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Ask the Expert: Cisco UCS B-Series Latest Version New Features

   

Welcome to this Cisco Support Community Ask the Expert conversation. This is an opportunity to learn and ask questions about the Cisco UCS Manager 2.2(1) release, which delivers several important features and major enhancements in the fabric, compute, and operational areas. Some of these features include fabric scaling, VLANs, VIFs, IGMP groups, network endpoints, unidirectional link detection (UDLD) support, support for virtual machine queue (VMQ), direct connect C-Series to FI without FEX, direct KVM access, and several other features.

Teclus Dsouza is a customer support engineer from the Server Virtualization team at the Cisco Technical Assistance Center in Bangalore, India. He has over 15 years of total IT experience. He has worked across different technologies and a wide range of data center products. He is an expert in Cisco Nexus 1000V and Cisco UCS products. He has more than 6 years of experience on VMware virtualization products.  

Chetan Parik is a customer support engineer from the Server Virtualization team at the Cisco Technical Assistance Center in Bangalore, India. He has seven years of total experience. He has worked on a wide range of Cisco data center products such as Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000V. He also has five years of experience on VMware virtualization products.

Remember to use the rating system to let Teclus and Chetan know if you have received an adequate response. 

Because of the volume expected during this event, our experts might not be able to answer every question. Remember that you can continue the conversation in the Data Center community, under subcommunity Unified Computing, shortly after the event. This event lasts through May 9, 2014. Visit this forum often to view responses to your questions and the questions of other Cisco Support Community members.

 

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New Member

Hello gents,Is it possible to

Hello gents,

Is it possible to connect storage directly to UCS? If so, what is the required configuration on UCS? Appreciate your assistance.

Jackson

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New Member

Hello gents,Is it possible to

Hello gents,

Is it possible to connect storage directly to UCS? If so, what is the required configuration on UCS? Appreciate your assistance.

Jackson

Cisco Employee

Hi Jackson,Yes its is

Hi Jackson,

Yes its is possible.    Connect the storage array to the fabric interconnects using two 10GB links per storage processor.  Connect each SP to both fabric interconnects and configure the ports on the fabric interconnect as “Appliance” ports from UCSM

For more information on how to connect Netapp storage using other protocols like iSCSI or FCOE  please check the url below.

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/servers-unified-computing/ucs-6100-series-fabric-interconnects/whitepaper_c11-702584.html

Regards

Teclus Dsouza

 

New Member

Hi Guys,Is it possible to

Hi Guys,

Is it possible to configure private vlans in UCS and VMWare 5.5 vDS to a 3750 core without a Nexus 1k, Nexus 5k or Nexus 7k? Any information on this setup would be greatly appreciated. 

Thanks,

 

Daniel

Cisco Employee

Hi Daniel, Yes its possible

Hi Daniel, 

Yes its possible to create Private Vlans on UCS .   The attached guide gives step by step instructions on how to go about it . 

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/servers-unified-computing/ucs-b-series-blade-servers/116310-config-ucs-pvlan-00.html#anc11

I hope this helps answer your question. 

Cheers

Teclus Dsouza

 

 

 

New Member

Hi Teclus,Thanks for the your

Hi Teclus,

Thanks for the your answer.  One more question for you.  How can I check whether my UCS setup is compatible and supported?

Jackson

Cisco Employee

Hi Jackson, You can use the

Hi Jackson, 

You can use the below compatibility matrix  and check the same. 

http://www.cisco.com/web/techdoc/ucs/interoperability/matrix/matrix.html

Let me know if you have any other queries 

Regards

Teclus Dsouza

 

 

 

New Member

Hi Teclus and Chetan,Can I

Hi Teclus and Chetan,

Can I have my fabric interconnect connected to two different upstream switches? Please help.

thank you,

Sebastian

Cisco Employee

Hi Sebastian, I am not sure

Hi Sebastian, 

I am not sure if you got the answer to this.   Yes the FI's should be connected to 2 different upstream switches as this is a recommended  topology . 

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/servers-unified-computing/ucs-6120xp-20-port-fabric-interconnect/110267-ucs-uplink-ethernet-connection.html

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/servers-unified-computing/ucs-manager/116095-configure-ucs-upstream-port-channel-00.html

Let me know if you need any other details 

 

 

 

New Member

Thank you Teclus.  This helps

Thank you Teclus.  This helps very much. Also, I know that Fabric interconnect operate in NPV mode by default. Can the fabric interconnect/UCS work in NPIV mode? If yes what is the configuration needed?

Sebastian

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