Really ? 37 minutes to install Cisco Hyperflex ?

Configuring the FI / UCS Manager

This week I went to a customer to install Hyperflex HX240 cluster with 4 nodes. Everything was already racked and stacked.

Hyperflex FI configuration
Hyperflex FI configuration

The first step is to configure the FI’s with ip addresses and a password. Just connect a console cable to the FI and your laptop. It’s easier to setup the FI-A and when the setup is finished then power on the FI-B. The procedure to setup a FI-B  is already described at : http://dcccie.joostvandermade.com/?p=25 

 

 

 

 

You should have the correct Firmware for the FI’s. Via the CLI or GUI you can upgrade the FI to the correct firmware. I prefer GUI although via CLI is also very easy. You can find the Dependencies int the Release Notes of Hyperflex

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Dependencies

Then lets configure the uplink ports and server ports. You don’t have to power on the servers. Discovery of the servers will be done automatically.

HX Servers are being discovered
HX Servers are being discovered

Installing Hyperflex

Now it’s time to start the Hyperflex Installer OVA. I am using VirtualBox on my laptop, but you can also use a VMWare server if you like. The image get it’s ip address via DHCP.

HX installer on VirtualBox
HX installer on VirtualBox

Ofcourse the FI’s should be also configured with the correct service profiles. Just click on the Configure UCS Manager button. (Not shown here). You only have to configure the FI Cluster IP address and credentials. The installer will take care of everything and configure VLAN’s, policies etc.

In Hyperflex installer 1.7.3 it’s possible to give a different name for the HX-INBAND-MGMT VLAN. When you change this, you will receive an error :

 

Installation Error due to wrong VLAN name
Installation Error due to wrong VLAN name

Although it’s possible to change the name DON’T DO IT !!! When you leave the name default the setup will work correctly. The “bug” will be fixed in HX 1.8 installer software.

 

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After configuring the UCS Manager, you can configure everything for Hyperflex and deploy it. There are some nice installation guides at the Cisco Site

Just sit back and relax…

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When the installer finished installing the software, it’s gonna create the HX Cluster.

 

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The verification AND deployment time is just over 38 minutes ! Not bad !!!

 

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It’s working !

Now you can configure a datastore via the vCenter plugin. You can find the Hyperflex at the vCenter Inventory List.

Some demo and instruction videos will be uploaded at : Youtube Joost van der Made (Right now it’s spoken in Dutch, but it wil be in English !)

cluster01

summarydatastore

To see more information regarding the cluster you can also browse to :

https://<hyperflex cluster ip>/perf

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Something that is already in the code, but still under Tech Preview is :

https://<hyperflex cluster ip>/ui

You will see some nice cool information about the HX Cluster.

ui

Conclusion :

Yes, it’s possible to configure a Hyperflex cluster in about 37 minutes when all dependencies are in place. Cisco promised that the 1.8 installation will be even easier. I am already exited !

 

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