The Cisco NFVI
installation overview topic provides an installation map to guide you through
the procedures needed to complete Cisco NFVI installation.
Overview to Cisco
installation is divided into two processes:
Preparation—Preparing the Cisco NFVI pod hardware and
configuring all supporting applications including the Cisco Integrated
Management Controller (IMC) and the Cisco UCS Manager.
Installation—Installing the Cisco NFVI component applications
includes: Cisco Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM), Cisco Insight (Unified
Management) and Cisco Virtual Topology System (VTS) including Virtual Topology
Forwarder (VTF). The applications you install depend on your Cisco NFVI
The sequence in
which you perform Cisco NFVI installations depends on the component
applications you install. For example, if you are installing Cisco VTS, you
will install VTC, before you install Cisco VIM or Cisco Insight. If you are
installing Cisco VIM Insight, you will begin the Cisco VIM Management Node
installation, then install Insight and complete the Cisco VIM installation
through Cisco VIM Insight. If you have Cisco VIM without other Cisco NFVI
applications, you only need to complete the Cisco VIM installation procedure.
In addition to the
sequence of Cisco NFVI component installations, two other considerations are
Access—Internet access is required to download the Cisco NFVI installation
files from the Cisco NFVI download site (cvim-registry.com). If your management
node has Internet access, you can download the files directly to it. If you do
not have Internet access, you need an alternate server with internet access so
that you can download the installation files to a USB stick. You will then use
the USB stick to copy the installation files to the management node.
Configurations—Before you begin the Cisco NFVI installation, take time to
familiarize yourself with the parameters you will provision either during or
immediately following Cisco NFVI installation. Configurations are provided in
the setup_data.yaml file. If you are installing Cisco VIM and not Cisco VIM
Insight, you enter the configurations directly into the setup_data.yaml file
with a yaml editor. Examples of setup_data file (for C and B-series) are
available at the openstack-configs directory in the target install directory in
the management node. To see the Cisco NFVI data and OpenStack parameters you
Setting Up the Cisco VIM Data Configurationsand
Setting Up the Cisco VIM OpenStack Configurations
. If you are installing Cisco VIM Insight, you can run Cisco NFVI using Insight
UI wizard. For information, see
Installing Cisco VIM Insight
procedures in this guide are designed for one of several Cisco NFVI license
Basic—Includes Cisco Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM). Cisco VIM is an
OpenStack Newton release software solution with additional features and
usability enhancements tested for functionality, scale, and performance.
Standard—Includes Cisco VIM and Cisco VIM Insight. Cisco VIM Insight deploys,
provisions, and manages Cisco NFVI on Cisco UCS servers.
Cisco NFVI with
third party monitoring - Includes Cisco VIM with or without Cisco VIM Insight
based on the preceding choice with monitoring of the pod through Zenoss.
NFVI Applications—Cisco Virtual Topology System(VTS) is an optional application
that can be installed with Cisco VIM by itself and with Cisco VIM Insight.
Cisco VTS is a standards-based, open software-overlay management and
provisioning system. It automates data center network fabric provisioning for
virtual and physical infrastructure.
The following table
lists the procedures you will complete for each option. If you have purchased
Cisco VIM, you need to perform additional manual installation procedures. If
you purchased Cisco VIM and Insight, you can perform many of the Cisco VIM
manual setup and configuration procedures though the Unified management system
also called VIM Insight. It should be noted that a cloud installed through
Cisco VIM 2.2 from CLI, can be managed through Cisco VIM Insight later in the
life-cycle. However, once the VIM Insight starts managing a cloud, we recommend
you to continue using it to manage the cloud subsequently. Review the table to
make sure you fully understand the installation sequence before you begin.