Cisco UCS Manager GUI Configuration Guide, Release 1.4
Configuring System-Related Policies
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Configuring System-Related Policies

Configuring System-Related Policies

This chapter includes the following sections:

Configuring the Chassis Discovery Policy

Chassis Discovery Policy

The chassis discovery policy determines how the system reacts when you add a new chassis. Cisco UCS Manager uses the settings in the chassis discovery policy to determine the minimum threshold for the number of links between the chassis and the fabric interconnect. However, the configuration in the chassis discovery policy does not prevent you from connecting multiple chassis to the fabric interconnects in a Cisco UCS instance and wiring those chassis with a different number of links.

If you have a Cisco UCS instance that has some chassis wired with 1 link, some with 2 links, and some with 4 links, we recommend that you configure the chassis discovery policy for the minimum number links in the instance so that Cisco UCS Manager can discover all chassis. After the initial discovery, you must reacknowledge the chassis that are wired for a greater number of links and Cisco UCS Manager configures the chassis to use all available links.

Cisco UCS Manager cannot discover any chassis that is wired for fewer links than are configured in the chassis discovery policy. For example, if the chassis discovery policy is configured for 4 links, Cisco UCS Manager cannot discover any chassis that is wired for 1 link or 2 links. Reacknowledgement of the chassis does not resolve this issue.

The following table provides an overview of how the chassis discovery policy works in a multi-chassis Cisco UCS instance:



Table 1 Chassis Discovery Policy and Chassis Links
Number of Links Wired for the Chassis 1-Link Chassis Discovery Policy 2-Link Chassis Discovery Policy 4-Link Chassis Discovery Policy

1 link between IOM and fabric interconnects

Chassis is discovered by Cisco UCS Manager and added to the Cisco UCS instance as a chassis wired with 1 link.

Chassis cannot be discovered by Cisco UCS Manager and is not added to the Cisco UCS instance.

Chassis cannot be discovered by Cisco UCS Manager and is not added to the Cisco UCS instance.

2 links between IOM and fabric interconnects

Chassis is discovered by Cisco UCS Manager and added to the Cisco UCS instance as a chassis wired with 1 link.

After initial discovery, reacknowledge the chassis and Cisco UCS Manager recognizes and uses the additional links.

Chassis is discovered by Cisco UCS Manager and added to the Cisco UCS instance as a chassis wired with 2 link.

Chassis cannot be discovered by Cisco UCS Manager and is not added to the Cisco UCS instance.

4 links between IOM and fabric interconnects

Chassis is discovered by Cisco UCS Manager and added to the Cisco UCS instance as a chassis wired with 1 link.

After initial discovery, reacknowledge the chassis and Cisco UCS Manager recognizes and uses the additional links.

Chassis is discovered by Cisco UCS Manager and added to the Cisco UCS instance as a chassis wired with 2 links.

After initial discovery, reacknowledge the chassis and Cisco UCS Manager recognizes and uses the additional links.

Chassis is discovered by Cisco UCS Manager and added to the Cisco UCS instance as a chassis wired with 4 link.

Configuring the Chassis Discovery Policy

Procedure
    Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Equipment tab.
    Step 2   On the Equipment tab, click the Equipment node.
    Step 3   In the Work pane, click the Policies tab.
    Step 4   Click the Global Policies subtab.
    Step 5   In the Chassis Discovery Policy area, choose the number of links to be used by the chassis from the Action drop-down list.
    Step 6   Click Save Changes.

    Configuring the Rack Server Discovery Policy

    Rack Server Discovery Policy

    The rack server discovery policy determines how the system reacts when you add a new rack-mount server. Cisco UCS Manager uses the settings in the rack server discovery policy to determine whether any data on the hard disks are scrubbed and whether server discovery occurs immediately or needs to wait for explicit user acknowledgement.

    Cisco UCS Manager cannot discover any rack-mount server that has not been correctly cabled and connected to the fabric interconnects. For information about how to integrate a supported Cisco UCS rack-mount server with Cisco UCS Manager, see the hardware installation guide for that server.

    Configuring the Rack Server Discovery Policy

    Procedure
      Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Equipment tab.
      Step 2   On the Equipment tab, click the Equipment node.
      Step 3   In the Work pane, click the Policies tab.
      Step 4   Click the Global Policies subtab.
      Step 5   In the Rack Server Discovery Policy area, complete the following fields:
      Name Description

      Action field

      The way the system reacts when you add a new rack-mount server. This can be:

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

      Scrub Policy drop-down list

      The scrub policy to run on a newly discovered server if that server meets the criteria in the selected server pool policy qualification.

      Step 6   Click Save Changes.

      Configuring the Aging Time for the MAC Address Table

      Aging Time for the MAC Address Table

      To efficiently switch packets between ports, the fabric interconnect maintains a MAC address table. It dynamically builds the MAC address table by using the MAC source address from the packets received and the associated port on which the packets were learned. The fabric interconnect uses an aging mechanism, defined by a configurable aging timer, to determine how long an entry remains in the MAC address table. If an address remains inactive for a specified number of seconds, it is removed from the MAC address table.

      You can configure the amount of time (age) that a MAC address entry (MAC address and associated port) remains in the MAC address table.

      Configuring the Aging Time for the MAC Address Table

      Procedure
        Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Equipment tab.
        Step 2   On the Equipment tab, click the Equipment node.
        Step 3   In the Work pane, click the Policies tab.
        Step 4   Click the Global Policies subtab.
        Step 5   In the MAC Address Table Aging area, complete the following fields:
        Name Description

        Aging Time field

        The length of time an idle MAC address remains in the MAC address table before it is removed by Cisco UCS. This can be:

        • never—MAC addresses are never removed from the table regardless of how long they have been idle.
        • mode-default—The system uses the default value. If the fabric interconnect is set to end-host mode, the default is 14,500 seconds. If it is set to switching mode, the default is 300 seconds.
        • otherCisco UCS Manager GUI displays the dd:hh:mm:ss field which allows you to enter a custom value.

        dd:hh:mm:ss field

        The length of time a MAC address must remain idle before Cisco UCS removes it from the MAC address table. This field is only visible if you choose other for the aging time.

        Enter a time in the format days:hours:minutes:seconds.

        Step 6   Click Save Changes.