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How to install a memory on a Cisco UCS B200 M3

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To install a DIMM into the blade server, follow these steps:

Procedure

Step 1: Open both DIMM connector latches.

Installing DIMMs in the Blade Server
Installing DIMMs in the Blade Server

Step 2: Press the DIMM into its slot evenly on both ends until it clicks into place.

DIMMs are keyed, if a gentle force is not sufficient, make sure the notch on the DIMM is correctly aligned.

Note: Be sure that the notch in the DIMM aligns with the slot. If the notch is misaligned you may damage the DIMM, the slot, or both.

Step 3: Press the DIMM connector latches inward slightly to seat them fully.

Supported DIMMs

The DIMMs supported in this blade server are constantly being updated. A list of currently supported and available drives is in the specification sheets at:

http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​products/​ps10280/​products_​data_​sheets_​list.html

Cisco does not support third-party memory DIMMs, and in some cases their use may irreparably damage the server and require an RMA and down time.

Memory Arrangement

The blade server contains 24 DIMM slots—12 for each CPU. Each set of 12 DIMM slots is arranged into four channels, where each channel has three DIMMs.

Memory Slots within the Blade Server
Memory Slots within the Blade Server
1 Channels A-D for CPU 1 2 Channels E-H for CPU 2

DIMMs and Channels

Each channel is identified by a letter—A, B, C, D for CPU1, and E, F, G, H for CPU 2. Each DIMM slot is numbered 0, 1, or 2. Note that each DIMM slot 0 is blue, each slot 1 is black, and each slot 2 is off-white or beige.

The figure below shows how DIMMs and channels are physically laid out on the blade server. The DIMM slots in the upper and lower right are associated with the second CPU (CPU shown on right in the diagram), while the DIMM slots in the upper and lower left are associated with the first CPU (CPU shown on left).

Physical representation of DIMMS and channels
Physical representation of DIMMS and channels

 

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What is FlexPod?

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FlexPod is a integrated computing, networking, and storage solution developed by Cisco and NetApp. Its configurations and workloads are published as Cisco Validated Designs. FlexPod is categorized by established and emerging client needs:

  • FlexPod Data Center was developed for large enterprises.
  • FlexPod Express serves small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • FlexPod Select focuses on high capacity and performance for specialized workloads.

Cisco and NetApp support FlexPod deployments through the Cooperative Support Model.

FlexPod components include Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS)servers, Cisco Nexus switches, and NetApp unified storage systems.

The FlexPod architecture can scale up or out. And it can be optimized for a variety of mixed workloads in both virtualized and nonvirtualized environments.

Large enterprise data centers need agile platforms with high availability and scalable storage. Along with reducing operating costs, chief information officers want to use a converged infrastructure to support hybrid cloud computing.

Small and medium-sized enterprises need a simplified setup and easy use, access to public cloud services, and greater value for their data center budgets.

Many enterprises also need purpose-built, high-capacity platforms for specialized workloads. Large-scale, real-time data analytics place unique demands on computing stacks. Video surveillance, in-memory databases, and public cloud infrastructures have similar capacity needs.

FlexPod’s architecture can be configured for the growing needs of all these clients. FlexPod is deployed with more than 4100 customers and available in more than 100 countries. For the future, FlexPod customers and partners want configuration guidance, easy ordering, and validation for the configuration that is most aligned with their needs.

To meet these emerging trends, FlexPod delivers three named configurations:

  • FlexPod Data Center
  • FlexPod Express
  • FlexPod Select

Cisco and NetApp support FlexPod through a Cooperative Support Model, receive best in class experience from NetApp, Cisco and our ecosystem partners delivered through collaborative and coordinated support services for your FlexPod integrated infrastructure.

FlexPod benefits from integrated management in the form of Cisco UCS Director.UCS Director supports cohesive, flexible data centers, built on FlexPod, that increase IT and business agility, while reducing operational processes and expenses.

An overview of the FlexPod solution is available through an iPad app.

FlexPod’s architectural flexibility is underpinned by a series of Cisco Validated Designs. These guides cover the important areas of the FlexPod infrastructure, applications on FlexPod, and security.

Featured Validated Designs

Videos

Solution Briefs

Featured Case Studies

A more complete listing is available on the Data Center Case Studies.

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How to install NIC Teaming Driver and configure NIC Teaming in a Cisco UCS B200-M3

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The Cisco NIC Teaming Driver is contained in the UCS-related Windows Utilities ISO. You can download it from http://www.cisco.com. Depending on your platform, choose either Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server Software or Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount UCS-Managed Server Software. Once you have installed Windows on the blade you can proceed to install the teaming software.

First let us see how to install the NIC teaming driver on the server.

Step 1 In Windows, open a command prompt with administrator privileges.
Step 2 At the command prompt, enter enictool -p “drivers_directory”The Cisco NIC Teaming Driver is installed using the .inf files located in the specified directory.Example:This example installs the teaming driver using the .inf files located in the temp directory:

C:\> enictool -p "c:\temp"

Once the driver is installed, you need to configure the teaming on the desired NICs.

Step 1 In Windows, open a command prompt with administrator privileges.
Step 2 To create a team, enter enictool -c “list of connections” -m modeThe mode options are as follows:

  • 1—Active Backup
  • 2—Active Backup with failback to active mode
  • 3—Active Active (transmit load balancing)
  • 4—802.3ad LACP

Example:This example creates a team of two NICs in Active Backup mode:

C:\> enictool -c "Local Area Connection" "Local Area Connection 2" -m 1

Step 3 To delete a team, enter enictool -d “list of connections” Example:This example deletes a team of two NICs:

C:\> enictool -d "Local Area Connection" "Local Area Connection 2"

Step 4 To view additional options and usage information, enter enictool /?Use the displayed command option information to configure load balancing method, load balancing hash method, and other options.

DCICN Exam – Cisco Data Center Networking (640-911) details and Study Guide

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The 640-911 DCICN “Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking” is one of the exams associated with the CCNA® Data Center certification. This 90-minute 65−75 questions exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of networking concepts for the Data Center environment, based on Nexus-OS. You will learn fundamental information on how a Data Center network works; and how to configure virtualization in the network, addressing schemes, troubleshooting and configuration skills. Candidates can prepare for this exam by taking the course 640-911 DCICN, “Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking”.

The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. In order to better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes, the guidelines below may change at any time without notice.

Download Complete List of Topics in PDF format

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