Cisco UCS Platform Emulator (2.2(4b))
New Hardware Features
Cisco UCS Platform Emulator Release 2.2(4bPE1), adds support for the following new hardware:
• Added support for the following network adapters:
• New Fabric Extender N2K-C2232TM-E-10GE added
• Added the following new templates containing UCSC-MLOM-C10T-02 and UCSC-PCIE-C10T-02
• Changes to the Cisco UCS Platform Emulator VM Console:
– Modifications to the VM Console login
– Modifications to the VM Console Options Menu
– Modifications to the Network Settings
– Modifications to the System Settings
– More details added to the Status Summary display
New Software Features
Cisco UCS Platform Emulator, Release 2.2(4bPE1) includes the following new features:
• Added support for the following storage profile operations:
– Creation of a Logical Unit Number (LUN)
– Deletion of a LUN
– Modification to a LUN
– Hot Spare addition
– Removal of Hot Spares
Cisco UCS Platform Emulator, Release 2.2(4bPE1) has the following limitations:
• Import from XML—Adapters and storage controllers are inserted into the PCI slots of rack
servers. When an XML before 2.2(4bPE1) version is imported to the 2.2(4bPE1) setup, storage
controllers might not be added to rack servers if the storage controller slot is same as the
adapter slot. In such cases, storage controllers must be added manually.
• 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.
• Import from a running Cisco UCS system and import from XML—If you import a setup with rack
servers, we recommend that the setup is either a true high-availability (HA) or a true stand-alone
setup. If there is a mixed configuration then the import may not work.
• Recommission and decommission—Chassis and blade server recommission and decommission
are not supported. Only rack servers can be recommissioned or decommissioned.
• 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.
• Blade server discovery—When a blade server discovery is complete, performing a power
ON/OFF to boot the server is not supported.
• Blade server configuration error—A configuration error message is displayed when the
configuration includes a Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server and only the Cisco UCS 1240 Virtual
Interface Card. The error message displays “Identify Unestablishable”. The blade server
configuration will not fail if you include the Cisco UCS 1240 Virtual Interface Card and the
Cisco UCS 1280 Virtual Interface Card in the configuration.
• 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.
• Configuration of UCSC-PCIE-CSC-02 adaptor
• 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 into 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
soon, 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
• Configuration of UCSC-PCIE-CSC-02adaptor The Direct Connect Rack set up allows you to
configure the UCSC-PCIE-CSC-02 adaptor only in the SWM slot. A configuration error message is
displayed if the adaptor is connected to any other slot of the server.
• 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
• Import from Direct Connectivity set up - The following list describes the limitations:
– While importing from Direct Connect Rack set up, the Live Import feature imports only a pure
set up (Rack servers are directly connected to the switch with no Fabric Extenders (FEX) or
can have a dangling Fabric Extender (FEX) connected only to the switch). If there is a mixed
configuration then, the import may fail to work.
– While importing from Direct Connect Rack set up, the Live Import feature imports only the
UCSC-PCIE-CSC-02 adaptor connected to the SWM slot of the server. The adaptors configured
in other slots may not get imported.
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)