This document describes how to deploy Unified Computing System (UCS) Central.
Cisco recommends that you have knowledge of Cisco UCS Manager.
These TCP ports must be open between the Cisco UCS Manager and a registered Cisco UCS domain for the firmware management and backup functionality to work correctly:
This table describes the minimum requirements for the standalone rack server on which you deploy Cisco UCS Central.
Table 1 System Requirements for Cisco UCS Central by Hypervisor
ESX Minimum Requirement
Hyper-V Minimum Requirement
Disk read speed
> 75 MBps >125 MBps is the recommended speed.
> 75 MBps >125 MBps is the recommended speed.
The information in this document is based on these software and hardware versions:
Cisco UCS Manager Version 2.2 (1c)
Cisco UCS Central Version 1.1(2a)
The information in this document was created from the devices in a specific lab environment. All of the devices used in this document started with a cleared (default) configuration. If your network is live, make sure that you understand the potential impact of any command.
Complete these steps in order to deploy UCS Central.
In order to download the appropriate UCS Central Open Virtual Appliance (OVA) from Cisco com, navigate to Products > Servers-Unified Computing > Cisco UCS Central Software.
In order to deploy the OVA, click File, and select Deploy OVF Template...
Continue through the step-by-step process in order to deploy the Open Virtualization Format (OVF) Template as shown:
Specify the Name of the UCS Central Virtual Machine (VM).
Once the OVA template is deployed, open the console of the UCS Central VM, and configure as shown:
Specify the IP address, netmask, and the default gateway.
Type yes if you want the VM to be a part of the cluster; if not, type no.
Specify a hostname to the Central VM.
Specify the IP address of the Domain Name Server (DNS) Server as necessary.
Specify the Domain Name as necessary.
Specify the admin password and the shared secret.
Type yes if Statistics collection is required; if not, type no.
Type yes in order to proceed with the configuration.
Once the UCS Central VM has been configured, navigate to Admin > UCS Central on UCS Manager (UCSM), and click Register with UCS Central.
Enter the IP address and Shared Secret for UCS Central, which was specified in Step 4, and click OK.
If UCSM is successfully registered with the UCS Central, the Registration Status should show as Registered.
View the UCS domain that has been registered with the UCS Central:
On the UCS Central, navigate to Domains > Equipment > UCS Domain.
Expand UCS Domains. You should be able to see the UCS Domain under Ungrouped Domains.
Move the UCS Domain to Domain Group root from Ungrouped Domains:
Click the UCS domain that must be moved to Domain Group root.
Click General and then click Change Group Assignment.
Select the Domain Group root radio button.
The UCS Domain should display under Domain Group root.
Service Profile Creation and Assignment
Complete these steps in order to create a Service Profile and assign it on UCS Central.
Navigate to Servers > Sub-Organizations.
Right-click the organization under which you want to create the service profile.
Click Create Service Profile.
Build the Service Profile the same way you would in UCS Manager. In order to assign the service profile to a server, click the service profile you just created, then navigate to General, and click Change Service Profile Association. Choose one of these server assignment methods:
Select a server from pool
Identify a slot location (which has been selected for this example)
Once the service profile is associated successfully to a server, the progess should display as 100% under the status tab, as shown:
View the service profile that was pushed from UCS Central to UCSM:
Navigate to the sub-organization under which you created the service profile in UCS Central on UCSM. You should be able to see the service profile with a green circle beside it, which indicates that it was pushed successfully from UCS Central.
Expand the service profile in order to view the Virtual Network Interface Card (VNICs), VLANs, Virtual Host Bus Adapters (vHBAs), and Virtual Storage Area Networks (VSANs) that were defined in UCS Central when you created the service profile.
Note: The Service Profile appears in UCSM only after it has been associated with a server and has completed a progress of 100%.
Under the LAN tab on UCSM, the VLAN that was derived from UCS Central has a green diamond symbol by it.
There is currently no verification procedure available for this configuration.
This section lists a few common errors that you could encounter when you register UCSM to UCS Central.
Verify the Registration Status of UCSM to UCS Central:
If the registration status reads Unregistered, navigate to FSM > UCS Central Registration in order to see more details.
Shared Secret Mismatch
If you encounter an error that states shared secret mismatch, then you must supply the correct shared secret, which was entered in Step 4 of the "Configure" section.
UCSM and UCS Central time is not synchronized. Retrying...
If you encounter an error that states UCSM and UCS Central time is not synchronized. Retrying..., then you can either specify a Network Time Protocol (NTP) source or define the time manually in order to address the error.
In order to specify a NTP source, complete these steps:
Navigate to Operations Management > Operational Policies > Time Zone.
Click Add NTP Server.
Make sure the NTP source you specify is reachable from UCS Central and the Fabric Interconnect.
The NTP source that was set should refect in UCSM.
In order to verify, navigate to Admin > Time Zone Management.
The Time Zone is pulled from UCS Central only when you select the Global radio button for Time Zone Management. Additionally, you must have moved your UCS domain under Domain Group root, which is described in Step 8 of the "Configure" section.
If you would like to specify the time manually, complete these steps:
Go to the the command line on both UCSM and UCS Central and execute these commands:
scope system scope services
Go to /system/services.
Specify the time on both UCSM and UCS Central as shown, and press Enter in succession.
Note: Time syntax is: Month Date Year Hour Minute Second.
Once the time is synchronized, the UCSM should register to UCS Central.