Recommended Cisco Nexus 9000 Series ACI-Mode Switches and APIC Releases

This document lists the recommended Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches and Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) software releases for both new and existing deployments. These recommendations are general and should not replace environment specific design review efforts and should not override Advanced Services recommended releases if employed.

New and Changed Information

Date

Description

June 7, 2021

Added information for the Cisco APIC, 5.2 branch and Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches, 15.2 branch.

General Recommendation for New and Existing Deployments

Long-lived Release Branches

The following list specifies the current long-lived release branches:

  • 3.2

  • 4.2

We recommend that you upgrade to the latest maintenance release and patch for a particular long-lived release branch. You can download the latest Cisco Nexus 9000 ACI-Mode Switches and Cisco APIC deployments from the appropriate Cisco Software Download pages.

For Cisco APIC, go to the following page:

https://software.cisco.com/download/home/285968390/type/286278832/

For Cisco Nexus 9000 ACI-Mode switches, go to the following page:

https://software.cisco.com/download/home/285954710

Recommended Releases

We recommend that customers with new and existing Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches and Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (Cisco APIC) deployments choose one of the releases listed in the table below.


Note

If you are running a release that is prior to the Cisco APIC 2.1(3h) and Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode 12.1(3h) releases, we recommend that you at minimum upgrade to the 2.1(3h) and 12.1(3h) releases or later.

For the recommended releases of the other Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) software, such as Cisco ACI Multi-Site, Cisco ACI Virtual Edge, and Cisco Application Virtual Switch, see the Cisco APIC Upgrade/Downgrade Support Matrix:

https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/td/docs/Website/datacenter/apicmatrix/index.html


Platform Series

Recommended Software Release

Latest Tested CIMC Firmware Version

Cisco APIC, 5.2 branch

5.2(1g)

For UCS C220 M3 (APIC-L1/M1): 3.0(4l)

For UCS C220/C240 M4 (APIC-L2/M2): 4.1(2b)

For UCS C220/C240 M5 (APIC-L3/M3): 4.1(3b)

Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches, 15.2 branch

15.2(1g)

-

Cisco APIC, 5.1 branch

5.1(4c)

For UCS C220 M3 (APIC-L1/M1): 3.0(4l)

For UCS C220/C240 M4 (APIC-L2/M2): 4.1(2b)

For UCS C220/C240 M5 (APIC-L3/M3): 4.1(3b)

Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches, 15.1 branch

15.1(4c)

-

Cisco APIC, 5.0 branch

5.0(2h)

For UCS C220 M3 (APIC-L1/M1): 3.0(4l)

For UCS C220/C240 M4 (APIC-L2/M2): 4.1(2b)

For UCS C220/C240 M5 (APIC-L3/M3): 4.1(3b)

Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches, 15.0 branch

15.0(2h)

-

Cisco APIC, 4.2 branch

4.2(7f)

For UCS C220 M3 (APIC-L1/M1): 3.0(4l)

For UCS C220/C240 M4 (APIC-L2/M2): 4.1(2b)

For UCS C220/C240 M5 (APIC-L3/M3): 4.1(3b)

Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches, 14.2 branch

14.2(7f)

-

Cisco APIC, 4.1 branch

4.1(2x)

For UCS C220 M3 (APIC-L1/M1): 3.0(4l)

For UCS C220/C240 M4 (APIC-L2/M2): 4.1(2b)

For UCS C220/C240 M5 (APIC-L3/M3): 4.1(3b)

Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches, 14.1 branch

14.1(2x)

-

Cisco APIC, 4.0 branch

4.0(3d)

For UCS C220 M3 (APIC-L1/M1): 3.0(4l)

For UCS C220/C240 M4 (APIC-L2/M2): 4.1(2b)

For UCS C220/C240 M5 (APIC-L3/M3): 4.1(3b)

Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches, 14.0 branch

14.0(3d)

-

Cisco APIC, 3.2 branch

3.2(10e)

For UCS C220/C240 M3 (APIC-L1/M1): 3.0(4l)

For UCS C220/C240 M4 (APIC-L2/M2): 4.1(2b)

For UCS C220 M5 (APIC-L3/M3): 4.1(3b)

Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches, 13.2 branch

13.2(10e)

-

Cisco APIC, 3.1 branch

3.1(2v)

For UCS C220/C240 M3 (APIC-L1/M1): 3.0(3e)

For UCS C220/C240 M4 (APIC-L2/M2): 3.0(3f)

Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches, 13.1 branch

13.1(2v)

-

Cisco APIC, 3.0 branch

3.0(2n)

For UCS C220/C240 M3 (APIC-L1/M1): 3.0(3e)

For UCS C220/C240 M4 (APIC-L2/M2): 3.0(3f)

Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches, 13.0 branch

13.0(2n)

-

Cisco APIC, 2.3 branch

2.3(1p)

2.0(13i)

Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches, 12.3 branch

12.3(1p)

-

Cisco APIC, 2.2 branch

2.2(4r)

2.0(13i)

Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches, 12.2 branch

12.2(4r)

-

Cisco APIC, 2.1 branch

2.1(4a)

2.0(9c)

Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches, 12.1 branch

12.1(4a)

-

Cisco APIC, 2.0 branch

2.0(2o)

2.0(3i)

Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches, 12.0 branch

12.0(2o)

-

Cisco APIC, 1.3 branch

1.3(2k)

2.0(3i)

Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches, 11.3 branch

11.3(2k)

-

Cisco APIC, 1.2 branch

1.2(3m)

2.0(3i)

Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches, 11.2 branch

11.2(3m)

-

Cisco APIC, 1.1 branch

1.1(4m)

2.0(3i)

Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches, 11.1 branch

11.1(4m)

-

Cisco APIC, 1.0 branch

1.0(4o)

2.0(3i)

Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches, 11.0 branch

11.0(4o)

-

Deferred Releases

To see a list of the deferred releases, go to the Cisco APIC Software Download page and scroll to the bottom of the navigation pane on the left:

https://software.cisco.com/download/home/285968390/type/286278832/

Existing Deployments That Use Software Earlier Than One of the Recommended Releases

To the extent possible, Cisco recommends upgrading to one of the Cisco Nexus 9000 series ACI-mode switches or APIC releases listed previously. If that is not possible, Cisco recommends that you review the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Release Notes for the earlier release and the Bug Search Tool to determine the impact of any open caveats.

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

For information on obtaining documentation, using the Cisco Bug Search Tool (BST), submitting a service request, and gathering additional information, see What's New in Cisco Product Documentation at: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html

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