Configuring the Appliance

The appliance has multiple Ethernet management interfaces. The primary management interface is eth0. An additional interface exists for connecting to a remote management controller (it usually connects to the same management network as eth0). For using out-of-the-box DHCP settings: Default hostname for the appliance (over eth0) is “ufm-appliance-[MAC ADDRESS]”. The MAC address for eth0 is available on the pull tab and can be configured in the DHCP server. To use the remote management controller with DHCP, the free-range IP allocation must be enabled on the DHCP server.

The appliance supports a direct connection via a serial port. Please follow the steps below to connect to the appliance.

Warning

Configuration via a serial port is only required in case you wish to use a static IP address and not the out-of-the-box DHCP setting for eth0. Otherwise, an IP will be assigned by the DHCP server and you will be able to log in to the CLI over LAN.

  1. Connect the host PC to the (RJ-45) port of the appliance system using the supplied cable. The Console ports for the appliance are shown below.

    Serial Connection

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  2. Configure a serial terminal program (for example, HyperTerminal, minicom, or Tera Term) on your host PC with the settings described in the table below.

    Serial Terminal Program Configuration

    Parameter

    Setting

    Baud Rate

    115200

    Data bits

    8

    Stop bits

    1

    Parity

    None

    Flow Control

    None

  3. Log in (from a serial terminal program) as admin, and use “admin” as the password. This starts the Mellanox configuration wizard.

  4. Go through the configuration wizard. The table below shows an example of a wizard session.

    Mellanox UFM-SDN Appliance Configuration

    Wizard Session Display (Example)

    Comments

    Mellanox UFM-SDN Appliance configuration wizard

    Do you want to use the wizard for initial configuration? yes

    You must perform this configuration the first time you operate the appliance or after resetting the appliance to the factory defaults. Type ‘y’ and then press <Enter>.

    Step1: ? [ufm-appliance-898b4e]

    If you wish to accept the default hostname, then press <Enter>. Otherwise, type a different hostname and press <Enter>.

    Step 2: Use DHCP on eth0 interface? [yes] Hostname

    Perform this step to obtain an IP address for the appliance. (eth0 is the management port of the appliance.)
    If you wish the DHCP server to assign the IP address, type ‘yes’ and press <Enter>.

    If you type ‘no’ (no DHCP), then you will be asked whether you wish to use the ‘zeroconf’ configuration or not. If you enter ’yes’ (yes Zeroconf), the session will continue as shown in the table below.
    If you enter ’no’ (no Zeroconf), then you need to enter the following information:

    • Set primary IP address and network mask for eth0

    • Set default gateway

    • Set primary DNS server

    Set domain name

    Step 3: Admin password (Enter to leave unchanged)?

    To avoid illegal access to the machine, please type a password and then press <Enter>. Then confirm the password by re-entering it.

    Note that password characters are not printed.

    Step 4: bond0 IP address and masklen? [0.0.0.0/0]

    Allows defying IP address for IPoIB bond (bond is pre-configured with ib0 & ib1 ports).

    You have entered the following information:

    1. Hostname: <server name>

    2. Use DHCP on eth0 interface: yes

    3. Admin password (Enter to leave unchanged): (unchanged)

    4. bond0 IP address and masklen: 192.168.22.1/24

    To change an answer, enter the step number to return to.

    Otherwise hit <enter> to save changes and exit.

    Choice: <Enter>

    Configuration changes saved.

    The wizard displays a summary of your choices and then asks you to confirm the choices or to re-edit them.

    Either press <Enter> to save changes and exit, or enter the configuration step number that you wish to return to.

    Configuration Wizard Session – IP Zeroconf Configuration

    Wizard Session Display – IP Zeroconf Configuration (Example)

    Mellanox configuration wizard
    Do you want to use the wizard for initial configuration? y
    Step 1: Hostname? [server name]
    Step 2: Use DHCP on eth0 interface? [no]
    Step 3: Use zeroconf on eth0 interface? [no] yes
    Step 4: Default gateway? [192.168.10.1]
    Step 5: Primary DNS server?
    Step 6: Domain name?
    Step 7: Admin password (Enter to leave unchanged)?
    Step 8: bond0 IP address and masklen? [192.168.22.1/24]

    You have entered the following information:

    1. Hostname: ufm-appliance-898b4e

    2. Use DHCP on eth0 interface: no

    3. Use zeroconf on eth0 interface: yes

    4. Default gateway: 192.168.10.1

    5. Primary DNS server:

    6. Domain name:

    7. Admin password (Enter to leave unchanged): (unchanged)

    8. bond0 IP address and masklen? [192.168.22.1/24]

    To change an answer, enter the step number to return to.

    Otherwise hit <enter> to save changes and exit.

    Choice:

    Configuration changes saved.

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