Cisco UCS Emulator

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 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 account which is free and easy to get as well.)

After the emulator is up running, its console window shows you its IP address as follows:

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.

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  1. Posted November 11, 2011 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    You should check out the UCSM toolkit as well if you like powershell.

    I did a post on that a while ago.

  2. Posted November 11, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Hi David, Thanks for sharing! I will check it out.

  3. Posted November 11, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Definitely check out the feature where you can import the settings from an existing system. it is MUCH quicker than hand building a new populated chassis.

  4. Posted November 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for pointing that out Josh! I will definitely try it out. It’s much quicker INDEED.


  5. Bruce McMillan
    Posted November 13, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    You should also check out goUCS which is also available at

    You will also see it mentioned within the emulator. You can use it to pull XML from a running system and place it in the emulator (or vice versa)

    Have fun!

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