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CIMC for BE6000S? Optional or required? Included or add-on?

I recently had a problem with a BE6000S not booting properly, and had to contact Cisco support. During the boot process VMWare 5.5.0 Build 1131820 hangs at "Loading module ipmi_si_drv".

The support technician was asking me about CIMC - Cisco Integrated Management Controller ... we do not have any such thing. There is only the single BE6000S running the CUC01 and CUCM01 virtual machines.

When the BE6000S was originally installed several years ago, we were not told that it should have a CIMC and the technician did not mention anything about it.

The support technician expressed a general disbelief that we don't have any such thing. "Maybe you don't know the password".  No, listen to me clearly, I am the network admin. We don't have this CIMC.

So.... was CIMC supposed to be included with the BE6000S installation? Is it a free additional component or is it supposed to be purchased separately?

Can CIMC run in a virtual machine alongside CUC/CUCM on the BE6000S, or does it have its entire own electronic device?

The only thing I can fathom it might be able to provide is "out of band / KVM over IP access" to the BE6000S keyboard console, but other than that it is very unclear that it is worth my time to obtain and set up this additional management system for the BE6000S.

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Re: CIMC for BE6000S? Optional or required? Included or add-on?

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Cisco Integrated Management Controller

Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) is a separate management module built into the motherboard. CIMC is the management service for the E-Series Servers. You can use a web-based GUI or SSH-based CLI to access, configure, administer, and monitor the server. For more information on CIMC, see the GUI Configuration Guide for Cisco UCS E-Series Server and the Cisco UCS E-Series Network Compute Engine.




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Re: CIMC for BE6000S? Optional or required? Included or add-on?

I am aware there is a switch-like iOS subsystem on the phone controller at, but it does not accept the various BIOS related commands listed in the documents you referenced.

Is this an older type of CIMC? It doesn't seem to refer to itself as being such.

SSH to .....

BE6000S#show version
Cisco IOS Software, C2900 Software (C2900-UNIVERSALK9-M), Version 15.5(3)M, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)
Technical Support:
Copyright (c) 1986-2015 by Cisco Systems, Inc.
Compiled Thu 23-Jul-15 00:28 by prod_rel_team

ROM: System Bootstrap, Version 15.0(1r)M16, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)

BE6000S uptime is 1 day, 8 hours, 37 minutes
System returned to ROM by power-on
System restarted at 07:02:05 CDT Thu Oct 17 2019
System image file is "flash0:c2900-universalk9-mz.SPA.155-3.M.bin"
Last reload type: Normal Reload
Last reload reason: power-on

There is some sort of web server at  but I can't login, none of the various published default passwords or the site passwords I was provided by the system installer will work with it.

There are ucse commands but the command order is different from the various documentation I have found.

BE6000S#ucse subslot 1/0 password-reset ?
BIOS Reset BIOS password
IMC Reset IMC password
RAID Reset RAID password

It says the ucse is status failed. I can't find any information on what this means or how to get more details.

BE6000S#ucse subslot 1/0 status
Service Module is Cisco ucse1/0
Service Module supports session via TTY line 67
Service Module is failed
Service Module reset on error is disabled
Service Module heartbeat-reset is disabled

So.... I have no idea what I am looking at. Apparently this is a very old version of CIMC ? 

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