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How to Install Cisco UCS Director (UCSD)

This document shows how to install Cisco UCS Director (UCSD) 6.0 in VMware Environment. This document focuses on Single Node Install.

Pre-requisites:                                Working knowledge of VMware ESXI 

Platform used for this Blog:     UCS C240M3S2 with ESXI 5.5


What is Cisco UCS DIRECTOR (UCSD)?

Cisco UCS Director (UCSD) is a Datacenter Infrastructure Management tool that allows to manage and orchestrate the different Datacenter Infrastructure Layers: Virtual, Compute, Storage, and Network.


How does Cisco UCS DIRECTOR (UCSD)  works?

  • UCSD is a Virtual Appliance (vmware or hyper-v) that is installed in the Datacenter.
  • UCSD will connect to the different infrastructure layers using valid admin accounts. UCSD is designed to Simplify, Unify, and Standardize IT
  • Cisco UCS Director automates, orchestrates, and manages Cisco and third-party hardware. You can manage network components and services
  • UCSD automatically get an inventory of the infrastructure and will be able to orchestrate it.
  • Supports Multi-vendors and not only Cisco.
  • Single acts as single Point of Control
  • UCSD work on Abstraction of applications, hardware and software into programmable tasks
    • Tasks used to create automated workflows
    • API attached to task eliminating scripting
    • Pre-validated, run immediately after creation
    • Workflows are used for publishing services into service catalog. Example Hosted Server with Specific memory and CPU with all levels access
    • Dynamic orchestration helps to configure the pieces of network required for building a service


Section 1: How to install UCSD on VMWARE ESXI

Step1: Download the OVA (vmware) file here.

Step2:    Login into Vcenter or Host -> Choose Deploy OVF Template.

 Step 3: Choose the UCSD Image (already downloaded).

  Step4:  Name the UCSD Server VM and Choose the datacenter you want to use.

  Step5: Select Cluster and Datastore.

  Step6: Choose cluster host.

  Step7: Choose datastore, you want to install UCSD.

  Step8: Choose Disk Format to thin Provision.

  Step9: Choose the network.

 Step10: Define application parameters for access the UCSD command line and Graphical User Interface.

 Step11: Verify all the Parameters and check power on after deployment and click finish.


Section 2: Booting up UCS Director 

  1. It will take about 20-30 Minutes, check the VM Console to see the progress.


  1. Once boot is finished you will see a screen with the login. 


  1. Open the UCSD Url on a browser: https://ucsd ip , wait till the login screen appears


  1. Once you login, You will be asked to change the password (v6.0 and above only)


  1. Enter the new password and log again.


  1. Install the license: Log in into UCSD and Go to Administration Licenseation > License.


      7. Choose update license.


     8. Now choose the license file downloaded on the steps before.


     9. Click on license key to see the status of the license.


    10. Configuring DNS: You can configure on the shelladmin interface, login into the UCSD Appliance using ssh. Use the shelladmin user, the password is the one you configured during the install.

     11. The shelladmin menu will appear post successful ssh login, select option 14 Configure Network Interface.


     12. Follow the wizard and configure the DNS.

     13. You can configure NTP and SMTP the Similar way by following the wizard.

     14. Alternate Method using GUI.

a.) Choose Administration from the top Menu and Select Guided Setup. 


b.)  Choose Initial system configuration, set appliance preference


c.)  Follow the wizard and finish the Configuration


Video on how to install UCS Director

Configuration Guide



Why use hosted labs ?

Going for a Cisco certification is a tough thing to do. Thought of Hosted Labs ? It requires a lot of study time and practice labs in order to get you ready to pass the lab in first attempt. At CloudMyLab, one of our aims is to give Cisco aspirants ready-to-use racks with the lab topologies you will require for your studies. We can even customize the racks according to your lab needs.

When it comes to lab practices, it is best to utilize CloudMyLab rack rentals for the following reasons:

Budget-Wise Lab Practice!

Cloudmylab’s Hosted labs are designed on top of the line Cisco UCS B and C series server with Vmware 6.0 for Hypervisor. If you build your lab for your sole use, you will find yourself spending more to get the hardware and software licenses compared to the expenses of just renting out a dedicated rack at CloudMyLab. We have all the hardware and software according to Cisco’s lab blueprints.

Imagine to run a CCIERS effectively, you need minimum 8 cores of CPU and 16GB RAM plus some kind of virtualization software like VMware workstation/Fusion etc.

Now ask yourself these questions

  1. Is it worth investing $1000 – $1800 on a computer and reduce its life by heavily engaging the CPU and memory. Consumer grade computers are not designed to handle the highIOPS required for running the virtual labs. We are not saying it won’t work but is it worth it.


  1. Is it worth investing mammoth amount of hours troubleshooting and installing and getting it to work right, I would rather study in those hours. Wouldn’t it be so much convenient that someone actually takes care of all of it for you while you spend time with family or studying. Moreover, you can just open a ticket to get your questions answered about the virtual lab topological instead of going through thousand different community forums just to make your lab work on your laptop.


MATH behind Virtual Labs


Description Amount ($)
MacBook with Intel i7 processor & 16GB memory (average) 1700
VMware Fusion. 8.5 60
Total 1760
Win Laptop Dell/HP/Lenovo/ASUS with Intel i7 processor & 16GB memory (average) 1300


Total 1460
Average Lifespan of a laptop 36 Months
Average Lifespan of a laptop with Extreme resource Utilization 18 Months
Cost of using the Virtual labs on MacBook for 1200 Hrs $1760
Cost of using the Virtual labs on windows for 1200 Hours $1460
Cost of using VIRL On Cloudmylab for 1200 Hours $48

*Numbers are based on market research and independent study.

* Check the hardware vendors website for exact prices

Support for Higher System Requirements

If you practice labs on laptops using VIRL or GNS3, you can surely practice basic labs. However, these simulators have limitations. VIRL has only 30 nodes for your use with a license cost of $300/Year , while with GNS3, you need to purchase software and licenses. As you go deeper into your lab, some technologies will require higher system resources which laptops and the above simulators do not support. At CloudMyLab, you will not have to worry about getting a new set of hardware to setup the lab topology you need. For as low as $1 an hour for CCIERS, you can have all the resources you need in one pod.

Less Setup Time, More Study Time

Setting up a lab on laptops may take you some time to make it work. You will notice that you are spending time troubleshooting on the topology you need, instead of practicing on the configurations right away. If you try CloudMyLab, you will experience the ease of getting down to business. You can have the flexibility of reserving a dedicated lab/pod. During your session at your convenient time, just load our initial configs to establish Layer 2 connections and you are all set to start your lab.

Study Anywhere, Anytime!

All racks at CloudMyLab (whether physical or virtual) can be accessed anywhere you are in the world. If you have to travel, you are relieved of having to carry your self-made lab with you. Our labs/pods are accessed via Remote Desktop Protocol and all terminals and pods are already pre-arranged using SecureCRT.

If you try to evaluate, you will find that using a rack rental has a lot of advantages compared to doing your labs on laptops. With CloudMyLab, we can get you prepared sooner and better!


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