  • Cisco UCS P81E Virtual Interface Card
  • Cisco UCS VIC1225 Virtual Interface Card

The interactive UCS Hardware and Software Interoperability Utility lets you view the supported components and configurations for a selected server model and software release. The utility is available at the following URL: http://www.cisco.com/web/techdoc/ucs/interoperability/matrix/matrix.html

Cisco UCS P81E Virtual Interface Card

The Cisco UCS P81E Virtual Interface Card is optimized for virtualized environments, for organizations that seek increased mobility in their physical environments, and for data centers that want reduced costs through NIC, HBA, cabling, and switch reduction and reduced management overhead. This Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) PCIe card offers the following benefits:

  • Allows up to 16 virtual Fibre Channel and 16 virtual Ethernet adapters to be provisioned in virtualized or nonvirtualized environments using just-in-time provisioning, providing tremendous system flexibility and allowing consolidation of multiple physical adapters.
  • Delivers uncompromising virtualization support, including hardware-based implementation of Cisco VN-Link technology and pass-through switching.
  • Improves system security and manageability by providing visibility and portability of network polices and security all the way to the virtual machine.

The virtual interface card makes Cisco VN-Link connections to the parent fabric interconnects, which allows virtual links to connect virtual NICs in virtual machines to virtual interfaces in the interconnect. In a Cisco Unified Computing System environment, virtual links then can be managed, network profiles applied, and interfaces dynamically reprovisioned as virtual machines move between servers in the system.

Cisco UCS VIC1225 Virtual Interface Card

The Cisco UCS VIC1225 Virtual Interface Card is a high-performance, converged network adapter that provides acceleration for the various new operational modes introduced by server virtualization. It brings superior flexibility, performance, and bandwidth to the new generation of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers.

The Cisco UCS VIC 1225 implements the Cisco Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX), which unifies virtual and physical networking into a single infrastructure. It provides virtual-machine visibility from the physical network and a consistent network operations model for physical and virtual servers. In virtualized environments, this highly configurable and self-virtualized adapter provides integrated, modular LAN interfaces on Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers. Additional features and capabilities include:

  • Supports up to 256 PCIe virtual devices, either virtual network interface cards (vNICs) or virtual host bus adapters (vHBAs), with high I/O operations per second (IOPS), support for lossless Ethernet, and 20 Gbps to servers.
  • PCIe Gen2 x16 helps assure optimal bandwidth to the host for network-intensive applications with a redundant path to the fabric interconnect.
  • Half-height design reserves full-height slots in servers for Cisco certified third-party adapters.
  • Centrally managed by Cisco UCS Manager with support for Microsoft Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux, VMware vSphere, and Citrix XenServer.

Viewing Network Adapter Properties

Before You Begin
  • The server must be powered on, or the properties will not display.
  • A supported Virtual Interface Card (VIC) must be installed in the chassis and the server must be powered on.
Procedure
    Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
    Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
    Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
    Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, click an adapter in the table to display its properties.

    The resources of the selected adapter appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

    Step 5   In the Adapter Cards area, review the following information for the installed adapters:
    Name Description

    PCI Slot column

    The PCI slot in which the adapter is installed.

    Product Name column

    The product name for the adapter.

    Serial Number column

    The serial number for the adapter.

    Product ID column

    The product ID for the adapter.

    Vendor column

    The vendor for the adapter.

    CIMC Management Enabled column

    Whether the adapter is able to manage CIMC. This functionality depends on the type of adapter installed and how it is configured. For details, see the hardware installation guide for the type of server you are using.

    Step 6   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the General tab.
    Step 7   In the Adapter Card Properties area, review the following information for the adapter:
    Name Description

    PCI Slot field

    The PCI slot in which the adapter is installed.

    Vendor field

    The vendor for the adapter.

    Product Name field

    The product name for the adapter.

    Product ID field

    The product ID for the adapter.

    Serial Number field

    The serial number for the adapter.

    Version ID field

    The version ID for the adapter.

    Hardware Revision field

    The hardware revision for the adapter.

    CIMC Management Enabled field

    If this field displays yes, then the adapter is functioning in Cisco Card Mode and passing CIMC management traffic through to the server CIMC.

    Configuration Pending field

    If this field displays yes, the adapter configuration has changed in CIMC but these changes have not been communicated to the host operating system.

    To activate the changes, an administrator must reboot the adapter.

    Description field

    The user-defined description for the adapter, if any.

    FIP Mode field

    Whether FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP) mode is enabled. FIP mode ensures that the adapter is compatible with current FCoE standards.

    NIV Mode field

    Whether Network Interface Virtualization (NIV) is enabled.

    If NIV mode is enabled:

    • vNICs and vHBAs can be assigned to a specific channel
    • vNICs and vHBAs can be associated with a port profile
    • vNICs can fail over to another vNIC if there are communication problems
    Step 8   In the External Ethernet Interfaces area, review the following information for the adapter:
    Name Description

    ID column

    The uplink port ID.

    MAC Address column

    The MAC address of the uplink port.

    Link State column

    The current operational state of the uplink port. This can be one of the following:

    • Fault
    • Link Up
    • Link Down
    • SFP ID Error
    • SFP Not Installed
    • SFP Security Check Failed
    • Unsupported SFP

    Encap column

    The attribute added to the virtual network tag (VNTag) to support Network Interface Virtualization (NIV).

    Step 9   In the Firmware area, review the following information for the adapter:
    Name Description

    Running Version field

    The firmware version that is currently active.

    Backup Version field

    The alternate firmware version installed on the adapter, if any. The backup version is not currently running. To activate it, administrators can click Activate Firmware in the Actions area.

    Note   

    When you install new firmware on the adapter, any existing backup version is deleted and the new firmware becomes the backup version. You must manually activate the new firmware if you want the adapter to run the new version.

    Startup Version field

    The firmware version that will become active the next time the adapter is rebooted.

    Bootloader Version field

    The bootloader version associated with the adapter card.

    Status field

    The status of the last firmware activation that was performed on this adapter.

    Note   

    The status is reset each time the adapter is rebooted.


    What to Do Next

    To view the properties of virtual NICs, VM FEXs, and virtual HBAs, see the following sections:

    Configuring Adapter Properties

    Before You Begin
    • You must log in with admin privileges to perform this task.
    • A supported Virtual Interface Card (VIC) must be installed in the chassis and the server must be powered on.
    Procedure
      Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
      Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
      Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
      Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

      If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

      Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the General tab.
      Step 6   In the Actions area of the General tab, click Set Adapter Properties.

      The Modify Adapter Properties dialog box opens.

      Step 7   In the Modify Adapter Properties dialog box, update the following fields:
      Name Description

      Description field

      A user-defined description for the adapter.

      You can enter between 1 and 63 characters.

      Enable FIP Mode check box

      If checked, then FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP) mode is enabled. FIP mode ensures that the adapter is compatible with current FCoE standards.

      Note   

      We recommend that you use this option only when explicitly directed to do so by a technical support representative.

      Enable NIV Mode check box

      If checked, then Network Interface Virtualization (NIV) mode is enabled.

      If NIV mode is enabled:

      • vNICs and vHBAs can be assigned to a specific channel
      • vNICs and vHBAs can be associated with a port profile
      • vNICs can fail over to another vNIC if there are communication problems

      Number of VM FEX Interfaces field

      The number of VM FEX interfaces you want CIMC to create.

      Enter an integer between 0 and 112.

      Note   

      NIV mode is required for this option.

      Step 8   Click Save Changes.

      Managing vHBAs

      Guidelines for Managing vHBAs

      When managing vHBAs, consider the following guidelines and restrictions:

      • The Cisco UCS P81E Virtual Interface Card and Cisco UCS VIC1225 Virtual Interface Card provide two vHBAs (fc0 and fc1). You can create up to 16 additional vHBAs on these adapter cards.

        Note


        If Network Interface Virtualization (NIV) mode is enabled for the adapter, you must assign a channel number to a vHBA when you create it.


      • When using the Cisco UCS P81E Virtual Interface Card or Cisco UCS VIC1225 Virtual Interface Card in an FCoE application, you must associate the vHBA with the FCoE VLAN. Follow the instructions in Modifying vHBA Properties to assign the VLAN.
      • After making configuration changes, you must reboot the host for settings to take effect.

      Viewing vHBA Properties

      Procedure
        Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
        Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
        Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
        Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

        If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

        Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vHBAs tab.
        Step 6   In the Host Fibre Channel Interfaces area, select a vHBA from the table.
        Step 7   Click Properties to open the vHBA Properties dialog box.
        Step 8   In the General area, review the information in the following fields:
        Name Description

        Name field

        The name of the virtual HBA.

        This name cannot be changed after the vHBA has been created.

        World Wide Node Name field

        The WWNN associated with the vHBA.

        To let the system generate the WWNN, select AUTO. To specify a WWNN, click the second radio button and enter the WWNN in the corresponding field.

        World Wide Port Name field

        The WWPN associated with the vHBA.

        To let the system generate the WWPN, select AUTO. To specify a WWPN, click the second radio button and enter the WWPN in the corresponding field.

        FC SAN Boot check box

        If checked, the vHBA can be used to perform a SAN boot.

        Enable Persistent LUN Binding check box

        If checked, any LUN ID associations are retained in memory until they are manually cleared.

        Uplink Port field

        The uplink port associated with the vHBA.

        Note   

        This value cannot be changed for the system-defined vHBAs fc0 and fc1.

        MAC Address field

        The MAC address associated with the vHBA.

        To let the system generate the MAC address, select AUTO. To specify an address, click the second radio button and enter the MAC address in the corresponding field.

        Default VLAN field

        If there is no default VLAN for this vHBA, click NONE. Otherwise, click the second radio button and enter a VLAN ID between 1 and 4094 in the field.

        Class of Service drop-down list

        The CoS for the vHBA.

        Select an integer between 0 and 6, with 0 being lowest priority and 6 being the highest priority.

        Note   

        This option cannot be used in NIV mode.

        Rate Limit field

        The data rate limit for traffic on this vHBA, in Mbps.

        If you want this vHBA to have an unlimited data rate, select OFF. Otherwise, click the second radio button and enter an integer between 1 and 10,000.

        Note   

        This option cannot be used in NIV mode.

        PCIe Device Order field

        The order in which this vHBA will be used.

        To let the system set the order, select ANY. To specify an order, select the second radio button and enter an integer between 0 and 17.

        EDTOV field

        The error detect timeout value (EDTOV), which is the number of milliseconds to wait before the system assumes that an error has occurred.

        Enter an integer between 1,000 and 100,000. The default is 2,000 milliseconds.

        RATOV field

        The resource allocation timeout value (RATOV), which is the number of milliseconds to wait before the system assumes that a resource cannot be properly allocated.

        Enter an integer between 5,000 and 100,000. The default is 10,000 milliseconds.

        Max Data Field Size field

        The maximum size of the Fibre Channel frame payload bytes that the vHBA supports.

        Enter an integer between 256 and 2112.

        Channel Number field

        The channel number that will be assigned to this vHBA.

        Enter an integer between 1 and 1,000.

        Note   

        NIV mode is required for this option.

        Port Profile drop-down list

        The port profile that should be associated with the vHBA, if any.

        This field displays the port profiles defined on the switch to which this server is connected.

        Note   

        NIV mode is required for this option.

        Step 9   In the Error Recovery area, review the information in the following fields:
        Name Description

        Enable FCP Error Recovery check box

        If checked, the system uses FCP Sequence Level Error Recovery protocol (FC-TAPE).

        Link Down Timeout field

        The number of milliseconds the uplink port should be offline before it informs the system that the uplink port is down and fabric connectivity has been lost.

        Enter an integer between 0 and 240,000.

        Port Down I/O Retries field

        The number of times an I/O request to a port is returned because the port is busy before the system decides the port is unavailable.

        Enter an integer between 0 and 255.

        Port Down Timeout field

        The number of milliseconds a remote Fibre Channel port should be offline before informing the SCSI upper layer that the port is unavailable.

        Enter an integer between 0 and 240,000.

        Step 10   In the Fibre Channel Interrupt area, review the information in the following fields:
        Name Description

        Interrupt Mode drop-down list

        The preferred driver interrupt mode. This can be one of the following:

        • MSIx—Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI) with the optional extension. This is the recommended option.
        • MSI—MSI only.
        • INTx—PCI INTx interrupts.
        Step 11   In the Fibre Channel Port area, review the information in the following fields:
        Name Description

        I/O Throttle Count field

        The number of I/O operations that can be pending in the vHBA at one time.

        Enter an integer between 1 and 1,024.

        LUNs per Target field

        The maximum number of LUNs that the driver will export. This is usually an operating system platform limitation.

        Enter an integer between 1 and 1,024. The recommended value is 1024.

        Step 12   In the Fibre Channel Port FLOGI area, review the information in the following fields:
        Name Description

        FLOGI Retries field

        The number of times that the system tries to log in to the fabric after the first failure.

        To specify an unlimited number of retries, select the INFINITE radio button. Otherwise select the second radio button and enter an integer into the corresponding field.

        FLOGI Timeout field

        The number of milliseconds that the system waits before it tries to log in again.

        Enter an integer between 1,000 and 255,000.

        Step 13   In the Fibre Channel Port PLOGI area, review the information in the following fields:
        Name Description

        PLOGI Retries field

        The number of times that the system tries to log in to a port after the first failure.

        Enter an integer between 0 and 255.

        PLOGI Timeout field

        The number of milliseconds that the system waits before it tries to log in again.

        Enter an integer between 1,000 and 255,000.

        Step 14   In the SCSI I/O area, review the information in the following fields:
        Name Description

        CDB Transmit Queue Count field

        The number of SCSI I/O queue resources the system should allocate.

        Enter an integer between 1 and 8.

        CDB Work Queue Ring Size field

        The number of descriptors in each SCSI I/O queue.

        Enter an integer between 64 and 512.

        Step 15   In the Receive/Transmit Queues area, review the information in the following fields:
        Name Description

        FC Work Queue Ring Size field

        The number of descriptors in each transmit queue.

        Enter an integer between 64 and 128.

        FC Receive Queue Ring Size field

        The number of descriptors in each receive queue.

        Enter an integer between 64 and 128.


        Modifying vHBA Properties

        Procedure
          Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
          Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
          Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
          Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

          If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

          Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vHBAs tab.
          Step 6   In the Host Fibre Channel Interfaces area, select a vHBA from the table.
          Step 7   Click Properties to open the vHBA Properties dialog box.
          Step 8   In the General area, update the following fields:
          Name Description

          Name field

          The name of the virtual HBA.

          This name cannot be changed after the vHBA has been created.

          World Wide Node Name field

          The WWNN associated with the vHBA.

          To let the system generate the WWNN, select AUTO. To specify a WWNN, click the second radio button and enter the WWNN in the corresponding field.

          World Wide Port Name field

          The WWPN associated with the vHBA.

          To let the system generate the WWPN, select AUTO. To specify a WWPN, click the second radio button and enter the WWPN in the corresponding field.

          FC SAN Boot check box

          If checked, the vHBA can be used to perform a SAN boot.

          Enable Persistent LUN Binding check box

          If checked, any LUN ID associations are retained in memory until they are manually cleared.

          Uplink Port field

          The uplink port associated with the vHBA.

          Note   

          This value cannot be changed for the system-defined vHBAs fc0 and fc1.

          MAC Address field

          The MAC address associated with the vHBA.

          To let the system generate the MAC address, select AUTO. To specify an address, click the second radio button and enter the MAC address in the corresponding field.

          Default VLAN field

          If there is no default VLAN for this vHBA, click NONE. Otherwise, click the second radio button and enter a VLAN ID between 1 and 4094 in the field.

          Class of Service drop-down list

          The CoS for the vHBA.

          Select an integer between 0 and 6, with 0 being lowest priority and 6 being the highest priority.

          Note   

          This option cannot be used in NIV mode.

          Rate Limit field

          The data rate limit for traffic on this vHBA, in Mbps.

          If you want this vHBA to have an unlimited data rate, select OFF. Otherwise, click the second radio button and enter an integer between 1 and 10,000.

          Note   

          This option cannot be used in NIV mode.

          PCIe Device Order field

          The order in which this vHBA will be used.

          To let the system set the order, select ANY. To specify an order, select the second radio button and enter an integer between 0 and 17.

          EDTOV field

          The error detect timeout value (EDTOV), which is the number of milliseconds to wait before the system assumes that an error has occurred.

          Enter an integer between 1,000 and 100,000. The default is 2,000 milliseconds.

          RATOV field

          The resource allocation timeout value (RATOV), which is the number of milliseconds to wait before the system assumes that a resource cannot be properly allocated.

          Enter an integer between 5,000 and 100,000. The default is 10,000 milliseconds.

          Max Data Field Size field

          The maximum size of the Fibre Channel frame payload bytes that the vHBA supports.

          Enter an integer between 256 and 2112.

          Channel Number field

          The channel number that will be assigned to this vHBA.

          Enter an integer between 1 and 1,000.

          Note   

          NIV mode is required for this option.

          Port Profile drop-down list

          The port profile that should be associated with the vHBA, if any.

          This field displays the port profiles defined on the switch to which this server is connected.

          Note   

          NIV mode is required for this option.

          Step 9   In the Error Recovery area, update the following fields:
          Name Description

          Enable FCP Error Recovery check box

          If checked, the system uses FCP Sequence Level Error Recovery protocol (FC-TAPE).

          Link Down Timeout field

          The number of milliseconds the uplink port should be offline before it informs the system that the uplink port is down and fabric connectivity has been lost.

          Enter an integer between 0 and 240,000.

          Port Down I/O Retries field

          The number of times an I/O request to a port is returned because the port is busy before the system decides the port is unavailable.

          Enter an integer between 0 and 255.

          Port Down Timeout field

          The number of milliseconds a remote Fibre Channel port should be offline before informing the SCSI upper layer that the port is unavailable.

          Enter an integer between 0 and 240,000.

          Step 10   In the Fibre Channel Interrupt area, update the following fields:
          Name Description

          Interrupt Mode drop-down list

          The preferred driver interrupt mode. This can be one of the following:

          • MSIx—Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI) with the optional extension. This is the recommended option.
          • MSI—MSI only.
          • INTx—PCI INTx interrupts.
          Step 11   In the Fibre Channel Port area, update the following fields:
          Name Description

          I/O Throttle Count field

          The number of I/O operations that can be pending in the vHBA at one time.

          Enter an integer between 1 and 1,024.

          LUNs per Target field

          The maximum number of LUNs that the driver will export. This is usually an operating system platform limitation.

          Enter an integer between 1 and 1,024. The recommended value is 1024.

          Step 12   In the Fibre Channel Port FLOGI area, update the following fields:
          Name Description

          FLOGI Retries field

          The number of times that the system tries to log in to the fabric after the first failure.

          To specify an unlimited number of retries, select the INFINITE radio button. Otherwise select the second radio button and enter an integer into the corresponding field.

          FLOGI Timeout field

          The number of milliseconds that the system waits before it tries to log in again.

          Enter an integer between 1,000 and 255,000.

          Step 13   In the Fibre Channel Port PLOGI area, update the following fields:
          Name Description

          PLOGI Retries field

          The number of times that the system tries to log in to a port after the first failure.

          Enter an integer between 0 and 255.

          PLOGI Timeout field

          The number of milliseconds that the system waits before it tries to log in again.

          Enter an integer between 1,000 and 255,000.

          Step 14   In the SCSI I/O area, update the following fields:
          Name Description

          CDB Transmit Queue Count field

          The number of SCSI I/O queue resources the system should allocate.

          Enter an integer between 1 and 8.

          CDB Work Queue Ring Size field

          The number of descriptors in each SCSI I/O queue.

          Enter an integer between 64 and 512.

          Step 15   In the Receive/Transmit Queues area, update the following fields:
          Name Description

          FC Work Queue Ring Size field

          The number of descriptors in each transmit queue.

          Enter an integer between 64 and 128.

          FC Receive Queue Ring Size field

          The number of descriptors in each receive queue.

          Enter an integer between 64 and 128.

          Step 16   Click Save Changes.

          Creating a vHBA

          The adapter provides two permanent vHBAs. If NIV mode is enabled, you can create up to 16 additional vHBAs.

          Procedure
            Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
            Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
            Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
            Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

            If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

            Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vHBAs tab.
            Step 6   In the Host Fibre Channel Interfaces area, choose one of these actions:
            • To create a vHBA using default configuration settings, click Add.
            • To create a vHBA using the same configuration settings as an existing vHBA, select that vHBA and click Clone.

            The Add vHBA dialog box appears.

            Step 7   In the Add vHBA dialog box, enter a name for the vHBA in the Name entry box.
            Step 8   Click Add vHBA.

            What to Do Next

            • Reboot the server to create the vHBA.
            • If configuration changes are required, configure the new vHBA as described in Modifying vHBA Properties.

            Deleting a vHBA

            Procedure
              Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
              Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
              Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
              Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

              If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

              Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vHBAs tab.
              Step 6   In the Host Fibre Channel Interfaces area, select a vHBA from the table.
              Note    You cannot delete either of the two default vHBAs, fc0 or fc1.
              Step 7   Click Delete and click OK to confirm.

              vHBA Boot Table

              In the vHBA boot table, you can specify up to four LUNs from which the server can boot.

              Creating a Boot Table Entry

              Procedure
                Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
                Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vHBAs tab.
                Step 6   In the Host Fibre Channel Interfaces area, select a vHBA from the table.
                Step 7   Click Boot Table to open the Boot Table dialog box for the selected vHBA.
                Step 8   In the Boot Table dialog box, click Add to open the Add Boot Entry dialog box.
                Step 9   In the Add Boot Entry dialog box, update the following fields:
                Name Description

                Target WWPN field

                The World Wide Port Name (WWPN) that corresponds to the location of the boot image.

                Enter the WWPN in the format hh:hh:hh:hh:hh:hh:hh:hh.

                LUN ID field

                The LUN ID that corresponds to the location of the boot image.

                Enter an ID between 0 and 255.

                Add Boot Entry button

                Adds the specified location to the boot table.

                Reset Values button

                Clears the values currently entered in the fields.

                Cancel button

                Closes the dialog box without saving any changes made while the dialog box was open.

                Step 10   Click Add Boot Entry.

                Deleting a Boot Table Entry

                Procedure
                  Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                  Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                  Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
                  Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                  If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                  Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vHBAs tab.
                  Step 6   In the Host Fibre Channel Interfaces area, select a vHBA from the table.
                  Step 7   Click Boot Table to open the Boot Table dialog box for the selected vHBA.
                  Step 8   In the Boot Table dialog box, click the entry to be deleted.
                  Step 9   Click Delete and click OK to confirm.

                  vHBA Persistent Binding

                  Persistent binding ensures that the system-assigned mapping of Fibre Channel targets is maintained after a reboot.

                  Viewing Persistent Bindings

                  Procedure
                    Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                    Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                    Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
                    Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                    If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                    Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vHBAs tab.
                    Step 6   In the Host Fibre Channel Interfaces area, select a vHBA from the table.
                    Step 7   Click Persistent Bindings to open the Persistent Bindings dialog box for the selected vHBA.
                    Step 8   In the Persistent Bindings dialog box for the selected vHBA, review the following information:
                    Name Description

                    Index column

                    The unique identifier for the binding.

                    Target WWPN column

                    The target World Wide Port Name with which the binding is associated.

                    Host WWPN column

                    The host World Wide Port Name with which the binding is associated.

                    Bus ID column

                    The bus ID with which the binding is associated.

                    Target ID column

                    The target ID on the host system with which the binding is associated.

                    Rebuild Persistent Bindings button

                    Clears all unused bindings and resets the ones that are in use.

                    Close button

                    Closes the dialog box and saves your changes.

                    Step 9   Click Close.

                    Rebuilding Persistent Bindings

                    Procedure
                      Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                      Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                      Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
                      Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                      If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                      Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vHBAs tab.
                      Step 6   In the Host Fibre Channel Interfaces area, select a vHBA from the table.
                      Step 7   Click Persistent Bindings to open the Persistent Bindings dialog box for the selected vHBA.
                      Step 8   In the Persistent Bindings dialog box for the selected vHBA, click Rebuild Persistent Bindings.
                      Step 9   Click Close.

                      Managing vNICs

                      Guidelines for Managing vNICs

                      When managing vNICs, consider the following guidelines and restrictions:

                      • The Cisco UCS P81E Virtual Interface Card and Cisco UCS VIC1225 Virtual Interface Card provide two default vNICs (eth0 and eth1). You can create up to 16 additional vNICs on these adapter cards.

                        Note


                        If Network Interface Virtualization (NIV) mode is enabled for the adapter, you must assign a channel number to a vNIC when you create it.


                      • After making configuration changes, you must reboot the host for settings to take effect.

                      Viewing vNIC Properties

                      Procedure
                        Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                        Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                        Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
                        Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                        If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                        Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vNICs tab.
                        Step 6   In the Host Ethernet Interfaces area, select a vNIC from the table.
                        Step 7   Click Properties to open the vNIC Properties dialog box.
                        Step 8   In the General area, review the information in the following fields:
                        Name Description

                        Name field

                        The name for the virtual NIC.

                        This name cannot be changed after the vNIC has been created.

                        MTU field

                        The maximum transmission unit, or packet size, that this vNIC accepts.

                        Enter an integer between 1500 and 9000.

                        Uplink Port drop-down list

                        The uplink port associated with this vNIC. All traffic for this vNIC goes through this uplink port.

                        MAC Address field

                        The MAC address associated with the vNIC.

                        To let the adapter select an available MAC address from its internal pool, select Auto. To specify an address, click the second radio button and enter the MAC address in the corresponding field.

                        Class of Service drop-down list

                        The class of service to associate with traffic from this vNIC.

                        Select an integer between 0 and 6, with 0 being lowest priority and 6 being the highest priority.

                        Note   

                        This option cannot be used in NIV mode.

                        Trust Host CoS check box

                        Check this box if you want the vNIC to use the class of service provided by the host operating system.

                        PCI Order field

                        The order in which this vNIC will be used.

                        To let the system set the order, select Any. To specify an order, select the second radio button and enter an integer between 0 and 17.

                        Default VLAN field

                        If there is no default VLAN for this vNIC, click NONE. Otherwise, click the second radio button and enter a VLAN ID between 1 and 4094 in the field.

                        Note   

                        This option cannot be used in NIV mode.

                        VLAN Mode drop-down list

                        If you want to use VLAN trunking, select TRUNK. Otherwise, select ACCESS.

                        Note   

                        This option cannot be used in NIV mode.

                        Rate Limit field

                        If you want this vNIC to have an unlimited data rate, select OFF. Otherwise, click the second radio button and enter a rate limit in the associated field.

                        Enter an integer between 1 and 10,000 Mbps.

                        Note   

                        This option cannot be used in NIV mode.

                        Enable PXE Boot check box

                        Check this box if the vNIC can be used to perform a PXE boot.

                        Channel Number field

                        Select the channel number that will be assigned to this vNIC.

                        Note   

                        NIV mode is required for this option.

                        Port Profile drop-down list

                        Select the port profile that should be associated with the vNIC.

                        This field displays the port profiles defined on the switch to which this server is connected.

                        Note   

                        NIV mode is required for this option.

                        Enable Uplink Failover check box

                        Check this box if traffic on this vNIC should fail over to the secondary interface if there are communication problems.

                        Note   

                        NIV mode is required for this option.

                        Failback Timeout field

                        After a vNIC has started using its secondary interface, this setting controls how long the primary interface must be available before the system resumes using the primary interface for the vNIC.

                        Enter a number of seconds between 0 and 600.

                        Note   

                        NIV mode is required for this option.

                        Step 9   In the Ethernet Interrupt area, review the information in the following fields:
                        Name Description

                        Interrupt Count field

                        The number of interrupt resources to allocate. In general, this value should be equal to the number of completion queue resources.

                        Enter an integer between 1 and 514.

                        Coalescing Time field

                        The time to wait between interrupts or the idle period that must be encountered before an interrupt is sent.

                        Enter an integer between 1 and 65535. To turn off interrupt coalescing, enter 0 (zero) in this field.

                        Coalescing Type drop-down list

                        This can be one of the following:

                        • MIN—The system waits for the time specified in the Coalescing Time field before sending another interrupt event.
                        • IDLE—The system does not send an interrupt until there is a period of no activity lasting as least as long as the time specified in the Coalescing Time field.

                        Interrupt Mode drop-down list

                        The preferred driver interrupt mode. This can be one of the following:

                        • MSI-X—Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI) with the optional extension. This is the recommended option.
                        • MSI—MSI only.
                        • INTx—PCI INTx interrupts.
                        Step 10   In the Ethernet Receive Queue area, review the information in the following fields:
                        Name Description

                        Receive Queue Count field

                        The number of receive queue resources to allocate.

                        Enter an integer between 1 and 256.

                        Receive Queue Ring Size field

                        The number of descriptors in each receive queue.

                        Enter an integer between 64 and 4096.

                        Step 11   In the Ethernet Transmit Queue area, review the information in the following fields:
                        Name Description

                        Transmit Queue Count field

                        The number of transmit queue resources to allocate.

                        Enter an integer between 1 and 256.

                        Transmit Queue Ring Size field

                        The number of descriptors in each transmit queue.

                        Enter an integer between 64 and 4096.

                        Step 12   In the Completion Queue area, review the information in the following fields:
                        Name Description

                        Completion Queue Count field

                        The number of completion queue resources to allocate. In general, the number of completion queue resources you should allocate is equal to the number of transmit queue resources plus the number of receive queue resources.

                        Enter an integer between 1 and 512.

                        Completion Queue Ring Size field

                        The number of descriptors in each completion queue.

                        This value cannot be changed.

                        Step 13   In the TCP Offload area, review the information in the following fields:
                        Name Description

                        Enable TCP Segmentation Offload check box

                        If checked, the CPU sends large TCP packets to the hardware to be segmented. This option may reduce CPU overhead and increase throughput rate.

                        If cleared, the CPU segments large packets.

                        Note   

                        This option is also known as Large Send Offload (LSO).

                        Enable TCP Rx Offload Checksum Validation check box

                        If checked, the CPU sends all packet checksums to the hardware for validation. This option may reduce CPU overhead.

                        If cleared, the CPU validates all packet checksums.

                        Enable TCP Tx Offload Checksum Generation check box

                        If checked, the CPU sends all packets to the hardware so that the checksum can be calculated. This option may reduce CPU overhead.

                        If cleared, the CPU calculates all packet checksums.

                        Enable Large Receive check box

                        If checked, the hardware reassembles all segmented packets before sending them to the CPU. This option may reduce CPU utilization and increase inbound throughput.

                        If cleared, the CPU processes all large packets.

                        Step 14   In the Receive Side Scaling area, review the information in the following fields:
                        Name Description

                        Enable TCP Receive Side Scaling check box

                        Receive Side Scaling (RSS) distributes network receive processing across multiple CPUs in multiprocessor systems.

                        If checked, network receive processing is shared across processors whenever possible.

                        If cleared, network receive processing is always handled by a single processor even if additional processors are available.

                        Enable IPv4 RSS check box

                        If checked, RSS is enabled on IPv4 networks.

                        Enable TCP-IPv4 RSS check box

                        If checked, RSS is enabled for TCP transmissions across IPv4 networks.

                        Enable IPv6 RSS check box

                        If checked, RSS is enabled on IPv6 networks.

                        Enable TCP-IPv6 RSS check box

                        If checked, RSS is enabled for TCP transmissions across IPv6 networks.

                        Enable IPv6 Extension RSS check box

                        If checked, RSS is enabled for IPv6 extensions.

                        Enable TCP-IPv6 Extension RSS check box

                        If checked, RSS is enabled for TCP transmissions across IPv6 networks.


                        Modifying vNIC Properties

                        Procedure
                          Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                          Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                          Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
                          Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                          If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                          Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vNICs tab.
                          Step 6   In the Host Ethernet Interfaces area, select a vNIC from the table.
                          Step 7   Click Properties to open the vNIC Properties dialog box.
                          Step 8   In the General area, update the following fields:
                          Name Description

                          Name field

                          The name for the virtual NIC.

                          This name cannot be changed after the vNIC has been created.

                          MTU field

                          The maximum transmission unit, or packet size, that this vNIC accepts.

                          Enter an integer between 1500 and 9000.

                          Uplink Port drop-down list

                          The uplink port associated with this vNIC. All traffic for this vNIC goes through this uplink port.

                          MAC Address field

                          The MAC address associated with the vNIC.

                          To let the adapter select an available MAC address from its internal pool, select Auto. To specify an address, click the second radio button and enter the MAC address in the corresponding field.

                          Class of Service drop-down list

                          The class of service to associate with traffic from this vNIC.

                          Select an integer between 0 and 6, with 0 being lowest priority and 6 being the highest priority.

                          Note   

                          This option cannot be used in NIV mode.

                          Trust Host CoS check box

                          Check this box if you want the vNIC to use the class of service provided by the host operating system.

                          PCI Order field

                          The order in which this vNIC will be used.

                          To let the system set the order, select Any. To specify an order, select the second radio button and enter an integer between 0 and 17.

                          Default VLAN field

                          If there is no default VLAN for this vNIC, click NONE. Otherwise, click the second radio button and enter a VLAN ID between 1 and 4094 in the field.

                          Note   

                          This option cannot be used in NIV mode.

                          VLAN Mode drop-down list

                          If you want to use VLAN trunking, select TRUNK. Otherwise, select ACCESS.

                          Note   

                          This option cannot be used in NIV mode.

                          Rate Limit field

                          If you want this vNIC to have an unlimited data rate, select OFF. Otherwise, click the second radio button and enter a rate limit in the associated field.

                          Enter an integer between 1 and 10,000 Mbps.

                          Note   

                          This option cannot be used in NIV mode.

                          Enable PXE Boot check box

                          Check this box if the vNIC can be used to perform a PXE boot.

                          Channel Number field

                          Select the channel number that will be assigned to this vNIC.

                          Note   

                          NIV mode is required for this option.

                          Port Profile drop-down list

                          Select the port profile that should be associated with the vNIC.

                          This field displays the port profiles defined on the switch to which this server is connected.

                          Note   

                          NIV mode is required for this option.

                          Enable Uplink Failover check box

                          Check this box if traffic on this vNIC should fail over to the secondary interface if there are communication problems.

                          Note   

                          NIV mode is required for this option.

                          Failback Timeout field

                          After a vNIC has started using its secondary interface, this setting controls how long the primary interface must be available before the system resumes using the primary interface for the vNIC.

                          Enter a number of seconds between 0 and 600.

                          Note   

                          NIV mode is required for this option.

                          Step 9   In the Ethernet Interrupt area, update the following fields:
                          Name Description

                          Interrupt Count field

                          The number of interrupt resources to allocate. In general, this value should be equal to the number of completion queue resources.

                          Enter an integer between 1 and 514.

                          Coalescing Time field

                          The time to wait between interrupts or the idle period that must be encountered before an interrupt is sent.

                          Enter an integer between 1 and 65535. To turn off interrupt coalescing, enter 0 (zero) in this field.

                          Coalescing Type drop-down list

                          This can be one of the following:

                          • MIN—The system waits for the time specified in the Coalescing Time field before sending another interrupt event.
                          • IDLE—The system does not send an interrupt until there is a period of no activity lasting as least as long as the time specified in the Coalescing Time field.

                          Interrupt Mode drop-down list

                          The preferred driver interrupt mode. This can be one of the following:

                          • MSI-X—Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI) with the optional extension. This is the recommended option.
                          • MSI—MSI only.
                          • INTx—PCI INTx interrupts.
                          Step 10   In the Ethernet Receive Queue area, update the following fields:
                          Name Description

                          Receive Queue Count field

                          The number of receive queue resources to allocate.

                          Enter an integer between 1 and 256.

                          Receive Queue Ring Size field

                          The number of descriptors in each receive queue.

                          Enter an integer between 64 and 4096.

                          Step 11   In the Ethernet Transmit Queue area, update the following fields:
                          Name Description

                          Transmit Queue Count field

                          The number of transmit queue resources to allocate.

                          Enter an integer between 1 and 256.

                          Transmit Queue Ring Size field

                          The number of descriptors in each transmit queue.

                          Enter an integer between 64 and 4096.

                          Step 12   In the Completion Queue area, update the following fields:
                          Name Description

                          Completion Queue Count field

                          The number of completion queue resources to allocate. In general, the number of completion queue resources you should allocate is equal to the number of transmit queue resources plus the number of receive queue resources.

                          Enter an integer between 1 and 512.

                          Completion Queue Ring Size field

                          The number of descriptors in each completion queue.

                          This value cannot be changed.

                          Step 13   In the TCP Offload area, update the following fields:
                          Name Description

                          Enable TCP Segmentation Offload check box

                          If checked, the CPU sends large TCP packets to the hardware to be segmented. This option may reduce CPU overhead and increase throughput rate.

                          If cleared, the CPU segments large packets.

                          Note   

                          This option is also known as Large Send Offload (LSO).

                          Enable TCP Rx Offload Checksum Validation check box

                          If checked, the CPU sends all packet checksums to the hardware for validation. This option may reduce CPU overhead.

                          If cleared, the CPU validates all packet checksums.

                          Enable TCP Tx Offload Checksum Generation check box

                          If checked, the CPU sends all packets to the hardware so that the checksum can be calculated. This option may reduce CPU overhead.

                          If cleared, the CPU calculates all packet checksums.

                          Enable Large Receive check box

                          If checked, the hardware reassembles all segmented packets before sending them to the CPU. This option may reduce CPU utilization and increase inbound throughput.

                          If cleared, the CPU processes all large packets.

                          Step 14   In the Receive Side Scaling area, update the following fields:
                          Name Description

                          Enable TCP Receive Side Scaling check box

                          Receive Side Scaling (RSS) distributes network receive processing across multiple CPUs in multiprocessor systems.

                          If checked, network receive processing is shared across processors whenever possible.

                          If cleared, network receive processing is always handled by a single processor even if additional processors are available.

                          Enable IPv4 RSS check box

                          If checked, RSS is enabled on IPv4 networks.

                          Enable TCP-IPv4 RSS check box

                          If checked, RSS is enabled for TCP transmissions across IPv4 networks.

                          Enable IPv6 RSS check box

                          If checked, RSS is enabled on IPv6 networks.

                          Enable TCP-IPv6 RSS check box

                          If checked, RSS is enabled for TCP transmissions across IPv6 networks.

                          Enable IPv6 Extension RSS check box

                          If checked, RSS is enabled for IPv6 extensions.

                          Enable TCP-IPv6 Extension RSS check box

                          If checked, RSS is enabled for TCP transmissions across IPv6 networks.

                          Step 15   Click Save Changes.

                          Creating a vNIC

                          The adapter provides two permanent vNICs. You can create up to 16 additional vNICs.

                          Procedure
                            Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                            Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                            Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
                            Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                            If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                            Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vNICs tab.
                            Step 6   In the Host Ethernet Interfaces area, choose one of these actions:
                            • To create a vNIC using default configuration settings, click Add.
                            • To create a vNIC using the same configuration settings as an existing vNIC, select that vNIC and click Clone.

                            The Add vNIC dialog box appears.

                            Step 7   In the Add vNIC dialog box, enter a name for the vNIC in the Name entry box.
                            Step 8   (Optional)In the Add vNIC dialog box, enter a channel number for the vNIC in the Channel Number entry box.
                            Note   

                            If NIV is enabled on the adapter, you must assign a channel number for the vNIC when you create it.

                            Step 9   Click Add vNIC.

                            What to Do Next

                            If configuration changes are required, configure the new vNIC as described in Modifying vNIC Properties.

                            Deleting a vNIC

                            Procedure
                              Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                              Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                              Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
                              Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                              If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                              Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vNICs tab.
                              Step 6   In the Host Ethernet Interfaces area, select a vNIC from the table.
                              Note    You cannot delete either of the two default vNICs, eth0 or eth1.
                              Step 7   Click Delete and click OK to confirm.

                              Managing VM FEX

                              Virtual Machine Fabric Extender

                              Cisco Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM FEX) extends the (prestandard) IEEE 802.1Qbh port extender architecture to virtual machines. In this architecture, each VM interface is provided with a virtual Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) device and a virtual port on a switch.

                              Viewing Virtual FEX Properties

                              Before You Begin
                              • The server must be powered on, or the properties will not display.
                              • A supported Virtual Interface Card (VIC) must be installed in the chassis and the server must be powered on.
                              Procedure
                                Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
                                Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the VM FEXs tab.
                                Step 6   In the Virtual FEXs area, review the following information:
                                Name Description

                                Properties button

                                Opens a dialog box that allows you to view the properties for the selected VM FEX.

                                Name column

                                The name of the VM FEX.

                                MTU column

                                The maximum transmission unit, or packet size, that this VM FEX accepts.

                                CoS column

                                If enabled, the VM FEX uses the class of service provided by the host operating system.

                                VLAN column

                                The VLAN associated with the VM FEX.

                                VLAN Mode column

                                The mode for the associated VLAN.

                                Uplink Failover column

                                If NIV mode is enabled for the adapter, this column displays whether traffic on this VM FEX will fail over to a secondary interface if the primary interface fails.

                                Step 7   In the Virtual FEXs area, select a VM FEX from the table.
                                Step 8   Click Properties to open the VM FEX Properties dialog box for the selected VM FEX.
                                Step 9   In the General Properties area, review the information in the following fields:
                                Name Description

                                Name field

                                The name of the VM FEX.

                                MTU field

                                The maximum transmission unit, or packet size, that this VM FEX accepts.

                                Trust Host CoS field

                                If enabled, the VM FEX uses the class of service provided by the host operating system.

                                PCI Order field

                                The order in which this VM FEX will be used, if any.

                                Default VLAN field

                                The VLAN associated with the VM FEX.

                                Rate Limit field

                                The data rate limit associated with this VM FEX, if any.

                                PXE Boot field

                                Whether PXE boot is enabled or disabled for this VM FEX.

                                Step 10   In the Ethernet Interrupt area, review the information in the following fields:
                                Name Description

                                Interrupt Count field

                                The number of interrupt resources allocated to this VM FEX.

                                Coalescing Time field

                                The time CIMC waits between interrupts or the idle period that must be encountered before an interrupt is sent.

                                Coalescing Type field

                                This can be one of the following:

                                • MIN—The system waits for the time specified in the Coalescing Time field before sending another interrupt event.
                                • IDLE—The system does not send an interrupt until there is a period of no activity lasting as least as long as the time specified in the Coalescing Time field.

                                Interrupt Mode field

                                The preferred driver interrupt mode. This can be one of the following:

                                • MSIx—Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI) with the optional extension.
                                • MSI—MSI only.
                                • INTx—PCI INTx interrupts.
                                Step 11   In the Ethernet Receive Queue area, review the information in the following fields:
                                Name Description

                                Receive Queue Count field

                                The number of receive queue resources allocated to this VM FEX.

                                Receive Queue Ring Size field

                                The number of descriptors in each receive queue.

                                Step 12   In the Ethernet Transmit Queue area, review the information in the following fields:
                                Name Description

                                Transmit Queue Count field

                                The number of transmit queue resources allocated to this VM FEX.

                                Transmit Queue Ring Size field

                                The number of descriptors in each transmit queue.

                                Step 13   In the Completion Queue area, review the information in the following fields:
                                Name Description

                                Completion Queue Count field

                                The number of completion queue resources allocated to this VM FEX.

                                Completion Queue Ring Size field

                                The number of descriptors in each completion queue.

                                Step 14   In the TCP Offload area, review the information in the following fields:
                                Name Description

                                Enable TCP Segmentation Offload field

                                If enabled, the CPU sends large TCP packets to the hardware to be segmented. If disabled, the CPU segments large packets.

                                Note   

                                This option is also known as Large Send Offload (LSO).

                                Enable TCP Rx Offload Checksum Validation field

                                If enabled, the CPU sends all packet checksums to the hardware for validation. If disabled, the CPU validates all packet checksums.

                                Enable TCP Tx Offload Checksum Generation field

                                If enabled, the CPU sends all packets to the hardware so that the checksum can be calculated. If disabled, the CPU calculates all packet checksums.

                                Enable Large Receive field

                                If enabled, the hardware reassembles all segmented packets before sending them to the CPU. If disabled, the CPU processes all large packets.

                                Step 15   In the Receive Side Scaling area, review the information in the following fields:
                                Name Description

                                Enable TCP Receive Side Scaling field

                                Receive Side Scaling (RSS) distributes network receive processing across multiple CPUs in multiprocessor systems.

                                If enabled, network receive processing is shared across processors whenever possible. If disabled, network receive processing is always handled by a single processor even if additional processors are available.

                                Enable IPv4 RSS field

                                If enabled, RSS is enabled on IPv4 networks.

                                Enable TCP-IPv4 RSS field

                                If enabled, RSS is enabled for TCP transmissions across IPv4 networks.

                                Enable IPv6 RSS field

                                If enabled, RSS is enabled on IPv6 networks.

                                Enable TCP-IPv6 RSS field

                                If enabled, RSS is enabled for TCP transmissions across IPv6 networks.

                                Enable IPv6 Extension RSS field

                                If enabled, RSS is enabled for IPv6 extensions.

                                Enable TCP-IPv6 Extension RSS field

                                If enabled, RSS is enabled for TCP transmissions across IPv6 networks.


                                Backing Up and Restoring the Adapter Configuration

                                Exporting the Adapter Configuration

                                The adapter configuration can be exported as an XML file to a TFTP server.

                                Before You Begin

                                Obtain the TFTP server IP address.

                                Procedure
                                  Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                  Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                  Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
                                  Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                  If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                  Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the General tab.
                                  Step 6   In the Actions area of the General tab, click Export Configuration.

                                  The Export Adapter Configuration dialog box opens.

                                  Step 7   In the Export Adapter Configuration dialog box, update the following fields:
                                  Name Description

                                  TFTP Server IP Address field

                                  The IP address of the TFTP server to which the adapter configuration file will be exported.

                                  Path and Filename field

                                  The path and filename CIMC should use when exporting the file to the TFTP server.

                                  Step 8   Click Export Configuration.

                                  Importing the Adapter Configuration

                                  Procedure
                                    Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                    Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                    Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
                                    Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                    If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                    Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the General tab.
                                    Step 6   In the Actions area of the General tab, click Import Configuration.

                                    The Import Adapter Configuration dialog box opens.

                                    Step 7   In the Import Adapter Configuration dialog box, update the following fields:
                                    Name Description

                                    TFTP Server IP Address field

                                    The IP address of the TFTP server on which the adapter configuration file resides.

                                    Path and Filename field

                                    The path and filename of the configuration file on the TFTP server.

                                    Step 8   Click Import Configuration. The adapter downloads the configuration file from the specified path on the TFTP server at the specified IP address. The configuration will be installed during the next server reboot.

                                    What to Do Next

                                    Reboot the server to apply the imported configuration.

                                    Restoring Adapter Defaults

                                    Procedure
                                      Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                      Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                      Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
                                      Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                      If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                      Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the General tab.
                                      Step 6   In the Actions area of the General tab, click Reset To Defaults and click OK to confirm.

                                      Managing Adapter Firmware

                                      Adapter Firmware

                                      A Cisco UCS C-Series network adapter contains the following firmware components:

                                      • Adapter firmware—The main operating firmware, consisting of an active and a backup image, can be installed from the CIMC GUI or CLI interface or from the Host Upgrade Utility (HUU). You can upload a firmware image from either a local file system or a TFTP server.
                                      • Bootloader firmware—The bootloader firmware cannot be installed from the CIMC GUI or CLI. You can install this firmware using the Host Upgrade Utility.

                                      Installing Adapter Firmware From a Local File

                                      Before You Begin

                                      Store the adapter firmware file in the file system of the managing computer.

                                      Procedure
                                        Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                        Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                        Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
                                        Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                        If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                        Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the General tab.
                                        Step 6   In the Actions area of the General tab, click Install Firmware to open the Install Adapter Firmware dialog box.
                                        Step 7   In the Install Adapter Firmware dialog box, select Install from local file, then click Next.
                                        Step 8   Click Browse... and locate the adapter firmware file.
                                        Step 9   Click Install Firmware.

                                        What to Do Next

                                        To activate the new firmware, see Activating Adapter Firmware.

                                        Installing Adapter Firmware From a TFTP Server

                                        Procedure
                                          Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                          Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                          Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
                                          Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                          If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                          Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the General tab.
                                          Step 6   In the Actions area of the General tab, click Install Firmware to open the Install Adapter Firmware dialog box.
                                          Step 7   In the Install Adapter Firmware dialog box, select Install from TFTP server, then click Next.
                                          Step 8   In the Install Adapter Firmware dialog box, update the following fields:
                                          Name Description

                                          TFTP Server IP Address field

                                          The IP address of the TFTP server on which the adapter configuration file resides.

                                          Path and Filename field

                                          The path and filename of the configuration file on the TFTP server.

                                          Back button

                                          Click this button if you want to specify a local path for the firmware package.

                                          Install Firmware button

                                          Click this button to install the selected firmware package in the adapter's backup memory slot.

                                          Close button

                                          Click this button to close the wizard without making any changes to the firmware versions stored on the server.

                                          Step 9   Click Install Firmware.

                                          What to Do Next

                                          To activate the new firmware, see Activating Adapter Firmware.

                                          Activating Adapter Firmware

                                          Procedure
                                            Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                            Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                            Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
                                            Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                            If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                            Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the General tab.
                                            Step 6   In the Actions area of the General tab, click Activate Firmware to open the Activate Adapter Firmware dialog box.
                                            Step 7   In the Activate Adapter Firmware dialog box, select the image to run the next time the firmware starts up.
                                            Step 8   Click Activate Adapter Firmware.

                                            Resetting the Adapter

                                            Procedure
                                              Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                              Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                              Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
                                              Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                              If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                              Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the General tab.
                                              Step 6   In the Actions area of the General tab, click Reset and click Yes to confirm.
                                              Note   

                                              Resetting the adapter also resets the host.