EMC UIM/P: Server Provisioning failed: Could not create zones.

EMC UIM/P server provisioning failed with the following error message:

This error message is not a problem with UIM/P (Come on! Stop blaming UIM for everything!), it is Cisco MDS SAN switch “Enhanced zoning” feature.

Enhanced zoning uses a session locking facility like CFS to prevent simultaneous zoning configuration changes by two users on […]

HOW TO: Upgrade Cisco Nexus 1000V VSM and VEM

Download Cisco Nexus 1000V upgrade code from Cisco web site: These instructions will be for Cisco Nexus 1000V Release 4.2(1)SV1(5.2b).

Software:; Release Notes: Extract the following files from VSM – Nexus1000v.4.2.1.SV1.5.2b.zipVSMUpgrade: nexus-1000v.4.2.1.SV1.5.2b.bin – system software image; nexus-1000v-kickstart.4.2.1.SV1.5.2b.bin – kickstart software image VEM – Nexus1000v.4.2.1.SV1.5.2b.zipVEM: VMware vSphere ESX 4.1 – VMware […]

EMC Ionix UIM/P: UCS Discovery Failed. Replace expired UCS certificate.

Cisco UCS Manager certificate expired and we had to re-generate it. See my ‘HOW TO: Regenerate expired UCS Manager certificate‘ blog post for details.

How to replace UCS certificate that was imported into UIM/P?

Well, in UIM/P 3.2 it is dead easy:

cd /opt/ionix-uim/tools ./

enter UCS IP address and UIM/P will do the rest. […]

Unable to access CIMC on Cisco UCS server. Error 2001: Service not available.

I could not access the CIMC of the Cisco UCS C210 M2 server and received a “Error 2001: Service unavailable” error message. All menus / options were also greyed out.

I tried to reboot CIMC (Admin tab, Utilities, Reboot CIMC) but it did not help.

According to Release Notes for UCS C-Series Software, […]

HOW TO: Upgrade Cisco UCS CIMC via CLI


SSH client. Putty, for example; TFTP server. 3CDaemon, for example; CIMC firmware upgrade file. Please check this blog post for the information how to download CIMC firmware.


Upload CIMC firmware upgrade file ‘upd-pkg-c200-m1-cimc.full.1.4.3p.bin‘ to the folder where TFTP server is distributing software from; SSH to CIMC IP address and change management mode to […]

UCS Manager 2.1 “Delmar” Released

New Hardware Features in Release 2.1 Release 2.1(1a) adds support for the following: Cisco UCS CNA M73KR-Q Adapter for B-series M3 VIC 1225 Adapter for C-series C420 M3 Server New Software Features in Release 2.1 Release 2.1(1a) adds support for the following: Storage UCSM based FC Zoning – Direct Connect Topologies Multi-Hop FCoE Unified Appliance […]

HOW TO: Regenerate expired UCS Manager certificate

The default (self-signed) UCSM keyring certificate must be manually regenerated if the cluster name changes or the certificate expires (it is valid for one year).

Affected object: sys/pki-ext/keyring-default Description: default Keyring’s certificate is invalid, reason: expired Cause: invalid-keyring-certificate Code: F0910

Here is what needs to be done:

Make sure Fabric Interconnects have correct time […]

HOW TO: Configure a new Service Offering in EMC UIM/P

I am currently working on VMware vCloud Director Proof Of Concept and decided to use two spare UCS blades and some storage to build a test environment.

We are using Vblock 300HX and I recently rebuilt EMC UIM/P and imported current production cluster with EMC UIM/P Service Adoption Utility (I am working on the article […]

HOW TO: Upgrade Cisco UCS Manager, Fabric Interconnects, I/O Modules and B-Series blade server firmware

These instructions are for Cisco UCS B200 M2 blade server firmware upgrade from 2.0(1q) to 2.0(3a) (Vblock support matrix 2.5.9).

Before you start downloading firmware and upgrading UCS Manager and the blades, it may be a good idea to go through some housekeeping: Login to UCS Manager. Verify overall status of Fabric Interconnects, I/O Modules, […]

HOW TO: Update firmware on Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Standalone server

These instructions are for Cisco UCS C200 M2 standalone server firmware upgrade from 1.4(2) to 1.4(3c)2 (Vblock support matrix 2.5.9). The procedure for other Cisco UCS server models and UCS-managed servers might be different.

Download server firmware from Cisco Support website; Download Home >; Products >; Unified Computing and Servers >; Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount […]