Cisco UCS Manager GUI Configuration Guide, Release 1.3(1)
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Preface

Preface

This preface includes the following sections:

Audience

This guide is intended primarily for data center administrators with responsibilities and expertise in one or more of the following:


  • Server administration

  • Storage administration

  • Network administration

  • Network security

New and Changed Information for this Release

The following tables provide an overview of the significant changes to this guide for this current release. The tables do 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 Release Notes for Cisco UCS Manager available through the Cisco UCS B-Series Servers Documentation Roadmap.

Table 1 New Features

Feature

Description

Where Documented

Capability Catalog

The capability catalog is a set of tunable parameters, strings, and rules used to update the display and configurability of components such as newly qualified DIMMs and disk drives for servers.

Managing Firmware

BIOS settings

Through Cisco UCS Manager you can create one or more BIOS policies that include a specific grouping of BIOS settings that match the needs of a server or set of servers, or you can configure the default BIOS settings for a specific server.

Configuring Server-Related Policies

BIOS scrub

In the scrub policy, you can specify what happens to the BIOS settings on a server during discovery or service profile disassociation.

Configuring Server-Related Policies

Server power usage

You can configure the level of power usage for each server in a Cisco UCS instance.

Configuring Server Power Usage

Board controller firmware

Certain servers, such as the Cisco UCS B440 High Performance blade server, have board controller firmware that you can upgrade through host firmware packages in a service profile.

Managing Firmware

Additional RAID options

The local disk configuration policy

Configuring Server-Related Policies

Configure VMware Integration Wizard

This wizard configures the Cisco UCS Manager settings for the VMware integration.

Using the Configure VMware Integration Wizard

Table 2 Significant Changes in the June 2010 release

Change

Description

Where Documented

BMC renamed to CIMC

The BMC component in the servers has been renamed Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC).

Throughout the guide

Attribute for configuring remote authentication through RADIUS is now cisco-avpair.

The attribute you must create in the RADIUS remote authentication service and map to Cisco UCS user roles and locales is now cisco-avpair.

Configuring Primary Authentication

Chassis decommission and removal

The procedures to decommission and remove a chassis are now consistent with the equivalent server procedures.

Managing the Chassis

Length of service profile name

A service profile name can be between 2 and 32 alphanumeric characters.

Configuring Service Profiles

Table 3 Significant Changes in the August 2010 release

Change

Description

Where Documented

Uplink Ethernet port properties

The steps to configure the admin speed property of an uplink Ethernet port for 1Gbps or 10Gbps have been added.

Configuring Ports

Local disk configuration policy guidelines

New guidelines for the Protect Configuration property of local disk configuration policies have been added.

Configuring Server-Related Policies

MAC address table

Default value for the aging time in end-host mode has been changed to 14,500 seconds.

Configuring System-Related Policies

Named VSANs

New guideline for the default FCoE VLAN when configuring a named VSAN for a FIP capable, converged network adapter has been added.

Configuring Named VSANs

Organization

This document includes the following parts:

Part

Title

Description

Part 1

Introduction

Contains chapters that provide an overview of Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) and Cisco UCS Manager.

Part 2

System Configuration

Contains chapters that describe how to configure fabric interconnects, ports, communication services, primary authentication, and role-based access control configuration, and how to manage firmware and the capability catalog on a system.

Part 3

Network Configuration

Contains chapters that describe how to configure named VLANs, LAN pin groups, MAC pools, and Quality of Service (QoS).

Part 4

Storage Configuration

Contains chapters that describe how to configure named VSANs, SAN pin groups, and WWN pools.

Part 5

Server Configuration

Contains chapters that describe how to configure server-related policies, server-related pools, service profiles, and server power usage.

Part 6

System Management

Contains chapters that describe how to manage a Cisco UCS instance, including managing the chassis, servers, and I/O modules, and how to back up and restore the configuration.

Conventions

This document uses the following conventions:

Convention

Indication

bold font

Commands, keywords, GUI elements, and user-entered text appear in bold font.

italic font

Document titles, new or emphasized terms, and arguments for which you supply values are in italic font.

[ ]

Elements in square brackets are optional.

{x | y | z}

Required alternative keywords are grouped in braces and separated by vertical bars.

[x | y | z]

Optional alternative keywords are grouped in brackets and separated by vertical bars.

string

A nonquoted set of characters. Do not use quotation marks around the string or the string will include the quotation marks.

courier font

Terminal sessions and information the system displays appear in courier font.

< >

Nonprinting characters such as passwords are in angle brackets.

[ ]

Default responses to system prompts are in square brackets.

!, #

An exclamation point (!) or a pound sign (#) at the beginning of a line of code indicates a comment line.


Note


Means reader take note.



Tip


Means the following information will help you solve a problem.



Caution


Means reader be careful. In this situation, you might perform an action that could result in equipment damage or loss of data.



Timesaver


Means the described action saves time. You can save time by performing the action described in the paragraph.



Warning


Means reader be warned. In this situation, you might perform an action that could result in bodily injury.


Related Documentation

A roadmap that lists all documentation for Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) is available at the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/go/unifiedcomputing/b-series-doc

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