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Cisco IMC Emulator for Standalone C-Series Rack Servers


The Cisco IMC Emulator allows users to familiarize themselves with Cisco’s UCS Standalone Management platform, also known as the Cisco Integrated Management Controller (Cisco IMC). It provides access to all three management interfaces Cisco offers today – WebUI, CLI, and the XMLAPI. The Cisco IMC Emulator is supported on the following servers: C220M4, C240M4, C460M4.


The emulator enables users to do the following:


  • View and explore the available Cisco IMC features without the need for physical HW. For example, experiencing the new HTML5 based WebUI that launched with Cisco IMC 3.0(1c) firmware.
  • Become familiar with select Cisco UCS hardware and standalone management solutions before purchasing equipment.
  • Set up automation scripts / programmatic deployments using the XML API. This can save time for our customers.


Current Release 3.0(3f):


The latest release of the Cisco IMC Platform Emulator brings the following changes:


- Emulator is now bundled as an OVA for seamless deployment, eliminating the requirements for pre-configured Linux hosts

- Emulator now has multi-threaded QEMU support, allowing for faster interaction via the API, and overall performance increase

- ZIP file includes individual platform versions if deploying a VM is not possible. These can be run inside RHRL 7.0/CentOS 6.5 and have the same prerequisites as the initial release.


**User Guide for current release is posted in the Attachments section below. The OVA/ZIP files can be found on Box:


Cisco IMC Emulator Downloads - Box




Previous Releases


Release 3.0(3a)


Cisco IMC Platform Emulator – version 3.0(3a). This release adds many new features, including the following:


- VIC Configuration

- BIOS Configuration

- WebUI based Emulator configuration (previously, this was CLI only)

- Configurable IMC Emulator MAC Address and Serial Number

- Various bug fixes


The Cisco IMC Platform Emulator is now bundled into a single .zip file. The package needs to be unpacked as before, and uses a “” script in the root directory (cimc_emulator-3.0.3a) to launch the emulator. Individual platforms can still be accessed using the CLI by navigating to cimc_emulator-3.0.3a\prod\<desired platform>. Please reference the latest user guide for additional details.

You can access the Cisco IMC Emulator platform images from the link below:


Cisco IMC Emulator - Box


The user guide can be found as part of the .zip file and is also posted below.



Initial Release 3.0(1c):

The emulator runs from a 64bit linux host, and was tested with RHEL 7.0 and CentOS 6.5.  When using Windows, you must ensure Virtual Box software is installed, and an appropriate 64 bit linux OS is provided. The host machine must have the tunctl and brctl commands to create the tap network and the bridge network, respectively (these are used for accessing/communicating with the emulated IMC). There is also a configuration file that can be modified in real time, and allows users to adjust various IMC sensor values, mimic faults, and perform device state changes.


The video below provides an overview of the Cisco IMC Emulator and also explains how to install the utility.



Video Link : 16038


This next video outlines general use cases for the IMC Emulator, while also stepping through some examples.


Video Link : 16039

Cisco Employee

Is CIMC 3.1 release emulator expected in near future?
Cisco Employee

Hello - we do not have a v3.1 emulator currently.


The Box download link is no longer working. grewilki Can the current emulator version be reposted?
Cisco Employee

Hi Joseph - please try again now. Not sure what happened there, but it is back working again. Cheers!


Awesome, thank you sir.

Downloading and beginning the testing/blogging now!


It appears the download link is not working again.  Can that be fixed or is there an alternate place to download this?
Cisco Employee
I am able to reach the downloads on Cisco Box. I just replaced the link just in case, but all should be working.



I would like to download the Cisco IMC Emulator do firmware upgrade for our client but it seems the link from the post no longer valid.


Could you please post a new link?




Sorry the box link is no longer working, please kindly repost the link.


Cisco Employee
Just refreshed the links – please retry in about 15 min.
Cisco Employee

could you please repost? the link broke again. thanks!
Cisco Employee

Please try again in 10 minutes. 



The Box link has expired?

Would you enable it again?
Cisco Employee

Please give it a try again. 



Thank you for your help.

But the Box link still unavailable.

Would you check Box shared-link permission?

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