Cisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC) Supervisor Data Sheet

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Product Overview

Reduce costs and increase efficiency in managing Cisco® standalone servers. The Cisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC) Supervisor enables centralized management for standalone Cisco UCS® C-Series Rack Servers, Cisco UCS E-Series Servers, and Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) storage servers located across one or more sites.

The IMC Supervisor provides the following information and capabilities:

     Platform hardware inventory and health status

     Server management, including virtual Keyboard, Video, and Mouse (vKVM) launch

     Northbound API (Representational State Transfer [REST] and XML API) for programmatic access

     Firmware inventory and management (noninteractive firmware updates)

     Firmware update scheduler

     Call Home (email alerting)

     Smart Call Home (SCH)

     Power control management

     System discovery scheduler

     Noninteractive diagnostic tool integration

     Server utilization statistics collection (Select C-Series Servers)

     Integration with Hardware Compatibility List

     Policy-based configuration with hardware profiles (requires Advanced license)

The IMC Supervisor provides insight into the platforms being managed, including information about system inventory and faults reported on one or more systems. Managed systems can be assigned to user-defined groups to help keep platforms organized based on criteria important to the administration team. Across and within these groups, each system can be assigned one or more tags to assign searchable metadata to the server. Administrators can perform basic management tasks on individual systems such as power on, power off, and vKVM launch. Tasks for multiple platforms, including noninteractive firmware updates and diagnostic tools, are also supported.

What’s New

The IMC Supervisor Release 2.2 offers a number of enhanced features, including:

     HTML5 UI

     IMC password expiration policy

     SD / FlexFlash policy enhancements

     BIOS policy: Power-ON password support

     RAID policy / disk group policy: support for Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs)

     Network security: IP filtering

     Precision boot-order policy: one-time boot support

     Asset tag configuration

     Smart SSD data presentation

     Integration with hardware compatibility list

These capabilities extend and enhance those present in earlier versions IMC Supervisor, including policy-based hardware profile functions. They extend the core feature set of the IMC Supervisor and enhance usability functions in the platform to help simplify management operations for Cisco UCS C-Series, E-Series, and storage servers. The XML API provides a programmatic REST interface that enables scripting for this platform and the managed systems. The scheduler enables ongoing discovery of new platforms and provides the capability to deploy firmware for systems being managed at a specified time. The integration of Smart Call Home (SCH) enables customers to configure the platform to automatically register specified faults with the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) for simplified problem reporting and resolution.

Main Features and Benefits

Table 1 summarizes the main features of IMC Supervisor with the Basic license.

Table 1.             Main Features (Basic License)



Platform hardware inventory

  Enables customers to view inventory for multiple systems from a single interface (potentially across different sites) without the need to log into each system individually
  Provides data about the system, processors, memory, power supplies, PCI devices, Virtual Interface Cards (VICs), RAID controllers, fault table, and log files

Hardware health status

  Delivers a single pane showing the fault status for multiple systems in a single interface to help customers identify faults using easy-to-read embedded charts and tables

Server management including vKVM launch

  Provides the capability to perform platform tasks, including power on, power off, and vKVM launch

Firmware inventory and management

  Enables the download, management, and updating of firmware across multiple servers using the Cisco IMC Noninteractive Host Update Utility and the capability to download firmware for all supported platforms from Cisco through IMC Supervisor


  Enables programmatic access to many tasks available in IMC Supervisor, including server, firmware, platform, and user management tasks

Server noninteractive diagnostics

  Enables customers to initiate diagnostics using the Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility (SCU) for managed servers and to view results in IMC Supervisor

Call Home (email alerting)

  Delivers consolidated email notifications for faults reported by the management systems to proactively notify users of these faults; multiple alerts are supported, and faults can be filtered by server group and fault severity

Smart Call Home (SCH)

  Provides support for Smart Call Home enablement for the servers being managed (requires hardware support contract for managed servers)

Multiserver discovery

  Enables users to add one or more systems to IMC Supervisor using multiple discovery methods, including IP range, subnet mask range, Comma-Separated Value (CSV) file, and IP address list

System tagging

  Assigns metadata tags to each system to enable users to filter and sort systems based on user-assigned attributes

Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

  Gives users multiple levels of access and control over managed systems

Advanced License

The IMC Supervisor Advanced license enables customers to configure the following attributes of the server using a policy-based framework and the IMC XML API:

     IMC global administration settings

     User administration policy

     Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) configuration policy

     Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) configuration policy

     Network Time Protocol (NTP) policy

     IMC network settings policy

     Network security policy

     Virtual media (vMedia) policy

     IMC platform settings

     BIOS policy

     Boot-order policy

     Virtual Interface Card (VIC) configuration policy

     RAID configuration policy

     Disk group policy

     Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) over LAN

     Serial interface over LAN

     Cisco Flexible Flash (FlexFlash) management

The policy framework supports:

     Policy creation from an existing server for one or more policies

     Policy deletion override for deployed policies

     Policy deployment of a single policy to one or more servers concurrently

     Profile deployment (multiple policies) to one or more servers concurrently

Table 2 compares the features of IMC Supervisor with the Basic and Advanced licenses. The Advanced version includes all the functions of the Basic version plus policy import and deployment functions and hardware profile deployment functions.

Table 2.             Comparison of Cisco IMC Supervisor Licenses




Hardware health status (monitoring)



Platform hardware inventory



Platform management with vKVM launcher






Firmware inventory and management



Call Home (email alerting)



Smart Call Home



Platform grouping and tagging



Group discovery



Scheduling capabilities (system discovery and firmware management)



Noninteractive diagnostic tool integration



Server utilization statistics collection (Cisco UCS C220/240 M4 and C220/C240 M5)



Policy import


Policy deletion



Policy deployment (single server or group)


Hardware profile deployment (single server or group)


Scheduling support for policies and profiles



Minimum System Requirements

Table 3 summarizes the minimum system requirements for the IMC Supervisor.

Table 3.             Minimum System Requirements


Minimum supported requirement

Virtual CPU (vCPU)

4 vCPUs


12 GB

Hard disk

100 GB

The IMC Supervisor supports the following platforms:

     Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers: Firmware Release 1.5(4) or later

     Cisco UCS C220 M5

     Cisco UCS C240 M5

     Cisco UCS C480 M5

     Cisco UCS C3260 Storage Server

     Cisco HX220C-M5S

     Cisco HX220C-M4

     Cisco HX240C-M5SX

     Cisco HX240C-M4

     Cisco HXAF240C-M5SX

     Cisco HXAF220C-M5S

     Cisco HXAF240C-M4SX

     Cisco UCS C220 M4

     Cisco UCS C240 M4

     Cisco UCS C460 M4

     Cisco UCS C220 M3

     Cisco UCS C240 M3

     Cisco UCS C22 M3

     Cisco UCS C24 M3

     Cisco UCS C420 M3

     Cisco UCS C3160

     Cisco UCS E-Series Servers: Firmware Release 2.3.1 or later

     Cisco UCS EN120E M2

     Cisco UCS EN120S M2

     Cisco UCS E140S M2

     Cisco UCS E160D M2

     Cisco UCS E180D M2

     Cisco UCS E140S M1

     Cisco UCS E140D M1

     Cisco UCS E160D M1

     Cisco UCS E140DP M1

     Cisco UCS E160DP M1

Ordering Information

To license the IMC Supervisor, customers must select the following:

     Base license part number

     Terms and Conditions Acceptance part number

     One or more Server Enablement licenses (combinations of up to 1000 servers)

     Optional: Support licenses (combinations of up to 1000 servers)

Order the part numbers listed here:

     IMC Supervisor licenses

     Terms and Conditions Acceptance: CIMC-SUP-TERM

     Base license: CIMC-SUP-BASE-K9 or CIMC-SUP-BASE-K9=

     Basic server license (up to 1000 servers)

     25 Server Enablement licenses: CIMC-SUP-B25 or CIMC-SUP-B25=

     100 Server Enablement licenses: CIMC-SUP-B01 or CIMC-SUP-B01=

     250 Server Enablement licenses: CIMC-SUP-B02 or CIMC-SUP-B02=

     1000 Server Enablement licenses: CIMC-SUP-B10 or CIMC-SUP-B10=

     Advanced server license (up to 1000 servers)

     25 Server Enablement licenses: CIMC-SUP-A25 or CIMC-SUP-A25=

     100 Server Enablement licenses: CIMC-SUP-A01 or CIMC-SUP-A01=

     250 Server Enablement licenses: CIMC-SUP-A02 or CIMC-SUP-A02=

     1000 Server Enablement licenses: CIMC-SUP-A10 or CIMC-SUP-A10=

Note:        Twenty-five-server packs with Advanced features are available starting with IMC Supervisor Release 1.1.

     IMC Supervisor Support licenses (optional)

     25 Server Enablement Support licenses: CON-ECMU-CIMCSB25

     100 Server Enablement Support licenses: CON-ECMU-CIMCSB01

     250 Server Enablement Support licenses: CON-ECMU-CIMCSB02

     1000 Server Enablement Support licenses: CON-ECMU-CIMCSB10

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     Cisco IMC Supervisor 2.2 software download

     Cisco IMC Supervisor 2.2 release notes

     Cisco IMC Supervisor 2.2 installation guide

     Cisco IMC Supervisor 2.2 management guide

     Cisco IMC Supervisor API programmers guide

     Cisco UCS Communities webpage

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