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Cisco UCS Platform Emulator

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The UCS Platform Emulator (PE)

The UCS Platform Emulator (PE) is a version of the UCS Manager that runs in a hypervisor (VMWare, Hyper-V).  No UCS hardware is required to run UCS PE.    And the UCS Platform Emulator is completely free (Cisco.com login required).

UCS PE is designed for:

  • Running the UCS Manager GUI ---  for training on UCS, as well as providing "live" demos
  • Learning/developing UCS PowerTool, Python or XML scripts and commands.   The UCS PE exposes the same XML API as a physical UCS domain.
  • Staging and Modeling configuration changes.   With the UCS PE, you can import production hardware configuration, import production UCS configurations (pools, policies, templates, service-profiles), and then dry-run proposed configuration changes in a risk-free simulated environment that reflects your production environments.


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Beginner

Whenever I try and import my logical configuration backup from my production system I end up with a config in UCSPE that is empty.

Cisco Employee

Hi Simon,

Please note restoring full state backup from UCSM to UCSPE is not supported. All the other backups such as All-Config, System and Logical backup are supported. To import it, launch UCSM from the control panel of UCSPE, navigate to Admin tab -> Click on All -> On the Right Hand side -> Click on "Import Configuration" and browse to the back up file and import it.

From the control panel of UCSPE, we also have an option of importing the hardware config running on a live UCS system to the emulator.

Browse the IP address configured on UCSPE in the browser. Please follow the below steps mentioned,

Step 1 : In the Navigation pane, click the Emulator Settings menu tab.

Step 2 Click Start-up Inventory.

Step 3 On the Startup Hardware Inventory page, click the Import Equipment from Live UCS icon on the icon

bar.

Step 4 In the Cisco UCS Server field, enter the web link for the Cisco UCS Manager GUI of the Cisco UCS domain

from which you want to import the equipment.

Step 5 Enter a valid user name and password for the Cisco UCS domain.

Any user with read-only or higher privileges can access the hardware inventory configuration.

Step 6 Click Load.

Step 7 Restart the Cisco UCS Platform Emulator VM to overwrite and replace the existing hardware inventory

configuration with the new one, as follows:

     a) On the Startup Hardware Inventory page, click the Restart Emulator with this Hardware Setup icon

          on the icon bar.

     b) In the Are you sure you want to reset UCSM Database and Restart UCS Emulator now? field, click

          the Yes radio button.

     c) Click Reset UCSM Database and Restart UCS Emulator.

After restart, UCSPE will restart with the config similar to your live UCS system.

Regards,

Sharan Sridhar

Beginner

Sharan, I have tried the local or remote option to import a XML file, keeps failing? Any ideas?

tnx

Ron Hehemann

Cisco Employee

Hi Ron,

Which version of UCSPE are you using to import?

The XML file you are trying to import contains which type of backup? (Full-State or All-Config or System or Logical)

Regards,

Sharan Sridhar

Beginner

All-config,

I have tried ucs 3, 2.21a and now i am installing the latest 2.2 version.

When I try a backup to the local system it works also when I import this

again,

But when I try to import a customers XML file, version 2.2 (1e) is fails.

tnx for your thoughts

Ron

2014-08-22 15:43 GMT+02:00 Sharan Sridhar <community@cisco.com>:

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Beginner

All configuration back-up maded with Preserve Identities

2014-08-22 16:38 GMT+02:00 Ron Hehemann <kruikeduiker@gmail.com>:

All-config,

I have tried ucs 3, 2.21a and now i am installing the latest 2.2 version.

When I try a backup to the local system it works also when I import this

again,

But when I try to import a customers XML file, version 2.2 (1e) is fails.

tnx for your thoughts

Ron

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2014-08-22 15:43 GMT+02:00 Sharan Sridhar <community@cisco.com>:

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>> Platform Emulator new comment by Sharan Sridhar

>> <https://communities.cisco.com/people/shasridh>

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>> View all comments on this document

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I know this is an old post, but it always comes up first when I search for help with UCS PE.   I have imported a live environment, but the service profiles do not populate. They are nowhere to be found.  The tool is somewhat limited without being able to include the service profiles.  Cisco's documentation is limited, and the internet does not have much info on actually using it.

Beginner

links to 'download links' shows 404 error. please fix.

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