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Cisco UCS Manager Plugin for VMware vSphere HTML Client (Version 3.0(3))

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Cisco has released the 3.0(3) version of the the Cisco UCS Manager VMware vSphere HTML client plugin.  The UCS Manager vSphere HTML client plugin enables a virtualization administrator to view, manage and monitor the Cisco UCS physical infrastructure. The plugin provides a physical view of the UCS hardware inventory on the HTML client. You can perform the following tasks using the plug-in:

• View Cisco UCS physical hierarchy

• View inventory, installed firmware, faults, power and temperature statistics

• Map the ESXi host to the physical server

• Manage firmware for B and C series servers

• View VIF paths for servers

• Launch the Cisco UCS Manager GUI

• Launch the KVM consoles of UCS servers

• Switch the existing state of the locator LEDs

 

New and Changed Features in Release 3.0(3)

New and Changed Features in Release 3.0(2)

  • Defect fixes.
  • Added a new Fault (F1706) to the Cisco UCS Provider failure conditions list
  • Added support for proactive HA for more than 100 hosts in vCenter

Software download link.

 

Please see the User Guide for specific information on installing and using the plugin with the vSphere HTML client.

 

The attached registration tool must be used to register the plugin with an existing vSphere HTML client version 6.7 or later.  Here is an example registration tool information screen:

vcplugin_register.png

 

Once the plugin is registered and the vSphere HTML client has been restarted (browser re-opened), the Shortcuts menu in the vSphere HTML client will show a Cisco UCS Monitoring icon:
Screen Shot 2018-09-28 at 4.14.11 PM.png

 

UCS Domains can be registered from the Management Center menus by providing access information and credentials for each domain:

Screen Shot 2018-09-28 at 4.15.00 PM.png

 

When a domain is registered, the plugin can be used to perform common configuration operations and monitor UCS domains, servers, and VMs from within the vSphere HTML client:

Screen Shot 2018-09-28 at 4.16.19 PM.png

 

External customers - For any queries/feedback on Cisco UCS Manager plugin for VMware vSphere Web Client, contact Cisco TAC or add a discussion to the Cisco Developed Integrations sub-space on Cisco UCS Communities

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Cisco Employee

Hi,

Just installed it on our vCenter 6.7 U1

It's currently running and enabled on 4 different clusters. It works great so far

Thank you very much!

Moshe

Is there any intention to ever add support for standalone UCS servers ?

Cisco Employee

Hi Robertson,

 

There are no plans as of now. We will update you if in future we will add the support.

Thanks,

Deepika

hi,

 

if we dont have access to a IIS server in our DC is there another way to deploy the Pluging to the Vcenter.... 

If we can put the file like we did in the plugin directory for the Windows server version of vCenter where would we put it in the Vapp version and what would be the solution to do so....

 

Can I suggest you use a standard file share methodology that would simplify our life. web servers are not a realy usable solution in an Infrastructure world. and deploying a web server for pushing file is to complicated for a one shot task.

 

Thanks

 


@dsoper wrote:

Cisco has released the 3.0(1) beta version of the the Cisco UCS Manager VMware vSphere HTML client plugin.  The UCS Manager vSphere HTML client plugin enables a virtualization administrator to view, manage and monitor the Cisco UCS physical infrastructure. The plugin provides a physical view of the UCS hardware inventory on the HTML client. You can perform the following tasks using the plug-in:

• View Cisco UCS physical hierarchy

• View inventory, installed firmware, faults, power and temperature statistics

• Map the ESXi host to the physical server

• Manage firmware for B and C series servers

• View VIF paths for servers

• Launch the Cisco UCS Manager GUI

• Launch the KVM consoles of UCS servers

• Switch the existing state of the locator LEDs

 

Please see the attached User Guide for specific information on installing and using the plugin with the vSphere HTML client.

 

The attached registration tool must be used to register the plugin with an existing vSphere HTML client version 6.7 or later.  Here is an example registration tool information screen:

vcplugin_register.png

 

Once the plugin is registered and the vSphere HTML client has been restarted (browser re-opened), the Shortcuts menu in the vSphere HTML client will show a Cisco UCS Monitoring icon:
Screen Shot 2018-09-28 at 4.14.11 PM.png

 

UCS Domains can be registered from the Management Center menus by providing access information and credentials for each domain:

Screen Shot 2018-09-28 at 4.15.00 PM.png

 

When a domain is registered, the plugin can be used to perform common configuration operations and monitor UCS domains, servers, and VMs from within the vSphere HTML client:

Screen Shot 2018-09-28 at 4.16.19 PM.png

The UCS Manager plugin is currently in beta and supported directly through community.cisco.com.  Please post comments here with questions or feedback.



Stephane.

Beginner

Hi,

 

Is there any document with the details of the Cisco approved predefined list that are reported to the vCenter so Proactive HA can take the configured actions?

 

Thanks,

Beginner
We used the previous version before in the past, and tried this now on 6.7. We get the following when attempting to register proactive HA: Unable to register proactive HA: Error while creating service content for Proactive HA Any ideas?
Beginner

Dears,

Not compaitble with VCSA 6.5 U2...

Beginner

Hello,

 

I will try this plugin with our test environment, vCenter 6.7 and UCS Manager 4.0 and give feedback.

But we would rather not use a beta plugin in our production.

 

Any idea until when this plugin will leave beta status?

 

Regards

 Martin

I agree with the earlier comment that having options other than HTTP/HTTPS would make this much easier.

 

I can't get the registration tool to open on two different computers. I get the error:

"VMware vSphere PowerCLI 5.1 or higher is required to register Cisco UCS Plugin. Install PowerCLI 5.1 or higher and try again."

 

I currently have PowerShell 5.1 and PowerCLI 11.5 installed as a module. I'm not sure if it is checking for the old MSI installed version of PowerCLI, but I certainly do have higher than 5.1 installed, but the application isn't recognizing it.

I've been playing with the plugin in a lab and I really like where it is going.  Brings a lot of the functionality that competitors have in vCenter which we have been missing.

 

I have a few notes and thoughts:

  1. Home>Shortcuts is a poor choice for the only place to configure the plugin. I expected it to be like other plugins and be available in the main Menu list

  2. Some lag when viewing UCS fields. Can be difficult to tell if it is empty, or still retrieving. Must check a minute later to see if any data appears.

  3. Everything under a Host>Monitor>Cisco UCS makes sense as they are all read-only fields, but the information under Host>Configure>Cisco UCS is also all read-only with nothing that can be configured, so would be better suited for the Monitor tab

  4. The information under Host>Actions>All Cisco UCS Plugin Actions makes sense there, but most of the items would also be suited for the Configure tab of a host and were I would expect to make changes to Service Profiles, Firmware Policies, and BIOS policies

  5. While on the page to register UCS domains, having to double click on a Domain name to access does not fit the rest of the vCenter experience, where a single click navigates.

  6. While viewing a UCS domain, the "Non-ESXi Server" field is misleading, as it really means Servers that are not running ESXi managed by this vCenter. We have multiple vCenters with hosts in mutliple Domains, but it only counts "ESXi Servers" that are registered to this vCenter. Label should be renamed to not be misleading, such as "ESXi Servers managed by this vCenter"

  7. Fabric Interconnect count in the upper left corner of the default UCS Domain view is incorrect. With a single UCS Domain registered with 2 FIs, it shows a count of 4. Clicking on the label shows a list of only 2 FIs in the lower left pane.

     

This was all tested with a single vCenter 6.7 U3b appliance and adding one large UCS Domain. We have multiple additional domains we would add in production and I'm not sure of the impact to data retrieval time as the environment scales up.

I did not see any new roles in vCenter related to this plugin, so if a UCS account with admin rights to the UCS Domain was used in the plugin and it was made visible to all users, I assume any actions done by a user would show as being initiated in UCS by the account used to register it. Making the plugin registration not available to all users would allow them to register it themselves using their own UCS credentials, but cumbersome. If it could add options to the built in vCenter Roles so we could have the plugin visible to all users, but only allow Administrators or certain Administrator groups to have access to the features that actually change things, it would be an improvement.

Beginner

Hi,

Just installed it on our vCenter 6.7 U3b with Proactive HA 3.0(2).

It's currently running and enabled on 9 different clusters - 290 hosts. It works great so far.

Great news is to support "Alert F1706 – ADDDC Memory RAS Problem".

Thank you very much!

Daniel

Beginner

Running the 1.2.1 registration tool I get ""VMware vSphere PowerCLI 5.1 or higher is required to register Cisco UCS Plugin. Install PowerCLI 5.1 or higher and try again." even though PCCli version 11.x is installed.

 

Any ideas?

 

Would be nice to get this working on the last of our UCS before its all in AWS .....

 

 

Beginner

Hi NikanMan,

 

You Could try to connect-VIserver from PowerCLI / PowerShell, than fix it with Set-ExecutionPolicy.

 

Try these:

connect-VIserver -Server

 

Fix it with:

Get-ExecutionPolicy -list

Set-ExecutionPolicy bypass -Scope CurrentUser

 

 

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