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Managing the Capability Catalog in Cisco UCS Manager
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Managing the Capability Catalog in Cisco UCS Manager

Managing the Capability Catalog in Cisco UCS Manager

This chapter includes the following sections:

Capability Catalog

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 UCS Release Notes.

Contents of the Capability Catalog

The contents of the Capability Catalog include the following:

Implementation-Specific Tunable Parameters
  • Power and thermal constraints

  • Slot ranges and numbering

  • Adapter capacities

Hardware-Specific Rules
  • Firmware compatibility for components such as the BIOS, CIMC, RAID controller, and adapters

  • Diagnostics

  • Hardware-specific reboot

User Display Strings
  • Part numbers, such as the CPN, PID/VID

  • Component descriptions

  • Physical layout/dimensions

  • OEM information

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.


Note


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.


Activating a Capability Catalog Update

Procedure
    Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
    Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All.
    Step 3   Click the Capability Catalog node.
    Step 4   In the Work pane, click the Catalog Update Tasks tab.
    Step 5   Click Activate Catalog.
    Step 6   In the Activate Catalog dialog box, choose the capability catalog update that you want to activate from the Version to be Activated drop-down list.
    Step 7   Click OK.

    Verifying that the Capability Catalog Is Current

    Before You Begin
    Procedure
      Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
      Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All.
      Step 3   Click the Capability Catalog node.
      Step 4   In the Work pane, click the Catalog Update Tasks tab.

      The current version of the capability catalog is located on the upper right of that tab.

      Step 5   On Cisco.com, determine the most recent release of the capability catalog available.

      For more information about the location of capability catalog updates, see Obtaining Capability Catalog Updates from Cisco.

      Step 6   If a more recent version of the capability catalog is available on Cisco.com, update the capability catalog with that version.

      Viewing a Capability Catalog Provider

      Procedure
        Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
        Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All > Capability Catalog.
        Step 3   In the Work pane, click the tab for the provider you want to view.
        Step 4   To view the details of a provider, do the following:
        1. In the table, click the row with the vendor, model, and revision of the provider you want to view.
        2. Click the Expand icon to the right of the heading to display the properties for the following areas:
          • Equipment Manufacturing area

          • Form Factor area


        Downloading Individual Capability Catalog Updates

        Obtaining Capability Catalog Updates from Cisco

        Procedure
          Step 1   In a web browser, navigate to Cisco.com.
          Step 2   Under Support, click All Downloads.
          Step 3   In the center pane, click Unified Computing and Servers.
          Step 4   If prompted, enter your Cisco.com username and password to log in.
          Step 5   In the right pane, click Cisco UCS Infrastructure and UCS Manager Software > Unified Computing System (UCS) Manager Capability Catalog.
          Step 6   Click the link for the latest release of the Capability Catalog.
          Step 7   Click one of the following buttons and follow the instructions provided:
          • Download Now—Allows you to download the catalog update immediately
          • Add to Cart—Adds the catalog update to your cart to be downloaded at a later time
          Step 8   Follow the prompts to complete your download of the catalog update.

          What to Do Next

          Update the Capability Catalog.

          Updating the Capability Catalog from a Remote Location

          You cannot perform a partial update to the Capability Catalog. When you update the Capability Catalog, all components included in the catalog image are updated.

          A B-series server bundle includes the Capability Catalog update for that server. You do not need to download a separate Capability Catalog update. You only need to activate the Capability Catalog update.

          Procedure
            Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
            Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All.
            Step 3   Click the Capability Catalog node.
            Step 4   In the Work pane, click the Catalog Update Tasks tab.
            Step 5   Click Update Catalog.
            Step 6   In the Update Catalog dialog box, click the Remote File System radio button in the Location of the Image File field.
            Step 7   Complete the following fields:
            Name Description

            Protocol field

            The protocol to use when communicating with the remote server. This can be one of the following:

            • FTP

            • TFTP

            • SCP

            • SFTP

            Server field

            The IP address or hostname of the remote server on which the catalog image resides.

            Filename field

            The name of the catalog executable you want to download.

            Path field

            The absolute path to the catalog image file on the remote server, if required.

            If you use SCP, the absolute path is always required. If you use any other protocol, you may not need to specify a remote path if the file resides in the default download folder. For details about how your file server is configured, contact your system administrator.

            User field

            The username the system should use to log in to the remote server. This field does not apply if the protocol is TFTP.

            Password field

            The password for the remote server username. This field does not apply if the protocol is TFTP.

            Step 8   Click OK.

            Cisco UCS Manager downloads the image and updates the Capability Catalog. You do not need to reboot any hardware components.

            What to Do Next

            Activate the Capability Catalog update.

            Updating the Capability Catalog from the Local File System

            You cannot perform a partial update to the Capability Catalog. When you update the Capability Catalog, all components included in the catalog image are updated.

            A B-series server bundle includes the Capability Catalog update for that server. You do not need to download a separate Capability Catalog update. You only need to activate the Capability Catalog update.

            Procedure
              Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Admin tab.
              Step 2   On the Admin tab, expand All.
              Step 3   Click the Capability Catalog node.
              Step 4   In the Work pane, click the Catalog Update Tasks tab.
              Step 5   Click Update Catalog.
              Step 6   In the Download Firmware dialog box, click the Local File System radio button in the Location of the Image File field.
              Step 7   In the Filename field, type the full path and and name of the image file.

              If you do not know the exact path to the folder where the firmware image file is located, click Browse and navigate to the file.

              Step 8   Click OK.

              Cisco UCS Manager downloads the image and updates the Capability Catalog. You do not need to reboot any hardware components.

              What to Do Next

              Activate the Capability Catalog update.