Cisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC) Data Sheet

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Table of Contents



Product overview

The Cisco® Integrated Management Controller (IMC) is a baseboard management controller that provides embedded server management for Cisco UCS® C-Series Rack Servers and Cisco UCS S-Series Storage Servers. The Cisco IMC enables system management in the data center and across distributed branch-office locations. It supports multiple management interfaces, including a Web User Interface (Web UI), a Command-Line Interface (CLI), and an XML API that is consistent with the one used by Cisco UCS Manager. IMC also supports industry-standard management protocols, including Redfish, Simple Network Management Protocol Version 3 (SNMPv3), and Intelligent Platform Management Interface Version 2.0 (IPMIv2.0). Figure 1 shows a sample Cisco IMC screen.

Cisco IMC server properties details, including chassis status and server utilization

Figure 1.            

Cisco IMC server properties details, including chassis status and server utilization

Features and benefits

Table 1 summarizes the features and benefits of the Cisco IMC.

Table 1.        Features and benefits



Simplified server setup and configuration

Simple firmware upgrade

  Out-of-band upgrades

    BIOS, Cisco IMC, and Cisco UCS VIC adapter firmware upgrade

    RAID and LOM

  Automated multisystem upgrade (noninteractive upgrade)

Integrated diagnostics

Platform diagnostic suite

Local storage configuration

  Out-of-band RAID configuration wizard
  Simple, fast configuration of RAID arrays and multiple volumes

Boot control

  Flexible boot target configuration management
  One-time boot support

Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card (VIC) configuration

  Configuration of Cisco UCS VIC
  Configuration to enable Ethernet and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
  Network Interface Card (NIC) configuration, which eliminates the need for configuration from the OS



  Easy-to-use programmable interface
  Microsoft Windows PowerShell support (Cisco UCS PowerTool for standalone Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers)
  Python SDK
  Cisco IMC Supervisor for multisystem monitoring and management
  Consistent model for Cisco UCS Manager and standalone deployments


  Access to IMC configuration and control from a web browser
  HTML5 WebUI support


CLI for scripted environments


Support for Redfish

SNMP v2 and v3

Embedded agentless MIB catalog

IPMI v2.0

Support for IPMI tool

Serial over LAN

Support for serial-over-LAN capability

SmartAccess: Serial

Capability to access the BMC CLI through host serial port

SMTP support

Ability to send emails for faults

Remote administration

Virtual Keyboard, Video, and Mouse (vKVM)

  Remote access to server console screen (HTML5)
  HTML5 vKVM available for M4 and M5 servers

Virtual power on and off

Remote power on, off, and reset from WebUI, KVM, and XML API

Global team collaboration (KVM)

  RBAC for distributed global teams
  Up to 5 simultaneous administrator sessions

Locally mountable virtual media

  Remote mounting of network-available media using Network File System (NFS) and Common Internet File System (CIFS); KVM-mounted or IMC-mounted
  Connectivity support for USB, CD, ISO images, virtual floppy drive images, and remote storage

Serial over LAN

SSH serial-over-LAN server administration

Network Time Protocol (NTP)

NTP support for remote operations


  SNMP support from management plane
  Use of Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) MIBs
  Consistent data format across Cisco UCS Manager and standalone modes


Agentless out-of-band management

Cisco Intersight

Cisco IMC embeds a Cisco Intersight Device Connector for connectivity with Cisco Intersight. Cisco UCS C-Series M4 servers can support Cisco Intersight when the corresponding Cisco IMC version is 3.0(4) or later, Cisco UCS C-Series M5 servers can support Cisco Intersight when the corresponding Cisco IMC version is 3.1 or later, and Cisco UCS S3260 standalone servers support Cisco Intersight when the corresponding Cisco IMC version is 4.0(4e) or later.

Embedded system health monitoring

System health and configuration data

Embedded fault engine, delivering consistent error reporting through IMC interfaces

System event log

Security compliance and event monitoring and filtering

Audit log

Security compliance and filtering

Technical support data export

  Quick access to configuration information, logs, and diagnostic data
  Simpler and faster troubleshooting and resolution of technical problems

Watchdog timer

System crash recovery

Nonmaskable interrupt (NMI) generation

  Generation of NMI to x86 host
  Creation of crash dump file
  Debugging of OS crashes

RAID support

Embedded monitoring of entire RAID subsystem: RAID controller, battery backup units, SuperCap batteries, and Hard-Disk Drives (HDDs)

MAC address inventory

Inventory of all physical NIC and LOM MAC addresses

Cisco UCS VIC support

  Monitoring of Cisco UCS VIC
  Ethernet and FCoE monitoring

CPU, temperature, fan, and motherboard

  Remote status and monitoring of system health
  Run-time monitoring
  Complete system sensor data

System memory

Inventory, specifications, and health status

Predictive failure analysis

  Memory DIMM failure prediction
  Battery backup unit or SuperCap battery

Power management

Dynamic power capping

Data center power management

Power monitoring and reporting

  Power management
  Compliance reporting

Network connectivity

Single-wire connection

  Simplified connectivity when deployed in a Cisco UCS Manager domain
  Support for simplified connection with Cisco UCS VIC
  Converged fabric

Dedicated management port

Dedicated management port for installations requiring separate cable connection for data and management

Generic connectivity support

  Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) support
  IPv4 support

Shared LAN-On-Motherboard (LOM) mode

  Simplified cabling
  Management and data traffic over a single wire


Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

Cryptographic security

Secure Shell (SSH)

Cryptographic network protocol for secure data communication (including key-based authentication)

Lightweight Directory Access Point (LDAP) support

Out-of-the-box Microsoft Active Directory integration (including encrypted connection)

Role-based access control (RBAC)

RBAC for separation of concerns and authorizations in data center operation

Locally stored accounts

Capability to define user accounts locally

Power-on password

Enable password requirement at power-on or reboot

Management IP whitelist

Prevents connections from being made from unspecified IP addresses


Integration with Cisco UCS Manager

Service profile management model

  Virtual machine migration

Local language support

Language support for Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish

Management scope

Cisco IMC provides end-to-end management of all the devices in a rack server.


Cisco IMC is currently provided at no additional charge with Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers and Cisco UCS S-Series Storage Servers.

Cisco IMC is supported on all Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers and Cisco UCS S-Series Storage Servers

Why Cisco?

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For more information

For additional information, see:

      Cisco UCS Manager

      Understanding Cisco UCS Manager Service Profiles (white paper)

      Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers

      Cisco Unified Computing

      Cisco IMC Supervisor

      Integrating with Cisco IMC

      Cisco Intersight


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