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UCP Advisor virtual machine requirements

The UCP Advisor deployment consists of the following components:

  • UCP Advisor software
  • UCP Advisor Gateway

UCP controller virtual machine requirements

The following table shows the resources used by the UCP Windows management node.

Resource Quantity (default configuration at deployment)
Operating system Windows Server 2016
RAM 16 GB
CPU 4 vCPUs (default)
Network 1 vNIC (connect to management VLAN VMXNET3)

UCP Advisor Gateway virtual machine

The following table shows the resources used by the UCP Advisor Gateway virtual machine.

Resource Quantity
Operating system CentOS 7.3
RAM 2 GB (default)
CPU 2 vCPUs (default)
Network 1 vNIC (connect to storage VLAN) VMXNET3

Firewall configuration required by the management node

UCP Advisor requires that specific ports are open on the VM. These ports are preconfigured in the UCP Advisor virtual appliance. You do not need to open them.

Security administrators use firewalls to protect the network, or selected components in the network, from intrusion. A firewall might be deployed between UCP and your management environment, depending on your deployment. For a comprehensive list of TCP and UDP ports, see the following tables.

Required firewall port exceptions

The ports in the following table are used for UCP Advisor management traffic. To access UCP from the production network, exceptions for these ports are necessary.

Scenario Source Destination Protocol/Port
vCenter access Web Client VCSA TCP/9443
Web Client UCP Advisor controller VM TCP/443
vCenter to Advisor communication UCP Advisor VM VCSA TCP/443, 23031
VCSA UCP Advisor controller VM TCP/23011
API access to UCP Advisor API Client UCP Advisor controller VM TCP/23015
CLI access to UCP Advisor CLI Client UCP Advisor controller VM TCP/23015
Log collection and switch backup and restore Managed hardware UCP Advisor controller VM TCP/22
SNMP communication Managed hardware UCP Advisor controller VM UDP/161,162
IPMI communication Managed hardware UCP Advisor controller VM UDP/623
Adding an N+1 appliance UCP Advisor Controller VM UCP Advisor Gateway VM TCP/443
UCP Advisor Gateway VM UCP Advisor controller VM TCP/443
Optional firewall port exceptions

The ports in the following table are used for UCP Advisor management traffic, element management traffic, and system integration traffic (DNS and NTP). The security administrator can configure firewall port exceptions.

Scenario Source Destination Protocol/Port
Hi-Track hosted on another VM Hi-Track Monitor VM UCP Advisor controller VM TCP/443
RDP access to Advisor VM RDP client UCP Advisor controller VM TCP/3389
SSH access to Advisor Gateway VM SSH client UCP Advisor Gateway VM TCP/22
Usage of vRealize Log Insight VCSA, UCP Advisor Controller VM, UCP hardware vRealize Log Insight VM TCP/514, 1514, 6514, 9000, 9543UDP/514
vRealize Log Insight VM UCP Advisor controller VM TCP/2055
Usage of vRealize Orchestrator VCSA, UCP Advisor Controller VM, end user web browser vRealize Orchestrator VM TCP/8230, 8240, 8244, 8250, 8280 - 8283
vRealize Orchestrator VM UCP Advisor controller VM TCP/23021
Usage of Automation Director Automation Director VM UCP Advisor controller VM TCP/22015

For more information on usage of vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Orchestrator, see the corresponding VMware documentation:

Deployment methodology

UCP Advisor can manage multiple UCP Advisor converged or hyperconverged systems.

When scaling-out the architecture, the UCP Advisor controller VM can manage multiple UCP Advisor systems. However, a UCP Advisor Gateway VM must be deployed for each system, as shown in the following figure.

On the first appliance, the UCP Advisor Gateway VM needs direct Fibre Channel network access to manage Hitachi storage systems and so should typically be deployed on the management nodes, but can be deployed on a compute node. However, on subsequent appliances, the UCP Advisor Gateway VM should be deployed on a compute node so that it has access to the Fibre Channel network and Hitachi storage systems that are part of that appliance.