Connecting and Powering On the Server (Standalone Mode)
Note This section describes how to power on the server, assign an IP address, and connect to server management when using the server in standalone mode. To use the server in UCS integration, specific cabling and settings are required. See Installation for Cisco UCS Integration.
The server is shipped with these default settings:
The NIC mode is
Shared LOM EXT.
Shared LOM EXT mode enables the 1-Gb Ethernet ports and the ports on any installed Cisco virtual interface card (VIC) to access the Cisco Integrated Management Interface (Cisco IMC). If you want to use the 10/100 dedicated management ports to access the Cisco IMC, you can connect to the server and change the NIC mode as described in Step 4 of the following procedure.
The NIC redundancy is active-active.
All Ethernet ports are utilized simultaneously.
DHCP is enabled
Internet protocol version 4 (IPv4) is enabled.
Use the following procedure to perform initial setup of the server:
Step 1 Attach a supplied power cord to each power supply in your server, and then attach the power cord to a grounded AC power outlet. See the Power Specifications for power specifications.
Wait for approximately two minutes to let the server boot in standby power during the first bootup.
You can verify power status by looking at the Power Status LED (see Figure 1-1):
Off—There is no AC power present in the server.
Amber—The server is in standby power mode. Power is supplied only to the CIMC and some motherboard functions.
Green—The server is in main power mode. Power is supplied to all server components.
Note During bootup, the server beeps once for each USB device that is attached to the server. Even if there are no external USB devices attached, there is a short beep for each virtual USB device such as a virtual floppy drive, CD/DVD drive, keyboard, or mouse. A beep is also emitted if a USB device is hot-plugged or hot-unplugged during BIOS power-on self test (POST), or while you are accessing the BIOS Setup utility or the EFI shell.
Step 2 Connect a USB keyboard and VGA monitor by using the supplied KVM cable connected to the KVM connector on the front panel (see Figure 1-1).
Note Alternatively, you can use the VGA and USB ports on the rear panel. However, you cannot use the front panel VGA and the rear panel VGA at the same time. If you are connected to one VGA connector and you then connect a video device to the other connector, the first VGA connector is disabled.
Step 3 Open the Cisco IMC Configuration Utility:
a. Press the
button to boot the server. Watch for the prompt to press F8.
b. During bootup, press
when prompted to open the Cisco IMC Configuration Utility. Note the differences between versions of Cisco IMC firmware:
– In Cisco IMC 2.0(1) and later, there are two windows for this utility that you can switch between by pressing F1 or F2 (see Figure 2-6 for sample windows). The IPv4 and IPv6 protocols and dynamic domain name system (DDNS) are supported. You can also define a host name and a DDNS domain.
– In Cisco IMC earlier than release 2.0(1), there is only one window for this utility. Only the IPv4 protocol is supported. DDNS is not supported.
Note The first time that you enter the Cisco IMC Configuration Utility, you are prompted to change the default password. The default password is password.
The following are the requirements for a strong password:
The password can have minimum 8 characters; maximum 14 characters.
The password must not contain the user’s name.
The password must contain characters from three of the following four categories:
– English uppercase letters (A through Z).
– English lowercase letters (a through z).
– Base 10 digits (0 through 9).
– Non-alphabetic characters !, @, #, $, %, ^, &, *, -, _, =, “
Figure 2-6 Cisco IMC Configuration Utility Window 1 and Window 2 (Cisco IMC 2.0(1) and Later)
Step 4 Set NIC mode and NIC redundancy:
a. Set the NIC mode to your choice for which ports to use to access the CIMC for server management (see Figure 1-3 for identification of the ports):
Shared LOM EXT (default)—This is shared LOM extended mode. This is the factory-default setting, along with Active-active NIC redundancy and DHCP-enabled. With this mode, the shared LOM and Cisco Card interfaces are both enabled.
In this mode, DHCP replies are returned to both the shared LOM ports and the Cisco card ports. If the system determines that the Cisco card connection is not getting its IP address from a Cisco UCS Manager system because the server is in standalone mode, further DHCP requests from the Cisco card are disabled. Use the Cisco Card NIC mode if you want to connect to the CIMC through a Cisco card in standalone mode.
Dedicated—The dedicated management port is used to access the CIMC. You must select a NIC redundancy and IP setting.
Shared LOM—The 1-Gb Ethernet ports are used to access the CIMC. You must select a NIC redundancy and IP setting.
Cisco Card—The ports on an installed Cisco UCS virtual interface card (VIC) are used to access the CIMC. You must select a NIC redundancy and IP setting.
Note The Cisco Card NIC mode is currently supported only with a Cisco UCS VIC that is installed in PCIe slot 1. See also Special Considerations for Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Cards.
b. Use this utility to change the NIC redundancy to your preference. This server has three possible NIC redundancy settings:
– None—The Ethernet ports operate independently and do not fail over if there is a problem.
– Active-standby—If an active Ethernet port fails, traffic fails over to a standby port.
– Active-active—All Ethernet ports are utilized simultaneously. See NIC Modes and NIC Redundancy Settings for more information.
Step 5 Choose whether to enable DHCP for dynamic network settings, or to enter static network settings.
Note Before you enable DHCP, your DHCP server must be preconfigured with the range of MAC addresses for this server. The MAC address is printed on a label on the rear of the server. This server has a range of six MAC addresses assigned to the Cisco IMC. The MAC address printed on the label is the beginning of the range of six contiguous MAC addresses.
Note In Cisco IMC 2.0(1) and later, you can choose whether to use IPv4 or IPv6 IP addresses by checking either the IPv4 or IPv6 check box.
The static IPv4 and IPv6 settings include:
The Cisco IMC IP address.
For IPv6, valid values are 1–127.
For IPv6, if you do not know the gateway, you can set it as none by typing
The preferred DNS server address.
For IPv6, you can set this as none by typing
Step 6 Optional: Use this utility to make VLAN settings.
Step 7 Continue with the next action based on which release of Cisco IMC your server is running:
Cisco IMC earlier than release 2.0(1)—Skip to Step 14.
Cisco IMC 2.0(1) and later—Press
to go to the second settings window, then continue with the next step. From the second window, you can press F2 to switch back to the first window.
Step 8 Optional: Set a host name for the server.
Step 9 Optional: Enable dynamic DNS and set a dynamic DNS (DDNS) domain.
Step 10 Optional: If you select the Factory Default check box, the server will be set back to the factory defaults.
Step 11 Optional: Set a default user password.
Step 12 Optional: Enable auto-negotiation of port settings or set the port speed and duplex mode manually.
Note Auto-negotiation is applicable only when you use the Dedicated NIC mode. Auto-negotiation sets the port speed and duplex mode automatically based on the switch port to which the server is connected. If you disable auto-negotiation, you must set the port speed and duplex mode manually.
Step 13 Optional: Reset port profiles and the port name.
Step 14 Press
to refresh the settings you made. You might have to wait about 45 seconds until the new settings appear and the message,
Network settings configured
is displayed before you reboot the server in the next step.
Step 15 Press
to save your settings and reboot the server.
Note If you chose to enable DHCP, the dynamically assigned IP and MAC addresses are displayed on the console screen during bootup.
Step 16 Connect to the CIMC for server management. Connect Ethernet cables from your LAN to the server, using the ports that you selected by your NIC Mode setting in Step 4. The Active-active and Active-passive NIC redundancy settings require you to connect to two ports.
Step 17 Use a browser and the IP address of the CIMC to connect to the CIMC Setup Utility. The IP address is based upon the settings that you made in Step 4 (either a static address or the address assigned by your DHCP server).
Note The default user name for the server is admin. The default password is password.
To manage the server, see the
Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Server Configuration Guide
Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Server CLI Configuration Guide
for instructions on using those interfaces. The links to these documents are in the C-Series documentation roadmap: