The Cisco AVS is a hypervisor-resident distributed virtual switch that is specifically designed for the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and managed by the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC). Cisco AVS implements the OpFlex protocol for control plane communication.
The Cisco AVS supports two modes of traffic forwarding: local switching and no local switching. The forwarding mode is selected during Cisco AVS installation.
The Cisco AVS is supported as a vLeaf for the Cisco APIC with the VMware ESXi hypervisor. It manages a data center defined by the vCenter Server.
The Cisco AVS is compatible with any upstream physical access layer switch that complies with the Ethernet standard, including Cisco Nexus switches. The Cisco AVS is compatible with any server hardware listed in the VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL).
Cisco AVS Software Compatibility
The Cisco AVS Release 5.2(1)SV3(1.7) is supported as a vLeaf for the Cisco APIC with releases 5.1 and 5.5 of the VMware ESXi hypervisor.
Note When you choose a Cisco AVS VIB, you must choose the one compatible with the version of VMware ESXi hypervisor that you use. ESXi 5.1 uses xxxx.3.1.1.vib, and ESXi 5.5 uses xxxx.3.2.1.vib.
The following table lists the compatibility of the Cisco AVS with the Cisco APIC.
1.5.2(1)SV3(1.5i) is an updated version of 5.2(1)SV3(1.5a). We recommend that you use 5.2(1)SV3(1.5i) instead of 5.2(1)SV3(1.5a).
Limitations and Restrictions
No Upgrade from Release 5.2(1)SV3(1.5i) to Release 5.2(1)SV3(1.5b) with esxcli software vib update Command
Upgrades from Release 5.2(1)SV3(1.5i) using the command esxcli software vib update to Release 5.2(1)SV3(1.5b) are not supported. If you need to upgrade to Release 5.2(1)SV3(1.5b), you first must put the host into maintenance mode—which moves all virtual machines (VMs) from the host—remove the host from Cisco AVS, remove the Release 5.2(1)SV3(1.5i).vib file and then install the Release 5.2(1)SV3(1.5b).vib file.
No Direct Upgrade
You cannot upgrade Cisco AVS Release 4.2(1)SV2(2.3), 5.2(1)SV3(1.1), or 5.2(1)SV3(1.2) directly to Release 5.2(1)SV3(1.5), 5.2(1)SV3(1.5a), 5.2(1)SV3(1.5b), 5.2(1)SV3(1.5c), 5.2(1)SV3(1.5i), 5.2(1)SV3(1.6), or 5.2(1)SV3(1.7).
If you want to upgrade to one of these releases you first must upgrade Cisco AVS to Release 5.2(1)SV3(1.3), 5.2(1)SV3(1.3b), or 5.2(1)SV3(1.3c) and then upgrade Cisco AVS to Release 5.2(1)SV3(1.5), 5.2(1)SV3(1.5a), 5.2(1)SV3(1.5b), 5.2(1)SV3(1.5c), 5.2(1)SV3(1.5i), 5.2(1)SV3(1.6), or 5.2(1)SV3(1.7).
No Support for the Set VLAN Feature
The set VLAN feature, which allows you to assign a particular VLAN ID to an EPG for a particular VMM domain, appears in the Cisco APIC GUI; however, the feature is not supported for Cisco AVS in the following releases:
VXLAN Load Balancing and Microsegmentation with Cisco AVS Not Supported on the Same vCenter Domain
If VXLAN load balancing is enabled in the VMware vCenter domain profile, Microsegmentation with Cisco AVS cannot be enabled on the domain.
Using the Bug Search Tool
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