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Cisco UCS vCenter Plugin User Guide, Release 0.9.

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First Published: February 19, 2014
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C ONT E NT S
C H A P T E R 1 Overview 1
About the Cisco UCS vCenter Plugin 1
System Requirements 1
C H A P T E R 2 Installing the Plugin and Registering UCS Domains 3
Installing the vCenter Plugin 3
Registering UCS Domains 4
C H A P T E R 3 Viewing Information Using the Plugin 7
Viewing the UCS Domain Details 7
Viewing the Chassis Details 8
Viewing the Fabric Interconnect Details 9
Viewing the Non ESX Server Details 10
Viewing the ESX Server Details 11
Viewing the Fabric Extender Details 12
C H A P T E R 4 Performing Actions Using the Plugin 15
Performing Actions Using the Plugin 15
ESX and Non ESX Server Actions 16
Creating Service Profiles for ESX or Non-ESX Servers 16
Managing BIOS Policies 17
Associating Service Profiles with the Servers 17
Managing Host Firmware Pack 18
Disassociating a Service Profile from a ESX or Non ESX Server 18
Service Profile Templates Actions 19
Managing Host Firmware Pack 19
Managing Server Pools 20
Service Profile Actions 20
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Managing Host Firmware Pack 20
UCS Domain Actions 21
Reloading UCS Domain Inventory 21
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Contents
C HAP T E R 1
Overview
This chapter includes the following sections:
About the Cisco UCS vCenter Plugin, page 1
System Requirements, page 1
About the Cisco UCS vCenter Plugin
Cisco UCS vCenter plugin is a VMware vSphere web client plugin, which enables virtualization administrator
to view, manage and monitor the Cisco UCS physical infrastructure. The plugin provides a physical view of
the UCS hardware inventory on the web client. You can perform the following tasks using the plugin:
Viewing Cisco UCS physical hierarchy.
Viewing inventory, installed firmware, faults, power and temperature statistics for each server or ESX
host.
Mapping the ESX host to the physical server.
Launching the Cisco UCS Manager GUI.
Launching the KVM consoles of UCS servers.
Switching the existing state of the locator LEDs.
Performing key Cisco UCS Manager actions.
System Requirements
Before installing Cisco UCS vCenter plugin, ensure the system meets or exceeds the following minimum
software requirements:
VMware PowerCLI 5.1 or higher to run the registration tool.
VMware vCenter 5.1 or higher.
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VMware vSphere web client 5.x and its pre-requisites. For information on VMware vSphere web client
pre-requisites refer, http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_
US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2005083
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Overview
System Requirements
C HAP T E R 2
Installing the Plugin and Registering UCS
Domains
This chapter includes the following sections:
Installing the vCenter Plugin, page 3
Registering UCS Domains, page 4
Installing the vCenter Plugin
Perform the following steps to unregister the previous version and install and register the current version of
the vCenter plugin:
If you do not have the any previous versions of the plugin installed, ignore steps 3-5. Note
Before You Begin
Install VMware PowerCLI 5.1 or higher to run the registration tool.
Install VMware vCenter 5.1 or higher.
Install VMware vSphere web client 5.x and its pre-requisites. For information on VMware vSphere web
client pre-requisites refer, http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_
US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2005083
Procedure
Step 1 Download the plugin and registration tool zip files available at: https://communities.cisco.com/docs/DOC-37175
.
Step 2 Unzip the registration tool and double-click to launch it.
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Cisco UCS Plugin Registration Tool screen appears.
Step 3 To remove the previous version of the plugin, Select Unregister Plugin.
Step 4 Enter the following:
IP/Hostname - IP or hostname of the vCenter.
Username - vCenter user name.
Password - vCenter password.
Step 5 Click Submit.
The previous version of the plugin is now unregistered.
Step 6 To register the new plugin, perform the following:
IP/Hostname - IP or hostname of the vCenter.
Username - vCenter user name.
Password - vCenter password.
Plugin location:
If Cisco Communities is reachable fromthe machine on which the vSphere Web Client is installed,
select Cisco Communities
If you have hosted the plugin zip file on your own HTTP or HTTPS server, select Enter Plugin
URL. Enter the HTTPS/HTTP URL of the plugin zip file. For example,
https://10.1x.1x.1/plugins/ucs/ucs-vcplugin-0.9.2.zip
Step 7 Click Submit.
The vCenter plugin is successfully registered.
Registering UCS Domains
Using the vSphere web client, you can register UCS domains. You also can edit the details, unregister and
re-register the previously registered UCS domains.
The following procedure explains how to register UCS domains:
Procedure
Step 1 Launch the vSphere web client.
Step 2 Under the Home tab, double-click Cisco UCS.
Cisco UCS Management Center view appears.
Step 3 Click Register.
Register UCS Domain pop-up appears.
Step 4 Enter the following:
UCS Hostname/IP - IP address or the host name of the UCS domain.
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Registering UCS Domains
Username - UCS domain username.
Password - UCS domain password.
Port - Port number.
SSL - To use a secure connection to Cisco UCS Manager
Step 5 Click OK.
UCS domain is registered and appears on the list of Registered UCS Domains.
Cisco UCS Management Center also provides the following options:
Description Button
Allows you to unregister a UCS domain. Unregister
Allows you to edit a UCS domain. Edit
Allows you to re-register a UCS domain. Re-register
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C HAP T E R 3
Viewing Information Using the Plugin
This chapter includes the following sections:
Viewing the UCS Domain Details, page 7
Viewing the Chassis Details, page 8
Viewing the Fabric Interconnect Details, page 9
Viewing the Non ESX Server Details, page 10
Viewing the ESX Server Details, page 11
Viewing the Fabric Extender Details, page 12
Viewing the UCS Domain Details
This section describes step to view the details of the registered Cisco UCS domains using the UCS vCenter
plugin.
Procedure
Step 1 Launch the vSphere Web Client.
Step 2 Click vCenter.
Step 3 Under Cisco UCS Domains, click UCS Domains.
A list of all the registered UCS domains appear.
Step 4 Select the domain for which you want view the details.
On the right pane of the window, you can view the following UCS Domain information:
Description Name
Displays high level UCS domain information. Summary tab
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Description Name
The manage tab displays the following information:
Service profiles, service profile templates, server
pools and host firmware packages and related
information on their respective tabs.
Displays the Manage Host Firmware Pack
action supported on the service profile tab.
Displays the following actions supported on the
service profile template tab:
Manage Host Firmware Pack
Manage Server Pool
Manage tab
Displays the chassis, rack mounts and fabric
interconnects associated with the domain on their
respective tabs.
Related Objects tab
Viewing the Chassis Details
The following section explains how to view chassis related information using the vCenter plugin.
Procedure
Step 1 Launch the vSphere Web Client.
Step 2 Click vCenter.
Step 3 Under Cisco UCS Domains, click UCS Domains.
A list of all the registered UCS domains appears.
Step 4 Select a domain.
Step 5 Click Chassis.
A list of all the chassis associated with the UCS domain appears.
Step 6 Select a chassis from the list for which you want view the details.
On the right pane of the window, you can view the following chassis information:
Description Name
Displays high level chassis information. Summary tab
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Viewing the Chassis Details
Description Name
The manage tab displays the following information:
The associated PSUs and related information
on the PSU tab.
The associated Input/output modules and related
information on the IO Modules tab.
The fan modules and related information on the
Fan tab.
Manage tab
Displays the ESXand non ESXservers, and the UCS
domain with which the chassis is associated, on their
respective tabs.
Related Objects tab
Viewing the Fabric Interconnect Details
The following section explains how to view fabric interconnect related information using the vCenter plugin.
Procedure
Step 1 Launch the vSphere Web Client.
Step 2 Click vCenter.
Step 3 Under Cisco UCS Domains, click UCS Domains.
A list of all the registered UCS domains appears.
Step 4 Select a domain.
Step 5 Click Fabric Interconnect.
A list of all the fabric interconnect associated with the UCS domain appears.
Step 6 Select a fabric interconnect from the list for which you want view the details.
On the right pane of the window, you can view the following fabric interconnect information:
Description Name
Displays high level fabric interconnect information. Summary tab
The manage tab displays the following information:
The associated PSUs and related information
on the PSU tab.
The fan modules and related information on the
Fan tab.
Manage tab
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Viewing the Fabric Interconnect Details
Description Name
Displays the UCS domain with which the fabric
interconnect is associated on their respective tabs.
Related Objects tab
Viewing the Non ESX Server Details
You can view the non ESX server information for the c-series servers under the rack mounts and the blade
servers under the chassis. The following section explains how to view the non ESX server related information
using the vCenter plugin for either rack mounts or chassis.
Procedure
Step 1 Launch the vSphere Web Client.
Step 2 Click vCenter.
Step 3 Under Cisco UCS Domains, click UCS Domains.
A list of all the registered UCS domains appears.
Step 4 Select a domain.
Step 5 Click Rack Mounts or Chassis.
A list of all the rack mounts or chassis associated with the UCS domain appears.
Step 6 Select a rack mount or chassis.
Step 7 Click Non ESX Servers.
A list of all the non ESX servers associated with the rack mount or chassis appears.
Step 8 Select a server from the list for which you want view the details.
On the right pane of the window, you can view the following server information:
Description Name
Displays the UCS server UUID, associated service
profile, serial number, and so on. It also has the
following action buttons:
Launch KVM - You can launch the KVM
console by clicking on this button.
Launch UCSM - You can launch the Cisco
UCS Manager with which the server is
registered by clicking on this button.
Turn Locator LED On - You can turn the
locator LEDon or off by clicking on this button.
Summary tab
Displays the UCS server inventory and firmware
management information.
Manage tab
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Viewing the Non ESX Server Details
Description Name
Displays faults' information, power and temperature
statistics.
Monitor tab
Displays information about the chassis or the rack
mount they are associated with.
Related Objects tab
Viewing the ESX Server Details
You can view the ESX server information for the c-series servers under the rack mounts and the blade servers
under the chassis. The following section explains how to view the ESX server related information using the
vCenter plugin for either rack mounts or chassis.
Procedure
Step 1 Launch the vSphere Web Client.
Step 2 Click vCenter.
Step 3 Under Cisco UCS Domains, click UCS Domains.
A list of all the registered UCS domains appears.
Step 4 Select a domain.
Step 5 Click Rack Mounts or Chassis.
A list of all the rack mounts or chassis associated with the UCS domain appears.
Step 6 Select a rack mount or chassis.
Step 7 Click ESX Servers.
A list of all the ESX servers associated with the rack mount or chassis appears.
Step 8 Select a server from the list for which you want view the details.
On the right pane of the window, you can view the following server information:
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Viewing the ESX Server Details
Description Name
Displays high level server information related to
hardware, configuration, health status and the Cisco
UCS information.
The Cisco UCS information includes UUID,
associated service profile, serial number, action
buttons and so on. It also has the following action
buttons:
Launch KVM - You can launch the KVM
console by clicking on this button.
Launch UCSM - You can launch the Cisco
UCS Manager with which the server is
registered by clicking on this button.
Turn Locator LED On - You can turn the
locator LEDon or off by clicking on this button.
Summary tab
The manage tab displays the following information:
ESX server related information, such as
networking, storage, alarm definitions, tags,
permissions and settings information on their
respective tabs.
The Cisco UCS tab displays the UCS server
inventory and firmware management
information.
Manage tab
Displays faults' information, and power and
temperature statistics.
Monitor tab
Displays related information on chassis or the rack
mount.
Related Objects tab
Viewing the Fabric Extender Details
The following section explains how to view fabric extender related information using the vCenter plugin.
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Viewing the Fabric Extender Details
Procedure
Step 1 Launch the vSphere Web Client.
Step 2 Click vCenter.
Step 3 Under Cisco UCS Domains, click UCS Domains.
A list of all the registered UCS domains appears.
Step 4 Select a domain.
Step 5 Click Rack Mounts.
A list of all the rack mounts associated with the UCS domain appears.
Step 6 Select a rack mount.
Step 7 Click FEX.
On the right pane of the window, you can view the following fabric extender information:
Description Name
Displays high level fabric extender information. Summary tab
The manage tab displays the following information:
The associated PSUs and related information
on the PSU tab.
The associated Input/output modules and related
information on the IO Modules tab.
The fan modules and related information on the
Fan tab.
Manage tab
Displays the rack mount with which the fabric
extender is associated.
Related Objects tab
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C HAP T E R 4
Performing Actions Using the Plugin
This chapter includes the following sections:
Performing Actions Using the Plugin, page 15
ESX and Non ESX Server Actions, page 16
Service Profile Templates Actions, page 19
Service Profile Actions, page 20
UCS Domain Actions, page 21
Performing Actions Using the Plugin
Cisco UCS vCenter plugin enables you to perform various actions on the servers, UCS domains, service
profiles and service profile templates. The actions that you can performare available, based on the association
state of the servers and your user privileges. Before executing any action, an impact analysis is performed.
Based on the result of the analysis, you are prompted to cancel or continue with the action.
You can perform the following actions on various components that can be managed using the plugin:
ESX and non ESX servers:
Create service profiles for servers - allows you to create hardware or template based server profiles.
Manage BIOS policy - allows you to modify BIOS policy for a server.
Associate service profile - allows you to associate service profile for a server.
Manage firmware host pack - allows you to change host firmware pack for a server.
Disassociate service profile - allows you to disassociate service profile from a server.
UCS domains: Reload UCS Domain - allows you to reload the physical inventory of a UCS domain.
Service profile templates:
Manage host firmware pack - allows you to change host firmware pack for a service profile template.
Manage Server Pools - allows you to change server pools.
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Service profiles: Manage firmware host pack - allows you to change firmware host pack for a service
profile.
The following sections describe how to perform the available actions.
ESX and Non ESX Server Actions
Creating Service Profiles for ESX or Non-ESX Servers
Perform the following steps to create a service profile:
Procedure
Step 1 Launch the vSphere Web Client.
Step 2 Click vCenter.
Step 3 Under Cisco UCS Domains, click UCS Domains.
A list of all the registered UCS domains appears.
Step 4 Select a domain.
Step 5 Click Rack Mounts or Chassis.
A list of all the rack mounts or chassis associated with the UCS domain appears.
Step 6 Select a rack mount or chassis.
Step 7 Click ESX Servers or Non ESX Servers.
A list of all the ESX or non ESX servers associated with the rack mount or chassis appears.
Step 8 Select a server and right-click.
For ESX servers, right-click and select All Cisco UCS vCenter Plugin Actions.
Step 9 Click Create Service Profile for Server.
Create Service Profile for Server screen appears.
Step 10 In the Create Service Profile for Server, perform the following:
Create Service Profile in Organization - Choose an organization from the drop-down menu.
Select Hardware Based Service Profile or Template Based Service Profile.
If you have chosen Hardware Based Service Profile, enter the following:
Name of the service profile.
Select Create Default vNICs or Create Default vHBAs.
Click OK.
If you have chosen Template Based Service Profile, enter the following:
Name of the service profile.
Select a service profile template form the drop-down menu.
Click OK.
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This creates a service profile and associates it with the chosen server.
Managing BIOS Policies
Perform the following steps to manage a BIOS policy for a server:
Procedure
Step 1 Launch the vSphere Web Client.
Step 2 Click vCenter.
Step 3 Under Cisco UCS Domains, click UCS Domains.
A list of all the registered UCS domains appears.
Step 4 Select a domain.
Step 5 Click Rack Mounts or Chassis.
A list of all the rack mounts or chassis associated with the UCS domain appears.
Step 6 Select a rack mount or chassis.
Step 7 Click ESX Servers or Non ESX Servers.
A list of all the ESX or non ESX servers associated with the rack mount or chassis appears.
Step 8 Select a server and right-click.
Step 9 Click Manage BIOS Policy.
Manage BIOS Policy screen appears.
Step 10 In the Manage BIOS Policy screen, select a BIOS Policy from the drop-down menu.
Step 11 Click Save Changes.
Step 12 To change the BIOS parameters, click on BIOS Policy Instance link.
BIOS Policy screen appears.
Step 13 Make the necessary changes to the BIOS parameters and click Save Changes.
You can associate a BIOS policy to multiple servers, if you make changes to the policy, changes will
apply to all the associated servers.
Note
Associating Service Profiles with the Servers
Perform the following steps to associate a service profile with a server:
Procedure
Step 1 Launch the vSphere Web Client.
Step 2 Click vCenter.
Step 3 Under Cisco UCS Domains, click UCS Domains.
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A list of all the registered UCS domains appears.
Step 4 Select a domain.
Step 5 Click Rack Mounts or Chassis.
A list of all the rack mounts or chassis associated with the UCS domain appears.
Step 6 Select a rack mount or chassis.
Step 7 Click ESX Servers or Non ESX Servers.
A list of all the ESX or non ESX servers associated with the rack mount or chassis appears.
Step 8 Select a server and right-click.
Step 9 Click Associate Service Profile.
Associate Service Profile screen appears.
Step 10 In the Associate Service Profile screen, select Available Service Profiles or All Service Profiles.
A list of service profiles appears.
Step 11 Select a service profile from the list and click OK.
The chosen service profile is associated with the server.
Managing Host Firmware Pack
Perform the following steps to manage firmware host packs for servers:
Procedure
Step 1 Launch the vSphere Web Client.
Step 2 Click vCenter.
Step 3 Under Cisco UCS Domains, click UCS Domains.
A list of all the registered UCS domains appears.
Step 4 Select a domain.
Step 5 On the right pane of the screen:
For service profile templates, click Manage > Service Profile Template.
For service profiles, click Manage > Service Profile.
Step 6 Click Actions and select Manage Firmware Host Pack.
Manage Firmware Host Pack screen appears.
Step 7 In the Manage Firmware Host Pack screen, select a firmware host pack from the drop-down menu.
Step 8 Click Save Changes.
Disassociating a Service Profile from a ESX or Non ESX Server
Perform the following steps to disassociate a service profile from a server:
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Procedure
Step 1 Launch the vSphere Web Client.
Step 2 Click vCenter.
Step 3 Under Cisco UCS Domains, click UCS Domains.
A list of all the registered UCS domains appears.
Step 4 Select a domain.
Step 5 Click Rack Mounts or Chassis.
A list of all the rack mounts or chassis associated with the UCS domain appears.
Step 6 Select a rack mount or chassis.
Step 7 Click ESX Servers or Non ESX Servers.
A list of all the ESX or non ESX servers associated with the rack mount or chassis appears.
Step 8 Select a server and right-click.
Step 9 Click Disassociate Service Profile.
Step 10 In the Disassociate Service Profile screen, select the service profile and click OK.
The service profile is disassociated from the server.
Service Profile Templates Actions
Managing Host Firmware Pack
Perform the following steps to manage firmware host packs for servers:
Procedure
Step 1 Launch the vSphere Web Client.
Step 2 Click vCenter.
Step 3 Under Cisco UCS Domains, click UCS Domains.
A list of all the registered UCS domains appears.
Step 4 Select a domain.
Step 5 On the right pane of the screen:
For service profile templates, click Manage > Service Profile Template.
For service profiles, click Manage > Service Profile.
Step 6 Click Actions and select Manage Firmware Host Pack.
Manage Firmware Host Pack screen appears.
Step 7 In the Manage Firmware Host Pack screen, select a firmware host pack from the drop-down menu.
Step 8 Click Save Changes.
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Managing Server Pools
Perform the following steps to manage server pools:
Procedure
Step 1 Launch the vSphere Web Client.
Step 2 Click vCenter.
Step 3 Under Cisco UCS Domains, click UCS Domains.
A list of all the registered UCS domains appears.
Step 4 Select a domain.
Step 5 On the right pane of the screen, click Manage > Service Profile Templates
Step 6 Click Actions and select Manage Server Pools.
Associated Server Pools pop-up appears.
Step 7 Click Associate with Server Pool.
Associate with Server Pool pop-up appears.
Step 8 Select Pool Assignment and Server Pool Qualification from the respective drop-down menus.
Step 9 Click OK.
Service Profile Actions
Managing Host Firmware Pack
Perform the following steps to manage firmware host packs for servers:
Procedure
Step 1 Launch the vSphere Web Client.
Step 2 Click vCenter.
Step 3 Under Cisco UCS Domains, click UCS Domains.
A list of all the registered UCS domains appears.
Step 4 Select a domain.
Step 5 On the right pane of the screen:
For service profile templates, click Manage > Service Profile Template.
For service profiles, click Manage > Service Profile.
Step 6 Click Actions and select Manage Firmware Host Pack.
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Manage Firmware Host Pack screen appears.
Step 7 In the Manage Firmware Host Pack screen, select a firmware host pack from the drop-down menu.
Step 8 Click Save Changes.
UCS Domain Actions
Reloading UCS Domain Inventory
Perform the following steps to reload a UCS domain inventory:
Procedure
Step 1 Launch the vSphere Web Client.
Step 2 Click vCenter.
Step 3 Under Cisco UCS Domains, click UCS Domains.
A list of all the registered UCS domains appears.
Step 4 Select a domain and right-click.
Step 5 Select Reload UCS Domain.
Reloads the UCS domain inventory.
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