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Water Cooler RAID Type Visual Example

Water Cooler RAID Type Visual Example

@CiscoServerGeek did a great presentation “Cisco UCS – Top 10 Features You Never Knew You Had” aka – How to Be a UCS Ninja

Unicorn Magic

Unicorn Magic

This is totally worth checking out!

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Rumor has it the new Cisco UCS M4 Servers will support Micron’s hybrid DIMM maybe this year (2015).

What is this good for? My first thought is Hadoop!

Micron’s hybrid DIMM combines high-speed DRAM and nonvolatile NAND storage with controller chips.

Micron glues DDR4 RAM to flash, animates the 256GB franken-DIMM

Micron DDR4 bus HDIMM overview

Micron DDR4 bus HDIMM overview



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RWUCS Approved

RWUCS Approved

Soon as Sessions can be registered for, I am scheduling in this order.

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TECCOM-2001 – Cisco Unified Computing System

Have to do a RealWorldUCS Shout Out for Chris Dunk who is one of the two presenters. Chris Dunk is a UCS Master. If you are new to UCS or want to ensure a complete foundation this is a must.

Craig Ashapa – Technical Marketing Engineer, Cisco
Chris Dunk – TME, Cisco

This all day session will focus on the products and technologies of the Unified Computing System along with connectivity to LAN and SAN networks. The attendees will not be required to be experts on UCS but should be highly interested in learning the core technologies leveraged within the Cisco Unified Computing System and how it supports a highly dynamic and programmatic control of the Compute, LAN, and SAN infrastructure. This session will begin with an introduction of the UCS components and features to bring the Network engineer, Storage admin, and Server admin up to the latest knowledge of hardware and technologies available with UCS. We will continue with configuration deployment best practices and protocol operations of connected compute, LAN and storage. We will also discuss design best practices for deployment and application uses, including a review of pertinent security topics inherent to a converged system. This session then wraps up with Management and troubleshooting methods for the new and advanced uses of the UCS, from XML to CLI navigation. This session will include live demonstrations on UCS throughout the day to enhance the learning experience.


Must Haves

BRKCOM-2021 –  Where do we go from here? Lessons and landmarks from Real-World Cisco UCS Big Data Deployments

BRKCOM-1005 –  UCS Architecture Overview

BRKCOM-3008 –  Unraveling UCS Manager Features, Policies and Mechanics

PSODCT-1015 –  Managing Local and Remote UCS Domains through UCS Central

BRKCOM-2014 –  Scaling UCS Management with UCS Central

BRKCOM-2016 –  Upgrading Server Hardware in UCS without re-installing the Operating System

PSODCT-1014 –  Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) – Changing the Economics Data Center

BRKCOM-2020 –  Best Practices for UCS Fabric Interconnect & Fabric Extenders Upgrade without Any Service Disruption

PSODCT-2020 –  Cisco UCS Solutions for Big Data and Analytics



LTRCOM-2005 –  Managing UCS environments with UCS PowerTool (PowerShell)

LTRCRT-2601 –  Leveraging Cisco UCS Platform Emulator for Data Center Certification

LTRDCT-1446 –  How to Set Up a UCS Director POC

BRKCOM-1123 –  UCS Mini Overview

CCSDCT-2283 –  From PoC to Production – A Case Study of How a Global Customer Adopted VMware’s Virtual SAN on UCS


Totally Optional

PSODCT-2338 –  UCS Integrated Infrastructure Architecture

(this is a good one if you work with Storage connected to UCS)
BRKCOM-2007 –  UCS Storage Integration, Technologies, and Topologies

BRKCOM-2028 –  Next Generation Computing Architectures for Cloud Scale Applications

Cisco Technical Support Mobile App

(Get the App)
Cisco Technical Support on the App Store on iTunes – Apple

More info at

User Guide:

Last week, a new version of the Cisco Technical Support mobile app for iOS and Android was released. Several of the new features we added were based on your feedback. Please keep the ideas coming!

UCS is cheaper and with the new Cisco UCS M-Series coming out will “sort of” be able to provide LPAR‘s like IBM Power Systems. Another Value Add is IT people have interest in RedHat where AIX… well…




I market so much better than Cisco :)
Boring version of this presentation at below.

Now is the Time to Migrate from RISC/UNIX to Cisco UCS

Remember to have fun during your transcendence. If you like UCS you think Futuristically. Here much is talked about “The Internet of Things” and how big the Internet is now, and how big it is going to be.

RWUCS Approved

RWUCS Approved

This is a podcast with the guy who wrote:

Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It

Marc Goodman: Cyber Security, Transhumanism, & Future Crimes – #203

Why you should listen:
Marc comes on Bulletproof Radio to discuss transhumanism, the dangers of technology, cyber security precautions you can take to protect yourself from cyber threats and cyber crime, and the story behind The Silk Road. Enjoy the show!

Cisco Quicklinks

Great details for new UCS setup.

From post below:


Automate Cisco UCS Server Provisioning part 1 

Have not tried this, but it looks like a very cool project for provisioning a new Service Profile.

From the post below:

I was going to wait to post this script until it was 100% complete, but I realized that it might help people as is. I will continue to update this post (or make new ones) as I add the other sections to this script. Below is the final script algorithm I am going to implement.

Script Steps:

  1. Generate Server from Cisco UCS Service Profile
  2. Gather WWNN, WWPN, and MAC of eth0
  3. Generate zoning configuration/push to MDS 9509
  4. Create boot LUN
  5. Create storage group
  6. Create initiator record for new server on boot hba/fabric
  7. Add initiator/server to storage group
  8. Add boot LUN to storage group
  9. Generate pxelinux.cfg and kickstart files
  10. Boot Service Profile/Initiate PXE install

So now you kind of understand the process here is the pudding. Below this script generates the service profile from the service template and then generates the zoning configuration and puts it into text files.

A couple of notes around this script:

  1. The $url needs to be the url to your fabric interconnect(s).
  2. The number of servers is set to 1 because in my environment I will just run this script for each server I want to build. This can be adapted to build multiple servers at one time.
  3. $zoneFileLocation is just the location where the zone configuration files will be outputted.
  4. The createZoning function is fairly strait forward, you will need to change this section to match your VSAN’s, naming standards, and storage processors.
  5. The user input section is where you program in your actual service template names. In this script the name of the esx service template is site-esx.

I would also suggest installing the Cisco UCSM Emulator to refine the script for your needs.

You can download the script here. This script goes through step 3 of my steps. I am currently working on pushing the configuration to the MDS 9509 (I will post the script once I have that done). I will continue to post iterations of this script until it is complete. But please adapt this to your needs as you see fit.


UCS Tech Talk: What’s new in the world of UCS Central version 1.3(1)


Public event
Thu, Apr 2, 8:00 AM PDT – 9:00 AM PDT


Join Cisco Technical Marketing Engineers and other data center management experts for a discussion on UCS Central update for the 1.3(1) Release. You will learn more about the newly introduced features of the UCS Central 1.2(3) release, such as NFS support for UCS Central HA cluster mode, using global service profiles that reference ID pools with domain specific qualification policies, direct publishing of VLAN / VSAN resources to UCS Manager, enhancements to UCS Domain Fault inventory, the new search and task based user interface, and different approaches on how to best implement and deploy UCS Central at scale.

When: Thursday, April 2nd, 2014 8:00-9:00am PST

Jeff Foster , Technical Marketing Engineer, Cisco

Eric Williams, Technical Marketing Engineer, Cisco
Jacob van Ewyk, Product Manager, Cisco
Juan Caros Pontaza, Software Engineer, Cisco

To learn more about Cisco UCS Central:
Cisco UCS Central Best Practices Guide:
Cisco UCS Central  Products & Services:
Cisco UCS Management:
UCS Central best practices:

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