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Home > Success Center > Network Performance Monitor (NPM) > NPM Documentation > NPM 12.4 Administrator Guide > Set up and monitor Cisco Unified Computing Systems (UCS)

Set up and monitor Cisco Unified Computing Systems (UCS)

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Updated February 12, 2019

To gain an overview of all information provided by UCS, add the UCS master device and the primary fabric interconnect devices to the SolarWinds Orion database for monitoring.

  1. Confirm that LDAP authentication is not enabled on your UCS device.
    See the device documentation for details.
  2. In the UCS console, verify that the fabric connects have external IP addresses.

    If the external gateway, external IP address, or external mask are set to, edit these resources with valid external devices values.

  3. Add the UCS Master node to the database.

    If the node displays in the All Nodes list in italics or with ‘n/a’ as the state, click the node and select Yes to add the device.

    1. If the node is in the list, go to step b.
      If the node is not in the list, click Manage Nodes in the All Nodes resource, and then go to step b.
    2. Click Add Node.
    3. Enter the IP Address or host name and select Dynamic IP Address.
    4. Select External Node or Status Only: ICMP as the polling method.
    5. Select UCS Manager Credentials, and provide the following credentials.
      • Polling Engine
      • UCS Port
      • UCS User Name
      • UCS Password
    6. Click Test under the UCS fields, and click Next.
    7. Select the resources to monitor on the node.
    8. Add any relevant pollers.
    9. Review your information, and then click OK, Add Node.
  4. Add each UCS Fabric Interconnect switch using step 3 above except the polling method must be SNMP for the Fabric Interconnects. The SNMP version is the customer's preference.
  5. Add each blade, chassis, or any other device using ICMP as the polling method. Repeat step 3 for each device.
  6. In All Nodes, double-click the UCS Master node and locate the UCS Overview resource.

    To select the proper view we use the existing View By Device Type feature.

    To ensure that Standard Poller does not overwrite MachineType and other fields, we use EntityType to identify UCS node in the Standard Poller (and so force Standard Poller not to overwrite our required fields). This same mechanism is also used for the ESX VMWare API.

  7. If any UCS device shown in the UCS Overview is not currently managed, double-click the device and add the node.
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