Cisco UCS PowerTool
An introduction to PowerShell automation for Cisco UCS
Joe Martin
Consulting Systems Engineer, CCIE #5917
TechEd 2014
Agenda
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UCSM…What is it?
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What is PowerTool
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Where to download
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How to download
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How to install
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How to learn to use
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Sample and example scripts
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Q&A – Along the way (Don’t be shy!)
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UCSM = Programmatic Infrastructure = SDC
(Software Defined Compute)
 UCS Manager is an API not a GUI or CLI…but it has those
 Comprehensive XML API, standards-based interfaces
 Bi-Directional access to physical & logical internals
System CenterSCOM/VMM/Orch
PowerShell
Direct
UCS CLI
UCS GUI
3rd Party
CustomSelf Serve portals
Management Tools
Auditing Tools
Customer
XML API
System Status
Physical Inventory
Logical Inventory
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What is PowerTool
PowerShell modules for Cisco UCS Servers
Available for UCS managed systems and stand-alone C-Series
PowerTool for UCSM is automatically generated by our XML schema
Free to download from http://cisco.com
PowerTool for UCSM contains 1866 cmdlets
Can do 100% of UCSM with PowerTool
Follows Microsoft best practices
Easy to learn how to use…I promise!
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Depth of PowerTool Capabilities
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Hardware
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Pools
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BIOS, Firmware, Adapters, Boot, Drives, etc.
Templates
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Servers, UUID, MAC, IP, WWPN, WWNN, iSCSI, etc.
Policies
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VLANs, LAN Uplink, SAN Uplink, Server, Appliance Ports, Port Channels, etc.
vNIC, vHBA, Service Profile Templates, etc.
Reporting
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vNIC Statistics, vHBA Statistics, Thermal, Resources, etc.
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Downloading
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Go to http://www.cisco.com
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Log in using your CCO credentials
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If you don’t have credentials it’s easy to register
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Select ‘Support’ then ‘All Downloads’
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In Find type: PowerTool and select ‘Cisco UCS Management Partner
Ecosystem Software’
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Click on ‘Unified Computing System (UCS) PowerTool’
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Select ‘Cisco IMC PowerTool pack for Powershell’ for Stand-Alone C-Series
or ‘Cisco PowerTool pack for Powershell’ for UCSM
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Select ‘Download’
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Installing PowerTool
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Launch installer
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Next>
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Accept license agreement, Next>
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Install Location, Next>
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Install
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Accept UAC
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Finish
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Using PowerTool
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Import-Module CiscoUcsPs
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Get-Command -Module CiscoUcsPs | Out-File .\CiscoUcsPs_Cmdlets.txt
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List of cmdlets
Get-Command -Module CiscoUcsPs | Measure-Object
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Load module
How many cmdlets
Get-Help <verb-UCScmdlet> -full
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Easy to Learn
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Open UCSM GUI
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Import-Module CiscoUcsPs
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Enter ConvertTo-UcsCmdlet in a PowerShell session
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This cmdlet will run forever till stopped
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Do something in the UCSM GUI and hit ‘Save’
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Watch your PowerShell session now
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Demo
First time is a bit slow to produce output…be patient
Will see the PowerShell for that UCSM configuration
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Logging into UCSM
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Log into a UCSM domain
$cred = Get-Credential
$myucs = read-host “Enter UCSM Hostname or IP”
$mycon = Connect-Ucs -Name $myucs -Credential $cred
#do your thing
Disconnect-Ucs
Log into multiple UCSM domains
$multilogin = Set-UcsPowerToolConfiguration -SupportMultipleDefaultUcs $true
$cred = Get-Credential
$myucs = @("192.168.2.10","10.20.31.6")
$mycon = Connect-Ucs -Name $myucs -Credential $cred
#do your thing
Disconnect-Ucs
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Bringing it Together
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From our learning on ConvertTo-UcsCmdlet we got
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Get-UcsLanCloud | Add-UcsVlan -CompressionType "included" DefaultNet "no" -Id 99 -McastPolicyName "" -Name "test" PubNwName "" -Sharing "none" -XtraProperty @{PolicyOwner="local"; }
Strip down to what we need
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Demo
Get-UcsLanCloud | Add-UcsVlan -Id 99 -Name "test“
Script it
$VLANList = Import-Csv “.\VLANList.csv“
 foreach ($item in $VLANList)
 {Get-UcsLanCloud | Add-UcsVlan -Id $item.VLAN -Name $item.Name}
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Demos
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Demo
Build a complete UCS in just a few minutes
Answer file based = repeatable, consistent
 Configures 100% of UCS
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Zone your SAN in minutes
Build 5120 zones with aliases across 2 MDS fabrics in 42 minutes
 Writes 5120 zones with aliases to file in under 1 minute
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Rename your Windows NICs in seconds
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Renames physical vNICs and Hyper-V vSwitches
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Resources
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PowerTool Documentation
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Forums
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http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/unified_computing/ucs/sw/msft_to
ols/C-Series/powertools/ucs_powertool_book/ucs_pwrtool_bkl1.pdf
https://communities.cisco.com/community/technology/datacenter/ucs_ma
nagement/cisco_ucs_developed_integrations
My Script Repository / This slide deck
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https://communities.cisco.com/people/joemar/content
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Slides and Scripts:
https://communities.cisco.com
/people/joemar/content
Thank you.
Joe Martin
Consulting Systems Engineer, CCIE #5917
Cisco Systems
Tel: 425-468-1015
Email: [email protected]