MT LoadMaster Cisco UCS C-Series

 

1Introduction

KEMP Multi-Tenant LoadMaster (MT LoadMaster) is a true multi-tenant application service delivery control point for enterprises and Managed Service Providers (MSPs). Multi-Tenant LoadMaster's flexible virtualized architecture (HyperFlex™) provides the framework for delivering KEMP as well as independent third party virtualized network functions (VNFs) in a single Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Server platform.

This document describes the steps required to install the KEMP Multi-Tenant LoadMaster software on a Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Server.

PXE and USB booting options are also supported by the LoadMaster installation ISO file.

1.1Pre-requisites

The following pre-requisites are required:

  • A Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Server.
  • An ISO image with the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster software.

The ISO image can be downloaded from www.kemptechnologies.com.

  • A minimum of 2GB RAM must be available on the guest environment for the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster
  • For a standalone Multi-Tenant LoadMaster one IP-address on an untagged LAN is required
  • The boot order on the C-Series Blade Server should be configured as follows:
    1. HDD
    2. CDROM

 

2Installing Multi-Tenant LoadMaster on the Cisco UCS C-Series Server

The following steps must be completed in order to install the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster software on the Cisco C-Series Server. These steps must be completed on the jump host, where the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster installation ISO image is located.

2.1Configure the Boot Options and Open the KVM Console

First, open the KVM console for the C-Series server by following the steps below:

Figure 2‑1: Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC)

  1. In a web browser, log in to the Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC).
  2. Select the Server tab on the left.
  3. Select BIOS.
  4. In the Actions area, click Configure Boot Order.

Figure 2‑2: Configure Boot Order

  1. Set the Boot Order to HDD, then CDROM.
  2. Click Apply.
  3. In the Server tab, select Summary.
  4. In the Actions area, click Launch KVM Console. The KVM will open in a new window.

2.2Create a Virtual CD-ROM with Installation Media

  1. Select the Virtual Media tab.

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Figure 2‑3: KVM Console

  1. Click the Add Image… button.
  2. Navigate to and select the Operating System (OS) installation disk image (ISO).
  3. Click Open to mount the disk image.
  4. Select the Mapped checkbox for the mounted disk image.

2.3Boot the Server

The server is now ready to be booted to complete the installation procedure.

  1. Click the Boot Server option on the KVM console. The server is booted from the previously mapped virtual CD.

Figure 2‑4: Select Boot Device

  1. Press F6 on your keyboard when prompted and select the virtual CD/DVD drive as the boot device in the KVM console.

The server should boot from the virtual CD.

2.4Install the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster

Once the server boots from the virtual CD, as described in Section 2.3, the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster installation process automatically begins.

For further information on the different boot options that are available, refer to the Bare Metal Boot Options, Technical Note.

The serial number should be automatically pulled from the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster. If it is not, please enter it when prompted.

Figure 2‑5: Select disk/partition

  1. Select select disk/partition and press OK.

Figure 2‑6: Select the target disk

  1. Select the target disk for installation and press OK.

Figure 2‑7: Delete existing partition(s)

  1. Select delete existing partition(s) and press OK.

Figure 2‑8: Start installation

  1. Select start installation and press OK.
  2. Press OK. The installation should complete successfully.

2.5Boot the Installed Multi-Tenant LoadMaster

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Figure 2‑9: Unmount the Installation Media

Before rebooting the server, unmount the installation media by deselecting the Mapped checkbox in the Virtual Media tab.

The server is now ready to be rebooted with the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster software installed on the local disk. Within the KVM console, select the Ctrl-Alt-Del option from the Macros drop-down menu.

The server should now begin to boot from the local disk.

Figure 2‑10: IP address

The Multi-Tenant LoadMaster should obtain an IP address via DHCP, please note this value.

If the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster does not obtain an IP address via DHCP then the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster must be manually configured using the KVM console once the license key has been obtained. Please refer to Section 3 for further information regarding manually configuring the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster.

2.6Licensing and Configuration

The Multi-Tenant LoadMaster must now be configured to operate within the network configuration.

  1. In an internet browser, enter the IP address that was previously.

Ensure to enter https:// before the IP address.

  1. A warning may appear regarding website security certificates. Please click the continue/ignore option.

Figure 2‑11: License Required

  1. If using the Online licensing method, fill out the fields and click License Now.

If you are starting with a trial license, there is no need to enter an Order ID. If you are starting with a permanent license, enter the KEMP Order ID# if this was provided to you.

If using the Offline Licensing method, select Offline Licensing, obtain the license text, paste it into the License field and click Apply License.

For detailed instructions on how to register for a KEMP ID and license the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster, refer to the Licensing, Feature Description.

  1. The Multi-Tenant LoadMaster End User License Agreement screen appears.

Please read the license agreement and, if willing to accept the conditions therein, click on the Agree button to proceed.

  1. A screen will then appear asking if you are OK with the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster regularly contacting KEMP to check for updates and other information. Click the relevant button to proceed.

The Change Password screen appears.

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Figure 2‑12 Change password screen

  1. Enter a new password for the bal user in the Password input field and retype it in the Retype Password input field.
  2. The login screen appears again, enter the bal user name and the new password as defined in the step above.
  3. In the screen informing that the password has changed, click the Continue button.
  4. If your machine has shipped with a temporary license, a warning will appear informing that a temporary license has been installed on the machine and for how long the license is valid.

Figure 2‑13 Temporary license warning

Click OK.

  1. The Appliance Vitals screen of the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster should appear.

Figure 2‑14 Multi-Tenant LoadMaster Manager Vitals screen

  1. Click the System Configuration menu option.
  2. Click the eth0 menu option within the Interfaces section.

Figure 2‑15 Network Interface screen

  1. In the Network Interface 0 screen, enter the IP address of the eth0 interface (the network-facing interface of the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster) in the Interface Address input field.
  2. Click the Set Address button.
  3. Click the eth1 menu option within the Interfaces section.
  4. In the Network Interface 1 screen, enter the IP address of the eth1 interface (the farm-side interface of the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster) in the Interface Address input field.
  5. Click the Set Address button.

This interface is optional, depending on the network configuration.

  1. Select the Local DNS Configuration > Hostname Configuration menu options.

Figure 2‑16 Set Hostname screen

  1. In the Hostname configuration screen, enter the hostname into the Current Hostname input field.
  2. Click the Set Hostname button.
  3. Click the Local DNS Configuration > DNS Configuration menu option.

Figure 2‑17 DNS configuration screen

  1. Enter the IP address(es) of the DNS Server(s) which will be used to resolve names locally on the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster into the DNS NameServer input field.
  2. Click on the Add button.
  3. Enter the domain name that is to be prepended to requests to the DNS nameserver into the DNS NameServer input field.
  4. Click the Add button.
  5. Select the System Configuration > Network Setup > Default Gateway menu options.

Figure 2‑18 Default gateway screen

  1. In the DNS configuration screen, enter the IP address of the default gateway into the IPv4 Default Gateway Address input field.
  2. Click the Set IPv4 Default Gateway button.

The Multi-Tenant LoadMaster is now fully installed and ready to be used. For further information on how to configure and implement the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster, please refer to the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster documentation which can be downloaded from the http://kemptechnologies.com/documentation page.

3Configuring the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster via the KVM Console

If the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster does not automatically obtain an IP address using DHCP as described in Section 2.5, or if the user prefers to configure the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster via the KVM console, then the following configuration steps must be completed before starting the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster.

  1. Login into the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster via the KVM-console using the settings

lb100 login: bal

Password: 1fourall

  1. Enter the IP address of the eth0 interface, the network facing interface of the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster, in the input field within the Network Side Interface Address dialog box.
  2. Press OK.

Figure 3‑1 Default Gateway

  1. Enter the IP address of the default gateway in the input field of the Default Gateway dialog box.
  2. Press OK.
  3. Once these are set, a prompt will appear asking to connect to the web interface at the newly configured IP address. In an internet browser enter the IP address of the eth0 entered in Step 2.

Ensure to enter https:// before the IP address.

  1. A warning may appear regarding website security certificates. Please click the continue/ignore option.
  2. The Multi-Tenant LoadMaster End User License Agreement screen appears.
  3. Please read the license agreement and, if willing to accept the conditions therein, click on the Agree button to proceed.
  4. If the machine has shipped with a temporary license, a warning will appear informing that a temporary license has been installed on the machine and for how long the license is valid.
  5. Click the OK button.
  6. The Multi-Tenant LoadMaster Manager Vitals screen of the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster should appear.

Figure 3‑4 Appliance Vitals screen

The Multi-Tenant LoadMaster is now fully installed and ready to be used. For further information on how to configure and implement the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster, please refer to the Multi-Tenant LoadMaster documentation which can be downloaded from the http://kemptechnologies.com/documentation page.

References

Unless otherwise specified, the below documents can be found at http://kemptechnologies.com/documentation

Licensing, Feature Description Bare Metal Boot Options, Technical Note

Document History

Date

Change

Reason for Change

Version

Resp.

July 2014

Initial draft

Initial draft of the document

1.0

LB

Sep 2014

Minor change

Defect resolved

1.1

LB

Jan 2015

Release update

Updated for 7.1-24 release

1.2

LB

Mar 2015

Minor change

Enhancement made

1.3

LB

June 2015

Release update

Updated for 7.1-28 release

1.4

LB

Sep 2015

Screenshot updates

LoadMaster WUI reskin

3.0

KG

Nov 2015

Release update

Updated for MT_7.1-30

4.0

LB

Dec 2015

Minor change

Enhancement made

5.0

LB

Jan 2016

Minor change

Updated

6.0

LB

Mar 2016

Minor change

Enhancement made

7.0

LB

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