Category Archives: Cisco

Cisco UCS Director Catalog Request

Cisco UCS Director Catalog Request

Cisco UCS Director Catalog Requests are the entire reason for having a cloud management platform in the first place. It’s the end user’s store for where they can request machines and services. To request a service, login to the UCS Director Portal with an account that has the “Service End-User” role. This role provides a… Continue Reading

Creating a Cisco UCS Director Catalog

Creating a Cisco UCS Director Catalog

Creating a Cisco UCS Director Catalog is a critical step because it’s what your end users will request new virtual machines and services from. There are a couple types of catalogs that will deploy virtual machines, advanced and standard. Standard selects a virtual machine template from vSphere. Advanced selects a pre-defined workflow that has been built… Continue Reading

Terraform with Cisco UCS Director

Terraform with Cisco UCS Director

I’m a big fan of Terraform from Hashicorp but many organizations are using cloud management platforms like Cisco UCS Director or vRealize Automation in order to deploy infrastructure. If you read my blog often, you’ll know that I’ve got some experience with both of these products and if you’re looking to get up to speed on either… Continue Reading

UCS Director VMware Management Policy

UCS Director VMware Management Policy

Cisco UCS Director VMware Management Policy is used to determine how virtual machines will behave and more specifically be cleaned up. In the cloud world, the removal of inactive and unnecessary virtual machines may be more important that the deployment of them. The VM Management Policy is used to configure leases, notifications about when leases expire,… Continue Reading

UCS Director Cost Model

UCS Director Cost Model

Chargeback or at least showback is an important thing for any cloud environment. Cisco UCS Director can provide cost information back to managers but you need to create a UCS Director cost model. This cost model will define how all the costs are calculated. Add a Cost Model To create a cost model, go to the… Continue Reading

UCS Director System Policies

UCS Director System Policies

UCS Director System Policies are kind of a catch all for any settings that need to be defined prior to a virtual machine being deployed, and that don’t fit into a neat little category like Network, Storage or Compute. This post reviews two types of system policies: VMware and AWS. VMware System Policy This policy… Continue Reading

UCS Director Network Policies

UCS Director Network Policies

The UCS Director Virtual Data Center construct requires several underlying policies in order to become an item that virtual machine can be deployed on. One of these items is the networking policy which includes IP Pools, VLANs, vNic rules and port group selection. IP Pool Policy Before creating any Network Policies it may be necessary… Continue Reading

UCS Director VMware Storage Policy

UCS Director VMware Storage Policy

The storage policy defines how virtual disks will be deployed on vSphere datastores. This policy will be added to the Cisco UCS Director Virtual Data Center construct to provide a comprehensive policy on how to deploy new virtual machines on VMware vSphere. VMware Storage Policies To configure a VMware Storage Policy,  go to the Policies… Continue Reading