Management Pack for Cisco UCS

The Blue Medora VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for Cisco UCS is an embedded adapter for vRealize Operations (vROps), collecting performance data from your Cisco UCS systems and providing predictive analysis and real-time information about problems in your infrastructure—all within the vRealize Operations user interface.

How the Management Pack Collects Data

During each data collection cycle, the Management Pack opens aconnection to Cisco UCS Central or Cisco UCS Manager to obtain data regarding UCS resources.

Notable Features

The Management Pack harnesses powerful vRealize Operations features such as:

  • 5 comprehensive monitoring dashboards:
    • Cisco UCS Overview
    • Cisco UCS Health Investigation
    • Cisco UCS Chassis Overview
    • Cisco UCS Servers and Fabrics
    • Cisco UCS Virtual Machines
  • 1000+ collected metrics for Cisco UCS resources
  • 200+ detailed alerts and recommendations imported from the Cisco UCS API
  • Key performance metrics such as total sent/received throughput, memory usage, and ambient, memory unit, and processor unit temperature.
  • Relationships to VMware Hypervisors hosted on Cisco UCS Blade or Rack Servers
  • vRealize Calculated Slot capacity for Cisco UCS Chassis

Release Notes

VersionRelease DateDescription
3.1.12.20190517.171842 

This major release incorporates a number of bug fixes and optimizations from prior minor releases, notably:

  • Added three metrics to the Blade resource: CPUs, Cores, and Enabled Cores.
  • numberOfSlots is now visible on more than one chassis of a particular model.
  • Added the collection of performance & networking metrics for vNICs and vHBAs.
3.1.1.20180405.024250April 12, 2018
  • Updated for vROps 6.7 compatibility (For information about general vROps 6.7 impact on our management packs, see our 6.7 Support Knowledge Article.)

  • Incorporated the following changes from previous LA releases:
    • Fixed an issue where SSL protocol iteration causes multiple sessions; fewer UCS sessions will now be created on Test Connection and collection

    • Added the ability to set timeout appropriately

    • Updated severities of symptoms/alerts to match UCS documentation
    • Fixed an issue where some statistics had values too large for the data type being used (e.g., port statistics in bits would "roll-over” at ordinary throughput levels)

    • Resolved inability to connect with TLS v1.2

    • Fixed relationship creation issue in SuiteAPIClient where the matching was failing on the Host Resource

    • Changed collection so that the ethernet port has a different value for the Sent and Receive Bits and packet metrics (change will roll up into any metric based off these values)

    • Tweaked Blade and Chassis relationship-matching logic to ensure exact matches are made

6.3.10300032September 21, 2017
  • Added model and revision properties to Blade, Chassis, and Rack

  • Added Blade slot sizing metric to provide more accurate Chassis capacity calculations

6.3.10300030July 12, 2017
  • Added support for Cisco UCS Central
  • Added support for TLS 1.1 & 1.2
  • Added two new resource kinds: Cisco UCS Central and Cisco UCS Manager
  • Combined UCS Blade Overview and UCS Fabric Interconnect Overview dashboards into single Cisco UCS Servers and Fabrics dashboard
  • Re-designed and re-named Virtual Machine to UCS Server dashboard to Cisco UCS Virtual Machines
  • Fixed an issue where multiple sets of objects could be created by changing UIDs
6.2.10201001March 31, 2017Added support for disabling or collapsing resource kinds into their parent resource kinds Changed “UCS VM to Related UCS Server Details” dashboard name to “Virtual Machine to UCS Server”
6.2.10200001January 31, 2017
  • Added support for vROps 6.2+
  • Replaced “UCS Events” and “UCS Relationships” dashboards with “UCS Health Investigation” dashboard
  • New advanced configuration settings for object naming clarity
  • UI enhancements and streamlining
6.0.10100011September 23, 2016
  • Added support for True Visibility Suite licensing
  • Added adapter instance name to each resource for easy identification
  • Updated alerts to have the correct type/subtype
  • Added severity to notification events
6.0.10100007April 14, 2016

New Features:

  • 5 New Resource Kinds and related Views:
    • Cisco UCS Ethernet Port Traffic
    • Cisco UCS Fibre Channel Port Traffic
    • Cisco UCS Port Channel Traffic
    • Cisco UCS vHBA Traffic
    • Cisco UCS vNIC Traffic
  • New “Cisco UCS Traffic” Report
  • New “UCS Overview” Dashboard
  • New configuration option to enable port collection (ethernet and fibre channel)
  • New Capacity Definition for “Chassis: vRealize Calculated Slot Capacity”
  • 2 New Traversal Specs for internal and external relationships

Fixed:

  • FC Metrics into Sent/Received
  • UCS Icons so the RK icons show in tree instead of generic folders
  • Add rack server to host relationship to “Cisco UCS System” traversal tree


2.0February 2015Initial Release

Known Issues/Limitations

The following known issues/limitations exist for the currently-released version of the Management Pack:

See Also

System Requirements (Cisco UCS)