I heard the VSIM was going to handle updates... I ran software update from 8.0.1 to 8.1RC1 and it wrote the update to the simulated flash... version -b showed both images and the default image 8.1RC1 for next boot. However, it was unable to boot after the update. So the update works part of the way... not sure the status of fixing it or if the method is supported. I think we'll probably see an 8.1VSIM post eventually, but hopefully the ability to upgrade a VSIM like a regular controller is added (it appears to work partially except for the panic on reboot).
The software update does work in the VSIM. However, you can't use the code from the NOW site...since we are finishing up the labs for the Insight conference I had access to the 8.1RC1 image file that is for the VSIM only...internal so can't distribute which is the bad news but the good news is it does work and identical to a real FAS controller... We should see the VSIM q_image file eventually (can't imagine it won't make it on the sim site). Don't use the FAS q image from the main download page or it will panic on reboot but wait for the VSIM version and you'll be able to upgrade sims in place now instead of reinstalling eventually.
I am new to NetApp and the simulator. I have the simulator up and I selected the option 4 from the boot menu. When I try to access via https://<ip>/api I get an HTTP 500 error, Servlets not enabled. I found some information regarding the httpd and made the following changes:
options httpd.admin.enable on
options httpd.enable on
Then I rebooted the Filer. But the 500 errors persist. I found another doc which talked about re-installing ONTAP 8.1. Seems rather extreme for a packaged simulator download. Is there anything you can point me to for getting past this issue?
Oops. I guess I should have read more. Scott Gelb already answered this one - no more FilerView! At least not at this time. When you install the Simulator it displays the URL to continue configuration as https://<ipaddress>/api and does this for each interface you configured. If that has definitely been removed it should be taken out of the config to avoid confusion. In a week or so we'll see if this behaves the exact same way on an actual install. I can confirm that I have no issues accessing the simulator through System Manager. I have this simulator running under esxi 4.1 update 1 as well, but to get it into the cluster I did have to perform a conversion with the VMWare standalone converter. The 'Add to Inventory' option was grayed out when browsing the datastore directly, no matter what I tried.
I also found these two quick videos useful covering the ONTAP 8 7-mode general install within an VMWare Workstation: