This chapter describes the tasks that you must perform to install software on your Business Edition 6000 appliance. It contains two main task flows that describe how to install software on the appliance.
For Customized deployments, use the tasks in this chapter to configure VMware and install application software on your appliance.
If your appliance was configured through the Business Edition Management , your appliance is already installed with VMware and UC applications.
In addition to
machines, Cisco Business Edition servers are shipped with selected
Collaboration application software that is pre-loaded on the datastore.
Following is a breakdown of the file types for application installs:
ISO Files—An ISO file is a DVD image containing application install files (for example, Bootable_UCSInstall_UCOS_184.108.40.20600-1.sgn.iso). An ISO file is present for a UC application only if the OVA file for that application does not include the application software.
OVA Files—Each UC
application has an associated Open Virtualization Archive (OVA) file, which is
used to package and deploy the virtual machine. There are two types of OVAs for
Business Edition servers:
Some OVAs are templates that define the VM, but do not include any application software. For those applications, there is an associated ISO file in the datastore (for example, Bootable_UCSInstall_UCOS_220.127.116.1100-1.sgn.iso). For the installation, you must deploy the OVA template and install the software using the associated ISO file.
files define the VM and include the application software (for example,
For these applications, there is no ISO file. You can deploy the VM and install
the software using the OVA file.
Cisco recommends that you archive the OVA-ISO directory locally. If there is a hardware failure, replacement hardware does not include a factory preload. If the factory preloaded software is either deleted, overwritten or lost, then manual rebuilt of preloaded software is required. Restore to factory default capability is not supported.
Installation Task Flow of Cisco Business Edition 6000H/M
following tasks to install software on your Cisco Business Edition 6000 server.
Delete any pre-deployed VMs that you do not require.
Skip this step if you deploy the appliance through Cisco Business Edition Management.
Integrated Management Controller
Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) is the management interface for the Cisco UCS appliance. CIMC runs within the appliance, allowing remote administration, configuration, and monitoring of the appliance through web or SSH command line access.
Complete the following tasks to configure CIMC on a Business Edition 6000 appliance for customized and pre-configured deployments.
Use this procedure to power on the appliance and begin basic Cisco Integrated Management controller (CIMC) configuration.
Before You Begin
Ensure that the BE6000 appliance has been rack-mounted, connected to a power supply, connected to the data network, and that a monitor and keyboard are connected to the appliance, as described in the Quick Start Guide.
power is connected and that the power button LED is orange.
Push the appliance power button and verify that it changes to green.
Watch the boot
process on the monitor.
When the blue
Cisco logo appears, press
F8 to enter the CIMC configuration dialog.
Figure 1. Press F8
at the CIMC Boot Screen
enter the username
admin and create a new password.
On the CIMC
configuration screen, complete the following details:
CIMC IP address
Gateway IP address
Figure 2. Enter
the CIMC IP Address Details
F10 to save your changes and boot the system.
Edition applications require the host to have a valid time reference. Follow
these steps to access the ESXi host to configure NTP as well as configure fault
tolerance for network interface cards (NICs) using the NIC teaming feature,
view preinstalled applications, and browse the datastore to verify the
preloaded collaboration application software.
Launch the vSphere client application and type the IP address of the VMware vSphere ESXi. Figure 7. Access VMware vSphere ESXi Using vSphere Client
Type the IP address of the VMware vSphere ESXi in the browser to access the vCenter and then select vSphere Web Client (Flash).
Use the login
credentials that you previously configured.
BE6000 appliances are factory loaded with a Collaboration embedded OEM license for Cisco UC Virtualization Hypervisor Plus. If you want to use this license, it is ready for use. If you want to re-upload or version-upgrade this license, follow these steps:
Locate your license document that has license serial number for Cisco UC Virtualization Hypervisor Plus. For installations, license serial number ships from the factory along with the appliance. For version-upgrades, license serial number ships from the Cisco Product Upgrade Tool.
Navigate to Configuration > Software > Licensed Features, and click Edit.
Select Assign a new license key to this host.
Click Enter Key....
Type in or copy / paste the license serial number from the license document.
Click OK to close configuration dialogs and apply the license.
License for Cisco UC Virtualization Hypervisor Plus is a special Collaboration embedded OEM license. It is hardcoded to 2-CPU, pre-combined, and cannot split or expand through myvmware.com. It is pre-activated, no registration or activation on myvmware.com or cisco.com required. It does not support installation through vCenter, license pooling in vCenter, or any vCenter features.
Configuration > Software > Time
Properties to launch the
Time Configuration screen.
Add and type the IP address of NTP server. Repeat
this step to add multiple NTP servers.
General > Start and Stop with
Click Start. Click OK to close the configuration screens.
(Optional) Configure fault tolerance by using the NIC teaming feature in VMware:
Navigate to Configuration > Hardware > Networking.
Click Properties for "Standard Switch: vSwitch0,".
In the configuration screen vSwitch0 Properties, and then select the Network Adapters tab.
Click Add… to add the NIC that is connected to data network.
Follow the interactive configuration dialogs and close the configuration screens until you see two or more NICs are added to vSwitch0, as shown in the figure 5 below.
By default, only one NIC is enabled for the hypervisor and identified as vmnic0.
If connecting teamed NICs to a Cisco switch channel-group, ensure that the NIC teaming load balancing policy is set to Route based on IP hash. For more information about this policy and other aspects of hypervisor networking for Cisco Collaboration applications, see the Appendix. Configure NIC Teaming for Business Edition 6000H/M.
Configuration > Hardware > Storage.
Click Datastore to list the datastores in the Business Edition appliance.
Select datastore1, then right-click, and then select Browse Datastore as shown in the following figure. Preloaded software is stored in the /OVA-ISO directory.
It is recommend to select VMFS5 file type while creating datastore.
Browse Datastore to View Preloaded Collaboration Virtual Machines and Preloaded
(Optional) Cisco recommends that you archive the OVA-ISO directory locally. If a appliance fails, the replacement product does not include preloaded content.
Applications Using Touchless Installation
Touchless installation allows you to install multiple UC applications and virtual machines of an application simultaneously, across different hosts if required, without having to interact with the system while the install process runs. While you must prepare the system, touchless installation can save time, particularly if you want to install multiple applications. If you are installing only one or two applications, you may prefer to follow the manual procedure in the following section.
installation to install the following applications:
From the Product drop-down menu, select the UC application for which you want to generate answer files.
Select the Version that you want to install.
Complete the remaining fields with the installation details that you want to configure on the appliance. For example, you can assign items such as passwords, IP addressing, and DNS settings.
Click Generate Answer Files to generate the platformConfig.xml file for that UC application. Each UC application generates a platformConfig.xml file. Cisco Unified Communications Manager also generates a clusterConfig.xml file.
Save the generated answer files as follows:
For Cisco Unified Communications Manager, save both the platformConfig.xml and clusterConfig.xml files in the UCM folder.
For other UC applications, save the platformConfig.xml file in the relevant application folder.
Repeat these steps for each UC application for which you want to use touchless installation.
Use this procedure to create virtual floppy images from the answer files. You will use the virtual floppy images in your touchless installation.
We recommend that you follow the recommended naming conventions for your .flp files.
Before You Begin
You can use Winimage to create the virtual floppy images. You can download Winimage from http://www.winimage.com/download.htm. You can also use other tools, such as BFI, to create virtual floppy images.
In the vSphere Client, power on the VM for the application that you want to install.
the VM, and choose
console window appears.
screen prompts to install the application from the console.
If you are
using the manual method to install both Cisco Unified Communications Manager
and IM and Presence Service, once the Cisco Unified Communications Manager
publisher node installation completes, do the following:
vSphere console, log in to the Cisco Unified Communications Manager CLI.
network cluster subscriber dynamic-cluster-configuration 24 command.
vSphere console window for the IM and Presence or subscriber virtual machine.
Power On the
configuration information for the application to complete the installation.
procedure for each UC application that you want to install.
client, power on the VM that you deployed for the respective Prime
Collaboration applications (Cisco Prime Collaboration Provisioning, Cisco Prime
Collaboration Assurance and Analytics Business, or Cisco Prime Collaboration
the VM and choose
console window appears.
At the login
prompts to complete the installation.
Complete Cisco Expressway Installation
Use this procedure
to complete installation of