vCAC 5.2 series – physical server

vCloud Automation server does not provision only virtual instances but also physical server.

Supported vendors are:

  • Cisco UCS – represents pool of machines
    • UCS Manager 2.0
  • Dell iDRAC
    • Rack systems
      • LC 1.5 with iDRAC6 v1.7
      • LC 1.5.1 with iDRAC6 v1.8
      • LC 1.5.2 with IDRAC6 v1.85
      • LC 1.5.5 with IDRAC v1.90
      • LC2 v1.0 with iDRAC7 v1.0 and later
    • Blade systems
      • LC 1.5 with iDRAC6 v3.2
      • LC 1.5.1 with iDRAC6 v3.3
      • LC 1.5.2 with IDRAC6 v3.35
      • LC 1.5.5 with IDRAC v3.40
      • LC2 v1.0 with iDRAC7 v1.0 and later
  • HP iLO – represents single server
    • iLO 3, firmware version 1.28
    • iLO 4, firmware version 1.05
Step 1 – Create Credentials
  • Log into vCloud console as Enterprise Administrator.
  • vCAC Administrator –> Credentials – provide credentials to endpoint. In my example would be Administrator account for iLO module
Step 2 – Add endpoint
  • vCAC Administrator –> Endpoints –> New endpoint –> Physical
  • choose the right endpoint type – in my example it will be HP iLO
  • Provide:
    • name
    • description
    • IP address to iLO module
    • credentials
  • Click OK,
  • Start data collection manually –> click on endpoint –> Data Collection
Step 3 – verify endpoint

After few second when you go to Details tab of he endpoint you should see server hardware details such as:

  • Serial number
  • memory size
  • CPU count
Discovered HP blade

Discovered HP blade

Physical server will be visible under Enterprise Administrator –> Enterprise Machines . The machine is visible as an unknown because there is no operating system installed on it.

Physical machine in the inventory

Physical machine in the inventory

Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).