Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card Drivers for Windows Installation Guide
Downloading and Installing Cisco UCS VIC Drivers
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Downloading and Installing Cisco UCS VIC Drivers

This chapter contains the following sections:

Downloading Cisco UCS VIC Drivers

Obtaining the ISO Image Bundle

This procedure describes how to download the UCS Drivers ISO bundle, which contains most Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card drivers. In some cases, a driver may be contained in a different bundle, which will be noted in the installation procedure for that driver.

Procedure
    Step 1   In a web browser, navigate to http:/​/​www.cisco.com.
    Step 2   Under Support, click All Downloads.
    Step 3   In the product selector, click Products, then click Unified Computing and Servers.
    Step 4   If prompted, enter your Cisco.com username and password to log in.

    You must be signed in to download Unified Computing System (UCS) drivers.

    Step 5   Choose your server.

    Cisco UCS drivers are available for both Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server Software and Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount UCS-Managed Server Software.

    Step 6   Click Unified Computing System (UCS) Drivers.
    Step 7   Click the Release Notes link to view the latest version of the Release Notes.
    Step 8   For each driver ISO that you want to download, do the following:
    1. Click the link for the release that you want to download.

      The latest release version is selected by default.

    2. Choose your download method and follow the prompts to complete your driver download.
      Download

      Downloads the software immediately.

      Add to Cart

      Adds the software driver ISO to your cart to be downloaded at a later time.


    What to Do Next

    Read the Release Notes before installing the Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card drivers.

    Installing Cisco UCS VIC Drivers

    Installation Methods

    Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card drivers for Windows can installed in the following ways:

    • During a new Windows OS installation.
    • After OS installation using the Device Manager.

    Administrative privileges are required to install and update Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card drivers.

    Installing Windows Drivers During OS Install (Windows 2012 and 2012 R2)

    If you are installing Windows on a SAN LUN, you must install Cisco VIC drivers for Windows during the OS installation. If you do not provide the drivers during OS installation, the system will not be able to detect the SAN LUN.

    If Windows is being installed on the local hard disk, it is not required that you install the drivers during OS installation. You can install the drivers after completing the OS installation.


    Caution


    The driver installation file modifies certain registry entries, such as the disk timeout value of the system disk driver. Removing the driver does not restore these values.


    Procedure
      Step 1   Start the Windows installation using the installation DVD or virtual media.
      Step 2   On the Where do you want to install Windows screen, click Load Driver.
      Step 3   Browse to the driver and click OK.The driver appears in the Select the drive to be installed window.
      Step 4   Confirm that the correct driver is displayed on the Select the drive to be installed screen and click Next.
      Step 5   Continue with your Windows installation on the SAN LUN or select SAN LUN on the Where do you want to install Windows? screen.

      Installing Windows Drivers During OS Install (Windows 2008 SP2 and R2)

      If you are installing Windows on a SAN LUN, you must install Cisco VIC drivers for Windows during the OS installation. If you do not provide the drivers during OS installation, the system will not be able to detect the SAN LUN.

      If Windows is being installed on the local hard disk, it is not required that you install the drivers during OS installation. You can install the drivers after completing the OS installation.


      Caution


      The driver installation file modifies certain registry entries, such as the disk timeout value of the system disk driver. Removing the driver does not restore these values.


      Procedure
        Step 1   Start the Windows installation using the installation DVD or virtual media.
        Step 2   On the Where do you want to install Windows screen, click Load Driver.
        Step 3   Browse to the driver and click OK.The driver appears in the Select the drive to be installed window.
        Step 4   Confirm that the correct driver is displayed on the Select the drive to be installed screen and click Next.
        Step 5   Continue with your Windows installation on the SAN LUN or select SAN LUN on the Where do you want to install Windows? screen.

        Installing Windows Drivers After OS Installation (Windows 2008 SP2)


        Caution


        The driver installation file modifies certain registry entries, such as the disk timeout value of the system disk driver. Removing the driver does not restore these values.


        Procedure
          Step 1   When Windows detects the newly installed Fibre Channel or Ethernet device and displays the Found New Hardware wizard, click Locate and install driver software (recommended).
          Step 2   When asked to insert the disk, click I don't have the disc. Show me other options.
          Step 3   Click Browse my computer for driver software (advanced).
          Step 4   Browse for the drivers and click Next.
          Step 5   On the Would you like to install this device software? window, click Install.
          Step 6   Click Close twice to complete the driver software installation.
          Step 7   If Windows displays the following message following SAN boot, click Yes to restart the computer immediately.

          System Settings Change. Windows has finished installing a new device. The software that supports your device requires that you restart your computer. You must restart your computer before the new settings will take effect. Do you want to restart your computer now?


          Installing Windows Drivers After OS Installation (Windows 2008-R2)


          Caution


          The driver installation file modifies certain registry entries, such as the disk timeout value of the system disk driver. Removing the driver does not restore these values.


          Procedure
            Step 1   Windows detects the newly installed Fibre Channel or Ethernet device and displays a Device driver software was not successfully installed message.
            Step 2   Right-click the Ethernet or Fibre Channel device and choose Update driver software.
            Step 3   Click Browse my computer for driver software.
            Step 4   Click Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
            Step 5   On the Select your drivers type from the list below window, leave Show All Devices selected and click Next.
            Step 6   On the Select the device driver you want to install for this hardware window, click Have Disk.
            Step 7   On the Install from Disk window, Browse for the driver and click OK.
            Step 8   Click Next on the Select the device driver you want to install for this hardware screen.
            Step 9   Click Close to exit the wizard.
            Step 10   If Windows displays the following message following SAN boot, click Yes to restart the computer immediately.

            System Settings Change. Windows has finished installing a new device. The software that supports your device requires that you restart your computer. You must restart your computer before the new settings will take effect. Do you want to restart your computer now?


            Updating Existing Windows Drivers (Windows 2008 SP2 and R2)


            Caution


            The driver installation file modifies certain registry entries, such as the disk timeout value of the system disk driver. Removing the driver does not restore these values.


            Procedure
              Step 1   Start the Device Manager.
              1. Right-click My Computer.
              2. choose Manage.
              3. choose Device Manager.
              Step 2   Expand the adapter.
              • For the eNIC driver, expand Network Adapters.
              • For the fNIC driver, expand Storage Controllers.
              Step 3   In the Devices list, right-click the adapter and choose Update Driver Software.

              The Update Driver Software window opens.

              Step 4   In the How do you want to search for driver software? area, choose Browse my computer for driver software.
              Step 5   Choose your adapter and click Next.
              Step 6   In the Install from Disk window, browse to the driver file and click OK.
              Step 7   Click OK in the restart pop up to reboot the server.

              Installing the NIC Teaming Driver

              About the Cisco NIC Teaming Driver for Windows

              The Cisco NIC Teaming Driver for Windows is supported by Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 64 bit. The driver can be installed through either the Windows Control Panel or the Windows command prompt.


              Note


              • Hyper-V guest operating systems are not supported with the Cisco NIC Teaming Driver for Windows.
              • The NIC teaming driver supports up to 4 teams.

              After installing the driver, you can configure NIC teaming using the enictool.exe command line utility provided with the driver files. The driver supports the following teaming modes:

              • Active-Backup (with or without failback)
              • Active-Active (transmit load balancing)
              • 802.3ad LACP

              The driver supports the following transmit load balancing methods:

              • TCP connection
              • Source and destination MAC address
              • MAC address and IP address

              The driver supports the following hashing options for load balancing:

              • XOR hash
              • CRC hash

              Obtaining the NIC Teaming Driver for Windows

              The Cisco NIC Teaming Driver is contained in the UCS-related Windows Utilities ISO.

              Procedure
                Step 1   In a web browser, navigate to http:/​/​www.cisco.com.
                Step 2   Under Support, click All Downloads.
                Step 3   In the product selector, click Products, then click Unified Computing and Servers.
                Step 4   If prompted, enter your Cisco.com username and password to log in.

                You must be signed in to download UCS drivers.

                Step 5   Depending on your platform, choose either Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server Software or Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount UCS-Managed Server Software.
                Step 6   Click Unified Computing System (UCS) Utilities and select the Windows platform.
                Step 7   Click the link for the release that you want to download.

                The latest release version is selected by default.

                Step 8   Click the Release Notes link to view the latest version of the Release Notes.
                Step 9   Choose your download method and follow the prompts to complete your driver download.
                Download

                Downloads the software immediately.

                Add to Cart

                Adds the utilities ISO to your cart to be downloaded at a later time.


                What to Do Next

                Read the Release Notes for Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card Drivers before installing the driver.

                Installing the NIC Teaming Driver from the Control Panel

                Procedure
                  Step 1   In Windows, click Start > Control Panel.
                  Step 2   Navigate to and click the Network and Sharing Center.

                  For the specific location see the Windows server documentation.

                  Step 3   In the Network and Sharing Center, click Manage Network Connections.
                  Step 4   In the Network Connections folder, right-click on an Ethernet interface and choose Properties.
                  Step 5   Click Install and choose Protocol > Add.
                  Step 6   Browse to the drivers directory and click OK.

                  The Cisco NIC Teaming Driver is installed and listed in the Ethernet interface properties.


                  What to Do Next

                  In the command prompt, run the enictool.exe utility to create and delete teams.

                  Installing the NIC Teaming Driver from the Command Prompt

                  Procedure
                    Step 1   In Windows, open a command prompt with administrator privileges.
                    Step 2   At the command prompt, enter enictool -p "drivers_directory"

                    The Cisco NIC Teaming Driver is installed using the .inf files located in the specified directory.



                    Example:

                    This example installs the teaming driver using the .inf files located in the temp directory:

                    C:\> enictool -p "c:\temp"

                    What to Do Next

                    Use the enictool.exe utility to create and delete teams.

                    Configuring the NIC Teaming Driver Using enictool.exe

                    Procedure
                      Step 1   In Windows, open a command prompt with administrator privileges.
                      Step 2   To create a team, enter enictool -c "list of connections" -m mode

                      The mode options are as follows:

                      • 1—Active Backup
                      • 2—Active Backup with failback to active mode
                      • 3—Active Active (transmit load balancing)
                      • 4—802.3ad LACP


                      Example:

                      This example creates a team of two NICs in Active Backup mode:

                      C:\> enictool -c "Local Area Connection" "Local Area Connection 2" -m 1
                      Step 3   To delete a team, enter enictool -d "list of connections"

                      Example:

                      This example deletes a team of two NICs:

                      C:\> enictool -d "Local Area Connection" "Local Area Connection 2"
                      Step 4   To view additional options and usage information, enter enictool /?

                      Use the displayed command option information to configure load balancing method, load balancing hash method, and other options.


                      Installing the iSCSI Crash Dump Driver

                      Procedure
                        Step 1   Open a command prompt with administrator privileges.
                        Step 2   Enter the following command to install the iSCSI Crash Dump Driver using the iSCSI Crash Dump Driver utility:

                        edumputil -i "C:\sample\edumpw164.sys".

                        Step 3   Reboot the host.