Cisco UCS Director Installation and Upgrade on VMware vSphere, Release 4.0
Installing Cisco UCS Director
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Installing Cisco UCS Director

Installing Cisco UCS Director

This chapter contains the following sections:

Installing Cisco UCS Director on VMware vSphere

Before You Begin

You need administrator privileges to connect to VMware vSphere or vCenter.


If you do not want to use DHCP, you need the following information: IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway.

    Step 1   In the VMware vSphere (or vCenter) Client login dialog box, enter your login credentials.
    Step 2   Click Login.
    Step 3   In the Navigation pane, choose the Data Center for Cisco UCS Director deployment.
    Step 4   Choose File > Deploy OVF Template.

    The Deploy OVF Template window appears.

    Step 5   In the Source pane, do one of the following to choose your OVF source location:
    • Browse to the location, choose the file, and click Open.
    • Deploy from a URL on your local area network. Replace FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name) with the IP address or domain name, and click Next.
    Step 6   In the OVF Template Details pane, verify the details and click Next.
    Step 7   In the End User License Agreement pane, read the license agreement, and click Accept.
    Step 8   In the Name and Location pane, do the following:
    1. Optional: In the Name field, edit the VM name.
    2. Choose the Data Center where Cisco UCS Director is being deployed, and click Next.
    Step 9   In the Host/Cluster pane, choose the required host, cluster, or resource pool, and click Next.
    Step 10   In the Datastore pane, choose the location to store Cisco UCS Director VM files, and click Next.
    Step 11   In the Disk Format pane, choose one of the following radio buttons and click Next:
    • Thin Provisioned format—To allocate storage on demand as data is written to disk.
    • Thick Provisioned (Lazy Zeroed) format —To allocate storage immediately in thick format.
    • Thick Provisioned (Eager Zeroed) format —To allocate storage in thick format. It might take longer to create disks using this option.
    Step 12   In the Network Mapping pane, choose your network and click Next.
    Step 13   In the IP Address Allocation pane, make sure the DHCP check box is checked.
    Step 14   Click Next.
    Step 15   In the Ready to Complete pane, verify the options selected, and click Finish.
    Step 16   Make sure you have sufficient vCPU and memory to power on the VM.
    Step 17   Power on the VM.

    Optionally you can configure network properties from the shelladmin.

    Step 18   When the appliance starts up, do the following when you are prompted about whether to continue with DHCP or configure a static IP address:
    • If DHCP is enabled, enter no to ensure that IP addresses are assigned automatically.
    • If you want to use a static IP address, enter yes and then enter the following information:
      • IP address
      • Gateway
      • Netmask
    Step 19   When you are prompted to continue with the configuration, enter y.

    Wait for the appliance to boot up before you continue.

    Step 20   After the appliance has booted up, copy and paste the Cisco UCS Director IP address that appears into a supported web browser to access the Login page.
    Step 21   On the Login page, enter admin as the username and admin for the login password.

    Change your admin password after this initial login.

    What to Do Next

    Update your license.

    Configuring the Network Interface using Shelladmin

    This procedure is optional.

      Step 1   Log into the Cisco UCS Director VM console with the following credentials:
      1. User—shelladmin
      2. Password—changeme
      Step 2   At the Select prompt, enter 14 (Configure Network Interface).
      Step 3   At the Do you want to Configure static IP [y/n] prompt, enter one of the following choices:
      • If DHCP is enabled, enter no (IP addresses are assigned automatically)
      • To configure static IP, enter yes, and then enter the following:
        • IP address
        • Netmask
        • Gateway
        • DNS Server 1
        • DNS Server 2

      Changing the Default Password

        Step 1   Click Administration and choose Users and Groups.
        Step 2   On the Login Users pane, right-click on the admin user.
        Step 3   In the Change Password dialog box, enter the new password and confirm it.
        Step 4   Click Save.

        Updating the License


        If you want to evaluate Cisco UCS Director, you must first obtain an evaluation license from the Cisco Sales Acceleration Center at

        Before You Begin

        If you received a zipped license file by email, extract and save the .lic file to your local machine.

          Step 1  
          Step 2   To update your license, choose Administration > System Administration.
          Step 3   Click Update License.
          Step 4   In the Update License dialog box, do one of the following:
          • To upload a .lic file, click Browse, navigate to and select the .lic file, then click Upload.
          • For a license key, check the Enter License Text check box then copy and paste the license key only into the License Text field. The license key is typically at the top of the file, after Key ->.

          You can also copy and paste the full text of a license file into the License Text field.

          Step 5   Click Submit.

          The license file is processed, and a message appears confirming the successful update.

          Reserving System Resources

          For optimal performance, we recommend reserving extra system resources for Cisco UCS Director beyond the minimum system requirements.

            Step 1   Log into VMware vCenter.
            Step 2   Choose the VM for Cisco UCS Director.

            The VM must be shut down in order to edit resources.

            Step 3   In VMware vCenter, click the Resource Allocation tab to view the current resource allocations, and click Edit.
            Step 4   In the Virtual Machine Properties pane, edit resource allocations by choosing a resource and entering the new values.
            Step 5   Verify that the new resource allocations have been made.