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Release Notes for Cisco UCS Management Pack, Release 2.6
For Microsoft System Center 2012, 2012 SP1 and 2012 R2 - Operations Manager

Contents

Introduction

System Requirements

Software Requirements

Supported Cisco UCS Manager Releases

New Features

Release 2.6.2

Support for Windows 2012 R2

Support for SCOM 2012 R2 and UCSM release 2.2 (1)

Diagnostic Logging Support

Release 2.6

Cisco UCS Management Service

Severity Mapping

Severity Remapping

Fault Filters

Auto-Resolution of Faults

Resolved Caveats

Resolved Caveats for Release 2.6.2

Known Limitations for Release 2.6

Open Caveats for Release 2.6

Sizing Requirement

Deployment Scenario

Cisco Communities

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request


Release Notes for Cisco UCS Management Pack, Release 2.6
For Microsoft System Center 2012, 2012 SP1 and 2012 R2 - Operations Manager


First Published: May 2013
Last Updated: December 2013
Part Number: OL-29607-02

This document describes the system requirements, new features, information about the images, resolved caveats, known caveats, and workarounds for Cisco UCS Management Pack, Release 2.6 for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, 2012, 2012 SP1 and 2012 R2. This document also includes current information that became available after the technical documentation was published.

Use these release notes as a supplement with the other documents listed in the documentation roadmap http://www.cisco.com/go/unifiedcomputing/b-series-doc.

Make sure to review other available documentation on Cisco.com to obtain current information on Cisco UCS Management Pack, Release 2.6.

Table 1 shows the online change history for this document.

Table 1

Part Number
Revision
Date
Description

OL-29607-01

A0

May 2013

Created Release Notes for Cisco UCS Management Pack, Release 2.6

 

B0

December 2013

Created Release Notes for Cisco UCS Management Pack, Release 2.6.2


Online History Change

Contents

This document includes the following sections:

Introduction

New Features

Known Limitations for Release 2.6

Open Caveats for Release 2.6

Cisco Communities

Related Documentation

Introduction

System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) is a cross-platform data center management server for operating systems and hypervisors. SCOM uses a single interface that shows the state, health, and performance information of computer systems. It also provides alerts that are generated according to availability, performance, configuration, or identified security risks. This tool works with Microsoft Windows Server and UNIX-based hosts.

A management pack is a definition file that contains predefined monitoring settings that enable an agent to monitor a specific service or application in SCOM. The predefined settings include discovery information that allows SCOM to automatically detect and begin monitoring services and applications. It also consists of a knowledge base that contains error and troubleshooting information, alerts, and reports to help you correct problems detected in the environment.

Cisco UCS Management Pack, Release 2.6 provides you visibility into the health, performance, and availability of Cisco UCS through a single, familiar, and easy-to-use interface. The management pack contains rules that monitor, for example, chassis, blade servers, rack servers, and service profiles across multiple Cisco UCS systems.

System Requirements

Before installing Cisco UCS Management Pack, ensure the system meets or exceeds the following minimum requirements:

Software Requirements

Supported Cisco UCS Manager Releases

Software Requirements

Windows PowerShell 2.0 or above

.NET Framework 4 or above

System Center Operations Manager 2012 (with Update Rollout 2 or above) or 2012 SP1 or 2012 R2

Supported Cisco UCS Manager Releases

Cisco UCS Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager is compatible with Cisco UCS Manager, Release 1.4 or later.

New Features

This section briefly describes the new features introduced in Cisco UCS Management Pack, for various 2.6 releases. For detailed information about the features listed, see the documents listed in the Cisco Communities section.

Release 2.6.2

Cisco UCS Management Pack, Release 2.6.2 includes the following new features:

Support for Windows 2012 R2

Support for SCOM 2012 R2 and UCSM release 2.2 (1)

Diagnostic Logging Support

Support for Windows 2012 R2

This release supports installation on Windows 2012 R2 operating system along with other flavors which were support by its predecessor Cisco UCSM SCOM Management Pack, Release 2.6.1.

Support for SCOM 2012 R2 and UCSM release 2.2 (1)

Cisco UCSM SCOM Management Pack, Release 2.6.2 has been verified to work with SCOM 2012 R2, SCOM 2012 and 2012 SP1. It has also been verified with the latest release of Cicso UCS Manager, Release 2.2 (1).

Diagnostic Logging Support

Management Pack, release 2.6.2 supports the Cisco UCS Management Service level diagnostics error logging capability. After upgrading the Management Pack to release 2.6.2, error logging will automatically start on the existing UCSMs and the newly added ones. For each UCSM that is being monitored by SCOM separate logs are created and stored.


Note Cisco UCSM SCOM Management Pack, Release 2.6.2 supports upgrade from its predecessor Cisco UCSM SCOM Management Pack, Release 2.6.1. For more information, refer to the user guide in the Cisco Communities section.


Release 2.6

This section briefly describes the new features introduced in Cisco UCS Management Pack, Release 2.6. For detailed information about the features listed, see the documents listed in the Cisco Communities section.

Cisco UCS Management Pack, Release 2.6 includes the following new features:

Cisco UCS Management Service

Severity Mapping

Severity Remapping

Fault Filters

Auto-Resolution of Faults

Cisco UCS Management Service

Cisco UCS Management Service is a new component in Cisco UCS Management Pack. This management service acts as an agent between the management pack and Cisco UCS domains. It maintains the communication sessions for the Cisco UCS domains that are registered with it. Cisco UCS Management Service should be installed on the management servers. You can install multiple instances of Cisco UCS Management Service if the deployment includes a resource pool of management servers.

Severity Mapping

Enhancements to severity mapping provide you with additional flexibility to configure the mapping between severity levels in Cisco UCS and SCOM.

Severity Remapping

Severity remapping enables you to override the existing severity mapping for specific filters, per Cisco UCS domain, based on criteria that you define.

Fault Filters

You can configure filters to prevent unwanted or undesirable faults from a Cisco UCS domain from being shown in the Alerts view of SCOM. Filters provide the capability to create complex conditions using AND OR groups.

You can also nest groups to create complex conditions based on the needs of your business.

Auto-Resolution of Faults

Actions performed on faults by administrators in Cisco UCS Manager, such as clearing faults or acknowledging faults, are automatically resolved by Cisco UCS Management Pack and reflected in the Faults view of the SCOM. Auto-resolution of faults is enabled by default.

Resolved Caveats

Resolved Caveats for Release 2.6.2

Bug ID
Symptom

CSCul43164

When the number of chassis in a UCS exceeds nine, then the blades of chassis 10, chassis 11, chassis 12 and so on are shown as blades of chassis 1.

CSCul24411

When Populate Cache scripts run from the Management Pack a missing dll file error occurred in C:\Windows\Temp directory. Because of this you were not able to monitor the UCS using SCOM.


Known Limitations for Release 2.6

Cisco UCS Management Pack, Release 2.6. has the following limitations:

A direct upgrade from Cisco UCS Management Pack, Release 2.5 for SCOM is not supported. For information on how to upgrade from Release 2.5, see the Cisco UCS Management Pack User Guide, Release 2.6 for Microsoft System Center 2012, 2012 SP1 and 2012 R2 - Operations Manager


Note Known limitations may not exist in future releases. Be sure to check current software release notes for the most up-to-date information.


Open Caveats for Release 2.6

This release has no known open caveats.

Sizing Requirement

This section describes the sizing requirement for the Cisco UCSM SCOM Management Pack v2.6. Following is the system hardware requirement:

Management Pack specific hardware requirement:

Processor Architecture: x64 only having 2-cores or above

Memory: 8 GB or higher

Disk space: 25 MB

Network connection: 1 MB/sec or faster

The SCOM system requirements is defined at:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn249696.aspx#BKMK_Hardware

Deployment Scenario

Management Server: 2

Cisco UCS Management Service: 1

Number of monitored Blades: more than 350

Number of monitored component: more than 14000

Cisco UCSM SCOM Management Pack v2.6 has been tested in the lab with two management servers and one Cisco UCS Management Service to successfully monitor ~350+ blades with ~14000+ components.

Hardware requirement mentioned above is the minimum requirement to achieve monitoring capability.

This data could be used to identify the sizing requirement for other environments.

Cisco Communities

Cisco Communities is a platform to discuss, share and learn about the Cisco Products and Technologies. For blogs, discussion forums and documents related to UCS integrations with partner ecosystem, visit https://communities.cisco.com/ucsintegrations

Related Documentation

For more information, you can access related documents from the following links:

Cisco UCS Documentation Roadmap

Cisco UCS Management Pack User Guide, Release 2.6 for Microsoft System Center 2012, 2012 SP1 and 2012 R2 - Operations Manager

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

For information on obtaining documentation, submitting a service request, and gathering additional information, see What's New in Cisco Product Documentation at: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html.

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his document is to be used in conjunction with the documents listed in the "Cisco Communities" section.