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Cisco UCS Platform Emulator, Release 2.5(2PE1)

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 Hardware Features

Cisco UCS Platform Emulator, Release 2.5(2aPE1), adds support for the following new hardware:

     • Compute Modular Servers:

           – Cisco UCSME-1414 1 Socket Server

           – Cisco UCSME-2814 2 Socket Server

     • CPUs:

           – UCS-CPU-E31231D

           – UCS-CPU-E31241D

           – UCS-CPU-E31271D

           – UCS-CPU-E31281D

           – UCS-CPU-E52630D

           – UCS-CPU-E52640D

           – UCS-CPU-E52650D

           – UCS-CPU-E52660D

     • DIMMS:

           – UCS-MR-1X081RU-A

           – UCS-MR-1X162RU-A

New Software Features

Cisco UCS Platform Emulator, Release 2.5(2aPE1) includes the following new features:

     • Templates (pre-configured cartridges with servers on the control panel) for new modular


         – ME1414 High

         – ME2814 Medium

         – ME2814 High

     • Added TPM/TXT support for new modular servers:

         – UCSME-1414

         – UCSME-2814

Known Limitations

Cisco UCS Platform Emulator, Release 2.5(2aPE1) has the following limitations:

     • Download of stripped-down version of UCS Firmware - From UCS PE 2.2(1bPE1) onwards, only

        the stripped-down version of size less than 50 KB is available for download. The download of

        regular (non-stripped version) version is not supported anymore.

     • Recommission and decommission - Chassis and modular server recommission and

        decommission are not supported.

     • Domain Name Server (DNS) resolution - DNS resolution is not available for Cisco UCS Platform

        Emulator. All domain names must be resolved manually using a static IP address.

     • Syslog  - Cisco UCS Platform Emulator and Cisco UCS Manager integrated with Cisco UCS

        Platform Emulator does not produce a syslog.

     • Data path - Cisco UCS Platform Emulator does not emulate network data flow. The software

        emulates the functions that are necessary for the management plane.

     • XML Export in Google Chrome - The Startup Hardware Configuration user interface allows you

        to save the XML-formatted hardware configuration to a local computer. This is the client

        computer that is running the browser. To save the file, click Export Configuration to XML File >

        Save as… and then save the XML text to a local file. However, If you are using Google Chrome,

        you must save the file as a .txt file. If you save the file in another format such as .xml, Google

        Chrome adds unnecessary HTML tags in the saved file produces an incorrect XML format.

     • Microsoft Internet Explorer - Microsoft Internet Explorer does not support the Cisco UCS

        Platform Emulator Model Object Browser and Start-up Inventory features. To use these features,

        you must use a Mozilla-compatible browsers such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Internet

        Explorer Version 8.0 and later supports other Cisco UCS Platform Emulator features.

     • Cut-through interfaces - Cut-through interfaces to equipment such as IPMI and SNMP, are not

        supported. Servers in a Cisco UCS domain contain integrated management controllers (CIMCs),

        each of which supports an IPMI interface. The fabric interconnect components of Cisco UCS

        support an SNMP interface. However, because both fabric interconnects and CIMC are

        considered to be endpoints of the Cisco UCS management system, these interfaces are cut-

        through interfaces that bypass Cisco UCS Manager, the central management system.

     • Serial over LAN, FTP, TFTP, Telnet -  Similarly to SNMP and IPMI interfaces, serial over LAN,

        TFTP, FTP, and Telnet access (through user-facing or management-plane-facing Ethernet

        interfaces) is not available because they bypass the management software and are considered

        cut-through access. SSH is supported only to the Cisco UCS Platform Emulator management IP

        through the config user for Cisco UCS Manager CLI access.

     • Keyboard/Video/Mouse (KVM) -  KVM is a cut-through interface. Cisco UCS Platform Emulator

        does not support KVM because there are no physical servers attached to the emulation system

        to which KVM could connect. Launching the KVM console does not display an error message.

        Emulation of high-availability failover— No failover scenario is supported. If one management

        process dies, the other does not take over.

     • AAA-based authentication (LDAP, RADIUS, TACACs) - In emulation mode, Cisco UCS

        Manager accepts security configuration changes, but does not enforce local or remote password

        authentication. Any username and password combination can successfully log in to the Cisco UCS

        Manager GUI with administrator privileges. If a local user is created with a role and locale, Cisco

        UCS Platform Emulator enforces role, privilege, and locale definitions for the user logging in,

        allowing an end user to test how roles, privileges, and locales function in Cisco UCS Manager.

     • Remote monitoring (SNMP, Syslog, Call Home, Smart Call Home) - Cisco UCS Platform

        Emulator does not support remote monitoring of Cisco UCS Manager on any interface except the

        Cisco UCS Manager XML API. You can configure SNMP (traps or gets), local or remote syslog,

        Call Home, and Smart Call Home remote monitoring in Cisco UCS Platform Emulator but you

        cannot send or query data through those interfaces.

     • Cisco UCS Manager database backup and restore - Cisco UCS Platform Emulator does not

        support full- state back up or restore configurations from within Cisco UCS Manager. If a user

        imports a system backup which consists of switch configurations such as VLAN, CallHome, and so

        on, the import operation fails.

     • Capability catalog - Cisco UCS Platform Emulator does not support updating the capability

        catalog in Cisco UCS Manager. Cisco UCS Platform Emulator supports only the original capability


     • Hardware changes - The following list describes the hardware changes:

        – Cisco UCS Platform Emulator does not support adding or removing hardware, such as servers,

        chassis, I/O modules, and power supplies, dynamically in the Cisco UCS Platform Emulator

        control panel. Adding, modifying, or removing hardware in the Cisco UCS Platform Emulator

        startup hardware configuration requires you to restart the Cisco UCS Platform Emulator

        application software.

NOTE: From UCS PE 2.2(1bPE1) onwards, UCS PE supports uploading the B-Series and C-Series server firmware bundles.  Because of the large file sizes of the firmware bundles, UCS PE only supports uploading of only the stripped-down versions (attached to this document), which includes only the firmware metadata but not the actual firmware itself in the binaries.  The stripped-down version of the firmware bundles which contain metadata only of the B-series and C-series server firmware is reduced to approximately 50 kB in size.

     • Download UCSPE Firmware Bundles:  UCS Platform Emulator Firmware Bundles (includes firmware meta-data only)

Community Member

I have tried three versions fo UCS to download, but It always aborts in the beginning and the bit rate is very low no matter what type of connection I use. Could you please upload it via google drive for example. Thank's in advance.

beausoleil stephane

Hi Jason,

is there a strip down version of the 3.1a infra firmware we can download and install on the emulator?

and is that supported?

we are planning to upgrade to 3.1a and want to try it in the emulator first.



Community Member

Always download breaking in middle. Tried different connectivity but nothing works


I just downloaded with no issue.

I have seen this happen on other download sites where the file being downloaded becomes corrupted in an ISP's caching server.  As a result, multiple attempts to download the file always result in a failure from the cache server.  Moving to a different location to obtain a link through a different ISP, for example trying to download from a coffee shop, has allowed a successful download.  I do not know if that is the issue here, but it may be worth a try.


Pleaase pleeaaase change wherever you are hosting this. I have been trying to download it for a month now!!!

Cisco Employee
Cisco Employee

Is it possible for you to try the 3.1 emulator?  There are alternate locations for download posted to that are available on the 3.1 and later emulator pages (Cisco UCS Platform Emulator 3.1(1ePE1) Downloads as a direct path from 2.5 or Cisco UCS Platform Emulator 3.1(2ePE1) if you can move to the latest UCSM).

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