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  • Video Surveillance Deployment Guide for UCS B- and C-Series Platforms

    November 2012

    This guide describes the key requirements and instructions for deploying a virtualized Cisco® Video Surveillance Manager (VSM) on the Cisco Unified Computing System™ (UCS) B- and C-Series platforms.

    Contents This document includes the following sections:

    Introduction, page 2

    System Overview, page 3

    Installing and Configuring the VSM Software, Release 6.3.2, page 4

    Creating New Media Hard Disks, page 9

    Configuring Network Switches for the VSM VM, page 14

    Configuring NTP, page 17

    Powering On the VSM, page 19

    Configuring the VSM, page 20

    Testing Network Connectivity, page 24

    More Information, page 24

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  • Introduction

    Introduction This guide describes the key requirements and instructions for deploying a virtualized VSM on the Cisco UCS B- and C-Series platforms. This guide also describes installation and configuration guidelines for VMware vSphere Hypervisor and the VSM virtual machine (VM), as well as best practice recommendations.

    Audience This guide is intended for use by Cisco System Engineers, Physical Security Advanced Technology Provider (ATP) partners, and technical field staff who develop and implement Cisco Video Surveillance and UCS Servers for data center and branch office solutions.

    A successful implementation also requires additional knowledge in the following areas:

    • Cisco UCS B- and C-Series installation and management

    • Cisco Video Surveillance Manager (Version 6.3.2) installation and configuration

    Scope This guide contains detailed instructions on how to install the VSM on the UCS (see deployment scope in Figure 1).

    Figure 1 Deployment Scope

    Note This guide does not describe the configuration and operation of these products. For a full description of these products, see the “More Information” section on page 24.

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  • System Overview

    System Overview The Cisco UCS fuses access layer networking and servers. This high-performance, next-generation server system provides a data center with a high degree of workload agility and scalability.

    The Cisco Unified Computing System Manager (UCSM) presents a new paradigm for server management (see Figure 2). Among the most relevant attributes of UCSM include the following:

    • Foundation for stateless/utility computing model

    • Policy-based management

    • Full inventory, auto-discovery, and device management

    • Simple association of logical server or application images to a physical server or blades

    Figure 2 Anatomy of the Cisco UCS

    The hardware (see Figure 3) and software components support the Cisco unified fabric, which runs multiple types of data center traffic over a single, converged network adapter.

    Figure 3 UCS B-Series Chassis, B-Series Blades, C-Series Rack-Mount Servers, and Fabric Interconnects

    Figure 4 illustrates the overall, logical topology of the networking and video surveillance components, including a UCS B-Series Chassis containing the B-Series Server Blades that run the VSM and the Video Surveillance Operations Manager (VSOM), various IP cameras, an external switch, and the operator workstations that run the VSOM client.

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  • Installing and Configuring the VSM Software, Release 6.3.2

    Figure 4 Logical Network Topology

    Note This deployment guide has been validated to operate within the specifications outlined in the “Cisco Video Surveillance Manager for UCS Express” data sheet (http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10265/index.html). Refer to this data sheet for the latest guidelines, including the maximum number of cameras, maximum input/output (I/O), and maximum raw storage.

    Installing and Configuring the VSM Software, Release 6.3.2 This section describes the installation procedure, including the configuration of Hypervisor services and guest clients, and deploying and verifying the VSM VM.

    Assumptions In the following configuration examples, it is assumed that:

    • UCS B-Series Blades or UCS C-Series rack-mount servers are installed with ESXi 5.0 and configured with the required IP addresses for the Management Network.

    • The VMWare vCenter Server is installed and used to manage the hypervisors running on the UCS servers.

    • Fiber Channel-based Storage Area Network (SAN) storage is used for UCS B-Series servers.

    • Onboard redundant array of independent disk (RAID)-based storage is used for UCS C-Series servers.

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  • Installing and Configuring the VSM Software, Release 6.3.2

    Pre-Installation Requirements Table 1 outlines the pre-installation requirements for the vSphere Client.

    To install the VSM software, Release 6.3.2:

    Step 1 Launch the vSphere client and enter the vCenter Server’s IP address and credentials to access the vCenter server (see Figure 5).

    Figure 5 VMware vSphere Client Login Page

    Table 1 Pre-Installation Requirements

    Component Requirement

    VMware Hypervisor version ESXi 5.0

    UCSM version 1.4 and later

    VM Requirements

    • Guest operating system (OS) SLES 10 SP1 32-bit (included in the VM template)

    • CPU and Memory 4 virtual central processing units (vCPUs) and 12 GB random-access memory (RAM)

    • Networking 2 virtual network interface cards (vNICs) and 2 virtual host bus adapters (vHBAs)

    • Storage Root partition: 20 GB

    Video partitions:

    • Up to 16 TB per partition using SAN logical unit numbers (LUNs) added as Raw Device Mappings (RDM)

    • Up to 2 TB per virtual disk using RAID-based internal storage

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    Step 2 Download the VSM 6.3.2 Open Virtualization Format (OVF) template from the Cisco web page or insert a USB drive with the VSM template and copy the template to the same computer on which the vSphere client was previously installed.

    The OVF Template is approximately 2.5 GB in size. Once deployed, the VM requires 20 GB of space (without including the space for the video partitions).

    The vSphere Client main page displays (see Figure 6).

    Figure 6 Deploying the OVF Template

    Step 3 Click File > Deploy OVF Template to launch the Deploy OVF Template screen (see Figure 7).

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    Figure 7 Deploying the OVF Template from a File or URL

    Step 4 Click Browse and either enter a URL to download, or specify a location and select the VSM template.

    Step 5 Complete the remaining steps by selecting all of the default options.

    Figure 8 displays the result of those selected deployment settings.

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    Figure 8 Ready to Complete—Deployment Settings

    Step 6 Click Finish to deploy the VSM template.

    For more information about OVF Templates, see http://www.vmware.com/technical-resources/interfaces/ovf.html.

    Once the VSM template is successfully deployed, the VSM VM displays under the host entry in the Inventory tree (see Figure 9, left pane).

    Note The VSM VM size is 20 GB.

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  • Creating New Media Hard Disks

    Figure 9 VSM VM Console in the vSphere Client

    Creating New Media Hard Disks The hard disk size depends on the SAN logical unit number (LUN) size for the B-Series or the RAID array for the C-Series UCS servers.

    Fiber Channel-based SAN Storage Fiber Channel-based SAN storage (B-Series blades and C-Series rack-mount servers) includes the following guidelines:

    • The guest OS is SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10 Serial Peripheral Interface (SP1) 32-bit; hence, the maximum size of each disk that can be added is limited to 16 TB.

    • To overcome the VMware limitation of 2 TB per virtual machine disk (vmdk), the SAN LUNs are attached to the VM as a Raw Device Mapping (RDM).

    Internal Storage on C-Series Disks Internal storage on C-Series disks include the following guidelines:

    • The onboard C-Series disks are subject to the VMware VMDK limitation of 2 TB each.

    • Depending on the available storage (number of hard disks and RAID configuration), multiple disks of 2 TB (or less) must be added to the VMs on the UCS C-Series servers.

    For more information about Virtual Machine File Systems (VMFS) and RDMs, see http://pubs.vmware.com/vi301/san_cfg/wwhelp/wwhimpl/common/html/wwhelp.htm?context=san_cfg &file=esx_san_cfg_esx_and_san.4.13.html.

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