Cisco UCS Lab Setup

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The diagram below dictates how the Cisco UCS lab is setup. The Cisco UCS setup and configuration tutorials will frequently refer back to this lab diagram.


1. Beginning with the Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Chassis 1 we connect port’s 1 and 2 of the Fabric Extender to port’s 1 and 2 on Fabric Interconnect 1. On the same Blade Chassis we connect ports 1 and 2 of the second Fabric Extender to port’s 1 and 2 on Fabric Interconnect 2. Repeat this process for the second blade chassis but connect to port 3 and 4 on the Fabric Interconnect.

2. Back to the Fabric Interconnects, connect port L1 on Fabric Interconnect 1 to port L1 on Fabric Interconnect 2. Do the same for port L2. This allows the Fabric Interconnects to synchronize cluster information as we will be configuring our Fabric Interconnects as a Cluster.

3. Connect port 17 on Fabric Interconnect 1 to port 49 (10Gb) of Cisco 3750 Switch 1. Connect port 18 on Fabric Interconnect 1 to port 49 (10Gb) of the Cisco 3750 Switch 2. Connect port 17 on Fabric Interconnect 2 to port 50 (10Gb) of Cisco 3750 Switch 1. Connect port 18 on Fabric Interconnect 2 to port 50 (10Gb) of the Cisco 3750 Switch 2.

4. Do not power on any devices just yet. In the first tutorial we will run through the basic configuration of the first Fabric Interconnect.

Disclaimer:
All the tutorials included on this site are performed in a lab environment to simulate a real world production scenario. As everything is done to provide the most accurate steps to date, we take no responsibility if you implement any of these steps in a production environment.

  • Miank

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  • yinkolatt

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  • Jennifer Fountain

    Great information. Any advice for a newbie trying to install XenServer? I want to use 7 of the blades to host my VMs. Thanks!

    • Hi Jennifer, sorry I don’t have much experience with XenServer, I have only deployed it once for a customer on 2 standalone machines

  • If you have 2 failures (FI-2 and Fex-1) you are right the chassis and the blades within that chassis won’t be able to communicate. But you cannot connect Fex-1 for example to both FI-1 and FI-2, this is by design and best practice.