Great Google Hangout on the latest Cisco UCS UCSM
Join Cisco Technical Marketing Engineers and other data center management experts for a discussion on UCS Manager update for the El Capitan (2.2.1b) Release. You will learn more about the features, and how to implement and deploy on them.
- usNIC (low latency vNIC good for Hyper-V/ESX. http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/unified_computing/ucs/usnic/b/deployment/2_2/b_Cisco_usNIC_Deployment_Guide_For_B-Series_Blade_Servers.html
- Ability to bypass FEX to connect C-Series with 1225 VIC. “Single Wire Support”.
- Two Factor Authentication for UCS & KVM (Bla, just a pain in the ass, don’t get any idea’s management!)
- Access to CIMC’s without going through FI’s.
- Access to KVM via IP without logging into UCSM. NICE! Putting server hostname in DNS with a subdomain (ucskvm.hostname) would rock. This is big! Now KVM access to a blade can be granted without access to UCSM required.
- OOB monitoring of local storage on blades
- Enhanced Boot Policies! More boot options one being “Secure Boot”.
- Mirrored SSD Cards.
- IPv6 support address pools! FI Management interfaces support IPv6 now. CIMC on M3 blades will support IPv6 (inbound only). Big Win! Have to setup on IPv4 first.
- DIMM Blacklisting building into UCS Monitoring. This will keep servers from crashing until DIMM can be replaced.
The usNIC’s are interesting big time for Hyper-V and ESX. This might be the “big win” feature that makes this update worth while along with KVM access without UCSM login.
Figure 1. Kernel-Based Network Communication versus Cisco usNIC-Based Communication