The Cisco Integrated Management Controller (Cisco IMC) is the manage- ment service for Cisco C-Series servers. Cisco IMC runs within the server and allows administrators to use a web-based GUI or Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol–based CLI to access, configure, administer, and monitor the server. Almost all tasks can be performed in either interface, and the results of tasks performed in one interface are displayed in the other. Cisco IMC is used to perform the following server management tasks, including (but not limited to): • Power on, power off, power cycle, reset, and shut down the server • Configure the server boot order • View server properties and sensors • Configure network-related settings, including network interface control- ler (NIC) properties and network security • Configure communication services, including HTTP, SSH, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), and Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) over LAN • Update Cisco IMC firmware • Monitor faults, alarms, and server status
5 Introduction August 2012 Series You use the anticipated quantities and types of workloads to choose an appropriately sized server. A guide and calculator for server sizing with VDI-in-a-Box workloads can be consulted at the Citrix web site, here: . html Tech Tip Citrix VDI-in-a-Box Citrix is a computing virtualization provider, with technology solutions to equip organizations for optimizing the use of their existing IT assets and resources, as well as protecting the systems, data, and applications that run the business. As virtualization adoption increases, the benefits are making this compelling virtualization technology a mainstream mandate. Citrix XenServer technology allows virtual machines (VMs) to be easily created as needed, and migrated from one hardware platform to another. This deployment guide uses Citrix VDI-in-a-Box — a single virtual appliance that provides all of the functionality needed to create, provision, manage, and load balance virtual desktops. VDI-in-a-Box has a built-in connection broker, load balancer, user manager, and desktop provisioning server, called vdiManager. It does not require separate shared storage, high-speed interconnects, or multiple management servers. The appliance runs on servers running a hypervisor, such as Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, or VMware ESXi. Citrix XenServer is chosen for the basic implementation in this deployment guide, easing deployment by using the minimum number of software suppliers. Citrix vdiManager is the management component of the Citrix VDI-in-a-Box. Citrix vdiManager can run on a single physical server for a basic installation, or for high availability a collection of physical servers can run the vdiMan- ager, referred to as a VDI-in-a-Box grid. For larger implementations, you can use the grid for one logical view of all vdiManager instances, which brokers client connections across servers in the grid for load balancing and high availability. For a basic VDI implementation for Cisco SBA, you use a single
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