ZenPack:Cisco UCS Director

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Cisco UCS Director ZenPack

Impact Modeling for Cisco UCS Director topologies


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This ZenPack is included with commercial versions of Zenoss and enterprise support for this ZenPack is provided to Zenoss customers with an active subscription.


Version 1.0.0- Download
Released on 2015/05/08
Requires PythonCollector ZenPack,vSphere ZenPack
Compatible with Zenoss Resource Manager 4.2.x, Zenoss Resource Manager 5.0.x


This ZenPack provides support for modeling the Impact Relationships of UCS Director, specifically Tenants, Virtual Datacenters, and VMWare Virtual Machines.


The features added by this ZenPack can be summarized as follows. They are each detailed further below.* Initial discovery and modeling of Tenants and vDCs.* Event management.* Service impact and root cause analysis. (Requires Zenoss Service Dynamics)


The following components will be automatically discovered through the UCS-D connection info you provide. The properties and relationships will be continually maintained by periodically checking the UCS-D API.


  • Attributes: None
  • Relationships: Virtual Datacenters belong to a single Tenant

Virtual Data Centers (vDC)

  • Attributes: None
  • Relationships: Virtual Datacenters belong to a single Tenant and can contain many Virtual Machines.

Virtual Machine

  • Attributes: Corresponding VMWare VM
  • Relationships: Virtual Machines belong to a single vDC

Event Management

Events are created for success or failure while collecting information from the UCS-D host

Service Impact and Root Cause Analysis

When combined with the Zenoss Service Dynamics product, this ZenPack adds built-in service impact and root cause analysis capabilities for UCS topologies, including vSphere Virtual Machines.

Internal Impact Relationships

  • vDC failure impacts the parent Tenant
  • VM failure impacts the parent vDC

External Impact Relationships

  • vSphere VM failure impacts the related VM


Adding UCS Director Endpoint

Use the following steps to start monitoring UCS Director using the Zenoss web interface.

  1. Navigate to the Infrastructure page.
  2. Choose Add UCS Director Endpoint from the add device button.
  3. Fill out the form.
    • Name can be anything you want.
    • Port is the http port used to access the UCS Director Dashboard, probably 80.
    • API Key is the UCS Director admin API Key.
  4. Click ADD.

Installed Items

Installing this ZenPack will add the following items to your Zenoss system.

Configuration Properties

  • zCiscoUCSDHostname: Hostname of the UCS-D Instance
  • zCiscoUCSDAPIKey: Admin API Key for the UCS-D Instance
  • zCiscoUCSDPolicyTrigger: Service Impact Policy for Availability and Performance
  • zCiscoUCSDPort: HTTP port of the UCS-D instance
  • zCiscoUCSDRefresh

Device Classes

  • /CiscoUCS/UCS-Director

Modeler Plugins

  • CiscoUCSDirector.Director


  • Initial release.


Normal Installation (packaged egg)

  1. Download the appropriate egg file for the version of Zenoss you are running.
  2. Ensure you are logged in as the zenoss user:
    $ sudo su - zenoss
  3. Install the ZenPack:
    $ zenpack --install ZenPacks.zenoss.CiscoUCSDirector-*.egg
  4. Restart these services:
    $ zenoss restart


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