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Recommendations for adding UCS Manager and devices for UCS monitoring

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Created by Interspire Import, last modified by MindTouch on Jun 23, 2016

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Overview

This article ensures that you are able to take full advantage of the UCS monitoring features of Orion NPM.

Environment

  • Orion NPM 10.1 and later

Steps

Add a UCS Manager for UCS monitoring with Orion NPM.

  1. Confirm that the LDAP authentication is not enabled on your UCS device.
    1. Open UCS Manager.
    2. On the Admin tab, expand to User Management > User Services.
    3. Confirm that the full user name is provided for both Locally and Remotely Authenticated Users.
    4. If the default authentication realm is anything other than Local, you will need to use another realm for local authentication.

      Note: Authentication should use the full username form, as in ucs-realm_name\username, and ucs- should always be included.

  2. Verify in the UCS console that the fiber connections have external IP addresses. For example, if you have a Switch A and a Switch B, you would navigate to the values of Switch-A through this path:

    Sys-->Switch A-->Mgmt-->if-1

    ExtGW Not 0.0.0.0

    ExtIP Not 0.0.0.0

    EXTMask Not 0.0.0.0

    If the external gateway, external IP address, or external mask are set to 0.0.0.0, edit with values valid to the external devices.

  3. Launch the Orion Web Console (Start > All Programs > SolarWinds Orion > Orion Web Console).
  4. Add the UCS Manager host into the Orion All Nodes resource.

    Note: If the device already shows up as a node in the All Nodes list in italics or with 'n/a' as the state, click on it, and then click 'Yes' when the SolarWinds software asks to manage the device using Orion NPM.

    1. Click Edit in the All nodes resource if the UCS Manager host is not already on the list.
    2. Click Add Node and provide the information:
      • Hostname or IP Address
        • Dynamic IP Address
        • ICMP (for Ping only)
        • External
        • UCS Manager Credentials
        • Poll for Vmware
      • Polling Engine
      • UCS Port
      • UCS User Name
      • UCS Password
    3. Click Test under the UCS fields.
    4. Click Next if the test succeeds. (The wizard disallows progress to the next screen when the test fails.)
    5. Check the resources to monitor on the node.
    6. Add the relevant pollers
    7. Review your information and when you are ready click OK, ADD NODE.
  5. Add each UCS fabric interconnect switch and blade device into the All Nodes resource.

    Note: If the device already shows up as a node in the All Nodes list in italics or with n/a as the state, click on it, and then click Yes when the SolarWinds software asks to manage the device using Orion NPM.

    1. Click Edit in the All Nodes resource if the device currently is not in the All Nodes list.
    2. Click Edit in the All Nodes resource if the UCS Manager host is not already on the list.
    3. Click Add Node and provide the information:
      • Hostname or IP Address
        • Dynamic IP Address
        • ICMP (for Ping only)
        • External
        • UCS Manager Credentials
        • Poll for VMware
      • Polling Engine
      • SNMP Version
      • SNMP Port
      • Community String
      • Read/Write Community String
    4. Click Test under the SNMP fields.
    5. Click Next if the test succeeds. (The wizard disallows progress to the next screen when the test fails.)
    6. Check the resources to monitor on the node.
    7. Add relevant pollers
    8. Review your information and when you are ready click OK, ADD NODE.
    9. Repeat steps b to g for each of the devices.
  6. Double click on the UCS Master node in All Nodes and find the UCS Overview resource. Assuming each device status is still the same, you should see the UCS devices you added and relevant information about them.

    Note: 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 in Orion All Nodes, double click the device. The Orion node management software prompts you to add the node; when you click OK the software redirects to the Add Node Wizard.

All switches and blades should be added to the Orion database and then displayed in the web console within 10 minutes.

 

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