Preparing a Cisco UCS-E Blade with VMware vSphere

Preparing a Cisco UCS-E Blade with VMware vSphere
Preparing a Cisco UCS-E Blade with VMware vSphere for VXOA
This document summarizes the basic requirements and general procedures for using a Cisco UCS-E blade as the
platform to run a Silver Peak virtual appliance on VMware vSphere. For Cisco’s comprehensive source document,
click here.
The Cisco UCS-E servers are high-performance router blades for Cisco Integrated Services Routers Generation 2
(ISR G2). Each blade has its own processors, storage, network interfaces and memory that operate independently of
the host router resources.
Running the Silver Peak VXOA software on an UCS-E blade is a great fit for those customers with an ISR G2
supported environment who need to optimize the links between geographically disperse locations without expanding
the physical footprint in each location.
In this document, we are using:
Cisco 3945 router running IOS version 15.3(3)M1
Cisco UCS-E 140S single-wide blade with no hypervisor preinstalled
Customized VMware vSphere build: ESXi-5.0.0-623860-custom-Cisco-
Configure CIMC management access
Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) is the management service for the UCS-E blade. You can configure
management access to the CIMC through various internal or external interfaces:
1. Router’s PCIe console interface (ucse slot/0)
2. Router’s MFG VLAN interface (ucse slot/1)
3. UCS Dedicated CIMC management interface
4. UCS external interface GE2
5. UCS external interface GE3 (only on UCS-E 140D doublewide blade)
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In this document, we’ll configure CIMC access through the console interface (ucse slot/0) as shown in the following
The IP addresses used in this example are as follows:
IP Address
Router external interface
Log into the ISR router and enter the following IOS CLI commands:
interface GigabitEthernet0/0
ip address
interface ucse2/0
ip unnumbered GigabitEthernet0/0
imc ip address default-gateway
imc access-port shared-lom console
interface ucse2/1
switchport mode trunk
ip route ucse2/0
ip route ucse2/0
Access CIMC
Launch your web browser and point to the CIMC.
In this example, the URL is
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Enter the default username and password, which are username and password.
The Cisco Integrated Management Controller appears.
Download and install the customized VMware vSphere hypervisor image
If you don’t purchase the UCS-E blade with hypervisor pre-installed, then you must download the customized
ESXi image and install the hypervisor yourself.
To download the customized ESXi image:
Navigate to
The VMware login page appears.
Enter your VMware credentials, and then click Log In.
If you don’t have an account with VMware, click Register to create a free account.
In the Support Requests pane, click Knowledge Base.
In the Search field located on the top right corner,
enter ESXi-5.0.0-623860-custom-Cisco-, and then click Search.
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To install the ESXi image:
On the Server tab, click Summary.
Under Actions, click Launch KVM Console.
On the KVM console, select the Virtual Media tab.
Click Add Image and mount the customized ESXi image file.
Return to the CIMC web page.
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Under the Server tab, click BIOS.
Change the boot order so that CD/DVD precedes HDD.
Under the Server tab, select Summary and click Power Cycle Server.
The server boots from the CD/DVD.
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During ESXi installation, choose the Cypress 8GB module (instead of the hard disk) as the installation
When installation is complete, a message appears.
In the KVM console, go to the Virtual Media tab and deselect the Mapped check box for the ESXi ISO.
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Select the KVM tab and press ENTER to reboot the ESXi server.
After rebooting, the following screen appears.
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Assign an IP address to the ESXi server
To assign the management IP address, press F2 on the ESXi console.
Be aware that the ESXi management IP address cannot be the same as the CIMC IP address.
Now you’re ready to launch your vSphere client and connect using the above IP address.
For a Quick Start Guide that explains how to a Silver Peak virtual appliance onto the prepared Cisco UCS-E blade,
click here.
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