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Partnership and FlexPod Innovation at NetApp Insight 2016

http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/partnership-and-flexpod-innovation-at-netapp-insight-2016

NetApp’s annual technology conference takes place in Las Vegas next week and Cisco is excited to be a premier sponsor for the event. At the event, Cisco and NetApp will highlight FlexPod, our partnership, and the need for simplicity and automation.

Amazing! We all use it, and am still amazed how it works.

A few nice resources for UCS Central.

UCS Communities – UCS Central Best Practice Document

https://communities.cisco.com/docs/DOC-66619

 

UCS Communities – Tech Talks

https://communities.cisco.com/docs/DOC-51417

 

UCS Emulator

https://communities.cisco.com/docs/DOC-37827

 

DEVnet Learning Labs

https://developer.cisco.com/site/devnet/learningLabs/overview.gsp

 

Cisco dCloud

https://dcloud-rtp-web-1.cisco.com/dCloud/

 

UCS/UCSC PowerTools

https://software.cisco.com/download/release.html?i=!y&mdfid=286305108&softwareid=284574017&release=2.0.2&os=

 

 

Youtube VODs:

 

 

UCS Central Infrastructure Firmware Upgrades

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7f6U6F8cWU

 

 

UCS Central ID Access Control Policies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgF5GejzJFM

 

 

UCS Advanced Policy Resolution

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQlBYUfAJeM

 

 

UCS Central VLAN ID Aliasing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJpizfV4wkY

 

 

UCS Central – Converting a Local Service Profile to a Global Service Profile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOMxNu91VG8

 

 

UCS Central – DR Backups and Restore

https://youtu.be/8mOj46x7OFM

So far plagued with boot from SAN issues. Through MDS fabric at that!

Found it to be an issue with the 1340 VIC cards. Booting via Boot Policy through the 1340 card causing intermittent Boot from SAN errors. Boot through 1380 and disable 1340 ports for work around.

B420 Server running 3.1(1H) code with 1340 (1), 1380 (3), and Port Expander on 1340 (2).

adapterpost02If anyone has a diagram of how data flows through a B420 with 1340 (and expander card) and 1380 with a 2304 IOM upstream please send. Will add to this article and as a post. So far have not been able to find that diagram from Cisco. That don’t mean it don’t exist though, someplace.

Remember UCS’s are made from the finest gunmetal. Here is a great way to preserve UCS for ourselves and future generations. 

“I don’t want to die without any scars.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

I-dont-want-to-die-without-any-scars.

I mean honestly… the blast furnace looks so primal and alive… there is a Sage of “The Knowledge of Metal” mixing the alchemical process… There is a state of transmutation that the Alchemist Sage has mastered, and guides the nervous metal elements through into a new refinement. Just like the Shamans or Sage that communities used to support that lived on the edge of town next to the forest.

I envy the guy honestly. As a UCS Master I can slightly identify, but have to admit the medium I work with is pretty flaccid.

http://fourhourworkweek.com/2015/09/18/5-morning-rituals/

Infrastructure as Code Meets Configuration Automation

Cisco UCS systems were designed from their beginning over seven ago to provide best in class software-defined infrastructure.  Every system is managed byUCS Manager, and there are programmatic interfaces to all components. UCS truly is “infrastructure as code”.   Treating infrastructure as code has many of benefits, including faster configuration workflows and faster application life cycles overall.

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