Cisco Fabric Manager Install Walkthrough

Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Cisco, Hardware, SAN Fabric | 2 comments

Security:  a necessity for all the right reasons.  But it can play hell with the installation of those much-needed applications.  Recently, during the implementation for a customer, a number of Cisco Nexus series switches have been deployed into fresh new environments, ready to allow for connectivity into new virtualized environments.  During the Fabric Manager install, we ran into a number of challenges during the install and I thought it would be helpful to capture the steps that we took.  These steps should work in just about any environment.

The Windows 2008 x64 image being used for the basis of the install for the application servers (vCenter, Fabric Manager and Netapp utilities server, etc) is very security focused, and as such, can be a real pain for application installs.  In this case, for Fabric Manager (version 5.0.4b), we did the following:

1)      Unzip Fabric Manager, and double click your way into the software folder

2)      Install Java from jre-1_5_0_11-windows-i586-p.exe by right clicking and choosing Run as Administrator.  One thing of note:  this was a fresh install and did not have an existing install of Java.  As I’m sure we all know how fussy Java can be, I would recommend this being installed in a location that does not require any additional Java-oriented applications

3)      Once installed, I had to put the java bin folder into the PATH for the server, else I could not get the Fabric Manager installer to run correctly.  (this is the path: C:Program Files (x86)Javajre1.5.0_11bin)

4)      Next, head into the postres folder (located in the software folder, same as the java installer), then the Windows folder and run postgresql-8.2.msi. This will install the Postgres database that will be used for Fabric Manager.  During the install, we accepted the default components, then set the password for the service that it would run as (you can choose the name, the default is postgres).  This will also create the account for you as part of this process:

5)      Next you will be able to give the superuser account for Postgres a password, and remain the account should you want to.  You should also set the locale (English, United States in our case):

6)      The procedural languages selection is fairly straightforward, as only PL/pgsql is available as a choice.

7)      For the enable contrib modules, I leave the default selected (Adminpack.)

8)      The install should continue and complete.  When it is done, we need to now create the database that will be used for Fabric Manager

9)      Launch pgAdmin III from the start menu:

10)   On initial launch, you will see it the admin gui is disconnected from the default postgres instance.  Right click and choose Connect, then enter your password you created during install:

11)   To create a database for Fabric Manager, right click on the default instance and select New Database:

12)   You can name the database whatever you prefer, but make sure to set the Owner to the user postgres:

13)   Now it’s time to launch the fabric manager installer (finally, right?).  You can do so from the start.html .  Don’t worry if you get an unsupported environment pop up, just hit okay and choose a Custom install

14)   We went with the Standalone install, and when the Database Options appears, make sure to select Use Existing DB, set the DB superuser account (postgres by default) and the password that you set during the install for Postgressql, and set the DB URL to have the name of the database you created in place of “dcmdb”

15)   Set the local fabric manager user (defaults to admin, we used fmadmin) and set the password:

16)   For the Authentication Options, since these are standalone installs, the mode we are using is Local

17)   And for Configuration Options, we check both the “Use FC Alias as fabric default” and “Require SNMPv3 and disable SNMPv2c for increased security”.

At this point, you should get the Fabric Manager and Device Manager icons on your desktop, and you should be all ready to go.  Hopefully this will help should you try the Express install and run afoul of the many issues of security that can come up during application installs.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design


  1. Excellent job documenting this persnickety software…

  2. Holy blog revival batman! It’s nearly midnight and you’ve helped me get this up and running – thanks :)

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