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Software requirements and recommendations

During the UCP Advisor planning, you must consider the software and management VM environment requirements and recommendations.

Management VM environment requirements

During the planning phase, if you choose to run UCP Advisor in an existing environment, it is recommended to set up a vApp in vCenter to contain the UCP Advisor controller VM and the UCP Advisor Gateway VM. This deployment ensures a consistent and responsive user experience in the UCP Advisor user interface.

This recommendation is provided with the following resource reservations:

  • RAM: 20 GB
  • CPU: 9.0 Ghz

UCP Advisor does not initially oversubscribe the reserved resources. However, as the system grows, more resources are required. This initial resource reservation is designed to accommodate a single appliance with moderate growth.

Management VM requirements

There are different VM requirements for the UCP Advisor controller VM and the UCP Advisor Gateway VM.

The following table shows the minimum requirement per resource used by the UCP Advisor controller VM.

Resource Minimum requirement
Operating system Windows Server 2016
RAM 16 GB
CPU 4 vCPUs (default)
Disk 250 GB (thin-provisioned disk)
Network 1 vNIC (connect to Management VLAN VMXNET3)
Supported virtualization host ESXi 6.5x

The following table shows the minimum requirement per resource used by the UCP Advisor Gateway VM.

Resource Minimum requirement
Operating system CentOS 7.3
RAM 2 GB (default)
CPU 2 vCPUs (default)
Disk 40 GB (thin-provisioned disk)
Network 1 vNIC (connect to management VLAN VMXNET3)
Supported virtualization host ESXi 6.5x

VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance

If you chose an existing vCenter environment, the version must match the minimum version required by UCP Advisor. UCP Advisor has been tested with VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance 6.5 U1a through U2d and 6.7U1. Previous versions of 6.5 are incompatible due to VMware changes in the plugin structure.

If there is no existing environment meeting the UCP Advisor requirements, Hitachi representatives can install the prerequisite software on the management servers (depending on your deployment scenario).

Supported operating system types for bare metal provisioning

UCP Advisor supports bare metal provisioning for the operating system (OS) types shown in the following table.

Operating system name Operating system version Boot modes
CentOS 7.5 LEGACY/UEFI
CentOS 7.4 LEGACY/UEFI
CentOS 7.3 LEGACY
Oracle Enterprise Linux 7.5 LEGACY/UEFI
Oracle Enterprise Linux 7.4 LEGACY/UEFI
Oracle Enterprise Linux 7.3 LEGACY
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 LEGACY/UEFI
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 LEGACY/UEFI
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 LEGACY
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, SP3 LEGACY/UEFI
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, SP2 LEGACY/UEFI
VMware ESXi 6.7 U1 LEGACY/UEFI
VMware ESXi 6.5 U2 LEGACY/UEFI
VMware ESXi 6.5 U1 LEGACY/UEFI
VMware ESXi 6.0 U3a LEGACY/UEFI
CentOS 7.5

File name: CentOS-7-x86_64-Everything-1804.iso

Source: http://centos.org

SHA256: 99723c8b87dcec21df8aed23de1eb810346d42cfd2a3fafafe70a68296053417

Boot modes: LEGACY/UEFI

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.4.0.4

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Mellanox Connect-IB Version 3.0-1

CentOS 7.4

File name: CentOS-7-x86_64-DVD-1708.iso

Source: http://archive.kernel.org/centos-vault/7.4.1708/isos/x86_64/

SHA256: ec7500d4b006702af6af023b1f8f1b890b6c7ee54400bb98cef968b883cd6546

Boot modes: LEGACY/UEFI

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.4.0.1

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Mellanox Connect-IB Version 3.0-1

CentOS 7.3

File name: CentOS-7-x86_64-Everything-1611.iso

Source: http://archive.kernel.org/centos-vault/7.3.1611/isos/x86_64/

SHA256: af4969ebbdc479d330de97c5bfbb37eedc64c369f009cb15a97f9553ba441c88

Boot modes: LEGACY

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.1.0.2

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Mellanox Connect-IB Version 2.1-1

Oracle Linux 7.5

File name: V975365-01.iso

Source: https://edelivery.oracle.com/osdc/faces/SoftwareDelivery*

SHA256: d0cc4493db10c2a49084f872083ed9ed6a09cc065064c009734712b9ef357886

Boot modes: LEGACY/UEFI

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.4.0.4

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Mellanox Connect-IB Version 3.0-1

Oracle Linux 7.4

File name: V921569-01.iso

Source: https://edelivery.oracle.com/osdc/faces/SoftwareDelivery*

SHA256: f2e11a2fceba8e285490c8df7c2172336cc23eb4bab95924b98d1029dce7eb0b

Boot modes: LEGACY/UEFI

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.4.0.1

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Mellanox Connect-IB Version 3.0-1

Oracle Linux 7.3

File name: V834394-01.iso

Source: https://edelivery.oracle.com/osdc/faces/SoftwareDelivery*

SHA256: 2ad5327428c44d505a7d882a273cb3f5fbac4e56e739cf18f895565dde987101

Boot modes: LEGACY

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.1.0.2

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Mellanox Connect-IB Version 2.1-1

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5

File name: rhel-server-7.5-x86_64-dvd.iso

Source: https://access.cdn.redhat.com/

SHA256: 51864155b7e87ec56c0315688855120ca0859de96434b36710d8bf41dd33e06e

Boot modes: LEGACY/UEFI

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.4.0.4

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Mellanox Connect-IB Version 3.0-1

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4

File name: rhel-server-7.4-x86_64-dvd.iso

Source: https://access.cdn.redhat.com/

SHA256: 431a58c8c0351803a608ffa56948c5a7861876f78ccbe784724dd8c987ff7000

Boot modes: LEGACY/UEFI

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.2.0.6

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Mellanox Connect-IB Version 3.0-1

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3

File name: rhel-server-7.3-x86_64-dvd.iso

Source: https://access.cdn.redhat.com/

SHA256: 120acbca7b3d55465eb9f8ef53ad7365f2997d42d4f83d7cc285bf5c71e1131f

Boot modes: LEGACY

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.1.0.2

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Mellanox Connect-IB Version 2.1-1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, SP3

File name: SLE-12-SP3-Server-DVD-x86_64-GM-DVD1.iso

Source: https://www.suse.com/download-linux*

SHA256: 48408157ef667100671b22f92c3e20771ccf2100108b96e3ae83d8df30abddd5

Boot modes: LEGACY/UEFI

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.4.0.1

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Mellanox Connect-IB Version 3.0-1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, SP2

File name: SLE-12-SP2-Server-DVD-x86_64-GM-DVD1.iso

Source: https://www.suse.com/download-linux*

SHA256: dd724e9248f2c3507e8e9d0050a4c8b6e9aeda7fdf0870858757cc6c01b7d47d

Boot modes: LEGACY/UEFI

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.1.0.1

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Mellanox Connect-IB Version 3.0-1

VMware ESXi 6.7 U1

File name: VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.7.0-8169922.x86_64.iso

Source: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/login*

SHA256: fe1f225fcb84b3870c0512f1028c4493169d1c704f643abf4e463ed102c6a38b

Boot modes: LEGACY/UEFI

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 10.2.340.18

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Nmlx5-core 4.16.0.0-1

VMware ESXi 6.5 U2

File name: VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0.update02-8294253.x86_64.iso

Source: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/login*

SHA256: d290c36acb28d85e812b42f242f5c6c0f059551df4a24432adf1a4b9e96eb694

Boot modes: LEGACY/UEFI

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.4.142.11

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Nmlx5-core 4.16.0.0-1

VMware ESXi 6.5 U1

File name: VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0.update01-5969303.x86_64.iso

Source: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/login*

SHA256: f6e5000dff423c275b3ffbdfe08145f369d04b8c4ade5a413f2ef2a029a5e3ef

Boot modes: LEGACY/UEFI

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.4.142.11

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Nmlx5-core 4.16.0.0-1

VMware ESXi 6.0 U3a

File name: VMware-VMvisor-Installer-201706001-5572656.x86_64.iso

Source: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/login*

SHA256: c3aec5dd00d47548089918075c84edb8e8c5017cbec901c6abf8a815d5149aac

Boot modes: LEGACY/UEFI

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 10.2.298.12-1

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Nmlx5-core 4.15.8.8-1