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Cisco UCS – How to Create Boot & BIOS Policies ?

In Cisco UCS B-Series servers , you can configure multiple BIOS polices for same blade. But in the real world , we are not going to use the multiple BIOS policy for same blade.  If you didn’t configure any BIOS policy , Blades will automatically take the default BIOS policy and it boots. If the configuration change is made via a BIOS policy or via default BIOS settings, the UCS manager immediately pushes these changes to the CIMC buffer. These changes take effect once the server is rebooted.  In the first part of article ,we will see that how to create the BIOS policy .

 

BIOS Policy:

1. Login to UCS manager .

2. Go to the “Servers” tab, then “Policies->root->Sub-Organizations->BIOS Policies”.

Create BIOS policy
Create BIOS policy

 

3. Enter the BIOS policy name and description . Please loot at other options carefully and change if required.

Create BIOS policy
Create BIOS policy

 

4. In this window , you can customize the processor settings.  Click next to continue.

Create BIOS policy
Create BIOS policy

 

5. Check the Direct I/O settings.

Create BIOS policy
Create BIOS policy

 

6. Specify the Memory settings.

Create BIOS policy
Create BIOS policy

 

7. Specify the serial port settings.

Create BIOS policy
Create BIOS policy

 

8. Specify the USB settings.

Create BIOS policy
Create BIOS policy

 

9.  Change the PCI settings if required.

Create BIOS policy
Create BIOS policy

 

10 . Specify the QPI settings.

Create BIOS policy
Create BIOS policy

 

11. Here the PCIe settings.

Create BIOS policy
Create BIOS policy

 

12. Specify the boot options.

Create BIOS policy
Create BIOS policy

 

13.  Here you can customize the console re-direction.

Create BIOS policy
Create BIOS policy

 

Once you have click Finish , it will create the BIOS policy and you will get message like below.

Create BIOS policy
Create BIOS policy

 

14.  The newly created BIOS policy will look like below.

Create BIOS policy
Create BIOS policy

 

We have successfully created the BIOS policy.

 

Maintenance policy:

1. Select the Maintenance policy – > Right click – > Click on “Create Maintenance Policy” .

Maintanence Policy
Maintenance Policy

 

2. Enter the Policy name and specify the reboot policy.

Maintanence Policy
Maintenance Policy

 

 

Once the policy will be created, you will get pop-up like below.

Maintanence Policy
Maintenance Policy

 

Local Disk Policy:

1. Select the “Local Disk Config Policies” -> Right click – > Click on ” Create Local Disk Configuration Policy”.

Local Disk Policy
Local Disk Policy

 

2. Enter the policy name and Mode of the disks. Here I have selected RAID 1.

Local Disk Policy
Local Disk Policy

 

Once the policy has been created, you will get pop-up like below.

Local Disk Policy
Local Disk Policy

 

Creating the BIOS Policy:

1. Go to the “Servers” tab, then “Policies->root->Sub-Organizations->Boot Policy”. Right-click “Boot Policy” and select “Create Boot Policy”.

Cisco UCS boot Policy
Cisco UCS boot Policy

 

2. Enter the policy name and select the local devices for CDROM & Local Disk.

Cisco UCS boot Policy
Cisco UCS boot Policy

 

Once the policy is created successfully, you will get pop-up like below.

Cisco UCS boot Policy
Cisco UCS boot Policy

 

We have successfully created BIOS, Maintenance , Local disk and boot policies . But these are not yet applied to the blades. We will be calling these policy during the service profile creation. Stay tuned  with UnixArena.

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