I am going to install ESXi on a bunch of UCS C Series rack mount servers. They are M4’s with SD card (from Cisco called FlexFlash) and I want to install ESXi on the SD card. I want to create boot devices and order such that KVM mapped ISO is the first boot device followed by the SD card. I can do this from the CIMC GUI but there’s always a faster way. I ssh to the CIMC as admin and paste these commands into the terminal.
scope bios create-boot-device Hypervisor SDCARD create-boot-device DVD VMEDIA commit scope boot-device DVD set subtype KVMDVD set order 1 set state Enabled commit exit scope boot-device Hypervisor set order 2 set state Enabled commit exit
The CIMC command line is a no brainer if you have the love for command line and a minimal experience on IOS. To do anything BIOS related- show or set, you enter the BIOS scope which I did in the first line using the command
scope bios. I use
create-boot-device to create boot devices. Next, I enter into each device scope to do further settings. And to make change persistent, I run the
commit command. Continue reading “Creating boot device on a Cisco UCS C Series server using the cli”