Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 3.1(2)
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This preface includes the following sections:


This guide is intended primarily for data center administrators with responsibilities and expertise in one or more of the following:

  • Server administration
  • Storage administration
  • Network administration
  • Network security


This document uses the following conventions:



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This warning symbol means danger. You are in a situation that could cause bodily injury. Before you work on any equipment, be aware of the hazards involved with electrical circuitry and be familiar with standard practices for preventing accidents. Use the statement number provided at the end of each warning to locate its translation in the translated safety warnings that accompanied this device.



This guide is organized as follows:




Chapter 1

Overview of UCS Server Configuration Utility

Provides an introduction to the utility and the features it provides.

Chapter 2

Getting Started with UCS-SCU

Contains information on booting the utility.

Chapter 3

Understanding UCS-SCU User Interface

Contains information about the GUI and its elements.

Chapter 4

Using the Server Inventory

Contains information about viewing the server inventory

Chapter 5

Using Server Health

Contains information about viewing the server health.

Chapter 6

Installing Operating Systems

Contains information about installing the operating systems.

Chapter 7

Understanding Diagnostic Tools

Contains information about diagnostic tools.

Chapter 8

Configuring Boot Order and RAID Levels

Contains information about the BIOS boot order and the RAID levels.

Chapter 9

Viewing Logs

Contains information about viewing system and system event logs.

Chapter 10

Troubleshooting UCS-SCU Issues

Contains troubleshooting information and frequently asked questions.

Related Cisco UCS Documentation

Documentation Roadmaps

For a complete list of all B-Series documentation, see the Cisco UCS B-Series Servers Documentation Roadmap available at the following URL: http:/​/​​go/​unifiedcomputing/​b-series-doc.

For a complete list of all C-Series documentation, see the Cisco UCS C-Series Servers Documentation Roadmap available at the following URL: http:/​/​​go/​unifiedcomputing/​c-series-doc .

Other Documentation Resources

An ISO file containing all B and C-Series documents is available at the following URL: http:/​/​​cisco/​software/​type.html?mdfid=283853163&flowid=25821. From this page, click Unified Computing System (UCS) Documentation Roadmap Bundle.

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