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Redfish API support on CIMC 3.0+

There are a lot of remote server management solutions out there (CIMC, DRAC, BMC, ILO). All solutions have there own set of API’s and functions. In a world where automation is becoming mainstream, the demand for an industry open standard has raised. The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) has developed the answer to this question by creating an industry open standard for all remote server … Lees verder Redfish API support on CIMC 3.0+

Greenfield implementation issues with Cisco UCS Central

When using multiple Cisco UCS Management domains, the usage of Cisco UCS Central is recommended for centralized management. With greenfield implementations this could be a daunting task, because Cisco UCS Central is the starting point (no other datacenter infrastructure components are available yet). You have to create a temporarily environment where the Cisco UCS Central virtual appliance can be deployed on your soon-to-be-managed-by-UCS-Central UCS Management … Lees verder Greenfield implementation issues with Cisco UCS Central

Cisco UCS – BIOS policy recommendations

Workload type Windows Server 2012 (or higher) VMware host (VSI) VMware host (db-cluster) VDI Basic settings Reboot on BIOS Settings change Enabled Enabled Enabled Enabled Serial port A Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Quiet Boot Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Post Error Pause Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Front Panel Lockout Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Consistent Device Naming (CDN) Enabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Resume AC On Power Loss last … Lees verder Cisco UCS – BIOS policy recommendations

Cisco UCS – BIOS settings – part 3

Processor – basic options Execute Disabled Bit: This option will prevent malicious code from bufferflow attacks by classifying memory areas were code can be executed. Depending on the support of  operating system you should Enable this option. Direct Cache Access: This option allows data from I/O devices to be placed directly in the processor cache increasing I/O performance. You should always Enable this setting. Local X2 Application Policy … Lees verder Cisco UCS – BIOS settings – part 3

Cisco UCS – BIOS settings – part 2

Basic options Reboot on BIOS Settings change: Always set on Enable, the maintenance policy will be in control of the needed reboot instead of the admin. Serial port A: Always set to Disabled, serial ports … 2016  .. not going to use it=disable! Quiet Boot: Always set to Disabled, I’m an admin, I want to know what’s going on = disable! Post Error Pause: It depends on … Lees verder Cisco UCS – BIOS settings – part 2

Cisco UCS – BIOS settings – part 1

A few years ago there was a best practice guide on the web, talking about BIOS settings. This document (unfortunately ) has been removed and now we have to trust our common sense to configure the BIOS settings (or this blog). When you open the BIOS policy a lot of new options are out there and the help is unsufficient in providing the necessary information (technical … Lees verder Cisco UCS – BIOS settings – part 1