Cisco UCS C-Series Servers Integrated Management Controller GUI Configuration Guide, Release 1.5
Managing Network Adapters

Contents

Managing Network Adapters

This chapter includes the following sections:

Overview of the Cisco UCS C-Series Network Adapters


Note


The procedures in this chapter are available only when a Cisco UCS C-Series network adapter is installed in the chassis.


A Cisco UCS C-Series network adapter can be installed to provide options for I/O consolidation and virtualization support. The following adapters are available:

  • Cisco UCS P81E Virtual Interface Card
  • Cisco UCS VIC1225 Virtual Interface Card

The interactive UCS Hardware and Software Interoperability Utility lets you view the supported components and configurations for a selected server model and software release. The utility is available at the following URL: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​web/​techdoc/​ucs/​interoperability/​matrix/​matrix.html

Cisco UCS P81E Virtual Interface Card

The Cisco UCS P81E Virtual Interface Card is optimized for virtualized environments, for organizations that seek increased mobility in their physical environments, and for data centers that want reduced costs through NIC, HBA, cabling, and switch reduction and reduced management overhead. This Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) PCIe card offers the following benefits:

  • Allows up to 16 virtual Fibre Channel and 16 virtual Ethernet adapters to be provisioned in virtualized or nonvirtualized environments using just-in-time provisioning, providing tremendous system flexibility and allowing consolidation of multiple physical adapters.
  • Delivers uncompromising virtualization support, including hardware-based implementation of Cisco VN-Link technology and pass-through switching.
  • Improves system security and manageability by providing visibility and portability of network polices and security all the way to the virtual machine.

The virtual interface card makes Cisco VN-Link connections to the parent fabric interconnects, which allows virtual links to connect virtual NICs in virtual machines to virtual interfaces in the interconnect. In a Cisco Unified Computing System environment, virtual links then can be managed, network profiles applied, and interfaces dynamically reprovisioned as virtual machines move between servers in the system.

Cisco UCS VIC1225 Virtual Interface Card

The Cisco UCS VIC1225 Virtual Interface Card is a high-performance, converged network adapter that provides acceleration for the various new operational modes introduced by server virtualization. It brings superior flexibility, performance, and bandwidth to the new generation of Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers.

The Cisco UCS VIC 1225 implements the Cisco Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX), which unifies virtual and physical networking into a single infrastructure. It provides virtual-machine visibility from the physical network and a consistent network operations model for physical and virtual servers. In virtualized environments, this highly configurable and self-virtualized adapter provides integrated, modular LAN interfaces on Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers. Additional features and capabilities include:

  • Supports up to 256 PCIe virtual devices, either virtual network interface cards (vNICs) or virtual host bus adapters (vHBAs), with high I/O operations per second (IOPS), support for lossless Ethernet, and 20 Gbps to servers.
  • PCIe Gen2 x16 helps assure optimal bandwidth to the host for network-intensive applications with a redundant path to the fabric interconnect.
  • Half-height design reserves full-height slots in servers for Cisco certified third-party adapters.
  • Centrally managed by Cisco UCS Manager with support for Microsoft Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux, VMware vSphere, and Citrix XenServer.

Viewing Network Adapter Properties

Before You Begin
  • The server must be powered on, or the properties will not display.
Procedure
    Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
    Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
    Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Network Adapters tab.
    Step 4   In the Network Adapters area, review the following information:
    Name Description

    Slot ID column

    The slot in which the adapter is installed.

    Product Name column

    The product name for the adapter.

    Number of Interfaces column

    The number of interfaces for the adapter.

    Step 5   In the Adapter Card area, review the following information:
    Name Description

    ID column

    The ID for the external ethernet interface.

    MAC Address column

    The MAC address for the external ethernet interface.


    Viewing VIC Adapter Properties

    Before You Begin
    • The server must be powered on, or the properties will not display.
    • A supported Virtual Interface Card (VIC) must be installed in the chassis and the server must be powered on.
    Procedure
      Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
      Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
      Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
      Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, click an adapter in the table to display its properties.

      The resources of the selected adapter appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

      Step 5   In the Adapter Cards area, review the following information for the installed adapters:
      Name Description

      PCI Slot column

      The PCI slot in which the adapter is installed.

      Product Name column

      The product name for the adapter.

      Serial Number column

      The serial number for the adapter.

      Product ID column

      The product ID for the adapter.

      Vendor column

      The vendor for the adapter.

      CIMC Management Enabled column

      Whether the adapter is able to manage CIMC. This functionality depends on the type of adapter installed and how it is configured. For details, see the hardware installation guide for the type of server you are using.

      Step 6   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the General tab.
      Step 7   In the Adapter Card Properties area, review the following information for the adapter:
      Name Description

      PCI Slot field

      The PCI slot in which the adapter is installed.

      Vendor field

      The vendor for the adapter.

      Product Name field

      The product name for the adapter.

      Product ID field

      The product ID for the adapter.

      Serial Number field

      The serial number for the adapter.

      Version ID field

      The version ID for the adapter.

      Hardware Revision field

      The hardware revision for the adapter.

      CIMC Management Enabled field

      If this field displays yes, then the adapter is functioning in Cisco Card Mode and passing CIMC management traffic through to the server CIMC.

      Configuration Pending field

      If this field displays yes, the adapter configuration has changed in CIMC but these changes have not been communicated to the host operating system.

      To activate the changes, an administrator must reboot the adapter.

      Description field

      The user-defined description for the adapter, if any.

      FIP Mode field

      Whether FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP) mode is enabled. FIP mode ensures that the adapter is compatible with current FCoE standards.

      VNTAG Mode field

      Whether virtual network tag (VNTAG) is enabled.

      If VNTAG mode is enabled:

      • vNICs and vHBAs can be assigned to a specific channel
      • vNICs and vHBAs can be associated with a port profile
      • vNICs can fail over to another vNIC if there are communication problems

      ISCSI Boot Capable field

      Whether iSCSI boot is supported on the adapter.

      usNIC Capable field

      Whether the adapter and the firmware running on the adapter support the usNIC.

      Step 8   In the External Ethernet Interfaces area, review the following information for the adapter:
      Name Description

      ID column

      The uplink port ID.

      MAC Address column

      The MAC address of the uplink port.

      Link State column

      The current operational state of the uplink port. This can be one of the following:

      • Fault
      • Link Up
      • Link Down
      • SFP ID Error
      • SFP Not Installed
      • SFP Security Check Failed
      • Unsupported SFP

      Encap column

      The mode in which adapter operates. This can be one of the following:

      • CE—Classical Ethernet mode.
      • NIV—Network Interface Virtualization mode.

      Admin Speed column

      The data transfer rate for the port. This can be one of the following:

      • Auto
      • 1 Gpbs
      • 10 Gpbs
      Note   

      This option is only available for some adapter cards.

      Operating Speed column

      The operating rate for the port. This can be one of the following:

      • Auto
      • 1 Gpbs
      • 10 Gpbs
      Note   

      This option is only available for some adapter cards.

      Step 9   In the Firmware area, review the following information for the adapter:
      Name Description

      Running Version field

      The firmware version that is currently active.

      Backup Version field

      The alternate firmware version installed on the adapter, if any. The backup version is not currently running. To activate it, administrators can click Activate Firmware in the Actions area.

      Note   

      When you install new firmware on the adapter, any existing backup version is deleted and the new firmware becomes the backup version. You must manually activate the new firmware if you want the adapter to run the new version.

      Startup Version field

      The firmware version that will become active the next time the adapter is rebooted.

      Bootloader Version field

      The bootloader version associated with the adapter card.

      Status field

      The status of the last firmware activation that was performed on this adapter.

      Note   

      The status is reset each time the adapter is rebooted.


      What to Do Next

      To view the properties of virtual NICs, VM FEXs, and virtual HBAs, see the following sections:

      Viewing Storage Adapter Properties

      Before You Begin
      • The server must be powered on.
      Procedure
        Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
        Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
        Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click Storage Adapters tab and review the following information:
        Name Description

        Controller field

        The type of controller.

        PCI Slot field

        The PCI slot in which the adapter is installed.

        Product Name field

        The product name for the adapter.

        Serial Number field

        The serial number for the adapter.

        Firmware Package Build field

        The installed firmware package for the adapter.

        Product ID field

        The product ID for the adapter.

        Battery Status field

        The vendor for the adapter.

        Cache Memory Size field

        The size of the cache memory, in megabytes.

        Health field

        The health of the adapter. This can be one of the following:

        • Good
        • Moderate Fault
        • Severe Fault
        • N/A

        Details link

        Click the Details link to view the Storage tab.


        Managing vHBAs

        Guidelines for Managing vHBAs

        When managing vHBAs, consider the following guidelines and restrictions:

        • The Cisco UCS P81E Virtual Interface Card and Cisco UCS VIC1225 Virtual Interface Card provide two vHBAs (fc0 and fc1). You can create up to 16 additional vHBAs on these adapter cards.

          Note


          If Network Interface Virtualization (NIV) mode is enabled for the adapter, you must assign a channel number to a vHBA when you create it.


        • When using the Cisco UCS P81E Virtual Interface Card or Cisco UCS VIC1225 Virtual Interface Card in an FCoE application, you must associate the vHBA with the FCoE VLAN. Follow the instructions in Modifying vHBA Properties to assign the VLAN.
        • After making configuration changes, you must reboot the host for settings to take effect.

        Viewing vHBA Properties

        Procedure
          Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
          Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
          Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
          Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

          If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

          Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vHBAs tab.
          Step 6   In the Host Fibre Channel Interfaces area, select a vHBA from the table.
          Step 7   Click Properties to open the vHBA Properties dialog box.
          Step 8   In the General area, review the information in the following fields:
          Name Description

          Name field

          The name of the virtual HBA.

          This name cannot be changed after the vHBA has been created.

          World Wide Node Name field

          The WWNN associated with the vHBA.

          To let the system generate the WWNN, select AUTO. To specify a WWNN, click the second radio button and enter the WWNN in the corresponding field.

          World Wide Port Name field

          The WWPN associated with the vHBA.

          To let the system generate the WWPN, select AUTO. To specify a WWPN, click the second radio button and enter the WWPN in the corresponding field.

          FC SAN Boot check box

          If checked, the vHBA can be used to perform a SAN boot.

          Enable Persistent LUN Binding check box

          If checked, any LUN ID associations are retained in memory until they are manually cleared.

          Uplink Port field

          The uplink port associated with the vHBA.

          Note   

          This value cannot be changed for the system-defined vHBAs fc0 and fc1.

          MAC Address field

          The MAC address associated with the vHBA.

          To let the system generate the MAC address, select AUTO. To specify an address, click the second radio button and enter the MAC address in the corresponding field.

          Default VLAN field

          If there is no default VLAN for this vHBA, click NONE. Otherwise, click the second radio button and enter a VLAN ID between 1 and 4094 in the field.

          Class of Service drop-down list

          The CoS for the vHBA.

          Select an integer between 0 and 6, with 0 being lowest priority and 6 being the highest priority.

          Note   

          This option cannot be used in VNTAG mode.

          Rate Limit field

          The data rate limit for traffic on this vHBA, in Mbps.

          If you want this vHBA to have an unlimited data rate, select OFF. Otherwise, click the second radio button and enter an integer between 1 and 10,000.

          Note   

          This option cannot be used in VNTAG mode.

          PCIe Device Order field

          The order in which this vHBA will be used.

          To let the system set the order, select ANY. To specify an order, select the second radio button and enter an integer between 0 and 17.

          EDTOV field

          The error detect timeout value (EDTOV), which is the number of milliseconds to wait before the system assumes that an error has occurred.

          Enter an integer between 1,000 and 100,000. The default is 2,000 milliseconds.

          RATOV field

          The resource allocation timeout value (RATOV), which is the number of milliseconds to wait before the system assumes that a resource cannot be properly allocated.

          Enter an integer between 5,000 and 100,000. The default is 10,000 milliseconds.

          Max Data Field Size field

          The maximum size of the Fibre Channel frame payload bytes that the vHBA supports.

          Enter an integer between 256 and 2112.

          Channel Number field

          The channel number that will be assigned to this vHBA.

          Enter an integer between 1 and 1,000.

          Note   

          VNTAG mode is required for this option.

          Port Profile drop-down list

          The port profile that should be associated with the vHBA, if any.

          This field displays the port profiles defined on the switch to which this server is connected.

          Note   

          VNTAG mode is required for this option.

          Step 9   In the Error Recovery area, review the information in the following fields:
          Name Description

          Enable FCP Error Recovery check box

          If checked, the system uses FCP Sequence Level Error Recovery protocol (FC-TAPE).

          Link Down Timeout field

          The number of milliseconds the uplink port should be offline before it informs the system that the uplink port is down and fabric connectivity has been lost.

          Enter an integer between 0 and 240,000.

          Port Down I/O Retries field

          The number of times an I/O request to a port is returned because the port is busy before the system decides the port is unavailable.

          Enter an integer between 0 and 255.

          Port Down Timeout field

          The number of milliseconds a remote Fibre Channel port should be offline before informing the SCSI upper layer that the port is unavailable.

          Enter an integer between 0 and 240,000.

          Step 10   In the Fibre Channel Interrupt area, review the information in the following fields:
          Name Description

          Interrupt Mode drop-down list

          The preferred driver interrupt mode. This can be one of the following:

          • MSIx—Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI) with the optional extension. This is the recommended option.
          • MSI—MSI only.
          • INTx—PCI INTx interrupts.
          Step 11   In the Fibre Channel Port area, review the information in the following fields:
          Name Description

          I/O Throttle Count field

          The number of I/O operations that can be pending in the vHBA at one time.

          Enter an integer between 1 and 1,024.

          LUNs per Target field

          The maximum number of LUNs that the driver will export. This is usually an operating system platform limitation.

          Enter an integer between 1 and 1,024. The recommended value is 1024.

          Step 12   In the Fibre Channel Port FLOGI area, review the information in the following fields:
          Name Description

          FLOGI Retries field

          The number of times that the system tries to log in to the fabric after the first failure.

          To specify an unlimited number of retries, select the INFINITE radio button. Otherwise select the second radio button and enter an integer into the corresponding field.

          FLOGI Timeout field

          The number of milliseconds that the system waits before it tries to log in again.

          Enter an integer between 1,000 and 255,000.

          Step 13   In the Fibre Channel Port PLOGI area, review the information in the following fields:
          Name Description

          PLOGI Retries field

          The number of times that the system tries to log in to a port after the first failure.

          Enter an integer between 0 and 255.

          PLOGI Timeout field

          The number of milliseconds that the system waits before it tries to log in again.

          Enter an integer between 1,000 and 255,000.

          Step 14   In the SCSI I/O area, review the information in the following fields:
          Name Description

          CDB Transmit Queue Count field

          The number of SCSI I/O queue resources the system should allocate.

          Enter an integer between 1 and 8.

          CDB Work Queue Ring Size field

          The number of descriptors in each SCSI I/O queue.

          Enter an integer between 64 and 512.

          Step 15   In the Receive/Transmit Queues area, review the information in the following fields:
          Name Description

          FC Work Queue Ring Size field

          The number of descriptors in each transmit queue.

          Enter an integer between 64 and 128.

          FC Receive Queue Ring Size field

          The number of descriptors in each receive queue.

          Enter an integer between 64 and 128.


          Modifying vHBA Properties

          Procedure
            Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
            Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
            Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
            Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

            If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

            Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vHBAs tab.
            Step 6   In the Host Fibre Channel Interfaces area, select a vHBA from the table.
            Step 7   Click Properties to open the vHBA Properties dialog box.
            Step 8   In the General area, update the following fields:
            Name Description

            Name field

            The name of the virtual HBA.

            This name cannot be changed after the vHBA has been created.

            World Wide Node Name field

            The WWNN associated with the vHBA.

            To let the system generate the WWNN, select AUTO. To specify a WWNN, click the second radio button and enter the WWNN in the corresponding field.

            World Wide Port Name field

            The WWPN associated with the vHBA.

            To let the system generate the WWPN, select AUTO. To specify a WWPN, click the second radio button and enter the WWPN in the corresponding field.

            FC SAN Boot check box

            If checked, the vHBA can be used to perform a SAN boot.

            Enable Persistent LUN Binding check box

            If checked, any LUN ID associations are retained in memory until they are manually cleared.

            Uplink Port field

            The uplink port associated with the vHBA.

            Note   

            This value cannot be changed for the system-defined vHBAs fc0 and fc1.

            MAC Address field

            The MAC address associated with the vHBA.

            To let the system generate the MAC address, select AUTO. To specify an address, click the second radio button and enter the MAC address in the corresponding field.

            Default VLAN field

            If there is no default VLAN for this vHBA, click NONE. Otherwise, click the second radio button and enter a VLAN ID between 1 and 4094 in the field.

            Class of Service drop-down list

            The CoS for the vHBA.

            Select an integer between 0 and 6, with 0 being lowest priority and 6 being the highest priority.

            Note   

            This option cannot be used in VNTAG mode.

            Rate Limit field

            The data rate limit for traffic on this vHBA, in Mbps.

            If you want this vHBA to have an unlimited data rate, select OFF. Otherwise, click the second radio button and enter an integer between 1 and 10,000.

            Note   

            This option cannot be used in VNTAG mode.

            PCIe Device Order field

            The order in which this vHBA will be used.

            To let the system set the order, select ANY. To specify an order, select the second radio button and enter an integer between 0 and 17.

            EDTOV field

            The error detect timeout value (EDTOV), which is the number of milliseconds to wait before the system assumes that an error has occurred.

            Enter an integer between 1,000 and 100,000. The default is 2,000 milliseconds.

            RATOV field

            The resource allocation timeout value (RATOV), which is the number of milliseconds to wait before the system assumes that a resource cannot be properly allocated.

            Enter an integer between 5,000 and 100,000. The default is 10,000 milliseconds.

            Max Data Field Size field

            The maximum size of the Fibre Channel frame payload bytes that the vHBA supports.

            Enter an integer between 256 and 2112.

            Channel Number field

            The channel number that will be assigned to this vHBA.

            Enter an integer between 1 and 1,000.

            Note   

            VNTAG mode is required for this option.

            Port Profile drop-down list

            The port profile that should be associated with the vHBA, if any.

            This field displays the port profiles defined on the switch to which this server is connected.

            Note   

            VNTAG mode is required for this option.

            Step 9   In the Error Recovery area, update the following fields:
            Name Description

            Enable FCP Error Recovery check box

            If checked, the system uses FCP Sequence Level Error Recovery protocol (FC-TAPE).

            Link Down Timeout field

            The number of milliseconds the uplink port should be offline before it informs the system that the uplink port is down and fabric connectivity has been lost.

            Enter an integer between 0 and 240,000.

            Port Down I/O Retries field

            The number of times an I/O request to a port is returned because the port is busy before the system decides the port is unavailable.

            Enter an integer between 0 and 255.

            Port Down Timeout field

            The number of milliseconds a remote Fibre Channel port should be offline before informing the SCSI upper layer that the port is unavailable.

            Enter an integer between 0 and 240,000.

            Step 10   In the Fibre Channel Interrupt area, update the following fields:
            Name Description

            Interrupt Mode drop-down list

            The preferred driver interrupt mode. This can be one of the following:

            • MSIx—Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI) with the optional extension. This is the recommended option.
            • MSI—MSI only.
            • INTx—PCI INTx interrupts.
            Step 11   In the Fibre Channel Port area, update the following fields:
            Name Description

            I/O Throttle Count field

            The number of I/O operations that can be pending in the vHBA at one time.

            Enter an integer between 1 and 1,024.

            LUNs per Target field

            The maximum number of LUNs that the driver will export. This is usually an operating system platform limitation.

            Enter an integer between 1 and 1,024. The recommended value is 1024.

            Step 12   In the Fibre Channel Port FLOGI area, update the following fields:
            Name Description

            FLOGI Retries field

            The number of times that the system tries to log in to the fabric after the first failure.

            To specify an unlimited number of retries, select the INFINITE radio button. Otherwise select the second radio button and enter an integer into the corresponding field.

            FLOGI Timeout field

            The number of milliseconds that the system waits before it tries to log in again.

            Enter an integer between 1,000 and 255,000.

            Step 13   In the Fibre Channel Port PLOGI area, update the following fields:
            Name Description

            PLOGI Retries field

            The number of times that the system tries to log in to a port after the first failure.

            Enter an integer between 0 and 255.

            PLOGI Timeout field

            The number of milliseconds that the system waits before it tries to log in again.

            Enter an integer between 1,000 and 255,000.

            Step 14   In the SCSI I/O area, update the following fields:
            Name Description

            CDB Transmit Queue Count field

            The number of SCSI I/O queue resources the system should allocate.

            Enter an integer between 1 and 8.

            CDB Work Queue Ring Size field

            The number of descriptors in each SCSI I/O queue.

            Enter an integer between 64 and 512.

            Step 15   In the Receive/Transmit Queues area, update the following fields:
            Name Description

            FC Work Queue Ring Size field

            The number of descriptors in each transmit queue.

            Enter an integer between 64 and 128.

            FC Receive Queue Ring Size field

            The number of descriptors in each receive queue.

            Enter an integer between 64 and 128.

            Step 16   Click Save Changes.

            Creating a vHBA

            The adapter provides two permanent vHBAs. If NIV mode is enabled, you can create up to 16 additional vHBAs.

            Procedure
              Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
              Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
              Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
              Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

              If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

              Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vHBAs tab.
              Step 6   In the Host Fibre Channel Interfaces area, choose one of these actions:
              • To create a vHBA using default configuration settings, click Add.
              • To create a vHBA using the same configuration settings as an existing vHBA, select that vHBA and click Clone.

              The Add vHBA dialog box appears.

              Step 7   In the Add vHBA dialog box, enter a name for the vHBA in the Name entry box.
              Step 8   Click Add vHBA.

              What to Do Next

              • Reboot the server to create the vHBA.
              • If configuration changes are required, configure the new vHBA as described in Modifying vHBA Properties.

              Deleting a vHBA

              Procedure
                Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vHBAs tab.
                Step 6   In the Host Fibre Channel Interfaces area, select a vHBA from the table.
                Note    You cannot delete either of the two default vHBAs, fc0 or fc1.
                Step 7   Click Delete and click OK to confirm.

                vHBA Boot Table

                In the vHBA boot table, you can specify up to four LUNs from which the server can boot.

                Creating a Boot Table Entry

                Procedure
                  Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                  Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                  Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                  Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                  If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                  Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vHBAs tab.
                  Step 6   In the Host Fibre Channel Interfaces area, select a vHBA from the table.
                  Step 7   Click Boot Table to open the Boot Table dialog box for the selected vHBA.
                  Step 8   In the Boot Table dialog box, click Add to open the Add Boot Entry dialog box.
                  Step 9   In the Add Boot Entry dialog box, update the following fields:
                  Name Description

                  Target WWPN field

                  The World Wide Port Name (WWPN) that corresponds to the location of the boot image.

                  Enter the WWPN in the format hh:hh:hh:hh:hh:hh:hh:hh.

                  LUN ID field

                  The LUN ID that corresponds to the location of the boot image.

                  Enter an ID between 0 and 255.

                  Add Boot Entry button

                  Adds the specified location to the boot table.

                  Reset Values button

                  Clears the values currently entered in the fields.

                  Cancel button

                  Closes the dialog box without saving any changes made while the dialog box was open.

                  Step 10   Click Add Boot Entry.

                  Deleting a Boot Table Entry

                  Procedure
                    Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                    Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                    Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                    Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                    If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                    Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vHBAs tab.
                    Step 6   In the Host Fibre Channel Interfaces area, select a vHBA from the table.
                    Step 7   Click Boot Table to open the Boot Table dialog box for the selected vHBA.
                    Step 8   In the Boot Table dialog box, click the entry to be deleted.
                    Step 9   Click Delete and click OK to confirm.

                    vHBA Persistent Binding

                    Persistent binding ensures that the system-assigned mapping of Fibre Channel targets is maintained after a reboot.

                    Viewing Persistent Bindings

                    Procedure
                      Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                      Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                      Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                      Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                      If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                      Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vHBAs tab.
                      Step 6   In the Host Fibre Channel Interfaces area, select a vHBA from the table.
                      Step 7   Click Persistent Bindings to open the Persistent Bindings dialog box for the selected vHBA.
                      Step 8   In the Persistent Bindings dialog box for the selected vHBA, review the following information:
                      Name Description

                      Index column

                      The unique identifier for the binding.

                      Target WWPN column

                      The target World Wide Port Name with which the binding is associated.

                      Host WWPN column

                      The host World Wide Port Name with which the binding is associated.

                      Bus ID column

                      The bus ID with which the binding is associated.

                      Target ID column

                      The target ID on the host system with which the binding is associated.

                      Rebuild Persistent Bindings button

                      Clears all unused bindings and resets the ones that are in use.

                      Close button

                      Closes the dialog box and saves your changes.

                      Step 9   Click Close.

                      Rebuilding Persistent Bindings

                      Procedure
                        Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                        Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                        Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                        Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                        If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                        Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vHBAs tab.
                        Step 6   In the Host Fibre Channel Interfaces area, select a vHBA from the table.
                        Step 7   Click Persistent Bindings to open the Persistent Bindings dialog box for the selected vHBA.
                        Step 8   In the Persistent Bindings dialog box for the selected vHBA, click Rebuild Persistent Bindings.
                        Step 9   Click Close.

                        Managing vNICs

                        Guidelines for Managing vNICs

                        When managing vNICs, consider the following guidelines and restrictions:

                        • The Cisco UCS P81E Virtual Interface Card and Cisco UCS VIC1225 Virtual Interface Card provide two default vNICs (eth0 and eth1). You can create up to 16 additional vNICs on these adapter cards.

                          Note


                          If Network Interface Virtualization (NIV) mode is enabled for the adapter, you must assign a channel number to a vNIC when you create it.


                        • After making configuration changes, you must reboot the host for settings to take effect.

                        Viewing vNIC Properties

                        Procedure
                          Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                          Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                          Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                          Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                          If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                          Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vNICs tab.
                          Step 6   In the Host Ethernet Interfaces area, select a vNIC from the table.
                          Step 7   Click Properties to open the vNIC Properties dialog box.
                          Step 8   In the General area, review the information in the following fields:
                          Name Description

                          Name field

                          The name for the virtual NIC.

                          This name cannot be changed after the vNIC has been created.

                          MTU field

                          The maximum transmission unit, or packet size, that this vNIC accepts.

                          Enter an integer between 1500 and 9000.

                          Uplink Port drop-down list

                          The uplink port associated with this vNIC. All traffic for this vNIC goes through this uplink port.

                          MAC Address field

                          The MAC address associated with the vNIC.

                          To let the adapter select an available MAC address from its internal pool, select Auto. To specify an address, click the second radio button and enter the MAC address in the corresponding field.

                          Class of Service drop-down list

                          The class of service to associate with traffic from this vNIC.

                          Select an integer between 0 and 6, with 0 being lowest priority and 6 being the highest priority.

                          Note   

                          This option cannot be used in VNTAG mode.

                          Trust Host CoS check box

                          Check this box if you want the vNIC to use the class of service provided by the host operating system.

                          PCI Order field

                          The order in which this vNIC will be used.

                          To let the system set the order, select Any. To specify an order, select the second radio button and enter an integer between 0 and 17.

                          Default VLAN field

                          If there is no default VLAN for this vNIC, click NONE. Otherwise, click the second radio button and enter a VLAN ID between 1 and 4094 in the field.

                          Note   

                          This option cannot be used in VNTAG mode.

                          VLAN Mode drop-down list

                          If you want to use VLAN trunking, select TRUNK. Otherwise, select ACCESS.

                          Note   

                          This option cannot be used in VNTAG mode.

                          Rate Limit field

                          If you want this vNIC to have an unlimited data rate, select OFF. Otherwise, click the second radio button and enter a rate limit in the associated field.

                          Enter an integer between 1 and 10,000 Mbps.

                          Note   

                          This option cannot be used in VNTAG mode.

                          Enable PXE Boot check box

                          Check this box if the vNIC can be used to perform a PXE boot.

                          Channel Number field

                          Select the channel number that will be assigned to this vNIC.

                          Note   

                          VNTAG mode is required for this option.

                          Port Profile drop-down list

                          Select the port profile that should be associated with the vNIC.

                          This field displays the port profiles defined on the switch to which this server is connected.

                          Note   

                          VNTAG mode is required for this option.

                          Enable Uplink Failover check box

                          Check this box if traffic on this vNIC should fail over to the secondary interface if there are communication problems.

                          Note   

                          VNTAG mode is required for this option.

                          Failback Timeout field

                          After a vNIC has started using its secondary interface, this setting controls how long the primary interface must be available before the system resumes using the primary interface for the vNIC.

                          Enter a number of seconds between 0 and 600.

                          Note   

                          VNTAG mode is required for this option.

                          Step 9   In the Ethernet Interrupt area, review the information in the following fields:
                          Name Description

                          Interrupt Count field

                          The number of interrupt resources to allocate. In general, this value should be equal to the number of completion queue resources.

                          Enter an integer between 1 and 514.

                          Coalescing Time field

                          The time to wait between interrupts or the idle period that must be encountered before an interrupt is sent.

                          Enter an integer between 1 and 65535. To turn off interrupt coalescing, enter 0 (zero) in this field.

                          Coalescing Type drop-down list

                          This can be one of the following:

                          • MIN—The system waits for the time specified in the Coalescing Time field before sending another interrupt event.
                          • IDLE—The system does not send an interrupt until there is a period of no activity lasting as least as long as the time specified in the Coalescing Time field.

                          Interrupt Mode drop-down list

                          The preferred driver interrupt mode. This can be one of the following:

                          • MSI-X—Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI) with the optional extension. This is the recommended option.
                          • MSI—MSI only.
                          • INTx—PCI INTx interrupts.
                          Step 10   In the Ethernet Receive Queue area, review the information in the following fields:
                          Name Description

                          Receive Queue Count field

                          The number of receive queue resources to allocate.

                          Enter an integer between 1 and 256.

                          Receive Queue Ring Size field

                          The number of descriptors in each receive queue.

                          Enter an integer between 64 and 4096.

                          Step 11   In the Ethernet Transmit Queue area, review the information in the following fields:
                          Name Description

                          Transmit Queue Count field

                          The number of transmit queue resources to allocate.

                          Enter an integer between 1 and 256.

                          Transmit Queue Ring Size field

                          The number of descriptors in each transmit queue.

                          Enter an integer between 64 and 4096.

                          Step 12   In the Completion Queue area, review the information in the following fields:
                          Name Description

                          Completion Queue Count field

                          The number of completion queue resources to allocate. In general, the number of completion queue resources you should allocate is equal to the number of transmit queue resources plus the number of receive queue resources.

                          Enter an integer between 1 and 512.

                          Completion Queue Ring Size field

                          The number of descriptors in each completion queue.

                          This value cannot be changed.

                          Step 13   In the TCP Offload area, review the information in the following fields:
                          Name Description

                          Enable TCP Segmentation Offload check box

                          If checked, the CPU sends large TCP packets to the hardware to be segmented. This option may reduce CPU overhead and increase throughput rate.

                          If cleared, the CPU segments large packets.

                          Note   

                          This option is also known as Large Send Offload (LSO).

                          Enable TCP Rx Offload Checksum Validation check box

                          If checked, the CPU sends all packet checksums to the hardware for validation. This option may reduce CPU overhead.

                          If cleared, the CPU validates all packet checksums.

                          Enable TCP Tx Offload Checksum Generation check box

                          If checked, the CPU sends all packets to the hardware so that the checksum can be calculated. This option may reduce CPU overhead.

                          If cleared, the CPU calculates all packet checksums.

                          Enable Large Receive check box

                          If checked, the hardware reassembles all segmented packets before sending them to the CPU. This option may reduce CPU utilization and increase inbound throughput.

                          If cleared, the CPU processes all large packets.

                          Step 14   In the Receive Side Scaling area, review the information in the following fields:
                          Name Description

                          Enable TCP Receive Side Scaling check box

                          Receive Side Scaling (RSS) distributes network receive processing across multiple CPUs in multiprocessor systems.

                          If checked, network receive processing is shared across processors whenever possible.

                          If cleared, network receive processing is always handled by a single processor even if additional processors are available.

                          Enable IPv4 RSS check box

                          If checked, RSS is enabled on IPv4 networks.

                          Enable TCP-IPv4 RSS check box

                          If checked, RSS is enabled for TCP transmissions across IPv4 networks.

                          Enable IPv6 RSS check box

                          If checked, RSS is enabled on IPv6 networks.

                          Enable TCP-IPv6 RSS check box

                          If checked, RSS is enabled for TCP transmissions across IPv6 networks.

                          Enable IPv6 Extension RSS check box

                          If checked, RSS is enabled for IPv6 extensions.

                          Enable TCP-IPv6 Extension RSS check box

                          If checked, RSS is enabled for TCP transmissions across IPv6 networks.


                          Modifying vNIC Properties

                          Procedure
                            Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                            Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                            Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                            Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                            If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                            Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vNICs tab.
                            Step 6   In the Host Ethernet Interfaces area, select a vNIC from the table.
                            Step 7   Click Properties to open the vNIC Properties dialog box.
                            Step 8   In the General area, update the following fields:
                            Name Description

                            Name field

                            The name for the virtual NIC.

                            This name cannot be changed after the vNIC has been created.

                            MTU field

                            The maximum transmission unit, or packet size, that this vNIC accepts.

                            Enter an integer between 1500 and 9000.

                            Uplink Port drop-down list

                            The uplink port associated with this vNIC. All traffic for this vNIC goes through this uplink port.

                            MAC Address field

                            The MAC address associated with the vNIC.

                            To let the adapter select an available MAC address from its internal pool, select Auto. To specify an address, click the second radio button and enter the MAC address in the corresponding field.

                            Class of Service drop-down list

                            The class of service to associate with traffic from this vNIC.

                            Select an integer between 0 and 6, with 0 being lowest priority and 6 being the highest priority.

                            Note   

                            This option cannot be used in VNTAG mode.

                            Trust Host CoS check box

                            Check this box if you want the vNIC to use the class of service provided by the host operating system.

                            PCI Order field

                            The order in which this vNIC will be used.

                            To let the system set the order, select Any. To specify an order, select the second radio button and enter an integer between 0 and 17.

                            Default VLAN field

                            If there is no default VLAN for this vNIC, click NONE. Otherwise, click the second radio button and enter a VLAN ID between 1 and 4094 in the field.

                            Note   

                            This option cannot be used in VNTAG mode.

                            VLAN Mode drop-down list

                            If you want to use VLAN trunking, select TRUNK. Otherwise, select ACCESS.

                            Note   

                            This option cannot be used in VNTAG mode.

                            Rate Limit field

                            If you want this vNIC to have an unlimited data rate, select OFF. Otherwise, click the second radio button and enter a rate limit in the associated field.

                            Enter an integer between 1 and 10,000 Mbps.

                            Note   

                            This option cannot be used in VNTAG mode.

                            Enable PXE Boot check box

                            Check this box if the vNIC can be used to perform a PXE boot.

                            Channel Number field

                            Select the channel number that will be assigned to this vNIC.

                            Note   

                            VNTAG mode is required for this option.

                            Port Profile drop-down list

                            Select the port profile that should be associated with the vNIC.

                            This field displays the port profiles defined on the switch to which this server is connected.

                            Note   

                            VNTAG mode is required for this option.

                            Enable Uplink Failover check box

                            Check this box if traffic on this vNIC should fail over to the secondary interface if there are communication problems.

                            Note   

                            VNTAG mode is required for this option.

                            Failback Timeout field

                            After a vNIC has started using its secondary interface, this setting controls how long the primary interface must be available before the system resumes using the primary interface for the vNIC.

                            Enter a number of seconds between 0 and 600.

                            Note   

                            VNTAG mode is required for this option.

                            Step 9   In the Ethernet Interrupt area, update the following fields:
                            Name Description

                            Interrupt Count field

                            The number of interrupt resources to allocate. In general, this value should be equal to the number of completion queue resources.

                            Enter an integer between 1 and 514.

                            Coalescing Time field

                            The time to wait between interrupts or the idle period that must be encountered before an interrupt is sent.

                            Enter an integer between 1 and 65535. To turn off interrupt coalescing, enter 0 (zero) in this field.

                            Coalescing Type drop-down list

                            This can be one of the following:

                            • MIN—The system waits for the time specified in the Coalescing Time field before sending another interrupt event.
                            • IDLE—The system does not send an interrupt until there is a period of no activity lasting as least as long as the time specified in the Coalescing Time field.

                            Interrupt Mode drop-down list

                            The preferred driver interrupt mode. This can be one of the following:

                            • MSI-X—Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI) with the optional extension. This is the recommended option.
                            • MSI—MSI only.
                            • INTx—PCI INTx interrupts.
                            Step 10   In the Ethernet Receive Queue area, update the following fields:
                            Name Description

                            Receive Queue Count field

                            The number of receive queue resources to allocate.

                            Enter an integer between 1 and 256.

                            Receive Queue Ring Size field

                            The number of descriptors in each receive queue.

                            Enter an integer between 64 and 4096.

                            Step 11   In the Ethernet Transmit Queue area, update the following fields:
                            Name Description

                            Transmit Queue Count field

                            The number of transmit queue resources to allocate.

                            Enter an integer between 1 and 256.

                            Transmit Queue Ring Size field

                            The number of descriptors in each transmit queue.

                            Enter an integer between 64 and 4096.

                            Step 12   In the Completion Queue area, update the following fields:
                            Name Description

                            Completion Queue Count field

                            The number of completion queue resources to allocate. In general, the number of completion queue resources you should allocate is equal to the number of transmit queue resources plus the number of receive queue resources.

                            Enter an integer between 1 and 512.

                            Completion Queue Ring Size field

                            The number of descriptors in each completion queue.

                            This value cannot be changed.

                            Step 13   In the TCP Offload area, update the following fields:
                            Name Description

                            Enable TCP Segmentation Offload check box

                            If checked, the CPU sends large TCP packets to the hardware to be segmented. This option may reduce CPU overhead and increase throughput rate.

                            If cleared, the CPU segments large packets.

                            Note   

                            This option is also known as Large Send Offload (LSO).

                            Enable TCP Rx Offload Checksum Validation check box

                            If checked, the CPU sends all packet checksums to the hardware for validation. This option may reduce CPU overhead.

                            If cleared, the CPU validates all packet checksums.

                            Enable TCP Tx Offload Checksum Generation check box

                            If checked, the CPU sends all packets to the hardware so that the checksum can be calculated. This option may reduce CPU overhead.

                            If cleared, the CPU calculates all packet checksums.

                            Enable Large Receive check box

                            If checked, the hardware reassembles all segmented packets before sending them to the CPU. This option may reduce CPU utilization and increase inbound throughput.

                            If cleared, the CPU processes all large packets.

                            Step 14   In the Receive Side Scaling area, update the following fields:
                            Name Description

                            Enable TCP Receive Side Scaling check box

                            Receive Side Scaling (RSS) distributes network receive processing across multiple CPUs in multiprocessor systems.

                            If checked, network receive processing is shared across processors whenever possible.

                            If cleared, network receive processing is always handled by a single processor even if additional processors are available.

                            Enable IPv4 RSS check box

                            If checked, RSS is enabled on IPv4 networks.

                            Enable TCP-IPv4 RSS check box

                            If checked, RSS is enabled for TCP transmissions across IPv4 networks.

                            Enable IPv6 RSS check box

                            If checked, RSS is enabled on IPv6 networks.

                            Enable TCP-IPv6 RSS check box

                            If checked, RSS is enabled for TCP transmissions across IPv6 networks.

                            Enable IPv6 Extension RSS check box

                            If checked, RSS is enabled for IPv6 extensions.

                            Enable TCP-IPv6 Extension RSS check box

                            If checked, RSS is enabled for TCP transmissions across IPv6 networks.

                            Step 15   Click Save Changes.

                            Creating a vNIC

                            The adapter provides two permanent vNICs. You can create up to 16 additional vNICs.

                            Procedure
                              Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                              Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                              Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                              Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                              If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                              Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vNICs tab.
                              Step 6   In the Host Ethernet Interfaces area, choose one of these actions:
                              • To create a vNIC using default configuration settings, click Add.
                              • To create a vNIC using the same configuration settings as an existing vNIC, select that vNIC and click Clone.

                              The Add vNIC dialog box appears.

                              Step 7   In the Add vNIC dialog box, enter a name for the vNIC in the Name entry box.
                              Step 8   (Optional)In the Add vNIC dialog box, enter a channel number for the vNIC in the Channel Number entry box.
                              Note   

                              If NIV is enabled on the adapter, you must assign a channel number for the vNIC when you create it.

                              Step 9   Click Add vNIC.

                              What to Do Next

                              If configuration changes are required, configure the new vNIC as described in Modifying vNIC Properties.

                              Deleting a vNIC

                              Procedure
                                Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                                Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vNICs tab.
                                Step 6   In the Host Ethernet Interfaces area, select a vNIC from the table.
                                Note    You cannot delete either of the two default vNICs, eth0 or eth1.
                                Step 7   Click Delete and click OK to confirm.

                                Managing Cisco usNIC

                                Overview of Cisco usNIC

                                The Cisco user-space NIC (Cisco usNIC) feature improves the performance of software applications that run on the Cisco UCS servers in your data center by bypassing the kernel when sending and receiving networking packets. The applications interact directly with a Cisco UCS VIC second generation adapter, such as the Cisco UCS VIC-1280, which improves the networking performance of your high-performance computing cluster. To benefit from Cisco usNIC, your applications must use the Message Passing Interface (MPI) instead of sockets or other communication APIs.

                                Cisco usNIC offers the following benefits for your MPI applications:

                                • Provides a low-latency and high-throughput communication transport.
                                • Employs the standard and application-independent Ethernet protocol.
                                • Takes advantage of low¬≠latency forwarding, Unified Fabric, and integrated management support in the following Cisco data center platforms:
                                  • Cisco UCS server
                                  • Cisco UCS VIC second generation adapter, such as the Cisco UCS VIC-1280
                                  • 10GbE network

                                Standard Ethernet applications use user-space socket libraries, which invoke the networking stack in the Linux kernel. The networking stack then uses the Cisco eNIC driver to communicate with the Cisco VIC hardware. The following figure shows the contrast between a regular software application and an MPI application that uses usNIC.

                                Figure 1. Kernel-Based Network Communication versus Cisco usNIC-Based Communication

                                Configuring Cisco usNIC Using the CIMC GUI


                                Note


                                Even though several properties are listed for Cisco usNIC in the usNIC properties dialog box, you must configure only the following properties because the other properties are not currently being used.
                                • cq-count
                                • rq-count
                                • tq-count
                                • usnic-count

                                Before You Begin

                                You must log in to the CIMC GUI with administrator privileges to perform this task.

                                Procedure
                                  Step 1   Log into the CIMC GUI.

                                  For more information about how to log into CIMC, see the Cisco UCS C-Series Servers Integrated Management Controller GUI Configuration Guide available at this URL: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​products/​ps10739/​products_​installation_​and_​configuration_​guides_​list.html .

                                  Step 2   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                  Step 3   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                  Step 4   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                                  Step 5   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                  If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                  Step 6   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vNICs tab.
                                  Step 7   In the Host Ethernet Interfaces area, select a vNIC from the table.
                                  Note    For each vNIC that you want to configure as a usNIC, select the vNIC entry from the table and specify its properties as explained in steps 9 through step 18.
                                  Step 8   Click usNIC to open the usNIC Properties dialog box.
                                  Step 9   In the usNICs property, specify the number of Cisco usNICs that you want to create.

                                  Each MPI process that is running on the server requires a dedicated usNIC. You might need to create up to 64 usNICs to sustain 64 MPI processes running simultaneously. We recommend that you create at least as many usNICs, per usNIC-enabled vNIC, as the number of physical cores on your server. For example, if you have 8 physical cores on your server, create 8 usNICs.

                                  Step 10   In the Properties area, update the following fields:
                                  Field Name Description

                                  Transmit Queue Count

                                  The number of transmit queue resources to allocate.

                                  MPI will use 2 transmit queues per process. Therefore, Cisco recommends that you set this value to 2.

                                  Receive Queue Count

                                  The number of receive queue resources to allocate.

                                  MPI will use 2 receive queues per process. Therefore, Cisco recommends that you set this value to 2.

                                  Completion Queue Count

                                  The number of completion queue resources to allocate. In general, the number of completion queue resources you should allocate is equal to the number of transmit queue resources plus the number of receive queue resources.

                                  Cisco recommends that you set this value to 4.

                                  Step 11   Click Apply.
                                  Step 12   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                  Step 13   On the Server tab, click BIOS.
                                  Step 14   In the Actions area, click Configure BIOS.
                                  Step 15   In the Configure BIOS Parameters dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
                                  Step 16   In the Processor Configuration area, set the following properties to Enabled:
                                  • Intel(R) VT-d
                                  • Intel(R) VT-d ATS support
                                  • Intel(R) VT-d Coherency Support
                                  Step 17   Click Save Changes.

                                  The changes take effect upon the next server reboot.


                                  Viewing usNIC Properties

                                  Procedure
                                    Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                    Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                    Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                                    Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                    If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                    Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vNICs tab.
                                    Step 6   In the Host Ethernet Interface area, select the usNIC that is assigned to vNIC, to open the usNIC properties dialog box.
                                    Step 7   In the usNIC area, review or update the information in the following fields:
                                    Name Description

                                    Name

                                    The name for the vNIC that is the parent of the usNIC.

                                    Note   

                                    This field is read-only.

                                    usNIC field

                                    The number of usNICs assigned to the specific vNIC.

                                    Enter an integer between 0 and 225.

                                    To assign additional usNICs to a specified vNIC, enter value higher than the existing value.

                                    To delete usNICs from a specified vNIC, enter value smaller than the existing value.

                                    To delete all the usNICs assigned to a vNIC, enter zero.

                                    Step 8   In the Properties area, review or update the information in the following fields:
                                    Name Description

                                    Transmit Queue Count field

                                    The number of transmit queue resources to allocate.

                                    Enter an integer between 1 and 256.

                                    Receive Queue Count field

                                    The number of receive queue resources to allocate.

                                    Enter an integer between 1 and 256.

                                    Completion Queue Count field

                                    The number of completion queue resources to allocate. In general, the number of completion queue resources you should allocate is equal to the number of transmit queue resources plus the number of receive queue resources.

                                    Enter an integer between 1 and 512.

                                    Transmit Queue Ring Size field

                                    The number of descriptors in each transmit queue.

                                    Enter an integer between 64 and 4096.

                                    Receive Queue Ring Size field

                                    The number of descriptors in each receive queue.

                                    Enter an integer between 64 and 4096.

                                    Interrupt Count field

                                    The number of interrupt resources to allocate. In general, this value should be equal to the number of completion queue resources.

                                    Enter an integer between 1 and 514.

                                    Interrupt Coalescing Type drop-down list

                                    This can be one of the following:

                                    • MIN—The system waits for the time specified in the Coalescing Time field before sending another interrupt event.
                                    • IDLE—The system does not send an interrupt until there is a period of no activity lasting as least as long as the time specified in the Coalescing Time field.

                                    Interrupt Coalescing Timer Time field

                                    The time to wait between interrupts or the idle period that must be encountered before an interrupt is sent.

                                    Enter an integer between 1 and 65535. To turn off interrupt coalescing, enter 0 (zero) in this field.

                                    Class of Service field

                                    The class of service to associate with traffic from this usNIC.

                                    Select an integer between 0 and 6, with 0 being lowest priority and 6 being the highest priority.

                                    Note   

                                    This option cannot be used in VNTAG mode.

                                    TCP Segment Offload check box

                                    If checked, the CPU sends large TCP packets to the hardware to be segmented. This option may reduce CPU overhead and increase throughput rate.

                                    If cleared, the CPU segments large packets.

                                    Note   

                                    This option is also known as Large Send Offload (LSO).

                                    Large Receive check box

                                    If checked, the hardware reassembles all segmented packets before sending them to the CPU. This option may reduce CPU utilization and increase inbound throughput.

                                    If cleared, the CPU processes all large packets.

                                    TCP Tx Checksum check box

                                    If checked, the CPU sends all packets to the hardware so that the checksum can be calculated. This option may reduce CPU overhead.

                                    If cleared, the CPU calculates all packet checksums.

                                    TCP Rx Checksum check box

                                    If checked, the CPU sends all packet checksums to the hardware for validation. This option may reduce CPU overhead.

                                    If cleared, the CPU validates all packet checksums.

                                    Name Description

                                    Apply button

                                    Applies changes to all the usNICs associated with the vNIC device.

                                    Reset values button

                                    Restores the values for the usNIC to the settings that were in effect when this dialog box was first opened.

                                    Cancel button

                                    Closes the dialog box without making any changes.


                                    Configuring iSCSI Boot Capability

                                    Configuring iSCSI Boot Capability for vNICs

                                    When the rack-servers are configured in a standalone mode, and when the VIC adapters are directly attached to the Nexus 5000 family of switches, you can configure these VIC adapters to boot the servers remotely from iSCSI storage targets. You can configure Ethernet vNICs to enable a rack server to load the host OS image from remote iSCSI target devices.

                                    To configure the iSCSI boot capability on a vNIC:

                                    • You must log in with admin privileges to perform this task.
                                    • To configure a vNIC to boot a server remotely from an iSCSI storage target, you must enable the PXE boot option on the vNIC.

                                    Note


                                    You can configure a maximum of 2 iSCSI vNICs for each host.


                                    Configuring iSCSI Boot Capability on a vNIC

                                    You can configure a maximum of 2 iSCSI vNICs for each host.

                                    Before You Begin
                                    • To configure a vNIC to boot a server remotely from an iSCSI storage target, you must enable the PXE boot option on the vNIC.
                                    • You must log in with admin privileges to perform this task.
                                    Procedure
                                      Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                      Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                      Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                                      Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                      If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                      Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vNICs tab.
                                      Step 6   In the Host Ethernet Interfaces area, select a vNIC from the table, and click iSCSI Boot.
                                      Step 7   In the General Area, update the following fields:
                                      Name Description

                                      Name field

                                      The name of the vNIC.

                                      DHCP Network check box

                                      Whether DHCP Network is enabled for the vNIC.

                                      If enabled, the initiator network configuration is obtained from the DHCP server.

                                      DHCP iSCSI check box

                                      Whether DHCP iSCSI is enabled for the vNIC. If enabled and the DHCP ID is set, the initiator IQN and target information are obtained from the DHCP server.

                                      Note   

                                      If DHCP iSCSI is enabled without a DHCP ID, only the target information is obtained.

                                      DHCP ID field

                                      The vendor identifier string used by the adapter to obtain the initiator IQN and target information from the DHCP server.

                                      Enter a string up to 64 characters.

                                      DHCP Timeout field

                                      The number of seconds to wait before the initiator assumes that the DHCP server is unavailable.

                                      Enter an integer between 60 and 300 (default: 60 seconds)

                                      Link Timeout field

                                      The number of seconds to wait before the initiator assumes that the link is unavailable.

                                      Enter an integer between 0 and 255 (default: 15 seconds)

                                      LUN Busy Retry Count field

                                      The number of times to retry the connection in case of a failure during iSCSI LUN discovery.

                                      Enter an integer between 0 and 255. The default is 15.

                                      IP Version field

                                      The IP version to use during iSCSI boot.

                                      Step 8   In the Initiator Area, update the following fields:
                                      Name Description

                                      Name field

                                      A regular expression that defines the name of the iSCSI initiator.

                                      You can enter any alphanumeric string as well as the following special characters:

                                      • . (period)
                                      • : (colon)
                                      • - (dash)
                                      Note   

                                      The name is in the IQN format.

                                      IP Address field

                                      The IP address of the iSCSI initiator.

                                      Subnet Mask field

                                      The subnet mask for the iSCSI initiator.

                                      Gateway field

                                      The default gateway.

                                      Primary DNS field

                                      The primary DNS server address.

                                      Secondary DNS field

                                      The secondary DNS server address.

                                      TCP Timeout field

                                      The number of seconds to wait before the initiator assumes that TCP is unavailable.

                                      Enter an integer between 0 and 255 (default: 15 seconds)

                                      CHAP Name field

                                      The Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP) name of the initiator.

                                      CHAP Secret field

                                      The Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP) shared secret of the initiator.

                                      Step 9   In the Primary Target Area, update the following fields:
                                      Name Description

                                      Name field

                                      The name of the primary target in the IQN format.

                                      IP Address field

                                      The IP address of the target.

                                      TCP Port field

                                      The TCP port associated with the target.

                                      Boot LUN field

                                      The Boot LUN associated with the target.

                                      CHAP Name field

                                      The Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP) name of the initiator.

                                      CHAP Secret field

                                      The Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP) shared secret of the initiator.

                                      Step 10   In the Secondary Target Area, update the following fields:
                                      Name Description

                                      Name field

                                      The name of the secondary target in the IQN format.

                                      IP Address field

                                      The IP address of the target.

                                      TCP Port field

                                      The TCP port associated with the target.

                                      Boot LUN field

                                      The Boot LUN associated with the target.

                                      CHAP Name field

                                      The Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP) name of the initiator.

                                      CHAP Secret field

                                      The Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP) shared secret of the initiator.

                                      Name Description

                                      Configure ISCSI button

                                      Configures iSCSI boot on the selected vNIC.

                                      Unconfigure ISCSI button

                                      Removes the configuration from the selected vNIC.

                                      Reset Values button

                                      Restores the values for the vNIC to the settings that were in effect when this dialog box was first opened.

                                      Cancel button

                                      Closes the dialog box without making any changes.

                                      Step 11   Click Configure ISCSI.

                                      Removing iSCSI Boot Configuration from a vNIC

                                      Before You Begin

                                      You must log in with admin privileges to perform this task.

                                      Procedure
                                        Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                        Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                        Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                                        Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                        If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                        Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the vNICs tab.
                                        Step 6   In the Host Ethernet Interfaces area, select a vNIC from the table, and click iSCSI Boot.
                                        Step 7   In the dialog box that appears, click Unconfigure ISCSI.

                                        Managing VM FEX

                                        Virtual Machine Fabric Extender

                                        Cisco Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM FEX) extends the (prestandard) IEEE 802.1Qbh port extender architecture to virtual machines. In this architecture, each VM interface is provided with a virtual Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) device and a virtual port on a switch.

                                        Viewing Virtual FEX Properties

                                        Before You Begin
                                        • The server must be powered on, or the properties will not display.
                                        • A supported Virtual Interface Card (VIC) must be installed in the chassis and the server must be powered on.
                                        Procedure
                                          Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                          Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                          Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                                          Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                          If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                          Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the VM FEXs tab.
                                          Step 6   In the Virtual FEXs area, review the following information:
                                          Name Description

                                          Properties button

                                          Opens a dialog box that allows you to view the properties for the selected VM FEX.

                                          Name column

                                          The name of the VM FEX.

                                          MTU column

                                          The maximum transmission unit, or packet size, that this VM FEX accepts.

                                          CoS column

                                          If enabled, the VM FEX uses the class of service provided by the host operating system.

                                          VLAN column

                                          The VLAN associated with the VM FEX.

                                          VLAN Mode column

                                          The mode for the associated VLAN.

                                          Uplink Failover column

                                          If VNTAG mode is enabled for the adapter, this column displays whether traffic on this VM FEX will fail over to a secondary interface if the primary interface fails.

                                          Step 7   In the Virtual FEXs area, select a VM FEX from the table.
                                          Step 8   Click Properties to open the VM FEX Properties dialog box for the selected VM FEX.
                                          Step 9   In the General Properties area, review the information in the following fields:
                                          Name Description

                                          Name field

                                          The name of the VM FEX.

                                          MTU field

                                          The maximum transmission unit, or packet size, that this VM FEX accepts.

                                          Trust Host CoS field

                                          If enabled, the VM FEX uses the class of service provided by the host operating system.

                                          PCI Order field

                                          The order in which this VM FEX will be used, if any.

                                          Default VLAN field

                                          The VLAN associated with the VM FEX.

                                          Rate Limit field

                                          The data rate limit associated with this VM FEX, if any.

                                          PXE Boot field

                                          Whether PXE boot is enabled or disabled for this VM FEX.

                                          Step 10   In the Ethernet Interrupt area, review the information in the following fields:
                                          Name Description

                                          Interrupt Count field

                                          The number of interrupt resources allocated to this VM FEX.

                                          Coalescing Time field

                                          The time CIMC waits between interrupts or the idle period that must be encountered before an interrupt is sent.

                                          Coalescing Type field

                                          This can be one of the following:

                                          • MIN—The system waits for the time specified in the Coalescing Time field before sending another interrupt event.
                                          • IDLE—The system does not send an interrupt until there is a period of no activity lasting as least as long as the time specified in the Coalescing Time field.

                                          Interrupt Mode field

                                          The preferred driver interrupt mode. This can be one of the following:

                                          • MSIx—Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI) with the optional extension.
                                          • MSI—MSI only.
                                          • INTx—PCI INTx interrupts.
                                          Step 11   In the Ethernet Receive Queue area, review the information in the following fields:
                                          Name Description

                                          Receive Queue Count field

                                          The number of receive queue resources allocated to this VM FEX.

                                          Receive Queue Ring Size field

                                          The number of descriptors in each receive queue.

                                          Step 12   In the Ethernet Transmit Queue area, review the information in the following fields:
                                          Name Description

                                          Transmit Queue Count field

                                          The number of transmit queue resources allocated to this VM FEX.

                                          Transmit Queue Ring Size field

                                          The number of descriptors in each transmit queue.

                                          Step 13   In the Completion Queue area, review the information in the following fields:
                                          Name Description

                                          Completion Queue Count field

                                          The number of completion queue resources allocated to this VM FEX.

                                          Completion Queue Ring Size field

                                          The number of descriptors in each completion queue.

                                          Step 14   In the TCP Offload area, review the information in the following fields:
                                          Name Description

                                          Enable TCP Segmentation Offload field

                                          If enabled, the CPU sends large TCP packets to the hardware to be segmented. If disabled, the CPU segments large packets.

                                          Note   

                                          This option is also known as Large Send Offload (LSO).

                                          Enable TCP Rx Offload Checksum Validation field

                                          If enabled, the CPU sends all packet checksums to the hardware for validation. If disabled, the CPU validates all packet checksums.

                                          Enable TCP Tx Offload Checksum Generation field

                                          If enabled, the CPU sends all packets to the hardware so that the checksum can be calculated. If disabled, the CPU calculates all packet checksums.

                                          Enable Large Receive field

                                          If enabled, the hardware reassembles all segmented packets before sending them to the CPU. If disabled, the CPU processes all large packets.

                                          Step 15   In the Receive Side Scaling area, review the information in the following fields:
                                          Name Description

                                          Enable TCP Receive Side Scaling field

                                          Receive Side Scaling (RSS) distributes network receive processing across multiple CPUs in multiprocessor systems.

                                          If enabled, network receive processing is shared across processors whenever possible. If disabled, network receive processing is always handled by a single processor even if additional processors are available.

                                          Enable IPv4 RSS field

                                          If enabled, RSS is enabled on IPv4 networks.

                                          Enable TCP-IPv4 RSS field

                                          If enabled, RSS is enabled for TCP transmissions across IPv4 networks.

                                          Enable IPv6 RSS field

                                          If enabled, RSS is enabled on IPv6 networks.

                                          Enable TCP-IPv6 RSS field

                                          If enabled, RSS is enabled for TCP transmissions across IPv6 networks.

                                          Enable IPv6 Extension RSS field

                                          If enabled, RSS is enabled for IPv6 extensions.

                                          Enable TCP-IPv6 Extension RSS field

                                          If enabled, RSS is enabled for TCP transmissions across IPv6 networks.


                                          Managing Storage Adapters

                                          Create Virtual Drive from Unused Physical Drives

                                          Before You Begin

                                          You must log in with admin privileges to perform this task.

                                          Procedure
                                            Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Storage tab.
                                            Step 2   On the Storage tab, click the appropriate LSI MegaRAID controller.
                                            Step 3   On the Work pane, click the Virtual Drive Info tab.
                                            Step 4   In the Actions area, click Create Virtual Drive from Unused Physical Drives.

                                            The Create Virtual Drive from Unused Physical Drives dialog box displays.

                                            Step 5   In the Create Virtual Drive from Unused Physical Drives dialog box, select the RAID level for the new virtual drives:

                                            This can be one of the following:

                                            • Raid 0—Simple striping.
                                            • Raid 1—Simple mirroring.
                                            • Raid 5—Striping with parity.
                                            • Raid 6—Striping with two parity drives.
                                            • Raid 10—Spanned mirroring.
                                            • Raid 50—Spanned striping with parity.
                                            • Raid 60—Spanned striping with two parity drives.
                                            Step 6   In the Create Drive Groups area, choose one or more physical drives to include in the group.

                                            Use the >> button to add the drives to the Drive Groups table. Use the << button to remove physical drives from the drive group.

                                            Note   

                                            The size of the smallest physical drive in the drive group defines the maximum size used for all the physical drives. To ensure maximum use of space for all physical drives, it is recommended that the size of all the drives in the drive group are similar.

                                            Step 7   In the Virtual Drive Properties area, update the following properties:
                                            Name Description

                                            Name field

                                            The name of the new virtual drive you want to create.

                                            Read Policy drop-down list

                                            The read-ahead cache mode.

                                            This value cannot be changed.

                                            Cache Policy drop-down list

                                            The cache policy used for buffering reads.

                                            This value cannot be changed.

                                            Strip Size drop-down list

                                            The size of each strip, in KB.

                                            This value cannot be changed.

                                            Write Policy drop-down list

                                            This can be one of the following

                                            • Write Through— Data is written through the cache and to the physical drives. Performance is improved, because subsequent reads of that data can be satisfied from the cache.
                                            • Write Back— Data is stored in the cache, and is only written to the physical drives when space in the cache is needed. Virtual drives requesting this policy fall back to Write Through caching when the BBU cannot guarantee the safety of the cache in the event of a power failure.
                                            • Write Back Bad BBU—With this policy, write caching remains Write Back even if the battery backup unit is defective or discharged.

                                            Size field

                                            The size of the virtual drive you want to create. Enter a value and select one of the following units:

                                            • MB
                                            • GB
                                            • TB
                                            Step 8   Click Create Virtual Drive.

                                            Create Virtual Drive from an Existing Drive Group

                                            Before You Begin

                                            You must log in with admin privileges to perform this task.

                                            Procedure
                                              Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Storage tab.
                                              Step 2   On the Storage tab, click the appropriate LSI MegaRAID controller.
                                              Step 3   On the Work pane, click the Controller Info tab.
                                              Step 4   In the Actions area, click Create Virtual Drive from an Existing Virtual Drive Group.

                                              The Create Virtual Drive from an Existing Virtual Drive Group dialog box displays.

                                              Step 5   In the Create Virtual Drive from an Existing Virtual Drive Group dialog box, select the virtual drive whose drive group you want to use to create a new virtual drive.
                                              Step 6   In the Virtual Drive Properties area, update the following properties:
                                              Name Description

                                              Name field

                                              The name of the new virtual drive you want to create.

                                              Read Policy drop-down list

                                              The read-ahead cache mode.

                                              This value cannot be changed.

                                              Cache Policy drop-down list

                                              The cache policy used for buffering reads.

                                              This value cannot be changed.

                                              Strip Size drop-down list

                                              The size of each strip, in KB.

                                              This value cannot be changed.

                                              Write Policy drop-down list

                                              This can be one of the following

                                              • Write Through— Data is written through the cache and to the physical drives. Performance is improved, because subsequent reads of that data can be satisfied from the cache.
                                              • Write Back— Data is stored in the cache, and is only written to the physical drives when space in the cache is needed. Virtual drives requesting this policy fall back to Write Through caching when the BBU cannot guarantee the safety of the cache in the event of a power failure.
                                              • Write Back Bad BBU—With this policy, write caching remains Write Back even if the battery backup unit is defective or discharged.

                                              Size field

                                              The size of the virtual drive you want to create. Enter a value and select one of the following units:

                                              • MB
                                              • GB
                                              • TB
                                              Step 7   Click Create Virtual Drive.

                                              Clearing Foreign Configuration

                                              Important:

                                              This task clears all foreign configuration on the controller. Also, all configuration information from all physical drives hosting foreign configuration is deleted. This action cannot be reverted.

                                              Before You Begin

                                              You must log in with admin privileges to perform this task.

                                              Procedure
                                                Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Storage tab.
                                                Step 2   On the Storage tab, click the appropriate LSI MegaRAID controller.
                                                Step 3   On the Work pane, click the Controller Info tab.
                                                Step 4   In the Actions area, click Clear Foreign Config.
                                                Step 5   Click OK to confirm.

                                                Preparing a Drive for Removal


                                                Note


                                                You can perform this task only on physical drives that display the Unconfigured Good status.


                                                Before You Begin

                                                You must log in with admin privileges to perform this task.

                                                Procedure
                                                  Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Storage tab.
                                                  Step 2   On the Storage tab, click the appropriate LSI MegaRAID controller.
                                                  Step 3   On the Work pane, click the Physical Drive Info tab.
                                                  Step 4   In the Physical Drives area, select the drive you want to remove.
                                                  Step 5   In the Actions area, click Prepare for Removal.
                                                  Step 6   Click OK to confirm.

                                                  Undo Preparing a Drive for Removal

                                                  Before You Begin

                                                  You must log in with admin privileges to perform this task.

                                                  Procedure
                                                    Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Storage tab.
                                                    Step 2   On the Storage tab, click the appropriate LSI MegaRAID controller.
                                                    Step 3   On the Work pane, click the Physical Drive Info tab.
                                                    Step 4   In the Physical Drives area, select a drive with a status of Ready to Remove.
                                                    Step 5   In the Actions area, click Undo Prepare for Removal.
                                                    Step 6   Click OK to confirm.

                                                    Making a Dedicated Hot Spare

                                                    Before You Begin

                                                    You must log in with admin privileges to perform this task.

                                                    Procedure
                                                      Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Storage tab.
                                                      Step 2   On the Storage tab, click the appropriate LSI MegaRAID controller.
                                                      Step 3   On the Work pane, click the Physical Drive Info tab.
                                                      Step 4   In the Physical Drives area, select the physical drive you want to make a dedicated hot spare.
                                                      Step 5   In the Actions area, click Make Dedicated Hot Spare.

                                                      The Make Dedicated Hot Spare dialog box displays.

                                                      Step 6   In the Virtual Drive Details area, update the following properties:
                                                      Name Description

                                                      Virtual Drive Number drop-down list

                                                      Select the virtual drive to which you want to dedicate the physical drive as hot spare.

                                                      Virtual Drive Name field

                                                      The name of the selected virtual drive.

                                                      Physical Drive Number field

                                                      The number of the physical drive.

                                                      Step 7   Click Make Dedicated Hot Spare to confirm.

                                                      Making a Global Hot Spare

                                                      Before You Begin

                                                      You must log in with admin privileges to perform this task.

                                                      Procedure
                                                        Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Storage tab.
                                                        Step 2   On the Storage tab, click the appropriate LSI MegaRAID controller.
                                                        Step 3   On the Work pane, click the Physical Drive Info tab.
                                                        Step 4   In the Physical Drives area, select the physical drive you want to make a global hot spare.
                                                        Step 5   In the Actions area, click Make Global Hot Spare.

                                                        Removing a Drive from Hot Spare Pools

                                                        Before You Begin

                                                        You must log in with admin privileges to perform this task.

                                                        Procedure
                                                          Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Storage tab.
                                                          Step 2   On the Storage tab, click the appropriate LSI MegaRAID controller.
                                                          Step 3   On the Work pane, click the Physical Drive Info tab.
                                                          Step 4   In the Physical Drives area, select the global or dedicated hot spare you want to remove from the hot spare pools.
                                                          Step 5   In the Actions area, click Remove From Hot Spare Pools.

                                                          Initializing a Virtual Drive

                                                          All data on a virtual drive is lost when you initialize the drive. Before you run an initialization, back up any data on the virtual drive that you want to save.

                                                          Before You Begin

                                                          You must log in with admin privileges to perform this task.

                                                          Procedure
                                                            Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Storage tab.
                                                            Step 2   On the Storage tab, click the appropriate LSI MegaRAID controller.
                                                            Step 3   On the Work pane, click the Virtual Drive Info tab.
                                                            Step 4   In the Virtual Drives area, choose the drive that you want to initialize.
                                                            Step 5   In the Actions area, click Initialize.

                                                            The Initialize Virtual Drive dialog box displays.

                                                            Step 6   Choose the type of initialization you want to use for the virtual drive.

                                                            This can be one of the following:

                                                            • Fast Initialize—This option allows you to start writing data to the virtual drive immediately.
                                                            • Full Initialize—A complete initialization is done on the new configuration. You cannot write data to the new virtual drive until the initialization is complete.
                                                            Step 7   Click Initialize VD to initialize the drive, or Cancel to close the dialog box without making any changes.
                                                            Step 8   To view the status of the task running on the drive, in the Operations area, click Refresh.

                                                            The following details are displayed:

                                                            Name Description

                                                            Operation

                                                            Name of the operation that is in progress on the drive.

                                                            Progress in %

                                                            Progress of the operation, in percentage complete.

                                                            Elapsed Time in secs

                                                            The number of seconds that have elapsed since the operation began.


                                                            Set as Boot Drive

                                                            Before You Begin

                                                            You must log in with admin privileges to perform this task.

                                                            Procedure
                                                              Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Storage tab.
                                                              Step 2   On the Storage tab, click the appropriate LSI MegaRAID controller.
                                                              Step 3   On the Work pane, click the Virtual Drive Info tab.
                                                              Step 4   In the Virtual Drives area, choose the drive from which the controller must boot.
                                                              Step 5   In the Actions area, click Set as Boot Drive.
                                                              Step 6   Click OK to confirm.

                                                              Deleting a Virtual Drive

                                                              Important:

                                                              This task deletes a virtual drive, including the drives that run the booted operating system. So back up any data that you want to retain before you delete a virtual drive.

                                                              Before You Begin

                                                              You must log in with admin privileges to perform this task.

                                                              Procedure
                                                                Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Storage tab.
                                                                Step 2   On the Storage tab, click the appropriate LSI MegaRAID controller.
                                                                Step 3   On the Work pane, click the Virtual Drive Info tab.
                                                                Step 4   In the Virtual Drives area, select the virtual drive you want to delete.
                                                                Step 5   In the Actions area, click Delete Virtual Drive.
                                                                Step 6   Click OK to confirm.

                                                                Enabling Auto Learn Cycle for a Battery Backup Unit

                                                                Before You Begin

                                                                You must log in with admin privileges to perform this task.

                                                                Procedure
                                                                  Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Storage tab.
                                                                  Step 2   On the Storage tab, click the appropriate LSI MegaRAID controller.
                                                                  Step 3   On the Work pane, click the Battery Backup Unit tab.
                                                                  Step 4   From the Actions pane, click Enable Auto Learn Mode.

                                                                  A dialog prompts you to confirm the task.

                                                                  Step 5   Click OK.

                                                                  Disabling Auto Learn Cycle for a Battery Backup Unit

                                                                  Before You Begin

                                                                  You must log in with admin privileges to perform this task.

                                                                  Procedure
                                                                    Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Storage tab.
                                                                    Step 2   On the Storage tab, click the appropriate LSI MegaRAID controller.
                                                                    Step 3   On the Work pane, click the Battery Backup Unit tab.
                                                                    Step 4   From the Actions pane, click Disable Auto Learn Mode.

                                                                    A dialog prompts you to confirm the task.

                                                                    Step 5   Click OK.

                                                                    Starting Learn Cycles for a Battery Backup Unit

                                                                    Before You Begin

                                                                    You must log in with admin privileges to perform this task.

                                                                    Procedure
                                                                      Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Storage tab.
                                                                      Step 2   On the Storage tab, click the appropriate LSI MegaRAID controller.
                                                                      Step 3   On the Work pane, click the Battery Backup Unit tab.
                                                                      Step 4   From the Actions pane, click Start Learn Cycle.

                                                                      A dialog prompts you to confirm the task.

                                                                      Step 5   Click OK.

                                                                      Toggling Locator LED for a Physical Drive

                                                                      Before You Begin

                                                                      You must log in with admin privileges to perform this task.

                                                                      Procedure
                                                                        Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Storage tab.
                                                                        Step 2   On the Storage tab, click the appropriate LSI MegaRAID controller.
                                                                        Step 3   On the Work pane, click the Physical Drive Info tab.
                                                                        Step 4   From the Status area, select Turn On or Turn Off radio button for the Locator LED field.

                                                                        Viewing Storage Controller Logs

                                                                        Before You Begin

                                                                        You must log in with admin privileges to perform this task.

                                                                        Procedure
                                                                          Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Storage tab.
                                                                          Step 2   On the Storage tab, click the appropriate LSI MegaRAID controller.
                                                                          Step 3   On the Work pane, click Storage Log tab and review the following information:

                                                                          Name

                                                                          Description

                                                                          Time column

                                                                          The date and time the event occurred.

                                                                          Severity column

                                                                          The event severity. This can be one of the following:

                                                                          • Emergency
                                                                          • Alert
                                                                          • Critical
                                                                          • Error
                                                                          • Warning
                                                                          • Notice
                                                                          • Informational
                                                                          • Debug

                                                                          Description column

                                                                          A description of the event.


                                                                          Backing Up and Restoring the Adapter Configuration

                                                                          Exporting the Adapter Configuration

                                                                          The adapter configuration can be exported as an XML file to a remote server which can be one of the following:

                                                                          • TFTP
                                                                          • FTP
                                                                          • SFTP
                                                                          • SCP
                                                                          • HTTP
                                                                          Before You Begin

                                                                          Obtain the remote server IP address.

                                                                          Procedure
                                                                            Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                                                            Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                                                            Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                                                                            Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                                                            If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                                                            Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the General tab.
                                                                            Step 6   In the Actions area of the General tab, click Export Configuration.

                                                                            The Export Adapter Configuration dialog box opens.

                                                                            Step 7   In the Export Adapter Configuration dialog box, update the following fields:
                                                                            Name Description

                                                                            Export to drop-down list

                                                                            The remote server type. This can be one of the following:

                                                                            • TFTP Server
                                                                            • FTP Server
                                                                            • SFTP Server
                                                                            • SCP Server
                                                                            • HTTP Server

                                                                            Server IP/Hostname field

                                                                            The IP address or hostname of the server to which the adapter configuration file will be exported. Depending on the setting in the Export to drop-down list, the name of the field may vary.

                                                                            Path and Filename field

                                                                            The path and filename CIMC should use when exporting the file to the remote server.

                                                                            Username

                                                                            The username the system should use to log in to the remote server. This field does not apply if the protocol is TFTP or HTTP.

                                                                            Password

                                                                            The password for the remote server username. This field does not apply if the protocol is TFTP or HTTP.

                                                                            Step 8   Click Export Configuration.

                                                                            Importing the Adapter Configuration

                                                                            Procedure
                                                                              Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                                                              Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                                                              Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                                                                              Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                                                              If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                                                              Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the General tab.
                                                                              Step 6   In the Actions area of the General tab, click Import Configuration.

                                                                              The Import Adapter Configuration dialog box opens.

                                                                              Step 7   In the Import Adapter Configuration dialog box, update the following fields:
                                                                              Name Description

                                                                              Import from drop-down list

                                                                              The remote server type. This can be one of the following:

                                                                              • TFTP Server
                                                                              • FTP Server
                                                                              • SFTP Server
                                                                              • SCP Server
                                                                              • HTTP Server

                                                                              Server IP/Hostname field

                                                                              The IP address or hostname of the server on which the adapter configuration file resides. Depending on the setting in the Import from drop-down list, the name of the field may vary.

                                                                              Path and Filename field

                                                                              The path and filename of the configuration file on the remote server.

                                                                              Username

                                                                              The username the system should use to log in to the remote server. This field does not apply if the protocol is TFTP or HTTP.

                                                                              Password

                                                                              The password for the remote server username. This field does not apply if the protocol is TFTP or HTTP.

                                                                              Step 8   Click Import Configuration. The adapter downloads the configuration file from the specified path on the TFTP server at the specified IP address. The configuration will be installed during the next server reboot.

                                                                              What to Do Next

                                                                              Reboot the server to apply the imported configuration.

                                                                              Restoring Adapter Defaults

                                                                              Procedure
                                                                                Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                                                                Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                                                                Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                                                                                Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                                                                If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                                                                Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the General tab.
                                                                                Step 6   In the Actions area of the General tab, click Reset To Defaults and click OK to confirm.

                                                                                Managing Adapter Firmware

                                                                                Adapter Firmware

                                                                                A Cisco UCS C-Series network adapter contains the following firmware components:

                                                                                • Adapter firmware—The main operating firmware, consisting of an active and a backup image, can be installed from the CIMC GUI or CLI interface or from the Host Upgrade Utility (HUU). You can upload a firmware image from either a local file system or a TFTP server.
                                                                                • Bootloader firmware—The bootloader firmware cannot be installed from the CIMC GUI or CLI. You can install this firmware using the Host Upgrade Utility.

                                                                                Installing Adapter Firmware From a Local File

                                                                                Before You Begin

                                                                                Store the adapter firmware file in the file system of the managing computer.

                                                                                Procedure
                                                                                  Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                                                                  Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                                                                  Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                                                                                  Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                                                                  If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                                                                  Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the General tab.
                                                                                  Step 6   In the Actions area of the General tab, click Install Firmware to open the Install Adapter Firmware dialog box.
                                                                                  Step 7   In the Install Adapter Firmware dialog box, select Install from local file, then click Next.
                                                                                  Step 8   Click Browse... and locate the adapter firmware file.
                                                                                  Step 9   Click Install Firmware.

                                                                                  What to Do Next

                                                                                  To activate the new firmware, see Activating Adapter Firmware.

                                                                                  Installing Adapter Firmware From a Remote Server

                                                                                  Procedure
                                                                                    Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                                                                    Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                                                                    Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                                                                                    Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                                                                    If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                                                                    Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the General tab.
                                                                                    Step 6   In the Actions area of the General tab, click Install Firmware to open the Install Adapter Firmware dialog box.
                                                                                    Step 7   In the Install Adapter Firmware dialog box, select Install from Remote Server, then click Next.
                                                                                    Step 8   In the Install Adapter Firmware dialog box, update the following fields:
                                                                                    Name Description

                                                                                    Install from drop-down list

                                                                                    The remote server type. This can be one of the following:

                                                                                    • TFTP Server
                                                                                    • FTP Server
                                                                                    • SFTP Server
                                                                                    • SCP Server
                                                                                    • HTTP Server

                                                                                    Server IP/Hostname field

                                                                                    The IP address or hostname of the server on which the adapter configuration file resides. Depending on the setting in the Install from drop-down list, the name of the field may vary.

                                                                                    Path and Filename field

                                                                                    The path and filename of the configuration file on the remote server.

                                                                                    Username

                                                                                    The username the system should use to log in to the remote server. This field does not apply if the protocol is TFTP or HTTP.

                                                                                    Password

                                                                                    The password for the remote server username. This field does not apply if the protocol is TFTP or HTTP.

                                                                                    Back button

                                                                                    Click this button if you want to specify a local path for the firmware package.

                                                                                    Install Firmware button

                                                                                    Click this button to install the selected firmware package in the adapter's backup memory slot.

                                                                                    Close button

                                                                                    Click this button to close the wizard without making any changes to the firmware versions stored on the server.

                                                                                    Step 9   Click Install Firmware.

                                                                                    What to Do Next

                                                                                    To activate the new firmware, see Activating Adapter Firmware.

                                                                                    Activating Adapter Firmware

                                                                                    Procedure
                                                                                      Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                                                                      Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                                                                      Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                                                                                      Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                                                                      If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                                                                      Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the General tab.
                                                                                      Step 6   In the Actions area of the General tab, click Activate Firmware to open the Activate Adapter Firmware dialog box.
                                                                                      Step 7   In the Activate Adapter Firmware dialog box, select the image to run the next time the firmware starts up.
                                                                                      Step 8   Click Activate Adapter Firmware.

                                                                                      Resetting the Adapter

                                                                                      Procedure
                                                                                        Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
                                                                                        Step 2   On the Server tab, click Inventory.
                                                                                        Step 3   In the Inventory pane, click the Cisco VIC Adapters tab.
                                                                                        Step 4   In the Adapter Cards area, select the adapter card.

                                                                                        If the server is powered on, the resources of the selected adapter card appear in the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area.

                                                                                        Step 5   In the tabbed menu below the Adapter Cards area, click the General tab.
                                                                                        Step 6   In the Actions area of the General tab, click Reset and click Yes to confirm.
                                                                                        Note   

                                                                                        Resetting the adapter also resets the host.