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Installation and Configuration

Installation and Configuration


Caution


The Small TRCs (UCS C220 M3S TRC2, UCS C240 M4S TRC1) and the Small Plus TRCs (UCS C220 M3S TRC3, UCS C220 M4S TRC2) are preloaded with software if purchased as part of Cisco Business Edition 6000.

Certain Medium TRCs (UCS C240 M3S TRC2, UCS C240 M4S2 TRC1) and Large TRCs (UCS C240 M4SX TRC1) are preloaded with software if purchased as part of Cisco Business Edition 7000.


Install Cisco UCS B-Series Server

Procedure
    Step 1   Ensure that your Fabric Interconnect Switches, Blade Server Chassis, and Fabric Extenders are installed in the rack
    Step 2   Ensure that the network connections of your Fabric Interconnect Switches are connected to their designated, trunked, switch ports.
    Step 3   Ensure that your Fabric Interconnect Switches are properly connected to your Fabric Extenders.
    Step 4   Ensure that you are able to access the blade remotely using UCS Manager software.
    Step 5   For the remaining server installation, see Cisco documentation at http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​go/​ucs.

    Cisco UCS Rack-Mount Server Installation and Configuration Task Flow

    Perform the following tasks to install and configure a virtual machine on a Cisco UCS rack-mount server.

    Before You Begin

    Review chapter 1 of this book for the installation requirements for your server:

    Procedure
       Command or ActionPurpose
      Step 1Install Cisco UCS Rack-Mount Server
       

      Install the Cisco UCS rack mount server.

       
      Step 2Configure Cisco Integrated Management Controller
       

      Power on the server and configure Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) for remote management.

       
      Step 3Configure RAID using one of the following procedures:  

      Configure the RAID settings on your server. For M3 servers, you can use either the Preboot CLI or the GUI. For M4 servers, you must use the GUI to configure RAID.

       
      Step 4Configure BIOS
       

      Configure the BIOS boot order.

       
      Step 5Install And Configure VMware ESXi
       

      Install and configure the VMware ESXi and the vSphere client.

       
      Step 6Download Virtual Machine Templates (OVA Templates)
       

      Download an OVA for collaboration application software, such as Cisco Unified Communications Manager, onto your virtual machine.

       
      Step 7Use vSphere to create the VM on the server:  

      Use vSphere to create the VM on the server. Map the OVA to the VM.

       
      Step 8Install Cisco Collaboration Applications on VMs
       

      Install Collaboration applications such as Cisco Unified Communications Manager on the virtual machine.

       

      Install Cisco UCS Rack-Mount Server

      Procedure
        Step 1   Install the server in the rack
        Step 2   Attach the Cisco Integrated Management Controller (Cisco IMC) port to the designated switch port
        Step 3   Attach the LAN on Motherboard (LOM) NICs to their designated, trunked switch ports
        Step 4   Attach a VGA console, or a KVM to the VGA and keyboard ports. This step is necessary until Cisco IMC is configured.
        Step 5   Attach server to power supply.

        What to Do Next

        Configure Cisco Integrated Management Controller

        Configure Cisco Integrated Management Controller

        Configuring the Cisco IMC allows you to perform all subsequent configuration and installation using the Cisco IMC console. In addition, the Cisco IMC provides a measure of hardware monitoring.


        Note


        Virtualized Collaboration Applications do not require any specific version of BIOS. The current version is assumed to be compatible with the latest release of ESXi. The same is true for the BIOS configuration. The default BIOS settings as shipped from the factory require no modification.
        Procedure
          Step 1   Power on server.
          Step 2   During boot, press F8 to enter Cisco IMC configuration.
          Step 3   In the Cisco IMC configuration screen, under IPV4 (Basic):
          1. Uncheck the DHCP enabled check box using the spacebar.
          2. Enter values for the Cisco IMC IP, Subnet mask, and Gateway.
          Step 4   Leave VLAN (Advanced) unchecked.
          Step 5   Under Default User (Basic), enter the default Cisco IMC user, admin, and a password.
          Note    The Cisco IMC username is not configurable and the setting is "admin."
          Step 6   Press F10 to save your settings.
          Step 7   After it is configured, the Cisco IMC is accessible using http. Point a browser to the IP address configured above and log in as admin, using the password configured above.

          What to Do Next

          Configure RAID using one of the following three methods:

          RAID Configuration


          Caution


          To be supported as a Tested Reference Configuration instead of UCS Specs-based, the RAID must be setup exactly as indicated below. Do not change the RAID configuration on a server ordered as Cisco Business Edition 6000 or Cisco Business Edition 7000.


          Refer to the following table for the RAID specifications for the type of virtual machine that you want to configure.

          TRC

          Information

          UCS C260 M2 TRC1 (Extra-Large TRC)

          • Two virtual drives (VD) with RAID-5 arrays

          • Eight 300 GB hard drives for each VD

          UCS C240 M3S TRC1 (Large TRC)

          UCS C240 M3S TRC2 (Medium TRC / BE7000M M3)

          • Two virtual drives (VD) with RAID-5 arrays

          • Six 300-GB hard drives for each VD

          UCS C220 M3S (Medium TRC)

          • One virtual drive with a RAID-5 array

          • Eight 300-GB hard drives

          UCS C220 M3S TRC3 (Small Plus TRC / BE6000H M3)

          • One virtual drive with a RAID-5 array

          • Eight 300-GB hard drives

          UCS C220 M3S TRC2 (Small TRC / BE6000M M3)

          • One virtual drive with a RAID-10 array

          • Four 500-GB hard drives

          End of Sale UCS C210 M2/M1 TRCs (Medium TRC)

          • first 2 drives are RAID-1 (mirrored) drives with the ESXi installation.

          • remaining drives are RAID-5 with UC application VMs.

          End of Sale UCS C200 M2 TRC1 (Small TRC / BE6000M M2)

          • One virtual drive with a RAID-10 array
          • Four 1 TB hard drives

          UCS C220 M4S TRC1 (Small TRC / BE6000M M4)

          • One virtual drive with a RAID-5 array

          • Six 300-GB hard drives

          UCS C220 M4S TRC2 (Small Plus TRC / BE6000H M4)

          • One virtual drive with RAID-5

          • Eight 300-GB hard drives

          UCS C240 M4S2 TRC1 (Medium TRC / BE7000M M4)

          • Two virtual drives (VDs) with RAID-5

          • Each VD has six 300-GB hard drives

          UCS C240 M4SX TRC1 (Large TRC / BE7000H M4)

          • Four virtual drives (VD) with RAID-5

          • Each VD has five 300-GB hard drives.

          Important:

          If required, use the following settings for the Read and Write policies:

          • Set Read Policy to read ahead = always.

          • Set Write Policy to one of the following:

            • write back with bbu – if you are using a RAID card with SuperCap (for example, RAID-9266CV).


              Note


              This write policy is not available on the C240 M3 rack-mount server TRC2.
            • always write back – if you are using a RAID card with legacy Battery Backup (BBU) instead of SuperCap (for example, RAID-9266). This option helps prevent a UC application performance impact if the BBU goes into learning mode or the battery dies. Whenever possible, use the new RAID cards with SuperCap and make sure the UCS is attached to an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).

          Configure RAID with Preboot CLI (M2 or M3 Servers)

          Follow this procedure to configure a RAID array using the preboot CLI for M2 or M3 servers.

          Procedure
            Step 1   Check your current RAID configuration:
            • To use the Preboot CLI to configure RAID, enter Ctrl-Y.
            • Type the following commands:

            1. TRC

              Command

              UCS C260 M2 TRC1 (Extra-Large TRC)

              -ldinfo -l0

              UCS C240 M3S TRC1 (Large TRC)

              • -ldinfo -l0 -a0

              • -ldinfo -l1 -a0

              UCS C240 M3S TRC2 (Medium TRC / BE7000M M3)

              UCS C220 M3S TRC1 (Medium TRC)

              -ldinfo -l0 -a0

              UCS C220 M3S TRC3 (Small Plus TRC / BE6000H M3)

              UCS C220 M3S TRC2 (Small TRC / BE6000M M3)

              End of Sale UCS C210 M2/M1 TRCs (Medium TRC)

              End of Sale UCS C200 M2 TRC1 (Small TRC / BE6000M M2)

              This command displays the number of drives, RAID level, and so forth for the specified logical drive.

            Step 2   Use the following sequence of commands to set the recommended RAID configuration:
            1. Enter CTRL-Y to enter the Preboot CLI when prompted during boot
            2. Enter the following Preboot CLI command to clear configuration:

              TRC

              Command

              UCS C260 M2 TRC1 (Extra-Large TRC)

              -cfgclr -l0

              UCS C240 M3S TRC1 (Large TRC)

              -cfgclr -a0

              UCS C240 M3S TRC2 (Medium TRC / BE7000M M3)

              UCS C220 M3S TRC1 (Medium TRC)

              UCS C220 M3S TRC3 (Small Plus TRC / BE6000H M3)

              UCS C220 M3S TRC2 (Small TRC / BE6000M M3)

              End of Sale UCS C210 M2/M1 TRCs (Medium TRC)

              End of Sale UCS C200 M2 TRC1 (Small TRC / BE6000M M2)

            Step 3   To determine the enclosure ID and drive numbering, which is required before you can configure RAID, run the following commands:

            TRC

            Command

            UCS C260 M2 TRC1 (Extra-Large TRC)

            -encinfo -l0 -page 20

            UCS C240 M3S TRC1 (Large TRC)

            -encinfo -a0 -page 20

            UCS C240 M3S TRC2 (Medium TRC / BE7000M M3)

            UCS C220 M3S TRC1 (Medium TRC)

            UCS C220 M3S TRC3 (Small Plus TRC / BE6000H M3)

            UCS C220 M3S TRC2 (Small TRC / BE6000M M3)

            End of Sale UCS C210 M2/M1 TRCs (Medium TRC)

            End of Sale UCS C200 M2 TRC1 (Small TRC / BE6000M M2)

            Note    This command can generate more than one page of output, so enter -page 20 to look at 20 lines at a time. Look for the Device ID of the enclosure that has a nonzero Number of Physical Drives. Use this Device ID (also called Enclosure ID) in the following commands.
            Step 4   The Cisco UCS Rack-Mount Server enclosure ID is not predictable, so you need to substitute the Device ID acquired above for <encl> in the commands below. When all drives are in a single enclosure, the slot numbering starts at zero. This may not be true in all cases, so verify the slot numbering with the following command:

            -pdinfo -physdrv [<encl>:0] -a0

            If this command generates meaningful output, the drives start at zero. If it generates an error, the drives start at one.

            Step 5   Use the following command to set up RAID on the existing drives on each RAID controller:

            TRC

            Command

            UCS C260 M2 TRC1 (Extra-Large TRC)

            -cfgldadd -r5 [<encl>:0, <encl>:1, <encl>:2, <encl>:3, <encl>:4, <encl>:5, <encl>:6, <encl>:7] -a0

            UCS C240 M3S TRC1 (Large TRC)

            -cfgldadd -r5 [<encl>:0, <encl>:1, <encl>:2, <encl>:3, <encl>:4, <encl>:5, <encl>:6, <encl>:7] -a0

            –cfgldadd –r5 [<encl>:9, <encl>:10, <encl>:11, <encl>:12, <encl>:13, <encl>:14, <encl>:15, <encl>:16] –a0

            UCS C240 M3S TRC2 (Medium TRC / BE7000M M3)

            UCS C220 M3S TRC1 (Medium TRC)

            -cfgldadd -r5 [<encl>:0, <encl>:1, <encl>:2, <encl>:3, <encl>:4, <encl>:5, <encl>:6, <encl>:7] -a0

            UCS C220 M3S TRC3 (Small Plus TRC / BE6000H M3)

            UCS C220 M3S TRC2 (Small TRC / BE6000M M3)

            End of Sale UCS C210 M2/M1 TRCs (Medium TRC)

            • If your drives start at slot zero, run this command:

              -cfgldadd -r1 [deviceID:0, deviceID:1] -a0

            • If your drives start at slot one, run this command:

              -cfgldadd -r1 [deviceID:1, deviceID:2] -a0

            • If your server contains 6 total disk drives, enter the following command to configure the second RAID array:

              -cfgldadd -r5 [deviceID:2, deviceID:3, deviceID:4, deviceID:5] -a0

            • If your server contains 10 total disk drives, configure the second RAID array by entering one of the following commands, depending on the starting slot number:

              • If your drives start at slot zero, run this command:

                -cfgldadd -r5 [deviceID:2, deviceID:3, deviceID:4, deviceID:5, deviceID:6, deviceID:7, deviceID:8, deviceID:9] -a0

              • If your drives start at slot one, run this command:

                -cfgldadd -r5 [ deviceID:3, deviceID:4, deviceID:5, deviceID:6, deviceID:7, deviceID:8, deviceID:9, deviceID:10] -a0

            End of Sale UCS C200 M2 TRC1 (Small TRC / BE6000M M2)

            -CfgSpanAdd -r10 -Array0[enclosureID:0,enclosureID:1] -Array1[enclosureID:2,enclosureID:3] -a0

            Note    To clear data on previously used drives and initialize a new array, use the -ldinit -start -full -l0 command. Allow command to finish before exiting the Preboot CLI.
            Step 6   Set the Strip Size to 128 KB with the following command: -strpsz128.
            Step 7   The following commands are not necessary for new drives that have not been used.
            • Use the -ldinit -start -l0 -a0 and –ldinit –start –l1 –a0 commands to perform a fast initialize.
            • To clear data on previously used drives and to slow (or full) initialize a new array, use the -ldinit -start -full -l0 -a0 and -ldinit -start -full -l1 -a0 commands. Allow the commands to finish before exiting the Preboot CLI. When both commands, –ldinit –showprog –l0 –a0 and –ldinit –showprog –l1 –a0, show that initialization is not running, it is safe to exit the Preboot CLI.
              Note   

              Cisco has noticed that a slow initialize can take up to 95 minutes or more to fully complete for array sizes of 1 TB+ that are used in a UCS C240 M3 Rack-Mount Server TRC1 deployment.

            Step 8   After you configure the logical volume, exit the Preboot CLI by entering q.
            Note    The LSI adapter has factory default values for the drive rebuild rate, patrol read rate, and other settings. Cisco recommends leaving the default values unchanged.

            What to Do Next

            Configure BIOS

            Configure RAID with GUI (M3 Servers)

            Use this procedure to configure a RAID array for a virtual drive on M3 servers. For servers with more than one virtual drive, perform these steps for each virtual drive.

            Procedure
              Step 1   During the boot process, ensure that Quiet Boot is disabled, and press Ctrl-H at the LSI screen when prompted. The MegaRaid BIOS Configuration utility opens and displays the LSI MegaRAID SAS adapters. Select Adapter 0 to begin and click Start.
              Step 2   Select New Configuration and click Next.
              Step 3   Select Manual Configuration.
              Step 4   On the next screen, you need to add drives to a Drive Group. Select one drive and then select all others by holding down Shift and the Down Arrow key. Click Add to Array.
              Step 5   Click Accept DG.
              Step 6   Add the drive group to a span. Select DG0 and click Add to Span.
              Step 7   After the drive group is part of a span, you can configure RAID on it.
              1. Select RAID 5 or RAID 10 from the list of available options.
              2. Cisco recommends that you select 128KB from the Strip Size drop-down list.
              Step 8   Set Read Policy to read ahead = always.
              Step 9   Set Write Policy to one of the following:
              • - write back with bbu–if you are using a RAID card with SuperCap (RAID-9266CV), for example.

              • - always write back–if you are using a RAID card with legacy Battery Backup (BBU) instead of SuperCap (for example, RAID-9266). This option helps prevent a UC application performance impact if the BBU goes into learning mode or the battery dies.

              Note   

              When possible, use the new RAID cards with SuperCap and make sure the UCS is attached to an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).

              Step 10   Click Update Size to finalize the RAID 5 volume and to determine the size of the resulting volume. A warning relating to BBU appears. Click Yes to accept a possible performance degradation if the BBU is over-tasked.
              Step 11   Click Next on the next screen to accept the Virtual Drive you just created (VD 0).
              Step 12   Click Next. At the next screen, you are presented with the option to initialize the array. Click:
              1. Fast Initialize
              2. Go
              3. Set Boot Drive
              4. Go
              Step 13   The RAID configuration is now complete for the first RAID controller. Go back to the controller selection by clicking on Controller selection. This time, select Adapter 1.
              Step 14   Repeat all the steps that you performed for Adapter 0 with this new Adapter to set up the second RAID 5 array.

              What to Do Next

              Configure BIOS

              Configure RAID with GUI (M4 Servers)

              Use this procedure if you have an M4 server and want to configure a RAID 5 Array on a virtual drive. For servers with more than one virtual drive, perform these steps for each virtual drive.

              Procedure
                Step 1   At the LSI screen, press CTRL-R. The Virtual Drive Management screen displays the list of unconfigured hard drives for the virtual drive.
                Step 2   Under Virtual Drive Management screen, highlight the controller, and press F2 for Operations.
                Step 3   Select Create Virtual Drive and press Enter.
                Step 4   For the RAID Level option, select RAID 5.
                Step 5   Tab to the Drives area. For each hard drive that you want to add to this virtual drive, select the hard drive by pressing the space bar. When the drive is selected, an X displays in the ID box.
                Step 6   Select Advanced.
                Step 7   For the Write Policy, select Write Back with BBU.

                We recommend that you select 128KB from the Strip Size drop-down list.

                Step 8   For the I/O Policy, select Cached.
                Step 9   Tab to the Initialize option and select the option by pressing the space bar. An X displays in the Initialize box.
                Step 10   Select OK. Press Enter.
                Step 11   When the Initialization is complete popup displays, select OK and hit Enter. The Virtual Drive Management screen appears.
                Step 12   Press Ctrl-N to go to Ctrl Mgmt tab.
                Step 13   Select the drive that you want to use to boot the virtual drive.
                Step 14   Select Apply and press Enter. The Back Initialization process begins. It may take several minutes to initialize the virtual drive.
                Step 15   If your server has more than one virtual drive, repeat this process for each virtual drive.

                What to Do Next

                Configure BIOS

                Configure BIOS

                You cannot select the hard drive in the BIOS Boot Order menu until the first logical volume has been defined. After RAID is configured, you need to make the second boot device the hard drive, as described in the following procedure:

                Procedure
                  Step 1   Press F2 during boot to enter BIOS setup.
                  Step 2   Move the cursor to Boot Options.
                  Step 3   Verify that the CD ROM, or Cisco Virtual CD/DVD (Virtual CD/DVD drive), is selected for Boot Option #1.
                  Step 4   Verify that the hard drive (the RAID 5 Array) is selected for Boot Option #2.
                  Step 5   Verify that virtual threading is enabled in advanced CPU options.
                  Step 6   Verify that VT I/O Redirection is disabled in the CPU options.

                  The server will now try to boot the CD ROM drive first and the hard drive second.


                  What to Do Next

                  Install And Configure VMware ESXi

                  Install And Configure VMware ESXi

                  The following sections provide a sequence of steps for bringing ESXi into service at the customer site.

                  Preparation for ESXi Installation

                  Before you install ESXi, make sure these tasks are completed:

                  • The BIOS boot order is configured to boot the CD-ROM or virtual CD/DVD first..

                  • Each virtual drives on your servers has been configured with a RAID array. For RAID configuration details for your, seeRAID Configuration

                  For additional information about ESXi storage configurations, see http:/​/​docwiki-dev.cisco.com/​wiki/​UC_​Virtualization_​Supported_​Hardware#Storage.

                  For servers ordered as Cisco Business Edition 6000 or Cisco Business Edition 7000, these steps have been performed by the factory prior to shipping.

                  Install ESXi

                  • To determine which ESXi version is required for the application you are intending to deploy, see: http:/​/​docwiki.cisco.com/​wiki/​Unified_​Communications_​VMWare_​Requirements#Supported_​Versions_​of_​VMware_​vSphere_​ESXi

                  • Install ESXi on one of the RAID-5 arrays. Both RAID arrays are acceptable.


                    Note


                    You can install ESXi on the first RAID array. It is not required that you install ESXi on both arrays.
                  • ESXi Installation takes less than 5 minutes. After installation is complete, remove the install CD or the virtual DVD and reboot the machine.

                  • Following a reboot, a gray and yellow ESXi console is displayed with 2 options:

                    • F2 to customize the system

                    • F12 to restart or halt the system

                  • At this point, press F2 and configure the system in accordance with your network.

                  Install vSphere Client

                  Once the host is on the network, you can browse to its IP address to bring up a web-based interface. The vSphere client is Windows-based, so the download and install must be performed from a Windows PC.

                  This installation proceeds like any other Windows application installation, and takes only a few minutes to perform. After the vSphere client is installed, you can bring it up and log into the host using the hostname or IP address, the root login ID, and the password configured above.

                  The host may also be joined to a vCenter if available and if you wish to manage the host through vCenter.

                  Configuring LAN on Motherboard (LOM) NICs and Virtual Switches

                  The following options may be configured:

                  • Simple vSwitch0 (default VMware virtual switch)

                  • For larger data centers using vCenter, you can configure distributed virtual switches (for example, distributed vSwitch or the Nexus 1000V distributed virtual switch)

                  • For all options, you must define a port group for each VLAN running on the virtual switch. These port groups are selected when configuring a Virtual Machine network adapter, to place the virtual machine on a given LAN.

                  Download Virtual Machine Templates (OVA Templates)

                  The configuration of a Cisco Collaboration application virtual machine must match a supported virtual machine template.

                  Procedure
                  To download OVAs for Cisco Collaboration applications, go to www.cisco.com/​go/​uc-virtualized.

                  What to Do Next

                  Create the VM for your server type:

                  ISO and VM Template Delivery

                  Depending on the servers and virtualization licenses that you purchase, virtualization software and Cisco application software can be delivered either physically or electronically.

                  Use vSphere to Create the VM for Servers with Optical Drives

                  Cisco provides templates on a URL to download and transfer to a host. Use the following procedure to use vSphere create the VM for servers with optical drives.

                  Procedure
                    Step 1   Deploy a blank virtual machine from the OVA template for your application using the Cisco.com URL as the source.
                    Step 2   Make the CD-ROM drive available to the newly deployed VM.
                    Step 3   Click on Options > Boot Options the next time the virtual machine boots, force entry into BIOS Setup Screen.
                    Step 4   Insert the application installation DVD from the media kit in the system CD-ROM drive.
                    Step 5   Power on the VM, select Boot and promote CD-ROM to boot before the hard drive.
                    Step 6   Save the BIOS settings and boot. The installation screens for your application appear at this point.

                    What to Do Next

                    Install Cisco Collaboration Applications on VMs

                    Use vSphere to Create the VM for Servers Without Optical Drives

                    Cisco provides templates on a URL to download and transfer to a host. Use the following procedure to use vSphere create the VM for servers without optical drives.

                    Procedure
                      Step 1   Deploy a blank virtual machine from the appropriate OVA template for your application using the cisco.com URL as the source.
                      Step 2   Associate the bootable application installation ISO file with the newly deployed VM.
                      Step 3   Set up the BIOS boot order. For instructions, see the release notes for the OVA that you are deploying.
                      Step 4   Map the ISO-format application installer file from the media kit to the physical or virtual CD/DVD drive..
                      Step 5   Save the BIOS settings and boot. The normal installation screen for your application opens.

                      What to Do Next

                      Install Cisco Collaboration Applications on VMs

                      Install Cisco Collaboration Applications on VMs

                      Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager

                      For details on how to install Cisco Unified Communications Manager, refer to the Installation Guide for Cisco Unified Communications Manager at the following URL:

                      http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​c/​en/​us/​support/​unified-communications/​unified-communications-manager-callmanager/​products-installation-guides-list.html

                      Installing Cisco Business Edition 6000

                      For details on how to install Cisco Business Edition 6000, refer to the Installation Guide for Cisco Business Edition 6000 at the following URL:

                      http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​go/​be6000

                      Installing Cisco Business Edition 7000

                      For details on how to install Cisco Business Edition 7000, refer to the Installation Guide for Cisco Business Edition 7000 at the following URL:

                      http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​go/​be7000