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Announcing UCS Director 4.1 Release

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We are pleased to announce the release of Cisco UCS Director 4.1. This release is now available for download on Cisco.com.

Links to download this release are as follows:

Relevant documentation for Cisco UCSD 4.1 release can be accessed as follows:

Refer to this link for all documentation: Cisco UCS Director Documentation


The Cisco UCS Director 4.1 release delivers new scalable architecture/deployment model, several key features, major enhancements, Open Automation, SDK and bug fixes.  The following is a complete listing of the features in UCSD 4.1 release:

Platform Enhancements Include:

New architecture/deployment model for increased scalability

  • Multi-Node architecture with one Primary node, one or more service nodes to offload system tasks, one node for Remote Inventory DB, one node for Remote monitoring DB.
  • Increased scalability to support up to 50,000 VMs and 5000 physical devices
  • VM Parameter Monitoring Policies
  • System tasks remote execution, enhancements, Service Node policies

Custom Workflow Orchestration tasks

  • Provides ability to add new Workflow Tasks with well-defined inputs & outputs
  • Implementation of the logic is done through a script
  • Custom Tasks can be managed through
  • Once a custom task is properly created, there is a no inherent difference in behavior for ‘Built-In Tasks’ and ‘Custom Tasks’.
    • In 4.1, Cloupia Script (JavaScript + UCSD Libraries) is supported.
    • Future releases will support PowerShell

  o Custom Tasks are exportable & importable among systems

    • Policies -> Orchestration -> Custom Tasks

Orchestration Enhancements

  • Display all Workflow inputs/outputs in Service Request to admin user
  • Display/Edit Workflow input/outputs at the time of Service Request approval for admin user.
  • Ability to set Workflow user inputs as mandatory or optional.
  • Ability to resubmit a failed or cancelled Service Request with inputs changed (Workflow user inputs and Workflow tasks input/outputs)
  • Ability to create/cross launch workflow inputs while adding/modifying tasks.

UCSD Components for Customization and Integration

  • Open Automation supports following features
    • Register Feature Controller 
    • Add Tasks to System Scheduler
    • Register Connectors
    • Converged Stack Builder
    • Resource Computers (Group Resource Limits)
    • Stack View Provider
    • CloudSense™
    • CMDB
    • Open Automation Developer Guide

    • Examples for all supported features

    • Java docs

  • REST API Browser Enhancements
    • Improved API coverage – Over 700+ new APIs added.

    • REST API Browser Enhancements

      • Support for the 700+ newly added APIs.

      • Legacy (JSON) APIs supported.

      • Java sample code generation ‘Tab’ added.

      • URL generation added

    • Java SDK Enhancements
      • Support for the newly added APIs.
        • Examples to showcase the usage.
        • How to Create, Update, Delete objects
        • How to retrieve data, submit/cancel Workflows etc.
    • Java docs for all the supported API’s
    • Reformatted and improved Developer Guide for REST API
  • CloupiaScript & Custom Tasks
    • CloupiaScript Guide with Examples
    • Custom Tasks Guide
    • Example Custom Tasks
    • Examples for Accessing and Creating Reports
    • Javadocs

Support for VSG based Application Container Support

  • PNSC Management
    • Add PNSC account, Collect PNSC inventory,  provide inventory reports
    • Support for Firewall Policy with Zones, ACLs

  • VSG based Application Container support
    • Support for new VSG Applications Container
    • Deploy VSG in HA/Standalone mode
    • Register VSG with PNSC

Device Connector Enhancements Include:

UCS Manager Integration – Enhancements

  • Provisioning of Local Disk Configuration Policy, Maintenance Policy
  • Workflow task to add/remove VLAN from vNIC Templates, 
  • Workflow tasks to add VLAN to a vNIC of a Service Profile,
  • Workflow tasks for Server Pool Management
  • Allows to assign a Blade or Server Pool to a Group
  • Workflow task for cloning Service Profile and Service Profile Template
  • Associate Service Profile Template to Server Pool through task and action

Support for UCS Central Integration

  • Inventory Collection for UCS Central account discovers Domains, Domain Groups, Domain Group Policies, and Registration Policies.
  • In addition, for every UCS Domain, discovers inventory for UCSM including Fabric Interconnects, Chassis, and Servers.
  • Provisioning of Local/Global Service Profiles and Service Profile Templates
  • UCSM account can register/unregister from UCS Central
  • UCSM Policies can be set as local/global policies

Support for CIMC 1.5 (Double Peak)

  • UCS-D now uses XML API to communicate with C Server.
  • Enhanced Inventory Collection using XML API.
  • Added reports for Storage Adapter, VIC Adapter, Network Adapter
  • Added support to launch KVM Console of C Server through UCS-D
  • Support for Bare Metal Provisioning with Local Boot and FC SAN Boot.

EMC VMAX Integration – Enhancements

  • Fast Policy – CRUD operations,  Associate/Disassociate  Storage Group from Fast Policy
  • Storage Tier – CRUD operations, Add/Remove Disk Group to Storage Tier, Add/Remove Thin Pool to Storage Tier
  • FAST Controller – Display Status, Display/Update parameters/settings, Enable/Disable Fast Controller
  • Data Dev – CRUD Operations

EMC VNX, VNX2 Integration – Enhancements

  • Support for EMC VNX2 Series Storage
  • New Models supported: 5400, 5600, 5800,7600
  • Asset Discovery and Inventory Reports, Orchestration Tasks & Actions
  • CRUD Operations on
  • CIFS Server
  • CIFS Share
  • File System Quota
  • SnapView

NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP (C-Mode) – Enhancements

  • CRUD operations on:
    • Aggregate
    • CIFS Servers, Shares, ACL
    • Snapshot policy, schedule, Restoring files
    • Licensing
    • iSCSI initiators
    • Quota on Volume, Qtrees
    • FCP
    • iGroup
    • Clone LUN
    • DNS, NFS, LIF, Cluster Node configuration
    • Provisioning VM through VSC CMODE storage
    • SIS
    • SnapMirror
    • Vserver Peering
    • Cluster Peering
    • New Context Mappers

Hyper-V Support – Enhancements

  • Support for SMB 3.0 and SMIS(LUN) based storage providers.
  • Tasks for add/remove SMB 3.0/LUNs from Host/Cluster
  • Support for SCVMM 2012 R2.
  • SMT for SCVMM 2012 SP1 and SCVMM 2012 R2.
  • Support for Host Power Actions.
  • Web and RDP Access for VMs.
  • Stack View Support for Advanced Networking features in SCVMM 2012 SP1 and SCVMM R2

Network Provisioning  - Enhancements

  • New Device Support
    • Nexus 1110
    • Nexus 6K
    • Nexus 9K
    • MDS 9250i
    • N1K HA inventory
    • Enhancements in SAN Zone tasks  
      • A new task to create San Zone/Delete San Zone.
      • A new task to create San Zone Set / Delete San Zone Set.
      • A new task to Add/Remove San Zone members.
      • A new task to Add/Remove San Zone Set members
      • A new task to Add/Remove the Device Alias.
      • Ability to provide Device Alias and Zone Set names
    • Enhancements in SSH Task
      • Support for handling error scenarios
      • Support to return command output

VMware Integration – Enhancements

  • Report Enhancements:
    • Data Store Monitoring reports: Disk latency, IO throughput and IOPs, Total capacity, Used Capacity, Provisioned capacity and Over commitment ratio, Virtual Machine's .vmdk Disk Latency report
    • vSphere 5.5 support
    • Apply target vDC policies when moving a VM across VDCs
    • Policy Enhancements:
      • vDC System Policy Time zone options list and support all regions
      • vDC Storage policy for VMware with thin provisioning option (Flexibility)
      • IP Pool policy for defining Static IPs
      • Flexible vDC Network policy for different set of VM network requirements
    • New VMware tasks/actions Enhancements:
      • Create VMKernel port group on a standard VMware vSwitch.
      • Removing an ESXi host from Distributed vSwitch
      • VM Cloning task + Guest OS Customization
      • VM Select Task
      • Ability to hot add more CPU & Memory to VMs.
5 Comments
Beginner

The software cannot b downloaded from the link provided without a valid "support contract" entitlement

associated with my profile... I did get the NFR license but I can't installed the software to implement the license.

Dave McDorman

Enthusiast

Hi Dave,

You should get the link for software download along with NFR license from Cisco Marketplace. It usually takes 24 to 48hrs to receive the link to download software.

Regards,

Rekha Krishna

Beginner

Rekha,

The licensed email arrived on 2/12. I don’t have an email with a download link.

What do you recommend? I re-submit? It’s possible the download email was sent to another employee

Of my company.

McD

Beginner

OK... I resubmitted the NFR request so that the Marketplace email will be sent to me.

I suspect the one I have currently was submitted by another employee and forwarded to me.

McD

Enthusiast

Can you request again using this http://cisco.mediuscorp.com/ucsd URL

Regards,

Rekha Krishna

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