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Preparation
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Preparation

Installation and Migration Scenarios

This document provides installation and migration information for the following servers:

  • Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers
  • Extra Large TRC (UCS C260 M2 TRC1, 2RU rack-mount server)
  • Large TRC (UCS C240 M3S TRC1, 2RU rack-mount server)
  • Medium TRC (UCS C240 M3S TRC2, 2RU rack-mount server)
  • Medium TRC (UCS C220 M3S TRC1, 1RU rack-mount server)
  • Small TRC (UCS C220 M3S TRC2, 1RU rack-mount server)
  • Small Plus TRC (UCS C220 M3S TRC3, 1RU rack-mount server)
  • End of Sale Medium TRCs (UCS C210 M2 TRC1,2,3 and UCS C210 M1 TRC1,2,3,4, 2RU rack-mount servers)
  • End of Sale Small TRC (UCS C200 M2 TRC1, 1RU rack-mount server)

System Requirements

To run Cisco UCS servers, your system must meet the requirements listed in the following table.

Table 1 System Requirements
Parameter Value

Supported Application Co-residency and Virtual-to-Physical Sizing

See the application links at http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​go/​uc-virtualized.

See sizing information at http:/​/​docwiki.cisco.com/​wiki/​Unified_​Communications_​Virtualization_​Sizing_​Guidelines and http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​go/​vmpt.

Supported Virtual Machine Configuration

Refer to the documentation at: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​go/​uc-virtualized

To ensure that the VMs are correctly configured, use the Cisco-provided OVA template to create VMs. Refer to Download Virtual Machine Templates (OVA Templates)

For more information about virtual machine configurations, refer to the documentation at: http:/​/​docwiki.cisco.com/​wiki/​Unified_​Communications_​Virtualization_​Sizing_​Guidelines#OVAs.2C_​VMs.2C_​Users_​and_​Servers .

Supported virtualization software vendors, products, versions and features

See http:/​/​docwiki.cisco.com/​wiki/​Unified_​Communications_​VMWare_​Requirements

Supported hardware

See http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​go/​uc-virtualized and http:/​/​docwiki.cisco.com/​wiki/​UC_​Virtualization_​Supported_​Hardware.

CPU and RAM over subscription

None

Storage capacity and IOPS requirements

See http:/​/​docwiki.cisco.com/​wiki/​UC_​Virtualization_​Supported_​Hardware#Storage and the application links at http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​go/​uc-virtualized

To operate Cisco UCS servers successfully, you should have the experience and skills to manage a host server running VMware ESXi. If you do not have this experience and want to obtain the required information quickly, consider using VMware GO, a web-based application that facilitates VMware installations. For more information, refer to the VMware GO documentation.


Note


Even if you use VMware GO, you still need to use the supported VMware configuration on Cisco UCS servers, which are documented at both http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​go/​swonly and http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​go/​uc-virtualized.

External Media

Cisco UCS servers use "soft media" such as ISO or FLP (virtual floppy) for procedures that require external media (such as installation and upgrade). Physical external devices such as USB drives are not supported.


Note


Backup and restore are not supported on soft media.


The virtual USB interface is not supported on VMware. The following are examples of differences in external media support between non-virtualized Cisco Media Convergence servers and virtualized Cisco UCS servers:

  • Install logs cannot be dumped to a USB key. These logs are dumped to a file through the serial port of the VM.
  • The answer file that is generated by the Answer File Generator (platformConfig.xml) cannot be read from a USB key to perform an unattended installation. Instead, you must put the answer file into an FLP image to be mounted in the floppy drive.
  • USB tape drive backup is not supported. Use SFTP instead.
  • Music On Hold through a USB connection is not supported. Use a Cisco 7800 Series Media Convergence Server instead.
  • Cisco Messaging Interface (CMI) for Message Waiting Indication (MWI) is not supported over the serial port. Use a Cisco 7800 Series Media Convergence Server instead.

Cisco Unified Communications Manager VMware Tools and ESXi

VMware Tools are specialized drivers for virtual hardware that is installed in the UC applications when they are running virtualized. It is very important that the VMware tools version running in the UC application be in sync with the version of ESXi being used. For information on how to upgrade the tools, see:

http:/​/​docwiki.cisco.com/​wiki/​VMware_​Tools.

Extra-Large TRC (UCS C260 M2 TRC1, 2RU Rack-Mount Server) Requirements

This section describes how to prepare to install a Cisco UCS C260 M2 Rack-Mount Server in a standalone configuration (it is not in a datacenter).

Cisco suggests that you allocate the following resources before installation:

  • Space in a rack to receive a 2 RU Cisco UCS C260 M2 Rack-Mount Server. This rack needs to accommodate the "square mount" rails shipped with the Cisco UCS C260 M2 Rack-Mount Servers.
  • Five or six Ethernet ports on a switch close to the Cisco UCS C260 M2 Rack-Mount Server:
    • One standard Ethernet port for the dedicated Cisco Integrated Management Controller (Cisco IMC) port, if desired
    • Four 802.1q trunked ports for the LOM NICs
  • An IP address for Cisco IMC management. If the dedicated port is used, attach it to the appropriate LAN.
  • A VLAN ID and IP address for the host. This address is the Cisco UCS C260 M2 Rack-Mount Server ESXi management address.
  • A hostname and configured DNS, if desired, for the hostname
  • VLAN IDs and IP addresses for the VMs.

Large TRC (UCS C240 M3S TRC1, 2RU Rack-Mount Server) Requirements

To prepare to install a Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack-Mount Server TRC1 in a standalone configuration (it is not in a datacenter), Cisco recommends that you allocate the following resources before installation:

  • Space in a rack to receive a Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack-Mount Server. This rack needs to accommodate the square mount rails shipped with Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack-Mount Servers.
  • 8 to 11 Ethernet ports on a switch close to the Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack-Mount Server:
    • One standard Ethernet port for the dedicated CIMC management port, if desired.
    • Eight ports for the quad-port Intel NICs.
    • Two ports for the LOM NICs, if required.
  • An IP address for CIMC management. If the dedicated port is used, it should be attached to the appropriate LAN.
  • A VLAN ID and IP address for the host. This is the Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack-Mount Server ESXi management address.
  • A hostname and configure the DNS, if desired, for the hostname.
  • VLAN IDs and IP addresses for the VMs.

Medium TRC (UCS C240 M3S TRC2, 2RU Rack-Mount Server) Requirements


Caution


The Medium TRC (UCS C240 M3S TRC2, 2RU rack-mount server) may be preloaded with software depending on how it is ordered. The configuration procedures that are included in this document will overwrite any preinstalled software.

To prepare to install a Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack-Mount Server TRC2 in a standalone configuration (it is not in a datacenter), Cisco recommends that you allocate the following resources before installation:

  • Space in a rack to receive a Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack-Mount Server. This rack needs to accommodate the square mount rails shipped with Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack-Mount Servers.
  • 8 to 11 Ethernet ports on a switch close to the Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack-Mount Server:
    • One standard Ethernet port for the dedicated CIMC management port, if desired.
    • Eight ports for the quad-port Intel NICs.
    • Two ports for the LOM NICs, if required.
  • An IP address for CIMC management. If the dedicated port is used, it should be attached to the appropriate LAN.
  • A VLAN ID and IP address for the host. This is the Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack-Mount Server ESXi management address.
  • A hostname and configure the DNS, if desired, for the hostname.
  • VLAN IDs and IP addresses for the VMs.

UCS C220 M3 Rack-Mount TRC Requirements (Small, Small Plus, and Medium TRCs)


Caution


The Small TRC (UCS C220 M3S TRC2, 1RU rack-mount server) is preloaded with software if purchased as part of Cisco Business Edition MD. The Small Plus TRC (UCS C220 M3S TRC3, 1RU rack-mount server) is preloaded with software if purchased as part of Cisco Business Edition HD. The configuration procedures that are included in this document will overwrite the preinstalled software. Use these procedures only to restore the server if required.

Note


The Small TRC (UCS C220 M3S TRC2, 1RU rack-mount server) has only two network ports. For more information about configurations, see http:/​/​docwiki.cisco.com/​wiki/​UC_​Virtualization_​Supported_​Hardware#UC_​on_​UCS_​Tested_​Reference_​Configurations.

To prepare to install a Medium TRC (UCS C220 M3S TRC1, 1RU rack-mount server) or Small Plus TRC (UCS C220 M3S TRC3, 1RU rack-mount server) in a standalone configuration (it is not in a datacenter), Cisco recommends that you allocate the following resources before installation:

  • Space in a rack to receive a Cisco UCS C220 M3 Rack-Mount Server. This rack needs to accommodate the square mount rails shipped with Cisco UCS C220 M3 Rack-Mount Servers.
  • Five to seven Ethernet ports on a switch close to the Cisco UCS C220 M3 Rack-Mount Server:
    • One standard Ethernet port for the dedicated CIMC management port, if desired.
    • Four ports for the quad-port Intel NIC.
    • Two ports for the LOM NICs, if required.
  • An IP address for CIMC management. If the dedicated port is used, it should be attached to the appropriate LAN.
  • A VLAN ID and IP address for the host. This is the Cisco UCS C220 M3 Rack-Mount Server ESXi management address.
  • A hostname and configure the DNS, if desired, for the hostname.
  • VLAN IDs and IP addresses for the VMs.

End of Sale - Medium TRCs (UCS C210 M2 TRC1, 2, 3 and UCS C210 M1 TRC1, 2, 3, 4, 2RU Rack-Mount Servers) Requirements

This section describes how to prepare to install a Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server in a standalone configuration, meaning that it is not in a datacenter.

Cisco recommends that you allocate the following resources before installation:

  • Space in a rack to receive a 2 RU Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Server
  • 3 Ethernet ports on a switch close to the Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Server:
    • One port for the CIMC
    • Two ports for the LAN on motherboard (LOM) NICs
  • (Optional) Up to four IP addresses for the Broadcom NIC, if your server has it
  • An IP address for the CIMC management port
  • An IP address for the virtual host. This is the Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Server IP address and is used by ESXi.
  • A maximum of four IP addresses for the LAN on motherboard (LOM) NICs
  • A hostname, and an optional configured DNS for the virtual hostname
  • IP addresses for the VMs

End of Sale - Small TRC (UCS C200 M2 TRC1, 1RU Rack-Mount Server) Requirements

This section describes how to prepare to install a Cisco UCS C200 Rack-Mount Server in a standalone configuration, meaning that it is not in a datacenter.


Caution


The Small TRC (UCS C200 M2 TRC1, 1RU rack-mount server) is preloaded with software if purchased as part of Cisco Business Edition. The configuration procedures included in this document will overwrite the preinstalled software. Use these procedures only to restore the server if required.

Cisco recommends that you allocate the following resources before installation:

  • Space in a rack to receive a 2 RU Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Server
  • 3 Ethernet ports on a switch close to the Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Server:
    • One port for the CIMC
    • Two ports for the LAN on motherboard (LOM) NICs
  • (Optional) Up to four IP addresses for the Broadcom NIC, if your server has it
  • An IP address for the CIMC management port
  • An IP address for the virtual host. This is the Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Server IP address and is used by ESXi.
  • A maximum of four IP addresses for the LAN on motherboard (LOM) NICs
  • A hostname, and an optional configured DNS for the virtual hostname
  • IP addresses for the VMs