on 04-29-2016 11:58 AM
Cisco UCS Platform Emulator, Release 3.1(1ePE1)
CONFIGURATION IMPORT NOTE: Importing configuration backups (All, System, or Logical) taken from the UCS Platform Emulator (UCSPE) to physical UCS Manager domains is not recommended or supported by Cisco TAC. UCSPE backups should only be imported to UCSPE domains.
New Features and Significant Changes in Cisco UCS PE, Release 3.1(1ePE1)
New Platform Emulator GUI Features
New Hardware FeaturesSee the User Guide for additional details on supported Hardware. Here is a summary of M4 and 3rd Generation Fabric Interconnect Hardware:
Backup/Import of UCSM Configuration
Firmware Management Note: UCS PE supports uploading B-Series, C-Series, and M-Series server firmware bundles. Because of the large file sizes of the firmware bundles, UCS PE only supports uploading of stripped-down versions (link below). Stripped-down versions include only the firmware metadata (not the actual firmware binaries).
Download Note: If you have issues downloading the attached OVA or Zip file, please try the following cisco.box.com links:
MD5 sums for each download:
It is a good tool but when you change something from the defaults that given, UCS Manger will not recognise other memory an CPU. Also you can not change Raid controller there is a mayor bug
The procedure for editing devices is usually the following:
1. Remove the device (or parent device) in the HW inventory. For example, if you're editing chassis components you'll need to remove the chassis.
2. Edit device properties. For example, you can change a CPU on a blade server.
3. Re-insert the device. It usually takes a few minutes for the remove and insert to be effective and shown in UCSM.
Can you let me know the steps you are doing to change CPUs/memory/controllers?
Thanks for the emulator. A future request would be to allow for the emulator to send SNMP traps outbound on behalf of state changes and hardware faults within the emulated server objects, power supplies, etc so that I can develop, test and POC an end to end monitoring solution. The documentation implies you can set outbound settings in the emulator but, I need to test an infrastructure solution and would prefer those processes be performed in a true emulator versus having to maintain a physical lab for this purpose. Thanks! Rob
We’ve added SNMP trap generation as a feature request for the Emulator, but the timeframe for implementation isn’t known. The emulator currently doesn’t have any SNMP generation capability built in so it will take some time to implement and test.
Please let us know of any other questions or comments!
What are the max number of web sessions? The same as the regular UCSM, 256?
Yes, the emulator supports the same number of connections as UCSM. Thanks for using the emulator and let us know of any other questions!
I am trying to ssh directly into the FIs, is that possible? I tried to SSH with no luck using the common user/password combos listed around, is there a trick to this?
If I use the UCSPE username/password I am dropped into the UCSPE menu screen, I need to be dropped into the CLI instead.
The behavior you mention of being sent to the UCSPE menu 1st, then having to navigate (type “c”) to the CLI is the expected behavior. If you’re scripting access to the UCSPE through SSH, you can send the “c” after login to reach the CLI (which provides the same functionality as SSH to a real FI). Let me know if there is a use for ssh that you’re not able to do with the UCSPE.
Thanks for the explanation. One more question, is it possible to use the admin username instead of UCSPE?
Unfortunately the user/password can’t be changed for console or ssh logins. ucspe/ucspe is the only valid user/password.
I'm new to UCSM emulator, what are the limitations when compared to actual UCSM
The Platform Emulator is the Cisco UCS Manager application bundled into a virtual machine (VM). The VM includes software that emulates hardware communications for the UCS hardware that is configured and managed by Cisco UCS Manager. Because the UCS HW is emulated, you cannot execute server CPU code or boot server OS images, but most other UCS Manager features are supported. Please see the release notes for each Platform Emulators versions for specific limitations.
Are these fireware bundles required to use the emulator?
FW bundles are not required to use the emulator, but are available for testing FW downloads and FW policy management.
10-4. Too bad the connect nxos feature is not available, oh well, the emulator has many features as it is!
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