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CONTENTS
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Organization

Related Documentation
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Preface
This preface describes the organization of the Cisco UCS C-Series Servers Windows Installation Guide. It also provides information on how to obtain related documentation and submit a service request.

Organization
This guide is organized as follows: Chapter Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Title Description

Windows Server 2003 Contains procedures for installing Windows Server 2003 to an Installation internal drive and to a bootable SAN-connected device. Windows Server 2008 Contains procedures for installing Windows Server 2008 to an and Windows Server internal drive and to a bootable SAN-connected device. 2008 R2 Installation Contains information about the drivers for Windows that are on the C-Series Drivers and Utilities disc. Contains information about the RAID controllers that are available in C-Series servers, including how to identify the devices.

Appendix A Drivers for C-Series Windows Installation Appendix B RAID Controller Considerations

Related Documentation
The documentation set for the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) C-Series rack-mount servers is described in the roadmap document at the following link: Cisco UCS C-Series Documentation Roadmap

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For information on obtaining documentation, submitting a service request, and gathering additional information, see the monthly Whats New in Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation, at: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html Subscribe to the Whats New in Cisco Product Documentation as a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed and set content to be delivered directly to your desktop using a reader application. The RSS feeds are a free service and Cisco currently supports RSS Version 2.0.

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CH A P T E R

Windows Server 2003 Installation


This chapter contains two procedures:

Installation on an Internal Drive, page 1-1 SAN Boot Installation, page 1-10

Tip

Although the procedure in this section does not require it, Cisco has also developed the Cisco Server Configuration Utility for C-Series servers, which can assist you by slip-streaming drivers for an unattended installation of the operating system. This utility is shipped with new servers on CD. You can also download the ISO from Cisco.com. See the user documentation for obtaining and using this utility at the following URL: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/unified_computing/ucs/sw/ucsscu/user/guide/20/SCUUG20.html

Installation on an Internal Drive


This section describes how to install Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) x86 or x64 on an internal drive by using the virtual media feature.

Note

For this server, the supported version of the operating system is Windows Server 2003 with SP2.

Note

We recommend that the fastest method for Windows installation is to place the Windows discs into the DVD drive of the C-Series server while you use the virtual floppy drive for driver installation. Steps are also provided for mapping a Windows ISO image as a virtual CD/DVD.

Prerequisites
The following items or actions are required before you begin this procedure:

A configured IP address for the management port of the server; verify that you can connect to it and the Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) utility. The Cisco UCS C-Series Drivers CD, or the ISO image of this CD from Cisco.com. If installing to one of the LSI RAID controllers, configure a LUN to which you will install. See RAID Controller Considerations, page B-1 for information about RAID controllers and links to LSI documentation.

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If your server has an LSI MegaRAID controller, configure RAID settings for the drives in your server. If you do not configure your LSI MegaRAID LUNs before installing the OS, disk discovery failures might occur during the installation and you see error messages such as No Device Found. The Windows installation media, either CD/DVD or an ISO image. Also, the activation keys for this software installation.

Note

If you do not know which devices are installed in your target server so that you know which drivers are required, you can determine this by reading the output from the server boot process. As devices are initialized, information about them is displayed in messages. However, Quiet Boot must be disabled in the server BIOS. See How to Determine Which Controller Is in Your Server, page B-1.

Procedure
Use the following procedure to install the software and drivers:
Step 1

Find the drivers for your installed devices on the Cisco UCS C-Series Drivers DVD that came with your C-Series server, and then extract them to a local machine such as your laptop. See Drivers for C-Series Windows Installation, page A-1 for driver locations. See also How to Determine Which Controller Is in Your Server, page B-1. If you do not have this driver DVD, you can download the driver package ISO for your server from Cisco at http://www.cisco.com/cisco/web/support/index.html. You can burn the image to a CD or use a third-party utility to mount the image on a laptop hard drive.

Step 2 Step 3

Use a browser to connect to CIMC Manager using the CIMC IP address. Log in to CIMC Manager using your administrator user ID and password. The default user ID is admin; the default password is password.

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Enable the Virtual Media feature, which enables the server to mount virtual drives:
a. b. c.

On the CIMC Manager Server tab, click Remote Presence. On the Remote Presence pane, click the Virtual Media tab and check the check box to enable Virtual Media. Click Save Changes.

Step 5

On the Remote Presence pane, click the Virtual KVM tab and then click Launch KVM Console.

Step 6

When the Virtual KVM Console window launches, select Tools > Launch Virtual Media (for CIMC release 1.2(4) and earlier). For CIMC release 1.3(1) and later, click the VM tab.

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Step 7

In the Virtual Media Session window, provide the path to the Windows installation image using one of these two methods:

If you are installing from Windows discs, place the first installation CD in the DVD drive of the C-Series server. Wait for the server to read the disc, as indicated by the D: drive icon in the Client View pane.

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Click Details to display the Details pane and observe the reading and writing progress. If you are installing from a Windows ISO image, click Add Image and then use the dialog to navigate to your Windows Server 2003 ISO file and select it. The ISO image is displayed in the Client View pane. Click Add Image. Navigate to the driver IMG image file for your device and operating system (where you saved it in Step 1) and select it. See Drivers for C-Series Windows Installation, page A-1 for driver locations. When prompted whether you want to emulate the device as a floppy, click Yes. The IMG file appears in the Client View pane as a virtual floppy drive (separate from the A: drive listing).

Step 8

Provide the path to drivers for your mass storage controllers:


a. b. c.

Step 9

Check the check box in the Mapped column for each device that you want to mount, and then wait for mapping to complete. Observe the progress in the Details pane.

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Step 10

When mapping is complete, power cycle the server so that the BIOS recognizes the media that you just added.

Note

You can power cycle the server by pressing the Power button on the server; by selecting Macros > Ctrl-Alt-Del on the Cisco KVM Console window menu bar; or by clicking Power Cycle Server on the Server Summary tab of the Cisco Integrated Management Controller GUI. In the Virtual KVM Console window, watch during bootup for the F2 prompt, and then press F2 to enter BIOS setup. Wait for the setup utility screen to appear.

Step 11

Note

After you press F2 there is a small time interval before the BIOS setup utility is displayed because the server continues to initialize devices and then displays the utility only after this is complete. On the BIOS setup utility screen, select the Boot Options tab and verify that you see the devices that you just added in Step 7 and Step 8 listed as bootable devices.

Step 12

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Quiet Boot is enabled by default, so you see the Cisco splash screen when the F2 prompt is displayed.

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Step 13

Set the virtual floppy drive boot order:


a. b.

On the Boot Options screen, select Floppy Order. On the Floppy Order screen, set the new virtual floppy to be the first in the list of floppy devices. Select Boot Option#1 and press Enter, then select Cisco Virtual Floppy in the pop-up dialog and press Enter. Press F10 to save your changes and exit the BIOS setup utility. The server power cycles.

c.

Step 14 Step 15 Step 16

In the Virtual KVM Console window, watch during bootup for the F2 prompt, and then press F2 to enter the BIOS setup utility. On the BIOS setup utility screen, select the Boot Manager tab. On the Boot Manager screen, select the physical disc or virtual DVD that you mounted in Step 7 and then press Enter. The Windows installation begins when the image is booted.

Step 17

Press Enter when prompted to boot from CD.

Note

In the next step, you must watch immediately for the prompt to press F6 and then press F6. During the initial startup of the Windows installer, a message at the bottom of the window will say Press F6 to install third-party drivers.

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Install the drivers for your mass storage device from the virtual floppy:
a.

Immediately watch for the prompt to press F6, and then press F6 to install third-party drivers for your mass storage device during the installation process.

b.

Continue to observe the Windows installation process and when prompted, press S to specify additional device.

c.

Select your mass storage device from the list and press Enter. The drivers for your mass storage device are installed from the virtual floppy.

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Step 19

Complete the Windows installation according to the requirements and standards of your company. Continue to monitor the Windows installation progress as indicated in the Windows Setup window, and answer prompts as required. Verify that Windows lists the drivers that you added. After the Windows installation is complete, Windows reboots the server again and you are prompted to press Ctrl-Alt-Del and to log in to access the Windows desktop. Use the login credentials that you supplied during the Windows installation process.

Step 20

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At this point, Windows still needs device drivers installed for devices such as the server chipset and Ethernet controllers. In the Windows Server 2003 Device Manager, devices that still need drivers are marked with yellow flags as shown in the example below.

Step 21

Use a Windows File Manager to navigate to the folder where you extracted the Cisco driver package that you got from the Cisco UCS C-Series Driver DVD (or downloaded from Cisco.com) in Step 1. Drivers for all the devices are included in folders named for each device. See Drivers for C-Series Windows Installation, page A-1 for driver locations.

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Step 22

Install Intel chipset drivers:


a. b.

In the folder that contains the chipset drivers for your hardware, there is an EXE file that extracts and installs the drivers (for example, ...\Windows\ChipSet\Intel\W2K3\setup.exe). Follow the prompts from Windows to reboot the server to complete the chipset driver installation. In the folder that contains the drivers that you need, click the EXE file to extract and install the drivers (for example, \Windows\Network\Intel\82576\). In some cases, there is not an EXE file and you might have to manually install the drivers. Follow the prompts from Windows to reboot the server to complete the LOM driver installation.

Step 23

Install the LAN on motherboard (LOM) drivers:


a.

b. Step 24

Repeat the driver installation process for each device that still needs drivers, as indicated by yellow flags in the Windows Server 2003 Device Manager.

Note

Some drivers might be installed as part of the Windows hardware discovery process.

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SAN Boot Installation


This section describes how to install Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) x86 or x64 on a bootable SAN LUN.

Note

For this server, the supported version of the operating system is Windows Server 2003 with SP2.

Note

We recommend that the fastest method for Windows installation is to place the Windows discs into the DVD drive of the C-Series server while you use the virtual floppy drive for driver installation. Steps are also provided for mapping a Windows ISO image as a virtual CD/DVD.

Prerequisites
The following items or actions are required before you begin this procedure:

A configured IP address for the management port of the server; verify that you can connect to it and the Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) utility. The Cisco UCS C-Series Drivers CD, or the ISO image of this CD from Cisco.com. If installing to a bootable SAN device, configure a LUN on the SAN, then connect to the SAN and verify that one (and only one) path exists from the SAN HBA to the LUN. See RAID Controller Considerations, page B-1 for information about RAID controllers and links to LSI documentation.

Note

If your server has an LSI MegaRAID controller, configure RAID settings for the drives in your server. If you do not configure your LSI MegaRAID LUNs before installing the OS, disk discovery failures might occur during the installation and you see error messages such as No Device Found. The Windows installation media, either CD/DVD or an ISO image. Also, the activation keys for this software installation.

Note

If you do not know which devices are installed in your target server so that you know which drivers are required, you can determine this by reading the output from the server boot process. As devices are initialized, information about them is displayed in messages. However, Quiet Boot must be disabled in the server BIOS. See How to Determine Which Controller Is in Your Server, page B-1.

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Procedure
Use the following procedure to install the software and drivers:
Step 1

Find the drivers for your installed devices on the Cisco UCS C-Series Drivers DVD that came with your C-Series server, and then extract them to a local machine such as your laptop. See Drivers for C-Series Windows Installation, page A-1 for driver locations. See also How to Determine Which Controller Is in Your Server, page B-1. If you do not have this driver DVD, you can download the driver package ISO for your server from Cisco at http://www.cisco.com/cisco/web/support/index.html. You can burn the image to a CD or use a third-party utility to mount the image on a laptop hard drive.

Step 2 Step 3

Use a browser to connect to CIMC Manager using the CIMC IP address. Log in to CIMC Manager using your administrator user ID and password. The default user ID is admin; the default password is password.

Step 4

Enable the Virtual Media feature, which enables the server to mount virtual drives:
a. b. c.

On the CIMC Manager Server tab, click Remote Presence. On the Remote Presence pane, click the Virtual Media tab and check the check box to enable Virtual Media. Click Save Changes.

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Step 5

On the Remote Presence pane, click the Virtual KVM tab and then click Launch KVM Console.

Step 6

When the Virtual KVM Console window launches, select Tools > Launch Virtual Media (for CIMC release 1.2(4) and earlier). For CIMC release 1.3(1) and later, click the VM tab.

Step 7

In the Virtual Media Session window, provide the path to the Windows installation image using one of these two methods:

If you are installing from Windows discs, place the first installation CD in the DVD drive of the C-Series server. Wait for the server to read the disc, as indicated by the D: drive icon in the Client View pane.

Tip

Click Details to display the Details pane and observe the reading and writing progress. If you are installing from a Windows ISO image, click Add Image and then use the dialog to navigate to your Windows Server 2003 ISO file and select it. The ISO image is displayed in the Client View pane. Click Add Image. Navigate to the driver IMG image file for your device and operating system (where you saved it in Step 1) and select it. See Drivers for C-Series Windows Installation, page A-1 for driver locations. When prompted whether you want to emulate the device as a floppy, click Yes. The IMG file appears in the Client View pane as a virtual floppy drive (separate from the A: drive listing).

Step 8

In the Virtual Media Session window, provide the path to drivers for your SAN HBA device:
a. b. c.

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Step 9

Check the check box in the Mapped column for each device that you added, and then wait for mapping to complete. Observe the progress in the Details pane.

Step 10

When mapping is complete, power cycle the server so that it recognizes the media and HBA device that you just added.

Note

You can power cycle the server by pressing the Power button on the server; by selecting Macros > Ctrl-Alt-Del on the Cisco KVM Console window menu bar; or by clicking Power Cycle Server on the Server Summary tab of the Cisco Integrated Management Controller GUI. In the Virtual KVM Console window, watch during bootup for the F2 prompt, and then press F2 to enter BIOS setup. Wait for the setup utility screen to appear.

Step 11

Note

After you press F2 there is a small time interval before the BIOS setup utility is displayed because the server continues to initialize devices and then displays the utility only after this is complete. On the BIOS setup utility screen, select the Boot Options tab and verify that you see the devices that you just added in Step 7 and Step 8 listed as bootable devices.

Step 12

Note

Quiet Boot is enabled by default, so you see the Cisco splash screen when the F2 prompt is displayed.

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Step 13

Set the virtual floppy drive boot order:


a. b.

On the Boot Options screen, select Floppy Order. On the Floppy Order screen, set the new virtual floppy to be the first in the list of floppy devices. Select Boot Option #1 and press Enter, then select Cisco Virtual Floppy in the pop-up dialog and press Enter. Press Esc to return to the Boot Options screen.

c.

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Step 14

Set the SAN LUN boot order:


a. b.

On the Boot Options screen, select Hard Disk Order. On the Hard Disk Order screen, set the target SAN LUN to be the first in the list of hard disk devices. Select Boot Option #1 and press Enter, then select the HA1 entry in the pop-up dialog and press Enter. Press F10 to save your changes and exit the BIOS setup utility. The server power cycles.

c.

Step 15 Step 16 Step 17

In the Virtual KVM Console window, watch during bootup for the F2 prompt, and then press F2 to enter the BIOS setup utility. On the BIOS setup utility screen, select the Boot Manager tab. On the Boot Manager screen, select the physical disc or virtual DVD that you mounted in Step 7 and then press Enter. The Windows installation begins when the image is booted.

Step 18

Press Enter when prompted to boot from CD.

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In the next step, you must watch immediately for the prompt to press F6 and then press F6. During the initial startup of the Windows installer, a message at the bottom of the window will say Press F6 to install third-party drivers. Install the drivers for your HBA device from the virtual floppy:
a.

Step 19

Immediately watch for the prompt to press F6, and then press F6 to install third-party drivers for your mass storage device during the installation process.

b.

Continue to observe the Windows installation process and when prompted, press S to specify additional device.

c.

Select your HBA device from the list and press Enter. The drivers for your HBA device are installed from the virtual floppy.

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Complete the Windows installation according to the requirements and standards of your company. Continue to monitor the Windows installation progress as indicated in the Windows Setup window, and answer prompts as required. Verify that Windows lists the drivers that you added. After the Windows installation is complete, Windows reboots the server again and you are prompted to press Ctrl-Alt-Del and to log in to access the Windows desktop. Use the login credentials that you supplied during the Windows installation process.

Step 21

Note

At this point, Windows still needs device drivers installed for devices such as the server chipset and Ethernet controllers. In the Windows Server 2003 Device Manager, devices that still need drivers are marked with yellow flags as shown in the example below.

Step 22

Use a Windows File Manager to navigate to the folder where you extracted the Cisco driver package that you got from the Cisco UCS C-Series Drivers DVD (or downloaded from Cisco.com) in Step 1. Drivers for all of the devices are included in folders named for each device. See Drivers for C-Series Windows Installation, page A-1 for driver locations.

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Step 23

Install Intel chipset drivers:


a. b.

In the folder that contains the chipset drivers you need for your server, there is an EXE file that extracts and installs the drivers (for example, ...\Windows\ChipSet\Intel\W2K3\setup.exe). Follow the prompts from Windows to reboot the server to complete the chipset driver installation. In the folder that contains the drivers that you need, click the EXE file to extract and install the drivers (for example, \Windows\Network\Intel\82576\). In some cases, there is not an EXE file and you might have to manually install the drivers. Follow the prompts from Windows to reboot the server to complete the LOM driver installation.

Step 24

Install the LAN on motherboard (LOM) drivers:


a.

b. Step 25

Repeat the driver installation process for each device that still needs drivers, as indicated by yellow flags in the Windows Server 2003 Device Manager.

Note

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Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Installation


This chapter contains two procedures:

Installation on an Internal Drive, page 2-1 SAN Boot Installation, page 2-10

Tip

Although the procedure in this section does not require it, Cisco has also developed the Cisco Server Configuration Utility for C-Series servers, which can assist you by slip-streaming drivers for an unattended installation of the operating system. This utility is shipped with new servers on CD. You can also download the ISO from Cisco.com. See the user documentation for obtaining and using this utility at the following URL: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/unified_computing/ucs/sw/ucsscu/user/guide/20/SCUUG20.html

Installation on an Internal Drive


Note

We recommend that the fastest method for Windows installation is to place the Windows discs into the DVD drive of the C-Series server while you use the virtual floppy drive for driver installation. Steps are also provided for mapping a Windows ISO image as a virtual CD/DVD. This section describes how to install Windows Server 2008 x64 and required drivers on an internal drive by using the virtual media feature.

Prerequisites
The following items or actions are required before you begin this procedure:

A configured IP address for the management port of the server; verify that you can connect to it and the Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) utility. The Cisco UCS C-Series Drivers CD, or the ISO image of this CD from Cisco.com. If installing to one of the LSI RAID controllers, configure a LUN to which you will install. See RAID Controller Considerations, page B-1 for information about RAID controllers and links to LSI documentation.

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Note

If your server has an LSI MegaRAID controller, configure RAID settings for the drives in your server. If you do not configure your LSI MegaRAID LUNs before installing the OS, disk discovery failures might occur during the installation and you see error messages such as No Device Found. The Windows installation media, either CD/DVD or an ISO image. Also, the activation keys for this software installation.

Note

If you do not know which devices are installed in your target server so that you know which drivers are required, you can determine this by reading the output from the server boot process. As devices are initialized, information about them is displayed in messages. However, Quiet Boot must be disabled in the server BIOS. See How to Determine Which Controller Is in Your Server, page B-1.

Procedure
Use the following procedure to install the software and drivers:
Step 1

Find the drivers for your installed devices on the Cisco UCS C-Series Drivers DVD that came with your C-Series server, and then extract them to a local machine such as your laptop. See Drivers for C-Series Windows Installation, page A-1 for driver locations. See also How to Determine Which Controller Is in Your Server, page B-1. If you do not have this driver DVD, you can download the driver package ISO for your server from Cisco at http://www.cisco.com/cisco/web/support/index.html. You can burn the image to a CD or use a third-party utility to mount the image on a laptop hard drive.

Step 2 Step 3

Use a browser to connect to CIMC Manager using the CIMC IP address. Log in to CIMC Manager using your administrator user ID and password. The default user ID is admin; the default password is password.

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Step 4

Enable the Virtual Media feature, which enables the server to mount virtual drives:
a. b. c.

On the CIMC Manager Server tab, click Remote Presence. On the Remote Presence pane, click the Virtual Media tab and check the check box to enable Virtual Media. Click Save Changes.

Step 5

On the Remote Presence pane, click the Virtual KVM tab and then click Launch KVM Console.

Step 6

When the Virtual KVM Console window launches, select Tools > Launch Virtual Media (for CIMC release 1.2(4) and earlier). For CIMC release 1.3(1) and later, click the VM tab.

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Step 7

In the Virtual Media Session window, provide the path to the Windows installation image using one of these two methods:

If you are installing from Windows discs, place the first installation CD in the DVD drive of the C-Series server. Wait for the server to read the disc, as indicated by the D: drive icon in the Client View pane.

Tip

Click Details to display the Details pane and observe the reading and writing progress. If you are installing from a Windows ISO image, click Add Image and then use the dialog to navigate to your Windows 2008 ISO file and select it. The ISO image is displayed in the Client View pane.

Step 8

Check the check box in the Mapped column for the media that you added, and then wait for mapping to complete. Observe the progress in the Details pane.

Step 9

When mapping is complete, power cycle the server so that the BIOS recognizes the media that you just added.

Note

You can power cycle the server by pressing the Power button on the server; by selecting Macros > Ctrl-Alt-Del on the Cisco KVM Console window menu bar; or by selecting Power Cycle Server on the Server Summary tab of the Cisco Integrated Management Controller GUI. In the Virtual KVM Console window, watch during bootup for the F2 prompt, and then press F2 to enter BIOS setup. Wait for the setup utility screen to appear.

Step 10

Note

After you press F2 there is a small time interval before the BIOS setup utility is displayed because the server continues to initialize devices and then displays the utility only after this is complete.

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Step 11

On the BIOS Setup utility screen, select the Boot Options tab and verify that you see the virtual DVD device that you just addedStep 7 listed as a bootable device.

Note

Quiet Boot is enabled by default, so you see the Cisco splash screen when the F2 prompt is displayed.

Step 12 Step 13 Step 14

In the Virtual KVM Console window, watch during bootup for the F2 prompt, and then press F2 to enter the BIOS setup utility. On the BIOS setup utility screen, select the Boot Manager tab. On the Boot Manager screen, select the physical disc or virtual DVD that you mounted in Step 7 and then press Enter. The Windows installation begins when the image is booted.

Step 15

Press Enter when prompted to boot from CD.

Step 16

Observe the Windows installation process and respond to prompts in the wizard as required for your preferences and company standards.

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Step 17

When Windows prompts you with Where do you want to install Windows, first install the drivers for your mass storage device:

a.

On the Install Windows window, click Load Driver. You are prompted by a Load Driver dialog to select the driver to be installed. In the next steps you first define a virtual device with your driver ISO image.

b. c. d. e.

If not already open, open a KVM Virtual Media Session window as you did in Step 6. In the Virtual Media Session window, unmount the virtual DVD that you mapped in Step 7 (remove its check mark under Mapped). In the Virtual Media Session window, click Add Image. Use the dialog to navigate to the location where you saved the Cisco driver ISO image for your mass storage device in Step 1 and select it. The ISO appears in the Client View pane. See Drivers for C-Series Windows Installation, page A-1 for driver locations.

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f.

In the Virtual Media Session window, check the check box under Mapped to mount the driver ISO that you just selected. Wait for mapping to complete, as indicated in the Details pane. After mapping is complete, you can select the device for Windows installation.

g. h.

On the Windows Load Driver dialog that you opened in Step a, click Browse. Use the dialog to select the virtual DVD device that you just created, and then navigate to the location of the drivers, select them, and click OK. Windows loads the drivers and when finished, the driver is listed under the prompt Select the driver to be installed. After Windows loads the drivers, select the driver for your device from the list in the Install Windows window and then click Next. Wait while the drivers for your mass storage device are installed, as indicated by the progress bar.

i.

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Step 18

After driver installation finishes, unmap the driver ISO and map the Windows installation image:
a. b.

In the Virtual Media Session window, remove the check from the check box under Mapped that corresponded to the driver ISO. In the Virtual Media Session window, check the check box under Mapped that corresponds to your Windows installation image (the same one that you defined in Step 7). Wait for mapping to complete. Observe the progress in the Details pane.

Step 19

In the Install Windows window, select the disk or partition where you want to install Windows from the list, and then click Next.

Step 20

Complete the Windows installation according to the requirements and standards of your company. Continue to observe the Windows installation process and answer prompts as required for your preferences. Verify that Windows lists the drivers that you added. After the Windows installation is complete, Windows reboots the server again and you are prompted to press Ctrl-Alt-Del and to log in to access the Windows desktop. Use the login that you supplied during the Windows installation process.

Step 21

Note

At this point, Windows still needs device drivers installed for devices such as the server chipset and Ethernet controllers. In the Windows Server 2008 Device Manager, devices that still need drivers are marked with yellow flags as shown in the following example.

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Step 22

Use a Windows File Manager to navigate to the folder where you extracted the Cisco driver package that you got from the Cisco UCS C-Series Drivers DVD or downloaded from Cisco.com in Step 1. Drivers for all of the devices are included in folders named for each device. See Drivers for C-Series Windows Installation, page A-1 for driver locations. Install Intel chipset drivers:
a. b.

Step 23

In the folder that contains the chipset drivers you need, there is an EXE file that will extract and install the drivers (for example, ...\Windows\ChipSet\Intel\W2K8\setup.exe). Follow the prompts from Windows to reboot the server to complete the chipset driver installation.

Step 24

Install the LAN on motherboard (LOM) drivers:

Note

If you experience slow performance when using Windows Server 2008 R2, get the latest drivers for the onboard Intel 82576 NIC directly from the Intel site: http://downloadcenter.intel.com
a.

In the folder that contains the LOM drivers you need, there might be an EXE file that will extract and install the drivers (for example, ...\Windows\Network\Intel\82576\W2K8\). If there is an EXE file, click the EXE file for the set of drivers that you need. In some cases you might have to manually install the drivers. Follow the prompts from Windows to reboot the server to complete the LOM driver installation.

b. Step 25

Repeat the driver installation process for each device that still needs drivers, as indicated by yellow flags in the Windows Server 2008 Device Manager.

Note

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SAN Boot Installation


This section describes how to install Windows Server 2008 x64 and required drivers on a bootable SAN LUN.

Prerequisites
The following items or actions are required before you begin this procedure:

A configured IP address for the management port of the server; verify that you can connect to it and the Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) utility. The Cisco UCS C-Series Drivers CD, or the ISO image of this CD from Cisco.com. If installing to a bootable SAN device, configure a LUN on the SAN, then connect to the SAN and verify that one (and only one) path exists from the SAN HBA to the LUN. See RAID Controller Considerations, page B-1 for information about RAID controllers and links to LSI documentation.

Note

If your server has an LSI MegaRAID controller, configure RAID settings for the drives in your server. If you do not configure your LSI MegaRAID LUNs before installing the OS, disk discovery failures might occur during the installation and you see error messages such as No Device Found. The Windows installation media, either CD/DVD or an ISO image. Also, the activation keys for this software installation.

Note

If you do not know which devices are installed in your target server so that you know which drivers are required, you can determine this by reading the output from the server boot process. As devices are initialized, information about them is displayed in messages. However, Quiet Boot must be disabled in the server BIOS. See How to Determine Which Controller Is in Your Server, page B-1.

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Procedure
Use the following procedure to install the software and drivers:
Step 1

Find the drivers for your installed devices on the Cisco UCS C-Series Drivers DVD that came with your C-Series server, and then extract them to a local machine such as your laptop. See Drivers for C-Series Windows Installation, page A-1 for driver locations. See also How to Determine Which Controller Is in Your Server, page B-1. If you do not have this driver DVD, you can download the driver package ISO for your server from Cisco at http://www.cisco.com/cisco/web/support/index.html. You can burn the image to a CD or use a third-party utility to mount the image on a laptop hard drive.

Step 2 Step 3

Use a browser to connect to CIMC Manager using the CIMC IP address. Log in to CIMC Manager using your administrator user ID and password. The default user ID is admin; the default password is password.

Step 4

Enable the Virtual Media feature, which enables the server to mount virtual drives:
a. b. c.

On the CIMC Manager Server tab, click Remote Presence. On the Remote Presence pane, click the Virtual Media tab and check the check box to enable Virtual Media. Click Save Changes.

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Step 5

On the Remote Presence pane, click the Virtual KVM tab and then click Launch KVM Console.

Step 6

When the Virtual KVM Console window launches, select Tools > Launch Virtual Media (for CIMC release 1.2(4) and earlier). For CIMC release 1.3(1) and later, click the VM tab.

Step 7

In the Virtual Media Session window, provide the path to the Windows installation image using one of these two methods:

If you are installing from Windows discs, place the first installation CD in the DVD drive of the C-Series server. Wait for the server to read the disc, as indicated by the D: drive icon in the Client View pane.

Tip

Click Details to display the Details pane and observe the reading and writing progress. If you are installing from a Windows ISO image, click Add Image and then use the dialog to navigate to your Windows Server 2008 ISO file and select it. The ISO image is displayed in the Client View pane.

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Step 8

Check the check box in the Mapped column for the media that you added, and then wait for mapping to complete. Observe the progress in the Details pane.

Step 9

When mapping is complete, power cycle the server so that the BIOS recognizes the media that you just added.

Note

You can power cycle the server by pressing the Power button on the server; by selecting Macros > Ctrl-Alt-Del on the Cisco KVM Console window menu bar; or by selecting Power Cycle Server on the Server Summary tab of the Cisco Integrated Management Controller GUI. In the Virtual KVM Console window, watch during bootup for the F2 prompt, and then press F2 to enter BIOS setup. Wait for the setup utility screen to appear.

Step 10

Note

After you press F2 there is a small time interval before the BIOS setup utility is displayed because the server continues to initialize devices and then displays the utility only after this is complete.

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Step 11

On the BIOS setup utility screen, select the Boot Options tab and verify that you see the device that you just added Step 7 listed as a bootable device.

Note

Quiet Boot is enabled by default, so you see the Cisco splash screen when the F2 prompt is displayed.

Step 12

Set the SAN LUN boot order:


a. b.

On the Boot Options screen, select Hard Disk Order. On the Hard Disk Order screen, set the target SAN LUN to be the first in the list of hard disk devices. Select Boot Option #1 and press Enter, then select the HA1 entry in the pop-up dialog and press Enter. Press F10 to save your changes and exit the BIOS setup utility. The server power cycles.

c.

Step 13

In the Virtual KVM Console window, watch during bootup for the F2 prompt, and then press F2 to enter the BIOS setup utility.

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Step 14 Step 15

On the BIOS setup utility screen, select the Boot Manager tab. On the Boot Manager screen, select the physical disc or virtual DVD that you mounted in Step 7 and then press Enter. The Windows installation begins when the image is booted.

Step 16

Press Enter when prompted to boot from CD.

Step 17

Complete the Windows installation according to the requirements and standards of your company. Continue to observe the Windows installation process and answer prompts as required for your preferences. Verify that Windows lists the drivers that you added. When Windows prompts you with Where do you want to install Windows, first install the drivers for your HBA device:

Step 18

a.

On the Install Windows window, click Load Driver. You are prompted by a Load Driver dialog to select the driver to be installed. In the next steps you first define a virtual device with your driver ISO image.

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b. c. d. e.

If not already open, open a KVM Virtual Media Session window as you did in Step 6. In the Virtual Media Session window, unmount the virtual DVD that you mapped in Step 7 (remove its check mark under Mapped). In the Virtual Media Session window, click Add Image. Use the dialog to navigate to the location where you saved the Cisco driver ISO image for your HBA device in Step 1 and select it. The ISO appears in the Client View pane. See Drivers for C-Series Windows Installation, page A-1 for driver locations. In the Virtual Media Session window, check the check box under Mapped to mount the driver ISO that you just selected. Wait for mapping to complete, as indicated in the Details pane. After mapping is complete, you can select the device for Windows installation.

f.

g. h.

On the Windows Load Driver dialog that you opened in Step a, click Browse. Use the dialog to select the virtual DVD device that you just created, and then navigate to the location of the drivers, select them, and click OK. Windows loads the drivers and when finished, the driver is listed under the prompt, Select the driver to be installed.

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i.

After Windows loads the drivers, select the driver for your device from the list in the Install Windows window and then click Next. Wait while the drivers for your HBA device are installed, as indicated by the progress bar.

Step 19

After driver installation finishes, unmap the driver ISO and map the Windows installation image:
a. b.

In the Virtual Media Session window, remove the check from the check box under Mapped that corresponded to the driver ISO. In the Virtual Media Session window, check the check box under Mapped that corresponds to your Windows installation image (the same one that you defined in Step 7). Wait for mapping to complete. Observe the progress in the Details pane.

Step 20

In the Install Windows window, select the disk or partition where you want to install Windows from the list, and then click Next.

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Step 21

Complete the Windows installation according to the requirements and standards of your company. Continue to observe the Windows installation process and answer prompts as required for your preferences. Verify that Windows lists the drivers that you added. After the Windows installation is complete, Windows reboots the server again and you are prompted to press Ctrl-Alt-Del and to log in to access the Windows desktop. Use the login that you supplied during the Windows installation process.

Step 22

Note

At this point, Windows still needs device drivers installed for devices such as the server chipset and Ethernet controllers. In the Windows 2008 Device Manager, devices that still need drivers are marked with yellow flags as shown in the example below.

Step 23

Use a Windows File Manager to navigate to the folder where you extracted the Cisco driver package that you got from the Cisco UCS C-Series Drivers DVD or downloaded from Cisco.com in Step 1. Drivers for all the devices are included in folders named for each device. See Drivers for C-Series Windows Installation, page A-1 for driver locations. Install Intel chipset drivers:
a. b.

Step 24

In the folder that contains the chipset drivers you need, there is an EXE file that will extract and install the drivers (for example, ...\Windows\ChipSet\Intel\W2K8\setup.exe). Follow the prompts from Windows to reboot the server to complete the chipset driver installation.

Step 25

Install the LAN on motherboard (LOM) drivers:

Note

If you experience slow performance when using Windows Server 2008 R2, get the latest drivers for the onboard Intel 82576 NIC directly from the Intel site: http://downloadcenter.intel.com
a.

In the folder that contains the LOM drivers you need, there might be an EXE file that will extract and install the drivers (for example, ...\Windows\Network\Intel\82576\W2K8\). If there is an EXE file, click the EXE file for the set of drivers that you need. In some cases you might have to manually install the drivers.

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b. Step 26

Follow the prompts from Windows to reboot the server to complete the LOM driver installation.

Repeat the driver installation process for each device that still needs drivers, as indicated by yellow flags in the Windows 2008 Device Manager.

Note

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Drivers for C-Series Windows Installation


This appendix contains the following sections:

Drivers for Windows Server 2003 Installation, page A-1 Drivers for Windows Server 2008 Installation, page A-2

Drivers for Windows Server 2003 Installation


Table A-1 shows the paths to the drivers that are included on the Cisco UCS C-Series Drivers DVD.
Table A-1 Drivers for Windows Server 2003 Installation

Device Windows Server 2003 x86 Chipset Devices


Intel chipset
...\Windows\ChipSet\Intel\W2K3\

Driver Windows Server 2003 x64


...\Windows\ChipSet\Intel\W2K3\

Network Devices
Broadcom BCM5709 NIC Broadcom BCM57711 NIC Intel 82576 NIC QLogic QLE 8152 NIC (network drivers)
...\Windows\Network\Broadcom\BCM5709\W2K3\x86\ ...\Windows\Network\Broadcom\BCM5709\W2K3\x64\ ...\Windows\Network\Broadcom\BCM57711\W2K3\x86\ ...\Windows\Network\Broadcom\BCM57711\W2K3\x64\ ...\Windows\Network\Intel\82576\W2K3\x86\ ...\Windows\Network\QLogic\QLE8152\W2K3\x86\ ...\Windows\Network\Intel\82576\W2K3\x64\ ...\Windows\Network\QLogic\QLE8152\W2K3\x64\

Security Devices
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) ...\Windows\Security\TPM\W2K3\x86\
...\Windows\Security\TPM\W2K3\x64\

Storage Devices
Emulex LPE 11002 HBA Intel ICH10R on-board MSC LSI 1064E MSC LSI 3081E-R MSC LSI 8708EM2 MSC LSI 9261HBA QLogic 2462 HBA QLogic QLE 8152 NIC (storage drivers)
...\Windows\Storage\Emulex\LPe11002\W2K3\x86\ ...\Windows\Storage\Intel\ICH10R\W2K3\x86\ ...\Windows\Storage\LSI\1064E\W2K3\x86\ ...\Windows\Storage\LSI\3081E-R\W2K3\x86\ ...\Windows\Storage\LSI\8708EM2\W2K3\x86\ ...\Windows\Storage\LSI\9261\W2K3\x86\ ...\Windows\Storage\QLogic\QLE2462\W2K3\x86\ ...\Windows\Storage\QLogic\QLE8152\W2K3\x86\ ...\Windows\Storage\Emulex\LPe11002\W2K3\x64\ ...\Windows\Storage\Intel\ICH10R\W2K3\x64\ ...\Windows\Storage\LSI\1064E\W2K3\x64\ ...\Windows\Storage\LSI\3081E-R\W2K3\x64\ ...\Windows\Storage\LSI\8708EM2\W2K3\x64\ ...\Windows\Storage\LSI\9261\W2K3\x64\ ...\Windows\Storage\QLogic\QLE2462\W2K3\x64\ ...\Windows\Storage\QLogic\QLE8152\W2K3\x64\

Video Devices
Matrox G200e video controller
...\Windows\Video\Matrox\G200e\W2K3\x86\ ...\Windows\Video\Matrox\G200e\W2K3\x64\

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Drivers for Windows Server 2008 Installation


Table A-1 shows the paths to the drivers that are included on the Cisco UCS C-Series Drivers DVD.
Table A-2 Drivers for Windows Server 2008 Installation

Device Windows Server 2008 x64 Chipset Devices


Intel chipset
...\Windows\ChipSet\Intel\W2K8\

Driver Windows Server 2008 x64 R2


This driver is included with the operating system.

Network Devices
Broadcom BCM5709 NIC Broadcom BCM57711 NIC Intel 82576 NIC QLogic QLE 8152 NIC (network drivers)
...\Windows\Network\Broadcom\BCM5709\W2K8\x64\ ...\Windows\Network\Broadcom\BCM57711\W2K8\x64\ ...\Windows\Network\Intel\82576\W2K8\x64\ ...\Windows\Network\QLogic\QLE8152\W2K8\x64\ ...\Windows\Network\Broadcom\BCM5709\W2K8R2\x64\ ...\Windows\Network\Broadcom\BCM57711\W2K8R2\x64\ ...\Windows\Network\Intel\82576\W2K8R2\x64\ ...\Windows\Network\QLogic\QLE8152\W2K8R2\x64\

Security Devices
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) This driver is included with the operating system.
This driver is included with the operating system.

Storage Devices
Emulex LPE 11002 HBA Intel ICH10R on-board MSC LSI 1064E MSC LSI 3081E-R MSC LSI 8708EM2 MSC LSI 9261HBA QLogic 2462 HBA QLogic QLE 8152 NIC (storage drivers)
...\Windows\Storage\Emulex\LPe11002\W2K8\x64\ ...\Windows\Storage\Intel\ICH10R\W2K8\x64\ ...\Windows\Storage\LSI\1064E\W2K8\x64\ ...\Windows\Storage\LSI\3081E-R\W2K8\x64\ ...\Windows\Storage\LSI\8708EM2\W2K8\x64\ ...\Windows\Storage\LSI\9261\W2K8\x64\ ...\Windows\Storage\QLogic\QLE2462\W2K8\x64\ ...\Windows\Storage\QLogic\QLE8152\W2K8\x64\ ...\Windows\Storage\Emulex\LPe11002\W2K8R2\x64\ ...\Windows\Storage\Intel\ICH10R\W2K8R2\x64\ ...\Windows\Storage\LSI\1064E\W2K8R2\x64\ ...\Windows\Storage\LSI\3081E-R\W2K8R2\x64\ ...\Windows\Storage\LSI\8708EM2\W2K8R2\x64\ This driver is included with the operating system. ...\Windows\Storage\QLogic\QLE2462\W2K8R2\x64\ ...\Windows\Storage\QLogic\QLE8152\W2K8R2\x64\

Video Devices
Matrox G200e video controller
...\Windows\Video\Matrox\G200e\W2K8\x64\ This driver is included with the operating system.

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RAID Controller Considerations


This appendix contains the following sections:

How to Determine Which Controller Is in Your Server, page B-1 How to Disable Quiet Boot, page B-2 How To Enable the ICH10R Onboard Controller (UCS C200 and C210 Servers), page B-3 How To Launch Option ROM-Based Controller Utilities, page B-4 For More Information, page B-4

How to Determine Which Controller Is in Your Server


The C-Series servers can be ordered or configured with a number of RAID controller options: UCS C200 and C210 servers only: There is an Intel ICH10R onboard SATA controller on the motherboard. This controller supports RAID 0 and 1 for up to four SATA drives. This controller must be enabled in the system BIOS before you can use it (see the How To Enable the ICH10R Onboard Controller (UCS C200 and C210 Servers) section on page B-3). UCS C200 and C210 servers only: You can add an LSI 1064-based controller mezzanine card. This card provides RAID 0, 1, and 1E support for up to four SAS or SATA drives.

UCS C250 servers only: You can add an LSI 3081-based controller card. This card provides RAID 0 and 1 support for up to eight SAS or SATA drives. You can add an LSI MegaRAID controller card (model varies by server). These cards provide RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, and 60 support for up to eight SAS or SATA drives.

If you do not have a record of which option is used in the server, you can disable quiet boot and read the on-screen messages that are displayed during system bootup.

Information about the models of card installed are displayed as part of the verbose boot. You are also prompted to press Ctrl-H to launch configuration utilities for those cards. See also How to Disable Quiet Boot, page B-2.

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If no models of card are displayed after you disable quiet boot but there is a RAID configuration, your server is using the onboard ICH10R controller. You are also prompted to press Ctrl-M to launch the configuration utilities for this controller (see graphic below). See also How To Enable the ICH10R Onboard Controller (UCS C200 and C210 Servers), page B-3.

How to Disable Quiet Boot


To disable quiet boot so that the controller information and the prompts for the option ROM-based LSI utilities are displayed during bootup, follow these steps:
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4

Boot the server and watch for the F2 prompt during bootup. Press F2 when prompted to enter the BIOS Setup utility. On the Main page of the BIOS Setup utility, set Quiet Boot to Disabled. This allows non-default messages, prompts, and POST messages to display during bootup instead of the Cisco logo screen. Press F10 to save your changes and exit the utility.

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How To Enable the ICH10R Onboard Controller (UCS C200 and C210 Servers)
Note

The Intel ICH10R SAS controller is in UCS C200 and C210 servers only. To enable the ICH10R onboard controller, follow these steps:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6

Boot the server and watch for the F2 prompt during bootup. Press F2 when prompted to enter the BIOS Setup utility. Select the Advanced tab of the BIOS Setup utility. Select Mass Storage Controllers Configuration. Set Onboard SATA Controller to Enabled. Set SATA Mode to SW RAID.

Step 7

Press F10 to save your changes and exit the utility.

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How To Launch Option ROM-Based Controller Utilities


To alter the RAID configurations on your hard drives, you can use your host-based utilities that you install on top of your host OS, or you can use the LSI option ROM-based utilities that are installed on the server. When you boot the server and you have quite boot disabled (see How to Disable Quiet Boot, page B-2), information about your controller is displayed along with the prompts for the key combination to launch the option ROM-based utilities for your controller. Watch for the prompt for your controller during verbose boot:

The prompt for LSI controller card utility is Ctrl-H. The prompt for the onboard Intel ICH10R controller utility is Ctrl-M.

Note

Cisco has also developed the Cisco Server Configuration Utility for C-Series servers, which can assist you in setting up some RAID configurations for your drives. This utility is shipped with new servers on CD. You can also download the ISO from Cisco.com. See the user documentation for this utility at the following URL: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/unified_computing/ucs/sw/ucsscu/user/guide/20/SCUUG20.html

For More Information


The LSI utilities have help documentation for more information about using the utilities. For basic information on RAID and how to use the LSI utilities, see the documentation at LSI.com:

LSI MegaRAID SAS Software Users Guide (for LSI MegaRAID)


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/unified_computing/ucs/3rd-party/lsi/mrsas/userguide/LSI_MR_SAS_SW_UG.pdf

LSI Fusion-MPT Device Management Users Guide (for LSI 3081E)


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/unified_computing/ucs/3rd-party/lsi/fmpt/userguide/LSI_FusionMPT_DevMgrUG.pdf

LSI SAS2 Integrated RAID Solution User Guide (for LSI SAS1064E)
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/unified_computing/ucs/3rd-party/lsi/irsas/userguide/LSI_IR_SAS_UG.pdf

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