Cisco UCS Configuration Guide for vSphere – Part 4 – SAN

This is part 4 of the Cisco UCS Configuration Guide, covering the creation of Cisco UCS SAN policies.

Seven part series, describing how to configure a Cisco UCS from start to finish for a vSphere deployment:

The UCS Manager SAN configuration has five areas: SAN Cloud, Storage Cloud, Policies and Pools.  The diagram below shows the breakdown of those areas.

UCS SAN Overview

Configure SAN Policies

Before you begin, you will need the following:

  • Three Blocks of WWN Addresses for the nodes and virtual HBAs, one for Fabric A and one for Fabric B – for this exercise the ranges 20:00:00:25:B5:71:00:00 – 20:00:00:25:B5:71:00:63, 20:00:00:25:B5:73:1A:00 – 20:00:00:25:B5:73:1A:63 and 20:00:00:25:B5:73:1B:00 – 20:00:00:25:B5:73:1B:63 will be used.
  • Identify the FC Uplinks to SAN Fabrics A and B, in this example they are 1/27.
  • WWPNs of your Storage Array Service Processor ports.

To configure the Cisco UCS SAN Policies, you need to:

1. Access the “SAN” tab of the UCS Manager and expand the “SAN Cloud”.  Then select VSANs and right mouse click “Create VSAN”.

Cisco_UCS_SAN_SAN_Cloud_VSAN_A

2. Configure two VSANs with the following settings.

SAN Cloud VSAN3. From “SAN Cloud”, select “Fabric A” and then “Uplink FC Interfaces”.

 Cisco_UCS_SAN_Uplink_FC_Interface_VSANCisco_UCS_SAN_FC_Interface_VSAN

4. Configure the FC Uplinks with the following settings.

Uplink FC Interface VSAN5. From the “Pools” object select “WWNN Pools”.

Cisco_UCS_SAN_WWNN_Pools6. Create a WWNN Pool with the following settings.

SAN WWNN7. From the “Pools” object select “WWPN Pools”.

Cisco_UCS_SAN_WWNN_Pools

8. Create two WWPN Pools with the following settings.

SAN WWPN9. From the “Policies” object, select “vHBA Templates”.

Cisco_UCS_SAN_SAN_Cloud_VSAN_A

10. Create two vHBA templates with the following settings.

vHBA Templates11. From the “Policies” object, select “Storage Connection Policies”.

Cisco_UCS_SAN_Storage_Connection_Policies

12. Create Storage Connection Policies with the following settings.

Storage Connection Policy

13.This completes the SAN Policy configuration, proceed to Part 5 to configure the Server policies.

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