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.

Resolved and Open Bugs

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Resolved Bugs for NFVIS SD-Branch Release 4.7.1

Bug ID



Device template push fail after ISRv comes up and online


vBranch: VM stuck at REBOOTING/STOPPING after VNF restart/stop (when "ip host" in add-on CLI)


Unexpected redirect to previous provisioned branch variable page on saving

Open Bugs for NFVIS SD-Branch Release 4.7.1

Bug ID



vBranch Single IP: VM is shut after upgrade/reload VM. For upgrade, VM rollback after start manually


ENCS loss control connection after push ND template to device with "dns-server" command


NFVIS 4.6/vManage-20.6.1 vBranch - Need to push config twice as vnf install did not begun on its own


vBranch: NFVIS does not roll back configuration when control connection loss after template push


After deploy Topo5 C8Kv in shut state with Error: Crypto device is not available for this deployment


Device is online. Failed to attach configuration template : internal error.


OIB DayN: "Manage Network Design" button is disabled when add service. Need wait for task completed


ND template attach Failed to load config for tenant0


ENCS GE0-0/GE0-1 showing up as either Fibre or TP when no cables connected


vBranch: NFVIS upgrade shows "Failed to establish netconf session with device" in vManage Task Log


vBranch: After provision, vEdge/ISRv Out of Sync - Failed to Sync-from Failed to connect to device


vBranch: NFVIS upgrade shows "Failed to establish netconf session with device" in vManage Task Log

Important Notes

  • In NFVIS Release 4.7.1 and vManage Release 20.7.1, the image download behavior is enhanced. Image download is part of the image configuration, and the download is a part of the service attach. Image download also supports caching and download retry. As part of the enhancement, the status of the image download and the registration can only be viewed by using the show vm_lifecycle update images command.

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 Cisco vManage software upgrade, see Cisco 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

5.4.0-5-k CISCO

LAN Port Driver




Aikido FPGA


Logic FPGA