Hyperflex & Cisco Intersight

There it is : https://intersight.com/

Cool if you know what it is and what it can do.

Why  Cisco Intersight?

Managing Data center devices can be challenging. We use the applications which are running in the Data center 24/7 and we don’t want to have any outage. And if there is one, everybody can’t wait until the problem is resolved. Right now there are a lot of managing tools for all kind of hardware.

We use apps very frequently. Not just for facebook or instagram, but also for business. Wouldn’t it be nice to manage your data center from one point ? Just have one entrance to view everything ? Here it is : Cisco Intersight !

What is Cisco Intersight ?

What if Cisco moved the management of devices to a central point, somewhere in the cloud ? You can manage your data center from any device, anywhere. Intersight become Management as a serverice (MaaS)

What can we do with Cisco Intersight ?

Cisco Intersight got right now only some features from the Base Edition. It works with Hyperflex, so that is awesome !

Base Edition

  • Free version, supports Cisco UCS and HyperFlex
  • Global monitoring of health and inventory status
  • User customizable dashboard
  • Tagging and basic search
  • Context launch of element managers

The Essentials edition is coming soon.

Essentials Edition

  • All the functionality of the Base Edition
  • Policy-based configuration with service profiles
  • Remote management and vKVM
  • Firmware management with scheduled updates
  • HCL compliance check and upgrade recommendations

How to configure Hyperflex Edge with Cisco Intersight.

First we’re opening the Hyperflex GUI.

We’re going to settings, Cloudmanagement and click preview. (Depends on the version you got.)

 

First you will have to enable Starship management. Starship was the code name for Intersight.

When it’s enabled, you will see the Not Claimed status, Device ID and the Claim code.

 

Let’s go to the Cisco Intersite page and sign in with your Cisco ID (Or CCO as it’s called also)

Goto devices and claim a new device.

 

Now you can fill in the Device ID and Claim code you see at the Hyperflex cluster.
At the Hyperflex cluster page, you will see that the status is now Claimed, so we know it got a Cisco Intersight connection.

 

You will see the Hyperflex cluster at the Cisco Intersight Dashboard.

You can label/tag your environments and see the health. Cisco Intersight will be getting new features quickly.

More information on the Cisco site :

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/servers-unified-computing/intersight/index.html#~stickynav=2

 

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