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Table Of Contents

Cisco Nexus 1000V and VMware Compatibility Information, Release 4.0(4)SV1(3)

Information About Software Compatibility

Information About Cisco Nexus 1000V Software Releases

Information About Upgrading and Software Compatibility

Information About Server Compatibility

Cisco Nexus 1000V Software Release Compatibility

Host Software Version Compatibility

Identifying the Build Number on Your Host Server

Identifying the Build Number for an ESX

Identifying the Build Number for an ESXi

Available Documents

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request


Cisco Nexus 1000V and VMware Compatibility Information, Release 4.0(4)SV1(3)


Published: July 22, 2013 

This document provides the following compatibility information for the Cisco Nexus 1000V:

Information About Software Compatibility

Host Software Version Compatibility

Identifying the Build Number on Your Host Server

Available Documents

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

Information About Software Compatibility

This section includes the following topics:

Information About Upgrading and Software Compatibility

Information About Server Compatibility

Information About Cisco Nexus 1000V Software Releases

Cisco Nexus 1000V software releases are created to support the VMware host patches and updates that are available at that time. Support for VMware patches and updates that are released subsequently are bundled into a software update created for the Cisco Nexus 1000V VEM which resides on the host.

For a list of which VMware versions are supported at the time of each Cisco Nexus 1000V release, see the "Cisco Nexus 1000V Software Release Compatibility" section.

For a list of VEM software versions that are compatible with VMware patches and updates, see the "Host Software Version Compatibility" section.

Information About Upgrading and Software Compatibility

If you are using VUM, it automatically retrieves the new VMware software version and the compatible VEM software and installs both software packages for you.

If you are not using VUM, to ensure compatibility with the existing VEM software version, you can update both the VEM and VMware software at the same time as follows:

From the ESX CLI:
esxupdate --bundle=[name of updated VEM offline bundle] --bundle =[name of VMware offline update bundle] update

Example:
esxupdate -bundle VEM-4.0.0-update02-v120.zip --bundle 
upgrade-from-esx4.0-4.0_update02.zip update
 
   

From the VI Host Update Utility:
/vihostupdate --install --bundle "[path to VMware Update offline bundle]","[path to updated VEM offline bundle]" --server[vsphere host IP address]

Example:
/vihostupdate --install --bundle 
"/../upgrade-from-esx4.0-4.0_update02.zip","/../VEM-4.0.0-update02-v120.zip" 
-server192.168.1.101
 
   

Note The esxupdate command is only available on ESX, not ESXi. The vihostupdate command is available on both ESX and ESXi.


Starting with ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 Update 2 and ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 GA, binary compatibility was introduced. With the introduction of binary compatibility, it is no longer necessary to add the Cisco VIB when upgrading from one patch level to another.

For example, if you are patching from ESX/ESXi400-201003001 to ESX/ESXi400-201005001 you run the following command:

esxupdate --bundle ESX400-201005001.zip --bundle VEM400-201010405-BG.zip update

With binary compatibility, if you are patching from ESX/ESXi410-20101001 to ESX/ESXi410-201011001, you run the following command:

esxupdate --bundle ESX410-201011001.zip update

Information About Server Compatibility

The servers running the Cisco Nexus 1000V VSM and VEM must be in the VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL).

The Cisco Nexus 1000V is compatible with any upstream physical access layer switch that is Ethernet standard compliant, including Catalyst 6500 series switches, Cisco Nexus switches, and switches from other network vendors.

Cisco Nexus 1000V Software Release Compatibility

Table 1 shows the VMware releases, updates, and patches for which compatibility is built-in to Cisco Nexus 1000V software.

For information about Cisco Nexus 1000V VEM software created to support VMware patches and updates, see the "Host Software Version Compatibility" section.

Table 1 VMware and Cisco Nexus 1000V Software Compatibility 

VMware Software
Cisco Nexus 1000V Release Name
4.0(4)SV1(3)
4.0(4)SV1(2)
4.0(4)SV1(1)

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 Update 3

update-from-esx/esxi4.1-4.1_update03

Compatible

Not Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 EP3

ESX/ESXi410-201206001

Compatible

Not Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 EP2-1

ESX/ESXi410-201205001

Compatible

Not Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 P05

ESX/ESXi410-201204001.zip

Compatible1

Not Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ ESXi 4.1.0 P04
ESX/ESXi 410-201201001.zip

Compatible1

Not Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX 4.1.0 EP2
ESX 410-201112001-BG

Compatible1

Not Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 Update 2
update-from-esx/esxi4.1-4.1_update02

Compatible1

Not Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 P03
ESX/ESXi 410-201107401-SG

Compatible1

Not Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 P02
ESX/ESXi 410-201104401-SG

Compatible1

Not Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 Update 1
ESX/ESXi 410-201101201-SG

Compatible1

Not Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 EP1
ESX/ESXi 410-201011401-BG

Compatible1

Not Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 P01
ESX/ESXi 410-201010401-SG

Compatible1

Not Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 GA

Compatible1

Not Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P-12

ESX/ESXi400-201209001

Compatible

Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 EP-8

ESX/ESXi400-201206001

Compatible

Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi400-EP-7

ESX/ESXi400-201205001

Compatible

Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P11

ESX/ESXi400-201203001

Compatible

Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 Update 4
update-from-esx/esxi4.0-4.0_update4

Compatible

Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 Update 3
ESX/ESXi upgrade from esx4.0-u1/u2 to u3

Compatible

Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 EP05
ESX/ESXi400-201104401-SG

Compatible

Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P10
ESX/ESXi400-201110401

Compatible

Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P09
ESX/ESXi400-201103401

Compatible

Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P08
ESX/ESXi400-201101401

Compatible

Compatible

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P07
ESX/ESXi400-201009401

Compatible

Compatible1

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 Update 2
ESX/ESXi 400-201006201

Compatible1

Compatible1

Not Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P06
ESX/ESXi400-201005401-SG

Compatible1

Compatible

Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P05
ESX400/ESXi400-201003001

Compatible2

Compatible

Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P04
ESX400/ESXi400-201002001

Compatible2

Compatible

Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P03
ESX400/ESXi400-200912001

Compatible2

Compatible

Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 Update 1
ESX/ESXi400-VEM-200909001

Compatible2

Compatible2

Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P02
ESX/ESXi-VEM-200911014

Compatible2

Compatible2

Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 EP01
ESX/ESXi400-VEM-200907001

Compatible2

Compatible2

Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P01
ESX/ESXi400-VEM-200906001

Compatible2

Compatible2

Compatible

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 GA

Compatible2

Compatible2

Compatible2

1 These VIB packages need to be downloaded from cisco.com or the VMware website.

2 Cisco Nexus 1000V VIB is available in the VSM home page http://<vsm_ip>.


Host Software Version Compatibility

Table 2 lists the compatible host software versions for VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 and the Cisco Nexus 1000V VEM for Release 4.0(4)SV1(3).

Table 3 lists the compatible host software versions for VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 and the Cisco Nexus 1000V VEM for Release 4.0(4)SV1(3).

For information about which VMware updates and patches have compatibility built-in to Cisco Nexus 1000V software releases, see the "Cisco Nexus 1000V Software Release Compatibility" section.


Note If you are upgrading VEMs using a Cisco Nexus 1000V software bundle, see the "Information About Upgrading and Software Compatibility" section.


Table 2 Host Software Version Compatibility for ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 

VMware Software Version
Host Build 1
VIB Version 2
VEM Bundle 3
Minimum Required Version
vCenter Server
Update Manager
vSphere CLI

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 Update 3

update-from-esx/esxi4.1-4.1_update03

800380

cross_cisco-vem-v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-2.0.21.vib

VEM410-201007121-BG(Online)

VEM410-201007121.zip(Offline)

799345

816769

254719

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 EP3

ESX/ESXi410-201206001.zip

721871

cross_cisco-vem-v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-2.0.21.vib

VEM410-201007121-BG(Online)

VEM410-201007121.zip(Offline)

491557

493048

254719

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 EP2-1

ESX/ESXi410-201205001.zip

702113

cross_cisco-vem-v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-2.0.21.vib

VEM410-201007121-BG(Online)

VEM410-201007121.zip(Offline)

491557

493048

254719

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 P05

ESX/ESXi410-201204001.zip

659051

cross_cisco-vem-v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-2.0.21.vib

VEM410-201007121-BG(Online)

VEM410-201007121.zip(Offline)

491557

493048

254719

ESX/ ESXi 4.1.0 P04
ESX/ESXi 410-201201001.zip

582267

cross_cisco-vem-v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-2.0.21.vib

VEM410-201007121-BG

(Online and Offline)

491557

493048

254719

ESX 4.1.0 EP2
ESX410-201112001-BG

538358

cross_cisco-vem-v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-2.0.21.vib

VEM410-201007121-BG
(Online and Offline)

258902

256596

254719

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 Update 2
update-from-esx/esxi4.1-4.1_update02

502767

cross_cisco-vem-v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-2.0.21.vib

VEM410-201007121-BG(Online)

VEM410-201007121.zip(Offline)

491557

493048

254719

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 P03
ESX/ESXi 410-201107401-SG

433742

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-2.0.21vib

VEM410-201007121-BG
(Online and Offline)

345043

341095

254719

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 P02
ESX/ESXi410-201104401-SG

381591

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-2.0.21vib

VEM410-201007121-BG
(Online and Offline)

345043

341095

254719

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 Update 1
ESX/ESXi410-201101201-SG

348481

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-2.0.21vib

VEM410-201007121-BG
(Online and Offline)

345043

341095

254719

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 EP1
ESX/ESXi410-201011401-BG

320092
320137

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-2.0.21vib

VEM410-201007121-BG
(Online and Offline)

258902

256596

254719

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 P01
ESX/ESXi410-201010401-SG

320092

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-2.0.21vib

VEM410-201007121-BG
(Online and Offline)

258902

256596

254719

ESX/ESXi 4.1.0 GA

260247

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-2.0.21.vib

VEM410-201007121-BG
(Online and Offline)

258902

256596

254719

1 After installing VMware patches, verify the ESX software build number on the ESX server console. For more information, see the "Identifying the Build Number on Your Host Server" section

2 VIB files are available at http://www.vmware.com/patch/download.

3 VMware bundled software updates require placing the host in maintenance mode.


Table 3 Host Software Version Compatibility for ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 

VMware Software Version
Host Build 1
VIB Version 2
VEM Bundle 3
Minimum Required Version
vCenter Server
Update Manager
vSphere CLI

ESX/ESXi400-P-12

ESX/ESXi400-201209001.zip

787047

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-1.20.21vib

VEM400-201006021-BG(Online)

VEM400-201006021.zip(Offline)

496403

502336

253290

385281

387643

253290

258672

264019

253290

208111

282702

253290

ESX/ESXi400-EP-8

ESX/ESXi400-201206001.zip

721907

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-1.20.21vib

VEM400-201006021-BG (Online)

VEM400-201006021.zip(Offline)

496403

502336

253290

385281

387643

253290

258672

264019

253290

208111

282702

253290

ESX/ESXi400-EP-7

ESX/ESXi400-201205001.zip

702116

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-1.20.21vib

VEM400-201006021-BG (Online)

VEM400-201006021.zip(Offline)

496403

502336

253290

385281

387643

253290

258672

264019

253290

208111

282702

253290

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P11

ESX/ESXi400-201203001

660575

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-1.20.21vib

VEM400-201006021-BG

(Online & Offline)

258672

264019

253290

208111

282702

198790

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 Update 4

update-from-esx/esxi4.0-4.0_update4

504850

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-1.20.21vib

VEM400-201006021-BG(Online)

VEM400-201006021.zip(Offline)

496403

502336

253290

385281

387643

253290

258672

264019

253290

208111

282702

253290

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 Update 3
ESX/ESXi upgrade from esx4.0-u1/u2 to u3

398348

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-1.20.21vib

VEM400-201006021-BG
(Online & Offline)

385281

3876434

253290

2586724

2640194

253290

208111

282702

198790

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 EP05
ESX/ESXi400-201104401

392990

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-1.20.21vib

VEM400-201006021-BG
(Online & Offline)

2586724

2640194

253290

208111

282702

198790

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P10
ESX/ESXi400-201110401

480973

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-1.20.21vib

VEM400-201006021-BG
(Online & Offline)

2586724

2640194

253290

208111

282702

198790

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P09
ESX/ESXi400-201103401

360236

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-1.20.21vib

VEM400-201006021-BG
(Online & Offline)

2586724

2640194

253290

208111

282702

198790

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P08
ESX/ESXi400-201101401

332073

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-1.20.21vib

VEM400-201006021-BG
(Online & Offline)

2586724

2640194

253290

208111

282702

198790

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P07
ESX/ESXi400-201009401

294855

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-1.20.21.vib

VEM400-201006021-BG
(Online & Offline)

2586724

2640194

253290

208111

282702

198790

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 Update 2
ESX/ESXi 400-201006201

261974

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-1.20.21.vib

VEM400-201006021-BG
(Online & Offline)

2586724

2640194

253290

208111

282702

253290

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P06
ESX/ESXi400-201005401-SG

256968

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-1.13.2.vib

VEM400-201005021-BG

208111

282702

198790

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P05
ESX400/ESXi400-201003001

244038

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-1.12.2.vib

VEM400-201004109-BG (Online)

VEM400-201004028-BG (Offine)

208111

282702

198790

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P04
ESX400/ESXi400-201002001

236512

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-1.11.2.vib

VEM400-201004108-BG (Online)

VEM400-201004027-BG (Offline)

208111

282702

198790

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P03
ESX400/ESXi400-200912001

219382

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-1.10.2.vib

VEM400-201004107-BG (Online)

VEM400-201004026-BG (Offline)

208111

282702

198790

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 Update 1
ESX/ESXi400-VEM-200909001

208167

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-1.9.2.vib

VEM400-201004106-BG (Online)

VEM400-201004025-BG (Offline)

208111

282702

198790

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 P02
ESX/ESXi-VEM-200911014

193498

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-0.7.2.vib

VEM400-201004105-BG (Online)

VEM400-201004024-BG (Offline)

162856

162871

161974

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 EP01
ESX/ESXi400-VEM-200907001

181792

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-0.6.2.vib

VEM400-201004104-BG (Online)

VEM400-201004023-BG (Offline)

162856

162871

161974

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0P01
ESX/ESXi400-VEM-200906001

175625

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-0.5.2.vib

VEM400-201004103-BG (Online)

VEM400-201004022-BG (Offline)

162856

162871

161974

ESX/ESXi 4.0.0 GA

164009
171294

cross_cisco-vem_v120-4.0.4.1.3.0.0-0.4.2.vib

VEM400-201004102-BG (Online)

VEM400-201004021-BG (Offline)

162856

162871

161974

1 After installing VMware patches, verify the ESX software build number on the ESX server console. For more information, see the "Identifying the Build Number on Your Host Server" section

2 VIB files are available at http://www.vmware.com/patch/download.

3 VMware bundled software updates require placing the host in maintenance mode.

4 If you upgrade/install your vCenter Server to Update 2 VC and VUM (build# 258672, 264019), then you do not need the VUM U1 Patch2 (build# 282702). Previous Update 2 VUM version 256163 is fully supported as is 264019.


Identifying the Build Number on Your Host Server

This section includes the following procedures:

"Identifying the Build Number for an ESX" procedure

"Identifying the Build Number for an ESXi" procedure

Identifying the Build Number for an ESX

To obtain the ESX build number that corresponds to your VMware software release, enter the following command at the shell prompt:

rpm -qa | grep vmkernel | awk -F. '{print $5}'

Example:
[root@hostname ~] # rpm -qa | grep vmkernel | awk -F. '{print $5}'
236512
 
   

Identifying the Build Number for an ESXi

To obtain the ESXi build number that corresponds to your VMware software release, enter the following command at the shell prompt:

vmware -v

Example:
~ # vmware -v
VMware ESXi 4.0.0 build-236512
 
   

Available Documents

This section lists the documents used with the Cisco Nexus 1000 and available on Cisco.com at the following url:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps9902/tsd_products_support_series_home.html

General Information

Cisco Nexus 1000V Documentation Roadmap, Release 4.0(4) SV1(3)

Cisco Nexus 1000V Release Notes, Release 4.0(4)SV1(3)

Cisco Nexus 1000V Compatibility Information, Release 4.0(4)SV1(3)

Cisco Nexus 1010 Management Software Release Notes, Release 4.0(4)SP1(1)

Install and Upgrade

Cisco Nexus 1000V Software Installation Guide, Release 4.0(4)SV1(3)

Cisco Nexus 1000V Software Upgrade Guide, Release 4.0(4)SV1(3)

Cisco Nexus 1000V VEM Software Installation and Upgrade Guide, Release 4.0(4)SV1(3)

Cisco Nexus 1010 Virtual Services Appliance Hardware Installation Guide

Configuration Guides

Cisco Nexus 1000V License Configuration Guide, Release 4.0(4)SV1(3)

Cisco Nexus 1000V Getting Started Guide, Release 4.0(4)SV1(3)

Cisco Nexus 1000V High Availability and Redundancy Configuration Guide, Release 4.0(4)SV1(3)

Cisco Nexus 1000V Interface Configuration Guide, Release 4.0(4)SV1(3)

Cisco Nexus 1000V Layer 2 Switching Configuration Guide, Release 4.0(4)SV1(3)

Cisco Nexus 1000V Port Profile Configuration Guide, Release 4.0(4)SV1(3)

Cisco Nexus 1000V Quality of Service Configuration Guide, Release 4.0(4)SV1(3)

Cisco Nexus 1000V Security Configuration Guide, Release 4.0(4)SV1(3)

Cisco Nexus 1000V System Management Configuration Guide, Release 4.0(4)SV1(3)

Cisco Nexus 1010 Software Configuration Guide, Release 4.0(4)SP1(1)

Programming Guide

Cisco Nexus 1000V XML API User Guide, Release 4.0(4)SV1(3)

Reference Guides

Cisco Nexus 1000V Command Reference, Release 4.0(4)SV1(3)

Cisco Nexus 1000V MIB Quick Reference

Cisco Nexus 1010 Command Reference, Release 4.0(4)SP1(1)

Troubleshooting and Alerts

Cisco Nexus 1000V Troubleshooting Guide, Release 4.0(4)SV1(3)

Cisco Nexus 1000V Password Recovery Guide

Cisco NX-OS System Messages Reference

Network Analysis Module Documentation

Cisco Network Analysis Module Software Documentation Guide, 4.2

Cisco Nexus 1000V NAM Virtual Service Blade Installation and Configuration Guide

Network Analysis Module Command Reference Guide, 4.2

User Guide for the Cisco Network Analysis Module Virtual Service Blades, 4.2

Cisco Network Analysis Module Software Release Notes, 4.2

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

For information about obtaining documentation, submitting a service request, and gathering additional information, see the monthly What's New in Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation, at:

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