Cisco UCS Manager GUI Configuration Guide, Release 1.3(1)
Using the Configure VMware Integration Wizard
Downloads: This chapterpdf (PDF - 382.0KB) The complete bookPDF (PDF - 5.91MB) | Feedback

Using the Configure VMware Integration Wizard

Using the Configure VMware Integration Wizard

This chapter includes the following sections:

Configure VMware Integration Wizard

The Configure VMware Integration wizard provides a single access to perform the configuration steps that are specific to Cisco UCS Manager. You cannot use this wizard to complete the configuration steps that must be performed in VMware vCenter to complete the integration.

Through the Configure VMware Integration wizard, you can perform the following configuration steps:


  1. Export the vCenter extension files to establish a connection to VMware vCenter.

    You must register the vCenter extension key as a plug-in in VMware vCenter. You cannot perform that step in the Configure VMware Integration wizard.

  2. Define the structure for a VMware vCenter Distributed Virtual Switch (DVS), including the vCenter server, datacenter, DVS folder, and DVS.

    A DVS structure created with this wizard does not include a vCenter server folder that contains the datacenter. If you want a folder between the vCenter server and the datacenter, do not use this wizard to configure the integration with VMware vCenter.

  3. Define the port profile and profile client.

  4. Apply the configuration to VMware vCenter.

When you have completed the integration steps through the wizard, you must log into VMware vCenter and associate the VMs and port profiles with the DVS. The port profiles are shown as port groups in VMware vCenter.

Configuring the VMware Integration with the Wizard

If you prefer not to use this wizard, you can perform each of these steps individually.

Before You Begin

Before you use the Configure VMware Integration wizard, complete the following:


  • Configure the VMware ESX host for VN-Link.

  • Configure a VMware vCenter Instance for VN-Link

  • Configure a certificate for VN-Link in Hardware


Procedure
Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the VM tab.
Step 2   On the VM tab, expand the All node.
Step 3   In the Work pane, click the General tab.
Step 4   In the Actions area, click Configure VMware Integration.
Step 5   In the Configure VMware Integration wizard, complete the following:

Page 1: Establishing the Connection to vCenter Server

This procedure directly follows the steps in Configuring the VMware Integration with the Wizard. It describes how to establish a connection to VMware vCenter through the Configure VMware Integration wizard.

You can skip this page and move onto the next page if you have already exported and registered the vCenter extension key files.

Before You Begin

If you want to use a custom extension key, you must modify the extension key before performing this step as described in (Optional) Modifying the vCenter Extension Key.


Procedure
Step 1   To export the vCenter extension files, click one of the following:
Option Description

Export

For VMware vCenter version 4.0 update 1 and later.

Exports a single vCenter Extension Key file.

Export Multiple

For VMware vCenter version 4.0.

Exports nine vCenter Extension Key files.

Step 2   In the Export vCenter Extension dialog box, do the following:
  1. In the Save Location field, enter the path to the directory where you want to save the extension file or files.

    If you do not know the path, click the ... button and browse to the location.

  2. Click OK.

Cisco UCS Manager generates the extension file(s) and saves them to the specified location.

Step 3   Copy the downloaded file to a location on the VMware vCenter.
Step 4   Register the vCenter extension file(s) in VMware vCenter.

For more information, see Registering a vCenter Extension File in VMware vCenter and the instructions on this page in the Configure VMware Integration wizard.

Step 5   Click Next.

What to Do Next

Complete the steps in Page 2: Defining a VMware vCenter Distributed Virtual Switch.

Page 2: Defining a VMware vCenter Distributed Virtual Switch

This procedure directly follows the steps in Page 1: Establishing the Connection to vCenter Server. It describes how to define the components of a distributed virtual switch in VMware vCenter through the Configure VMware Integration wizard.

Procedure
Step 1   In the vCenter Server area, complete the following fields to define the connection to VMware vCenter:
Name Description

vCenter Server Name field

The user-defined name for the vCenter server.

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

The description of the vCenter server.

vCenter Server Hostname or IP Address field

The hostname or IP address of the vCenter server.

Note   

If you use a hostname rather than an IP address, you must configure a DNS server in Cisco UCS Manager.

Step 2   In the Datacenter area, complete the following fields to create the datacenter in VMware vCenter:
Name Description

vCenter Datacenter Name field

The name of the vCenter Datacenter.

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

The user-defined description of the Datacenter.

Step 3   In the DVS Folder area, complete the following fields to create a folder to contain the distributed virtual switch in VMware vCenter:
Name Description

Folder Name field

The name of the folder that contains the distributed virtual switch (DVS).

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

The user-defined description of the folder.

Step 4   In the DVS area, complete the following fields to create the distributed virtual switch in VMware vCenter:
Name Description

DVS Name field

The name of the DVS.

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

The user-defined description of the DVS.

DVS field

This can be:


  • disable

  • enable

If you disable the DVS, Cisco UCS Manager does not push any configuration changes related to the DVS to VMware vCenter.

b
Step 5   Click Next.

What to Do Next

Complete the steps in Page 3: Defining a Port Profile.

Page 3: Defining a Port Profile

This procedure directly follows the steps in Page 2: Defining a VMware vCenter Distributed Virtual Switch. It describes how to define the components of a distributed virtual switch in VMware vCenter through the Configure VMware Integration wizard.

Procedure
Step 1   In the Port Profile area, complete the following fields to define the port profile:
Name Description

Name field

The user-defined name for the port 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.

QoS Policy drop-down list

The quality of service policy associated with this port profile.

Network Control Policy drop-down list

The network control policy associated with this port profile.

Max Ports field

The maximum number of ports that can be associated with this port profile. The default is 64 ports.

The maximum number of ports that can be associated with a single distributed virtual switch (DVS) is 4096. If the DVS has only one associated port profile, that port profile can be configured with up to 4096 ports. However, if the DVS has more than one associated port profile, the total number of ports associated with all of those port profiles combined cannot exceed 4096.

Pin Group drop-down list

The pin group associated with this port profile.

Step 2   In the VLANs area, do the following to assign one or more VLANs to the port profile:
  1. In the Select column, check the check box in the appropriate row for each VLAN you want to use in the port profile.
  2. In the Native VLAN column, click the radio button in the appropriate row for the VLAN you want to designate as the native VLAN.
Step 3   In the Client Profile area, do the following to create a profile client for the port profile:
Name Description

Name field

The user-defined name for the profile client.

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

The user-defined description of the client.

Datacenter drop-down list

Select a Datacenter from the drop-down list or select All if this profile client applies to all Datacenters.

Folder drop-down list

Select a folder from the drop-down list or select All if this profile client applies to all folders.

Distributed Virtual Switch drop-down list

Select a virtual switch from the drop-down list or select All if this profile client applies to all virtual switches.

Step 4   Click Next.

What to Do Next

Complete the configuration of the virtual machines in VMware vCenter.

Page 4: Applying Port Profiles and Configuration to vCenter Server

This procedure directly follows the steps in Page 3: Defining a Port Profile. It describes how to apply the port profiles to vCenter Server through the Configure VMware Integration wizard.

Procedure
Step 1   Review the text on the page in the Configure VMware Integration wizard.
Step 2   Click Finish.

Cisco UCS Manager connects to the vCenter Server, creates the specified DVS, and applies the port profiles.


What to Do Next

In VMware vCenter, associate the VMs and port profiles with the DVS. The port profiles are shown as port groups in VMware vCenter.