Welcome to the Configuring UCS Networking Skill. In these videos, we're going to take a look exactly how we configure UCS networking. And it would be great to be able to follow along on your own equipment. Now, I know we don't all have access to our own UCS hardware.
Or maybe we do, but it's in production, and we really shouldn't make changes on it. So fortunately, Cisco made a great tool called the UCS platform emulator. And in this video, we're going to take a look at how to get access to that so that you can follow along as we go through these videos.
Fortunately as always, Google is a great friend. It can help us find whatever we need. And in this case, we can search for a UCS platform emulator. And what we're looking for is going to be the first link. Make sure that when you're clicking on it is this community.cisco.com link.
There are a lot of different versions. Let's just take the top one here. And once it loads, we have access to the download link. So in this first post, we see that there is a zip file. We're going to grab the zip file. It's going to take us to a box.com connection here.
And it's not going to be able to display the zip contents of a zip file. That's fine. We click Download, and then we just take a look from there. Now there's a second component that we need. The easiest platform emulator is a virtual machine, and we need something to run the virtual machine.
Fortunately, VMware has a free product called the VMware Workstation Player. And so while the UCS platform emulator is downloading-- which is going to take a while because it's a two gig file-- let's come out here and grab the VMware Workstation Player.
So again, we just ran a Google search VMware player download. We found it. So we will click on that. Takes us to a VMware site, and we can download the Workstation 15 Player for free. So it is for noncommercial use only. So if you're going to use this within your organization, then you should probably acquire a license from VMware.
But if it's just for your home use and you're studying and practicing up, then no need. They make it free of charge. So once you have that downloaded, we can open that up and start the installation process. So here we go. We are taken to the wizard to get this installed.
So we can read through the licensing agreement, which, of course, we all agree that we should. And we click Next. And we would want to check the box for installing the enhanced keyboard driver that will make the experience smoother. And then up to you on these options.
We can check for product updates on start. Probably not necessary, but we can do it if we want. And joining the customer improvement, again, that's up to you. You can join that or not. If you want to join it, I would read the terms. Next, we're going to install shortcuts.
Again, these are up to you. I don't usually prefer a desktop start tops-- or a desktop shortcut. So I do like it be searchable in the Start menu though. And that's it. We're ready to install. So this will go pretty fast fortunately. But rather than sit here and watch this, we're going to leverage the magic of online videos and fast forward to when it's done.
OK, and we are complete. So we simply click Finish. And we are going to need to restart our system. So you might want to make sure that that UCS platform emulator is finished downloading. So we'll say no for now. And once we have both of those, we'll be ready to keep moving forward.
So let's skip ahead to that. So now we've downloaded the UCS platform emulator, and we have the VMware Workstation online and ready to go. So what we want to do next is simply extract the zip wherever you want to put it. I typically keep it in the Documents.
In this case, we're just going to keep it in the folder here that we've got. And that's going to take a few minutes here. So we'll fast forward. No reason to sit here and watch this. OK, so now we have our unzipped folder. And we can take a look at its contents.
And we see the virtual machine file and all of its virtual disks. That's great. Next, we're going to come back to VMware Workstation Player. And we're going to open a virtual machine. We don't need to create a new one. It's already been made for us. So we're going to open a virtual machine.
And that creates this dialog for us and allows us to select-- if we navigate to the right folder-- the UCS Platform Emulator virtual machine. And just like that, it's been added to our inventory, and we can select to play the virtual machine. Now in this case, we just want to say that I copied it.
And it even tells you that. If you don't know, just say, I copied it. And we can wait for it to boot. So yes, that did take a little while. And fortunately, it's all booted now. And so we can log in. And it says right there, available login is with UCSPE, and the password is the same.
And a quick Show Status here will tell us the IP address that we can connect to, which it did sell us on the splash screen as well-- that virtual IP address. So 192.168.181.128. So we're going to point our web browser to that, and we'll take a look. So here we are at the UCS Platform Emulator splash screen.
Now the temptation is going to be for us to click on Launch UCS Manager and dive in. Right? That's what we're here for. Big blue button is calling our name. But before we do that, it's worth pointing out the equipment drop down on the left that's hiding over here.
Now we know this is an emulator. We don't have real hardware, and it virtualizes the hardware. If we fire up UCS Manager right now, we're going to see these chassis configured. We've got fexes, and rack servers-- 19 of them. So it's a pretty big environment.
And if we wanted to change that up, we could come over here and we could look at maybe chassis 42 here. We'll take a look and see. And sure enough, we have two servers. That's actually-- I'm sorry, three servers on this one. And if we wanted to add a server to this, all we need to do is click this green circle.
It says, remove chassis. I don't know why they picked a green circle to represent that. But I suspect it has to do with the status. Because once it's been removed-- and we have to wait a few moments here. It turns red. So it's no longer part of the UCS environment.
That's great. We are going to come down here. And I need to pull this up a little bit. Take a look at it. And down here, we see in this list that we've got all kinds of different servers that we can pick. So we'll just pick this B200-M4, bring it up, drop it in here.
It asks for a slot. We'll say slot five, Enter, and look at that. We've got in slot five our B-200-M4. And we just need to remember to attach it. In fact, it's not going to allow me here probably because-- yeah. The back end processes are still running.
So we'll need to wait a little bit of time before we add it back in. Let's not wait. Let's just dive back in. So let's get this readjusted. And the way we get back is we click Equipment, and we go to the UCS Manager symbol here, the three triangles. We click that, and now, yes, we can launch UCS Manager.
Now this isn't going to take too long to load. And once we do, we have the UCSPE. UCSPE as the username and as the password. So we can log in, and we have access to UCS Manager. Again, we don't always have our access to the equipment, so something like this is extremely valuable when we're practicing UCS and wanting to learn and understand.
So as we go through this skill, it's going to be important that we have this running, maybe even on the side on a second screen so that when we're looking at configuration in the videos, you can click around and make sure that you know where we are. And so again, we see that we can't power up servers.
That's the limitation. But we certainly have access to everything else-- the LAN tab. We can come in here, and we can create resource pools. We could create a MAC pool if we wanted to. All kinds of fun that we can have with this emulator. UCS Platform Emulator is a great tool for us to have.
It enables us to practice commands and to go into the GUI and learn our way around when we don't have access to the equipment. So be sure to fire it up and get ready as we go through the rest of this configuration skill. I hope this has been informative for you, and I'd like to thank you for viewing.