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Cisco UCS Platform Emulator 3.2(3ePE1)


Cisco UCS Platform Emulator, Release 3.2(3ePE1)


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 3.2(3ePE1)

  • Full scale emulation of UCS Manager 3.2(3e) which supports M5 Hardware.  Note that there are limited functional changes from the previous release and not all features present in UCS Manager 3.2(3e) are supported (see Known Limitations).
  • New default HW config with M5 servers added.
    • Additional example Hardware configurations have been attached below.  The attached UCSPE configs can be imported from the UCSPE Equipment page.
  • UCSPE is featured in a Cisco dCloud programmability demo.   The demo includes a comprehensive lab guide including the following content for the Cisco UCS PowerTool and Python SDK:
    • Overviews of PowerShell and Python programming environments with step-by-step usage instructions
    • Code generation examples including code generation with UCS Manager's HTML5 interface
    • Sample script creation and use with UCSPE

Hardware Feature Summary

Please see the Release Notes for a complete list of supported Hardware.  Below is a summary:

  • M5 and M4 B-Series and C-Series servers including HX220C and HX240C
  • Cisco UCS S3260 chassis, servers, and storage controllers
  • NVMe-based PCIe storage options

Known Limitations

  • The Platform Emulator does not support connections to Cisco Intersight to avoid the use of Intersight resources by emulated devices. The Intersight Device Connector has been disabled and the device connector menu in the UI is non-functional. You can use Intersight demo environments in the Cisco demo Cloud ( ) and Cisco DevNet ( ) to explore the Intersight management of UCS.
  • Imported configurations should be manually checked to ensure there are no missing or unsupported components.  If issues are experienced following an import, any unsupported components can be manually deleted and missing components manually added through the Equipment menu on the Navigation pane.
  • Firmware Management and Firmware Auto Install have not been fully validated in this release.
    • If issues are experienced during FW download, please try alternate methods such as API based download (e.g., using PowerTool or Python SDK).
    • If issues are experienced with FW policies, please try excluding all components from the policy.
  • AAA-based authentication (LDAP, RADIUS, TACACs)— The Platform Emulator accepts security configuration changes, but does not enforce local or remote password authentication.  Any username and password combination can successfully log into the Cisco UCS Manger UI with administrator privileges.
  • See the Release Notes for the complete list of Known Limitations.


  • The Platform Emulator does not save UCSM configuration state across Emulator resets (to avoid consistency issues in UCSM configuration and the emulator HW configuration).  To preserve UCSM state, UCSM backup and import operations can be performed.  See an example backup/import flow here: PythonSDK for backup/restore (import) of UCSM config

Firmware Management: UCS PE supports uploading B-Series and C-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 Instructions

MD5 hashes for downloads:

  • ZIP: 4B409EB4046354BA333A3AD4BFC4F15F
  • OVA: 587B64E769546E6069E9318D66968FFE
Himank Pande

Good Day team,


I am trying to import the backup.xml file from a UCSM and it does not give me anything on the Equipment list any longer:image.pngI get the following when trying to connect to a Live UCSM (I just got a new Internal CA singned Cert):

Login Issue Server Error: code -1: 500 SSL negotiation failed: :


Can you guide me as to how to resolve this or get the current configurations on my UCSM loaded on the UCSPE for configuration validation?


Himank Pande

Cisco Employee

The xml and file import actions in the UCSPE config pages are for import of UCSPE HW config files.  A backup.xml from UCSM is for the logical or system config within UCSM and the UCSM menus can be used for import operations.


To import state from a physical UCS domain, use the import from a Live UCS action in UCSPE and provide login information for the physical UCS domain:


Himank Pande

Thanks for the response here.


I get the following when trying to connect to a Live UCSM (I just got a new Internal CA singned Cert):


Login Issue Server Error: code -1: 500 SSL negotiation failed.


Do I need to Add the same CA signed cert on the UCSPE too or is there a way to bypass?


Himank Pande

Himank Pande

I am using UCSM 2.2(5b) with the latest UCS PE.. do you think that may be an issue?


Himank Pande


I am unable to download the emulator. It takes me to this link

When click on the 'Accept License Agreement' nothing happens. Appreciate if you could let me know what is going on. 


Cisco Employee
I’ve tested a download from when logged in with a CCO account. If you’re still having an issue, can you post what browser is being used and a screenshot of the browser when the download doesn’t start?

Hi Team,


I'm not sure if it's just me, but I have all sorts of issues editing the configuration, seems to be a browser issue. I've been having similar issues since 3.x and now 4.x as well. E.g. adding hardware to a server, I have to refresh the page between every item, linking adapters to FI/FEX - similar thing. 


My current issue is I can't change FI. It just sits there thinking for a while, times out and i'm left with the previous FI's configured.


Also, if I remove equipment from the config, it doesn't reflect in UCSM, is that expected? 


I feel like part of this issue is browser security or something, any advice would be appreciated.





Hi, I'm using the latest emulator in VMware workstation 12.5 however I'm unable to generate a Key Ring certificate request after following the instructions multiple times.  As you can see the Request is empty.


ucspe /security/keyring # show certreq
Certificate request subject name:
Certificate request ip address:
Certificate request FI A ip address:
Certificate request FI B ip address:
Certificate request e-mail name:
Certificate request ipv6 address: ::
Certificate request FI A ipv6 address: ::
Certificate request FI B ipv6 address: ::
Certificate request country name:
State, province or county (full name):
Locality name (eg, city):
Organisation name (eg, company):
Organisational Unit Name (eg, section):
DNS name (subject alternative name):

ucspe /security/keyring


Any ideas?  Can anyone else reproduce this issue?


I submitted a similar ticket against the 3.2 emulator and the issue doesn't seem to be resolved in the latest version.


download link does not work... returns a "bad gateway". please inform on where to download this version of the emulator. thanks

Cisco Employee
The download location still looks to be valid:


I would suggest trying a different browser or incognito window for the download to see if there is a browser related issue.
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