Cisco Network Services Manager User Guide, 5.0
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This document explains how to use Cisco Network Services Manager (Network Services Manager) 5.0 to create, revise, update, and manage physical and virtual networks.

New and Changed Information

The following table describes information that has been added or changed since this guide was first published.

Table 1 New and Changed Information in This Guide 

Date Released

November 13, 2012

Updated the text for the Network Services Manager controller to include the following requirements:

A configured device stack

Functioning connections to the engine and all devices in the stack

Network Services Manager Controller

NB API Resources

Creating Network Containers for Zones, VLANs, and Remote Access

January 9, 2012

Initial release.


This guide is for network operation and management staff who are responsible for creating, updating, and managing tenants, network containers, and other resources by using Network Services Manager technology.


This guide includes the following sections:



Introducing Cisco Network Services Manager

Describes Network Services Manager features at a high level.


Understanding Network Services Manager Concepts

Describes and explains important Network Services Manager concepts.


Using the Network Services Manager NB API

Describes how to use the Network Services Manager northbound (NB) application programming interface (API).


Working with Tenants Using the NB API

Describes how to manage tenants, network containers, and other resources using the northbound API.


Using the Network Services Manager Administration UI

Describes how to use the Administration UI.


Monitoring Status

Describes techniques you can use in monitoring Network Services Manager.



Provides hints and suggestions for troubleshooting problems.


Northbound API Parameters

Identifies parameters that can be issued via the NB API.


Defines terms used with Network Services Manager.


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Caution Means reader be careful. In this situation, you might perform an action that could result in equipment damage or loss of data.

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Related Documentation

Note We sometimes update the documentation after original publication. Therefore, you should also review the documentation on for any updates.

The following documents are available for Cisco Network Services Manager 5.0:

Cisco Network Services Manager 5.0 Quick Start Guide

Cisco Network Services Manager 5.0 Release Notes

Cisco Network Services Manager 5.0 User Guide

Open Source Used in Cisco Network Services Manager 5.0

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