Service Profiles in UCS Manager
A service profile defines a single server and its storage and networking characteristics. You can create a service profile for Cisco UCS Manager and UCS Mini. When a service profile is deployed to a server, UCS Manager automatically configures the server, adapters, fabric extenders, and fabric interconnects to match the configuration specified in the service profile.
A service profile includes four types of information:
Server definition: Defines the resources (e.g. a specific server or a blade inserted to a specific chassis) that are required to apply to the profile.
Identity information: Includes the UUID, MAC address for each virtual NIC (vNIC), and WWN specifications for each HBA.
Firmware revision specifications: Used when a certain tested firmware revision is required to be installed or for some other reason a specific firmware is used.
Connectivity definition: Configures network adapters, fabric extenders, and parent interconnects, however this information is abstract as it does not include the details of how each network component is configured.
The UCS system provides two types of service profiles: Service profiles that inherit server identity and service profiles that override server identity.