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

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

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Open Bugs for NFVIS SD-Branch Release 4.1.1

Caveat ID Number



Kepler: show version console hang


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


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


Offline device is not shown in detach table list


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


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


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


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


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


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


Fail to detach offline device


unable to close netconf session when push config


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


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


Add switch info in hardware inventory for ENCS


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


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


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


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


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


Advance Mode: Missing management interface IP variable


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


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

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