In this tutorial we will be setting up a BIOS policy suited for virtualization with Vmware. For further definition into some of the settings be sure to check out the Cisco UCS Manager Configuration Guide. Please note that some settings will be left as default. To see what the default settings are, log in to Cisco UCS Manager and click on the Servers Tab – Policies – Bios Defaults – Then select your blade type and on the right hand side you will have the default settings.
1. Our first step is to log into Cisco UCS Manager and click on the Servers Tab – Policies – BIOS Policies. Right click on BIOS Policies and select create BIOS Policy. Give the Bios Policy a name. This first screen is pretty self explanatory, click Next.
2. To optimize the processor for Virtualization we will be turning on the following options. Click Next.
3. Enable VT, Interrupt Remap, ATS Support, Passthrough DMZ Support and disable Coherency Support. Click Next.
4. Select the following optimized memory options. Click Next.
5. Enable or disable the Serial Port. Click Next.
6. Make any attached USB device bootable or not. Click Next.
7. I’ll leave the following PCI options as default. Click Next.
8. I’ll also leave the following boot options as default. Click Next.
9. Lastly I’ll be leaving Server Management options as default. Click Finish.
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