Recently I started to learn Cisco UCS because VCE uses it in Vblock. I thought I would need a real server like Vblock, but to my surprise Cisco has a pretty nice emulator there, meaning anyone can play with it without a real physical server in place.
Here is the download link for the emulator. You will be asked for Cisco.com user id. Just fill an online form if you don’t have it yet. It’s fairly straightforward and quick, and I got mine within one minute.
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What I’d chosen was the Cisco UCS Platform Emulator v1.4.73034.361150.7z. From the name of the file, you know you need 7Zip to decompress the files. Again, 7Zip is a great tool to have even if you don’t intend to play with the emulator.
After being extracted, the emulator turned out to be a virtual appliance which requires a VMware hypervisor to run. I just downloaded VMware Player (you will need a VMware.com account which is free and easy to get as well.)
You can open a browser connecting to it with the IP address from the console. Note that you will need either Firefox or Google Chrome – IE doesn’t display some pages well. You can also login to use CLI. The username/password is listed in the appliance window.
From there you can start to play with the emulator. The Managed Object Browser was what I used the most for browsing the inventory tree. I will talk about it with UCS APIs in my next post. Stay tuned.