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UCS Manager 2.

1 Feature
overview

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Enhancements

Operational
Enhancements

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Windows 2012 NPIV Support


Single iQN for iSCSI Boot
ESX/Linux fNIC Driver Enhancements
SD Card Boot Support
Transportable Flash Module (TFM) Support
Multi-hop FCoE
Zoning configuration in UCSM
PCIe Flash Discovery and support (in progress)
Unified Appliance Port

KVM Session Management


Fabric Interconnect HA Firmware Auto Sync
Nested LDAP Group Support
VIC PXE Boot Optimization
UCSM GUI Size Optimization
Blade Health LED Monitoring
M3 Board Programmables Firmware Update
C22 3.5, C24 2.5, C24 3.5, and C240 NEBS refresh

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IGMP querying
VLAN Group
(P, V) count optimization

VM-FEX

VM-FEX for Windows Server 8 HyperV (including SRIOV)

Single wire management w/ VIC 1225

Global Service Profiles


Global Domain Specific Identifiers
Enhanced Inventory of UCS
Globalization/Localization of Policies
Support for UCS Central operations

C-series

UCS Central 1.1


Support

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Networking
VM-FEX
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Customer benefits

FCoE Storage

End-to-end or multi-hop FCoE

Savings from LAN/SAN consolidation


upstream from the UCS Fabric Interconnects

Feature details

FCoE

FCoE

MDS/N5K/N7K

MDS/N5K/N7K

Access to FCoE target storage connected to an


upstream MDS, N5K or N7K
Unified Uplink carries Ethernet and
FCoE traffic on one uplink

FCoE

FCoE
NPV/EHM

UCS FI

UCS FI

Supported topologies documented at


launch
Fabric Interconnect in NPV mode
VNP ports primary use case
FC Switching Mode and VE Ports limited
testing
Check HCL for supported configurations

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FCoE Storage

FC Storage

Direct connection of FC/FCoE storage to FI


with no need for upstream FC switch
Lower cost point for smaller deployments
Feature details
Direct attach FC/FCoE storage with no
upstream FC switch, 1.4, 2.0 caveat removed
FC zoning enabled within UCSM
Zoning support in FC switch mode only

UCS FI

UCS FI

FC zoning enabled/disabled per VSAN


Implicit zone creation

No need to manually create zones


Single-initiator-single-target or singleinitiator-multiple-target zones
Migration steps to/from topologies with
upstream FC switches will be documented

UCS servers

Supported on EMC and Netapp


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High performance flash storage in blades
Support for applications with high IOPs
requirements
Feature details

Feature will provide support for PCIebased flash storage in Romley blades
Mezzanine cards* (non-mLOM slot)
UCS Manager will only discover and
inventory the cards in this release
Firmware upgrades and pool
qualification features will be in a postDel Mar release

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Customer benefits

Storage

File and block data over a single cable


Cost reduction for UCS customers through
port and cable consolidation

FCoE
iSCSI
NFS
CIFS

Feature details

Unified Appliance Port


Single connection between FI and
storage array for FCoE, NFS, CIFS and
iSCSI access
Cable and port reduction
Initial support for NetApp arrays only
Only vendor shipping unified target
ports today
Caveat: No port channels for Unified
Appliance port connections

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UCS FI

UCS FI

UCS servers

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Operational Enhancements
Networking
VM-FEX
2.1.2 Features

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Customer benefits
Up to double the number of servers on same
Nexus 2232PP compared to prior release
Reduced cabling cost and port count when
integrating C-Series to UCSM
Truly a Unified Fabric for both B and C-Series
servers

UCS
Manager
UCS 6100 or 6200

UCS 6100 or 6200


Nexus 2232PP

Feature details
Management and data for C-Series rack
servers carried over single wire, rather than
separate wires

VIC 1225

Requires VIC 1225 Lexington adapter


Supported on C260M2, C460M2 and all M3
Rack Servers
Continues to offer scale of up to 160 servers
across blade and rack in a single domain
Mgmt/Data Connection

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Operational
Enhancements

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Customer benefits
Users can utilize a tool to automatically
sequence and apply upgrades to each system
endpoint, simplifying the process
Feature details
Administrators can utilize a simple wizard-like
interface to specify which version of firmware
they would like to upgrade either their
infrastructure or servers to
Sequencing of firmware updates is handled
automatically to ensure the least downtime
Intermediate user acknowledgement during
fabric upgrade allows users to verify that
elements such as storage are in an
appropriate state before continuing the
upgrade

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Customer benefits

Seamless integration of new Fabric Interconnect into


a UCS HA cluster (e.g. RMA)
Firmware automatically synchronized and updated
from active Fabric Interconnect

Feature details

When new fabric interconnect is brought into a UCS


HA cluster, the firmware gets synchronized
automatically from the active Fabric Interconnect
Sync up of UCSM database and configuration as
usual once the HA cluster is formed
Active Fabric Interconnect must be at UCSM
firmware version1.4 (Balboa) or later.
Both Fabrics must be of same model

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Operational
Enhancements

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Customer benefits
Customers can simplify operations by
aligning Service Profile names with their
naming conventions
Feature details
Users will have the ability to rename a Service
Profile in its current place in the org tree
Old IDs (e.g., UUID, MAC, WWN) are
retained
New audit logs, events, and faults
reference the new name
Existing audit logs, events, and faults
from the original Service Profile remain
available under the original name
No server reboot is necessary

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Operational
Enhancements

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Customer benefits
Customers can align UCSM fault alerting
with their operational activities

Feature details

Fault suppression offers the ability to


lower severity of designated faults for a
maintenance window, preventing Call
Home and SNMP traps during that
period

Predefined policies allow a user to easily


place a server into a maintenance mode
to suppress faults during maintenance
operations
User will be able to right click on an SP and opt
to place it into maintenance mode
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Operational
Enhancements

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Customer benefits
Collection of features to increase customer
security and simplify network and storage
connectivity management

vNIC eth0

Feature details
Three features are introduced:

1.

Organization aware VLANs

2.

LAN and SAN connectivity policies

3.

Additional security by constraining VLAN


access by organization
Separate LAN and SAN connectivity policies
describe network and storage resources

New opt-in server admin privilege

vNIC ethn
Adapter profile
Identity pool (wwpn, mac)
Network control policy
Network template
Statistics policy
Order
Pin group
QoS policy

LAN connectivity policy

Privilege with ability to manage service


profiles, but not network or storage objects
beyond ability to consume a LAN and SAN
connectivity policy

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Operational
Enhancements

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Details

Privileges documentation
New documentation is being provided to explain privileges in detail
Mixed infrastructure and server pack support
Del Mar infrastructure will be officially supported with a set of 2.0
server packs, allowing customers to avoid disruptive server reboots

Troubleshooting enhancements
FSM tab in UCSM is being enhanced to provide more information,
aiding in troubleshooting efforts
Enhancements include an expansion of information displayed, including:
Expected FSM stage transitions
Current and prior stage history
IGMP querying
Feature provides parity with Nexus feature support for multicast
VLAN Group
Simplified SP configuration, allowing application of a group of VLANs to a
vnic in single step

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Networking
VM-FEX
2.1.2 Features

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Networking

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Customer benefits

Enable higher scale in (P,V) count (also know as


logical ports)
Important for customers with:
ESX DVS or Nexus 1kV
Multi-tenant Service Provider/Enterprise
High # of Servers with high # of VLAN
GET/Enterprise/Commercial/SLED

Feature details

Optimizes (P,V) to increase supported limit


Increase Scale from 32K to up to 64K* on the
6248/6296

*Caveat: -Actual Limit dependent on


environment/configuration

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User will be able to enable or disable (default)


feature in global policies

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VM-FEX
2.1.2 Features
VM-FEX

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VM-FEX

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Customer benefits

Customers can consolidate virtual and physical


networking infrastructure

Brings high performance I/O to VMs and with host CPU


savings

Feature details
Uses SR-IOV to extend physical network all the
way to the virtual machines
Provides each virtual machine with dedicated
port on the physical network
Collection of Cisco UCS VM-FEX and Fabric
Interconnect 1 vNetwork Distributed switch
Management via PowerShell and stand alone
GUI. UCSM-SCVMM integration in future

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2.1.2 Features

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Customer benefits

(VM) running on a server can share a single


adapter, and still have independent access to
its own protected storage

Feature details
Requirements:
UCSM 2.1(2) Windows fNIC driver
UCSM 2.1(2) VIC Firmware Image
UCSM 2.1(2) on Fabric Interconnect/IOMs
Hyper-V 2012 and Windows 2012 Guests
Is NOT a Hypervisor bypass feature
No UCSM integration, all in fNIC driver

SCVMM management being worked by MS


No support for UCSM FC Zoning feature
UCSM based zoning does not recognize these
HBAs
Being scoped for future release of UCSM

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Customer benefits
One iQN per service profile even with two
iSCSI vNICs
Follows industry convention for S/W iSCSI
booting
Feature details
Prior releases, two iSCSI vNICs would result in two
iQNs being created for each service profile.
This worked but did not follow accepted conventions
in the industry for a single iQN per host
Operational benefits for administrators to now have
option of single iQN
Eases array side configuration requirements.

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Customer benefits

New Tuneables Exposed via CLI


Statistics Collection in the driver

Feature details
Supported on ESX and Linux versions on 2.1(2) HCL
(except ESX 4.x)
CLI only, no UCSM integration at this time.
LUN queue depth and maximum outstanding I/Os
are new tuneables exposed
Statistics collection will show all I/O activity in driver
layer on user defined intervals

iostat for fNIC

Configuration guides will be available at CCO posting

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Customer benefits
Enable manual boot from SD card (typically for ESXi),
replacing need for local HDDs

Phase 1 support Feature details


Support for M3 blades (B200 M3, B420 M3, and B22 M3)
Initially just 1 SD card (in either slot)
Manual BIOS support means user enters BIOS (F2 key) and
selects SD card as boot device

Note: there is UCSM-enablement to do this though no


visible support for SD card within UCSM in Phase 1

UCS M3 blade server

Phase 2 support Feature details


Phase 2 is targeting El Capitan release:

UCS Manager discovery of card(s)

Mirroring/dual SD cards support

Ability to select SD card or internal USB as boot device in


Service Profile (with 2nd level boot order support)

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Customer benefits

Ability to monitor the Transportable Flash Module


(TFM) and SuperCap in UCSM

Feature details

Indicate the presence of TFM and SuperCap in


UCSM
Inventory of the SuperCap attributes
Monitor the temperature and charge of SuperCap
Predictive failure of SuperCap and recommendation
for replacement

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Customer benefits

Robust multi-user CIMC Session Management


Role-based access privileges

Feature details
Display Session Information

Session Type: KVM, vMedia, SOL


IP from which session is launched

Administrator can terminate sessions


User access privileges read only, read/write/admin
Terminate sessions without restarting KVM/vMedia
server

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Customer benefits

Enables faster response for LDAP login, in case


of nested LDAP group membership

Feature details

Supported only for Microsoft Active Directory

No changes to current behavior when choosing


OpenLDAP as vendor

Nested group membership validated only when


recursive group traversal is enabled in UCSM

No limit on level of indirect membership configuration

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Customer benefits

Substantial improvement of PXE boot time using


the Cisco VIC

Feature details

Addresses issues around slow PXE/remote boot


using Cisco VIC in prior releases
Achieved 60% faster PXE boot time as compared to
prior releases
In line with industry standard boot times

Cisco VIC 1280

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Customer benefits

Substantial improvement in UCSM GUI launch


speed
Better GUI launch experience over low bandwidth
network connections/VPN (even across continents)

Feature details

Image optimization and better Jar files compression

Size reduced by 83% (from 52.3MB down to 8.3MB)

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Customer benefits

UCSM monitors the blade health LED and raises


faults for critical or minor errors

Feature details

Blade health LED is located in the front panel, and


indicates the overall blade health

Multiple sensors on board (component voltage,


temperature, DIMM ECC errors, etc) can impact
health LED

Green color reflects normal operation

UCSM raises fault when blade health LED turns


amber (minor) or amber blinking (critical)

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Customer benefits

Ability to update the firmware of programmable


devices on M3 boards (Power sequencer, LED
controller, etc) in the field

Feature details

Host Firmware Packages policy provides the option


to select the Board Controller Firmware

Direct update option available for servers not


associated with a Service Profile

Self Install Executable runs on CIMC and does the


actual update of the programmable devices

Available for Romley platforms onwards

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Platinum Efficiency PSU


Initial Support for 200 240 at

2500W output
Future Support for 100 120V at

1300W output.
No physical changes to PSU
At 200 240V is a replacement for existing
supply

100 120V requires a firmware

update (likely El Cap MR2)


Using older revisions there will be errors in
UCSM

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Global Service Profiles


Service Profiles get defined in UCS Central
They are associated with server at the local domain
UCS Manager caches read-only all of the referred global policies

Global Domain Specific Identifiers


Restricted visibility of IDs defined in global ID pools on a per domain basis

Enhanced Inventory of UCS

Globalization of local policies


Local policies can be made global and imported into UCS Central
Such global policies can then be shared with peer domains

Localization of global policies


Global policies can be localized within a UCS domain
Changes can be made to these local policies at that time

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