The Capability Catalog is a set of tunable parameters, strings, and rules. Cisco UCS uses the catalog to update the display and configurability of components such as newly qualified DIMMs and disk drives for servers.
The catalog is divided by hardware components, such as the chassis, CPU, local disk, and I/O module. You can use the catalog to view the list of providers available for that component. There is one provider per hardware component. Each provider is identified by the vendor, model (PID), and revision. For each provider, you can also view details of the equipment manufacturer and the form factor.
For information about which hardware components are dependent upon a particular catalog release, see the component support tables in the Service Notes for the B- Series servers. For information about which components are introduced in a specific release, see the Cisco UCSRelease Notes.
The contents of the Capability Catalog include the following:
Implementation-Specific Tunable Parameters
Power and thermal constraints
Slot ranges and numbering
Firmware compatibility for components such as the BIOS, CIMC, RAID controller, and adapters
User Display Strings
Part numbers, such as the CPN, PID/VID
Updates to the Capability Catalog
Capability Catalog updates are included in each Cisco UCS Infrastructure Software Bundle. Unless otherwise instructed by Cisco TAC, you only need to activate the Capability Catalog update after you've downloaded, updated, and activated a Cisco UCS Infrastructure Software Bundle.
As soon as you activate a Capability Catalog update, Cisco UCS immediately updates to the new baseline catalog. You do not have to perform any further tasks. Updates to the Capability Catalog do not require you to reboot or reinstall any component in a Cisco UCS domain.
Each Cisco UCS Infrastructure Software Bundle contains a baseline catalog. In rare circumstances, Cisco releases an update to the Capability Catalog between Cisco UCS releases and makes it available on the same site where you download firmware images.
The Capability Catalog version is determined by the version of Cisco UCS that you are using. For example, Cisco UCS 2.0 releases work with any 2.0 release of the Capability Catalog, but not with 1.0 releases of the Capability Catalog. For information about Capability Catalog releases supported by specific Cisco UCS releases, see the Release Notes for Cisco UCS Software accessible through the Cisco UCS B-Series Servers Documentation Roadmap available at the following URL: http://www.cisco.com/go/unifiedcomputing/b-series-doc.
Configuring a Capability Catalog Upgrade
Command or Action
UCSC# connect policy-mgr
Enters policy manager mode.
UCSC(policy-mgr) # scope domain-groupdomain-group
Enters domain group root mode and (optionally) enters a domain group under the domain group root. To enter the domain group root mode, type / as the domain-group.