Using StartUp Stick for CDU Mass Configuration

Using StartUp Stick for CDU Mass Configuration
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Using StartUp Stick™ for CDU Mass Configuration
Part Number: KIT-SUS-01
Purpose
This technical note provides product information about StartUp Stick – Server Technology’s tool for the mass
configuration of Cabinet Distribution Units (CDUs).
Overview of StartUp Stick
The StartUp Stick allows you to define parameter values on your PC, laptop, or other device, and then save time by
quickly distributing those values via a special flash drive (the “Stick”) to multiple CDUs throughout the data center.
Custom parameter values are entered in the StartUp Stick’s user interface, an Excel spreadsheet already loaded
and available on the Stick. You have the option to apply a value to a specific CDU or to apply that value globally to
all CDUs throughout your enterprise. Using the StartUp Stick results in fast and accurate mass configuration of
multiple CDUs with the same hardware Stick, all with a single load of custom parameter values.
How to Order the Kit
The optional StartUp Stick tool is a separately purchased kit, Part Number KIT-SUS-01. For more information about
obtaining the kit and the available options for custom pre-configuration, contact your Server Technology Sales
representative.
Custom pre-configuration may include NIC SNs provided to you by Server Technology for your CDUs, or other
services to assist in getting your StartUp Stick pre-populated to jump start the configuration process.
If you request pre-configuration when placing your StartUp Stick order, Server Technology will add a contact name
to the order and a NIC Serial Number report will be emailed to the contact name. The report lists the NIC serial
numbers for the CDUs you have. You can then copy the numbers from the report into the StartUp Stick user
interface (the Unit Specific tab on the Stick’s Excel spreadsheet) to identify your CDUs for configuration.
More Product Resources
When you purchase StartUp Stick, the user interface on the Stick (Excel spreadsheet) includes step-by-step
instructions in a separate Instructions tab for how to work with the spreadsheet to provide configuration values and
export them to a CDU.
After you receive your kit, if a reload of the StartUp Stick is ever needed, you will be able to download the tool
directly from the Server Technology website at www.servertech.com
Before You Begin
You will need the following items in place to use StartUp Stick:
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A PC, laptop, or other device with Microsoft® Windows Operating System or Apple Mac.
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Microsoft Office® 2007, or later version, with support for VBA macros. When installed locally, Excel 365
also supports VBA, but Excel Online does not support VBA.
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Server Technology Cabinet Distribution Units (CDUs): PRO2 (firmware v8.0c or later) and CDU1 (firmware
v7.0s or later) are supported. For a list of products that are not supported by StartUp Stick, see Appendix A
in this document.
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About the Kit
The following hardware and software components are supplied in your kit, Part Number KIT-SUS-01:
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StartUp Stick (contains user interface)
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7-inch cable (to connect the Stick to the CDU)
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Label (A factory-placed label as reference for the Stick’s LED indicator state)
StartUp Stick
The StartUp Stick is the hardware component in your kit designed as the configuration (transfer) module, a
removable media flash drive with a supplied cable.
The “Stick” is powered by your host PC, laptop, or other device and supports connection and communication
between the on-board user interface (via USB port) shown below in Figure 1, and the master CDU in your data
center (via link port) with a supplied cable, shown in Figure 3.
Figure 1. StartUp Stick, LED Indicator, and USB Connection
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When plugged into the USB port, the Stick provides a user interface (Excel spreadsheet). The custom configuration
values entered in the spreadsheet are transferred automatically from your computer to the Stick, which then has the
capability (via its cable) to deliver your configuration values to the master CDU over the CDU’s link port.
When you load the Stick via USB into your PC or other device, the software application (a Microsoft ® Excel
spreadsheet) opens with the following four tabs:
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Instructions tab: Provides instructions for the two user interface tabs (Configuration tab and Unit Specific
tab) where you enter parameter values and identify CDUs to be configured.
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Configuration tab: Provides parameter fields and options necessary for setting CDU configuration values.
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Unit Specific tab: Allows the identification of PRO2/CDU1 products (by NIC SN) to be configured.
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Imported Log tab: Stores the Log file for reviewing configuration results with the option to clear the file.
Figure 2. StartUp Stick User Interface (Excel Spreadsheet)
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The Cable for CDU Connection
Your CDU is configured by parameter values downloaded from the StartUp Stick using a cable connection, as illustrated below.
A cable is provided in your StartUp Stick kit.
Figure 3. StartUp Stick Cable for CDU Connection
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The LED Indicator
The factory-placed label on the StartUp Stick gives you a quick reference to the Stick’s LED indicator states. The
color and state communicate the status of the configuration process and the final data upload to the CDU:
Table 1. LED Indicator Status
The following table describes the status of the LED indicator colors and states in more detail:
Status
LED Color
LED State
Firmware or hardware does not support StartUp Stick
n/a
off
Configuration file processed successfully
green
on solid
Configuration file processed successfully with one or more unrecognized
configuration parameters
orange
on solid
Failed processing configuration file (communication error/no configuration file
available/failed or missing authentication/bad configuration file)
red
on solid
Configuration file upload in progress
orange
blinking
USB drive active
green
blinking
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How the Configuration Process Works
This section is a quick overview about how the StartUp Stick mass configuration process works. Each step listed
below is explained in more detail in the Instructions tab of the user interface (Excel spreadsheet).
On your PC, laptop, or other device running Microsoft® Excel, version 2007 or later:
1. Insert the StartUp Stick into the USB port of your computer. Navigate to the USB directory and open
startupstick.xlsm. The StartUp Stick user interface opens with four tabs: Instructions, Configuration, Unit
Specific, and Imported Log.
2. Select the Unit Specific tab and provide the NIC serial numbers (SNs) for the CDUs you want to configure
in column A.
3. Select the Configuration tab and set the desired values for the CDU operational parameters displayed.
4. If any values are Per Unit, select the Unit Specific tab and configure Per Unit settings.
5. On the Configuration tab, click the Select Export Directory button to select the StartUp Stick USB
directory that will contain files of your entered configuration values.
6. On the Configuration tab, click the Export Settings button to write your configuration values to the export
directory files and populate the StartUp Stick with the same values.
7. Save your changes in the spreadsheet, close Excel, and remove the StartUp Stick from your computer.
On the CDU you want to configure in the data center (with power applied):
8. Using the cable supplied with the StartUp Stick, connect the stick to the link port of the master CDU. Within
seconds, configuration values are automatically delivered from the stick to the CDU. Green and red LED
indicator lights on the Stick show configuration progress: Green=Success, Red=Failure, Orange=Partial
Success.
9. Repeat Step 8 for each CDU you want to configure.
10. After the configuration, return the StartUp Stick to your computer and select the Imported Log tab to view
the results of the configuration (if the Log file was optionally imported and not cleared).
Your CDUs are now mass-configured with all your custom-set operating parameters.
Note: Configuration data exported from the spreadsheet to the StartUp Stick is not secure on the
StartUp Stick.
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The Log File
The Log file, log.txt, records the status of exported parameter values from the user interface to the Stick and then
from the Stick to the CDU.
When parameter values are exported to the Stick, the successful export is written to the Log file as:
StartUp Stick Export Complete 7/24/2015 9:00:51 AM
For each CDU configuration attempted, one log entry will be generated that includes the NIC SN of the CDU, the
success or failure status, and a brief description. This example shows a successful configuration:
NICSN# 8207670 SUCCESS: file processed
The CDU also communicates error conditions to the Stick and the errors are written to the Log file. If an error or an
unknown item are detected during configuration on the CDU, the Stick’s line number in the user interface and the
current protocol version are included in the log entry to assist with diagnostics. For example:
NICSN# 8207670 FAILURE: invalid value (line 4, v1.00)
In addition, two options for the Log file are provided in the spreadsheet Configuration tab to:
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Clear the Log file on export of all CDU configuration entries.
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Save the Log file to the Imported Log tab for viewing CDU configuration results with a date/time stamp.
When the CDU Restarts
Any required restart of the CDU during the configuration process will be delayed until the entire process has
completed, and the restart will then be initiated by the CDU’s firmware. The restart will not affect power status at the
outlets.
Depending on the configuration change, the CDU may or may not restart. Even if the CDU restarts and the LED
indicator is a solid green (indicating successful configuration), you can remove the stick from the CDU.
User “admn” Accounts and Passwords
In addition to configuration files, the Export directory you created also has the auth.ini file, which contains the
current user name and password (displayed in clear text) that the StartUp Stick uses for authentication with the
CDU.
The password is managed by the following two fields on the Configuration tab:

Current admn User Password: (Required.) This field is the password for the current local admn user. The
local admn user must exist and be validated with this admn password in order to apply any other changes.
This admn password must match the CDU’s admn password for successful configuration of the CDU.
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New admn User Password: This field sets the local admn user password and becomes the Current admn
User Password described directly above.
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Appendix A: CDU Models Not Supported
The following tables list the Server Technology CDU product models that StartUp Stick does not support.
For more information about using StartUp Stick with your current CDU products (both PRO2 and CDU1), contact
your Server Technology sales representative.
CDU Models Not Supported
CW-2H1-C20
CS-12HDDD454A3
CS-24VD1454-006
CW-2H2-C20
CS-12HDDE454A3
CS-24VDV454-006
CS-12HDYL454A3
CS-24VDX454-006
CS-12HDYM454A3
CS-24VYY454-006
CS-2HD4U131Z1
CS-18VD1413A2
CS-54VDV413C6-017
CS-2HD5Z131Z1
CS-18VDV413A2
CS-54VDV413C6-017
CS-18VDX813A2
CS-54VDV413C6-017
CS-18VYY813A2
CS-54VDV413C6-017
CS-2HD4J131Z1
CS-2HD4K131Z1
CS-2HDDV131Z1
CS-2HDDV131Z1-011
CS-54VDW413C6-017
CS-2HDDV121Z1-014
BDL-CXG36VDX-01
CS-54VDW413C6-017
CS-2HDDX131Z1
BDL-CXG36VDV-01
CS-54VDX413C6-017
BDL-CXG36VYY-01
CS-54VYY413C6-017
CSM-2HD3-01
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Appendix B: CDU Configuration Parameters
StartUp Stick allows the mass configuration of several major categories of CDU parameters listed in the following
tables for reference.
The values for these CDU parameters can be set in the Configuration tab of the StartUp Stick user interface (Excel
spreadsheet) when downloaded from the Stick to your PC, laptop, or other device.
Each parameter you can edit in the Configuration tab has its own field-level popup to provide the parameter’s
description, data type, format, valid values, and other data entry details needed for accurate configuration.
System Settings
Parameters
Current admn User Password
New admn User Password
System Location
Network Settings
Parameters
Network Mode
DHCP Enabled
DHCP Boot Delay Enabled
DHCP Static Address Fallback Enabled
DHCP FQDN Enabled
FQDN Name
Static IPv6 Address
Static IPv6 Prefix
Static IPv6 Gateway
Static IPv4 Address
Static IPv4 Subnet Mask
Static IPv4 Gateway
Static Primary DNS Server
Static Secondary DNS Server
Telnet/SSH Settings
Parameters
Telnet Enabled
Telnet Port
SSH Enabled
SSH Port
SSH Authentication Method
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CDU Configuration Parameters, continued…
HTTP/SSL Settings
Parameters
HTTP Enabled
HTTP Port
HTTP (SSL) Enabled
HTTPS (SSL) Port
FTP Settings
Parameters
FTP Server Enabled
FTP Client Auto Update Enabled
FTP Client Update Host
FTP Client Update User Name
FTP Client Update Password
FTP Client Update Directory
FTP Client Update File Name
FTP Client Update Day
FTP Client Update Hour
SMTP Settings
Parameters
SMTP Notifications Enabled
SMTP Host
SMTP Host Port
SMTP From Address
SMTP Primary To Address
SMTP Secondary To Address
SMTP Event Messages Enabled
SMTP Authorization Messages Enabled
SMTP Configuration Messages Enabled
SMTP Power Messages Enabled
SMTP Authentication Type
SMTP Authenticate With
SMTP Host Authentication User Name
SMTP Host Authentication Password
SMTP Subject Used
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CDU Configuration Parameters, continued…
SNMP Settings
Parameters
SNMP V1/V2 Enabled
SNMP V2 Get Community
SNMP V2 Set Community
SNMP V2 Trap Community
SNMP V3 Enabled
SNMP V3 RW User Authentication Method
SNMP V3 RW User Name
SNMP V3 RW User Authentication Password
SNMP V3 RW User Privacy Password
SNMP V3 RO User Authentication Method
SNMP V3 RO User Name
SNMP V3 RO User Authentication Password
SNMP V3 RO User Privacy Password
SNMP V3 Trap User Name
SNMP Trap Format
SNMP Trap Destination Primary Host
SNMP Trap Destination Secondary Host
SNMP Trap IP Restrictions
SNMP Trap Error Repeat Time(seconds)
SNMP System Name
SNMP System Contact
SNTP/DST Settings
Parameters
SNTP Primary Host
SNTP Secondary Host
Local GMT Offset
DST Enabled
DST Start TZ
DST End TZ
Syslog Settings
Parameters
SysLog Primary Host
SysLog Secondary Host
SysLog Port
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Contact Technical Support
For assistance with the StartUp Stick, Server Technology’s Technical Support department is available as follows:
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Server Technology understands that there are often questions when installing and/or using a new product. Free
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