How to Download and Use the IBM Storwize V7000 Simulator
If you want to learn more about the IBM Storwize V7000 storage system, you can download and use the IBM Storwize V7000 Simulator, which is a virtual appliance that emulates the Storwize V7000 graphical user interface (GUI) and some of its features. The simulator can help you familiarize yourself with the Storwize V7000 configuration, management, and monitoring capabilities without having access to a physical system.
In this article, we will show you how to download and use the IBM Storwize V7000 Simulator step by step.
Step 1: Download the IBM Storwize V7000 Simulator
The IBM Storwize V7000 Simulator is available as a free download from the IBM Support website[^1^]. You will need an IBM ID and password to access the download page. If you don't have one, you can create one for free.
On the download page, you will see a list of code downloads for different versions of IBM Storwize V7000. Choose the version that matches your needs and click on the link to download the simulator file. The file name will have the format IBM_Storwize_V7000_Simulator_vX.X.X.X.zip, where X.X.X.X is the version number.
The simulator file is a zip archive that contains an Open Virtualization Format (OVF) package. The OVF package consists of several files that describe the virtual machine configuration and disk images. You will need to extract the zip archive before importing the OVF package into your virtualization software.
Step 2: Import the IBM Storwize V7000 Simulator into your virtualization software
The IBM Storwize V7000 Simulator can run on any virtualization software that supports OVF packages, such as VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, VMware Player, VirtualBox, or KVM. In this article, we will use VMware Workstation as an example.
To import the IBM Storwize V7000 Simulator into VMware Workstation, follow these steps:
Open VMware Workstation and click on File > Open.
Browse to the folder where you extracted the simulator zip archive and select the file IBM_Storwize_V7000_Simulator_vX.X.X.X.ovf. Click on Open.
A dialog box will appear with some information about the virtual machine. You can change the name and location of the virtual machine if you want. Click on Import.
The import process will take some time depending on your system performance. When it is done, you will see the virtual machine listed in VMware Workstation.
Step 3: Start and configure the IBM Storwize V7000 Simulator
To start the IBM Storwize V7000 Simulator, select it in VMware Workstation and click on Power on this virtual machine. The simulator will boot up and display a login prompt. The default username is root and the default password is passw0rd.
After logging in, you will need to configure some basic settings for the simulator, such as IP address, hostname, date and time, etc. You can use the setupnet command to configure the network settings and the setupsys command to configure the system settings. For more details on these commands, refer to the simulator documentation[^1^].
You can also use the v7k_simulator_config.sh script to configure some advanced settings for the simulator, such as enabling compression, encryption, remote copy services, etc. For more details on this script, refer to the simulator documentation[^1^].
Step 4: Access and use the IBM Storwize V7000 Simulator GUI 061ffe29dd