Cisco UCS Manager GUI Configuration Guide, Release 1.2(1)
Configuring Server-Related Policies
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Configuring Server-Related Policies

Contents

Configuring Server-Related Policies

This chapter includes the following sections:

Configuring Boot Policies

Boot Policy

The boot policy determines the following:


  • Configuration of the boot device

  • Location from which the server boots

  • Order in which boot devices are invoked

For example, you can choose to have associated servers boot from a local device, such as a local disk or CD-ROM (VMedia), or you can select a SAN boot or a LAN (PXE) boot.

You must include this policy in a service profile, and that service profile must be associated with a server for it to take effect. If you do not include a boot policy in a service profile, the server uses the default settings in the BIOS to determine the boot order.

Important:

Changes to a boot policy may be propagated to all servers created with an updating service profile template that includes that boot policy. Reassociation of the service profile with the server to rewrite the boot order information in the BIOS is auto-triggered.

Guidelines

When you create a boot policy, you can add one or more of the following to the boot policy and specify their boot order:

Boot type

Description

SAN boot

Boots from an operating system image on the SAN. You can specify a primary and a secondary SAN boot. If the primary boot fails, the server attempts to boot from the secondary.

We recommend that you use a SAN boot, because it offers the most service profile mobility within the system. If you boot from the SAN, when you move a service profile from one server to another, the new server boots from the exact same operating system image. Therefore, the new server appears to be the exact same server to the network.

LAN boot

Boots from a centralized provisioning server. It is frequently used to install operating systems on a server from that server.

Local disk boot

If the server has a local drive, boots from that drive.

Virtual media boot

Mimics the insertion of a physical CD-ROM disk (read-only) or floppy disk (read-write) into a server. It is typically used to manually install operating systems on a server.


Note


The default boot order is as follows:
  1. Local disk boot

  2. LAN boot

  3. Virtual media read-only boot

  4. Virtual media read-write boot


Creating a Boot Policy

You can also create a local boot policy that is restricted to a service profile or service profile template. However, we recommend that you create a global boot policy that can be included in multiple service profiles or service profile templates.


Tip


We recommend that the boot order in a boot policy include either a local disk or a SAN LUN, but not both, to avoid the possibility of the server booting from the wrong storage type. If you configure a local disk and a SAN LUN for the boot order storage type and the operating system or logical volume manager (LVM) is configured incorrectly, the server may boot from the local disk rather than the SAN LUN.

For example, on a server with Red Hat Linux installed, where the LVM is configured with default LV names and the boot order is configured with a SAN LUN and a local disk, Linux reports that there are two LVs with the same name and boots from the LV with the lowest SCSI ID, which could be the local disk.


Before You Begin

If you are creating a boot policy that boots the server from a SAN LUN and you require reliable SAN boot operations, you must first remove all local disks from servers associated with a service profile that includes the boot policy.


Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
Step 2   On the Servers tab, expand Servers > Policies.
Step 3   Expand the node for the organization where you want to create the policy.

If the system does not include multi-tenancy, expand the root node.

Step 4   Right-click Boot Policies and select Create Boot Policy.

The Create Boot Policy wizard displays.

Step 5   Enter a unique name and description for the policy.

This name can be between 1 and 16 alphanumeric characters. You cannot use spaces or any special characters, and you cannot change this name after the object has been saved.

Step 6   (Optional) To reboot all servers that use this boot policy after you make changes to the boot order, check the Reboot on Boot Order Change check box.
Step 7   (Optional)To ensure that Cisco UCS Manager uses any vNICs or vHBAs in the order shown in the Boot Order table, check the Enforce vNIC/vHBA Name check box.

If you do not check this check box, Cisco UCS Manager uses the priority specified in the vNIC or vHBA.

Step 8   To add a local disk, virtual CD-ROM, or virtual floppy to the boot order, do the following:
  1. Click the down arrows to expand the Local Devices area.
  2. Click one of the following links to add the device to the Boot Order table:
    • Add Local Disk

    • Add CD-ROM

    • Add Floppy

  3. Add another boot device to the Boot Order table, or click OK to finish.
Step 9   To add a LAN boot to the boot order, do the following:
  1. Click the down arrows to expand the vNICs area.
  2. Click the Add LAN Boot link.
  3. In the Add LAN Boot dialog box, enter the name of the vNIC that you want to use for the LAN boot in the vNIC field, then click OK.
  4. Add another device to the Boot Order table, or click OK to finish.
Step 10   To add a SAN boot to the boot order, do the following:
  1. Click the down arrows to expand the vHBAs area.
  2. Click the Add SAN Boot link.
  3. In the Add SAN Boot dialog box, complete the following fields, then click OK:
    Name Description

    vHBA field

    Enter the name of the vHBA you want to use for the SAN boot.

    Type field

    This can be:


    • primary—If the server boots using a SAN WWN address, this is the first address it tries. Each boot policy can have only one primary SAN boot location.

    • secondary—If the server cannot boot from the primary SAN location, it attempts to boot from this location. Each boot policy can have only one secondary SAN boot location.

  4. If this vHBA points to a bootable SAN image, click the Add SAN Boot Target link and, in the Add SAN Boot Target dialog box, complete the following fields, then click OK:
    Name Description
    Boot Target LUN field

    The LUN that corresponds to the location of the boot image.

    Boot Target WWPN field

    The WWPN that corresponds to the location of the boot image.

    Type field

    This can be:


    • primary—If the server boots using a SAN WWN address, this is the first address it tries. Each boot policy can have only one primary SAN boot location.

    • secondary—If the server cannot boot from the primary SAN location, it attempts to boot from this location. Each boot policy can have only one secondary SAN boot location.

  5. Add another boot device to the Boot Order table, or click OK to finish.

What to Do Next

Include the boot policy in a service profile and/or template.

Deleting a Boot Policy

Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
Step 2   On the Servers tab, expand Servers > Policies > Organization_Name.
Step 3   Expand the Boot Policies node.
Step 4   Right-click the policy you want to delete and select Delete.
Step 5   If Cisco UCS Manager GUI displays a confirmation dialog box, click Yes.

Configuring IPMI Profiles

IPMI Access Profile

This policy allows you to determine whether IPMI commands can be sent directly to the server, using the IP address. For example, you can send commands to retrieve sensor data from the BMC. This policy defines the IPMI access, including a username and password that can be authenticated locally on the server, and whether the access is read-only or read-write.

You must include this policy in a service profile and that service profile must be associated with a server for it to take effect.

Creating an IPMI Profile

Before You Begin

An IPMI profile requires that one or more of the following resources already exist in the system:


  • Username with appropriate permissions that can be authenticated by the operating system of the server

  • Password for the username

  • Permissions associated with the username


Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
Step 2   On the Servers tab, expand Servers > Policies.
Step 3   Expand the node for the organization where you want to create the policy.

If the system does not include multi-tenancy, expand the root node.

Step 4   Right-click IPMI Profiles and select Create IPMI Profiles.
Step 5   In the Create IPMI Profile dialog box:
  1. Enter a unique name and description for the profile.
  2. Click OK.
Step 6   In the IPMI Profile Users area of the navigator, click +.
Step 7   In the User Properties dialog box:
  1. Complete the following fields:
    Name Description

    Name field

    The username to associate with this IPMI profile.

    Password field

    The password associated with this username.

    Confirm Password field

    The password a second time for confirmation purposes.

    Role field

    This can be:


    • admin

    • Read Only

  2. Click OK.
Step 8   Repeat Steps 6 and 7 to add another user.
Step 9   Click OK to return to the IPMI profiles in the Work pane.

What to Do Next

Include the IPMI profile in a service profile and/or template.

Deleting an IPMI Profile

Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
Step 2   In the Servers tab, expand Servers > Policies > Organization_Name
Step 3   Expand the IPMI Profiles node.
Step 4   Right-click the profile you want to delete and select Delete.
Step 5   If Cisco UCS Manager GUI displays a confirmation dialog box, click Yes.

Configuring Local Disk Configuration Policies

Local Disk Configuration Policy

This policy configures any optional SAS local drives that have been installed on a server through the onboard RAID controller of the local drive. This policy enables you to set a local disk mode for all servers that are associated with a service profile that includes the local disk configuration policy. The local disk modes include the following:


  • Any Configuration—For a server configuration that carries forward the local disk configuration without any changes.

  • No Local Storage—For a diskless workstation or a SAN only configuration. If you select this option, you cannot associate any service profile which uses this policy with a server that has a local disk.

  • No RAID—For a server configuration that removes the RAID and leaves the disk MBR and payload unaltered.

  • RAID Mirrored—For a 2-disk RAID 1 server configuration.

  • RAID Stripes—For a 2-disk RAID 0 server configuration.

You must include this policy in a service profile, and that service profile must be associated with a server for it to take effect.

Creating a Local Disk Configuration Policy

Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
Step 2   On the Servers tab, expand Servers > Policies.
Step 3   Expand the node for the organization where you want to create the policy.

If the system does not include multi-tenancy, expand the root node.

Step 4   Right-click Local Disk Config Policies and select Create Local Disk Configuration Policy.
Step 5   In the Create Local Disk Configuration Policy dialog box, complete the following fields:
Name Description

Name field

The name of the policy.

This name can be between 1 and 16 alphanumeric characters. You cannot use spaces or any special characters, and you cannot change this name after the object has been saved.

Description field

A description of the policy. We recommend including information about where and when the policy should be used.

Mode drop-down list

This can be one of the following local disk policy modes:


  • Any Configuration—For a server configuration that carries forward the local disk configuration without any changes.

  • No Local Storage—For a diskless workstation or a SAN only configuration. If you select this option, you cannot associate any service profile which uses this policy with a server that has a local disk.

  • No RAID—For a server configuration that removes the RAID and leaves the disk MBR and payload unaltered.

  • RAID Mirrored—For a 2-disk RAID 1 server configuration.

  • RAID Stripes—For a 2-disk RAID 0 server configuration.

Note   

If you choose No RAID and you apply this policy to a server that already has an operating system with RAID storage configured, the system does not remove the disk contents. Therefore, there may be no visible differences after you apply the No RAID mode.

To make sure that any previous RAID configuration information is removed from a disk, apply a scrub policy that removes all disk information after you apply the No RAID configuration mode.

Step 6   Click OK.

Changing a Local Disk Configuration Policy

This procedure describes how to change a local disk configuration policy from an associated service profile. You can also change a local disk configuration policy from the Policies node of the Servers tab.

Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
Step 2   On the Servers tab, expand Servers > Service Profiles.
Step 3   Expand the organization that includes the service service profile with the local disk configuration policy you want to change.

If the system does not include multi-tenancy, expand the root node.

Step 4   Click the service profile that contains the local disk configuration policy you want to change.
Step 5   In the Work pane, click the Policies tab.
Step 6   In the Actions area, click Change Local Disk Configuration Policy.
Step 7   In the Change Local Disk Configuration Policy dialog box, choose one of the following options from the Select the Local Disk Configuration Policy drop-down list.
Option Description

Use a Disk Policy

Select an existing local disk configuration policy from the list below this option. Cisco UCS Manager assigns this policy to the service profile.

Create a Local Disk Policy

Enables you to create a local disk configuration policy that can only be accessed by the selected service profile.

No Disk Policy

Does not use a local disk configuration policy for the selected service profile.

Step 8   Click OK.
Step 9   (Optional) Expand the Local Disk Configuration Policy area to confirm that the change has been made.

Deleting a Local Disk Configuration Policy

Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
Step 2   On the Servers tab, expand Servers > Policies > Organization_Name.
Step 3   Expand the Local Disk Config Policies node.
Step 4   Right-click the policy you want to delete and select Delete.
Step 5   If Cisco UCS Manager GUI displays a confirmation dialog box, click Yes.

Configuring Scrub Policies

Scrub Policy

This policy determines what happens to local data on a server during the discovery process and when the server is disassociated from a service profile. This policy can ensure that the data on local drives is erased at those times.

Creating a Scrub Policy

Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
Step 2   On the Servers tab, expand Servers > Policies.
Step 3   Expand the node for the organization where you want to create the policy.

If the system does not include multi-tenancy, expand the root node.

Step 4   Right-click Scrub Policies and select Create Scrub Policy.
Step 5   In the Create Scrub Policy wizard, complete the following fields:
Name Description

Name field

The name of the policy.

This name can be between 1 and 16 alphanumeric characters. You cannot use spaces or any special characters, and you cannot change this name after the object has been saved.

Description field

A description of the policy. We recommend including information about where and when the policy should be used.

Disk Scrub field

If this field is set to yes, when a service profile containing this scrub policy is associated with a server, the disks on that server are completely erased. If this field is set to no, the contents of the disks are preserved.

Step 6   Click OK.

Deleting a Scrub Policy

Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
Step 2   On the Servers tab, expand Servers > Policies > Organization_Name.
Step 3   Expand the Scrub Policies node.
Step 4   Right-click the policy you want to delete and select Delete.
Step 5   If Cisco UCS Manager GUI displays a confirmation dialog box, click Yes.

Configuring Serial over LAN Policies

Serial over LAN Policy

This policy sets the configuration for the serial over LAN connection for all servers associated with service profiles that use the policy. By default, the serial over LAN connection is disabled.

If you implement a serial over LAN policy, we recommend that you also create an IPMI profile.

You must include this policy in a service profile and that service profile must be associated with a server for it to take effect.

Creating a Serial over LAN Policy

Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
Step 2   On the Servers tab, expand Servers > Policies.
Step 3   Expand the node for the organization where you want to create the policy.

If the system does not include multi-tenancy, expand the root node.

Step 4   Right-click Serial over LAN Policies and select Create Serial over LAN Policy.
Step 5   In the Create Serial over LAN Policy wizard, complete the following fields:
Name Description

Name field

The name of the policy.

This name can be between 1 and 16 alphanumeric characters. You cannot use spaces or any special characters, and you cannot change this name after the object has been saved.

Description field

A description of the policy. We recommend including information about where and when the policy should be used.

Admin State field

This can be:


  • enabled

  • disabled

Speed drop-down list

This can be:


  • 115200

  • 19200

  • 38400

  • 57600

  • 9600

Step 6   Click OK.

Deleting a Serial over LAN Policy

Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
Step 2   On the Servers tab, expand Servers > Policies > Organization_Name.
Step 3   Expand the Serial over LAN Policies node.
Step 4   Right-click the policy you want to delete and select Delete.
Step 5   If Cisco UCS Manager GUI displays a confirmation dialog box, click Yes.

Configuring Server Autoconfiguration Policies

Server Autoconfiguration Policy

Cisco UCS Manager uses this policy to determine how to configure a new server. If you create a server autoconfiguration policy, the following occurs when a new server starts:


  1. The qualification in the server autoconfiguration policy is executed against the server.

  2. If the server meets the required qualifications, the server is associated with a service profile created from the service profile template configured in the server autoconfiguration policy. The name of that service profile is based on the name given to the server by Cisco UCS Manager.

  3. The service profile is assigned to the organization configured in the server autoconfiguration policy.

Creating an Autoconfiguration Policy

Before You Begin

This policy requires that one or more of the following resources already exist in the system:


  • Server pool policy qualifications

  • Service profile template

  • Organizations, if a system implements multi-tenancy


Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Equipment tab.
Step 2   Click the Equipment node.
Step 3   In the Work pane, click the Policies tab.
Step 4   Click the Autoconfig Policies subtab.
Step 5   On the icon bar to the right of the table, click +.

If the + icon is disabled, click an entry in the table to enable it.

Step 6   In the Create Autoconfiguration Policy dialog box, complete the following fields:
Name Description

Name field

The name of the policy.

This name can be between 1 and 16 alphanumeric characters. You cannot use spaces or any special characters, and you cannot change this name after the object has been saved.

Description field

A description of the policy. We recommend including information about where and when the policy should be used.

Qualification drop-down list

The server pool policy qualification associated with this autoconfiguration policy.

If a new server is discovered that matches the criteria specified in the server pool policy qualification, Cisco UCS automatically creates a service profile based on the service profile template selected in the Service Profile Template Name drop-down list and associates the newly created service profile with the server.

Org drop-down list

The organization associated with this autoconfiguration policy.

If Cisco UCS automatically creates a service profile to associate with a server, it places the service profile under the organization selected in this field.

Service Profile Template Name drop-down list

The service profile template associated with this policy.

Step 7   Click OK.

Deleting an Autoconfiguration Policy

Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Equipment tab.
Step 2   Click the Equipment node.
Step 3   In the Work pane, click the Policies tab.
Step 4   Click the Autoconfig Policies subtab.
Step 5   Right-click the autoconfiguration policy that you want to delete and choose Delete.
Step 6   If Cisco UCS Manager GUI displays a confirmation dialog box, click Yes.

Configuring Server Discovery Policies

Server Discovery Policy

This discovery policy determines how the system reacts when you add a new server. If you create a server discovery policy, you can control whether the system conducts a deep discovery when a server is added to a chassis, or whether a user must first acknowledge the new server. By default, the system conducts a full discovery.

f you create a server discovery policy, the following occurs when a new server starts:


  1. The qualification in the server discovery policy is executed against the server.

  2. If the server meets the required qualifications, Cisco UCS Manager applies the following to the server:


    • Depending upon the option selected for the action, either discovers the new server immediately or waits for a user to acknowledge the new server

    • Applies the scrub policy to the server

Creating a Server Discovery Policy

Before You Begin

If you plan to associate this policy with a server pool, create server pool policy qualifications.


Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Equipment tab.
Step 2   Click the Equipment node.
Step 3   In the Work pane, click the Policies tab.
Step 4   Click the Server Discovery Policies subtab.
Step 5   Click the + icon on the table icon bar to open the Create Server Discovery Policy dialog box.
Step 6   In the Description field, enter a description for the discovery policy.
Step 7   In the Action field, select one of the following options:
  • immediate—The system attempts to discover new servers automatically

  • user-acknowledged—The system waits until the user tells it to search for new servers

Step 8   (Optional) To associate this policy with a server pool, select server pool policy qualifications from the Qualification drop-down list.
Step 9   (Optional) To include a scrub policy, select a policy from the Scrub Policy drop-down list.
Step 10   Click OK.

What to Do Next

Include the server discovery policy in a service profile and/or template.

Deleting a Server Discovery Policy

Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Equipment tab.
Step 2   Click the Equipment node.
Step 3   In the Work pane, click the Policies tab.
Step 4   Click the Server Discovery Policies subtab.
Step 5   Right-click the server discover policy that you want to delete and choose Delete.
Step 6   If Cisco UCS Manager GUI displays a confirmation dialog box, click Yes.

Configuring Server Inheritance Policies

Server Inheritance Policy

This policy is invoked during the server discovery process to create a service profile for the server. All service profiles created from this policy use the values burned into the blade at manufacture. The policy performs the following:


  • Analyzes the inventory of the server

  • If configured, assigns the server to the selected organization

  • Creates a service profile for the server with the identity burned into the server at manufacture

You cannot migrate a service profile created with this policy to another server.

Creating a Server Inheritance Policy

Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Equipment tab.
Step 2   Click the Equipment node.
Step 3   In the Work pane, click the Policies tab.
Step 4   Click the Server Inheritance Policies subtab.
Step 5   On the icon bar to the right of the table, click +.

If the + icon is disabled, click an entry in the table to enable it.

Step 6   In the Create Server Inheritance Policy dialog box, complete the following fields:
Name Description

Name field

The name of the policy.

This name can be between 1 and 16 alphanumeric characters. You cannot use spaces or any special characters, and you cannot change this name after the object has been saved.

Description field

A description of the policy. We recommend including information about where and when the policy should be used.

Qualification drop-down list

If you want to associate this policy with one or more specific server pools, choose the server pool qualification policy that identifies these pools from the drop-down list.

Org drop-down list

If you want to associate an organization with this policy, or if you want to change the current association, choose the desired organization from the drop-down list.

Step 7   Click OK.

Deleting a Server Inheritance Policy

Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Equipment tab.
Step 2   Click the Equipment node.
Step 3   In the Work pane, click the Policies tab.
Step 4   Click the Server Inheritance Policies subtab.
Step 5   Right-click the server inheritance policy that you want to delete and choose Delete.
Step 6   If Cisco UCS Manager GUI displays a confirmation dialog box, click Yes.

Configuring Server Pool Policies

Server Pool Policy

This policy is invoked during the server discovery process. It determines what happens if server pool policy qualifications match a server to the target pool specified in the policy.

If a server qualifies for more than one pool and those pools have server pool policies, the server is added to all those pools.

Creating a Server Pool Policy

Before You Begin

This policy requires that one or more of the following resources already exist in the system:


  • A minimum of one server pool

  • Server pool policy qualifications, if you choose to have servers automatically added to pools


Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
Step 2   On the Servers tab, expand Servers > Policies.
Step 3   Expand the node for the organization where you want to create the policy.

If the system does not include multi-tenancy, expand the root node.

Step 4   Right-click Server Pool Policies and select Create Server Pool Policy.
Step 5   In the Create Server Pool Policy dialog box, complete the following fields:
Name Description

Name field

The name of the policy.

This name can be between 1 and 16 alphanumeric characters. You cannot use spaces or any special characters, and you cannot change this name after the object has been saved.

Description field

A description of the policy. We recommend including information about where and when the policy should be used.

Target Pool drop-down list

If you want to associate this policy with a server pool, select that pool from the drop-down list.

Qualification drop-down list

If you want to associate this policy with one or more specific server pools, choose the server pool qualification policy that identifies these pools from the drop-down list.

Step 6   Click OK.

Deleting a Server Pool Policy

Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
Step 2   On the Servers tab, expand Servers > Policies > Organization_Name.
Step 3   Expand the Server Pool Policies node.
Step 4   Right-click the policy you want to delete and select Delete.
Step 5   If Cisco UCS Manager GUI displays a confirmation dialog box, click Yes.

Configuring Server Pool Policy Qualifications

Server Pool Policy Qualifications

This policy qualifies servers based on the inventory of a server conducted during the discovery process. The qualifications are individual rules that you configure in the policy to determine whether a server meets the selection criteria. For example, you can create a rule that specifies the minimum memory capacity for servers in a data center pool.

Qualifications are used in other policies to place servers, not just by the server pool policies. For example, if a server meets the criteria in a qualification policy, it can be added to one or more server pools or have a service profile automatically associated with it.

Depending upon the implementation, you may include server pool policy qualifications in the following policies:


  • Autoconfiguration policy

  • Chassis discovery policy

  • Server discovery policy

  • Server inheritance policy

  • Server pool policy

Creating Server Pool Policy Qualifications

Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
Step 2   On the Servers tab, expand Servers > Policies.
Step 3   Expand the node for the organization where you want to create the policy.

If the system does not include multi-tenancy, expand the root node.

Step 4   Right-click the Server Pool Policy Qualifications node and select Create Server Pool Policy Qualification.
Step 5   In the Create Server Pool Policy Qualification dialog box, enter a unique name and description for the policy.
Step 6   (Optional) To use this policy to qualify servers according to their adapter configuration, do the following:
  1. Click Create Adapter Qualifications.
  2. In the Create Adapter Qualifications dialog box, complete the following fields:
    Name Description

    Type drop-down list

    The adapter type. This can be:


    • fcoe—Fibre Channel over Ethernet

    • non-virtualized-eth-if

    • non-virtualized-fc-if

    • path-encap-consolidated

    • path-encap-virtual

    • protected-eth-if

    • protected-fc-if

    • protected-fcoe

    • virtualized-eth-if

    • virtualized-fc-if

    • virtualized-scsi-if

    Once you save the adapter qualification, this type cannot be changed.

    Model field

    A regular expression that the adapter model name must match.

    Maximum Capacity field

    The maximum capacity for the selected type.

  3. Click OK.
Step 7   (Optional) To use this policy to qualify servers according to the chassis in which they physically reside, do the following:
  1. Click Create Chassis/Server Qualifications.
  2. In the Chassis Qualifications area of the Create Chassis and Server Qualifications dialog box, complete the following fields to specify the range of chassis you want to use:
    • First Chassis ID fieldThe first chassis ID from which server pools associated with this policy can draw.

    • Number of Chassis fieldThe total number of chassis to include in the pool, starting with the chassis identified in the First Chassis ID field.



    Example:For example, if you want to use chassis 5, 6, 7, and 8, enter 5 in the First Chassis ID field and 4 in the Number of Chassis field. If you want to use only chassis 3, enter 3 in the First Chassis ID field and 1 in the Number of Chassis field.
    Tip   

    If you want to use chassis 5, 6, and 9, create a chassis/server qualification for the range 5-6 and another qualification for chassis 9. You can add as many chassis/server qualifications as needed.

  3. Click Finish.
Step 8   (Optional) To use this policy to qualify servers according to both the chassis and slot in which they physically reside, do the following:
  1. Click Create Chassis/Server Qualifications.
  2. In the Chassis Qualifications area of the Create Chassis and Server Qualifications dialog box, complete the following fields to specify the range of chassis you want to use:
    • First Chassis ID fieldThe first chassis ID from which server pools associated with this policy can draw.

    • Number of Chassis fieldThe total number of chassis to include in the pool, starting with the chassis identified in the First Chassis ID field.

  3. In the Server Qualifications table, click Add.
  4. In the Create Server Qualifications dialog box, complete the following fields to specify the range of server locations you want to use:
    • First Slot ID fieldThe first slot ID from which server pools associated with this policy can draw.

    • Number of Slots fieldThe total number of slots from which server pools associated with this policy can draw.

  5. Click Finish Stage.
  6. To add another range of slots, click Add and repeat steps d and e.
  7. When you have finished specifying the slot ranges, click Finish.
Step 9   (Optional) To use this policy to qualify servers according to their memory configuration, do the following:
  1. Click Create Memory Qualifications.
  2. In the Create Memory Qualifications dialog box, complete the following fields:
    Name Description

    Clock field

    The minimum clock speed required, in megahertz.

    Latency field

    The maximum latency allowed, in nanoseconds.

    Min Cap field

    The minimum CPU capacity required, in megabytes.

    Max Cap field

    The maximum CPU capacity allowed, in megabytes.

    Width field

    The minimum width of the data bus.

    Units field

    The unit of measure to associate with the value in the Width field.

  3. Click OK.
Step 10   (Optional) To use this policy to qualify servers according to their CPU/Cores configuration, do the following:
  1. Click Create CPU/Cores Qualifications.
  2. In the Create CPU/Cores Qualifications dialog box, complete the following fields:
    Name Description

    Processor Architecture drop-down list

    The CPU architecture to which this policy applies.

    Model field

    A regular expression that the processor model name must match.

    Min Number of Cores field

    The minimum number of CPU cores required.

    Max Number of Cores field

    The maximum number of CPU cores allowed.

    Min Number of Threads field

    The minimum number of CPU threads required.

    Max Number of Threads field

    The maximum number of CPU threads allowed.

    CPU Speed field

    The minimum CPU speed required.

    CPU Stepping field

    The minimum CPU version required.

  3. Click OK.
Step 11   (Optional) To use this policy to qualify servers according to their storage configuration and capacity:
  1. Click Create Storage Qualifications.
  2. In the Create Storage Qualifications dialog box, complete the following fields:
    Name Description

    Number of Blocks field

    The minimum number of blocks required.

    Block Size field

    The minimum block size required, in bytes.

    Min Cap field

    The minimum storage capacity required, in megabytes.

    Max Cap field

    The maximum storage capacity allowed, in megabytes.

    Per Disk Cap field

    The minimum storage capacity per disk required, in gigabytes.

    Units field

    The number of units.

  3. Click OK.
Step 12   Verify the qualifications in the table and correct if necessary.
Step 13   Click OK.

Deleting Server Pool Policy Qualifications

Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
Step 2   On the Servers tab, expand Servers > Policies > Organization_Name.
Step 3   Expand the Server Pool Policy Qualifications node.
Step 4   Right-click the policy qualifications you want to delete and select Delete.
Step 5   If Cisco UCS Manager GUI displays a confirmation dialog box, click Yes.

Deleting Qualifications from Server Pool Policy Qualifications

Use this procedure to modify Server Pool Policy Qualifications by deleting one or more sets of qualifications.

Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
Step 2   On the Servers tab, expand Servers > Policies > Organization_Name.
Step 3   Expand the Server Pool Policy Qualifications node.
Step 4   Choose the policy you want to modify.
Step 5   In the Work pane, choose the Qualifications tab.
Step 6   To delete a set of qualifications:
  1. In the table, choose the row that represents the set of qualifications.
  2. Right-click the row and select Delete.
Step 7   Click Save Changes.

Configuring vNIC/vHBA Placement Profiles

vNIC/vHBA Placement Profiles

vNIC/vHBA placement profiles are used to assign vNICs or vHBAs to the physical adapters on a server. Each vNIC/vHBA placement profile contains two virtual network interface connections (vCons) that are virtual representations of the physical adapters. When a vNIC/vHBA placement profile is assigned to a service profile, and the service profile is associated to a server, the vCons in the vNIC/vHBA placement profile are assigned to the physical adapters. For servers with only one adapter, both vCons are assigned to the adapter; for servers with two adapters, one vCon is assigned to each adapter.

You can assign vNICs or vHBAs to either of the two vCons, and they are then assigned to the physical adapters based on the vCon assignment during server association. Additionally, vCons use the following selection preference criteria to assign vHBAs and vNICs:

All

The vCon is used for vNICs or vHBAs assigned to it, vNICs or vHBAs not assigned to either vCon, and dynamic vNICs or vHBAs.

Assigned-Only

The vCon is reserved for only vNICs or vHBAs assigned to it.

Exclude-Dynamic

The vCon is not used for dynamic vNICs or vHBAs.

Exclude-Unassigned

The vCon is not used for vNICs or vHBAs not assigned to the vCon. The vCon is used for dynamic vNICs and vHBAs.

For servers with two adapters, if you do not include a vNIC/vHBA placement profile in a service profile, or you do not configure vCons for a service profile, Cisco UCS equally distributes the vNICs and vHBAs between the two adapters.

Creating a vNIC/vHBA Placement Profile

Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
Step 2   On the Servers tab, expand Servers > Policies.
Step 3   Expand the node for the organization where you want to create the policy.

If the system does not include multi-tenancy, expand the root node.

Step 4   Right-click vNIC/vHBA Placement Profiles and choose Create Placement Profile.
Step 5   In the Create Placement Profile dialog box, do the following:
  1. In the Name field, enter a unique name for the profile.

    This name can be between 1 and 16 alphanumeric characters. You cannot use spaces or any special characters, and you cannot change this name after the object has been saved.

  2. In the Selection Preference column for each Virtual Slot, choose one of the following from the drop-down list:
    • all
    • assigned-only
    • exclude-dynamic
    • exclude-unassigned
  3. Click OK.

Deleting a vNIC/vHBA Placement Profile

Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
Step 2   On the Servers tab, expand Servers > Policies > Organization_Name.
Step 3   Expand the vNIC/vHBA Placement Profiles node.
Step 4   Right-click the profile you want to delete and choose Delete.
Step 5   If Cisco UCS Manager GUI displays a confirmation dialog box, click Yes.