Cisco UCS Manager CLI Command Reference, Release 1.3(1)
Overview of Cisco UCS Manager CLI
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Overview of Cisco UCS Manager CLI

Overview of Cisco UCS Manager CLI

This chapter includes the following sections:

Managed Objects

Cisco UCS uses a managed object model, where managed objects are abstract representations of physical or logical entities that can be managed. For example, servers, chassis, I/O cards, and processors are physical entites represented as managed objects, and resource pools, user roles, service profiles, and policies are logical entites represented as managed objects.

Managed objects may have one or more associated properties that can be configured.

Command Modes

The CLI is organized into a hierarchy of command modes, with the EXEC mode being the highest-level mode of the hierarchy. Higher-level modes branch into lower-level modes. You use create, enter, and scope commands to move from higher-level modes to modes in the next lower level , and you use the exit command to move up one level in the mode hierarchy.


Most command modes are associated with managed objects, so you must create an object before you can access the mode associated with that object. You use create and enter commands to create managed objects for the modes being accessed. The scope commands do not create managed objects and can only access modes for which managed objects already exist.

Each mode contains a set of commands that can be entered in that mode. Most of the commands available in each mode pertain to the associated managed object. Depending on your assigned role and locale, you may have access to only a subset of the commands available in a mode; commands to which you do not have access are hidden.

The CLI prompt for each mode shows the full path down the mode hierarchy to the current mode. This helps you to determine where you are in the command mode hierarchy, and it can be an invaluable tool when you need to navigate through the hierarchy.

The following table lists the main command modes, the commands used to access each mode, and the CLI prompt associated with each mode.

Table 1 Main Command Modes and Prompts

Mode Name

Commands Used to Access

Mode Prompt


top command from any mode



scope adapter command from EXEC mode

/adapter #


scope chassis command from EXEC mode

/chassis #

Ethernet server

scope eth-server command from EXEC mode

/eth-server #

Ethernet uplink

scope eth-uplink command from EXEC mode

/eth-uplink #


scope fabric-interconnect command from EXEC mode

/fabric-interconnect #

Fibre Channel uplink

scope fc-uplink command from EXEC mode

/fc-uplink #


scope firmware command from EXEC mode

/firmware #

Host Ethernet interface

scope host-eth-if command from EXEC mode

/host-eth-if #

Host Fibre Channel interface

scope host-fc-if command from EXEC mode

/host-fc-if #


scope monitoring command from EXEC mode

/monitoring #


scope org command from EXEC mode

/org #


scope security command from EXEC mode

/security #


scope server command from EXEC mode

/server #


scope service-profile command from EXEC mode

/service-profile #


scope system command from EXEC mode

/system #

virtual HBA

scope vhba command from EXEC mode

/vhba #

virtual NIC

scope vnic command from EXEC mode

/vnic #

Object Commands

Four general commands are available for object management:
  • create object
  • delete object
  • enter object
  • scope object

You can use the scope command with any managed object, whether a permanent object or a user-instantiated object. The other commands allow you to create and manage user-instantiated objects. For every create object command, a corresponding delete object and enter object command exists.

In the management of user-instantiated objects, the behavior of these commands depends on whether the object exists, as described in the following tables:
Table 2 Command behavior if the object does not exist
Command Behavior
create object

The object is created and its configuration mode, if applicable, is entered.

delete object

An error message is generated.

enter object

The object is created and its configuration mode, if applicable, is entered.

scope object

An error message is generated.

Table 3 Command behavior if the object exists
Command Behavior
create object

An error message is generated.

delete object

The object is deleted.

enter object

The configuration mode, if applicable, of the object is entered.

scope object

The configuration mode of the object is entered.

Complete a Command

You can use the Tab key in any mode to complete a command. Partially typing a command name and pressing Tab causes the command to be displayed in full, or to the point where another keyword must be chosen or an argument value must be entered.

Command History

The CLI stores all previously used commands in the current session. You can step through the previously used commands by using the Up Arrow or Down Arrow keys. The Up Arrow key steps to the previous command in the history, and the Down Arrow key steps to the next command in the history. If you get to the end of the history, pressing the Down Arrow key does nothing.

All commands in the history can be entered again by simply stepping through the history to recall the desired command and pressing Enter. The command is entered as if you had manually typed it. You can also recall a command and change it before you enter it.

Committing, Discarding, and Viewing Pending Commands

When you enter a configuration command in the CLI, the command is not applied until you enter the commit-buffer command. Until committed, a configuration command is pending and can be discarded by entering a discard-buffer command.

You can accumulate pending changes in multiple command modes and apply them together with a single commit-buffer command. You can view the pending commands by entering the show configuration pending command in any command mode.


Committing multiple commands together is not an atomic operation. If any command fails, the successful commands are applied despite the failure. Failed commands are reported in an error message.

While any commands are pending, an asterisk (*) appears before the command prompt. The asterisk disappears when you enter the commit-buffer command, as shown in this example:

switch-1# scope chassis 1
switch-1 /chassis # enable locator-led
switch-1 /chassis* # show configuration pending
 scope chassis 1
+    enable locator-led
switch-1 /chassis* # commit-buffer
switch-1 /chassis #

Online Help for the CLI

At any time, you can type the ? character to display the options available at the current state of the command syntax. If you have not typed anything at the prompt, typing ? lists all available commands for the mode you are in. If you have partially typed a command, typing ? lists all available keywords and arguments available at your current position in the command syntax.