Create pools to maximize Cisco UCS blades’ stateless computing features

‘ve written about Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers in my three previous articles. I covered how to rack and stack themmake sense of the Cisco UCS Manager software, and configure ports for the environment.

In this article I focus on getting various pools created so you can create service templates and get your blade servers running. If you haven’t already cabled your UCS environment or configured ports, I suggest going back to the articles I’ve recently written orreading the Cisco UCS documentation.

There are several pools you’ll want to create so you can better take advantage of the stateless computing concepts offered by Cisco UCS. I’ll start with the UUID pool. The UUID is a number that identifies a particular server. Each server will be assigned a UUID.

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Pro tip: Configure ports for the Cisco UCS B-Series blades environment

I’ve taken you through racking and stacking Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers and provided an overview of UCS Manager. In this article, we’ll start doing some of the configuration necessary to get the blades not only up and running, but also connected to your IP and storage networks so you can actually use them.

How to configure Cisco UCS servers

By this point, you should have all your networking and storage cables connected, and the blades and fabric interconnects powered on. All of this configuration will take place in the UCS Manager, so make sure you can also get to that using a browser to go to the cluster IP of the fabric interconnects. This article will focus on configuring the ports properly on the fabric interconnects.

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Demystify Cisco’s intimidating UCS Manager with this basics rundown

In my previous TechRepublic article I described how to rack and stack Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) B-Series blade servers. In this article I’ll delve more into how to configure theUCS Manager (UCSM) software for initial use.

The UCSM can be intimidating, because there’s a ton of configurable features with the blades; I’ll concentrate on getting to know the UCSM. I’ll use the Cisco UCS Emulator to show the examples.

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Pro tip: Rack and stack Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers

Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers are increasing in popularity for various reasons. Some people like Cisco’s cabling innovations, reducing the ever-increasing rat’s nest of cables necessary within a data center. Others appreciate the amount of computing power you can fit into 6U (6 rack units), which is the size of one UCS chassis. There’s also the stateless computing to consider, which allows you to swap out blade servers if necessary, and we can add chassis without downtime.

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Using vSphere Changed Block Tracking with EMC Networker Backup

Changed Block Tracking (CBT) is a feature that has been around for a while within VMware virtual machines.  CBT is available if you’re running ESX 4.0 or higher with hardware version 7 or higher on the VM. Basically, VMware can keep track of disk sectors that have changed since the last backup. When that VM is backed up again, and CBT is enabled, the backup will only need to copy the changed blocks.

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VMware Horizon Suite: Everything you need in an End User Computing solution

VMware released a new bundle last year called the VMware Horizon Suite (PDF). This suite goes beyond that of just virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) provided by VMware Horizon View(formerly VMware View) and includes physical and virtual desktop management as well as file and folder management and sharing technology. This is basically everything anyone looking for a good End User Computing (EUC) solution would want. On top of all this, you also get monitoring and capacity planning with the vCenter Operations for View plug-in. Here’s a brief overview of the products that come with Horizon Suite.

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