Brief Tutorial on network setup for VMware ESXi on a Cisco UCS C-Series Blade Server





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Published on Sep 30, 2011

Here is a walkthrough of setting up the Cisco Network Registrar on the UCS C-Series blade server. There are 3 NICs (Network Interface Cards) on the UCS C-Series. One cannot be used by ESXi, it is for the CIMC. Directions for setting up the CIMC are here:

In this tutorial I am using 1 of the other NICs for the management for for ESXi itself, and the the final one for a 802.1q trunk to a Cisco Switch. This allows me to segment virtual machines by vlans so I don't interfere with other people's virtual machines or testing. Obviously it would be ok to allow multiple virtual machines on the same vlan if you wanted, I am just showing this because I want to separate them since I do software testing.

At the end of this tutorial I am setting up networking on the CNR itself. The Cisco Network Registrar is a DHCP/DNS sever that Cisco sells (available as a OVF download as well for VM deployment).

The reason the IP on my web browser does not match the IP on the CNR itself is because I have NAT setup (Network Address Translation). I port mapped 8443 to 8080 internally so I could just show you that the ESXi networking works :)

Let me know if you have any additional questions.

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