The Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) is the management service for the E-Series Servers. CIMC runs within the server. You can use a web-based GUI or the SSH-based CLI to access, configure, administer, and monitor the server.
You can use CIMC to perform the following server management tasks:
Power on, power off, power cycle, reset, and shut down the server
Configure the server boot order
Manage RAID levels
View server properties and sensors
Manage remote presence
Create and manage local user accounts, and enable remote user authentication through the Active Directory
Configure network-related settings, including NIC properties, IPv4, VLANs, and network security
Configure communication services, including HTTP, SSH, IPMI over LAN, and SNMP
Configure platform event filters
Update CIMC firmware
Update BIOS firmware
Install the host image from an internal repository
Monitor faults, alarms, and server status
Collect technical support data in the event of server failure
Almost all tasks can be performed in either the GUI interface or CLI interface, and the results of tasks performed in one interface are displayed in another. However, you cannot:
Use the CIMC GUI to invoke the CIMC CLI
View a command that has been invoked through the CIMC CLI in the CIMC GUI
From the vSphere Client, log into the VMware vSphere Hypervisor™.
To log in, use either the IP address that is assigned by VMware vSphere Hypervisor™ or the static IP address that you specified in Step 4.
The default username for the preinstalled VMware vSphere Hypervisor™ is root, which cannot be changed and the default password is password. After you login, we recommend that you change the password.
What to Do Next
Do one of the following as appropriate:
If you purchased E-Series Server Option 2 (E-Series Server with preinstalled Microsoft Windows Server) or Option 3 (E-Series Server with preinstalled VMware vSphere Hypervisor™), use the CIMC GUI or CIMC CLI to manage and monitor the server. See the GUI Configuration Guide for Cisco UCS E-Series Server Integrated Management Controller or the CLI Configuration Guide for Cisco UCS E-Series Server Integrated Management Controller.
If you purchased E-Series Server Option 1 (E-Series Server without preinstalled operating system or hypervisor), configure RAID. See Managing RAID.