Cisco UCS Central GUI Configuration Guide, Release 1.0
Overview of the Cisco UCS Central GUI
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Overview of the Cisco UCS Central GUI

Overview of the Cisco UCS Central GUI

This chapter includes the following sections:

Overview of Cisco UCS Central GUI

The Cisco UCS Central GUI provides a graphical interface to Cisco UCS Central. You can access the GUI from any computer that meets the requirements listed in the System Requirements section of the Release Notes for Cisco UCS Central.

The Cisco UCS Central GUI contains the following areas and panes:

  • The UCS Faults area that shows the number of aggregated faults for all Cisco UCS domains registered with Cisco UCS Central.
  • A menu bar across the top of the window that provides access to the main categories of information in Cisco UCS Central.
  • A Navigation pane on the left that provides an expandable tree view of the information available under each menu category.
  • A Work pane on the right that displays the tabs associated with the node selected in the Navigation pane.

The menu bar contains the following items:

  • Equipment—Provides access to the Cisco UCS Central domain groups, domain group policies, registered Cisco UCS domains, and a fault summary for the Cisco UCS domains.
  • Servers—Provides access to the service profiles and service profile templates configured in the registered Cisco UCS domains, as well as the global UUID suffix pools configured in Cisco UCS Central.
  • Network—Provides access to the global IP pools and MAC pools configured in Cisco UCS Central.
  • Storage—Provides access to the global IQN pools and WWN pools configured in Cisco UCS Central.
  • Operations Management—Provides access to the following:
    • Firmware images
    • Backup and import files
    • Domain group level policies for backup and export, firmware management, maintenance, and operational features such as communication protocols, SNMP, Call Home, remote user authentication, power allocation, and error logging
  • Administration—Provides access to the locales and users defined in Cisco UCS Central, a registry of all controllers, providers, and clients in Cisco UCS Central, and diagnostic information such as tech support files, audit logs, event logs, and faults.

Logging into and out of the Cisco UCS Central GUI

Logging in to the Cisco UCS Central GUI through HTTP

The default HTTP web link for the Cisco UCS Central GUI is http://UCSCentral_IP, where UCSCentral_IP represents the IP address assigned to Cisco UCS Central.

Procedure
    Step 1   In your web browser, type the Cisco UCS Central GUI web link or select the bookmark in your browser.
    Step 2   On the launch page, do the following:
    1. Enter your username and password.
    2. Click Log In.

    Logging in to the Cisco UCS Central GUI through HTTPS

    The default HTTPS web link for the Cisco UCS Central GUI is https://UCSCentral_IP, where UCSCentral_IP represents the IP address assigned to Cisco UCS Central.

    Procedure
      Step 1   In your web browser, type the Cisco UCS Central GUI web link or select the bookmark in your browser.
      Step 2   On the launch page, do the following:
      1. Enter your username and password.
      2. Click Log In.

      Logging out of the Cisco UCS Central GUI

      Procedure
      In the Cisco UCS Central GUI, click Log Out in the upper right.

      The Cisco UCS Central GUI logs you out immediately and returns your browser to the launch page.


      Launching Cisco UCS Manager for a UCS Domain

      Before You Begin

      To access Cisco UCS Manager from the Cisco UCS Central GUI, you need the following:

      • Name of the Cisco UCS domain you want to access.
      • Cisco UCS username and password.
      Procedure
        Step 1   On the menu bar, click Equipment.
        Step 2   In the Navigation pane, expand UCS Domains.
        Step 3   In the work pane, click on the UCS Domains tab.
        Step 4   From the list of Cisco UCS domain names under the UCS Name column, choose the domain for which you want to launch Cisco UCS Manager.
        Step 5   On the menu bar, click Properties.
        Step 6   In the General tab, click Launch UCS Manager.
        Step 7   If a UCSM Certificate Error dialog box appears, click the text to continue to the web browser.
        Step 8   If a Security Alert dialog box appears, accept the security certificate and continue.
        Step 9   In the Cisco UCS Manager launch page, click Launch UCS Manager.

        Depending upon the web browser you use to log in, you may be prompted to download or save the .JNLP file.

        Step 10   If Cisco UCS Manager displays a pre-login banner, review the message and click OK to close the dialog box.
        Step 11   If a Security dialog box displays, do the following:
        1. Optional: Check the check box to accept all content from Cisco.
        2. Click Yes to accept the certificate and continue.
        Step 12   In the Login dialog box, do the following:
        1. Enter your username and password.
        2. If your Cisco UCS implementation includes multiple domains, select the appropriate domain from the Domain drop-down list.
        3. Click Login.

        Importing a Policy

        Import a policy from one of the Cisco UCS domains registered with Cisco UCS Central.

        Procedure
          Step 1   On the menu bar, click Operations Management.
          Step 2   In the Navigation pane, expand Domain Groups > Domain Group root.
          Step 3   Under the Domain Groups root node, do one of the following choices:
          • To configure the policy in the domain group root, click Operational Policies.
          • To configure the policy in a specific domain group, expand the node for that domain group and click Operational Policies.
          Step 4   In the Work pane, click the policy to import.
          Step 5   In the Actions area, click Import and do the following:
          1. In the Import Policy from UCSM dialog, click the system name with the policy to import.
          2. Click Import and Close.
          Step 6   Click Save.

          Configuring Identifier Policies

          Identifier Policies

          Cisco UCS Central supports an identifier policy for the root domain group. The identifier policy defines the soak interval, which is the number of seconds Cisco UCS Central waits before reassigning a pool entity that has been released by the Cisco UCS domain to which it was assigned.

          Configuring an Identifier Policy

          Procedure
            Step 1   On the menu bar, click Operations Management.
            Step 2   In the Navigation pane, expand Domain Groups > Domain Group root.
            Step 3   Under the Domain Groups root node, do one of the following choices:
            • To configure the policy in the domain group root, click Operational Policies.
            • To configure the policy in a specific domain group, expand the node for that domain group and click Operational Policies.
            Step 4   In the Navigation pane, click Operational Policies.
            Step 5   In the Work pane, click Identifier.
            Step 6   In the Actions area, complete all applicable fields.
            Name Description

            Soak Interval field

            The number of seconds Cisco UCS Central waits before reassigning a pool entity that has been released by the Cisco UCS domain to which it was assigned.

            For example, if this option is set to 300 and a Cisco UCS domain releases a MAC address, Cisco UCS Central waits for 5 minutes before reassigning that MAC address to another Cisco UCS domain.

            This option only applies to the root domain group.

            Specify an integer between 0 and 86400.

            Step 7   Click Save.

            Determining Where a Pool Is Used

            You can use this procedure to determine where pools are used, and if there are any duplicates.

            Procedure
              Step 1   In the Navigation pane, expand the node for the pool whose usage you want to view.
              Step 2   Click ID Usage.

              Cisco UCS Central GUI displays all of the pools of the type you selected.