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Cisco UCS Manager 3.2(1d) Is Now Available

Cisco UCS Manager 3.2(1d) has been released! Personally, I always look forward to new UCS Manager releases, and the new features and functionality they bring. Let’s take a look at what we can expect from Cisco UCS Manager 3.2.

The Biggest Feature of Cisco UCS Manager 3.2(1d)

The biggest feature Cisco UCS Manager brings is support for Cisco UCS M5 hardware. You can find out more about Cisco UCS M5 Blade Servers here, or Cisco UCS M5 Rack Servers here. Like many hardware vendors, Cisco tends to release a new software version in order to support new hardware. That doesn’t mean there aren’t more great features in store for us from UCS Manager 3.2

NVMe Features in UCS Manager

One of the hottest topics in technology world today is NVMe. Cisco UCS Manager 3.2 supports new NVMe devices for the Cisco UCS M5 servers ranging from 600GB to up to 7.7 TB in size. Additionally, the newest UCS Manager brings support for warm removal of these devices, and the ability to boot from them.

Since NVMe is new to the Cisco UCS M5 hardware, it is a great example as to why vendors need to release new software to support new hardware. If there is no NVMe option in the boot order configuration within UCS Manager, you won’t be able to configure your servers to boot, even if the hardware is fully supported.

HTML 5 Support Enhancement Continues in UCS Manager

If you’ve spent a great deal of time using the UCS Manager Java KVM, you know what an improvement the HTML 5 KVM was when it joined us in UCS Manager 3.1(3a).  While the Java KVM client worked well, the HTML 5 client brought manageability to the next level.

Now, HTML5 KVM folder mapping is supported. This allows external file access from the HTML5 KVM client, making system updates easier. Cisco has done a great job with the Cisco UCS Manager HTML5 interface in general, so it is always nice to see even more features added to it.

More About UCS Manager 3.2 Release Notes

For more information about the newest version of Cisco UCS Manager, the Cisco UCS 3.2 release notes are the place to find all of your information. Cisco UCS Manager 3.2(d) release notes can be found right here.  The Cisco UCS 3.2 release notes are essential reading before updating your Cisco UCS environment with the latest UCS Manager.

Are you new to the Cisco UCS emulator?  Be sure to read through these articles to help you get started:

Setup and Use of the Cisco UCS Platform Emulator

Tips and Tricks for Using the Cisco UCS Platform Emulator

Updating Your UCS Platform Emulator

Changing Fabric Interconnects on the UCS Platform Emulator

Cisco UCS Platform Emulator 3.2

Looking for the latest Cisco UCS platform emulator?  Here are links to the most recent versions of the Cisco UCS emulator, along with some helpful guides on how you can get started with them.

This Cisco UCS emulator version for the UCS Manager 3.2 release is Cisco UCS Platform Emulator 3.2(3ePE1).  Be sure to click that link for your getting started guide and link to download the Cisco UCS emulator.

Understanding Cisco UCS

If you are new to the world of Cisco UCS, you have come to the right place.  Be sure to take a more in-depth look at the Cisco UCS Architecture and UCS Manager with the linked guides.