Cisco UCS Manager GUI Configuration Guide, Release 2.1
Configuring Server-Related Pools
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Configuring Server-Related Pools

Configuring Server-Related Pools

This chapter includes the following sections:

Configuring Server Pools

Server Pools

A server pool contains a set of servers. These servers typically share the same characteristics. Those characteristics can be their location in the chassis, or an attribute such as server type, amount of memory, local storage, type of CPU, or local drive configuration. You can manually assign a server to a server pool, or use server pool policies and server pool policy qualifications to automate the assignment.

If your system implements multitenancy through organizations, you can designate one or more server pools to be used by a specific organization. For example, a pool that includes all servers with two CPUs could be assigned to the Marketing organization, while all servers with 64 GB memory could be assigned to the Finance organization.

A server pool can include servers from any chassis in the system. A given server can belong to multiple server pools.

Creating a Server Pool

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

    If the system does not include multitenancy, expand the root node.

    Step 4   Right-click the Server Pools node and select Create Server Pool.
    Step 5   On the Set Name and Description page of the Create Server Pool wizard, complete the following fields:
    Name Description

    Name field

    The name of the server pool.

    This name can be between 1 and 32 alphanumeric characters. You cannot use spaces or any special characters other than - (hyphen), _ (underscore), : (colon), and . (period), and you cannot change this name after the object has been saved.

    Description field

    A user-defined description of the server pool.

    Enter up to 256 characters. You can use any characters or spaces except ` (accent mark), \ (backslash), ^ (carat), " (double quote), = (equal sign), > (greater than), < (less than), or ' (single quote).

    Step 6   Click Next.
    Step 7   On the Add Servers page of the Create Server Pool wizard:
    1. Select one or more servers from the Available Servers table.
    2. Click the >> button to add the servers to the server pool.
    3. When you have added all desired servers to the pool, click Finish.

    Deleting a Server Pool

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

      Adding Servers to a Server Pool

      Procedure
        Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
        Step 2   On the Servers tab, expand Servers > Pools > Organization_Name.
        Step 3   Right-click the pool to which you want to add one or more servers and select Add Servers to Server Pool.
        Step 4   In the Add Servers to Server Pool dialog box, do the following:
        1. In the Servers table, select the servers that you want to add to the server pool.

          You can use the Shift key or Ctrl key to select multiple entries.

        2. Click the >> button to move those servers to the Pooled Servers table and add them to the server pool.
        3. Click OK.

        Removing Servers from a Server Pool

        Procedure
          Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
          Step 2   On the Servers tab, expand Servers > Pools > Organization_Name.
          Step 3   Right-click the pool from which you want to remove one or more servers and select Add Servers to Server Pool.
          Step 4   In the Add Servers to Server Pool dialog box, do the following:
          1. In the Pooled Servers table, select the servers that you want to remove from the server pool.

            You can use the Shift key or Ctrl key to select multiple entries.

          2. Click the << button to move those servers to the Servers table and remove them from the server pool.
          3. Click OK.

          Configuring UUID Suffix Pools

          UUID Suffix Pools

          A UUID suffix pool is a collection of SMBIOS UUIDs that are available to be assigned to servers. The first number of digits that constitute the prefix of the UUID are fixed. The remaining digits, the UUID suffix, are variable. A UUID suffix pool ensures that these variable values are unique for each server associated with a service profile which uses that particular pool to avoid conflicts.

          If you use UUID suffix pools in service profiles, you do not have to manually configure the UUID of the server associated with the service profile.

          Creating a UUID Suffix Pool

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

            If the system does not include multitenancy, expand the root node.

            Step 4   Right-click UUID Suffix Pools and select Create UUID Suffix Pool.
            Step 5   In the Define Name and Description page of the Create UUID Suffix Pool wizard, complete the following fields:
            Name Description

            Name field

            The name of the UUID pool.

            This name can be between 1 and 32 alphanumeric characters. You cannot use spaces or any special characters other than - (hyphen), _ (underscore), : (colon), and . (period), and you cannot change this name after the object has been saved.

            Description field

            The user-defined description of the pool.

            Enter up to 256 characters. You can use any characters or spaces except ` (accent mark), \ (backslash), ^ (carat), " (double quote), = (equal sign), > (greater than), < (less than), or ' (single quote).

            Prefix field

            This can be one of the following:

            • Derived—The system creates the suffix.
            • other—You specify the desired suffix. If you select this option, Cisco UCS Manager GUI displays a text field where you can enter the desired suffix, in the format XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX.

            Assignment Order field

            This can be one of the following:

            • DefaultCisco UCS Manager selects a random identity from the pool.
            • SequentialCisco UCS Manager selects the lowest available identity from the pool.
            Step 6   Click Next.
            Step 7   In the Add UUID Blocks page of the Create UUID Suffix Pool wizard, click Add.
            Step 8   In the Create a Block of UUID Suffixes dialog box, complete the following fields:
            Name Description

            From field

            The first UUID in the block.

            Size field

            The number of UUIDs in the block.

            Step 9   Click OK.
            Step 10   Click Finish to complete the wizard.

            What to Do Next

            Include the UUID suffix pool in a service profile and/or template.

            Deleting a UUID Suffix Pool

            If you delete a pool, Cisco UCS Manager does not reallocate any addresses from that pool that have been assigned to vNICs or vHBAs. All assigned addresses from a deleted pool remain with the vNIC or vHBA to which they are assigned until one of the following occurs:

            • The associated service profiles are deleted.
            • The vNIC or vHBA to which the address is assigned is deleted.
            • The vNIC or vHBA is assigned to a different pool.
            Procedure
              Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Servers tab.
              Step 2   On the Servers tab, expand Servers > Pools > Organization_Name.
              Step 3   Expand the UUID Suffix Pools node.
              Step 4   Right-click the pool you want to delete and select Delete.
              Step 5   If the Cisco UCS Manager GUI displays a confirmation dialog box, click Yes.

              Configuring IP Pools

              IP Pools

              IP pools are a collection of IP addresses that do not have a default purpose. You can create IP pools in Cisco UCS Manager to do the following:

              • Replace the default iSCSI boot IP pool iscsi-initiator-pool. Cisco UCS Manager reserves each block of IP addresses in the IP pool that you specify.
              • Replace the default management IP pool ext-mgmt for servers that have an associated service profile. Cisco UCS Manager reserves each block of IP addresses in the IP pool for external access that terminates in the Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) on a server. If there is no associated service profile, you must use the ext-mgmt IP pool for the CIMC to get an IP address.
              • Replace both the management IP address and iSCSI boot IP addresses.

              Note


              The IP pool must not contain any IP addresses that have been assigned as static IP addresses for a server or service profile.


              Creating an IP Pool

              Procedure
                Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the LAN tab.
                Step 2   In the LAN tab, expand LAN > Pools > Organization_Name .
                Step 3   Right-click IP Pools and select Create IP Pool.
                Step 4   In the Define Name and Description page of the Create IP Pool wizard, fill in the following fields:
                Name Description

                Name field

                The name of the IP address pool.

                This name can be between 1 and 32 alphanumeric characters. You cannot use spaces or any special characters other than - (hyphen), _ (underscore), : (colon), and . (period), and you cannot change this name after the object has been saved.

                Description field

                The user-defined description of the IP address pool.

                Enter up to 256 characters. You can use any characters or spaces except ` (accent mark), \ (backslash), ^ (carat), " (double quote), = (equal sign), > (greater than), < (less than), or ' (single quote).

                Assignment Order field

                This can be one of the following:

                • DefaultCisco UCS Manager selects a random identity from the pool.
                • SequentialCisco UCS Manager selects the lowest available identity from the pool.
                Step 5   Click Next.
                Step 6   In the Add IP Blocks page of the Create IP Pool wizard, click Add.
                Step 7   In the Create a Block of IP Addresses dialog box, fill in the following fields:
                Name Description

                From field

                The first IP address in the block.

                Size field

                The number of IP addresses in the pool.

                Subnet Mask field

                The subnet mask associated with the IP addresses in the block.

                Default Gateway field

                The default gateway associated with the IP addresses in the block.

                Primary DNS field

                The primary DNS server that this block of IP addresses should access.

                Secondary DNS field

                The secondary DNS server that this block of IP addresses should access.

                Step 8   Click OK.
                Step 9   Click Finish to complete the wizard.

                What to Do Next

                Include the IP pool in a service profile and/or template.

                Adding a Block to an IP Pool

                Procedure
                  Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the LAN tab.
                  Step 2   In the LAN tab, expand LAN > Pools > Organization_Name .
                  Step 3   Expand the IP Pools node.
                  Step 4   Right-click the desired IP pool and select Create Block of IP Addresses.
                  Step 5   In the Create a Block of IP Addresses dialog box, complete the following fields:
                  Name Description

                  From field

                  The first IP address in the block.

                  Size field

                  The number of IP addresses in the pool.

                  Subnet Mask field

                  The subnet mask associated with the IP addresses in the block.

                  Default Gateway field

                  The default gateway associated with the IP addresses in the block.

                  Primary DNS field

                  The primary DNS server that this block of IP addresses should access.

                  Secondary DNS field

                  The secondary DNS server that this block of IP addresses should access.

                  Step 6   Click OK.

                  Deleting a Block from an IP Pool

                  Procedure
                    Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the LAN tab.
                    Step 2   In the LAN tab, expand LAN > Pools > Root .
                    Step 3   Expand the IP Pools node.
                    Step 4   Expand the pool for which you want to delete a block of IP addresses.
                    Step 5   Right-click the IP address block that you want to delete and select Delete.
                    Step 6   If the Cisco UCS Manager GUI displays a confirmation dialog box, click Yes.

                    Deleting an IP Pool

                    If you delete a pool, Cisco UCS Manager does not reallocate any addresses from that pool that have been assigned to vNICs or vHBAs. All assigned addresses from a deleted pool remain with the vNIC or vHBA to which they are assigned until one of the following occurs:

                    • The associated service profiles are deleted.
                    • The vNIC or vHBA to which the address is assigned is deleted.
                    • The vNIC or vHBA is assigned to a different pool.
                    Procedure
                      Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the LAN tab.
                      Step 2   In the LAN tab, expand LAN > Pools > Organization_Name .
                      Step 3   Expand the IP Pools node.
                      Step 4   Right-click the IP pool you want to delete and select Delete.
                      Note   

                      You cannot delete the default pools ext-mgmt and iscsi-initiator-pool.

                      Step 5   If the Cisco UCS Manager GUI displays a confirmation dialog box, click Yes.