How To: UCS Director 5.4 Patch 1 update

After the recent upgrade to 5.4 I decided to bite the bullet and upgrade to 5.4.1. Go to the download software portal for Cisco. Download the patch file. I had a number of issue with the download as the checksum didn’t match. I had to take a number of attempts to get the file in-tact. I believe the issue was the ISA that acts as our internet proxy. Death to the ISA!!!!

Once the file has been downloaded copy it to your FTP server. Now it’s time to apply the patch. log onto UCS Director via either the console or SSH using the shelladmin account. Select option 3 to stop all the services.

UCSD upgrade step 1

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UCS Director – BareMetal Agent Installation Version 5.2, Upgrade to 5.3

UCS Director Baremetal Agent Installation:

Before commencing the Installation of the Baremetal Agent appliance I would recommend that UCS Director has been fully installed and is available before proceeding. If you need to install UCS Director as an initial installation there’s some great documentation on the Cisco site but you can also check out the blog post by Jeremy Waldrop. It’s for an older version of UCS Director but the installation steps still count for the current version. If you are upgrading from a previous version of UCS Director then you can check out a previous post I did on upgrading UCS Director from 5.1 to 5.3.

Useful Documents:

Cisco UCS Director Baremetal Agent Installation and Configuration Guide, Release 5.2

Cisco UCS Director Baremetal Agent Installation and Configuration Guide, Release 5.3

Download Software:

Go to Cisco Download for UCS Director  and select first UCS Director 5.3. Download the Cisco UCS Director Baremetal Agent Patch

UCSD Bare Metal Upgrade Download Accept the license agreement

UCSD Bare Metal Upgrade Download license agreement

The download will begin

UCSD Bare Metal Upgrade Downloaded File

Next, go back to the main UCS Director download page and select UCS Director 5.2.

UCSD Bare Metal Upgrade OVF DeploymentAccept the license agreement

UCSD Bare Metal Upgrade license agreement

The download will begin

UCSD Bare Metal Upgrade Patch Download File

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UCS Director – Upgrade Version 5.1 to 5.3

Cisco have recently release a new version of their orchestration product UCS Director. The new release is version 5.3 and includes a raft of new features of which the majority are around improved reports and APIC support. Another new feature update is the support for NetApp OnTap 8.3. My primary reason for performing the upgrade is to leverage the reports and enhancements to workflow execution. It’s also been almost a year since the 5.1 installation was performed and I want to keep my systems up to date as much as possible. I’m currently running UCS Director 5.1.0 and Baremetal Agent 5.0.

Some of the new features in UCSD 5.3 are:

  • Support for C880 M4 Server
  • Support for Versa Stack and IBM Storwize
  • Enhancements to EMC RecoverPoint
  • Enhancements to VMware vSphere Support (VSAN Support)
  • Enhancements to Application Controllers (Cisco APIC)
  • Enhancements to workflow execution
  • Enhancements to the script module
  • Enhancements to UCSD REST APIs
  • Enhancements to Managing NetApp Accounts (including support for OnTap 8.3)
  • Enhancements to Cost Models and Chargeback features
  • Changes to Report APIs

You can find more about the features in the release over on the Cisco UCS Director 5.3 Release Notes site.

There are two components to the release, UCS Director itself and the Baremetal Agent upgrade. The supported upgrade paths for both components are:

Cisco UCS Director

Current Release Direct Upgrade Supported Upgrade Path
Release 4.0.x.x No 4.0 > 4.1 > 5.1 > 5.3
Release 4.1.x.x No 4.1 > 5.1 > 5.3
Release 5.0.x.x No 5.0 > 5.1 or 5.2 > 5.3
Release 5.1.x.x Yes 5.1 > 5.3
Release 5.2.x.x Yes 5.2 > 5.3

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