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In order to improve customer support for the Cisco Nexus 1000V, Cisco now only updates the support matrix for major and minor releases from VMware. All VMware patch and update releases are automatically supported at the time of their release. VMware guarantees compatibility with all patches and updates, and customers are not required to check the matrix for VMware patch or update support.
An easy-to-use Cisco Nexus 1000V and VMware ESX/ESXi Upgrade Utility provides you with steps to follow for your specific upgrade. It is available at this URL: http://www.cisco.com/web/techdoc/n1kv/upgrade/utility/n1kvmatrix.html.
Note For additional information about Cisco Nexus 1000V Compatibility Information, Release 4.2(1)SV2(2.2), view Understanding Cisco Nexus 1000V and VMware Software Version Compatibility.
Starting with ESX/ESXi 4.1 GA, and ESXi 5.0, 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.
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 Release 4.2(1)SV2(2.2) does not support VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0 and 4.1 release series and any earlier ESX/ESXi releases.
Table 1 shows the software compatibility for Cisco Nexus 1000V, Release 4.2(1)SV2(2.2) that are supported by VMware release.
ESXi 5.5 and later1
Table 2 lists the compatible host software versions for VMware ESXi 5.5, ESXi 5.1, ESXi 5.0 and the Cisco Nexus 1000V VEM for Release 4.2(1)SV2(2.2).
- If you are upgrading VEMs using a Cisco Nexus 1000V software bundle, see the “Information About Upgrading and Software Compatibility” section.
(VIB files are available at http://www.vmware.com/patch/download.)
ESXi 5.5 (includes patches and updates)3
In order to improve customer support for the Cisco Nexus 1000V, Cisco now only updates the support matrix for major and minor releases from VMware. All VMware patch and update releases are automatically supported at the time of their release. VMware guarantees compatibility with all patches and updates, and customers are not required to check the matrix for VMware patch or update support.Table 3 lists the vShield Manager/ VCNS compatibility version for Cisco Nexus 1000V.
VCNS 5.1.3 upgrade is not supported. However, VCNS 5.1.3 fresh install using ova package is supported. Please refer the KB article – KB 2073502.
Table 4 lists the vCloud Director Version Compatibility for Cisco Nexus 1000V.
Note For vCloud Director and VCNS compatibility please refer VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes.
Table 5 lists the supported network pool in vCD with Cisco Nexus 1000V.
This section lists the documents used with the Cisco Nexus 1000 and available on Cisco.com at the following URL:
For information on obtaining documentation, submitting a service request, and gathering additional information, see What’s New in Cisco Product Documentation at: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html.
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