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Is possible let multi UCS domain enable VM-FEX and join to the same vCenter

Hi Experts,

We have 7 UCS domain. But only have one vCenter. Now we want to enable VM-FEX on each UCS domain and join to the same vCenter. Is it work? I did not find any configuration limit description about this relation.

Or we must create 7 vCenter for each UCS domain? (But I feel it is not make sense.)

Best regards,
Meng-Yuan Hsieh (Nick)

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Hi Meng! I opened a TAC case

Hi Meng!

 

I opened a TAC case on this and after much discussion with Cisco, connecting multiple UCS domains to a single vCenter is supported.  However, it turns out that Cisco neglected to document this and the procedure to make it work.  You'll find that procedures were written in older documentation for VN-LINK and some for VM-FEX.  This documentation states that it's necessary to create new certificates and that the extension key must match.  This is NOT true any more with newer versions of UCSM and vCenter.  Cisco has told me they're going to update their documentation.

 

Here are the steps we took to connect two UCS domains to the same vCenter utilizing the default self-signed certificates.  I hope this helps...  Please mark this post as the correct answer when you get a chance.  Thanks!!

 

vCenter Version: 5.5

UCSM Version: 2.2(5a)

 

  1. Under the VM tab in UCS Manager, click on VMware.
  2. Configure a unique extension key for each UCS domain.
  3. Click "Configure VMware Integration" on each UCS domain and Export the extension to local storage.
  4. Install the extensions from each UCS domain in vCenter.
  5. After the extensions are installed, go back to UCSM and click Next where you left off in Configure VMware Integration
  6. Run through the wizard and after this is complete, the UCS domains should now be connected to vCenter.

Multiple VM-FEX on Single vCenter

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Cisco Employee

Re: Is possible let multi UCS domain enable VM-FEX and join to t

Hello Meng,

Unfortunately you can't do that.

When you start to use VM-FEX the control plane of the virtual networking is integrated to a pair of Fabric Interconnect (UCS Domain), where you will manage your entire virtual network. If you have more that one UCS-Domain the VM-FEX feature can not be used, alternately you may use the Nexus 1000v.

Richard

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Is possible let multi UCS domain enable VM-FEX and join to the s

Hi Richard,

But we want to enable hight performance mode in VM-FEX. Nexus 1000v did not have this feature.

Best regards,

Meng-Yuan Hsieh (Nick)

Cisco Employee

Is possible let multi UCS domain enable VM-FEX and join to the s

Hi Meng,

Unfortunately today isn't possible.

Think as a simple network with mutiple control planes trying to assume the same role or do that same thing. The VM-FEX tecnology still have this limitation so far.

I was wondering why you have 7 UCS-domains? Are all domains sharing the same storage layer, if not, you can't integrate it anyway.

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Is possible let multi UCS domain enable VM-FEX and join to the s

Hi Richard,

Each UCS-domain for different service area. But we hope all the ESXi servers can be managed by single vCenter and all servers can enable high-performance mode on VM-FEX.

BTW. We total have 26 chassis and almost 150 blades.

New Member

Re: Is possible let multi UCS domain enable VM-FEX and join to t

Hi Richard,

I have a idea. If we deploy 7 vCenter for each UCS domain with VM-FEX. Can I setup vCenter "Linked Mode" for vCenter single point management?

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Cisco Employee

Re: Is possible let multi UCS domain enable VM-FEX and join to t

Hi Meng,

Should works, considering the vCenter Linked Mode limitations.

Regards.

Richard

New Member

Re: Is possible let multi UCS domain enable VM-FEX and join to t

Hi Richard,

OK! Thank's! I will try it.

Best regards,

Meng-Yuan Hsieh (Nick)

New Member

Meng, Did setting up VM-FEX

Meng,

 

Did setting up VM-FEX across multiple UCS domains to multiple vCenters in linked mode work for you?  I'm currently in the same situation and the server infrastructure team isn't too happy that they may have to build two additional vCenters to so VM-FEX can work across our two UCS domains.  Let me know!

New Member

Hi Alex, Because we have too

Hi Alex,

 

Because we have too many UCS domain. So we each UCS domain have they own vCenter. We did not use link mode.

 

Best regards,

Meng-Yuan Hsieh (Nick)

New Member

Hi Meng! I opened a TAC case

Hi Meng!

 

I opened a TAC case on this and after much discussion with Cisco, connecting multiple UCS domains to a single vCenter is supported.  However, it turns out that Cisco neglected to document this and the procedure to make it work.  You'll find that procedures were written in older documentation for VN-LINK and some for VM-FEX.  This documentation states that it's necessary to create new certificates and that the extension key must match.  This is NOT true any more with newer versions of UCSM and vCenter.  Cisco has told me they're going to update their documentation.

 

Here are the steps we took to connect two UCS domains to the same vCenter utilizing the default self-signed certificates.  I hope this helps...  Please mark this post as the correct answer when you get a chance.  Thanks!!

 

vCenter Version: 5.5

UCSM Version: 2.2(5a)

 

  1. Under the VM tab in UCS Manager, click on VMware.
  2. Configure a unique extension key for each UCS domain.
  3. Click "Configure VMware Integration" on each UCS domain and Export the extension to local storage.
  4. Install the extensions from each UCS domain in vCenter.
  5. After the extensions are installed, go back to UCSM and click Next where you left off in Configure VMware Integration
  6. Run through the wizard and after this is complete, the UCS domains should now be connected to vCenter.

Multiple VM-FEX on Single vCenter

New Member

Hi Alex, Awesome. It's a huge

Hi Alex,

 

Awesome. It's a huge news. Thank you for your update.

 

Best regards,

Meng-Yuan Hsieh (Nick)

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