Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 3.1(2)
Installing Operating Systems
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Installing Operating Systems

Installing Operating Systems

This chapter includes the following sections:

About Operating System Installation

The unattended operating system installation function helps you install the Microsoft Windows, RedHat Enteprise Linux (RHEL) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) operating systems. UCS-SCU has integrated device drivers including RAID drivers to seamlessly install operating systems on supported RAID logical arrays without additional load driver steps or devices such as the USB.

UCS-SCU supports operating system installation only on virtual disks. Installation on physical disks is not supported. All UCS-SCU supported operating systems are organized into three groups: Windows, RHEL and SLES.


Note


While installing the operating system on C220 and C240 servers, after you provide the operating system CD, the system prompts you to reboot to continue with the installation. At this time, you must change the boot order for the server, and set the appropriate HDD or VD as the first boot device.



Note


Before you begin the operating system installation, be sure that you have disabled the Watchdog Timer. If this feature is enabled and the value is set for a time duration that is less than the time needed to install the OS, the operating system installation process is interrupted. This Watchdog Timer feature automatically restarts or powers off the server after the specified time duration.


You can use the following two options to install the operating system:

  • Quick Install—Use the Quick Install option to install the operating system with the default settings.
  • Custom Install—Use the Custom Install option to modify the default settings prior to installing the operating system. If no parameters are modified, the custom installation performs with the default parameters and downloads the drivers from the SCU boot media.

Performing Quick Install

To perform the quick installation of the OS, follow these steps:

Procedure
    Step 1   To enter the unattended operating system installation function area, click OS Install in the left navigation pane.

    The OS Install page appears.

    Step 2   Click any one of the operating system radio buttons.
    Step 3   From the Operating System drop-down list, select the version of the operating system.
    Step 4   (For Windows) From the Edition drop-down list, select the edition of the operating system.

    The Default Settings area and the Quick Install and Custom Install buttons appear.

    The following table shows the default parameters that are displayed in the Default Settings area for the Windows operating system.

    Table 1 Default Parameters (for Windows)

    Parameter

    Default Value

    Time Zone

    Central American Standard Time

    Name

    admin

    Organization

    Organization

    Computer Name

    Computer

    Network

    DHCP

    Work Group Name

    WORKGROUP

    Drivers

    All drivers will be installed from the SCU boot media

    Firewall

    Disabled

    RDP

    Disabled

    Disk Details

    Disk Name

    LSI

    Disk Size

    Minimum 40 GB

    Partition Details

    Drive Letter

    C

    File System

    NTFS

    Size (MB)

    Depends on logical disks

    The following table shows the default parameters that are displayed in the Default Settings area for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system.

    Table 2 Default Parameters (for RHEL)

    Parameter

    Default Value

    Time Zone

    America/New_York

    Name

    root

    Network

    DHCP

    Drivers

    All drivers will be installed from the SCU boot media

    Disk Details

    Disk Name

    LSI

    Disk Size

    Depends on the logical disk

    Partition Details

    Drive Letter

    File System

    ext3

    Size (MB)

    Depends on logical disks

    Drive Letter

     

    File System

    linux-swap

    Size (MB)

    2048

    The following table shows the default parameters that are displayed in the Default Settings area for the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) operating system.

    Table 3 Default Parameters (for SLES)

    Parameters

    Default Values

    Time Zone

    America/New_York

    Name

    root

    Network

    DHCP

    Drivers

    All drivers will be installed from the SCU boot media

    Disk Details

    Disk Name

    LSI0-Logical Vol-2

    Disk Size

    Depends on logical disks

    Partition Details

    Drive Letter

    /

    File System

    ext3

    Size (MB)

    Depends on logical disks

    Drive Letter

    swap

    File System

    linux-swap

    Size (MB)

    Minimum 2048

    Step 5   Click Quick Install to complete the installation.

    A progress bar is displayed that indicates the tasks being performed and the percentage of completion.

    Note   

    Be sure that logical disks are created before you install the operating system. If logical disks are not available, the following occurs:

    • The disk details are not displayed under Default Settings area
    • The Quick Install and Custom Install buttons are not displayed
    • The following warning message is displayed: OS Installation cannot be done as no logical disks found in the system. Please use RAID Configuration to create logical disks.

    Performing Custom Installation for Windows

    For unattended Windows Server operating system installation, follow these steps:

    Procedure
      Step 1   To enter the unattended operating system installation function area, click OS Install in the left navigation pane.

      The OS Install page appears .

      Step 2   Click the Windows radio button and choose an operating system from the Operating System drop-down list.

      The Edition drop-down list appears.

      Step 3   From the Edition drop-down list, choose an edition.

      The Default Settings area and the Quick Install and Custom Install buttons appear.

      Note   

      The Windows Server 2008 R2 option in the drop-down list is the same for both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. Depending on the installation CD used ( Win2k8 R2 or Win2k8R2 SP1), the corresponding Windows OS version gets installed.

      Step 4   Click Custom Install.

      A progress bar displays indicating the tasks being performed and the percentage of completion. A new OS Install page appears with the following list of collapsible windows

      Step 5   Click Install.

      A progress bar is displayed that indicates the tasks being performed and the percentage of completion. An OS Install dialog box appears which prompts you to remove the UCS-SCU CD and insert the required operating system CD.

      Step 6   Insert the operating system CD and click Ok.

      The system restarts and installation of the operating system begins.


      Personalization

      To configure the personalization settings, follow these steps:

      Procedure
      Click Personalization to open the corresponding window.

      In the Personalization window, do the following:

      • From the Time Zone drop-down list, choose a time zone.
      • In the Name field, enter a name for the administrator. The maximum limit is 20 characters.
      • In the Organization field, enter a name of the organization of the administrator. The maximum limit is 15 characters.
      • Select one of the License Information radio buttons and enter the 25 character product key if license needs to be activated.
      • In the Computer Name field, enter the name of the server. The maximum limit is 15 characters.
      • In the Description field, enter the description of the server. The maximum limit is 25 characters.

      Installation Partitions

      To configure the installation partition settings, follow these steps:

      Procedure
        Step 1   Click Installation Partitions to open the corresponding window.
        Step 2   In the Installation Partitions window, do the following:
        1. From the Select Disk drop-down list, choose a disk to create a logical partition.
        2. Click a disk name to view the corresponding partition details.

          The disk entry expands and displays the partition name, drive letter, file system, and the space used in MB.

        3. To edit a partition, do the following:
          • Choose a partition to edit and click Edit. Choose a partition to edit and click Edit.
          • In the Edit Partition dialog box, do the following:
            • From the Drive Letter drop-down list, choose a drive.
            • In the Size text field, enter the partition size.
              Note   

              The size cannot be more than the available disk space.

            • From the File system drop-down list, choose a file system.
            • Click OK to save your changes
        4. To create a new partition, do the following
          • Choose a free space and click New. A Create Partition dialog box is displayed.
          • In the Create Partition dialog box, do the following:
            • From the Driver Letter drop-down list, choose a drive.
            • In the Size field, edit the disk size.
              Note   

              The size cannot be more than the available disk space.

            • From the File System drop-down list, choose a file system.
            • Click Ok.
        5. To remove a partition, do the following:
          • Choose the partition to delete and click Delete. The OS Install dialog box is displayed.
          • Click Yes to delete the partition.
          Note   

          In the Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the Root and Swap partitions are necessary. If you do not specify their sizes during the partition process, the UCS-SCU generates an alert message and suggests an alternate partition solution. Accept it if you are not familiar with Linux partitions.


        Network Settings

        The Network Settings allows you to enter the network configuration settings for the onboard network adapters that are detected by the operating system during installation. These settings do not affect the network settings for the CIMC. We recommend that you set different IP addresses for the operating system and CIMC. The network interface column lists each network adapter detected by the UCS-SCU. Your operating system may have a different name for the interface after you install the operating system.

        To configure the network settings, follow these steps:

        Procedure
          Step 1   Click Network Settings to open the corresponding window.

          The Network Settings window displays the link status of available network interfaces and the corresponding IP address, subnet mask, gateway, DNS, link status, vendor, type, and MAC address.

          Step 2   In the Network Settings window, do the following:
          1. In the Work Group or Network Domain area, choose one of the following options:
            • Select No network or No domain radio button when a network or domain does not need to be added. Enter a workgroup name in the Work Group Name field. The maximum limit is 20 characters.
            • Select the Join this Domain radio button and do the following:
              • In the Domain Name text field, enter the name of the domain. The maximum limit is 20 characters.
              • In the Domain Username, enter the user name of the domain. The maximum limit is 20 characters.
              • In the Domain password, enter the password of the domain. The maximum limit is 20 characters
          2. Select or deselect the Enable Remote Access (RDP) radio button for remote access settings.
          3. Select or deselect the Disable Firewall radio button for firewall settings.
          4. In the DNS Suffix/Domain field, specify the DNS suffix of the domain. The maximum limit is 25 characters.
          5. In DNS Suffix Search Order 1 field, enter a DNS suffix search order. The maximum limit is 25 characters.
          6. In the DNS Suffix Search Order 2 field, enter another DNS suffix search order. The maximum limit is 25 characters.
          7. In the Proxy Address field, enter the IP address or name of the proxy server. The maximum limit is 30 characters.
          8. In the Port field, enter the port number of the proxy server. The maximum limit is 5 characters.
          9. Edit the Network Settings by doing the following:
            • Select a network interface and click Edit. The Network Settings dialog box displays.
            • Select IP Address from DHCP server or Static IP Address. If you select Static IP Address, do the following:
              • In the IP Address field, enter the IPv4 address.
              • In the Subnet Mask field, enter the subnet IPv4 address.
              • In the Gateway field, enter the gateway IPv4 address.
              • In the DNS field, enter the DNS IPv4 address.
              • Click OK.

          Installation Drivers

          UCS-SCU displays all available drivers downloaded from the driver source. Deselect the drivers that you do not want to install. If you want to install an operating system on a RAID volume, select the driver for the appropriate RAID controller.

          To configure the installation driver settings, follow these steps:

          Procedure
            Step 1   Click Installation Drivers to open the corresponding window
            Step 2   Select the drivers that you want to install from the Choose Drivers to Install table.

            If drivers are not available in the Choose Drivers to Install table, download the drivers using the Installation Drivers toolbar. To download the drivers, choose one of the following options


            Performing Custom Installation for Linux Server Series Operating System

            For unattended Linux operating system installation, follow these steps:

            Procedure
              Step 1   To enter the unattended operating system installation function area, click OS Install in the left navigation pane.

              The OS Install page appears .

              Step 2   Click the RHEL radio button and choose an operating system from the Operating System drop-down list

              The Default Settings area and the Quick Install and Custom Install buttons appear.

              Step 3   Click Custom Install.

              A progress bar is displayed that indicates the tasks being performed and the percentage of completion. A new OS Install page appears with the following list of collapsible windows:

              Step 4   Click Install.

              A progress bar is displayed that indicates the tasks being performed and the percentage of completion. An OS Install dialog box appears.

              Step 5   Click Ok.
              Step 6   Remove the UCS-SCU CD and insert the required operating system CD.

              Basic Configuration

              To configure the basic configuration settings, follow these steps:

              Procedure
                Step 1   Click Basic Configuration to open the corresponding window.
                Step 2   In the Basic Configuration window, do the following:
                1. In the Root Password field, enter the root password.
                2. In the Confirm Root Password field, reenter the root password.
                3. From the Default Language drop-down list, choose a default language.
                4. From the Keyboard drop-down list, choose the type of keyboard layout.
                5. From the Time Zone drop-down list, choose the time zone.
                6. In the Additional Languages list, select all languages that apply.

                Installation Partitions

                To configure the installation partition settings, follow these steps:

                Procedure
                  Step 1   Click Installation Partitions to open the corresponding window.
                  Step 2   In the Installation Partitions window, do the following:
                  1. From the Select Disk drop-down list, choose a disk to create a logical partition.
                  2. Click a disk name to view the corresponding partition details.

                    The disk entry expands and displays the partition name, drive letter, file system, and the space used in MB.

                  3. To edit a partition, do the following:
                    • Choose a partition to edit and click Edit. Choose a partition to edit and click Edit.
                    • In the Edit Partition dialog box, do the following:
                      • From the Drive Letter drop-down list, choose a drive.
                      • In the Size text field, enter the partition size.
                        Note   

                        The size cannot be more than the available disk space.

                      • From the File system drop-down list, choose a file system.
                      • Click OK to save your changes
                  4. To create a new partition, do the following
                    • Choose a free space and click New. A Create Partition dialog box is displayed.
                    • In the Create Partition dialog box, do the following:
                      • From the Driver Letter drop-down list, choose a drive.
                      • In the Size field, edit the disk size.
                        Note   

                        The size cannot be more than the available disk space.

                      • From the File System drop-down list, choose a file system.
                      • Click Ok.
                  5. To remove a partition, do the following:
                    • Choose the partition to delete and click Delete. The OS Install dialog box is displayed.
                    • Click Yes to delete the partition.
                    Note   

                    In the Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the Root and Swap partitions are necessary. If you do not specify their sizes during the partition process, the UCS-SCU generates an alert message and suggests an alternate partition solution. Accept it if you are not familiar with Linux partitions.


                  Package Selection

                  To configure the package selection settings, follow these steps:

                  Procedure
                    Step 1   Click Package Selection to open the corresponding window.
                    Step 2   Select all check boxes that apply.

                    Network Settings

                    The Network Settings allows you to enter the network configuration settings for the onboard network adapters that are detected by the operating system during installation. These settings do not affect the network settings for the CIMC. We recommend that you set different IP addresses for the operating system and CIMC. The network interface column lists each network adapter detected by the UCS-SCU. Your operating system may have a different name for the interface after you install the operating system.

                    To configure the network settings, follow these steps:

                    Procedure
                      Step 1   Click Network Settings to open the corresponding window.

                      The Network Settings window displays the link status of available network interfaces and the corresponding IP address, subnet mask, gateway, DNS, link status, vendor, type, and MAC address.

                      Step 2   In the Network Settings window, do the following:
                      1. In the Work Group or Network Domain area, choose one of the following options:
                        • Select No network or No domain radio button when a network or domain does not need to be added. Enter a workgroup name in the Work Group Name field. The maximum limit is 20 characters.
                        • Select the Join this Domain radio button and do the following:
                          • In the Domain Name text field, enter the name of the domain. The maximum limit is 20 characters.
                          • In the Domain Username, enter the user name of the domain. The maximum limit is 20 characters.
                          • In the Domain password, enter the password of the domain. The maximum limit is 20 characters
                      2. Select or deselect the Enable Remote Access (RDP) radio button for remote access settings.
                      3. Select or deselect the Disable Firewall radio button for firewall settings.
                      4. In the DNS Suffix/Domain field, specify the DNS suffix of the domain. The maximum limit is 25 characters.
                      5. In DNS Suffix Search Order 1 field, enter a DNS suffix search order. The maximum limit is 25 characters.
                      6. In the DNS Suffix Search Order 2 field, enter another DNS suffix search order. The maximum limit is 25 characters.
                      7. In the Proxy Address field, enter the IP address or name of the proxy server. The maximum limit is 30 characters.
                      8. In the Port field, enter the port number of the proxy server. The maximum limit is 5 characters.
                      9. Edit the Network Settings by doing the following:
                        • Select a network interface and click Edit. The Network Settings dialog box displays.
                        • Select IP Address from DHCP server or Static IP Address. If you select Static IP Address, do the following:
                          • In the IP Address field, enter the IPv4 address.
                          • In the Subnet Mask field, enter the subnet IPv4 address.
                          • In the Gateway field, enter the gateway IPv4 address.
                          • In the DNS field, enter the DNS IPv4 address.
                          • Click OK.

                      Installation Drivers

                      UCS-SCU displays all available drivers downloaded from the driver source. Deselect the drivers that you do not want to install. If you want to install an operating system on a RAID volume, select the driver for the appropriate RAID controller.

                      To configure the installation driver settings, follow these steps:

                      Procedure
                        Step 1   Click Installation Drivers to open the corresponding window
                        Step 2   Select the drivers that you want to install from the Choose Drivers to Install table.

                        If drivers are not available in the Choose Drivers to Install table, download the drivers using the Installation Drivers toolbar. To download the drivers, choose one of the following options


                        Performing Custom Installation for SUSE Linux Server Operating System

                        To perform an unattended SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server) operating system installation, follow these steps:

                        Procedure
                          Step 1   To enter the unattended operating system installation function area, click OS Install in the left navigation pane.

                          The OS Install page appears.

                          Step 2   Click the SLES radio button and choose an operating system from the Operating System drop-down list

                          The Default Settings area and the Quick Install and Custom Install buttons appear.

                          Step 3   Click Custom Install.
                          A progress bar is displayed that indicates the tasks being performed and the percentage of completion. A new OS Install page appears with the following list of collapsible windows:
                          Step 4   Click Install.

                          A progress bar is displayed that indicates the tasks being performed and the percentage of completion. An OS Install dialog box appears.

                          Step 5   Click Ok.
                          Step 6   Remove the UCS-SCU CD and insert the required operating system CD.

                          Basic Configuration

                          To configure the basic configuration settings, follow these steps:

                          Procedure
                            Step 1   Click Basic Configuration to open the corresponding window
                            Step 2   In the Basic Configuration window, do the following:
                            1. In the Root Password field, enter the root password.
                            2. In the Confirm Root Password, reenter the root password.
                            3. From the Default Language drop-down list, choose a default language.
                            4. From the Keyboard drop-down list, choose the type of keyboard layout.
                            5. From the Time Zone drop-down list, choose the time zone.

                            Installation Partitions

                            To configure the installation partition settings, follow these steps:

                            Procedure
                              Step 1   Click Installation Partitions to open the corresponding window.
                              Step 2   In the Installation Partitions window, do the following:
                              1. From the Select Disk drop-down list, choose a disk to create a logical partition.
                              2. Click a disk name to view the corresponding partition details.

                                The disk entry expands and displays the partition name, drive letter, file system, and the space used in MB.

                              3. To edit a partition, do the following:
                                • Choose a partition to edit and click Edit. Choose a partition to edit and click Edit.
                                • In the Edit Partition dialog box, do the following:
                                  • From the Drive Letter drop-down list, choose a drive.
                                  • In the Size text field, enter the partition size.
                                    Note   

                                    The size cannot be more than the available disk space.

                                  • From the File system drop-down list, choose a file system.
                                  • Click OK to save your changes
                              4. To create a new partition, do the following
                                • Choose a free space and click New. A Create Partition dialog box is displayed.
                                • In the Create Partition dialog box, do the following:
                                  • From the Driver Letter drop-down list, choose a drive.
                                  • In the Size field, edit the disk size.
                                    Note   

                                    The size cannot be more than the available disk space.

                                  • From the File System drop-down list, choose a file system.
                                  • Click Ok.
                              5. To remove a partition, do the following:
                                • Choose the partition to delete and click Delete. The OS Install dialog box is displayed.
                                • Click Yes to delete the partition.
                                Note   

                                In the Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the Root and Swap partitions are necessary. If you do not specify their sizes during the partition process, the UCS-SCU generates an alert message and suggests an alternate partition solution. Accept it if you are not familiar with Linux partitions.


                              Package Selection

                              To configure the package selection settings, follow these steps:

                              Procedure
                                Step 1   Click Package Selection to open the corresponding window.
                                Step 2   Select all check boxes that apply.

                                Network Settings

                                The Network Settings allows you to enter the network configuration settings for the onboard network adapters that are detected by the operating system during installation. These settings do not affect the network settings for the CIMC. We recommend that you set different IP addresses for the operating system and CIMC. The network interface column lists each network adapter detected by the UCS-SCU. Your operating system may have a different name for the interface after you install the operating system.

                                To configure the network settings, follow these steps:

                                Procedure
                                  Step 1   Click Network Settings to open the corresponding window.

                                  The Network Settings window displays the link status of available network interfaces and the corresponding IP address, subnet mask, gateway, DNS, link status, vendor, type, and MAC address.

                                  Step 2   In the Network Settings window, do the following:
                                  1. In the Work Group or Network Domain area, choose one of the following options:
                                    • Select No network or No domain radio button when a network or domain does not need to be added. Enter a workgroup name in the Work Group Name field. The maximum limit is 20 characters.
                                    • Select the Join this Domain radio button and do the following:
                                      • In the Domain Name text field, enter the name of the domain. The maximum limit is 20 characters.
                                      • In the Domain Username, enter the user name of the domain. The maximum limit is 20 characters.
                                      • In the Domain password, enter the password of the domain. The maximum limit is 20 characters
                                  2. Select or deselect the Enable Remote Access (RDP) radio button for remote access settings.
                                  3. Select or deselect the Disable Firewall radio button for firewall settings.
                                  4. In the DNS Suffix/Domain field, specify the DNS suffix of the domain. The maximum limit is 25 characters.
                                  5. In DNS Suffix Search Order 1 field, enter a DNS suffix search order. The maximum limit is 25 characters.
                                  6. In the DNS Suffix Search Order 2 field, enter another DNS suffix search order. The maximum limit is 25 characters.
                                  7. In the Proxy Address field, enter the IP address or name of the proxy server. The maximum limit is 30 characters.
                                  8. In the Port field, enter the port number of the proxy server. The maximum limit is 5 characters.
                                  9. Edit the Network Settings by doing the following:
                                    • Select a network interface and click Edit. The Network Settings dialog box displays.
                                    • Select IP Address from DHCP server or Static IP Address. If you select Static IP Address, do the following:
                                      • In the IP Address field, enter the IPv4 address.
                                      • In the Subnet Mask field, enter the subnet IPv4 address.
                                      • In the Gateway field, enter the gateway IPv4 address.
                                      • In the DNS field, enter the DNS IPv4 address.
                                      • Click OK.

                                  Installation Drivers

                                  UCS-SCU displays all available drivers downloaded from the driver source. Deselect the drivers that you do not want to install. If you want to install an operating system on a RAID volume, select the driver for the appropriate RAID controller.

                                  To configure the installation driver settings, follow these steps:

                                  Procedure
                                    Step 1   Click Installation Drivers to open the corresponding window
                                    Step 2   Select the drivers that you want to install from the Choose Drivers to Install table.

                                    If drivers are not available in the Choose Drivers to Install table, download the drivers using the Installation Drivers toolbar. To download the drivers, choose one of the following options