Installing ESXi 5.1 on UCS

I thought I would share a document that I created recently for the installation of ESXi on a UCS B200.

1. ESXi Installation Steps for Cisco UCS blades

The following sections provide instructions on installing and configuring ESXi on Cisco UCS blades. The installation time for this build is estimated at 8 hours.

1.1 Launch Cisco UCS Manager

The following section provides instructions on launching the Cisco UCS Manager interface.  The Cisco UCS Manager will be the primary interface to the Cisco UCS blades.
Table 1 Launch Cisco UCS Manager
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1.2      Install ESXi Software on CIsco UCS Blades
The following section provides instructions on installing the VMware ESXi v5.1.0-799733-custom-cisco-2.1.0.3.iso software on the Cisco UCS blades.Installation time is approximately 30 minutes per blade. However, installation can be performed on multiple blades simultaneously in order to decrease the overall build time.The following instructions assume the blades have already been powered up during the Cisco UCS installation.  Additional copies of the ESXi software are required for this approach.
Table 2 Install ESXi Software on Cisco UCS Blades
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1.3      Customize ESXi Hosts

The following section provides instructions on customizing the ESXi hosts.  Estimated completion time is approximately 15 minutes per host.
Table 3 Customize ESXi Hosts
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2        ESXi Post Configuration

The following section provides post configuration procedures.

2.1      Configure Time Synchronization on ESXi Hosts

The following section provides instruction on configuring time synchronization on the ESXi hosts.  These steps only need to be performed on the host profile masters as defined in Appendix B Host Inventory table. This configuration will be applied to the remaining ESXi hosts through a host profile applied during the VMware vCenter Server build.  Estimated completion time is approximately 10 minutes.
Table 1 Configure Time Synchronization on ESXi Hosts
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2.2      Configure vSwitches on ESXi Host

The following section provides instructions on configuring the vSwitches on the ESXi host.  These steps only need to be performed on one of each ESXi host hardware type. This configuration will be applied to the remaining ESXi hosts through a host profile applied during the VMware vCenter Server build.  Estimated completion time is approximately 20 minutes.
Table 2 Configure vSwitches on ESXi Host
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2.3      Configure Storage on ESXi Host

The following section provides instructions on configuring the storage on the ESXi host.  These steps only need to be performed on one of each ESXi host hardware type. This configuration will be applied to the remaining ESXi hosts through a host profile applied during the VMware vCenter Server build.  Estimated completion time is approximately 20 minutes.
Table 3 Configure Storage on ESXi Host

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End of VMware ESXi v5.1.0-799733-custom-cisco-2.1.0.3.iso Installation Guide. 

This is not meant as a “one size fits all” guide, simply an example of a deployment that I was consulting on.

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