3PAR simulator publicly available



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Get on with it

Onto the main business of the 3PAR simulator. Getting hold of the 3PAR simulator has been shrouded in mystery and until now the most asked question to me on Twitter was how the #/@#!!! do I get the simulator? I can now finally reveal the wait is over, and it’s publicly available from the 3PAR software depot. To make it even easier for you here is the direct link.


The previous simulator ran 3PAR OS 3.1.3, the public version of the simulator runs 3PAR OS 3.2.1 MU2. You will require a VMware environment running vSphere 5.5 or Workstation 11 or above. The process will involve creating three VM’s, two of the VM’s will represent the two nodes of a 3PAR whilst the third VM will represent the drive cages. The resource requirements for each of the three VMs is identical and fairly light:

  • One CPU
  • Three vNIC
  • 2GB RAM
  • 50GB disk space

The 3PAR Simulator requires a minimum of VMware ESXi 5.5 or above, or VMware Workstation 11 or later

What can it do?

Once you are up and running the simulator supports the following features:

  • Adaptive Optimization (AO)
  • Dynamic Optimization (DO)
  • Snapshots
  • Exporting Virtual Volumes
  • Thin-Provisioning
  • Remote copy

You can manage the Sim though all the usual 3PAR tools you would in the real world, the 3PAR Managements console, SSMC, CLI and API. You can configure the VM that represents the cages to have up to 4 cages and these contain a mixture of SSD, SAS and NL.

Steps to install

To give you a feel for the high level steps to install the 3PAR Simulator are:

1 Install the two cluster node VMs

2 Install the enclosure node VM

3 Create the private network between VMs

4 Complete initial simulator config


Have fun with it, and remember to stay in touch for more 3PAR news and tips through connecting with me on LinkedIn and Twitter.



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16 thoughts on “3PAR simulator publicly available

  1. PAGE 4 of the HP Sim Doco says “The enclosure node (esd_node_template_3.2.2.MU2) OVF package is included in the HP-3PAR-StoreServ-Simulator-3.2.2 MU2.zip” but I can only find 3.2.1 in the software depot or the download link. How did you get on??

    1. Yes the version reference flips between 3.2.1 and 3.2.2 in the release notes. The Simulator appears to be 3.2.1 MU2, I have updated the post to reflect this.

  2. Followed the procedure. Initialized the esd VM first, confdigured and rebooted. Then esd booted first, then node 0 & 1. But the user id for node0 & node 1 are not working as provided in the configuration manual. Please help

  3. I am using vmware workstation 11 on windows 10
    I using latest simulator build, downloaded on 9/28/16

    i have configured networking according to the setup documents, using vmnet4 which is mapped to a host-only and I’m configured all Network Adapters on vms(3) to use a custom VMnet4(Host-only) network. both nodes have network adapater 2 as bridged(automatic) and adapter 3 as LAN segment to ‘simulator’

    on sim_esd, I created my cage and started esd daemon.

    on node1 and node2 I ran step 1 configuration and assigned the first serial number to both.
    I rebooted both nodes.

    during reboot nodes appear to see each other, becuase if I don’t boot up node 1, node 0 recognizes that and give a message.

    so, during booting of both nodes, they get to the Eth0: link becomes ready
    node 0 will display 2 messages
    1. topology change detected. propogating
    2. port 1(eanet0) entering forwarding state

    then after that node 0 says NOHZ: local_softirq_pending 08 about a dozen times
    Node 1 says the same, but without the 2 messages above from node 0

    after that it gives me a login prompt and I get back to the menu.

    I select OOB experience

    Here are the messages from each node

    Tpd ready: node= 0, Master=0, Online=0x03, Integrated=0x00
    Create cages and start the ESD daemon before running Out of Box Procedure

    Tpd ready: node= 1, Master=0, Online=0x03, Integrated=0x00
    Create cages and start the ESD daemon before running Out of Box Procedure

    any idea, seems to be networking related.

    1. Hi Alex,

      How did you get it fixed? Mine wont go past the softirq error. I never get a login prompt so then I just type in console and it lets me put in the password, which takes me to the menu and says my configuration is good, but when I select 2 for oob it asks me to confirm with yes or no. I hit yes and it asks me to confirm yes or no. If I hit yes again, or even no, it just keeps asking me over and over, without moving on in the process. Have you experienced this?

  4. It is already a 4 of January and the license of the available 3Par simulator version 3.2.1 has expired. Does anyone know the workaround to make it working ?

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