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Cisco HyperFlex 3.0 for VirtualServer Infrastructure withMicrosoft Hyper-VDeployment Guide for Cisco HyperFlex 3.0 forVirtual Server Infrastructure using Microsoft Hyper-V Hypervisor, Cisco UCS 6000 Fabric Interconnect, and Cisco HyperFlex Data Platform SoftwareLast Updated: December 18, 2018

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Table of ContentsExecutive Summary . 7Solution Overview . 8Introduction . 8Audience . 9Purpose of this Document . 9Solution Summary . 9Technology Overview . 11Cisco Unified Computing System . 11Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect. 11Cisco UCS 6248UP Fabric Interconnect . 12Cisco UCS 6296UP Fabric Interconnect . 12Cisco UCS 6332 Fabric Interconnect . 13Cisco UCS 6332-16UP Fabric Interconnect . 13Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series Nodes . 13Cisco HyperFlex HXAF220c-M5SX All-Flash Node . 13Cisco HyperFlex HXAF240c-M5SX All-Flash Node . 14Cisco HyperFlex HX220c-M5SX Hybrid Node . 14Cisco HyperFlex HX240c-M5SX Hybrid Node . 14Cisco VIC 1387 MLOM Interface Cards. 15All-Flash versus Hybrid . 15Cisco HyperFlex Data Platform Software. 16Cisco HyperFlex Connect HTML5 Management Web Page . 17Cisco Intersight Cloud Based Management . 17Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform Controller . 18Data Operations and Distribution . 18Solution Design . 22Requirements . 22Physical Components . 22Software Components. 25Licensing . 26Considerations. 26Version Control . 26Microsoft Windows Active Directory . 27Scale . 27Capacity . 27Physical Topology . 29Topology Overview . 29

Fabric Interconnects . 30HX-Series Rack-Mount Servers . 30Logical Topology . 31Logical Network Design . 31Design Elements . 32Network Design . 33Cisco UCS Design . 34Cisco UCS Organization . 35Cisco UCS LAN Policies . 35Cisco UCS Servers Policies . 43Cisco UCS Service Profile Templates . 48Microsoft Hyper-V Host Design . 49Virtual Networking Design . 49Discrete Device Assignment (I/O Passthrough). 51Storage Platform Controller VMs . 51Installation. 54Prerequisites . 54IP Addressing . 54Configure the Active Directory for Constrained Delegation . 57Prepopulate AD DNS with Records . 58NTP . 59VLANs . 60Network Uplinks . 60Usernames and Passwords . 61Physical Installation . 62Cabling . 62Cisco UCS Installation . 64Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect A . 64Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect B . 66Cisco UCS Manager . 66Cisco UCS Configuration . 67Cisco UCS Firmware . 67NTP . 67Uplink Ports . 68Uplink Port Channels . 68Server Ports. 69Server Discovery . 71Deploying HX Data Platform Installer on Hyper-V Infrastructure . 71Assign a Static IP Address to the HX Data Platform Installer VM . 74

HyperFlex Installation . 75HyperFlex Installation - Phase 1 . 76HyperFlex Installation - Phase 2 . 81Post Installation Tasks . 90Create Datastores . 90Constrained Delegation (Optional) . 91Assign IP Addresses to Live Migration and VM Network Interfaces . 94Rename the Cluster Network in Windows Failover Cluster - Optional . 95Configure the Windows Failover Cluster Network Roles . 96Configure the Windows Failover Cluster Network for Live Migration . 97Create Folders on the HX Datastore . 98Configure the Default Folder to Store VM Files on Hyper-V . 98Validate the Windows Failover Cluster Configuration . 99Configure Quorum in Windows Server Failover Cluster . 100Initial Tasks and Testing . 101Ready Clones . 101Auto-Support and Notifications . 102Smart Licensing . 104Management . 107HyperFlex Connect . 107Dashboard . 108Monitor . 108Analyze . 109Manage . 109Microsoft Hyper-V Manager . 112Change the Default Location to Store the VM Files using Hyper-V Manager . 113Create Virtual Machines using Hyper-V Manager . 114Windows Failover Cluster Manager . 117Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2016 . 120Create Run-As Account for Managing the Hyper-V Cluster. 120Manage Servers and Clusters . 120Networking . 123Storage . 124Create a VM using SCVMM . 126Microsoft Windows Admin Center (WAC) . 131Connecting to Managed Nodes and Clusters . 132Manage Servers with WAC . 134Manage a Failover Cluster with WAC . 135Appendix . 136

A: Cluster Capacity Calculations . 136B: Install Microsoft Windows Server 2016 . 136About the Authors. 146Acknowledgements . 146

Executive SummaryExecutive SummaryWith the proliferation of virtualized environments across most IT landscapes, other technology stacks whichhave traditionally not offered the same levels of simplicity, flexibility, and rapid deployment as virtualizedcompute platforms have come under increasing scrutiny. In particular, networking devices and storagesystems have lacked the agility of hypervisors and virtual servers. With the introduction of Cisco HyperFlex,Cisco has brought the dramatic enhancements of hyperconvergence to the modern data center.Cisco HyperFlex systems are based on the Cisco UCS platform, combining Cisco HX-Series x86 servers andintegrated networking technologies through the Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects, into a single managementdomain, along with industry leading virtualization hypervisor software from Microsoft, and next-generationsoftware defined storage technology. The combination creates a complete virtualization platform, whichprovides the network connectivity for the guest virtual machine (VM) connections, and the distributedstorage to house the VMs, spread across all of the Cisco UCS x86 servers, versus using specialized storageor networking components. The unique storage features of the HyperFlex log based filesystem enable rapidcloning of VMs, snapshots without the traditional performance penalties, and data deduplication andcompression. All configuration, deployment, management, and monitoring of the solution can be done withexisting tools for Cisco UCS and Microsoft, such as Cisco UCS Manager and Microsoft Hyper-V Manager,PowerShell, SCVMM, and new integrated HTML based management tools, such as Cisco HyperFlex Connectand Cisco Intersight. This powerful linking of advanced technology stacks into a single, simple, rapidlydeployed solution makes Cisco HyperFlex a true second generation hyperconverged platform.

Solution OverviewSolution OverviewIntroductionThe Cisco HyperFlex System provides an all-purpose virtualized server platform, with hypervisor hosts,networking connectivity, and virtual server storage across a set of Cisco UCS HX-Series x86 rack-mountservers. Legacy datacenter deployments have relied on a disparate set of technologies, each performing adistinct and specialized function, such as network switches connecting endpoints and transferring Ethernetnetwork traffic, and Fibre Channel (FC) storage arrays providing block based storage via a dedicated storagearray network (SAN). Each of these systems had unique requirements for hardware, connectivity,management tools, operational knowledge, monitoring, and ongoing support. A legacy virtual serverenvironment was often divided up into areas commonly referred to as silos, within which only a singletechnology operated, along with their correlated software tools and support staff. Silos could often bedivided between the x86 computing hardware, the networking connectivity of those x86 servers, SANconnectivity and storage device presentation, the hypervisors and virtual platform management, and finallythe guest VM themselves along with their OS and applications. This model proves to be inflexible, difficult tonavigate, and is susceptible to numerous operational inefficiencies.A more modern datacenter model was developed called a converged infrastructure. Convergedinfrastructures attempt to collapse the traditional silos by combining these technologies into a more singularenvironment, which has been designed to operate together in pre-defined, tested, and validated designs. Akey component of the converged infrastructure was the revolutionary combination of x86 rack and bladeservers, along with converged Ethernet and Fibre Channel networking offered by the Cisco UCS platform.Converged infrastructures leverage Cisco UCS, plus new deployment tools, management software suites,automation processes, and orchestration tools to overcome the difficulties deploying traditionalenvironments, and do so in a much more rapid fashion. These new tools place the ongoing management andoperation of the system into the hands of fewer staff, with more rapid deployment of workloads based onbusiness needs, while still remaining at the forefront of flexibility to adapt to workload needs, and offeringthe highest possible performance. Cisco has had incredible success in these areas with our various partners,developing leading solutions such as Cisco FlexPod, FlashStack, VersaStack, and VxBlock architectures.Despite these advances, because these converged infrastructures contained some legacy technologystacks, particularly in the storage subsystems, there often remained a division of responsibility amongstmultiple teams of administrators. Alongside, there is also a recognition that these converged infrastructurescan still be a somewhat complex combination of components, where a simpler system would suffice to servethe workloads being requested.Significant changes in the storage marketplace have given rise to the software defined storage (SDS)system. Legacy FC storage arrays often contained a specialized subset of hardware, such as Fibre ChannelArbitrated Loop (FC-AL) based controllers and disk shelves along with optimized Application SpecificIntegrated Circuits (ASIC), read/write data caching modules and cards, plus highly customized software tooperate the arrays. With the rise of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) bus technology and its inherent benefits,storage array vendors began to transition their internal hardware architectures to SAS, and with dramaticincreases in processing power from recent x86 processor architectures, they also used fewer or no customASICs at all. As disk physical sizes shrank, x86 servers began to have the same density of storage per rackunit (RU) as the arrays themselves, and with the proliferation of NAND based flash memory solid state disks(SSD), they also now had access to input/output (IO) devices whose speed rivaled that of dedicated cachingdevices. If servers themselves now contained storage devices and technology to rival many dedicated arrayson the market, then the major different

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