I'm spec'ing out two new servers; one is for a Prime NCS box and another for a Cisco Security Manager 4.2 box. I've decided to go with Cisco's UCS line of servers, but am a little unsure of something on the stated recommended requirements in the data sheet for the NCS.
If deploying Cisco Prime NCS as a virtual appliance, on a customer-supplied server, one of the following versions
of VMware ESX or ESXi may be used:
VMWare ESX or VMWare ESXi version 4.1
Does this mean that the NCS software HAS to be run virtualized, or can it be installed and run simply standalone on something like Windows Server 2008? If so, via a burned disc image?
the two servers will be running RAID arrays and I was wondering what are your opinions about running everything ( OS, Cisco software, logs and other data ) together on the RAID array, or putting the OS and Cisco software on a separate boot drive and storing only data on the RAID?
I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be fine running it all together on the RAID, but I'm curious about what you think about that.
Also, we're upgrading from our current WCS and I was wondering if some sort of migration is necessary or if we can just install NCS fresh onto the server and configure it accordingly.
Thanks for your reply and I apologize for my belated response.
You were totally right that NCS just comes as an .ova file. I was able to deploy it into ESXi 4.1 with no problem. We're running a RAID 60 and it shows up in ESXi as a single data store, which is where the NCS VM ends up, so you're right that you can't somehow store the NCS VM separate from it's corresponding data; it all just runs together on the same RAID-based virtual datastore. You can, however, configure a "repository" in the NCS CLI where you can send off log files and things of that nature. That's TFTP, FTP repositories, etc...
We haven't ventured into CSM yet, but it's coming.
To anyone reading this who is looking to deploy NCS in vSphere, when you're creating the datastore that will hold the NCS VM, make sure that you set the block size for the virtual datastore to at least 512GB. The default is 256GB. The block size states the largest size that a single file can be on the volume, but this will not work for NCS because the NCS VM will automatically provison a little over 400GB, so the default size will cause the .OVA deployment to immediately error out.
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