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Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide
Published March 18, 2011 Revised April 17, 2012

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com/en/US/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew. Related Documentation A roadmap that lists all documentation for Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) is available at the following URL: Cisco UCS B-Series Documentation Roadmap Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request For information on obtaining documentation. It also provides information on how to obtain related documentation and submit a service request. Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide OL-22763-02 v . at: http://www. and gathering additional information.Preface This preface describes the Cisco UCS B-Series Servers VMware Installation Guide. The RSS feeds are a free service and Cisco currently supports RSS Version 2. which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation.0.cisco. see the monthly What’s New in Cisco Product Documentation. submitting a service request. This guide contains procedures for installing VMware to an internal drive and to a bootable SAN-connected device.html Subscribe to the What’s New in Cisco Product Documentation as a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed and set content to be delivered directly to your desktop using a reader application.

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This section contains two topics: • • Prerequisites. Attach a KVM cable to the blade server’s front-panel console connector to provide the USB connector. but that method requires that you attach an external USB CD/DVD drive to the server targeted for installation. See the “Pre-Installation Service Profile Configuration Checklist” section on page 1-2 for a checklist of the minimum UCS configuration items required for this operating system installation. configure a LUN to which you will install the OS. • • If installing to one of the LSI RAID controllers.html Prerequisites The following items or actions are required before you begin this procedure: Note Refer to the licensing procedures for your VMware software at http://www. Note This document describes a procedure for installing the OS from an ISO image that you map as a virtual device. page 1-3 Note Not all optional hardware components are qualified for use with VMware at this time. VMware requires you to combine the licenses for multiple processors. For the exact VMware ESX versions and the hardware components supported on this server.com: http://www. A fully installed and configured UCS system. page 1-1 SAN Boot Installation.cisco.vmware. page 1-7 Installation on an Internal Drive This section describes how to install VMware vSphere ESX 4.Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide • OL-22763-02 1-1 . and any activation keys for this installation.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . The VMware installation ISO image (or CD/DVD). see the hardware and software interoperability matrix for the B-Series servers on Cisco.0 and required drivers on an internal drive by using the virtual media feature. page 1-1 Installation Procedure.com/en/US/products/ps10477/prod_technical_reference_list. c o m CH A P T E R 1 VMware vSphere ESX Installation This chapter contains two procedures: • • Installation on an Internal Drive.com/support/licensing/ before you begin this OS installation procedure. You can also install from a physical disk.

Otherwise. set MAC Security to allow. Use UCS Manager to configure pools that identify the physical and logical resources on your network. Select the boot policy that you created in step 7. For example. you can modify the boot policy that is associated with that service profile. For example. Note VMware installation might fail unless you disable port security for the target server’s vNIC in the UCS Manager service profile. For this installation. UUID suffixes. You select from these pools as you build the service profile for the server. If your server has an LSI MegaRAID controller. Install and cable the UCS system hardware to make the physical connections to your network. the UCS system uses WWN pools to identify available nodes and ports on FC HBAs.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . Associate each VSAN with a physical uplink port on each VSAN’s corresponding fabric interconnect. create a boot policy that defines the following boot order: a.” 7. A minimum checklist of the UCS preconfiguration actions that you must perform for this OS installation follows. as described below in step 7. 4. 3. A named VSAN creates a connection to a specific external SAN fabric. you associate the VSAN that you created for Fabric A with an available physical port on Fabric Interconnect A. CD-ROM b. The VMware installation process requires more than one MAC address. Detailed instructions for completing each item are beyond the scope of this document.Chapter 1 Installation on an Internal Drive VMware vSphere ESX Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . If you do not configure your LSI MegaRAID LUNs before installing the OS. Select the boot policy that you created in step 7. and management IP addresses. part 5 of the creation process is Server Boot Order. Use UCS Manager to configure any policies that you require to manage the server. c o m Pre-Installation Service Profile Configuration Checklist The installation-target server must have a configured service profile associated with that server. Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide 1-2 OL-22763-02 . Configure one named VSAN for each uplink fabric to which the target server is networked. Create a boot policy for this particular operating system installation. If you are using the Create Service Profile wizard. MAC addresses. Local disk 8. configure RAID settings for the drives in your system. If there is already an existing service profile associated with the target server. Information and instructions for configuring all of these items are described in the following documents: • • • Cisco UCS 5108 Server Chassis Installation Guide Cisco UCS Manager GUI Configuration Guide Cisco UCS Manager CLI Configuration Guide 1. The UCS system also allows you to define pools for servers. 2. Create a service profile for the target blade server. port security secures only the first MAC address and drops traffic that is sourced with a different MAC address. 6. disk discovery failures might occcur during the installation and you see error messages such as “No Device Found. 5. When configuring the network control policy for the vNIC. A specific boot policy is required. The service profile contains all of the information and settings that are applied to the server. Use UCS Manager to configure a Local Disk Configuration policy.

com and save the driver ISO files on a workstation such as a laptop. obtain the latest drivers for them from VMware. When the target server is rebooted. If your server has these cards. At this point. you can begin the OS installation procedure. then log in to UCS Manager using your administrator username and password. At the time of this publishing.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . CD-ROM b. Skip to Step 2. the settings in the service profile are assigned to it. page A-1.Chapter 1 VMware vSphere ESX Installation Installation on an Internal Drive Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . Your actual settings might differ. Installation Procedure To install the software. you do not need custom drivers. page 1-2): a. Determine whether you need custom drivers. follow these steps: Note The values and settings shown in the screen captures in this procedure are examples only. Click Launch. • • If your server does not have these cards. These cards are: – UCS M72KR-E converged network adapter (Emulex OneConnect 10GbE CNA) – UCS M72KR-Q converged network adapter (QLogic 8100 Series 10GbE CNA) Step 1 See How to Determine Which Devices Are Installed in Your Server. Associate the service profile that you created with the target server. only the latest add-on cards for these servers require custom drivers. Step 2 Verify that the UCS Manager service profile for the server includes a boot policy that has the boot order of devices described in the prerequisites for this procedure (Pre-Installation Service Profile Configuration Checklist. You will mount these ISOs as virtual devices during the VMware installation process. c o m 9. Local disk Step 3 Step 4 Use a browser to connect to the UCS Manager interface using your UCS Virtual Management IP address. Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide OL-22763-02 1-3 . in addition to the standard system drivers that are included with the operating system.

The Session Options window opens. The KVM console opens in a separate window. b. The ISO image is displayed as a device in the Client View pane. click the General tab. provide the path to your VMware installation image: a.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . e. Check the check box in the Mapped column for the media that you added. or by clicking Reset in the UCS Manager Work pane for the selected server. Click Add Image. c. Optional step: Set mouse acceleration if you experience laggy response when using the KVM window: a. Continue with this procedure to install system drivers. When mapping is complete. c. The server uses the boot order that is defined in its UCS Manager service profile (see Step 2). click the Equipment tab in the Navigation pane. c o m Step 5 Open a KVM console window for the target server (the blade server that contains the target drive): a. d. Step 10 Step 11 Step 12 From the Virtual KVM Console window menu bar. click KVM Console. select Tools > Session Options. Select the Mouse tab. Note When the server power cycles. In the Work pane.Chapter 1 Installation on an Internal Drive VMware vSphere ESX Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . Note You can power cycle the server by pressing the Power button on the server. Step 6 Step 7 When the KVM console window launches. b. Press Enter when prompted to install ESX in graphical mode. select Tools > Launch Virtual Media in the pull-down menus. depending on whether you need custom drivers in addition to the standard system drivers that are included in the VMware installation media: Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide 1-4 OL-22763-02 . Choose the server that you want to access through the KVM console. In the UCS Manager main window. by selecting Macros > Ctrl-Alt-Del on the KVM Console window menu bar. Use the dialog box to navigate to your VMware ISO file and select it. Under Mouse Acceleration. In the Actions area. it boots from the virtual CD/DVD that is mapped to your ISO installation image. power cycle the server so that the server reboots from the virtual CD/DVD and so the BIOS recognizes the media that you just added. select Linux and then click OK to apply your changes and close the Session Options window. On the Equipment tab. In the Virtual Media Session window. Observe the progress in the Details pane. Observe the installation process and respond to prompts in the wizard as required for your preferences and company standards. and then wait for mapping to complete. Tip Step 8 Step 9 Click Details to display the Details pane and observe the reading and writing progress. b. Step 13 Install drivers. Do one of the following. expand Equipment > Chassis > Chassis_Number > Servers.

If the target drive is a volume that was created by a RAID controller. Use the dialog to navigate to the location where you saved the driver ISO image for your device in Step 1 and select it. you can click OK on the VMware prompt and then select the driver to import. If you do not need custom drivers.” Cisco UCS Manager does not differentiate between the types of local drives. as indicated in the Details pane. In the Virtual Media Session window. the OS sees it as a local drive. If an OS is installed on more than one local drive or on an internal USB drive (eUSB). c o m Note At this time. Wait for mapping to complete. only drivers for the newest generation of supported add-on cards require custom drivers in addition to the system drivers that are included with the operating system: UCS M72KR-E converged network adapter (Emulex OneConnect 10GbE CNA) and UCS M72KR-Q converged network adapter (QLogic 8100 Series 10GbE CNA). When the pop up box prompts you whether to “Load the system drivers?” click Yes. After mapping is complete. On the Custom Drivers window. e. When you are prompted to insert an ESX driver CD. click Next on the VMware installation window. b. d. See How to Determine Which Devices Are Installed in Your Server. The drivers are installed. c. When you are done adding custom drivers. click Add Image. “Do you want to install custom drivers?” select No and continue with Step i. VMware prompts you to provide the path to the VMware installation ISO that was unmapped (if you did not load custom drivers. f. you cannot specify which of these local drives the server should use as the boot drive. all available drives in the B-Series server are listed.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . The VMware installation ISO that you mapped in Step 8 is automatically unmapped. click Add again and repeat the process to map your driver ISO. as indicated in the Details pane. listed as “Viking eUSB. When the Custom Drivers window prompts you with. b. • • a.Chapter 1 VMware vSphere ESX Installation Installation on an Internal Drive Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . page A-1 for driver locations on the Drivers disk. it is listed as a logical volume. open a KVM Virtual Media Session window as you did in Step 6. check the check box under Mapped for the VMware installation ISO. check the check box under Mapped to mount the driver ISO that you just selected. skip this step): a. “Do you want to install custom drivers?” select Yes. h. i. If an eUSB drive is installed. click Add. The Cisco UCS B440 Blade Server can contain optional eUSB drives. continue with the following steps: When the Custom Drivers window prompts you with. Step 14 After custom drivers are installed. Note Do not install the OS on any eUSB drive in your server. Step 15 When VMware prompts you with. you can click OK on the VMware prompt to continue with the installation. • If you have no RAID array configured. After mapping is complete. Wait for mapping to complete. The ISO appears in the Client View pane. If you need custom drivers in addition to system drivers. “Select a location to install ESX. In the Virtual Media Session window.” select the target drive to which you are installing ESX and then click Next. g. • Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide OL-22763-02 1-5 . If you need to add additional custom drivers. In the Virtual Media Session window.

2 TB. Continue to observe the installation process and answer prompts as required for your preferences.2 TB. You can press Alt-F1 to access the ESX Console utility when you see the ESX boot splash screen. the installation might fail with an error similar to the following: “Your boot partition is on a disk using the GPT partitioning scheme but this machine cannot boot using GPT. which supports a maximum partition size of 2. Step 17 Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide 1-6 OL-22763-02 . The installation wizard will announce when the installation is complete. This can happen if there is not enough space on your hard drive for the installation.2 TB. c o m Step 16 Complete the installation according to the requirements and standards of your company. The virtual CD/DVD is automatically unmapped and the target drive in the server loads the ESX software. you must adjust to use the MBR partitioning scheme with no partition greater than 2. The server reboots. Click Finish to reboot the target server and start ESX software.Chapter 1 Installation on an Internal Drive VMware vSphere ESX Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . Note During the installation steps in which you choose the partition on a RAID volume. If your target disk is using the GPT partitioning scheme with partitions larger than 2.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o .” This is because the BIOS and boot disk of this server must use the MBR partitioning scheme. Refer to your OS vendor’s documentation for more information about partitioning.

html Prerequisites The following items or actions are required before you begin this procedure: Note Refer to the licensing procedures for your VMware software at http://www. VMware requires you to combine the licenses for multiple processors. then connect to the SAN and verify that only one path exists from the SAN HBA to the LUN. but that method requires that you attach an external USB CD/DVD drive to the server targeted for installation. configure a LUN on the SAN. The VMware installation ISO image (or CD/DVD). • • If installing to a bootable SAN device. For the exact VMware ESX versions and the hardware components supported on this server. see the hardware and software interoperability matrix for the B-Series servers on Cisco. page 1-7 Installation Procedure. Note This document describes a procedure for installing the OS from an ISO image that you map as a virtual device.vmware. See the “Pre-Installation Service Profile Configuration Checklist” section on page 1-8 for a checklist of the minimum UCS configuration items required for this operating system installation. c o m SAN Boot Installation This section describes how to install VMware ESX and required drivers on a bootable SAN LUN (a logical disk.cisco. You can also install from a physical disk.com: http://www. or RAID volume). and any activation keys for this software installation. page 1-9 Note Not all optional hardware components are qualified for use with VMware at this time. • Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide OL-22763-02 1-7 .com/en/US/products/ps10477/prod_technical_reference_list.com/support/licensing/ before you begin this OS installation procedure. A fully installed and configured UCS system. This section contains two topics: • • Prerequisites.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . Attach a KVM cable to the blade server’s front-panel console connector to provide the USB connector.Chapter 1 VMware vSphere ESX Installation SAN Boot Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s .

CD-ROM b. A named VSAN creates a connection to a specific external SAN fabric. This vHBA policy defines how the vHBA connects to the SAN. create a boot policy that defines the following boot order: a. Associate the policies that you created in previous steps with the service profile. Storage – SAN Primary – SAN Secondary 9. For example. Cisco UCS 5108 Server Chassis Installation Guide Cisco UCS Manager GUI Configuration Guide Cisco UCS Manager CLI Configuration Guide Install and cable the UCS system hardware to make the physical connections to your network. and management IP addresses. UUID suffixes.” 8. the UCS system uses WWN pools to identify available nodes and ports on FC HBAs. Configure one named VSAN for each uplink fabric to which the target server is networked. as described below in step 8. A specific boot policy is required. Create a boot policy for this particular operating system installation. You select from these pools as you build the service profile for the server. configure RAID settings for the drives in your system. Edit the service profile to select the boot policy that you created in step 8. MAC addresses. 3. 7. Detailed instructions for completing each item are beyond the scope of this document. Use UCS Manager to configure a Local Disk Configuration policy. Use UCS Manager to configure pools that identify the physical and logical resources on your network. A minimum checklist of the UCS preconfiguration actions that you must perform for this OS installation follows. Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide 1-8 OL-22763-02 . you can modify the existing boot policy. If your server has an LSI MegaRAID controller. 6. c o m Pre-Installation Service Profile Configuration Checklist The installation-target server must have a configured service profile associated with that server. Information and instructions for configuring all of these items are described in detail in the following documents: • • • 1. 5. 2. For example. 4. Create one vHBA policy for each uplink fabric to which the target server is networked. Use UCS Manager to configure any policies that you require to manage the server.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . If you do not configure your LSI MegaRAID LUNs before installing the OS. part 5 of the creation process is Server Boot Order. If there is already an existing service profile associated with the target server. If you are using the Create Service Profile wizard. The service profile contains all of the information and settings that are applied to the server. For this installation. you associate the VSAN that you created for Fabric A with an available physical port on Fabric Interconnect A. Associate each VSAN with a physical uplink port on each VSAN’s corresponding fabric interconnect. Create a service profile for the target blade server. Select the boot policy that you created in step 8. disk discovery failures might occcur during the installation and you see error messages such as “No Device Found.Chapter 1 SAN Boot Installation VMware vSphere ESX Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . The UCS system also allows you to define pools for servers.

If your server has these cards. At this point. Associate the service profile that you created with the target server. These cards are: – UCS M72KR-E converged network adapter (Emulex OneConnect 10GbE CNA) – UCS M72KR-Q converged network adapter (QLogic 8100 Series 10GbE CNA) Step 1 See How to Determine Which Devices Are Installed in Your Server. the settings in the service profile are assigned to it. follow these steps: Note The values and settings shown in the screen captures in this procedure are examples only. Your actual settings might differ. you do not need custom drivers. Skip to Step 2. The VMware installation process requires more than one MAC address. CD-ROM b. page A-1. You will mount these ISOs as virtual devices during the VMware installation process. When the target server is rebooted. • • If your server does not have these cards. Determine whether you need custom drivers.Chapter 1 VMware vSphere ESX Installation SAN Boot Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . obtain the latest drivers for them from VMware. 10. page 1-8): a. only the latest add-on cards for these servers require custom drivers. Step 2 Verify that the UCS Manager service profile for the server includes a boot policy that has the boot order of devices described in the prerequisites for this procedure (Pre-Installation Service Profile Configuration Checklist. in addition to the standard system drivers that are included with the operating system. Otherwise. When configuring the network control policy for the vNIC. Installation Procedure To install the software.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . set MAC Security to allow. At the time of this publishing. you can begin the OS installation procedure. Storage – SAN Primary – SAN Secondary Step 3 Use a browser to connect to the UCS Manager interface using your UCS Virtual Management IP address. port security secures only the first MAC address and drops traffic that is sourced with a different MAC address. c o m Note VMware installation might fail unless you disable port security for the target server’s vNIC in the UCS Manager service profile.com and save the driver ISO files on a workstation such as a laptop. Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide OL-22763-02 1-9 .

Choose the server that you want to access through the KVM console. In the Work pane. then log in to UCS Manager using your administrator username and password. expand Equipment > Chassis > Chassis_Number > Servers. b. On the Equipment tab. e.Chapter 1 SAN Boot Installation VMware vSphere ESX Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . In the UCS Manager main window. click KVM Console. click the General tab. d. c o m Step 4 Step 5 Click Launch. Open a KVM console window for the target server (the blade server that contains the target drive): a. click the Equipment tab in the Navigation pane. In the Actions area. Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide 1-10 OL-22763-02 . The KVM console opens in a separate window.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . c.

Chapter 1 VMware vSphere ESX Installation SAN Boot Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . provide the path to your VMware installation image: a. b. Observe the installation process and respond to prompts in the wizard as required for your preferences and company standards. Press Enter when prompted to install ESX in graphical mode. or by clicking Reset in the UCS Manager Work pane for the selected server. The server uses the boot order that is defined in its UCS Manager service profile (see Step 2). The ISO image is displayed as a device in the Client View pane. The Session Options window opens. by selecting Macros > Ctrl-Alt-Del on the KVM Console window menu bar. Check the check box in the Mapped column for the media that you added. Note You can power cycle the server by pressing the Power button on the server. Step 10 Step 11 Step 12 From the Virtual KVM Console window menu bar. Note When the server power cycles. Observe the progress in the Details pane. and then wait for mapping to complete. Tip Step 8 Step 9 Click Details to display the Details pane and observe the reading and writing progress. b. it boots from the virtual CD/DVD that is mapped to your ISO installation image. select Tools > Launch Virtual Media from the pull-down menus. In the Virtual Media Session window. Select the Mouse tab. power cycle the server so that the server reboots from the virtual CD/DVD and so the BIOS recognizes the media that you just added.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . Click Add Image. Use the dialog box to navigate to your VMware ISO file and select it. Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide OL-22763-02 1-11 . select Linux and then click OK to apply your changes and close the Session Options window. c. When mapping is complete. Optional step: Set mouse acceleration if you experience laggy response when using the KVM window: a. Continue with this procedure to install drivers. select Tools > Session Options. Under Mouse Acceleration. c o m Step 6 Step 7 When the KVM console window launches.

“Do you want to install custom drivers?” select No and continue with Step i. The ISO appears in the Client View pane. continue with the following steps: When the Custom Drivers window prompts you with. On the Custom Drivers window. If you need custom drivers in addition to system drivers. “Select a location to install ESX. If you do not need custom drivers.” This is because the BIOS and boot disk of this server must use the MBR partitioning scheme. skip this step): a. click Next on the VMware installation window. which Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide 1-12 OL-22763-02 . This can happen if there is not enough space on your hard drive for the installation. f. After custom drivers are installed. Use the dialog to navigate to the location where you saved the driver ISO image for your device in Step 1 and select it. you can click OK on the VMware prompt and then select the driver to import. click Add. Step 16 Complete the installation according to the requirements and standards of your company. In the Virtual Media Session window. b. “Do you want to install custom drivers?” select Yes. When you are done adding custom drivers. The VMware installation ISO that you mapped in Step 8 is automatically unmapped. Wait for mapping to complete. depending on whether you need custom drivers in addition to the standard system drivers that are included in the VMware installation media: Note At this time. The drivers are installed. When you are prompted to insert an ESX driver CD. Continue to observe the installation process and answer prompts as required for your preferences. c. When the Custom Drivers window prompts you with. check the check box under Mapped for the VMware installation ISO. i. In the Virtual Media Session window. When the pop up box prompts you whether to “Load the system drivers?” click Yes. click Add Image. • • a. In the Virtual Media Session window. d. Do one of the following. Wait for mapping to complete. If you need to add additional custom drivers. After mapping is complete.Chapter 1 SAN Boot Installation VMware vSphere ESX Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . b.” select the target SAN LUN to which you are installing ESX and then click Next. you can click OK on the VMware prompt to continue with the installation. only drivers for the newest generation of supported add-on cards require custom drivers in addition to the system drivers that are included with the operating system: UCS M72KR-E converged network adapter (Emulex OneConnect 10GbE CNA) and UCS M72KR-Q converged network adapter (QLogic 8100 Series 10GbE CNA). as indicated in the Details pane. as indicated in the Details pane. After mapping is complete. c o m Step 13 Install drivers. See How to Determine Which Devices Are Installed in Your Server. open a KVM Virtual Media Session window as you did in Step 6. h. g. the installation might fail with an error similar to the following: “Your boot partition is on a disk using the GPT partitioning scheme but this machine cannot boot using GPT. e.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . page A-1 for driver locations on the Drivers disk. Note During the installation steps in which you choose the partition on a RAID volume. click Add again and repeat the process to map your driver ISO. Step 14 Step 15 When VMware prompts you with. check the check box under Mapped to mount the driver ISO that you just selected. VMware prompts you to provide the path to the VMware installation ISO that was unmapped (if you did not load custom drivers.

The server reboots. You can press Alt-F1 to access the ESX Console utility when you see the boot splash screen.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide OL-22763-02 1-13 .2 TB. The virtual CD/DVD is automatically unmapped and the target SAN LUN in the loads the ESX software. Step 17 The installation wizard will notify you when the installation is complete. you must adjust to use the MBR partitioning scheme with no partition greater than 2. Refer to your OS vendor’s documentation for more information about partitioning.Chapter 1 VMware vSphere ESX Installation SAN Boot Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . Click Finish to reboot the target server and start ESX software. c o m supports a maximum partition size of 2.2 TB. If your target disk is using the GPT partitioning scheme with partitions larger than 2.2 TB.

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Note When installing ESXi to a local SSD on a B230. as well as ESXi version interoperability with adapter cards. page 2-1 Installation Procedure. For the exact VMware ESX versions and the hardware components supported on this server.com/support/licensing/ before you begin this OS installation procedure. you will very likely need a custom buildon the VMWare site. If at any point in the install you see a failure to detect an install disk or a network adapter. page 2-5 iSCSI Boot Installation.Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . see the version appropriate third party interoperability matrix for the B-Series servers on Cisco. This section contains three topics: • • Prerequisites.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vsphere_hypervisor_esxi/4_0#dr ivers_tools then selecting OEM Customized Installer CDs and the Custom Cisco ISO for the ESXi version you wish to install.vmware. c o m CH A P T E R 2 VMware vSphere ESXi Installation This chapter contains two procedures: • • • Installation on an Internal Drive. page 2-10 Installation on an Internal Drive This section describes how to install supported versions of VMware vSphere ESXi including required drivers on an internal drive by using the virtual media feature. page 2-1 SAN Boot Installation. Prerequisites The following items or actions are required before you begin this procedure: Note Refer to the licensing procedures for your VMware software at http://www. Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide OL-22763-02 2-1 .com/en/US/products/ps10477/prod_technical_reference_list.cisco. There are driver compatibility issues that require installing a customized ISO image.com: http://www. VMware requires you to combine the licenses for multiple processors. The image is available by going to http://downloads.html These guides show the qualified enic and fnic drivers. page 2-3 Note Not all optional hardware components are qualified for use with VMware at this time.vmware.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . do not use the standard install package.

2. disk discovery failures might occcur during the installation and you see error messages such as “No Device Found. The service profile contains all of the information and settings that are applied to the server. For example. Use UCS Manager to configure any policies that you require to manage the server. but that method requires that you attach an external USB CD/DVD drive to the server targeted for installation. Attach a KVM cable to the blade server’s front-panel console connector to provide the USB connector. configure a LUN to which you will install the OS. 4. and any activation keys for this software installation. configure RAID settings for the drives in your system. Cisco UCS 5108 Server Chassis Installation Guide Cisco UCS Manager GUI Configuration Guide Cisco UCS Manager CLI Configuration Guide Install and cable the UCS system hardware to make the physical connections to your network. • Pre-Installation Service Profile Configuration Checklist The installation-target server must have a configured service profile associated with that server. You can also install from a physical disk. Associate each VSAN with a physical uplink port on each VSAN’s corresponding fabric interconnect.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . Note This document describes a procedure for installing the OS from an ISO image that you map as a virtual device. 6. A fully installed and configured UCS system. You select from these pools as you build the service profile for the server. Use UCS Manager to configure a Local Disk Configuration policy. See the “Pre-Installation Service Profile Configuration Checklist” section on page 2-2 for a checklist of the minimum UCS configuration items required for this operating system installation. c o m • • If installing to one of the LSI RAID controllers. The UCS system also allows you to define pools for servers. If you do not configure your LSI MegaRAID LUNs before installing the OS. The Linux installation ISO image (or CD/DVD).Chapter 2 Installation on an Internal Drive VMware vSphere ESXi Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . 3. and management IP addresses. Detailed instructions for completing each item are beyond the scope of this document. UUID suffixes. the UCS system uses WWN pools to identify available nodes and ports on FC HBAs.” Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide 2-2 OL-22763-02 . Information and instructions for configuring all of these items are described in detail in the following documents: • • • 1. Use UCS Manager to configure pools that identify the physical and logical resources on your network. A specific boot policy is required. as described below in step 7. you associate the VSAN that you created for Fabric A with an available physical port on Fabric Interconnect A. Configure one named VSAN for each uplink fabric to which the target server is networked. 5. For example. A named VSAN creates a connection to a specific external SAN fabric. A minimum checklist of the UCS preconfiguration actions that you must perform for this OS installation follows. MAC addresses. If your server has an LSI MegaRAID controller.

set MAC Security to allow. Select the boot policy that you created in step 7. you can begin the OS installation procedure. Open a KVM console window for the target server (the blade server that contains the target drive): a. a. When the target server is rebooted. e. d. At this point. Click Launch. Step 1 Verify that the UCS Manager service profile for the server includes a boot policy that has the boot order of devices described in the prerequisites for this procedure (Pre-Installation Service Profile Configuration Checklist. In the UCS Manager main window. c o m 7. Local disk For this installation. b. click the Equipment tab in the Navigation pane. you can modify the boot policy that is associated with that service profile. If you are using the Create Service Profile wizard. CD-ROM b. The VMware installation process requires more than one MAC address. Create a boot policy for this particular operating system installation. When configuring the network control policy for the vNIC. Note VMware installation might fail unless you disable port security for the target server’s vNIC in the UCS Manager service profile. In the Work pane. Select the boot policy that you created in step 7. Your actual settings might differ.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . create a boot policy that defines the following boot order: 8. Step 5 When the KVM console window launches. part 5 of the creation process is Server Boot Order. select Tools > Launch Virtual Media. Associate the service profile that you created with the target server. Choose the server that you want to access through the KVM console. click the General tab. port security secures only the first MAC address and drops traffic that is sourced with a different MAC address. Create a service profile for the target blade server. Otherwise. page 2-2): a. On the Equipment tab. Installation Procedure To install the software. expand Equipment > Chassis > Chassis_Number > Servers. Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide OL-22763-02 2-3 . follow these steps: Note The values and settings shown in the screen captures in this procedure are examples only. click KVM Console.Chapter 2 VMware vSphere ESXi Installation Installation on an Internal Drive Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . 9. Local disk Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Use a browser to connect to the UCS Manager interface using your UCS Virtual Management IP address. If there is already an existing service profile associated with the target server. then log in to UCS Manager using your administrator username and password. c. the settings in the service profile are assigned to it. The KVM console opens in a separate window. In the Actions area. CD-ROM b.

Check the check box in the Mapped column for the media that you added. Under Mouse Acceleration. and then wait for mapping to complete.2 TB. Optional step: Set mouse acceleration if you experience laggy response when using the KVM window: a. The Session Options window opens. including the license agreement. or by clicking Reset in the UCS Manager Work pane for the selected server. Observe the progress in the Details pane. b.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . c o m Step 6 In the Virtual Media Session window. Note During the installation steps in which you choose the partition on a RAID volume. This can happen if there is not enough space on your hard drive for the installation. power cycle the server so that the server reboots from the virtual CD/DVD and so the BIOS recognizes the media that you just added. Tip Step 7 Step 8 Click Details to display the Details pane and observe the reading and writing progress. provide the path to your VMware installation image: a. Note When the server power cycles. Click Add Image. Observe the installation process and respond to prompts in the wizard as required for your preferences and company standards. the installation might fail with an error similar to the following: “Your boot partition is on a disk using the GPT partitioning scheme but this machine cannot boot using GPT. you must adjust to use the MBR partitioning scheme with no partition greater than 2. Refer to your OS vendor’s documentation for more information about partitioning. Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide 2-4 OL-22763-02 .2 TB. b. Select the Mouse tab. select Linux and then click OK to apply your changes and close the Session Options window. The server uses the boot order that is defined in its UCS Manager service profile (see Step 1). c. and then press Enter to start the installation process. When mapping is complete. by selecting Macros > Ctrl-Alt-Del on the KVM Console window menu bar. Note You can power cycle the server by pressing the Power button on the server. Step 12 When the Disk selection screen is displayed.2 TB. select the installation target drive or logical volume and then press Enter to install ESXi to the drive.Chapter 2 Installation on an Internal Drive VMware vSphere ESXi Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . which supports a maximum partition size of 2. If your target disk is using the GPT partitioning scheme with partitions larger than 2. Step 9 Step 10 Step 11 From the Virtual KVM Console window menu bar. Use the dialog box to navigate to your VMware ISO file and select it. Wait until the VMWare installation welcome screen is displayed. it boots from the virtual CD/DVD that is mapped to your ISO installation image.” This is because the BIOS and boot disk of this server must use the MBR partitioning scheme. The ISO image is displayed as a device in the Client View pane. select Tools > Session Options.

html Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide OL-22763-02 2-5 . c o m Note Do not install the OS on any eUSB drive in your server. page 2-6 Installation Procedure. After the target server reboots and loads ESXi. then press Enter to boot the target installation drive with ESXi. If you installed from an ISO installation image. This section contains two topics: • • Prerequisites. listed as “Viking eUSB.com: http://www. press F11 to start the installation. When the installation is complete. the OS sees it as a local drive.” Cisco UCS Manager does not differentiate between the types of local drives. see the hardware and software interoperability matrix for the B-Series servers on Cisco. If an eUSB drive is installed. If an OS is installed on more than one local drive or on an internal USB drive (eUSB). use the Virtual Media Session window to unmap the installation ISO that you mapped in Step 7. Step 13 Note Step 14 Do not press Enter to reboot at the next screen until after you remove or unmap the installation media. The Cisco UCS B440 Blade Server can contain optional eUSB drives. page 2-8 Note Not all optional hardware components are qualified for use with VMware at this time.cisco.0 and required drivers on a bootable SAN LUN (a logical disk. SAN Boot Installation This section describes how to install VMware ESXi 5. eject that disc. • • If you installed from physical disc. For the exact VMware ESX versions and the hardware components supported on this server. the ESXi splash screen is displayed. the screen indicating completion is displayed.com/en/US/products/ps10477/prod_technical_reference_list. You can press F2 to access the ESXi Console utility when you see the splash screen. When the confirm Install screen is displayed. then press Enter to boot the target installation drive with ESXi.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o .Chapter 2 VMware vSphere ESXi Installation SAN Boot Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . you cannot specify which of these local drives the server should use as the boot drive. or RAID volume).

it’s not clear as to which lun the OS should be installed on. c o m Prerequisites A UCS instance that would use SAN Boot would have a topology similar to the one shown in Figure 2-1. Ideally. zonesets. otherwise the installation will fail. VMware requires you to combine the licenses for multiple processors. you can still run into issues with array control luns that are exposed to all initiators. The SAN fabric must be configured with a usable SAN path providing correct zones. • If installing to a bootable SAN device. or a boot lun of or different size data luns. Both adapters should be able to find the configured LUN ID. This can be verified in the option ROM for most adapter cards. configure a LUN on the SAN. NPIV. the storage admin will provide the correct LunID value. Even with a single lun. This allows you to make a SAN boot template by using the same LunID for all boot Luns. OS installers do not necessarily provide the scsi LunID to install from.com/support/licensing/ before you begin this OS installation procedure. Most modern array control software will allow you to assign any LunID when you mask the HBA WWPN to the array. Request either a single lun.Chapter 2 SAN Boot Installation VMware vSphere ESXi Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . Figure 2-1 SAN Boot Topology Northbound IP network FC Array SAN SwA SAN SwB SAN Fabric A tgtA 50:0A:09:81:78:3B:98 UCS 6120-A UCS 6120-B SAN Fabric B tgtB 50:0A:09:86:78:3B:98 fc0 20:00:00:25:b5:00:10:0E UCS 5108 fc1 20:00:00:25:B5:00:10:0F 1/10 G Ethernet 10 G FCoE Fibre Channel L2 Cluster The following items or actions are required before you begin this procedure: Note Refer to the licensing procedures for your VMware software at http://www. and NPV.vmware.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . • • • Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide 2-6 OL-22763-02 332038 . Masking multiple LUNs while preforming the installation can lead to confusion as to which was intended to be the boot lunID. When multiple luns are masked to the same initiator at install time. and the ROM BIOS should detect a SAN device to boot from.

For example. as described below in step 8.” 8. c o m • The installation ISO image (or CD/DVD).d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . Attach a KVM cable to the blade server’s front-panel console connector to provide the USB connector. and any activation keys for this software installation. Create a boot policy for this particular operating system installation.Chapter 2 VMware vSphere ESXi Installation SAN Boot Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . If your server has an LSI MegaRAID controller. Use UCS Manager to configure any policies that you require to manage the server. You can also install from a physical disk. A specific boot policy is required. Associate each VSAN with a physical uplink port on each VSAN’s corresponding fabric interconnect. This vHBA policy defines how the vHBA connects to the SAN. A minimum checklist of the UCS preconfiguration actions that you must perform for this OS installation follows. Information and instructions for configuring all of these items are described in detail in the following documents: • • • 1. 7. A fully installed and configured UCS system. but that method requires that you attach an external USB CD/DVD drive to the server targeted for installation. If you do not configure your LSI MegaRAID LUNs before installing the OS. Configure one named VSAN for each uplink fabric to which the target server is networked. A named VSAN creates a connection to a specific external SAN fabric. and management IP addresses. Use UCS Manager to configure pools that identify the physical and logical resources on your network. See the “Pre-Installation Service Profile Configuration Checklist” section on page 2-7 for a checklist of the minimum UCS configuration items required for this operating system installation. configure RAID settings for the drives in your system. • Pre-Installation Service Profile Configuration Checklist The installation-target server must have a configured service profile associated with that server. Cisco UCS 5108 Server Chassis Installation Guide Cisco UCS Manager GUI Configuration Guide Cisco UCS Manager CLI Configuration Guide Install and cable the UCS system hardware to make the physical connections to your network. The UCS system also allows you to define pools for servers. Detailed instructions for completing each item are beyond the scope of this document. MAC addresses. disk discovery failures might occcur during the installation and you see error messages such as “No Device Found. 4. The service profile contains all of the information and settings that are applied to the server. For example. Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide OL-22763-02 2-7 . 6. 3. the UCS system uses WWN pools to identify available nodes and ports on FC HBAs. Note This document describes a procedure for installing the OS from an ISO image that you map as a virtual device. Create one vHBA policy for each uplink fabric to which the target server is networked. 2. UUID suffixes. You select from these pools as you build the service profile for the server. 5. you associate the VSAN that you created for Fabric A with an available physical port on Fabric Interconnect A. Use UCS Manager to configure a Local Disk Configuration policy.

set MAC Security to allow. Otherwise. Note VMware installation might fail unless you disable port security for the target server’s vNIC in the UCS Manager service profile. c o m For this installation. Edit the service profile to select the boot policy that you created in step 8. the settings in the service profile are assigned to it. Select the boot policy that you created in step 8. When the target server is rebooted. you can modify the existing boot policy. The VMware installation process requires more than one MAC address. Storage – SAN Primary – SAN Secondary Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Use a browser to connect to the UCS Manager interface using your UCS Virtual Management IP address. Verify that the UCS Manager service profile for the server includes a boot policy that has the boot order of devices described in the prerequisites for this procedure (Pre-Installation Service Profile Configuration Checklist. you can begin the OS installation procedure. If there is already an existing service profile associated with the target server. Create a service profile for the target blade server. port security secures only the first MAC address and drops traffic that is sourced with a different MAC address. 10. Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide 2-8 OL-22763-02 . Installation Procedure To install the software. page 2-7): a. follow these steps: Note The values and settings shown in the screen captures in this procedure are examples only. Your actual settings might differ. Storage – SAN Primary – SAN Secondary 9. then log in to UCS Manager using your administrator username and password.Chapter 2 SAN Boot Installation VMware vSphere ESXi Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . Associate the service profile that you created with the target server. Click Launch. CD-ROM b. If you are using the Create Service Profile wizard. When configuring the network control policy for the vNIC.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . At this point. part 5 of the creation process is Server Boot Order. create a boot policy that defines the following boot order: a. CD-ROM b. Associate the policies that you created in previous steps with the service profile.

Click Add Image. c o m Step 4 Open a KVM console window for the target server (the blade server that contains the target drive): a. and then press Enter to start the installation process. In the UCS Manager main window. Note When the server power cycles. Step 12 When the disk selection screen is displayed. by selecting Macros > Ctrl-Alt-Del on the KVM Console window menu bar.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . The KVM console opens in a separate window. provide the path to your Linux installation image: a. Step 9 Step 10 Step 11 From the Virtual KVM Console window menu bar. select Tools > Launch Virtual Media. When mapping is complete. select the installation target LUN or logical volume and then press Enter to install ESXi to the drive. Observe the progress in the Details pane. click the General tab. The server uses the boot order that is defined in its UCS Manager service profile (see Step 1). select Tools > Session Options. including the license agreement.Chapter 2 VMware vSphere ESXi Installation SAN Boot Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . and then wait for mapping to complete. click KVM Console. d. c. select Linux and then click OK to apply your changes and close the Session Options window. On the Equipment tab. or by clicking Reset in the UCS Manager Work pane for the selected server. c. click the Equipment tab in the Navigation pane. The Session Options window opens. it boots from the virtual CD/DVD that is mapped to your ISO installation image. b. In the Actions area. b. Check the check box in the Mapped column of the client view pane for the media that you added. Observe the installation process and respond to prompts in the wizard as required for your preferences and company standards. Use the dialog box to navigate to your Linux ISO file and select it. Optional step: Set mouse acceleration if you experience laggy response when using the KVM window: a. In the Work pane. In the Virtual Media Session window. Wait until the VMWare installer screen is displayed. e. Note You can power cycle the server by pressing the Power button on the server. Tip Step 7 Step 8 Click Details to display the Details pane and observe the reading and writing progress. Choose the server that you want to access through the KVM console. power cycle the server so that the server reboots from the virtual CD/DVD and so the BIOS recognizes the media that you just added. Under Mouse Acceleration. expand Equipment > Chassis > Chassis_Number > Servers. b. Step 5 Step 6 When the KVM console window launches. Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide OL-22763-02 2-9 . Select the Mouse tab. The ISO image is displayed as a device in the Client View pane.

use the Virtual Media Session window to unmap the installation ISO that you mapped in Step 7. • • If you installed from physical disc.2 TB. press F11 to start the installation. the installation might fail with an error similar to the following: “Your boot partition is on a disk using the GPT partitioning scheme but this machine cannot boot using GPT. This section contains two topics: • • Prerequisites. This can happen if there is not enough space on your hard drive for the installation. Note Step 14 Do not press Enter to reboot at the next screen until after you remove or unmap the installation media. then press Enter to boot the target installation drive with ESXi. Step 13 Note If you are using a Macintosh. the VMWare splash screen is displayed.2 TB. If you installed from an ISO installation image. or RAID volume).d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . When the installation confirmation screen is displayed. page 2-8 Prerequisites The following items or actions are required before you begin this procedure: Note Refer to the licensing procedures for your VMware software at http://www.vmware.2 TB. page 2-6 Installation Procedure. If your target disk is using the GPT partitioning scheme with partitions larger than 2. otherwise the installation will not start as expected. iSCSI Boot Installation This section describes how to install VMware ESXi and required drivers on a bootable SAN LUN (a logical disk. Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide 2-10 OL-22763-02 . make sure your function keys are mapped to windows settings. Refer to your OS vendor’s documentation for more information about partitioning.Chapter 2 iSCSI Boot Installation VMware vSphere ESXi Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . VMware requires you to combine the licenses for multiple processors. After the target server reboots and loads ESXi. which supports a maximum partition size of 2. then press Enter to boot the target installation drive with ESXi. You can press F2 to access the ESXi Console utility when you see the splash screen or F12 to restart. When the installation is complete.com/support/licensing/ before you begin this OS installation procedure. you must adjust to use the MBR partitioning scheme with no partition greater than 2. eject that disc.” This is because the BIOS and boot disk of this server must use the MBR partitioning scheme. c o m Note During the installation steps in which you choose the partition on a RAID volume. the Installation complete screen is displayed.

– If you are using the DHCP Vendor ID (Option 43). See the “Pre-Installation Service Profile Configuration Checklist” section on page 2-12 for a checklist of the minimum UCS configuration items required for this operating system installation. – Before installing the OS. Upgrade UCS Manager if necessary. However.conf.cisco. – After the server has been iSCSI booted. one for each iSCSI initiator.Chapter 2 VMware vSphere ESXi Installation iSCSI Boot Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . reenable the boot to target setting. if you are installing the OS on the iSCSI target from a CD. the boot order should be the iSCSI target and then the CD. disable the boot to target setting in the iSCSI adapter policy.0 or greater to configure iSCSI boot. Instead. – Set the MAC addresses on the iSCSI device. – When installing the OS on the iSCSI target. Two IP addresses must be determined.com/en/US/products/ps10477/prod_technical_reference_list. You can also install from a physical disk.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . you need to include the boot policy in the appropriate service profile. For example. and any activation keys for this software installation. do not modify the Initiator Name. Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide OL-22763-02 2-11 .cisco. the MAC address of an iSCSI device needs to be configured in /etc/dhcpd.0 UCS Manager and drivers ISO images. the adapter reboots to apply the new setting. A working supported iSCSI array (see http://www. the IP addresses should be on the same subnet as the storage array. • • • The storage array must be licensed for iSCSI boot and the array side LUN masking must be properly configured. LUN. Note This document describes a procedure for installing the OS from an ISO image that you map as a virtual device. The IP addresses are assigned statically or dynamically using the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). You cannot configure boot parameters in the Global boot policy.html) The VMware installation ISO image (or CD/DVD). Note Each time you change an adapter policy setting. or Netmask/gateway using the Broadcom tool. the iSCSI target must be ordered before the device where the OS image resides.com/go/unifiedcomputing/b-series-doc. Drivers needed for iSCSI boot are in the 2. Attach a KVM cable to the blade server’s front-panel console connector to provide the USB connector. c o m • • • • Your UCS Manager version must be 2. after configuring boot parameters. iSCSI device IP. If possible. only Windows OS supports HBA mode during installation. then after installing the OS. Target name. see any Blade Server Installation and Service Note. – HBA mode (also known as TCP offload) and the boot to target setting are supported. A fully installed and configured UCS system. For information on installing or replacing an adapter card. but that method requires that you attach an external USB CD/DVD drive to the server targeted for installation. For Cisco UCS M51KR-B Broadcom BCM57711 network adapters: – Blades that use iSCSI boot must contain the Cisco UCS M51KR-B Broadcom BCM57711 • • network adapter. The service notes are accessible from the Cisco UCS B-Series Servers Documentation Roadmap at http://www.

Let the Broadcom adapter initialize. This will cause the card to not initialize and not display a valid iSCSI target for installation. A minimum checklist of the UCS preconfiguration actions that you must perform for this OS installation follows. Create a boot policy that can be used in any service profile. Detailed instructions for completing each item are beyond the scope of this document. c o m Caution Do not interrupt the POST (power on self-test) process or the Cisco UCS M51KR-B Broadcom BCM57711 network adapter will fail to initialize. Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide 2-12 OL-22763-02 . 3. dentify the native VLAN but do not set a Mac address. 4.conf. specify no failover. VIC adapters should leave all checkboxes unchecked. Cisco UCS 5108 Server Chassis Installation Guide Cisco UCS Manager GUI Configuration Guide Cisco UCS Manager CLI Configuration Guide Install and cable the UCS system hardware to make the physical connections to your network.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . as described below in step 9. and native. After installation Boot to Target must be re-enabled. Assign your iSCSI boot policy to the server service profile. Information and instructions for configuring all of these items are described in detail in the following documents: • • • 1. The service profile contains all of the information and settings that are applied to the server. 2. Use UCS Manager to configure pools that identify the physical and logical resources on your network. 5. UUID suffixes. This forces the blade to bypass a bootable disk image and gain access to vMedia/DVD/PXE for installation. Use UCS Manager’s Expert Service profile creation tool to configure two iSCSI NICs. – If you are using the DHCP Vendor ID (Option 43). For the VIC adapter. 7. Create vNIC0 and vNIC1. (Optional) Configure an authentification profile using CHAP authentication. manual. For each VNIC. set Mac address. the MAC address of the overlay vNIC needs to be configured in /etc/dhcpd. pool. Use UCS Manager to configure an iSCSI boot adapter policy. Boot to Target must be disabled. MAC addresses. do not modify the IP details of the overlay vNIC. and management IP addresses. • For Cisco UCS M81KR Virtual Interface Card: – Do not set MAC addresses on the iSCSI device. 6. The UCS system also allows you to define pools for servers. Use UCS Manager to configure any other policies that you require to manage the server. DO NOT interrupt the initialization by pressing F6 or F2 prior to the initialization. – HBA mode is not supported and the boot to target setting is not required. You will need to reset the blade and wait for POST again. – After the server has been iSCSI booted. Pre-Installation Service Profile Configuration Checklist The installation-target server must have a configured service profile associated with that server.Chapter 2 iSCSI Boot Installation VMware vSphere ESXi Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . Add them to the Boot server policy. You select from these pools as you build the service profile for the server. For a Broadcom adapter. Overlay the vNIC so the iSCSI vnic uses the SP vNIC. A specific boot policy is required. You will see success from the option ROM screen when initialization has happened. The Broadcom iSCSI adapter policy has specific requirements: Identify the native VLAN.

or alternately use DHCP. At this point. Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide OL-22763-02 2-13 . On the Equipment tab. verify that the UCS Manager service profile for the server includes a boot policy that has the boot order of devices described in the prerequisites for this procedure (Pre-Installation Service Profile Configuration Checklist. select Tools > Launch Virtual Media. follow these steps: Step 1 When using a Broadcom network adapter. c o m 8. Configure iqn initiator names that can be assigned to iSCSI intitiators. 9. Associate the policies that you created in previous steps with the service profile. Storage – iSCSI Primary – iSCSI Secondary b. Configure IP pooling to automatically assign IP addresses to the iSCSI NICs. Create a boot policy for this particular operating system installation. CD-ROM 10. Associate the service profile that you created with the target server. create a boot policy that defines the following boot order: a. you can begin the OS installation procedure. Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 In the UCS Manager main window. Edit the service profile to select the boot policy that you created in step 8. you can modify the existing boot policy. Otherwise. The KVM console opens in a separate window.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . then log in to UCS Manager using your administrator username and password. If you are using the Create Service Profile wizard. e. The VMware installation process requires more than one MAC address. Installation Procedure To install the software. set MAC Security to allow. Choose the server that you want to access through the KVM console. part 5 of the creation process is Server Boot Order. click KVM Console. c. When configuring the network control policy for the vNIC. 12. Step 5 When the KVM console window launches. Create a service profile for the target blade server. d. When the target server is rebooted. When using a Broadcom adapter only. Disable quiet boot to make troubleshooting easier. the settings in the service profile are assigned to it. port security secures only the first MAC address and drops traffic that is sourced with a different MAC address. expand Equipment > Chassis > Chassis_Number > Servers. click the Equipment tab in the Navigation pane. 11.Chapter 2 VMware vSphere ESXi Installation iSCSI Boot Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . click the General tab. Click Launch. Open a KVM console window for the target server (the blade server that contains the target drive): a. b. Note VMware installation might fail unless you disable port security for the target server’s vNIC in the UCS Manager service profile. If there is already an existing service profile associated with the target server. In the Actions area. In the Work pane. page 2-7): Use a browser to connect to the UCS Manager interface using your UCS Virtual Management IP address. Select the boot policy that you created in step 8.

select Tools > Session Options. which supports a maximum partition size of 2. or by clicking Reset in the UCS Manager Work pane for the selected server. it boots from the virtual CD/DVD that is mapped to your ISO installation image. (Optional) Set mouse acceleration if you experience laggy response when using the KVM window: a. When the installation confirmation screen is displayed. Under Mouse Acceleration. The server uses the boot order that is defined in its UCS Manager service profile (see Step 1). the installation might fail with an error similar to the following: “Your boot partition is on a disk using the GPT partitioning scheme but this machine cannot boot using GPT.2 TB. Observe the installation process and respond to prompts in the wizard as required for your preferences and company standards. Tip Step 7 Step 8 Click Details to display the Details pane and observe the reading and writing progress. When mapping is complete. Note You can power cycle the server by pressing the Power button on the server. This can happen if there is not enough space on your hard drive for the installation.2 TB. Refer to your OS vendor’s documentation for more information about partitioning. including the license agreement. The ISO image is displayed as a device in the Client View pane. and then wait for mapping to complete.2 TB. Step 9 Step 10 Step 11 From the Virtual KVM Console window menu bar. Note During the installation steps in which you choose the partition on a RAID volume. select Linux and then click OK to apply your changes and close the Session Options window. b. Check the check box in the Mapped column for the media that you added.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . c. by selecting Macros > Ctrl-Alt-Del on the KVM Console window menu bar. The Session Options window opens. select the installation target LUN or logical volume and then press Enter to install ESXi to the drive. Select the Mouse tab.Chapter 2 iSCSI Boot Installation VMware vSphere ESXi Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . b.” This is because the BIOS and boot disk of this server must use the MBR partitioning scheme. power cycle the server so that the server reboots from the virtual CD/DVD and so the BIOS recognizes the media that you just added. you must adjust to use the MBR partitioning scheme with no partition greater than 2. press F11 to start the installation. and then press Enter to start the installation process. Step 13 Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide 2-14 OL-22763-02 . Use the dialog box to navigate to your VMWARE ISO file and select it. If your target disk is using the GPT partitioning scheme with partitions larger than 2. Wait until the VMWare 5. c o m Step 6 In the Virtual Media Session window. Click Add Image. Note When the server power cycles.0 installation welcome screen is displayed. Observe the progress in the Details pane. Step 12 When the Disk selection screen is displayed. provide the path to your installation image: a.

the VMWare splash screen is displayed. c o m Note If you are using a Macintosh. use the Virtual Media Session window to unmap the installation ISO that you mapped in Step 7. eject that disc. • • If you installed from physical disc.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . If you installed from an ISO installation image. Note Step 14 Do not press Enter to reboot at the next screen until after you remove or unmap the installation media.Chapter 2 VMware vSphere ESXi Installation iSCSI Boot Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . You can press F2 to access the ESXi Console utility when you see the splash screen. otherwise the installation will not start as expected. the installation complete screen is displayed. then press Enter to boot the target installation drive with ESXi. make sure your function keys are mapped to windows settings. then press Enter to boot the target installation drive with ESXi. After the target server reboots and loads ESXi. When the installation finishes. Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide OL-22763-02 2-15 .

Chapter 2 iSCSI Boot Installation VMware vSphere ESXi Installation Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s .d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . c o m Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide 2-16 OL-22763-02 .

where Server_Number is the target server. follow these steps: 1. see the Cisco UCS Manager CLI Configuration Guide and the Cisco UCS Manager CLI Command Reference. c o m A P P E N D I X A How to Determine Which Devices Are Installed in Your Server If you do not have a record of which devices (mass storage controller and HBA cards) are installed in the target server so that you can know which VMware drivers are required.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . The product ID (PID) of each card is listed. In the UCS Manager main window. For more information about the UCS Manager CLI. 2. • • • Viewing Installed Devices Using the UCS Manager GUI. 1. expand Equipment > Chassis > Chassis_Number > Servers > Server_Number. 2. page A-1 Viewing Installed Devices Using the UCS Manager GUI To view the installed devices in the server by using the UCS Manager GUI. /chassis/server # show adapter Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide OL-22763-02 A-1 . you can get this information from the following sections.Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . click the Equipment tab in the Navigation pane. Use Telnet or SSH to connect to the UCS system. The interface cards installed in the target server are displayed. page A-1 Viewing Installed Devices Using the UCS Manager CLI. 3. Use the scope command to change to chassis-server command mode: # scope server chassis-id/blade-id Where chassis-id/blade-id is the target server. Select Interface Cards. The interface cards are displayed by their PID numbers. page A-1 Viewing Installed Devices Using the UCS Manager GUI. On the Equipment tab. Viewing Installed Devices Using the UCS Manager CLI To view the installed devices in the server by using the UCS Manager CLI. 3. follow these steps. Use the show adapter command to display a list of installed interface cards in the target server.

click KVM Console. Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers VMware Installation Guide A-2 OL-22763-02 . c o m Viewing Installed Devices Using the KVM Console To see the names and model numbers of the devices displayed on the console screen during server bootup. In the Actions area. The KVM console opens in a separate window. follow these steps: 1. 2. click the General tab. 4. Select the target server that you want to access through the KVM console. 3. 5. 6.Appendix A Viewing Installed Devices Using the KVM Console How to Determine Which Devices Are Installed in Your Server Se n d d o c u m e n t c o m m e n t s t o u c s . expand Equipment > Chassis > Chassis_Number > Servers.d o c f e e d b a ck @ c i s c o . In the Work pane. In the UCS Manager main window. Reboot the server and observe the information about the installed devices on the console screen during bootup. On the Equipment tab. click the Equipment tab in the Navigation pane.

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