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Cisco UCS Manager – Master Sheet

This article will explain the Cisco UCS B-Series setup from the scratch . As you know that Cisco UCS is highly customizable and I have demonstrated  one of the way of UCS deployment. This may vary for each environment but  Cisco UCS beginners can use this article since it explains from where to start and end. Once you have setup the UCS chassis and UCS Fabrics , you can follow the below listed articles to boot the first Blade on the UCS environment.

 

1. Learn more about the Mezzanine card which plays a huge role on Cisco UCS domain.  This article will explains that how the card works.

Mezzanine card
Mezzanine card

 

2. This article will explains more about Cisco UCS B-series architecture and how the components are interconnected.

Cisco UCS - B - Series Environment
Cisco UCS – B – Series Environment

 

3. This article will explains more about Fabric interconnects and clustering between FI’s.

FIs Cluster
FIs Cluster

 

4. This article explains about discovering the UCS chassis on the FI’s (UCS Manager).

Discovering UCS Chassis
Discovering UCS Chassis

 

5. Configure the LAN uplinks port  and port channels to provide the external LAN connectivity.

Configure LAN uplinks

 

6. Configure the FC uplinks ports and port channel to provide the external SAN connectivity.

Configure the FC uplinks
Configure the FC uplinks

 

7. Configuring the Fabric interconnect ports. You need to decide what are the ports should be act as FC ports and Ethernet ports.

Configure FIs Ports – FC or Ethernet

 

8. Configure the KVM IP Pool for the Blades. 

KVM IP Pool
KVM IP Pool

 

9. Create the sub-organization , Server Pool and UUID suffix Pool.

Server Pool Creation
Server Pool Creation

 

10. Create the MAC Pool  for Blade servers.

MAC Pool for FI-A & FI-B
MAC Pool for FI-A & FI-B

 

11. Configure the WWNN & WWPN pools. 

WWNN Pools & WWPN Pools
WWNN Pools & WWPN Pools

 

12. Configure the network control policy , vLANs & vSANs.

VLAN
VLAN

 

13. Create the vNIC & vHBA templates.

vHBA template
vHBA template

 

14.  Create the BIOS , BOOT , Maintenance polices.

Boot Policy
Boot Policy

 

15. Create the service profile template.

Service Profile Template
Service Profile Template

 

16. Create and associate the service profile to the blades.

Associate the service profile
Associate the service profile

 

 

At this point , you have started using the Cisco UCS blades. The below listed links will be helpful for UCS domain administration.

1. Generating & downloading the UCS TechSupport Files. 

2. Configuring the call home facility on UCS Manager. 

3. Configuring NTP & Configuration Backup of UCS domain.

 

Hope you have enjoyed the UCS journey.  Please leave a feedback here.

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