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Installation and Configuration


Caution


The Small TRC (UCS C220 M3S TRC2, 1RU rack-mount server) and The Small Plus TRC (UCS C220 M3S TRC3, 1RU rack-mount server) are preloaded with software if purchased as part of Cisco Business Edition. The Medium TRC (UCS C240 M3S TRC2, 2RU rack-mount server) may be preloaded with software, depending upon how it is ordered. The configuration procedures included in this document will overwrite the preinstalled software. Use these procedures only to restore the server if required.

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 www.cisco.com/​go/​ucs .

    Cisco UCS Rack-Mount Server Installation and Configuration Task Flow

    The following task flow lists the major steps that are required to install and configure Cisco a UCS Rack-Mount Server.

    1. Prepare to install the server.
    2. Physically install and connect the server.
    3. Power on the server and configure Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) for remote management.
    4. Configure the RAID settings.
    5. Configure BIOS Boot Order.
    6. Install and configure VMware ESXi.
    7. Install vSphere Client.
    8. Install and configure virtual machines (VMs).
    9. (Optional) Join the host to a Virtual Center.
    10. Install Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMs.

    Install Cisco UCS Rack-Mount Server

    • Install the server in the rack
    • Attach the Cisco Integrated Management Controller (Cisco IMC) port to the designated switch port
    • Attach the LOM NICs to their designated, trunked switch ports
    • Attach a VGA console, or a KVM to the VGA and keyboard ports. This step is necessary until Cisco IMC is configured.

    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


    Cisco does not support or restrict customers to 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   Attach a VGA console and keyboard directly to the server using
      • A dedicated Ethernet management port on the Cisco UCS Rack-Mount Server. This method requires no VLAN and is the simplest to configure. This configuration is a single NIC and there is no redundancy for the Cisco IMC using this configuration.
      • The LOM NICs. Although this option is available, it is not recommended.
      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   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.

      Configure RAID with Preboot CLI

      Configure the RAID settings to the following specifications:

      TRC Information
      Extra Large TRC (C260 M2 TRC1)
      • The 16 drives present on the system are set up as two separate 8-drive RAID-5 logical volumes.
      • Eight 300-GB drives correspond to a total storage capacity of 1.93 TB each, as seen by ESXi.
      Large TRC (C240 M3 SFF TRC1)
      Medium TRC (C240 M3 SFF TRC2)
      • The 12 drives present on the system are set up as two separate 6-drive RAID-5 logical volumes.
      • 12 300-GB drives correspond to two volumes, with a total storage capacity of 1.36 TB each, as seen by ESXi.

      Medium TRC (C220 M3 SFF TRC1)

      • The 8 drives present on the system are set up as an 8-drive RAID-5 logical volume.
      • Eight 300-GB drives correspond to a total storage capacity of 1.93 TB, as seen by ESXi.
      Small Plus TRC (C220 M3 SFF TRC3)
      • The 8 drives present on the system are set up as an 8-drive RAID-5 logical volume.
      • Four 500-GB drives correspond to a total storage capacity of 972 GB, as seen by ESXi.
      Small TRC (C220 M3 SFF TRC2)
      • The 4 drives present on the system are set up as a 4-drive RAID-10 logical volume.
      • Eight 300-GB drives correspond to a total storage capacity of 1.93 TB, as seen by ESXi.
      End of Sale Medium TRCs (C210 M2 TRCs 1,2,3 and C210 M1 TRCs 1,2,3,4)
      • The first 2 drives are configured as a RAID 1 (mirrored) drive. This drive is for ESXi installation.
      • The remaining drives, if any exist, are configured as a RAID 5 drive. This drive is for Cisco Unified Communications Manager application VMs.
      End of Sale Small TRCs (C200 M2 TRC1)
      • RAID 10 array for logical drive 0
      • RAID 10 volume of 4 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).

      Follow this procedure to configure RAID in the preeboot CLI.

      Procedure
        Step 1   Check your current RAID configuration:
        • During boot, the system asks you to enter either Ctrl-H or Ctrl-Y
        • To use the GUI to configure RAID, enter Ctrl-H
        • To use the Preboot CLI to configure RAID, enter Ctrl-Y.
        • Type the following commands:

        1. TRC Command
          Extra Large TRC (C260 M2 TRC1) -ldinfo -l0
          Large TRC (C240 M3 SFF TRC1)
          • -ldinfo -l0 -a0
          • -ldinfo -l1 -a0
          Medium TRC (C240 M3 SFF TRC2)

          Medium TRC (C220 M3 SFF TRC1)

          -ldinfo -l0 -a0
          Small Plus TRC (C220 M3 SFF TRC3)
          Small TRC (C220 M3 SFF TRC2)
          End of Sale Medium TRCs (C210 M2 TRCs 1,2,3 and C210 M1 TRCs 1,2,3,4)
          End of Sale Small TRCs (C200 M2 TRC1)

          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
          Extra Large TRC (C260 M2 TRC1) -cfgclr -l0
          Large TRC (C240 M3 SFF TRC1) -cfgclr -a0
          Medium TRC (C240 M3 SFF TRC2)

          Medium TRC (C220 M3 SFF TRC1)

          Small Plus TRC (C220 M3 SFF TRC3)
          Small TRC (C220 M3 SFF TRC2)
          End of Sale Medium TRCs (C210 M2 TRCs 1,2,3 and C210 M1 TRCs 1,2,3,4)
          End of Sale Small TRCs (C200 M2 TRC1)
        Step 3   To determine the enclosure ID and drive numbering, which is required before you can configure RAID, run the following commands:
        TRC Command
        Extra Large TRC (C260 M2 TRC1) -encinfo -l0 -page 20
        Large TRC (C240 M3 SFF TRC1) -encinfo -a0 -page 20
        Medium TRC (C240 M3 SFF TRC2)

        Medium TRC (C220 M3 SFF TRC1)

        Small Plus TRC (C220 M3 SFF TRC3)
        Small TRC (C220 M3 SFF TRC2)
        End of Sale Medium TRCs (C210 M2 TRCs 1,2,3 and C210 M1 TRCs 1,2,3,4)
        End of Sale Small TRCs (C200 M2 TRC1)
        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 5 on the existing drives on each RAID controller:
        TRC Command
        Extra Large TRC (C260 M2 TRC1) -cfgldadd -r5 [<encl>:0, <encl>:1, <encl>:2, <encl>:3, <encl>:4, <encl>:5, <encl>:6, <encl>:7] -a0
        Large TRC (C240 M3 SFF TRC1) -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

        Medium TRC (C240 M3 SFF TRC2)

        Medium TRC (C220 M3 SFF TRC1)

        -cfgldadd -r5 [<encl>:0, <encl>:1, <encl>:2, <encl>:3, <encl>:4, <encl>:5, <encl>:6, <encl>:7] -a0
        Small Plus TRC (C220 M3 SFF TRC3)
        Small TRC (C220 M3 SFF TRC2)
        End of Sale Medium TRCs (C210 M2 TRCs 1,2,3 and C210 M1 TRCs 1,2,3,4)
        • 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 Small TRCs (C200 M2 TRC1) -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   

          A 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.

        Configure RAID with GUI

        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 two 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 from the list of available options.
          2. (Optional) 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. The expected size is 1.903 TB. 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.

          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 VT 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.


            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 IPL order in the BIOS is configured to boot the CDROM or virtual CD/DVD first.
            • For the Cisco UCS Rack-Mount Server, the drives are configured in two separate RAID-5 arrays.
            • For the Cisco UCS C220 M3 Rack-Mount Server, the 8 drives are configured in a RAID-5 array.
            • For End of Sale Medium TRCs, install ESXi on the first RAID array (2 disks).
            • For Large and Extra-Large TRCs with 2 arrays, install ESXi on any of the RAID arrays.

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

            These steps should have been performed by the factory prior shipping.

            Install ESXi

            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.

            Install Cisco Unified Communications Manager on VMs

            ISOs and VM templates

            Virtualization software and Cisco application software are delivered either physically or electronically, depending on the servers purchased.

            Using the vSphere client to create the VM on servers without optical drives

            Cisco provides templates on a URL to download and transfer to a host. Use the following procedure to create the VM:

            Procedure
              Step 1   Deploy the appropriate OVA template for your application using the Cisco.com URL as the source.
              Step 2   Make the virtual CD drive available to 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 installation media (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.


              Use the vSphere Client to Create the VM on Servers with Optical Drives

              Procedure
                Step 1   Deploy 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 installation media (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.


                Download Virtual Machine Templates (OVA Templates)

                The configuration of a Cisco Unified Communications Manager virtual machine must match a supported virtual machine template.

                Perform the following procedure to obtain the virtual machine template for Cisco Unified Communications Manager on Virtualized Servers:

                Procedure
                  Step 1   Select this URL in your browser:

                  www.cisco.com/​go/​uc-virtualized

                  Step 2   If your browser prompts you to do so, type your Cisco.com username and password in the text boxes, then click the Log In button.
                  Step 3   In the Table of Virtualization Support by Collaboration Product table, Click Cisco Unified Communications Manager to open the Virtualization for Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM) page.
                  Step 4   In the Contents table, click the release you want to download OVA Templates for.
                  Step 5   In the table for the release, click the click to download OVA file for this version link in the header for the third column.