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Release Notes for Cisco UCS Central, Release 1.0

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Release Notes for Cisco UCS Central, Release 1.0

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Release Notes for Cisco UCS Central, Release 1.0


Revision History


System Requirements

New Software Features in Release 1.0

Open Caveats

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

Release Notes for Cisco UCS Central, Release 1.0

First Published: November 20, 2012
Last Updated: November 20, 2012

This document describes system requirements, new features, and image bundle information, resolved caveats, known caveats and workarounds for Cisco UCS Central software Release 1.0. This document also includes the following:

Current information that became available after the technical documentation was published

Use this release notes as a supplement with the other documents listed in documentation roadmap .

Make sure to review other available documentation on to obtain current information on Cisco UCS Central.


This document includes the following sections:

Revision History


New Software Features in Release 1.0

Open Caveats

Related Documentation

Revision History

Table 1 shows the revision history:

Table 1 Online Change History

Part Number




November 20, 2012

Created release notes for Cisco UCS Central Release 1.0


UCS Central is a product that enables IT administrators to manage multiple UCS domains that are managed through individual UCS Managers from a single location through a single interface. UCS Central works closely with UCS Manager and provides consolidated management functionality for multi UCS installations. It uses a policy management framework similar to UCS Manager but provides a broader scope of these policies across multiple UCS domains. In addition, it also provides consolidation of data such as hardware and firmware inventory, faults, ID pools. The product is deployed as a virtual machine that works with the multiple UCS managers. UCS Central manages thousands of physical blade and rack servers that are integrated with UCS fabric interconnects distributed across multiple UCS domains. UCS Central provides a intuitive web based GUI and an accompanying CLI for user access . It also provides an XML API similar to the one found in UCS Manager to provide automation and integration capabilities with higher level systems management tools.

System Requirements

To access the browser based Cisco UCS Central GUI, your computer must meet or exceed the following minimum system requirements:


IE (9 & above)

Firefox (15 & above)

Chrome (22 & above)


Firefox (15 & above)

Chrome (22 & above)


Safari (6 & above)

Firefox (15 & above)

Chrome (22 & above)

For the Chrome browser, please remove the bundled flash player and install the flash player from Adobe.

The released OVA should be used with ESX 4.0u2, ESX 4.1u1, or ESX 5.0.

The Cisco UCS instances managed by UCS Central need to be using Cisco UCS Software version 2.1 or higher.

New Software Features in Release 1.0

Release 1.0(1a) supports the following:

UCS Domain Groups

Integrated Dashboard

UCS Domains

Fabric Interconnects, Chassis, IO Modules, Blade and Integrated Rack Servers Inventory

Domain Level Service Profiles & Templates


Fault, Audit, Event Logs

FSM Status

Global ID Management


IP Pools

MAC Pools

UUID Suffix Pools

IQN Pools

Global ID Usage Tracking

Centralized Firmware Management Automated Firmware download & Image Repository

Maintenance Policy & Schedules

Host Firmware Packs, Infrastructure Firmware Packs, Catalog

Global Operational Policies

DNS, Timezone, Call Home, SNMP

HTTP, Telnet, Web Sessions, CIM XML, Management Interface Monitoring, SSH

LDAP, TACACS, RADIUS, Roles, Locales, Trust Points, Authentication Domains

Fault, Core Export, Syslog

Power Allocation, PSU, SEL

Global Backup/Export Policy

UCS Manager Policy Globalization

Backup Repository and Restore

UCS Manager KVM & GUI cross launch

OVA, ISO, BIN formats for multi hypervisor support (ESX, Hyper-V)

Open Caveats


Table 2 Open Caveats in Release 1.0(1a) 

Bug ID


When a full-state restore is done on UCS Central, subsequent registrations may not go through. Registration status is shown as "shared-secret mismatch" and the operation is not retried. If the shared-secret is entered correctly and still shared-secret error is observed, it could be because the CA Certificate was not received.

Administrators can re-enter the shared-secret to restart the registration process with UCS Central. When httpd comes up after restore, it will refetch the certificate and registration will continue.


A critical disk read speed fault is shown in an UCS Central deployed on a hyper-v host.

None. In testing, it was found that the disk read speed measured on hyper-v guests showed a lower speed in comparison to guests running on ESX on the same datastore. Typically, this didn't result in a functional impact.


Config-all import using an IP fails with scp,sftp.

When the DNS configuration in UCS Central is either wrong or non-reachable, importing the file fails the task with "End point timed out. Check for IP, password, space or access related issues".

Fix or clear the DNS configuration


Pending user-acks from maintenance policies defined in a UCS domain is not displayed in UCS Central.

To see pending user-acks and acknowledge in UCS Central, use schedules defined in UCS Central. Modify the maintenance policy to refer to a schedule owned by UCS Central.


Custom column value is not changed for the suspend state column.

This is seen when the query is already cached inside GUI framework.

Refresh the browser to update the value.


When the IP address for UCS Central is changed, occasionally the registered UCS domains fail to get this update. The UCS domains go into lost-visibility state.

Unregister the UCS Domain and re-register it with UCS Central.


If the value of the reboot policy is set to "Immediate" when creating a maintenance policy using the CLI, the reboot policy is not saved.

Create the maintenance policy, then set the reboot policy to "Immediate".


If you create an NTP server, and enable Call Home before saving the NTP server, the NTP server cannot be created.

Save the NTP server or any previously modified policies before editing Call Home or inputing valid values for Call Home properties.


After full-state import and erase samdb, the equipment tab remains in loading state.

Clear the browser cache.


The "Overall Status" column on the Tech Support Files page (Administration > Diagnostics > Tech Support Files) does not change from "in-progress" to "available" even though the tech-support collection process is complete.

Click on another page in the UCS Central GUI, then return to the Tech Support Files page.


When a static IP is assigned to an individual server in the UCS domain, it is not visible in the KVM console section of Cisco UCS Central.

Launch the Cisco UCS Manager GUI from Cisco UCS Central. On the Cisco UCS Manager launch page, click Launch KVM Manager.


The following operations are not available from the Cisco UCS Central GUI:

Changing the hostname

Changing the IP address

Changing the shared secret

You can change the hostname, ip address or shared secret from the Cisco UCS Central CLI.

Related Documentation

For more information, you can access related documents from the following links:

Cisco UCS Documentation Roadmap

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

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This document is to be used in conjunction with the documents listed in the "Related Documentation" section.