EMC UIM/O and UIM/P: Security Update for Multiple Vulnerabilities in Bash

EMC KB 193094 : ESA-2014-113: EMC Unified Infrastructure Manager Operations and Unified Infrastructure Manager Provisioning Security Update for Multiple Vulnerabilities in Bash

Affected Products EMC Software: EMC Unified Infrastructure Manager/Operations (UIMO) All versions EMC Software: EMC Unified Infrastructure Manager/Provisioning (UIMP) All versions

Resolution Remediate bash by following the steps below. These steps work the […]

EMC UIM SAU: Cannot adopt a Service from existing Service Offering

In my ‘EMC UIM Service Adoption Utility (SAU)‘ article I talked about a potential need to amend the Service Offering template that will be used for multiple Services during adoption through UMC SAU. See Step 13 for details.

Some services could not be adopted using an Existing Service Offering and the adoption failed with the […]

EMC UIM: vCenter synchronization failed

We discovered another bug in EMC UIM/P 4.x where VMFS volumes are not syncing with vCenter.

Here are the error messages:

In the vCenter Sync Status:

The operation failed.

* Overall status of X successful hosts X failed disks


All those “failed disks” are LUNs that are configured as VMFS datastores.

The operation failed.


EMC UIM/P 4.1.x – unable to launch Configuration Center

If you are using EMC UIM/P 4.1, 4.1 Patch 1 or Patch 2 and your UIM/P is not connected to the Internet you may have an issue with starting Configuration Center.

It starts to load the client but then crash with the following error: “An unexpected problem has occurred. Please contact EMC Customer Support”


Add/Remove ISO images in EMC UIM/P 4.1

One of the new feature introduced in EMC UIM/P 4.1 is support for Linux installation.

The procedure described in HOW TO: Add new VMware vSphere ISO image to UIM/P article needs to be updated with the following: has been replaced with

uim001:/opt/ionix-uim/tools # ./ Usage: <path to iso image> [-force] optional, -force […]

EMC UIM/P 4.1 – what’s new?

EMC released new version of UIM/P – 4.1 on March 25th 2014 and it’s in VCE RCM’s now.

It contains whole bunch of new cool features:

Support for Asset-Based discovery – UIM/P supports these Converged Hardware System types:

Vblock 7xx Vblock 3xx Vblock 2xx VSPEX Custom

A Converged Hardware System is no longer strictly dependent […]

EMC UIM/P 4.1: Unable to provision VPLEX service

Since version 4.0 EMC UIM/P is able to provision and manage VPLEX Services.

EMC VPLEX is a great product for DR solutions, for more information check out

In my case provisioning VPLEX service was failing with error:

VplexServiceProvisioningService Failed to do frontend masking…

VPLEX was configured as metro cluster so there were 2 Standard […]

Vblock Setup Validation Failed. MDS is not enabled for NPIV

Environment: EMC Unified Infrastructure Manager/Provisioning – Version 4.1 P 01 (Build

All of a sudden I could not provision any more datastores or, on close inspection, perform any changes to the Services.

The usual troubleshooting steps of restarting UIM services (service uim-device-services restart), restarting UIM appliance and Rediscovering Vblock did not help.

I tried […]

EMC UIM/P upgrade from version 4.0 to 4.1 may fail.

Please follow ‘HOW TO: Upgrade EMC UIM/P‘ blog post for instructions how to upgrade UIM/P.

When performing UIM/P upgrade from version 4.0 to 4.1 it may fail with the following error message:

Last Install: Failed to install updates (Error while running pre-install scripts)

If you check /opt/ionix-uim/logs/appliance-update.log you will see the following:

Version – […]

EMC UIM/P cannot start vCenter synchronization

Environment: EMC UIM 4.0 upgraded to UIM 4.1

You may get the following error messages when trying to start vCenter synchronization:

* Error initiating synchronization. viu.error: key not found

This happens because UIM/P 4.1 doesn’t like special characters like ‘ & ‘ and ‘ ! ‘ etc. in neither Service Offering name nor in Service […]