I had a UCS Invicta that I needed to change from a scaling appliance (where more than one invicta node is managed by several others) to a stand alone appliance. I thought this could be done in the field but at this point I don’t think its an option still. The below info is just some things I tried in a lab and I’m pretty sure are not supported by Cisco.
While the UCS Invicta appliance has had its share of negative press and setbacks, I still have pretty high hopes for this flash array. Primarily because the operating system is so well designed for solid state media. Its different, full featured, and I think offers a lot of value for anyone in need of fast storage. (everyone?)
First step was to take out the Infiniband card and put in the fibre channel cards. I put it in the exact spot the IB card was in.
I had to change IP address. Booted up. Pressed F8, changed the IP address to 10.1.1.36/24 and didn’t touch the password.
The default CIMC password to login was admin / d3m0n0w! (source)
It takes forever to boot up because there is no InfiniBand card in the appliance anymore. I took it out and replaced with a fibre channel HBA that came in one of the SSRs that managed the nodes.
The default console user/password is console / cisco1 (source)
This didn’t work for me I thought because whoever had the system before me changed it. Fortunately for me, this is Linux. Rebooted the system and added ‘single’ to the grub menu. Yes, I securely compromised the system. Such is the power of the Linux user.
Once on the command line I entered the passwd command to change the root password into something I could log in with. I took a look at the /etc/passwd table and noticed that there was no console user. Hmm, guess that’s why I couldn’t log in.
I then rebooted.
There were three commands that looked pretty promising. After digging around I found:
/usr/local/tools/invicta/menu and the accompanying menu.sh command.
I tried all these and then rebooted the system. Nothing seemed to indicate any progress as to turning this node into a stand alone appliance. I have a few emails out and if I figure it out, I’ll post an update.