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Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility User Guide,
Release 5.0
For Cisco UCS C-Series Servers
January 30, 2017
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    Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility User Guide, Release 5.0 For Cisco UCS C-Series Servers January 30, 2017 Cisco Systems, Inc. www.cisco.com Cisco has more than 200 offices worldwide. Addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers are listed on the Cisco website at www.cisco.com/go/offices.

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    OR ITS SUPPLIERS HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. To view a list of Cisco trademarks, go to this URL: www.cisco.com/go/trademarks.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Using Virtual Media About KVM Console Entering Virtual KVM Console Booting From Virtual KVM Console Using Physical Media Exiting UCS-SCU Understanding UCS Server Configuration Utility User Interface License Agreement UCS-SCU GUI Home Page Navigation Pane Toolbar Pane Configuring a Network...

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    Configuring RAID Arrays Automatic Setup without Redundancy Automatic Setup with Redundancy Single-Level RAID Configuration Nested RAID Configuration Clearing RAID Arrays Deleting All the Virtual Disks Deleting Single or Multiple Disks Troubleshooting UCS-SCU Issues and Solutions Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 5.0...

  • Page 5: Preface

    Preface This preface describes the organization and conventions of the Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 5.0. It also provides information on how to obtain related documentation and submit a service request. Audience This guide is intended primarily for data center administrators with responsibilities and expertise in server, storage, and network administration and network security.

  • Page 6: Related Documentation

    What’s New in Cisco Product Documentation at: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html. Subscribe to What’s New in Cisco Product Documentation, which lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation, as an RSS feed and deliver content directly to your desktop using a reader application. The RSS feeds are a free service.

  • Page 7: Overview

    C H A P T E R Overview The Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility (SCU) is an application that helps you manage various tasks on your server. The utility helps you easily set up and manage your servers from a single application.

  • Page 8: Supported Platforms

    • Ubuntu 14.04 • Ubuntu 16.04 • CentOS 6.6 • CentOS 6.7 • CentOS 6.8 Supported Platforms UCS-SCU is supported on the following Cisco platform: • UCS-C22 M3 • UCS-C24 M3 • UCS-C220 M3 • UCS-C240 M3 • UCS-C3160 M3 •...

  • Page 9: Supported Peripheral Devices

    0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, and 60 Note The UCS-SCU RAID configuration utility detects the physical drivers only once when you enter this function area after the system is rebooted. Do not remove or add hard disk drivers while navigating within this function area.

  • Page 10: Hardware Requirements

    The following are the minimum hardware requirements for UCS-SCU: • CD-ROM drive—A USB CD/DVD-ROM drive is required to be able to boot and run the UCS-SCU. You can also use the virtual media option in the CMC KVM to boot UCS-SCU.

  • Page 11: Launching Ucs Server Configuration Utility

    C H A P T E R Launching UCS Server Configuration Utility UCS Server Configuration Utility (SCU) is a bootable image based on a 64-bit Linux kernel and can be used to perform operations such as configure RAID logical volume, install operating systems, and perform diagnostics on Cisco rack servers.

  • Page 12: Booting Ucs-scu

    Using Virtual Media, page 2-2 • Using Physical Media, page 2-3 Using Virtual Media You can use KVM Console to boot the UCS-SCU application with virtual media. This section includes the following sections: • About KVM Console, page 2-2 •...

  • Page 13: Booting From Virtual Kvm Console

    Booting UCS-SCU Booting From Virtual KVM Console Before You Begin • Download the UCS-SCU ISO image file from cisco.com. For information on how to download the image, go to the “Obtaining ISO Image From cisco.com” section on page 2-1. To boot the UCS-SCU application using virtual KVM Console, follow these steps: Step 1 Log in to Cisco IMC from your desktop.

  • Page 14: Exiting Ucs-scu

    Chapter 2 Launching UCS Server Configuration Utility Exiting UCS-SCU Exiting UCS-SCU To exit the UCS-SCU application, follow these steps: Step 1 Remove the .iso disk from the disk drive. Step 2 Click Reboot and then click Yes to confirm reboot of your server.

  • Page 15: Understanding Ucs Server Configuration Utility User Interface

    License Agreement, page 3-1 • UCS-SCU GUI Home Page, page 3-1 License Agreement After UCS-SCU boots up, the first interface is the End User License Agreement. Select I Accept and click Next to agree to this license. UCS-SCU GUI Home Page Figure 3-1...

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    Table 3-1 UCS-SCU GUI Elements Element Description Navigation Pane Displays on the left side in the UCS-SCU user interface. See Table 3-2 for a description of all the navigation pane elements. Toolbar Displays on the left-hand top corner and has a set of icons. See Table 3-3 a description of all the toolbar icons.

  • Page 17: Navigation Pane

    For more information about OS Install, go to Chapter 6, “Installing Operating Systems” Toolbar Pane Table 3-3 lists and describes all the UCS-SCU icons that you can use to perform specific tasks. Table 3-3 Toolbar Elements Toolbar Icon Name Function...

  • Page 18: Configuring A Network

    (Optional) In the DNS field, enter the DNS IPv4 address. Note Go to Step if you want to download software and drivers from cisco.com. Select Direct Connection to internet or Manual Proxy. If you select Manual Proxy, do the following: –...

  • Page 19: Performing Server Health Check

    • When you are updating images to Cisco Flexible Flash. • When you are downloading drivers from the network share or cisco.com during the operating system installation. (See “Installing Operating Systems” section on page 6-1).

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    Chapter 3 Understanding UCS Server Configuration Utility User Interface UCS-SCU GUI Home Page Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 5.0...

  • Page 21: Viewing Server Inventory

    Displays the vendor, version, physical ID, size, capacity, and boot order of the BIOS on your server. Displays the IP address, MAC address, firmware version, and IPMI version of the CMC on your server. Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release5.0...

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    Chapter 4 Viewing Server Inventory Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release5.0...

  • Page 23: Viewing Server Health

    Details pane. Note The message column in the server health pane displays the first issue corresponding to the subsystem. If the subsystem has multiple issues, they will appear in the Server Health Details pane. Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 5.0...

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    Chapter 5 Viewing Server Health Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 5.0...

  • Page 25: Installing Operating Systems

    RAID logical arrays without additional load driver steps or devices such as the USB. UCS-SCU supports operating system installation only on virtual disks, and solid state disk (SSD) in AHCI mode. Installation on physical disks is not supported. All UCS-SCU supported operating systems are organized into three groups: Windows, Linux and RHEL.

  • Page 26: Basic Configuration

    Enter Initiator IP Address. This IP address is bound to the selected Interface and used for iSCSI operations Subnet Mask field Subnet mask for the Initiator IP. Gateway IP field Gateway IP address. Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 5.0...

  • Page 27: Network Settings

    CMC. We recommend that you set different IP addresses for the operating system and CMC. The network interface column lists each network adapter detected by the UCS-SCU. Your operating system may have a different name for the interface after you install the operating system.

  • Page 28: Other Os Install

    Table 6-2 shows the default parameters that are displayed in the Default Settings area for the Windows Table 6-2 Default Parameters (for Windows) Parameter Default Value Time Zone Central American Standard Time Name admin Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 5.0...

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    All drivers will be installed from the SCU boot media Disk Details Disk Name Disk Size Depends on logical disks Partition Details Drive Letter File System ext3 Size (MB) Depends on logical disks Drive Letter File System linux-swap Size (MB) 2048 Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 5.0...

  • Page 30: Custom Install

    OS Installation cannot be done as no logical disks found in the system. Please use RAID Configuration to create logical disks. Custom Install The Custom Install option allows you to customize the default settings. Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 5.0...

  • Page 31: Windows Server Operating System Installation

    Click Install. A progress bar is displayed that indicates the tasks being performed and the percentage of completion. An OS Install dialog box appears which prompts you to remove the UCS-SCU media and insert the required operating system CD. Step 6 Insert the operating system CD and click Ok.

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    To create a new partition, do the following: • Choose a free space and click New. A Create Partition dialog box is displayed. • In the Create Partition dialog box, do the following: Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 5.0...

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    CMC. We recommend that you set different IP addresses for the operating system and CMC. The network interface column lists each network adapter detected by the UCS-SCU. Your operating system may have a different name for the interface after you install the operating system.

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    Click OK. Installation Drivers UCS-SCU displays all available drivers downloaded from the driver source. Deselect the drivers that you do not want to install. If you want to install an operating system on a RAID volume, select the driver for the appropriate RAID controller.

  • Page 35: Table

    “Configuring a Network” section on page 3-4 In the User Name field, enter the cisco.com username. The maximum limit is 45 characters. In the Password field, enter the cisco.com password. The maximum limit is 45 characters. Step 3 In the Select Device Packages dialog box, select the required driver package and click OK.

  • Page 36: Linux Server Series Operating System Installation

    Installation Partitions— To set the installation partition settings, go to Installation Partitions, page 6-8. • Package Selection—To set the package selection settings, go to Package Selection, page 6-13. • Network Settings—To set the network settings, go to Network Settings, page 6-13. Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 5.0 6-12...

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    An OS Install dialog box appears. Step 5 Click Ok. Step 6 Remove the UCS-SCU media and insert the required operating system CD. Basic Configuration To configure the basic configuration settings, follow these steps: Step 1 Click Basic Configuration to open the corresponding window.

  • Page 38: Suse Linux Server Operating System Installation

    An OS Install dialog box appears. Step 5 Click Ok. Step 6 Remove the UCS-SCU media and insert the required operating system CD. Basic Configuration To configure the basic configuration settings, follow these steps: Step 1 Click Basic Configuration to open the corresponding window.

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    In the Subnet Mask field, enter the subnet IPv4 address. – In the Gateway field, enter the gateway IPv4 address. – In the DNS field, enter the DNS IPv4 address. • Click OK. Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 5.0 6-15...

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    Chapter 6 Installing Operating Systems Other OS Install Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 5.0 6-16...

  • Page 41: Configuring Raid Levels

    You can use the RAID Configuration functionality to configure the on-board or PCIe supported RAID controller cards. If your system has multiple RAID controllers, UCS-SCU displays a list of all available RAID cards, and physical and logical disks on the RAID Configuration page.

  • Page 42: Logical Disks Table

    The sum of all the stripes equals the stripe size. Read policy No Read Ahead, Read Ahead, Adaptive. Read Ahead will read additional consecutive stripes. Adaptive will turn on Read Ahead for sequential reads and turn it off for random reads. Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 5.0 OL-32096-01...

  • Page 43: Configuring Raid Arrays

    The physical disks information is displayed in the Physical Disks table. • The status of the physical disks that are part of the drive group changes to Online and the status of the backup physical disk changes to Hot spare. Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 5.0 OL-32096-01...

  • Page 44: Automatic Setup Without Redundancy

    Configuring RAID Levels RAID Configuration Automatic Setup without Redundancy Automatic setup without redundancy requires one or more hard drives. UCS-SCU creates RAID 0 with this option. Note This option does not work, if number of HDDs are more than thirty-two.

  • Page 45: Single-level Raid Configuration

    Nested RAID levels have primary and secondary RAID levels. You need to create a minimum of two drive groups in nested RAID levels and the drive groups should have the same number of physical disks. To configure nested RAID levels, follow these steps: Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 5.0 OL-32096-01...

  • Page 46: Clearing Raid Arrays

    This section contains the following topics: • Deleting All the Virtual Disks, page 7-6 • Deleting Single or Multiple Disks, page 7-7 Deleting All the Virtual Disks To clear up all the disks, follow these steps: Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 5.0 OL-32096-01...

  • Page 47: Deleting Single Or Multiple Disks

    Select the logical disk to be deleted. The physical disks that are part of the logical disk is displayed at the bottom of the dialog box. Note If you delete a logical disk, all the information stored in the disk will be inaccessible. Step 3 Click Delete. Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 5.0 OL-32096-01...

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    Chapter 7 Configuring RAID Levels RAID Configuration Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility, Release 5.0 OL-32096-01...

  • Page 49: Troubleshooting

    Timer feature automatically reboots or powers off the server after the specified time duration. Before you begin the OS installation process, disable the Watchdog Timer feature. • UCS-SCU displays the following message even after mapping the virtual USB or connecting the physical USB: No USB Disk on Key detected –...

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    LSI 2008 controller is viewed in the UCS-SCU. Both LSI embedded MegaRAID and LSI 2008 are not supported together in the UCS-SCU. If you have both, then only LSI 2008 gets detected. Remove the controller for the LSI embedded MegaRAID to get detected.

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