Configuring Cisco UCS Platform Emulator v2.0 on vSphere

In a previous post, I discussed the process for migrating and installing the UCS-PE v2.0 into a vSphere environment. In this post, we will look at configuring and initial usage of the environment.

Following deployment, the VM may or may not have booted with a DHCP IP address. We’ll take up the story there:

Configuring UCSPE v2.0:

1. Launch vClient and open the console to the UCSPE virtual machine.

2. The initial username and password for the appliance are: u: config, p: config. Login to the appliance using these credentials.

3. Assign a static IP address for the appliance, and configure DNS (if needed) suitable for your environment.

4. Select Option A (view / configure network settings. Enter the new information when prompted. Once the new configuration information has been applied, the appliance will shutdown and restart the eth0 interface and the UCSPE configuration services automatically, then boot the UCS Manager.

5. Once booted, select Option X to exit the configuration menu.

6. Launch Firefox, then navigate to the static IP of your appliance.

7. On the UCS Home Page, select ‘Launch UCS Manager’. Java will launch in a new window and download the application to the client. (Note: If this doesn’t happen, check you have the correct version of Java client installed).

8. At the presented login screen, login with the admin credentials in the same way as with the config user before (u: admin, p: admin). Once connected, the initial default UCS Emulator will be displayed.

9. First think to do in the new Emulator is to reset the local admin user. To do this, click the ‘Admin’ tab, then expand User Management > User Services > Locally Authenticated Users > ‘admin’. Select the admin user, then enter a new password of your choice. Click Save Changes to commit the change, then click the Exit button to end the session and re-authenticate with the updated credentials.

10. That’s it! UCS-PE is now configured and ready to be experimented with!

In the next post, we will look at options for changing the configuration of the UCS system within the emulator, and adding and removing virtual hardware.

Jeremy loves all things technology! Has been in IT for years, loves Macs (but doesn't preach to others about their virtues), loves virtualization (and does shout about it's virtues), and sometimes skis, bikes and directs amateur plays!

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