Installing the Hardware
Install a UCS platform (blade or server).
The UCS B200 blade server uses the backplane to connect the Ethernet NIC (eNIC) to the internal switch (IOM), and the hardware does not provide an LED to indicate that the NIC is up or connected. Therefore, the
script does not make the port LED blink.
If you are installing a UCS C200 in a rack, see the “
Installing the Server
” section in the Cisco UCS C200 Installation and Service Guide.
If you are installing a UCS C210 in a rack, see the “
Installing the Server
” section of the Cisco UCS C210 Installation and Service Guide.
When installing a UCS C200 or C210, remember to:
Populate disk bays with disk drives.
Connect the power cable to the server.
Connecting a UCS Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) Port
The UCS CIMC is an integrated management functionality that enables you to perform the following tasks:
Configure BIOS settings through HTTP.
Remotely power-cycle the device.
Control the keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM) through Java.
Mount a virtual CD-ROM/block device/FDD to the system.
Connect and perform various other operations.
The VDS-OS software installation requires a minimum of two IP configurations, each with an Ethernet cable attached to a switch—one to the CIMC UCS Management port and the other to one of the 6 NICs. The Gigabit Ethernet interfaces are shared between the CIMC and the UCS for UCS devices. Do not change the default values for duplex, speed, auto negotiation, and advertising.
Step 1 Attach an Ethernet cable to the Management port of the UCS server. The Management port is labeled “M” (the port with the yellow Ethernet cable connection shown below).
Step 2 To bring up the CIMC, connect a USB keyboard and VGA monitor.
a. Attach the USB keyboard cable to the USB port.
b. Attach the VGA monitor cable to the monitor port.
Configuring the CIMC
Note We recommend that you use Safari or Internet Explorer when working with the CIMC. Other browsers, such as Chrome or Internet Explorer, might experience problems when the CIMC executes random web-based Java code on your workstation.
Turn on power to the UCS. When the Cisco splash screen appears, press F8.
The CIMC Configuration Utility screen is displayed.
Step 2 On the CIMC configuration screen:
a. Confirm that the NIC Mode and NIC Redundancy settings are correct. If they are not set correctly, the CIMC uses network ports other than the dedicated CIMC port, which can cause problems.
b. Enter your IP, subnet mask, and gateway addresses.
c. Enter and re-enter a default password.
d. Press the Space Bar to apply the new IP configuration.
Step 3 Verify that the CIMC interface can be reached by pinging the IP address associated with the CIMC port.
If an error occurs, make sure the Ethernet cable is securely connected to the CIMC management port.
Step 4 Verify that the CIMC Web Interface is available by pointing your Web browser to its IP address:
Step 5 When the CIMC login screen is displayed, log in using admin as the username and the default password you set in the “Configuring the CIMC” section.
Step 6 When the CIMC Configuration Utility screen is displayed, press F10 to save the configuration.
Configuring the BIOS
On the CIMC login screen, log in using admin as the username and the default password you set in the “Configuring the CIMC”
section. The Server Summary pane is displayed.
Step 2 Click BIOS in the left pane to display the BIOS pane.
Configuring the BIOS to Boot from a CD-ROM
Step 1 In the BIOS pane, click Configure Boot Order.
Step 2 When the Configure Boot Order popup is displayed:
a. Select CD-ROM and HDD in the Device Types box.
b. Click Add to add CD-ROM and HDD to the Boot Order box.
c. Use the Up and Down arrows to move the CD-ROM to the first position (the first device from which to boot).
d. Click Apply.
Step 3 Verify that CD-ROM and HDD appear in the Configured Boot Order pane in the correct order, then click Save Changes.
Configuring Remote Presence
Step 1 In the left pane, click Remote Presence to display the Remote Presence screen.
Step 2 Select the Virtual KVM tab.
a. Check the Enabled check box.
b. Set Max Sessions to 4.
c. Set Remote Port to 2068.
d. Click Save Changes.
Step 3 Select the Virtual Media tab.
a. Check the Enabled check box.
b. Click Save Changes.
Step 4 Select the Serial over LAN tab.
a. Check the Enabled check box.
b. Select Baud Rate value of 9600 bps.
c. Click Save Changes.
Setting Up a UCS B200 for the VDS-OS Software using the GUI
Step 1 Connect the UCS to the Fabric Interconnect and power up all of the devices.
Step 2 Connect the UCS B200 to the Fabric Interconnect console port and assign the management IP address.
Step 3 Access the Cisco UCS Manager using your web browser and the IP address of the UCS Manager.
Step 4 Click
Launch UCS Manager
and log in with
as the username and
as the password.
Step 5 Configure the default adapter policy settings as shown in the following figure. To access the Ethernet Adapter Policy, choose
Servers > Policies > Root > Adapter Policies > Create Ethernet Adapter Policy
Step 6 A blade server requires a service policy to achieve external communication through the mezzanine card. To configure a service pool policy, use the following procedure:
a. To use a server pool, associate the service profile with the pool. The UCS manager automatically selects an available compute node from the pool.
b. Set the
c. Configure the server pool policy.
d. Name the server pool.
e. Add the server to the pool.
Step 7 Configure the server port. Server ports allow communication between servers and the Fabric Interconnect.
Step 8 Configure the uplink port. Uplink ports allow communication between the Fabric Interconnect and the backbone network.
Step 9 Configure the interface for the uplink port.
Step 10 Configure the service profile. Select
Create Service Profile (expert)
and define a profile name.
Step 11 Enter a name for the service profile and click
Create UUID Suffix Pool
Step 12 Enter a name for the UUID suffix pool.
Step 13 Click
Add UUID Blocks
Step 14 Create a block of UUID suffixes. UUIDs are globally unique identifiers for each compute node on a network).
Step 15 Add the newly created block of UUID suffixes.
Step 16 Add the UUID pool to the service profile.
Step 17 Configure the local disk policy. Click
Note The CMP application requires Windows 2008 on the local disk (bare metal installation).
Step 18 Click
Create Local Disk Configuration Policy
Step 19 Enter a name and select
RAID 0 Striped
Step 20 Add the storage policy to the service profile. In the example in the following figure, the storage policy is
Step 21 Select
(the device is not connected to a SAN).
Step 22 Click
Step 23 For
How would you like to configure LAN connectivity
Step 24 Click
to create a virtual NIC (vNIC).
Step 25 Click
Create MAC Pool
. The vNIC uses MAC addresses from the MAC pool.
Step 26 Click
Add MAC Addresses
to assign a block of MAC addresses to the MAC pool.
Step 27 Click
to add the block of addresses.
Step 28 Assign the MAC addresses to the vNIC, then click
The Networking page displays the MAC address pool.
Step 29 Click
Server Boot Order
Step 30 Configure the boot policy. The boot order is
Step 31 Add the boot policy to the service profile.
Step 32 Click
and select the default.
Step 33 Click
to assign the server to the service profile. Apply the server policy to the service profile.
Step 34 After the service profile is created, associate the service profile.
Installing the VDS-OS Software
Download the VDS-OS ISO file (rescue-cdrom.iso) to a workstation that is used to connect to the CIMC, then mount the ISO file as a Virtual Media. Once CIMC connectivity is established, you can install the software using the rescue-cdrom.iso file.
Mounting a Virtual ISO and Rebooting the UCS
Step 1 Access the CIMC Server Summary pane, then click Launch KVM Console. Accept any security warnings or certificate requests that are displayed.
Step 2 When the KVM console window is displayed, which can take up to 5 minutes, select the VM tab.
Step 3 Click Add Image, then browse your workstation's file system, select rescue image and click Open.
Step 4 Check the Mapped check box in the main table.
Note Do not exit from the window. KVM must remain open to keep the virtual media mapped and to successfully boot from the virtual media.
Step 5 Reboot the UCS by accessing the CIMC Server Summary pane and clicking Power Cycle Server.
Connecting to a CIMC Serial Console and Installing the Software
The CIMC allows you to connect to a device’s serial console through a CIMC SSH session. This feature, known as Serial over LAN, eliminates the need for an external serial console server.
To connect to the CIMC serial console using SSH, use the following procedure:
Step 1 Enter the IP address of the server, with admin as the username.
user1$ ssh -l admin 172.22.68.39
Step 2 Enter the default password you set in the “Configuring the CIMC” section:
firstname.lastname@example.org's password: XXXXX
Step 3 Enter the following command:'
Step 4 When the VDS-OS installer launches, enter option 2 (
Install all software
) and press Enter.
Step 5 Confirm that you wish to continue by entering Y. The software begins the installation process.
Step 6 Do not select any of the options at this stage. Proceed to the “Checking the BIOS Boot Order” section.
Un-Mapping the ISO File
Step 1 In the KVM tab of the KVM console window, un-check the Mapped check box.
Step 2 When prompted to confirm your request, select Yes.
Step 3 Click Exit to close the KVM console window.
Exiting the VDS-OS Installer and Rebooting the UCS
Select option 3 on the Installer to exit the program and reboot the UCS.
After rebooting, information about the VDS-OS software is displayed.
You can also power-cycle the server by clicking Power Cycle Server in the CIMC Server Summary pane.
Setting Up the VDS-OS Software
Step 1 Keep the SSH connection open. If you are disconnected, use an SSH client to connect to the CIMC on the UCS with
as the username.
ssh -l admin 172.22.68.39
Step 2 When prompted, enter the default password you set in the “Configuring the CIMC” section.
Step 3 Enter the following command:
The following message appears:
Close Network Connection to Exit
Step 4 When prompted, enter
as the username and the default password.
The VDS-OS application launches and the following prompt is displayed:
Step 5 Enter the
command to launch the VDS-OS Setup utility:
The Setup utility takes you through the initial configuration settings for a VDS-OS device. You are prompted to specify the device mode (SE, SR, or VOSM) and to configure the interface to be used for VDS-OS communication.