Cisco UCS Manager CLI Configuration Guide, Release 2.1
New and Changed Information
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New and Changed Information

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New and Changed Information for this Release

The following table provides an overview of the significant changes to this guide for this current release. The table does not provide an exhaustive list of all changes made to the configuration guides or of the new features in this release. For information about new supported hardware in this release, see the Cisco UCS B-Series Servers Documentation Roadmap available at the following URL: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​go/​unifiedcomputing/​b-series-doc.

Table 1 New Features and Changed Behavior in Cisco UCS, Release 2.1(1)

Feature

Description

Where Documented

Cisco UCS Central

Provides a global view of an entire data center through multiple Cisco UCS Manager sessions. You can use Cisco UCS Central to manage Cisco UCS operations for an individual data center or for multiple data centers. Cisco UCS Central facilitates operational management for registered Cisco UCS domains for firmware management, catalog management, global service profiles, statistics management, configuration backup and restore operations, monitor log, core files, and faults.

This feature is documented in the Cisco UCS Central configuration guides and other documentation.

The Cisco UCS Central documentation is available at the following URL: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​products/​ps12502/​products_​installation_​and_​configuration_​guides_​list.html

Cisco UCS C-Series Server Integration through Single Wire Management

Enables you to integrate Cisco UCS C-Series rack servers through a single-wire management mode, using Network Controller Sideband Interface (NC-SI).

Integration through double-wire management is also available in this release.

This feature is documented in Cisco UCS C-Series Server Integration with Cisco UCS Manager 2.1.

The C-Series integration guides can be found here: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​partner/​products/​ps11736/​products_​installation_​and_​configuration_​guides_​list.html

Default vNIC and vHBA Behavior Policies

Enables you to specify how vNICs and vHBAs are created for a service profile. You can choose to create vNICS and vHBAs manually, or you can allow Cisco UCS Manager to create them automatically.

Default vNIC Behavior Policy: Configuring Network-Related Policies

Default vHBA Behavior Policy: Configuring Storage-Related Policies

Fault Suppression

Enables you to suppress SNMP trap and Call Home notifications during planned maintenance time. You can create a fault suppression task to prevent notifications from being sent whenever a transient fault is raised or cleared.

Fault Suppression

FCoE Uplink Ports

Enables you to configure an Ethernet port as an FCoE uplink port to carry Ethernet traffic and/or Fibre Channel traffic.

FCoE Uplink Ports

FCoE Port Channels

Enables you to group several physical FCoE ports to create one logical FCoE channel link to provide fault-tolerance and high-speed connectivity.

FCoE Port Channels

Fibre Channel Zoning

Enables you to partition the Fibre Channel fabric into one or more zones. Each zone defines the set of Fibre Channel initiators and Fibre Channel targets that can communicate with each other in a VSAN. Zoning also enables you to set up access control between hosts and storage devices or user groups.

Configuring Fibre Channel Zoning

Firmware Auto Install

Enables you to upgrade a Cisco UCS domain to the firmware versions contained in a single package in the following two stages: infrastructure firmware upgrade and server firmware upgrade.

This feature is documented in the following configuration guides:

  • Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware GUI Configuration Guide

  • Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware CLI Configuration Guide

The firmware configuration guides can be found here: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​products/​ps10281/​products_​installation_​and_​configuration_​guides_​list.html

Firmware Cross-Version Support

Enables you to upgrade the infrastructure firmware in a Cisco UCS domain to Cisco UCS, Release 2.1 and leave the server firmware at Cisco UCS, Release 2.0, allowing you to avoid disruptive server reboots.

This feature is documented in the following configuration guides:

  • Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware GUI Configuration Guide

  • Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware CLI Configuration Guide

The firmware configuration guides can be found here: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​products/​ps10281/​products_​installation_​and_​configuration_​guides_​list.html

LAN and SAN Connectivity Policies for Service Profile Configuration

Enables you to configure connectivity policies that govern the connections and the network communication resources between the server and the LAN or SAN on the network. These policies enable you to restrict the creation of LAN and SAN connectivity to network and storage administrators, while still allowing employees with the appropriate privileges to create service profiles and service profile templates.

LAN Connectivity Policies: Configuring Network-Related Policies

SAN Connectivity Policies: Configuring Storage-Related Policies

Multicast Policy

Enables you to configure Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) snooping and IGMP querier to  dynamically determine which hosts in a VLAN should be included in particular multicast transmissions.

Multicast Policy

Privileges documentation

Provides detailed information about user privileges in Cisco UCS in a separate reference document.

This feature is documented in Privileges in Cisco UCS available at the following URL: http:/​/​preview.cisco.com/​en/​US/​products/​ps10281/​prod_​technical_​reference_​list.html.

Scheduled backups

Enables you to schedule full state backups and all configuration exports.

Scheduled Backups

Service Profile Renaming

Enables you to change the name of an existing service profile.

Configuring Service Profiles

Support for discovery of flash I/O devices

Includes discovery and inventory for PCIe-based flash storage devices in supported Cisco UCS servers.

 

Support for Multiple Receive Queue Support (MRQS) on Linux

Includes eNIC support for the Multiple Receive Queue Support (MRQS) feature on Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 6.x and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Version 11.x.

Configuring an Ethernet Adapter Policy to Enable eNIC Support for MRQS on Linux Operating Systems

Troubleshooting Enhancements for Finite State Machine (FSM) processes

Provides an expansion of the information displayed about FSMs, including expected FSM stage transitions and current and prior stage history.

 

Unified Uplink Ports

Enables you to configure an Ethernet port and FCoE port on the same physical port.

Unified Uplink Ports

Unified Uplink Port Channels

Enables you to configure an Ethernet port channel and FCoE port channel on the same ID, to create one logical unified uplink port channel link to provide fault-tolerance and high-speed connectivity.

Unified Uplink Port Channel

Unified Storage Ports

Enables you to configure the same physical port as an Ethernet storage interface and FCoE storage interface.

Unified Storage Ports

vCon Assignment and Distribution

Changes the algorithm that Cisco UCS uses to implicitly assign vNICs and vHBAs to vCons, and enables you to explicitly assign a vNIC or vHBA to a vCon through vNIC/vHBA Placement Policies.

Configuring Server-Related Policies

VLAN Port Count Optimization

Maps the state of multiple VLANs into a single internal state and logically group VLANs based on the port VLAN count. This grouping increases the port VLAN count, compresses the VLAN state, and reduces the CPU load on the fabric interconnect.

VLAN Port Count Optimization

VLAN Groups

Groups VLANs on Ethernet ports by function or by VLANs that belong to a specific network.

VLAN Groups

VLAN Permissions

Restricts access to VLANs based on specified organizations and restricts the set of VLANs you can assign to service profile vNICs.

VLAN Permissions

CIMC Session Management

Cisco UCS Manager, release 2.1(2) provides the ability to view and close KVM, media and SOL sessions. If you are an admin user, you can close sessions of other users.

CIMC Session Management

Managing Transportable Flash Module and Supercapacitor

Cisco UCS Manager, release 2.1(2) provides the ability to manage TFM and Supercapacitor.

Managing Transportable Flash Module and Supercapacitor

Nested LDAP Group

Cisco UCS Manager, release 2.1(2) provides support for nested LDAP group support.

Nested LDAP Groups

VM-FEX Integration for Hyper-V SRIOV

Cisco Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX) for Hyper-V provides management integration and network communication between Cisco UCS Manager and VMware vCenter.

This feature is documented in the following configuration guides:

  • Cisco UCS Manager VM-FEX for Hyper-V GUI Configuration Guide

  • Cisco UCS Manager VM-FEX for Hyper-V CLI Configuration Guide

The VM-FEX configuration guides can be found here: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​products/​ps10281/​products_​installation_​and_​configuration_​guides_​list.html

VM-FEX Integration for KVM (Red Hat Linux) SRIOV

Includes enhancements and significant improvements to the functionality of Cisco Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX) for KVM, which provides external switching for virtual machines running on a KVM Linux-based hypervisor in a Cisco UCS domain.

This feature is documented in the following configuration guides:

  • Cisco UCS Manager VM-FEX for KVM GUI Configuration Guide

  • Cisco UCS Manager VM-FEX for KVM CLI Configuration Guide

The VM-FEX configuration guides can be found here: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​products/​ps10281/​products_​installation_​and_​configuration_​guides_​list.html