The appliance UCS Manager will load the configuration stored in the ‘Start-up Inventory’. On deployment and with no changes, this only contains 2 x Fabrix Interconnects, 1 x Chassis and 8 x Server. That configuration can be added to or modified by a drag-and-drop interface in the Hardware Inventory. To access this, select the ‘Hardware Inventory’ option on the appliance control panel inside the web interface.
In a previous post, I discussed the process for migrating and installing the UCS-PE v2.0 into a vSphere environment. In this post, we will look at configuring and initial usage of the environment.
Following deployment, the VM may or may not have booted with a DHCP IP address. We’ll take up the story there:
Configuring UCSPE v2.0:
1. Launch vClient and open the console to the UCSPE virtual machine.
2. The initial username and password for the appliance are: u: config, p: config. Login to the appliance using these credentials. [Read more...]
As part of a dual-purpose task of a production UCS system and research & development of UCS workflows using Orchestrator, I have deployed the recently released Cisco UCS Platform Emulator v2.0. Released on 18th November, the platform emulator is available for download here, with document here.
The platform is downloadable as a 7zip archive, and needs a (free) Cisco Developer Network account.
- The 7zip archive contains VMDK files that can be used with Workstation or Fusion, but need some additional steps to get it to work in a vSphere environment.
- To install in vSphere, the VMDK files need to be processed with VMware Converter Standalone, then deployed to vCenter directly.
Note: For this post, we will be installing to a vSphere 5 deployment, and assume you have VMware Converter installed on your vCenter server. If your environment differs from this, this guide might need changing slightly. [Read more...]