Agent Installation on a UCS E-Series Blade Server
The following describes how to deploy an agent to a UCS E-Series blade server.
Installing an Agent on a UCS E-Series Blade Server
Each agent, deployed with a Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR) on your network edge, monitors the flows traversing your network. The agent inspects NetFlow data to identify hosts, and uses Network Based Application Recognition (NBAR) to identify the applications over which the hosts transfer traffic. Based on this data, and the baseline traffic model, the agent identifies anomalous traffic.
Based on this
information, the agents assign a severity rating to each anomaly.
agents report the anomalies of most interest to
your network to the controller for further system analysis and user
relevance feedback. agents also receive user-configured mitigations
from the controller, and install quality of service (QoS)
policies (class maps, policy maps, and access lists) to drop traffic you have
identified as anomalous. If the ISR detects traffic that matches the mitigation
characteristics, it takes action on matching traffic to prevent future
|Configure virtual switches, then deploy the
agent OVA file to an ESXi host in your
network, and activate it. See the next sections for more information.
UCS E-Series Blade Server Deployment
Agent Deployment to a UCS E-Series Blade Server
Cisco provides the agent as a downloadable OVA file. You can deploy this OVA file to a UCS E-Series blade server running an ESXi hypervisor on supported ISRs.
For a given version of the Learning Network License system, only the version of Ubuntu Linux shipped with the controller and agents is supported. Do NOT upgrade Ubuntu Linux on the controller or agent VMs.
Configure virtual switches on the blade server,
then deploy the agent virtual machine. After you power on the virtual machine, when you first log in, the
system prompts you to change the default administrator password.
Configuring Virtual Switches
When you deploy the ESXi hypervisor on the UCS E-Series blade server, the system
automatically creates a virtual switch using the vmnic2 physical
adaptor. This is associated with the GE2 external interface.
Configure two additional virtual switches, using the vmnic0 and
vmnic1 physical adaptors. The vmnic0 virtual
switch connects to the UCS-E GE0 internal interface, and this
connects to the ISR UCS...1/0 interface. The
vmnic1 virtual switch connects to the UCS-E
GE1 internal interface, and this connects to the ISR
||Select the blade server from the navigation tree.|
||Select the Configuration tab.|
||In the Hardware pane, click Networking.|
||In the View: vSphere Standard Switch pane, click Add
||In the Connection Types pane, select Virtual Machine and
||Select Create a vSphere standard
switch, vmnic0, and click Next.|
||Enter a Network Label
and, optionally, a VLAN ID and click Next.|
||Repeat the procedure for vmnic1. |
Deploying the OVA File
||Open vSphere Client, and connect to the ESXi hypervisor where you want to
install the OVA file. |
||Select . |
||Click Browse to select your OVA file, then click
||Review the OVF Template Details, then click
||Enter a Name, select an inventory location, then click
||Click the Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed radio button, then
click Next. |
||Select a Destination Network from your inventory to map
to a Source Network. You can map the following default
networks, then click Next. |
- Mgmt Network (vmnic2) to GE2
- NE Control Net (vmnic0) to Ucs.../0
- NE Data Net (vmnic1) to Ucs.../1
||Review your deployment settings and click Finish.
The deployment may take 30 minutes to an hour or longer, depending on
||Click Close after the deployment completes. |
What to Do Next
Ensure the VM's network adapters are powered on, and power on at startup.
Power on the virtual machine and perform first login, as described in the
Powering on the Virtual Machines
||Open vSphere Client, and connect to the ESXi hypervisor where you deployed the virtual machine. |
||Select . |
||Select the virtual machine from the navigation tree. |
||Select . |
||Click the Console tab, then click in the console pane to shift your focus to the virtual machine console.
To shift your focus from the virtual machine console to your local host, press Ctrl-Alt.
||Log in with the default administrator username (sln) and the default administrator password (cisco). When prompted, change the default administrator password. |