Server Management Overview
Cisco UCS Manager enables you to manage general and complex server deployments. For example, you can manage a general deployment with a pair of Fabric Interconnects (FIs), which is the redundant server access layer that you get with the first chassis that can scale up to 20 chassis' and up to 160 physical servers. This can be a combination of blades and rack mount servers to support the workload in your environment. As you add more servers, you can continue to perform server provisioning, device discovery, inventory, configuration, diagnostics, monitoring, fault detection, and auditing.
Beginning with release 4.1(1), Cisco UCS Manager extends support for all existing features on Cisco UCS 64108 Fabric Interconnect unless specifically noted.
Beginning with release 4.0(2a), Cisco UCS Manager extends support for all existing features on the following Cisco UCS hardware unless specifically noted:
Cisco UCS C480 M5 ML Server
Cisco UCS VIC 1495
Cisco UCS VIC 1497
Beginning with release 4.0(1a), Cisco UCS Manager extends support for all existing features on the following Cisco UCS hardware unless specifically noted:
Cisco UCS 6454 Fabric Interconnect
Cisco UCS VIC 1455
Cisco UCS VIC 1457
Cisco UCS C125 M5 Server
Beginning with release 4.0(1a), Cisco UCS Manager does not support UCS M2 servers.
By default, the Cisco UCS 6400 Series Fabric Interconnects, the Cisco UCS 6332 Fabric Interconnects, the UCS Mini 6324 Fabric Interconnects, and the UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects include centralized management. You can manage the UCS Blade Servers and Rack-Mount Servers that are in the same domain from one console. You can also manage the UCS Mini from the Cisco UCS Manager.
To ensure the optimum server performance, you can configure the amount of power that you allocate to servers. You can also set the server boot policy, the location from which the server boots, and the order in which the boot devices are invoked. You can create service profiles for the UCS B-Series Blade Servers and the UCS Mini to assign to servers. Service profiles enable you to assign BIOS settings, security settings, the number of vNICs and vHBAs, and anything else that you want to apply to a server.