About the Unmanaged Mode
The Layer 4 to Layer 7 service insertion feature enables an administrator to insert one or more services between two endpoint groups. The Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) allocates the fabric resources (VLANs) for the services and programs fabric (leaf switches) and service appliances as per the configuration specified in the service graph. The APIC requires the device package for a service to be able to use it as part of the service graph. The APIC also programs the service appliance during graph instantiation.
You might want the APIC to allocate only the network resources for the service graph and program only the fabric side during graph instantiation. This might be needed for various reasons, such as if your environment already has an existing orchestrator or a dev-op tool that is more suitable for programming the service appliance. In some other cases, the device package for the service appliance is not available.
The unmanaged mode for services enables you to choose the APIC's behavior for allocating network resources and programming the fabric. When enabled, the unmanaged mode restricts the APIC to allocate only the network resources for a service appliance and to program only the fabric (leaf). The configuration of the device is left to be done externally by you.