Recommended Cisco NX-OS Releases for Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches

This document lists the recommended Cisco NX-OS software releases for use with Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switches 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.


Important

Maintenance releases off of the recommended release trains can become available for download before they are recommended in this document. If a maintenance release later than what is recommended below is available for download, review the "Resolved Caveats" section in the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series NX-OS Release Notes and Cisco NX-OS Security Advisories to determine if any resolved caveats are applicable to your deployment scenario and feature set and upgrade to the later release to benefit from the incremental fixes.


General Recommendation for New and Existing Deployments

Cisco recommends that customers with new and existing Cisco Nexus 9000 Series deployments choose from the following recommended releases:

Platform Series

Recommended Release

Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switches

7.0(3)I7(6)

Note 

If you are using a Cisco Nexus 9500 switch with any of the modules that are listed in CSCvo86286, Cisco recommends applying the nxos.CSCvo86286-n9k_ALL-1.0.0-7.0.3.I7.6.lib32_n9000.rpm SMU patch to address CSCvo86286.

Type of Release

Release Number

Current long-lived release

7.0(3)I7(x)

Upcoming long-lived release

9.3(x)

Previous long-lived release

7.0(3)I4(x)*

Short-lived release

7.0(3)I1(x), 7.0(3)I3(x), 7.0(3)I5(x), 7.0(3)I6(x), and 9.2(x)**

*Cisco NX-OS Release 7.0(3)I4(8b) was the previous recommended release.

**If you need to deploy hardware or features that are supported only in Cisco NX-OS Release 9.2(x), use the latest available maintenance release for that train.


Note

PSIRT Fix Guidance: For customers on short-lived releases or previous long-lived releases, we recommend that you look at the latest available maintenance release of the Current long-lived release to get up-to-date critical PSIRT fixes.


For overall guidelines for the Cisco NX-OS software strategy, see https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/ios-nx-os-software/nx-os-software/guide_c07-658595.html.

End-of-Sale (EoS) and End-of-Life (EoL) announcements are made available as and when they happen during the product lifecycle. The landing page for all EoS/EoL announcements are linked through https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/switches/nexus-9000-series-switches/eos-eol-notice-listing.html.

Some examples of software release-specific EoS/EoL links are provided here for convenience only. Please see the preceding landing page for any new updates.

EoS/EoL Announcement

Link

End-of-Sale and End-of-Life announcement for Cisco Nexus 3000/9000 Releases 7.0(3)I2(x) and 7.0(3)I3(1)

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/switches/nexus-9000-series-switches/eos-eol-notice-c51-741290.html

End-of-Sale and End-of-Life announcement for Cisco Nexus 3000/9000 Release 7.0(3)I4(x)

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/switches/nexus-9000-series-switches/eos-eol-notice-c51-742582.html

End-of-Sale and End-of-Life announcement for Cisco Nexus 3000/9000 Releases 7.0(3)I5(x) and 7.0(3)I6(x)

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/switches/nexus-9000-series-switches/eos-eol-notice-c51-741754.html

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

To the extent possible, Cisco recommends upgrading to one of the Cisco NX-OS releases listed previously. If that is not possible, Cisco recommends that you review the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series NX-OS 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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