About Cisco NFV SD-Branch Support in Cisco vManage


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Cisco Network Function Virtualization Software-Defined Branch (NFV SD-Branch) features in Cisco vManage are a collection of capabilities that allow you to use Cisco vManage as a single centralized orchestrator to manage both the Cisco NFV hardware platforms powered by Cisco NFVIS hypervisor software, and the virtualized network function (VNF) based network services that run as guest virtual machines (VMs). SD-Branch in Cisco vManage provides a three-step user experience of design, deploy and monitor that enables you to deploy networking services efficiently across all sites within your enterprise network infrastructure.

The Cisco vManage portal supports:

  1. Design - A network architect can graphically create a parameterized network design template that captures the enterprise networking standards and best practices including WAN circuits and VNF service chains.
  2. Deploy - A network operator can use the pre-defined network design templates to deploy and configure network devices and services in multiple locations in an automated and secure manner without making any design decisions.
  3. Monitor - A network auditor can monitor and manage both the hardware platforms and the virtualized network services VMs that are running on them, without the fear of making accidental configuration changes.


Cisco NFV SD-Branch features in Cisco vManage are only supported for greenfield deployments of the ENCS 5400 Series and the C8200-uCPE platforms.

What's New



Where Documented

CLI Add-On Feature Templates

You can use CLI add-on feature templates to attach specific CLI configurations to a device. CLI add-on feature templates must be used in conjunction with Network Design.

CLI Add-On Feature Templates

Open Bugs

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Open Bugs for NFVIS SD-Branch Release 4.2.1

Caveat ID Number



Need to be able to add snmp config through add on cli without an additional prefix (nfvis-snmp:)


vManage cluster: Upgrade failure.Request timed out: Client timed out waiting request longer than 60s


ND Failed with device template: Failed to edite device template if add-on CLI empty


vManage cluster: ND template push fail at VNF Install due to "not having any siteID"


vnf image automatically downloaded to detached online device after device factory reset


ND Manage network Design locked for 11 minutes if network has reachability issue when push config


vManage: Client timed out waiting for request taking longer than 60s after save ND template


ND Network page shows incorrect Interface mapping on lan-br. Should always map to int-LAN.


Out of Sync - Device is online. Failed to attach configuration template : Failed to get SSH session


Network design branch site name can not be modified


ND branch sites:previous configured segment name not show up in branch site edit page


push config Error Message - internal error Error type (fdr performed while vdaemon is coming up)

Software Upgrade


NFVIS 4.1.1 release or later on ENCS 5400 devices are supported on Cisco SD-Branch solution.

For more details on the NFVIS software upgrade, see Upgrade Cisco NFVIS.

For more details on vManage software upgrade, see vManage Software Upgrade.

System Requirements

The following resources are required for a standalone Cisco Enterprise NFVIS:

  • For a system that has 16 or less CPU cores, one CPU core is reserved for NFVIS. For a system that has more than 16 CPU cores, 2 CPU cores are reserved for NFVIS.

  • 20 GB storage


More memory and disk space are required to be added to the system, depending on VM deployments.

Supported Programs and Platforms

Supported Platforms and Firmware

The following table lists the only supported platforms and firmware for Cisco ENFV




ENCS 5406, ENCS 5408, and ENCS 5412





WAN Port Driver

LAN Port Driver

5.4.0-3-k CISCO