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UCS Central Fundamentals

- Managing UCS at Scale


Brad TerEick, Technical Solutions Architect
Matt Faiello, Technical Marketing Engineer
BRKCOM-2014

Managing UCS at Scale Series


Two Sessions in Series:
1.
2.

BRKCOM-2014: UCS Central Fundamentals Wednesday, 4:00 PM


BRKINI-2205: UCS Central Advanced Principles Thursday, 1:00 PM

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Agenda

Why UCS Central?

UCS Central Architecture

Domain Registration

Use Cases

Getting Started with UCS Central 6 Steps

Final Considerations

Q&A

Intro: Why UCS Central?

Management of Multiple UCS Systems - Review


Management of One UCS Domain
Single Management Focal Point

UCS Admin

Settings:
- Pools
- Policies
- Profiles
- VLANs
- VSANs

UCS Manager (running in Fabric Interconnects)

Many physical servers Up to 160 (blade or rack-mount)

1 manager for entire UCS Domain or pod or system or instance


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Management of Multiple UCS Systems


Review
UCS Admin

Settings:
- Pools
Pools
- Policies
Policies
- Profiles
Profiles
- VLANs
VLANs
- VSANs
VSANs

UCS Central will Simplify & Enhance


Your Multi-UCS Management

Chicago

New York

L.A.

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UCS Central Common Use Cases


1.

Information Dashboard

2.

Domain Admin Settings/Enforcement

New York

Chicago

Object Repository

4.

UCS Central

Domain Configuration

3.

Inventory
Faults/Logs
Statistics

IDs / ID Pools
Policies
Service Profiles & Templates
Connectivity Templates

L.A.

Profile Manager

What is it not?

Service Profile Usage & Placement

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UCS Central Architecture

UCS Central High-level Architecture


What Does It Look Like?

External, VM-based management appliance

Download as .OVA or .ISO from cisco.com

Architecture:
XML API

admin

https

UCS Central VM(s)

cisco.com

UCS Manager 1
UCS Manager 2
UCS Manager 3
UCS Manager 4
UCS Manager n

Hypervisor
DB Storage

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Domain Registration

UCS Central: High-level Logical View -- Registration


UCS Central
Initiated by Domain admin

New York

Chicago

Physical Inventory
Domain Faults
Policy Usage Map

Physical Inventory
Domain Faults
Policy Usage Map

L.A.

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Domain Registration - Challenges

Number 1 Issue = Time Synchronization

UCSM and UCS Central time must be identical

Use NTP time source for

UCS Central

UCS Central
UCS Domain
UCS Manager

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Domain Registration with UCS Central


Common Questions
1. Does UCS Central take over my domain as soon as it is registered?
No - Registration enables UCS Central, but does not empower UCS Central
UCS Manager admin may enable policy specific control of Domain-wide settings

2. Can UCS Central make changes to a Domain upon Registration?


Technically, yes (but not by default) Domain Group auto-registration policies

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Demo Domain Registration

UCS Central Use Cases


Changing UCS Management
Paradigm

UCS Central Common Use Cases


1.

Information Dashboard

2.

UCS Central

Domain Admin Settings/Enforcement

New York

Chicago

Object Repository

4.

UCS Information Dashboard


UCS Domain Configuration
UCS Object Repository
UCS Profile Manager

Domain Configuration

3.

Inventory
Faults/Logs
Statistics

1.
2.
3.
4.

IDs / ID Pools
Policies
Service Profiles & Templates
Connectivity Templates

L.A.

Profile Manager

Service Profile Usage & Placement

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UCS Central: High-level Logical View Use Cases


UCS Admin

1.
2.
3.
4.

UCS Central

View

Chicago

UCS Information Dashboard


UCS Domain Configuration Tool
UCS Object Repository
UCS Profile Manager

Information:
- Faults
- Identifiers
- Inventory
- Statistics

Information:
- Faults
- Identifiers
- Inventory
- Statistics

New York

Information:
- Faults
- Identifiers
- Inventory
- Statistics

Information:
- Faults
- Identifiers
- Inventory
- Statistics

Information:
- Faults
- Identifiers
- Inventory
- Statistics

Information:
- Faults
- Identifiers
- Inventory
- Statistics

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UCS Central Domain Groups


Dashboard Organization
UCS Central

Domain Group

EUROPE

Domain
Group

UCSM 1

Domain
Group

NEW
YORK

CHICAGO

UCSM 2

Domain Group

US
Domain Group

ASIA-PACIFIC

UCSM 3

Domain
Group

LOS
ANGELES

UCSM 5
UCSM 6

Grouping of UCS Domains


UCSM 7

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UCS Central Domain Groups


Dashboard Organization

UCS Central

Domains registered to Domain Group


Sub domains have hierarchical
relationship with their parent

Domain Group

EUROPE

Domains can move between Domain


Groups
Domain can auto-join Domain Group
based on qualification policies at
registration

Best
Practice

Sub Domain
Group

Sub Domain
Group

NEW
YORK

CHICAGO

Domain Group

US
Domain Group

ASIA-PACIFIC

Sub Domain
Group

LOS
ANGELES

Group Domains with similar configuration characteristics /


requirements. Typically based on geographic requirements

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Dashboard Navigation
Two Constructs
1. Domain Group

2. Organization

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Demo Dashboard

UCS Central: High-level Logical View Use Cases


UCS Admin
Configure

Chicago

Domain Settings:
- Authentication
- UCS
Date/Time
Central
- Monitoring
- Firmware
- Backup/Restore
More
- And more

1.
2.
3.
4.

UCS Information Dashboard


UCS Domain Configuration Tool
UCS Object Repository
UCS Profile Manager

New York

L.A.

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UCS Central Use Case: Configuration Tool


Globally Defined Domain-wide Infrastructure Policies

Define UCS Infrastructure Operational Policies


Settings can be controlled / enforced via System Profile

Consistency
Define Operational Policies
for UCS Infrastructure

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UCS Central Global Configuration Policies


Define Settings

UCS Central

Policy/System Profile Manager

Each UCS Manager becomes


the policy recipient and resolver

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Controlling UCS Configuration with Domain Groups


UCS Central

Domain Group

EUROPE

Sub Domain
Group

UCSM 1

Sub Domain
Group

NEW
YORK

CHICAGO

UCSM 2

Domain Group

US
Domain Group

ASIA-PACIFIC

UCSM 3

Sub Domain
Group

LOS
ANGELES

UCSM 5

Policies control Domain Group Configuration:


Applied to members of Domain Group
Define Domain-wide configuration for Domain Group members
Policies defined in the DG are in effect for all domains in the DG*
DG to DG move for domain can be disruptive depending on new policies

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Using UCS Central Domain Groups Opt In / Out


Example: Time Zone Management
Time Zone Policy:
US/Eastern

US/NewYork

UCS Manager UCS Central Menu

UCSM 1
UCSM 2

Time Zone Policy:


US/Central

US/Chicago

UCSM 3

UCSM 5
UCSM 6
Time Zone Policy:
US/Pacific

US/LA

UCSM 7

UCS Central does not take control - Control is given


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Global Configuration Settings in Sub Domain Groups


Domain Group: US
Date & Time: NTP
DNS
Remote Access
SNMP
Debug Settings
Call Home
Authentication (LDAP, Radius, TACACS)
Equipment Power and SEL policies
Firmware

Sub domain groups inherit properties from parent domain(s)


Easy way to manage exceptions to master policies
Exceptions get defined at the sub-domain level
Any domain in the sub-domain has all parent properties
+
the local policies defined at the sub-domain level

Sub Domain Group: New York


NEW YORK

Date & Time: Timezone US Eastern

Sub Domain Group: Chicago


CHICAGO

Date & Time: Timezone US Central

Sub Domain Group: Los Angeles


Date & Time: Timezone US Pacific

LOS ANGELES

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Global Configuration Policies - Standardization


UCS Domain 1

Global Admin Policies in a Domain Group


Date & Time: NTP, Time zone
DNS
Remote Access
SNMP
Debug Settings
Call Home
Authentication (LDAP, Radius, TACACS)
Equipment Power and SEL policies
Firmware

UCS Domain 2

UCS Domain 3

Admin Policies are defined at the domain group


Any domain that is a member of the DG inherits policies

Question: Are policies always inherited?

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UCS Central: High-level Logical View Use Cases


UCS Central

UCS Admin
Define

ID Pools

Policies

VLANs
VSANs

Templates

Chicago

1.
2.
3.
4.

UCS Information Dashboard


UCS Domain Configuration Tool
UCS Object Repository
UCS Profile Manager

New York

Objects Referenced by Service Profile

L.A.

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UCS Central: High-level Logical View Use Cases


UCS Admin

Define
Place
Control
Change
Move

UCS Central
Service Profile Template
Profile1

Profile2

Profile3

Profile4

Chicago

1.
2.
3.
4.

UCS Information Dashboard


UCS Domain Configuration Tool
UCS Object Repository
UCS Profile Manager

New York

L.A.

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Global Service Profiles


UCS Central
Copies of Global
Service Profiles are
pushed to each UCS
Domain as associated
Global Service
Profiles reside
on UCS Central

1.
2.
3.
4.

Global ID Pool
Global Policy

Service Profile A

Service Profile B

UCS Domain 1
Server

Server

Create SP-A
Create SP-B
Associate SP-A
Associate SP-B

UCS Domain 2
Server

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Global Service Profile Templates


Global Service Profile Template
HR-Apps
Network: HR-VLAN

Global Service Profile Templates may:

Be Updating or Initial

Leverage Global Server Pools

Network QoS: High


BIOS: Version 1.03
Boot Order: SAN, LAN

UCS Domain 1
Global Service Profile
HR-App1

UCS Central

Network: HR-VLAN
Network QoS: High
MAC: 67:6f:74:75:63:73:21:20
WWN: 00:05:9b:67:6f:75:63:70
BIOS: Version 1.03
Boot Order: SAN, LAN

UCS Domain 2

Global Service Profile


HR-App2
Network: HR-VLAN
Network QoS: High
MAC: 67:6f:74:75:63:73:21:21
WWN: 00:05:9b:67:6f:75:63:72
BIOS: Version 1.03
Boot Order: SAN, LAN

Global Service Profile


UCS Domain 3

HR-App3
Network: HR-VLAN
Network QoS: High
MAC: 67:6f:74:75:63:73:21:23
WWN: 00:05:9b:67:6f:75:63:73
BIOS: Version 1.03
Boot Order: SAN, LAN

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Global Server Pools


UCS Central
Static Pool

Dynamic Pool

Dynamic Pool

Custom

Mem > 96000MB

Chas/Slot = 2/8

Server 1/1/1

Server 2/1/4

Server 1/2/8

Server 1/2/4

Server 3/2/4

Server 2/2/8

Server 3/4/6

Server 4/3/6

Server 3/2/8

Server 4/5/8

Server 4/5/8

Server 4/2/8

Domain 1

Domain 2

Domain 3

Domain 4

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UCS Central Use Case: Object Repository


Global ID & ID Pool Management
UCS1
Global Pool
Pool1

67:6c:6f:62:61:6c:69:64
68:70:73:75:63:6b:73:21

67:72:6f:77:75:63:73:21
62:75:79:75:63:73:21:21

75:75:69:64:72:6f:63:6b
22:6d:61:63:69:64:21:22
27:77:77:6e:66:75:6e:27

UCS2
UCS Central

Pool2
66:63:6f:65:62:61:62:79
75:63:73:72:6f:63:6b:73

ID usage from
Both local and global pools
67:6c:6f:62:61:6c:69:64
68:70:73:75:63:6b:73:21

UCS3

75:75:69:64:72:6f:63:6b

Pool3

Centralized sourcing of IDs from global pools


Real-time ID usage summaries
Avoids ID conflicts among UCS domains

76:69:63:70:6f:77:65:72
73:76:63:70:72:6f:66:6c
75:63:73:6d:63:6f:6f:6c

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Where Does a Global Object Live?


Refresher Local Object Consumption

UCS Domain
Service Profile
- BIOS Policy: SRIOV
- LAN Connectivity Policy: vmware

- VLAN: corp

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Where Does a Global Object Live?


Creation of Global Objects
UCS Central
Service Profile
- BIOS Policy: global-SRIOV

- LAN Connectivity Policy: global-vmware


- VLAN: global-corp

UCS Domain

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Where Does a Global Object Live?


Service Profile Association and Shadow Object Creation
UCS Central
Service Profile
- BIOS Policy: global-SRIOV
- LAN Connectivity Policy: global-vmware

- VLAN: global-corp

Service Profile

Read-only (copy)
Shadow Objects

UCS Domain

- BIOS Policy: global-SRIOV

Server

- LAN Connectivity Policy: global-vmware


- VLAN: global-corp

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Where Does a Global Object Live?


Modification of a Global Object
UCS Central
Service Profile
- BIOS Policy: global-SRIOV

- LAN Connectivity Policy: global-vmware


- VLAN: global-corp

UCS Domain
Service Profile
global-SRIOV
- BIOS Policy: global-SRIOV

Server

global-vmware
- LAN Connectivity Policy: global-vmware
global-corp
- VLAN: global-corp

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Where Does a Global Object Live?


Deletion of Carrier Object
UCS Central
Service Profile
- BIOS Policy: global-SRIOV

- LAN Connectivity Policy: global-vmware


- VLAN: global-corp

Service Profile

UCS Domain

Service Profile
Disassociated

Global Policies
Dereferenced
And Deleted

global-SRIOV
- BIOS Policy: global-SRIOV

Server

global-vmware
- LAN Connectivity Policy: global-vmware
global-corp
- VLAN: global-corp

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Service Profile Mobility


Requires: Common / Global Resources with Location Awareness
Why Common / Global Resources?
Simplification One Source of Truth vs. Many Disjoint Resources
Enforceability Admin Policies can be Prescribed for Standardization
Consistency Same Experience in all UCS Domains

Portability Requires all of the above.

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Analogy: Local Traffic Rules = Local Traffic Policies

Two specific regions

Mainland China RH driving


Hong Kong LH driving

Independent ecosystems
No problem

Vehicle moves from Mainland


China to Hong Kong?

Problem

Need: Common Driving Policy


U.S. to/from Canada

Source: www.fastcompany.com/1660258/ingenious-flipper-bridge-melds-left-side-drivers-right-side-drivers and www.tourist-spots.lv2lvu.com

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Service Profile Mobility


The Vehicle for Service Profile Mobility is a Global Service Profile

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Global Service Profiles Move to Alternate Domain


UCS Central
Global ID Pool
Global Policy

Service Profile A

UCS Domain 1
Server
Service
Profile A

Server
Service
Profile B

Service Profile B

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Create SP-A
Create SP-B
Associate SP-A
Associate SP-B
Move SP-B to Domain 2

UCS Domain 2
Server

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What about Local Affinity (location awareness)?


Management IP Range
10.10.10.1 10.10.10.124

Site Specific Requirements

VLAN
Name = prod, ID = 100

Chicago

Cisco IMC IP Pools


VLAN / VSAN IDs

Management IP Range
10.10.10.125 10.10.10.249
VLAN
Name = prod, ID = 100

How will this affect mobility?


Management IP Range
20.20.20.1 20.20.20.249
VLAN
Name = prod, ID = 200

New York

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Local Affinity Challenge (without UCS Central)


Real World Example Management IP and VLAN Requirements
Chicago Datacenter
VLANs
NAME=PROD, ID=1101
NAME=DEV, ID=1151
NAME=QUAL, ID=1161

Management IP Range
10.10.10.1 10.10.10.124
10.10.10.125 10.10.10.249

10.10.10.1-10.10.10.124

Domain 1

PROD

DEV

QUAL

10.10.10.125-10.10.10.249

Domain 2

PROD

DEV

QUAL

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Local Affinity Challenge (without UCS Central)


Real World Example Management IP and VLAN Requirements
New York Datacenter
VLANs
NAME=PROD, ID=1201
NAME=DEV, ID=1251
NAME=QUAL, ID=1261

Management IP Range
20.20.20.1 20.20.20.124
20.20.20.125 20.20.20.249

20.20.20.1-20.20.20.124
PROD

DEV

Domain 3

QUAL

20.20.20.125-20.20.20.249
PROD

DEV

Domain 4

QUAL

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Be sure to attend advanced session

BRKINI-2205:
UCS Central Advanced Principles Managing UCS at Scale
Thursday, July 14th, 1:00 PM

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UCS Central Use Cases


Information Dashboard

1.

Inventory
Faults/Logs
Statistics
UCS Central

Domain Configuration

2.

Domain Admin Settings/Enforcement

New York

Chicago

Object Repository

3.

IDs / ID Pools
Policies
Service Profiles & Templates
Connectivity Templates

L.A.

Profile Manager

4.

Service Profile Usage & Placement

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Demo
- Object Placement
- Service Profile Mobility

Getting Started with UCS Central

Proven Techniques

Practice and Plan with UCSPE

Migration? No Easy Button !

See:
http://communities.cisco.com/ucs

6 Basic Steps (next page)

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UCS Platform Emulator (UCSPE)


http://communities.cisco.com/ucspe

No UCS Hardware needed

Full featured emulator for the UCS Manager


Installs as a Virtual Machine
Provides complete support for all XML API calls
Object Browser to peruse the UCSM model
Import & replicate existing live UCS Manager
physical inventory
Share saved physical inventories among UCS
Platform Emulators
Drag-n-drop hardware builder to create custom
physical inventory
Great for API integration development / testing

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Getting Started 6 Steps


0. UCS Platform Emulator is the Best Learning Tool for UCS Central

Use the Platform Emulator for:

Training / Demonstrations
Planning
Testing UCS Central configuration changes
Development platform for creation and
testing of Python/PowerShell scripts

Free download
http://communities.cisco.com/ucspe

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Getting Started 6 Steps

Best
Practice

1. Register all Domains to UCS Central

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Getting Started 6 Steps

Best
Practice

2. Define Domain Groups and Org Structure

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Getting Started 6 Steps

Best
Practice

3. If Existing Domains, Recreate Objects as Global Objects

New UCS Central 1.5 Capability: Static IDs on Global SPs

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Getting Started 6 Steps

Best
Practice

4. Opt-in to desired Domain-wide Admin Policies

Start with all Policies local (default)


Opt-In to global policies over time (as
comfort increases)
Remember:

Global Policy resolution can revert back to local


Global Policy resolution promotes administrative
scalability

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Getting Started 6 Steps

Best
Practice

5. Define any additional SP-Attached Policies, Pools, Connectivity Templates

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Getting Started 6 Steps

Best
Practice

6. Define Global Service Profile Templates

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Best
Practice

Getting Started - Summary


Steps
0. Build a simulated UCS infrastructure with UCS Platform Emulator(s)

- Follow 6 steps (below) to Test / Practice / Learn UCS Central with Emulated hardware

1. Register all Domains


2. Define Domain Groups and Organization structure
3. If existing Domains, then:
Recreate Objects as Global, Reference Newly Created Objects

4. Opt-in to desired Domain-wide Admin Policies


5. Define Policies, Pools, Connectivity Templates
6. Define Service Profile Templates
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Final Considerations

UCS Central for Single Domain?


Capabilities to Consider

Centralized & Scheduled UCSM Backups

Automated firmware management

Enhanced Role-Based Access and Control (RBAC)

Scalability Prepare for future growth

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Speaking of the UCS Platform Emulator


Consider Building a Change Control Environment with Emulators
Mirror Production Environment for Change Control
1. Deploy a UCSPE instance for each production domain
2. Import HW inventory from production domain to UCSPE(s)
3. Restore production config-all backup to UCSPE instance(s)
4. Deploy test UCS Central appliance for emulated environment
5. Register each UCSPE-based domain to test implementation of UCS Central

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UCS Central - Whats New?

Whats New?
Shipping as of December 2015

UCS Central Version 1.4


Continued enhancements to user interface HTML5 Support
Support for new hardware
Feature Enhancements, including:

Scriptable vMedia Support (shipping today with 1.2(1e) patch)


Scheduled UCSM & UCS Central Backup Times
Domain Specific ID pools for Global Service Profiles
Additional Hypervisor Support

Improved SDK and scripting support PowerTool for UCS Central

Your feedback drives features


Use http://communities.cisco.com/ucs
Be vocal, be heard!!
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Whats Next?
Coming
Very, Very
Soon!

UCS Central 1.5

Managed Object Tagging

Hardware Compatibility Reports

Tag-based Firmware Upgrade Capabilities

Domain Registration from UCS Central

Static IDs on Global Service Profiles

UI Enhancements

View Local Service Profiles

And More.

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Resources

Resources

The best resource for all components


discussed in the presentation

Site contains references to:

http://communities.cisco.com/ucs
Best Practice Guides
Training Videos
Tech Talks
UCS/UCS Central PowerTools
Q&A

Contact me any time

btereick@cisco.com
@BradTerEick
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UCS Central Resources

UCS Central Web Page

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps12502/index.html

Google+
Cisco Data Centre & Cloud
Live & previously recorded UCS Management Tech Talks (Hangouts on Air)

UCS Central Best Practice Guide

https://supportforums.cisco.com/docs/DOC-32946

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