Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 3.1(5b) User Guide
Understanding UCS Server Configuration Utility User Interface
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Table Of Contents

Understanding UCS Server Configuration Utility User Interface

License Agreement

UCS-SCU GUI Home Page

Navigation Pane

Toolbar Pane

Configuring a Network

Performing Server Health Check

Saving Logs

Using Server Snapshot

Updating Images to Cisco Flexible Flash

Synchronizing the Hypervisor Partition

Rebooting the Server


Understanding UCS Server Configuration Utility User Interface


The UCS-SCU GUI is a web-based management interface that allows you to perform tasks such as operating system installation, RAID configuration, and firmware updates.

This section includes the following sections:

License Agreement

UCS-SCU GUI Home Page

License Agreement

After UCS-SCU boots up, the first interface is the End User License Agreement. Select I Accept and click Next to agree to this license.

UCS-SCU GUI Home Page

Figure 3-1 shows the UCS-SCU GUI and the different elements in the GUI and Table 3-1 shows the description of each element.

Figure 3-1 UCS-SCU GUI

1

Navigation Pane

2

Toolbar

3

Tabs

4

Content Pane

5

Tests Summary Pane


Table 3-1 UCS-SCU GUI Elements 

Element
Description

Navigation Pane

Displays on the left side in the UCS-SCU user interface. See Table 3-2 for a description of all the navigation pane elements.

Toolbar

Displays on the left-hand top corner and has a set of icons. See Table 3-3 for a description of all the toolbar icons.

Tabs

Provides the following options in the UCS-SCU:

KVM—Use this tab to enter KVM Console.

Virtual Media—Use this tab to access the virtual media.

Help

Opens a window in the application that displays context-sensitive help for the displayed page.

Content Pane

Displays on the right side of the GUI. Different pages appear on the content pane depending on the tab that you select in the Navigation Pane.

Tests Summary Pane

Provides details of tests passed, tests in the queue, and tests failed. Viewed only when Diagnostic Tools is selected.


This section includes the following topics:

Navigation Pane

Toolbar Pane

Navigation Pane

Table 3-2 describes the elements in the Navigation Pane.

Table 3-2 Navigation Pane Elements 

Element
Description

Server Inventory

Displays the server information and inventory.

Contains links to the following pages:

Server Information

Inventory

For more information about Server Inventory, go to Chapter 4 "Viewing Server Inventory."

Server Health

Displays the health of the subsystems on your server such as CPUs, memory, power supplies, fans, storage, PCI devices, BIOS, and CIMC.

For more information about Server Health, go to Chapter 5 "Viewing Server Health."

Server Configuration

Sets the BIOS boot order and configures a RAID volume on attached hard drives of your server.

Contains links to the following pages:

Boot Order Configuration

RAID Configuration

For more information about Server Configuration, go to Chapter 8 "Configuring Boot Order and RAID Levels."

OS Install

Installs the RHEL, SLES, and Windows operating systems in a fully unattended mode. The most recent drivers for all onboard components are added from the Tools and Drivers CD or from other supported locations during the operating system installation.

For more information about OS Install, go to Chapter 6 "Installing Operating Systems."

Diagnostic Tools

Allows you to run various types of diagnostic tests to detect server failure.

For more information about Diagnostic Tools, go to Chapter 7 "Diagnostic Tools."

Logs

Displays the System Log and System Event Log of your server.

Contains links to the following pages:

System Logs

System Event Log

For more information about Logs, go to Chapter 9 "Viewing Logs."


Toolbar Pane

Table 3-3 lists and describes all the UCS-SCU icons that you can use to perform specific tasks.

Table 3-3 Toolbar Elements 

Toolbar Icon
Name
Function

Network Configuration

Configures the IP address, DNS and Subnet mask, and Cisco.com credentials.

Probe Server

Performs health check.

Save Logs

Saves logs to an USB.

Server Snapshot

Allows you to take a point-in-time inventory of the server.

Refresh

Refreshes the content area, if supported.

Update

Allows you to download the most recent versions of UCS-SCU, OS drivers, and Host Upgrade Utility.

HyperVisor Sync

Allows you to synchronize data that is written on a disk that is in an out-of sync RAID 1 partition to a replacement disk.

Reboot

Reboots the server.


This section describes the toolbar elements in more detail:

Configuring a Network

Performing Server Health Check

Saving Logs

Using Server Snapshot

Updating Images to Cisco Flexible Flash

Synchronizing the Hypervisor Partition

Rebooting the Server

Configuring a Network

To configure a network, follow these steps:


Step 1 Click the Network Configuration button on the toolbar.

The Network Configuration dialog box appears.

Step 2 In the Network Configuration dialog box, do the following:

a. 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.

(Optional) In the DNS field, enter the DNS IPv4 address.


Note Go to Step b. if you want to download software and drivers from cisco.com.


b. Select Direct Connection to internet or Manual Proxy. If you select Manual Proxy, do the following:

In the HTTP Proxy Server URL field, enter the URL of the proxy server. The maximum limit is 45 characters.

In the Port field, enter the port number. The maximum limit is 5 characters. By default, it is 8080.

In the Proxy Server UserName field, enter the user name of the proxy server. The maximum limit is 45 characters.

In the Proxy Server Password field, enter the password of the proxy server. The maximum limit is 45 characters.

Step 3 Click Configure to save the settings.


Network configuration is a one-time process, and if you have not configured your network, you are prompted to configure it during the following procedures:

When you are updating images to Cisco Flexible Flash. (See "Updating Images to Cisco Flexible Flash" section).

When you are downloading drivers from the network share or cisco.com during the operating system installation. (See "Installation Drivers" section).

Performing Server Health Check

The Probe Server functionality allows to perform a health check of the server subsystems. When you click the Probe Server icon, the server health check is initiated.

To view the health check results, click the Server Health tab in the navigation pane.

For more information about the Server Health tab, go to Chapter 5 "Viewing Server Health.".

Saving Logs

You can use the Save Logs functionality to save your log files. Before using Save Logs, you must insert a USB flash drive or vMedia for storing the log files.

Using Server Snapshot

You can use the Server Snapshot feature in the UCS SCU user interface to take a point-in-time inventory of a server. This feature allows you to compare inventories or components of a server over certain periods of time. Before you initiate a server snapshot, be sure that you connect a USB flash drive into the server. Without a flash drive available, the log file created by the server snapshot is not saved.

When you initiate a server snapshot, UCS SCU retrieves information on the server components, and also runs a series of quick tests to determine the state of the server. When you initiate a server snapshot, a series of quick tests such as processor, memory, disk, cache, network interface tests, QPI Link and Trafffic, LSI Battery backup and RAID adapter tests, and Chipset tests, are performed on the server.

The time to complete a server snapshot process depends on the server configuration such as installed memory, the number of physical disks and their sizes, and the number of network interfaces. This process could complete in 30-45 minutes or could a few hours.

After the server snapshot process is complete, the log file is saved on to the USB flash drive that you specified. You can open this log file in any editor, for example, WordPad. To help compare server inventories across time periods, we recommend that you store these log files in a location and archive it. When you have multiple log files, you can use a comparison tool from the Internet to view differences in the server inventory.

To take a server snapshot, follow these steps:


Step 1 Connect a USB flash drive to the server or through vMedia.

Without this flash drive, you cannot save the server snapshot log file. Be sure that there is adequate space on the flash drive to save the log file.

Step 2 Click the Server Snapshot icon in the UCS SCU interface.

A dialog box is displayed that prompts you to insert the USB flash drive.

Step 3 Click Yes to continue.

A dialog box prompts you to select the USB flash drive in which you would like to save the log file.

Step 4 Choose the USB flash drive from the drop-down menu and click Save.

The Server Snapshot process is initiated. This process could last up to 20 to 30 minutes. A dialog box indicating the progress of the server snapshot process appears. During this process, you cannot perform any other tasks on the server. At any moment during the process, you can cancel the server snapshot process by clicking Cancel in the dialog box.


Note During the server snapshot process, if the KVM connection is terminated, it does not terminate the server snapshot process. When you log in again to KVM Console, you will notice that the server snapshot process is still running or has completed. However, if the USB flash drive is connected through vMedia and the KVM connection is terminated, then the server snapshot process is halted as the connection to the USB flash drive is lost.


Step 5 After the snapshot process is complete, a dialog box message appears to indicate that the server snapshot process is complete. Click OK.

The log file is saved on the USB flash drive. The log file is a text file and is saved with the server name, and includes the date when the server snapshot was taken. For example: UCSC_C260-BASE-2646_FCH1234345_06_08_2011 is the log file name of a server snapshot taken for UCS C-260 server on August 6th, 2001.

Step 6 Open this log file with any editor.


Note To compare inventory information of the same server over a period of time, we recommend that you archive these log files so that they are always available for comparison.



While running quick tests on the server, the server snapshot feature can determine only if a server component passed or failed a test. It cannot determine the reasons for a component not passing the quick test. While viewing the log file of the server snapshot process, if you notice that a server component did not pass the quick test, then check the quick test logs available under the Diagnostics Tools.


Note To know more about Diagnostic Tools, go to Chapter 7 "Diagnostic Tools."


The log file of the server snapshot process includes the following information:

Chassis Summary

BaseBoard Summary

CIMC Summary

Processor Summary

Memory Summary

Storage Summary

PCI Adapter Summary

Power Supply Summary

Server diagnostics Quick Test Results

Server Probe Data

Updating Images to Cisco Flexible Flash

You can use the UCS-SCU GUI to download the most recent versions of UCS-SCU, operating system drivers and Host Upgrade Utility (HUU). These images can be flashed to the SD card on your system on the respective partitions.

To update the images to Cisco Flexible Flash using the UCS-SCU GUI, follow these steps:


Step 1 Click the Update icon in the toolbar.

The Cisco Flex Flash Software Update dialog box appears displaying a list of partitions.

Step 2 Select Cisco Server Configuration Utility in the list.

You can update the image to the SD card using one of the following options to update the image:

Updating from Cisco.com

Updating from Network

Step 3 Click Apply to apply the image.

The Cisco Flex Flash Software Update dialog box appears and the table is refreshed with the version of the image.

Step 4 Repeat Step 1 to Step 4 for the remaining partitions.


Updating from Cisco.com

To update the images to the Cisco Flexible Flash from cisco.com, follow these steps:


Step 1 Click Cisco.com.

If the network or user credentials are not configured, the Network Configuration dialog box appears. If they are configured, the Select Updates dialog box appears. If you need to configure the network, go to Step 2. If you do not need to configure the network, go to Step 3.

Step 2 In the Network Configuration dialog box, do the following:

a. Enter the IP addresses to configure the network. For more information about configuring the network, go to the "Configuring a Network" section.

b. In the User Name field, enter the cisco.com username. The maximum limit is 45 characters.

c. In the Password field, enter the cisco.com password. The maximum limit is 45 characters.

Step 3 In the Select Updates dialog box that is displayed, select the required version of the ISO image.

Step 4 Click OK.


Updating from Network

To update the image from your network to the Cisco Flexible Flash, follow these steps:


Step 1 Click From Network.

If the network or user credentials are not configured, the Network Configuration dialog box appears. If they are configured, the Network Location dialog box appears. If you need to configure the network, go to Step 2. If you do not need to configure the network, go to Step 3.

Step 2 In the Network Configuration dialog box, enter the IP addresses to configure the network. For more information about configuring network, go to "Configuring a Network" section.

Step 3 In the Network Location dialog box that is displayed, do the following:

a. In the User Name field, enter the login name to the network location.

b. In the Password field, enter the password to the network location.

c. In the Network Location field, enter the path name of the folder that contains the ISO image files.

d. Click Connect.

A file dialog box is displayed listing the images.

e. Select an .iso image file.

f. Click Open.

The selected file appears as a package name in the Network Location dialog box.

g. Click Ok.


Synchronizing the Hypervisor Partition

On servers that support the Cisco FlexFlash SD card, UCS-SCU provides an option to synchronize the Hypervisor virtual disk, on the SD card, configured as a RAID-1 disk. This feature is available only when both slots of the Cisco FlexFlash SD card are populated. UCS-SCU detects the presence and absence of SD cards on the server.

When one member slot of the SD card is corrupt, use this option to synchronize the Hypervisor data across 2 members of the RAID-1 virtual disk. You can initiate this synchronization only if 2 cards are detected and RAID-1 is determined as unhealthy (one member is corrupt).

To synchronize the Hypervisor virtual disk, follow these steps:


Step 1 Click the Hypervisor Sync icon on the toolbar.

A dialog box prompts you to confirm that you want to synchronize the hypervisor RAID.

Step 2 Click Yes.

When the synchronization is complete, a dialog box indicating the completion of the process is displayed.

Step 3 Click OK.

The Hypervisor Sync icon on the toolbar is greyed out.


Rebooting the Server

To reboot the server, follow these steps:


Step 1 Click the Reboot icon on the toolbar.

The Reboot dialog box appears.

Step 2 Click Yes to reboot.

The server is rebooted, and the UCS-SCU GUI reappears.