UCS 210 CUCM installation

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May 6th, 2011

Hello,

We are in the process of installing CUCM 8.0 using UCS210 servers. Grateful if someone can help since this is our firstI have the following questions:

1. Should we install Windows in the server? If yes which Windows should we install?

2. Does Cisco ship the VMWare ESXi or should we download from VMware web site?

3. Do we have any documentation we must follow for the server preparation/ installation?

Thanks beforehand.

Regards,

Chandrasen

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Correct Answer by phooghen about 2 years 11 months ago

Chandrasen,

You are going to use the rackmount server to install CUCM.

Therefore you don't need to install any Windows OS.

Yo uwill need to install VMWare ESXi 4.x (boot directly from the VMWare install DVD)

A good documentation to start with is :

http://docwiki.cisco.com/wiki/Unified_Communications_Virtualization

In terms of license, have a look at:

http://docwiki.cisco.com/wiki/Unified_Communications_VMWare_Requirements#Required_VMware_Licensing_and_Customer_Purchase_Options

Required VMware Licensing and Customer Purchase Options

VMware licenses software on a per-populated-physical-CPU-socket basis  (not physical CPU cores or virtual CPUs or virtual CPU cores). Each  populated CPU socket per server requires a VMware license (with VMware  product and version that is supported by Cisco UC).

While VMware ESXi is mandatory for UC to run on UCS servers,  customers may purchase this license from any of the following sources:

  • From Cisco, as a preset “per-server” Cisco Collaboration  part number. This part number is separate from server hardware part  numbers. You can use the same part number for Cisco UCS B-Series and  C‑Series deployments. Note that for the Cisco UCS B-Series, you need to  add this part number to a group of data center part numbers ordered  through the Netformx DesignXpert ordering tool UCS Advisor. Only VMware  ESXi Standard Edition is available via this option. The part number is  “hard-coded” for two CPU sockets (no more, no less) and one year service  subscription (no multi-year or auto-renewals).
  • From Cisco, as an option under a build-to-order “per CPU  socket” data center part number for the server: Note that for the Cisco  UCS B-Series, you must order this option through the Netformx  DesignXpert ordering tool UCS Advisor. Only VMware Advanced, Enterprise  or Enterprise Plus Editions are available via this option. One year and  three year service subscription options are available.
  • From VMware directly or other 3rd-party: With this option, you  can order any VMware ESXi Edition you want, as well as take advantage of  any existing customer licensing arrangement with VMware (such as a site  or enterprise license).
  • When running Virtual machines with more than 4 vCPUs, VMWare ESXi Enterprise Plus license is required by VMWare.

For part number and SKU examples, see Table 1 of the UC on UCS page  at www.cisco.com/go/swonly . Cisco employees and Channel Partners may  also consult the UC on UCS chapter of the Cisco User Connect Licensing  ordering guide on Cisco Partner Central.

Note: in all cases, the customer is required to have a valid service contract with VMware to be supported

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phooghen Fri, 05/06/2011 - 04:37

Chandrasen,

You are going to use the rackmount server to install CUCM.

Therefore you don't need to install any Windows OS.

Yo uwill need to install VMWare ESXi 4.x (boot directly from the VMWare install DVD)

A good documentation to start with is :

http://docwiki.cisco.com/wiki/Unified_Communications_Virtualization

In terms of license, have a look at:

http://docwiki.cisco.com/wiki/Unified_Communications_VMWare_Requirements#Required_VMware_Licensing_and_Customer_Purchase_Options

Required VMware Licensing and Customer Purchase Options

VMware licenses software on a per-populated-physical-CPU-socket basis  (not physical CPU cores or virtual CPUs or virtual CPU cores). Each  populated CPU socket per server requires a VMware license (with VMware  product and version that is supported by Cisco UC).

While VMware ESXi is mandatory for UC to run on UCS servers,  customers may purchase this license from any of the following sources:

  • From Cisco, as a preset “per-server” Cisco Collaboration  part number. This part number is separate from server hardware part  numbers. You can use the same part number for Cisco UCS B-Series and  C‑Series deployments. Note that for the Cisco UCS B-Series, you need to  add this part number to a group of data center part numbers ordered  through the Netformx DesignXpert ordering tool UCS Advisor. Only VMware  ESXi Standard Edition is available via this option. The part number is  “hard-coded” for two CPU sockets (no more, no less) and one year service  subscription (no multi-year or auto-renewals).
  • From Cisco, as an option under a build-to-order “per CPU  socket” data center part number for the server: Note that for the Cisco  UCS B-Series, you must order this option through the Netformx  DesignXpert ordering tool UCS Advisor. Only VMware Advanced, Enterprise  or Enterprise Plus Editions are available via this option. One year and  three year service subscription options are available.
  • From VMware directly or other 3rd-party: With this option, you  can order any VMware ESXi Edition you want, as well as take advantage of  any existing customer licensing arrangement with VMware (such as a site  or enterprise license).
  • When running Virtual machines with more than 4 vCPUs, VMWare ESXi Enterprise Plus license is required by VMWare.

For part number and SKU examples, see Table 1 of the UC on UCS page  at www.cisco.com/go/swonly . Cisco employees and Channel Partners may  also consult the UC on UCS chapter of the Cisco User Connect Licensing  ordering guide on Cisco Partner Central.

Note: in all cases, the customer is required to have a valid service contract with VMware to be supported

cg100668 Fri, 05/06/2011 - 07:24

Phoogen,

Thank you very much for the information. I will go through the document and try to install the CUCM using VMWare.

Regards,

Chandrasen

cg100668 Mon, 05/09/2011 - 00:16

Phoogen,

I am going through the material list we have received from Cisco. Does Cisco send the VMware CDs or should I download the WMWare since I have not received them?

Regards,

Chandrasen

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