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How to Create Service Profile Template on Cisco UCS ?

Service profile concept has been extracted from virtual machine and applying it for physical servers in UCS. When you configure VM , you need to specify LAN and SAN access, I/O configurations, firmware versions (Hardware version), boot order, network VLAN and physical port. Cisco Unified computing is going to allow the exactly same characteristics of VM for physical servers with the help of mezzanine card.  This will help to re-provision the servers in quick time.  Prior to creating the service profile template, we need to create all the appropriate policies, pools and interface templates.

 

Creating Service Profile Template:

 

1. Login to UCS manager.

2. Navigate to “Servers” tab – > Service Profile Templates – > root – > Sub organization – > Select ESXi pool . From the action , click on “Create Service profile templates”.

Note: ESXi-pool sub-organization has been created earlier.

create service profile template - UCS
create service profile template – UCS

 

3. Enter the service profile template name. In the radio button, select ” Updating template” .  From the UUID assignment , select the UUID pool which we have created earlier.

create service profile template - UCS
create service profile template – UCS

 

4. In the Radio button , choose LAN connectivity as “Expert”. Click on “Add” to specify one or more vNICs.  Here i am planning to add 6 vNICs (3 for Fabric A & 3 for Fabric B)

create service profile template
create service profile template

 

5. The first vNIC should go to the Fabric A. Select ” Use vNIC Template” and from the drop down list , select the vNIC template for Fabric A. This vNIC template has been created earlier.

create service profile template - UCS
create service profile template – UCS

 

6. The Second vNIC should go through the Fabric B.

create service profile template - UCS
create service profile template – UCS

 

Repeat the same for another couple of vNIC’s per vNIC templates.

 

7. Once you have added the all the 6 vNICs , you can  see the listed  vNICs like below.

create service profile template - UCS
create service profile template – UCS

 

8. Select the local disk configuration policy.  This local disk policy has been created earlier. Refer this Link.

create service profile template - UCS
create service profile template – UCS

 

9. In the radio button , choose “Expert” for configuring SAN connectivity . From the World wide Node name , Select the WWNN pool which we have created earlier.  Click on “Add” to create vHBA’s.

create service profile template  - UCS
create service profile template – UCS

 

10 . Enter the first vHBA name and select “Use vHBA Template”  . From the dropdown list , select the vHBA template ,we have created earlier.

create service profile template - UCS
create service profile template – UCS

 

11. Create one more vHBA for Fabric B’s  vHBA template.

create service profile template  - UCS
create service profile template – UCS

 

12. Once you have added the both vHBA’s, it will list like below.

create service profile template - UCS
create service profile template – UCS

 

13. Skip “Zoning” , “vNIC/vHBA Placement” , “vMedia Policy”. (Click on Next with Defaults)

 

14. Specify the “Boot Policy ” which we have created earlier.

create service profile template  - UCS
create service profile template – UCS

 

15. Select the Maintenance policy which we have created earlier.

create service profile template  - UCS
create service profile template – UCS

 

 

16. Select the server pool for template assignment.

Create Service Profile Template - UCS
Create Service Profile Template – UCS

 

17. Select the BIOS policy which we have created earlier.

Create Service Profile Template  - UCS
Create Service Profile Template – UCS

 

Click “Finish” to create the new service profile template. Once its created successfully , you will get pop-up like below.

Create Service Profile Template - UCS
Create Service Profile Template – UCS

 

At this point ,we have just created the service profile template but yet to attach with any blades. In the next article , we will see the service profile association to the blades.

Hope this article is informative to you .

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2 comments

  1. Thank you, great help to learn the concept.

  2. Hi Team, Thanks a lot for providing step by step procedures for creating service profile. Please share the how to update firmware in UCS…

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