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advanced boot or secure boot configuration cannot be applied to the specified server There are not enough resources overall

If you are looking at this Failure Reason: advanced boot or secure boot configuration cannot be applied to the specified server There are not enough resources overall, You might have come across this error.

advance boot or secure boot configuration cannot be applied

Although the above error looks like a very generic error when you apply a service profile to a Server. Most of the on-line search takes you in the direction of making sure you are using the legacy CD ROM drive.

With the process of elimination I found that while using the Flex Flash ‘SD Card’ in Boot Option this error was trigged. once I removed the SD Card, I was able to apply the profile with out any problems.  But I wanted to use the Flex Flash with RAID-1,( SD Cards) to boot.  more info on  Cisco UCS FlexFlash Configuration of Secure Digital (SD) Card

As you might be aware that boot from SD card is a new feature introduced in version 2.2 , we then started looking at he version of UCS Manager and Firmware running on the environment. I had recently upgraded this UCS to the 2.2(1d) so that was not an issue.

We thought to double check the firmware configuration, when going through this options we create a Host Firmware Policy specifically only for M3 and just selecting the M 200 M3 CIMC and Bios with the latest version of firmware.  more info on firmware can be found CISCO UCS Firmware Update Process

Once this option was applied to the Service profile The blade started to boot up.

The only thing different to this was I had created a custom firmware on Host Firmware Policy called 2.2 firmware but ended up selected quite a lot of servers with latest version of software .. However in my UCS Environment I have only got M 200 M3.

So to fix this issue, make  sure in ‘Host Firmware Package’ make sure you have customized firmware profile for every different server you have, so that you can individually apply it to the service profile you are assign to that specific server.

Example M2 and M3 Blades we can have two Host Firmware Packages which you can add to specific Service profiles individually.

Additional resources:

If you want to learn more about the process of doing a Firmware update please checkout my link CISCO UCS Firmware Update Process

If you want to learn more about the process of doing a Firmware update please checkout my link Cisco UCS FlexFlash Configuration of Secure Digital (SD) Card





CISCO UCS Firmware Update Process

Hi All,

Recently Cisco has released yet another release of the Cisco UCS firmware version 3.0.

This version of firmware is for 6324 Fabric Interconnect and  B200 M3, C220 M3, and C240 M3 servers.updatestarted

This is released on 24-JUL-2014, you can find more details on the release notes for this firmware version:

Just to give everyone an idea there are two from of Firmware that needs to be updated on UCS system

1. Infrastructure Firmware

In Infrastructure Software firmware we update the firmware of the following

  • Cisco UCS Manager software
  •  Kernel and system firmware for the fabric interconnects
  •  I/O module firmware

2. Server Firmware

Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server Software Bundle

  • CIMC firmware
  • BIOS firmware
  • Adapter firmware
  • Board controller firmware
  • Third-party firmware images required by the new server

This also includes the firmware of Adapter, BIOSFC Adapters,  HBA Option ROM, Storage, Controller, Local Disk

Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount UCS-Managed Server Software BundleCIMC firmware

  • BIOS firmware
  • Adapter firmware
  • Board controller firmware
  • Third-party firmware images required by the new server

So,  without wasting any time these are the steps to follow:

Step One

  1. Create an all Configuration Backup
  2. Verifying HA status of Fabric Interconnects ( as we do not have any compute it should not affect us in anyway)
  3. Verifying the status of I/O Modules
  4. Verifying the Status of the Servers and Adaptors
  5. Download Firmware Images to the Fabric Interconnect.


Step Two

  1. Disable the Call Home ( Email alerts for reboot)
  2. Updating the Firmware on the Adapters, CIMCs and IOMs


If the Service profiles are configured using host/management firmware policy this will create an error and we might need to think of Plan B (If we do not get any error message we can progress with upgrade)


  1. Activating the Firmware on the Adapters
  2. Activating the Firmware on the CIMCs
  3. Activating the Board Controller Firmware
  4. Activating the I/O Modules
  5. Activating the Subordinate Fabric Interconnect Firmware
  6. Making the primary FI the Subordinate by login to FI ssh to the primary and to make it subordinate first check

# connect local-mgmt


FI-01-A(local-mgmt)# show cluster extended-state

Cluster Id: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Start time: Mon Jun 23 14:41:56 2014

Last election time: Tue Oct  7 11:54:01 2014





A: memb state UP, lead state SUBORDINATE, mgmt services state: UP

B: memb state UP, lead state PRIMARY, mgmt services state: UP

   heartbeat state PRIMARY_OK



eth1, UP

eth2, UP



Detailed state of the device selected for HA storage:

Chassis 1, serial: xxxxx, state: active

Chassis 2, serial: xxxxx, state: active

Chassis 3, serial: xxxxx, state: active


In my case as shown above FI B is the Primary so I can connect t0 FI B with hte below command .


FI-01-A(local-mgmt)# connect local-mgmt B

# cluster lead A

  1. Activating the Primary Fabric Interconnect Firmware


Step Three

  1. Listing the BIOS Upgrade Versions
  2. Create a Host Firmware Package
  3. Applying the Host Firmware Package
  4. Enabling Call Home.


Additional Notes


Prerequisite for Firmware update

Cisco UCS FlexFlash Configuration of Secure Digital (SD) Card

 Cisco UCS FlexFlash /SDCard Configuration for Booting Server Operating System.

As most of the Cisco UCS users might be aware that Cisco has now add a lot of improvements and new features on the latest upgrade 2.2(1e).

One of the feature which we have started using is Cisco FlexFlash which is an SD Card. Its fully support if you buy the SD  Card from Cisco and we can even do mirroring on the Flash cards for redundancy, we will be installing ESXi Server 5.5 on these blades after mirroring them.

So where and How to install the Secure Digital (SD) Card  ?

If the CISCO UCS B200 Blade is in the Chassis you will need to power it off and slide it out just half way through and you should find the SD Card slot on the left


cisco ucs sdcard slot

for more information on how about this can be found on the following link

As you might be aware that CISCO UCS blade is just as equal to a brick and all the configuration is done on the logical server called Service profile. you will need to create a new  / clone an existing Service profile template and modify with the below changes which I have shown below on this post.

You will have to create a boot policy with CD Drive (legacy ) and SD Card and Some time you may end up getting this error ‘ advanced boot or secure boot configuration cannot be applied to the specified server There are not enough resources overall ‘ if you see it follow my blog post.

I have to make you aware that if you want to use SD card with Mirroring or RAID 1 you have to create the following new policies and create a Boot policy as mentioned above.

1. Disk policy with Mirror and any configuration

















2.   We have to create two Scrub policy under policy ( you can call it any thing you want which makes you understand what configuration you have selected)

  1. Flex Flash Scrub
  2. No Scrub

So where will you find the Flex Flash Controller?

Click on the Left pan on Equipment and Select the Chassis then the Server, on the right you will find the below details

click on Inventory and select the last tab which is Storage on the Storage tab you will find FlexFlash Controller

Note: this FlexFlash is only support if you are running 2.2 (d1) firmware.


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