About Cisco NFVIS SD-Branch Solution

Cisco Software-Defined Branch (SD-Branch) solution is a combination of simplified hardware, software and virtualized services that can be deployed in a short time. Enterprise and service providers, are consolidating network services from dedicated hardware appliances into virtualized on-demand applications. These applications run on branch office softwares with a centralized orchestration and management. The branch office softwares eliminates the dependency on hardware for each function at the branch, simplifies configurable tasks, reduces time and centralizes operations and management. This increases the ability of operators to deploy Network Function Virtualization (NFV) services with greater speed and flexibility.


Note

Cisco NFVIS SD-Branch solution for NFVIS 4.1.1 and vManage 20.1.1.1 release, supports greenfield deployment for Cisco ENCS 5400 platform.


What's New

Feature

Description

Where Documented

Zero Touch Provisioning for NFVIS using PnP and vManage

The Cisco NFVIS SD-Branch solution provides automatic discovery and provisioning of NFVIS WAN Edge devices through the Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP) process.

Define Cisco NFVIS SD-Branch Solution

VNF packaging and virtual images repository

vManage supports customization of VNF packages to allow VNF provisioning.

Create VNF Image Packages

Network Design - intent based workflow that ganerates templates and configs

This section provides information on how to configure network design elements such as circuits, branch sites, global parameters and device profiles. You can then design your network to create and manage an overlay network topology.

Network Design

Deploy NFVIS SD-Branch

This section covers the prerequisites to onboard NFVIS WAN Edge devices, followed by the different on-boarding options and on-boarding verification.

Deploy SD-Branch Solution

Cisco ENCS 5400 Platform and VNF Monitoring

This section covers some of the common troubleshooting and monitoring steps. Using vManage, you can monitor, troubleshoot and manage the NFVIS WAN Edge devices.

Operate SD-Branch Solution

Open Bugs

About the Cisco Bug Search Tool

Use the Cisco Bug Search Tool to access open and resolved bugs for a release.

The tool allows you to search for a specific bug ID, or for all bugs specific to a product and a release.

You can filter the search results by last modified date, bug status (open, resolved), severity, rating, and support cases.

Open Bugs for NFVIS SD-Branch Release 4.1.1

Caveat ID Number

Description

CSCvp92742

Kepler: show version console hang

CSCvr52579

vManage network template allows vlan range "-" ( vlan 71 - 75) on OVS network setting

CSCvr74841

network design does not support to config static route on ENCS 5400 device

CSCvs26366

Offline device is not shown in detach table list

CSCvs54182

Dashboard-> main dashboard number of control up does not count encs control up connection

CSCvs54574

Monitor->Network->encs device-> real time -> device uptime does not show correct uptime

CSCvs71996

Enhancement: support enable/disable spanning tree per port in Network Design (ND)

CSCvs72538

When configured user name with "_", we get error in preview error

CSCvs77128

network design does not support to config default gateway on ENCS 5400

CSCvs77383

network design does not support to config global vlan on ENCS 5400

CSCvs96126

Fail to detach offline device

CSCvt22455

unable to close netconf session when push config

CSCvt28154

Scalability: Fail to push topo1 ND temaplte on 10 ENCS units in one branch

CSCvt40068

NIM info not available in hardware inventory - Support NIM API and add info in hardware inventory

CSCvt40083

Add switch info in hardware inventory for ENCS

CSCvt40088

Support to show ENCS switch interface stats in vManage -> Monitor -> Network -> [ENCS] -> Interface

CSCvt43828

UI: enforce users to enter vlaid VLAN ID range instead of remove ID(s) and allow to save

CSCvt44304

Need show color icon for "State" column and remove "Color" column in Monitor-> Network -> VNF status

CSCvt49269

ND->branchsites->create profile->only the 1st LAN interface set access mode as default

CSCvt60595

vBranch: Incorrect chart and vnic info in Monitor page for ENCS -> ROUTER_1 (vEdge) or Linux VM

CSCvt68916

Advance Mode: Missing management interface IP variable

CSCvt74754

After add new user, ALL previous AAA users' passwords are changed automatically to unknown password

CSCvt76428

ND:"Confirm" button is grayed out if select network from "New Network" instead of predefined network

Software Upgrade


Note

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


Note

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

Platform

Firmware

Version

ENCS 5406, ENCS 5408, and ENCS 5412

BIOS

ENCS54_2.9

CIMC

3.2(9.20191113183312)

WAN Port Driver

1.63-0x80000e2f

LAN Port Driver

5.04-0x800027d4

Supported VMs

The following table lists the verified versions of supported VMs:

Virtual Network Functions (VNFs)

Versions

Cisco ISRv

17.2.1

16.12.1a

16.12.1b

Cisco ASAv

9.13.1

Cisco vWAAS

6.4.3c-b-42

Viptela vEdge

20.1

19.2.1

Fortinet

v5.4.1,build9317,161003

PaloAlto

8.1.3

Riverbed

9

Checkpoint

77.30

SilverPeak

7.3.9.0


Note

Windows and Linux VMs are also supported.