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Workflow Name:
FlexPod Secure Service Container with NetApp Application StorageWORKFLOW v1.0


This workflow follows the Tenant

  Onboarding with Secure Datastore (using VMware Distributed Virtual Switch)
  process documented in NetApp TR-4298
  (Managing NetApp FlexPod with Cisco UCS
  Director).  This technical report is
  publicly available at:

Compatible UCS Director Versions:

UCSD 4.1.x.x


Virtualization, Network, Storage, Compute


  • NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP
  • Cisco UCS System
  • Cisco Nexus 5Ks
  • VMware ESXi

Workflow Tasks Included:

(shown in order as they appear in workflow)

  1. CUSTOM:  Get Service
      Container Data
  2. CUSTOM:  Get Tenant IP
  3. Generate VLAN from Pool
  4. Create DVPortGroup
  5. Add VM NICs
  6. Add VLAN
  7. Assign VLAN to CUIC Group
  8. Create VLAN (on first Nexus switch)
  9. Update Trunk (on first Nexus switch)
  10. Create VLAN (on second Nexus switch)
  11. Update Trunk (on second Nexus switch)
  12. Create Cluster VLAN Interface (on first cDOT node)
  13. Create Cluster VLAN Interface (on second cDOT node)
  14. Create Cluster Export Policy
  15. Create Cluster Export Rule
  16. Create Cluster Flexible Volume
  17. Mount Cluster Volume

User Inputs:

  • Tenant Name
  • Service Container
  • Tenant SVM (vServer)
  • Storage Name
  • Size Units
  • Storage Cluster Node placement
  • Storage Cluster Aggregate placement


  • This workflow is co-dependent with workflow “FlexPod Tenant
      Onboarding with Secure Datastore”
  • All required component/devices must be added to UCS Director
  • The vSphere cluster to be used must have a DV switch available
  • Create a VLAN pool policy for tenant VLANs
  • CUSTOM TASK:  Get Service
      Container Data
  • CUSTOM TASK:  Tenant IP schema


  • To simplify required inputs, this example workflow uses an
      auto-generated IP schema which limits the number of tenants to 255 and
      Service Containers to 255 per tenant.
      To extend beyond this limit, the workflow should be modified to
      integrate with an IP management system.

Instructions for Use:

  1. Download the attached .ZIP file below to your computer.
    *Remember the location of the saved file on your computer.
  2. Unzip the file on your computer. Should end up with a .WFD file.
  3. Log in to UCS Director as a user that has
    "system-admin" privileges.
  4. Navigate to "Policies-->Orchestration" and click on
  5. Click "Browse" and navigate to the location on your
    computer where the .WFD file resides. Choose the .WFD file and click "Open".
  6. Click "Upload" and then "OK" once the file
    upload is completed. Then click "Next".
  7. Click the "Select" button next to "Import
    Workflows". Click the "Check All" button to check all checkboxes
    and then the "Select" button.
  8. Click "Submit".
  9. A new folder should appear in
    "Policies-->Orchestration" that contains the imported workflow.
    You will now need to update the included tasks with information about the
    specific environment.
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