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Deploy Cisco UCS from Scratch - For VMware (with Nimble Storage)

Question asked by Dean Lewis on Jun 12, 2015
Latest reply on Jul 7, 2015 by rfenton

Hi All,


Have been installing Nimble products for a while now, absolutely love the simplicity and performance they offer.


Anyway I deployed my first smartstack from scratch and wrote a 4 part blog series on this. After letting the various Nimble Engineers know about it, and getting some great feedback from around the web, I thought I'd share it on here as well.


Part 1 - Setting up Fabric Interconnect, and UCS Manager settings

  • The hardware/software
  • Cabling diagram
  • Pre-Reqs
  • Understanding Cisco's policy based management
  • Summary of Task List
  • Setting up Fabric Interconnects
  • Connecting to Cisco UCS Manager


Part 2 - Configuring Connectivity & Setting up the policies and Service Profiles

  • Setting up the connectivity
  • Configuring the VLAN connectivity
  • Setting up Port Channels
  • Setting up the Appliance connectivity
  • Configuring LAN policies
  • Configuring VNIC Templates
  • Creating Server Policies
  • Building a Service Profile Template
  • Deploying a Service Profile from a Template


Part 3 - Deploying ESXi via KVM onto FlashFlex (SDCard)

  • Setting up the SD Cards (FlexFlash)
  • Installing ESXi via KVM


Part 4 - Upgrading the Firmware

  • Pre-reqs
  • Getting the Firmware
  • Upload firmware into UCS Manager
  • Upgrading UCS Manager
  • Upgrading the Fabric Interconnects
  • Upgrading the Blade Servers


You can also find my blog posts regarding Nimble here.