Thanks for the reply -
I was told that the Simulate ONTAP 7s can be upgraded easily, but the 8s are not. Is the difference between the VSIM and the mainline upgrade tgz that much different to not allow this?
I am also guessing that the internal builds are internal for a reason.
(Somehow I think this would have been easier if Netapp can put together a restricted version of ONTAP EDGE for testing purposes only)