Cisco UCS Manager GUI Configuration Guide, Release 2.2
New and Changed Information
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New and Changed Information

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New and Changed Information for this Release

The following table provides an overview of the significant changes to this guide for this current release. The table does 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 Cisco UCS B-Series Servers Documentation Roadmap available at the following URL: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​go/​unifiedcomputing/​b-series-doc.

Table 1 New Features and Changed Behavior in Cisco UCS, Release 2.2(1)

Feature

Description

Where Documented

Cisco UCS C-Series Server Integration through Direct Connect

Enables you to directly connect Cisco UCS C-Series rack servers to the fabric interconnect without using a FEX.

This feature is documented in Cisco UCS C-Series Server Integration with Cisco UCS Manager 2.2.

The C-Series integration guides can be found here: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​partner/​products/​ps11736/​products_​installation_​and_​configuration_​guides_​list.html

Activating board controller firmware on Cisco UCS C-Series M3 Rack Servers

Cisco UCS C-Series M3 rack servers have board controller firmware which controls many server functions such as eUSBs and I/O connectors. You can activate board controller firmware on these rack servers.

This feature is documented in Cisco UCS C-Series Server Integration with Cisco UCS Manager 2.2.

The C-Series integration guides can be found here: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​partner/​products/​ps11736/​products_​installation_​and_​configuration_​guides_​list.html

Firmware Automatic Synchronization Server policy

Enables you to determine when and how firmware versions on recently discovered servers must be upgraded. With this policy, you can upgrade firmware versions of recently discovered unassociated servers to match with the firmware version specified in the default host firmware pack. You can also specify if the firmware upgrade process should run immediately after the server is discovered or at a later point in time.

This feature is documented in the following configuration guides:

  • Cisco UCS B-Series GUI Firmware Management Configuration Guide
  • Cisco UCS B-Series CLI Firmware Management Configuration Guide

The firmware configuration guides can be found here: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​products/​ps10281/​products_​installation_​and_​configuration_​guides_​list.html

IPv6 Addressing

Enables you to configure the following with IPv6 addresses:

  • Access services
  • Fabric Interconnects
  • External clients
  • SNMP traps
  • Certificate requests
  • IP pools and address blocks
  • VLAN groups
  • LDAP, RADIUS, and TACACS+ provider groups
  • Blade and rack server static IPs
  • Service profiles and service profile templates
  • Backup and restore operations

IPv6 Compliance

Inband Management Support

Enables you to configure inband addresses, two IPv4 and two IPv6, for each CIMC. Enables you to configure inband VLAN groups, service profiles and service profile templates.

Inband Management Support

Enhanced Boot Order

Enables you to select either legacy or UEFI boot mode. With UEFI boot mode on Cisco UCS M3 blade and rack servers, you can add second-level devices to your boot order, and enable secure boot.

Configuring Server Boot

Local Storage Monitoring

Enables you to monitor status information on local storage that is physically attached to a blade or rack server. This includes RAID controllers, physical drives and drive groups, virtual drives, RAID controller batteries (BBU), Transportable Flash modules (TFM) and super-capacitors, FlexFlash controllers, and SD cards.

Local Storage Monitoring

Local SD Card Monitoring and FlexFlash Support

Enables support for internal Secure Digital (SD) memory cards. You can enable FlexFlash in a local disk policy, configure new SD cards in a RAID pair with a FlexFlash scrub policy, and boot from the HV partition on an SD card.

FlexFlash Support

TPM Inventory

Enables monitoring of Trusted Platform Module (TPM), including whether TPM is present, enabled, or activated.

TPM Monitoring

UDLD Support

Enables UniDirectional Link Detection (UDLD) that monitors the physical configuration of the cables and detects when a unidirectional link exists.

Understanding UDLD

VMQ Connection Policy

Enables you to configure a VMQ connection policy for a vNIC. VMQ provides improved network performance to the entire management operating system.

VMQ Connection Policy

DIMM Blacklisting Support

Monitors memory test execution messages, and blacklists any DIMMs that encounter memory errors in the DIMM SPD data. This allows the host to map out any DIMMs that encounter uncorrectable ECC errors.

DIMM Blacklisting

DIMM Correctable Error Handling

Enables you to reset the correctable and uncorrectable memory errors on all the DIMMs in a server.

DIMM Correctable Error Handling

Two-factor Authentication

Enables you to configure more secure access to Cisco UCS Manager by implementing a password plus token login scheme for RADIUS and TACACS+ provider groups when coupled with third-party authentication software.

Two Factor Authentication

KVM Direct Access

Enables users to directly access blade and rack servers using a web browser. Only out-of-band IPv4 management interface addresses are supported for KVM Direct access.

KVM Direct Access

VM-FEX Integration for Hyper-V SRIOV

Cisco UCS Manager and Microsoft SCVMM integration extends the VM-FEX technology to the Microsoft virtualization platform. The architecture allows Cisco UCS Manager to configure the networking objects that Microsoft SCVMM uses to set up its networking stacks. Microsoft SCVMM consumes the networking objects that are created by Cisco UCSM and deploys them on the Microsoft Hyper-V host that hosts the VMs.

Hyper-V uses SR-IOV technology to deploy virtual connections. SR-IOV support in Release 2.2 enriches the management plane integration with Microsoft SCVMM and provides a centralized VM network management for the Hyper-V hosts. The deployment leverages the SR-IOV technology that is available on the Cisco UCS VIC adapters and enables the fabric interconnects to be VM-aware.

This feature is documented in the following configuration guides:

  • Cisco UCS Manager VM-FEX for Hyper-V GUI Configuration Guide
  • Cisco UCS Manager VM-FEX for Hyper-V CLI Configuration Guide

The VM-FEX configuration guides can be found here: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​products/​ps10281/​products_​installation_​and_​configuration_​guides_​list.html