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The Cisco MXE 3500 V3 appliance is based on the Cisco UCS C220 server. Internal server features are illustrated in the “Maintaining the Server” chapter of the Cisco UCS C220 Server Installation and Service Guide on Cisco.com.
Figure 1 shows the front panel features of the appliance.
KVM1 connector (used with KVM cable that provides two USB, one VGA, and one serial connector)
Figure 2 shows the rear panel features of the appliance.
Table 1 lists the appliance features.
Eight 8-Gb DDR32 low-voltage DIMMs provide a total of 64 GB of memory.
One 1-Gb Ethernet dedicated management port.
Two 1-Gb Base-T Ethernet ports. (See Figure 2 for more information)
One RS-232 serial port (RJ-45 connector).
One 15-pin VGA connector.
Two USB 2.0 connectors.
Two Generation 3 PCIe3 expansion slots on risers, occupied by a RAID4 card (LSI MegaRAID SAS9266-8i with SuperCap power module RAID backup unit, configured for RAID 5) and a NIC5 card (Broadcom 5709 quad port 1-Gb Ethernet).
Drives are installed into front-panel drive bays that provide hot-pluggable access. Small Form Factor—The appliance can hold up to eight 2.5 in x.55 in (63.5 mm x 14mm) SAS6 or SATA7 hard drives or solid state drives. The appliance ships with four drives installed.
The Cisco MXE 3500 V3 appliance ships with Cisco MXE 3500 Release 3.3.2 pre-installed. This software release supports only new installations on the appliance. You cannot install it on older hardware or use it to migrate files from older hardware to the new appliance.
- Site Requirements and Safety Information
- Shipping Carton Contents
- Rack Mounting Information
- Cisco MXE 3500 V3 Installation Information
Select and prepare an installation site that meets the requirements that are described in the Cisco UCS C220 Server Installation and Service Guide on Cisco.com.
For compliance and safety information, see the Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information for the Cisco UCS C-Series Servers on Cisco.com.
- Cisco MXE 3500 V3 appliance
- KVM cable
- Power cord
- Printed card with URLs for product documentation and RoHS information for China
- Software recovery USB drive
Note The software on the Cisco MXE 3500 V3 appliance is preloaded. There is no software installation CD or DVD. The included USB drive is for software recovery only. Contact the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) before using the USB drive.
Caution For rack requirements and installation procedures, see the Cisco UCS C220 Server Installation and Service Guide.
For complete hardware installation instructions, see the “Installing the Server” chapter of the Cisco UCS C220 Server Installation and Service Guide.
When you first set up the Cisco MXE 3500, perform the initial configuration described in this section to enter the IP address for the appliance and set the password for the administrator account. The initial configuration enables the Cisco MXE 3500 to connect to the LAN. You can then access the Cisco MXE 3500 Web UI and Windows desktop through its public IP address for additional configuration.
Note During the ESXi configuration, following warning message appears “failed for 000:128:01.0”. Ignore this warning message to continue with the installation, press Alt+F1 key to view the background installation progress.
Note In case there is any network connectivity issue after MXE IP configuration, press F2 key at CIMC KVM level. Login into ESXi using root as user name and default password. Go to Configure Management Network > Network Adapters. If the connected device for the network adapter is different from the selected device then manually select the connected device.
Step 2 Connect an Ethernet cable to the network port shown in Figure 2.
The configuration wizard launches, and the Configure Network Settings screen appears (Figure 3). Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required. The system highlights any input errors.
Step 7 Click OK at the Please Wait screen, and click OK at the Success screen. The Configure Hostname and Domain Name screen appears (Figure 4).
Step 10 (Optional) Enter an NTP server. Click Next. The Modify and Synchronize Admin Password screen appears (Figure 5).
You can now access the web UI at http:// mxe_IP_address /mxeui/ (where mxe_IP_address is the hostname or IP address for the Cisco MXE 3500 standalone or RM appliance) with the following default login credentials:
Instructions on how to obtain and install a license are also detailed in the “Licensed Features” chapter of the Administration Guide for Cisco MXE 3500 Release 3.3 on Cisco.com.
Your Cisco MXE 3500 appliance comes configured with some system and user settings. After initial configuration, access the Cisco MXE 3500 web UI to perform the following tasks described in the “Configuration and Administration Tasks” section of the Administration Guide for Cisco MXE 3500 Release 3.3 :
- Configure Users—The Cisco MXE 3500 comes with the default user as admin. For improved security, we suggest that you change the password for this user.
- Configure Hosts—For a standalone deployment, configure only one host. The first host is always the same IP address as the standalone or RM appliance configured in the initial configuration. For a cluster, add each Resource Node (RN) as a host. This task makes the RM aware of the RN on which to schedule jobs and tasks.
- Configure Input and Output Directories—The default setting for the input and output directories points to LOCALHOST. For a clustered deployment, replace LOCALHOST with the IP address of the RM appliance.
- Configure Shared Folders (Optional)—The default setting allows open access to the shared folders. To secure the shared folders, configure the Active Directory mode or Local User Access mode.
- Configure the Simplified User Interface (SUI) Feature (Optional)—To allow end users access to the Video Conversion Interface to encode and share videos, configure the SUI feature.
- Create Folder Attendant Directory and Watch (Optional)—Configure Folder Attendant to monitor directories and to automatically initiate job processing when new or updated media/XML files appear.
- Create Profiles—The Cisco MXE 3500 comes with a set of default profiles. Customize these profiles or create new profiles for your deployment.
For hardware failure issues, contact Cisco or your authorized Cisco reseller for instructions. To troubleshoot other hardware issues, see the Cisco UCS C-Series Servers Troubleshooting Guide.
For software troubleshooting information, see the “Troubleshooting Chapter” in the Administration Guide for Cisco MXE 3500 Release 3.3.
Step 2 Select the USB drive from the list of boot options, and press Enter to boot the appliance from the USB drive. To locate the USB drive in the list of boot options, look for Unigen (the drive manufacturer name).
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