Cisco UCS C-Series Servers Integrated Management Controller GUI Configuration Guide, Release 1.5


This chapter includes the following sections:

Overview of the Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers

The Cisco UCS C-Series rack-mount servers include the following models:

  • Cisco UCS C200 Rack-Mount Server
  • Cisco UCS C210 Rack-Mount Server
  • Cisco UCS C220 Rack-Mount Server
  • Cisco UCS C240 Rack-Mount Server
  • Cisco UCS C250 Rack-Mount Server
  • Cisco UCS C260 Rack-Mount Server
  • Cisco UCS C460 Rack-Mount Server


To determine which Cisco UCS C-Series rack-mount servers are supported by this firmware release, see the associated Release Notes. The C-Series release notes are available at the following URL: http:/​/​​en/​US/​products/​ps10739/​prod_​release_​notes_​list.html

Overview of the Server Software

The Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Server ships with the CIMC firmware.

CIMC Firmware

CIMC is a separate management module built into the motherboard. A dedicated ARM-based processor, separate from the main server CPU, runs the CIMC firmware. The system ships with a running version of the CIMC firmware. You can update the CIMC firmware, but no initial installation is needed.

Server OS

The Cisco UCS C-Series rack servers support operating systems such as Windows, Linux, Oracle and so on. For more information on supported operating systems, see the Hardware and Software Interoperability for Standalone C-series servers at http:/​/​​en/​US/​products/​ps10477/​prod_​technical_​reference_​list.html. You can use CIMC to install an OS on the server using the KVM console and vMedia.


You can access the available OS installation documentation from the Cisco UCS C-Series Servers Documentation Roadmap at http:/​/​​go/​unifiedcomputing/​c-series-doc.

Cisco Integrated Management Controller

The CIMC is the management service for the C-Series servers. CIMC runs within the server.


The CIMC management service is used only when the server is operating in Standalone Mode. If your C-Series server is integrated into a UCS system, you must manage it using UCS Manager. For information about using UCS Manager, see the configuration guides listed in the Cisco UCS B-Series Servers Documentation Roadmap at http:/​/​​go/​unifiedcomputing/​b-series-doc.

Management Interfaces

You can use a web-based GUI or SSH-based CLI to access, configure, administer, and monitor the server. Almost all tasks can be performed in either interface, and the results of tasks performed in one interface are displayed in another. However, you cannot do the following:

  • Use CIMC GUI to invoke CIMC CLI
  • View a command that has been invoked through CIMC CLI in CIMC GUI
  • Generate CIMC CLI output from CIMC GUI

Tasks You Can Perform in CIMC

You can use CIMC to perform the following server management tasks:

  • Power on, power off, power cycle, reset and shut down the server
  • Toggle the locator LED
  • Configure the server boot order
  • View server properties and sensors
  • Manage remote presence
  • Create and manage local user accounts, and enable remote user authentication through Active Directory
  • Configure network-related settings, including NIC properties, IPv4, VLANs, and network security
  • Configure communication services, including HTTP, SSH, and IPMI Over LAN
  • Manage certificates
  • Configure platform event filters
  • Update CIMC firmware
  • Monitor faults, alarms, and server status

No Operating System or Application Provisioning or Management

CIMC provisions servers, and as a result, exists below the operating system on a server. Therefore, you cannot use it to provision or manage operating systems or applications on servers. For example, you cannot do the following:

  • Deploy an OS, such as Windows or Linux
  • Deploy patches for software, such as an OS or an application
  • Install base software components, such as anti-virus software, monitoring agents, or backup clients
  • Install software applications, such as databases, application server software, or web servers
  • Perform operator actions, including restarting an Oracle database, restarting printer queues, or handling non-CIMC user accounts
  • Configure or manage external storage on the SAN or NAS storage

Overview of the CIMC User Interface

The CIMC user interface is a web-based management interface for Cisco C-Series servers. You can launch the CIMC user interface and manage the server from any remote host that meets the following minimum requirements:

  • Java 1.6 or later
  • HTTP and HTTPS enabled
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or later


In case you lose or forget the password that you use to log in to CIMC, see the password recovery instructions in the Cisco UCS C-Series server installation and service guide for your server. This guide is available from the Cisco UCS C-Series Servers Documentation Roadmap at http:/​/​​go/​unifiedcomputing/​c-series-doc.

CIMC Home Page

When you first log into CIMC GUI, the user interface looks similar to the following illustration:

Navigation and Work Panes

The Navigation pane displays on the left side of the CIMC GUI. Clicking links on the Server, Admin, or Storage tabs in the Navigation pane displays the associated tabs in the Work pane on the right.

The Navigation pane has the following areas:

  • Overall Server Status area
  • Server tab
  • Admin tab
  • Storage tab
Overall Server Status Area

The Overall Server Status area is above the Server and Admin tabs. Click the link in area to refresh the Server Summary tab in the Work pane.


If a different tab is displayed in the Work pane, clicking this link redisplays the Server Summary tab with updated server information.

Server Tab

Each node in the Server tab leads to one or more tabs that display in the Work pane. These tabs provides access to the following information:

Server Tab Node Name Work Pane Tabs Provide Information About...


Server properties, status, BIOS version, CIMC firmware version, IP address, and MAC address.


Installed CPUs, memory cards, power supplies, PCI adapters, Cisco VIC adapters, network adapters, and storage adapters.


Power supply, fan, temperature, voltage, current, LEDs, and storage sensor readings.

System Event Log

System event messages.

Remote Presence

KVM, virtual media, and Serial over LAN settings.


The installed BIOS firmware version and the server boot order.

Power Policies

Power policy settings.

Fault Summary

Fault sensor readings.

Admin Tab

Each node in the Admin tab leads to one or more tabs that display in the Work pane. These tabs provides access to the following information:

Admin Tab Node Name Work Pane Tabs Provide Information About...

User Management

Locally-defined user accounts, Active Directory settings, and current user session information.


NIC, IPv4, VLAN, and LOM properties, along with network security settings.

Communication Services

HTTP, SSH, XML API, IPMI over LAN, and SNMP settings.

Certificate Management

Security certificate information and management.


CIMC messages.

Event Management

Platform event filters.

Firmware Management

CIMC and BIOS firmware information and management.


Technical support data collection, system configuration import and export options, and restore factory defaults settings.

Storage Tab

Each node in the Storage tab corresponds to the LSI MegaRAID controllers or Cisco FlexFlash controllers that are installed in theCisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers. Each node leads to one or more tabs that display in the Work pane and provide information about the installed controllers.

Storage Tab Node Name Work Pane Tabs Provide Information About...

Controller Info

General information about the selected MegaRAID controller or Cisco Flexible Flash controller.

Physical Drive Info

General drive information, identification information, and drive statusl

Virtual Drive Info

General drive information, RAID information, and physical drive information.

Battery Backup Unit

Backup battery information for the selected MegaRAID controller.

Storage Log

Storage messages.


The toolbar displays above the Work pane.

Button Name Description


Refreshes the current page.

Power On Server

Powers on the server.

Power Off Server

Powers off the server.

Launch KVM Console

Launches the KVM console.


Displays the online help for the tab displayed in the Work pane.


Displays CIMC information.

Cisco Integrated Management Controller Online Help Overview

The GUI for the Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) software is divided into two main sections, a Navigation pane on the left and a Work pane on the right.

This help system describes the fields on each CIMC GUI page and in each dialog box.

To access the page help, do one of the following:

  • In a particular tab in the CIMC GUI, click the Help icon in the toolbar above the Work pane.
  • In a dialog box, click the Help button in that dialog box.


For a complete list of all C-Series documentation, see the Cisco UCS C-Series Servers Documentation Roadmap available at the following URL: http:/​/​​go/​unifiedcomputing/​c-series-doc.

Logging In to CIMC

Before You Begin

If not installed, install Adobe Flash Player 10 or later on your local machine.

    Step 1   In your web browser, type or select the web link for CIMC.
    Step 2   If a security dialog box displays, do the following:
    1. Optional: Check the check box to accept all content from Cisco.
    2. Click Yes to accept the certificate and continue.
    Step 3   In the log in window, enter your username and password.

    When logging in for the first time to an unconfigured system, use admin as the username and password as the password.

    Step 4   Click Log In.

    Logging Out of CIMC

      Step 1   In the upper right of CIMC, click Log Out.

      Logging out returns you to the CIMC log in page.

      Step 2   (Optional)Log back in or close your web browser.