UCS Service Profile Template creation for SolidFire ISCSI Boot

Note: At the time of writing Cisco has not certified booting UCS blades from Solidfire ISCSI boot disks.

UCS Pre-Requisites:

1. VNIC Templates created

2. UUID Pool Created

3. Boot Policy Created  (can be created during service profile template creation)

4. Maintenance Policy Created

5.  Authentication Policy  Created (used to authenticate with the ISCSI target, can be created during service profile template creation )

6. Initiator IP address policy created (IP addresses assigned to the ISCSI vNICs)

7. Create dedicated ISCSI VLAN, use dedicated uplinks for the ISCSI VLAN

Create Service Profile Template

ISCSI 1

VNIC Creation Select ‘Expert’

ISCSI2

Click add to create the iscsi vnics from vnic templates

ISCSI3

Create ISCSI VNICS, click ‘add’ in the lower pane

ISCSI4

Name the vnic

choose the overlay vnic previously created

do not set iscsi adapter policy

Select ISCSI VLAN

Do not select MAC Address Assignment

ISCSI5

Should look like this

ISCSI6

No VHBA’s

ISCSI7

Leave default click next

ISCSI8

Leave default

ISCSI9

Create boot policy if not already created

ISCSI13

Select manintenance policy if required, recommend using user ack!

ISCSI14

Leave defaults

ISCSI15

Create Policies as required

ISCSI16

Service Profile template is created…

Create service profile from template

ISCSI17

Once created select the new Service Profile  in the left pane and browse to ‘boot order’ in the tab selections

ISCSI18

Select the ISCI vNIC, you will NOT be able to modify the ‘set iscsi boot parameters’ as the service profile is bound to a template.

Work around is to unbind the service profile from it’s template, Cisco say they will fix this, no date as yet!

Go to general tab and click ‘unbind’, now you will be able to modify iscsi boot parameters

ISCSI18

Choose authentication profile for accessing the iscsi target

Select IQN pool

Select Initator IP address pool, create if not there.

ISCSI20

Create iscsi target

Enter the IQN ID provided to you by the storage team

Do not select authentication profile

Enter IP address of ISCSI target.

ISCSI21

You are now ready to boot from the SolidFire Array, my next post will go through booting the ESXi host!

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