Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 3.1(4) User Guide
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Overview

Table Of Contents

Overview

Supported Operating Systems

Supported Platforms

Supported Peripheral Devices

Hardware Requirements


Overview


The Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility (SCU) is an application that helps you manage various tasks on your server. The utility helps you easily set up and manage your servers from a single application.

UCS-SCU reduces the complexity and time associated with setting up and maintaining Cisco C-Series servers. Server deployment is made easier. It guides you through questions to help quickly configure the server through automatic recognition of server hardware, with minimal reboots and an automated unattended operating system installation.

Using the SCU, you can perform the following tasks:

Upgrade, troubleshoot, and configure the UCS C-Series server

View server inventory

Configure BIOS boot order

Configure RAID volumes on attached hard drives

Install an operating system

Perform interactive offline diagnostics

View server health and logs

This chapter includes the following sections:

Supported Operating Systems

Supported Platforms

Supported Peripheral Devices

Hardware Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

UCS-SCU supports unattended installation of the following operating systems:

Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (64-bit)

Red Hat Enterprise 5 Update 7 (x86-64)

Red Hat Enterprise 5 Update 8 (x86-64), supported only on C420 M3 servers

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Update 2 (x86-64)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Update 3 (x86-64)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Update 4 (x86-64)

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (SP2 and SP3)

Supported Platforms

UCS-SCU is supported on the following Cisco platforms:

UCS- C22 M3

UCS- C24 M3

UCS-C220 M3

UCS-C240 M3

UCS- C260 M2

UCS- C420 M3

UCS-C460 M2

Supported Peripheral Devices

Table 1-1 shows the LOM and LSI controller devices supported by UCS-SCU.

Table 1-1 LOM and LSI Controller Devices

Server
LOM Devices
LSI Controller
RAID Levels Supported

C22

Intel I350

9265-8i

9240-8i

9220-4i

9220-8i

0, 1, 5 (if TSOC is installed in the server), 10

C24

Intel I350

9265-8i

9240-8i

9220-8i

0, 1, 5 (if TSOC is installed in the server), 10

C220, C240

Intel I350

LSI 9266-8i

Cisco UCSC RAID SAS 2008M-8i

LSI Embedded MegaRAID

0, 1, 5, 6,10, 50, 60

0, 1, 5, 10, 50

0, 1, 5 (if TSOC is installed in the server), 10

C260

Broadcom BCM5709

Broadcom BCM57711

LSI 9261-8i

0, 1, 5, 6

C460

Broadcom BCM5709

Broadcom BCM57711

LSI 9260-8i

LSI 9240-8i

0, 1, 5, 6

C420 M3

Intel I350

LSI 9271-8i

LSI 9286-8E

0, 1, 5, 6,10, 50, 60

0, 1, 5, 10, 50



Note The UCS-SCU RAID configuration utility detects the physical drivers only once when you enter this function area after the system is rebooted. Do not remove or add hard disk drivers while navigating within this function area.



Note Some LSI RAID controllers take time to complete the operation during RAID configuration. SCU does not have any control over this issue. As a workaround, you can either recreate the RAID or wait for the operation to complete.


Hardware Requirements

The following are the minimum hardware requirements for UCS-SCU:

CD-ROM drive—A USB CD/DVD-ROM drive is required to be able to boot and run the UCS-SCU. You can also use the virtual media option in the CIMC KVM to boot UCS-SCU.

Mouse—Some functions require a standard mouse (PS/2 or USB) for navigation.

USB disk on key device—Functions such as saving UCS-SCU logs require a USB disk on key.

RAM—A minimum of 1 GB RAM. If the available RAM is less than the minimum recommended value, UCS-SCU will not function properly.

Network adapter—Some optional functions, such as, downloading the OS drivers from support.cisco.com, require network access. Any single onboard NIC adapter connection is supported.


Note Currently UCS-SCU supports only Intel/Broadcom adapters.


RAID Cards—RAID configuration and OS installation are supported on select controllers. For details refer to the following document:

Hardware and Software Interoperability Matrix