Subscribe to Cisco Cloud APIC

In AWS Marketplace, navigate to Cisco Cloud Application Infrastructure Controller (Cloud APIC) and then click “Continue to Subscribe” to proceed to the next steps.

View details of the product - Cisco Cloud APIC

Continue to review the details of the Cisco Cloud APIC before you continue to the configure it in the next step.

Choose the deployment options

AWS CloudFormation provides a common language for you to describe and provision all the infrastructure resources in the cloud environment. Select the fulfilment option as "Cisco Cloud APIC Cloud Formation Template” and select the software version, and the region to deploy the Cloud APIC.  

Once the desired deployment options are selected, continue to launch the CloudFormation template.

Launch the CloudFormation template

Verify the deployment options and then proceed to launch the CloudFormation template.

Locate the CloudFormation template

the Cloudformation template S3 URL corresponding to the version selected in the previous screen is auto-populated in this screen. If you wish to deploy a different version, upload the template or specify the right S3 template URL

Specify the Cloud APIC configuration parameters

In this step, we will specify the Cloud APIC configuration parameters

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You need to have an SSH key pair in the corresponding region, to be used by CloudAPIC. If you don’t have a keypair already created, create a new window of AWS management console, and create a new keypair and then proceed with this step.

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Specify the external networks that are allowed access to the Cloud APIC.

Specify the Cloud APIC configuration parameters

Specify the Cloud APIC configuration parameters and then continue to choose the optional parameters as necessary.

Specify optional parameters

Specify the optional parameters.

Specify optional parameters

Specify the optional parameters and then continue to review all the deployment options.

Review the stack creation details

Review the stack creation details.

Review the stack creation details

Once the review is complete, continue to create the stack

Stack creation progress

View events

You can view the detailed events while the CloudAPIC stack is being created.

Stack creation complete

Once the stack creation is completed, we will need the IP address that we can use to access the deployed Cloud APIC.

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This is the public IP address of the Cloud APIC.

Cloud APIC deployment completed

The Cloud APIC deployment is now complete. You can notice the public IP address of the Cloud APIC as shown.

Getting the Cloud APIC instance ready

The EC2 instance in now getting initialized.

Cloud APIC is ready

The Cloud APIC is now ready for the next steps where we will configure the DNS servers,  regions that will be managed for this particular Cloud APIC as well as the licensing aspects.

View setup summary

View setup summary

Navigate to Cloud APIC

Enter the credentials to log in to the Cloud APIC dashboard

Log into Cloud APIC

Login to Cloud APIC dashboard.

The Cloud APIC welcome screen

This is the Cloud APIC welcome screen. This screen appears when you first log into the Cloud APIC dashboard.

Configuring the DNS servers

Continue to configure the DNS servers.

Set up the DNS and NTP servers

Enter the details for DNS and NTP servers and then continue.

Start region management steps

We will now proceed to select the regions that we wish to be managed by the Cloud APIC.

Region management (cont.)

Continue to choose the desired AWS region you wish to manage.

Region management (cont.)

Continue to choose the desired AWS regions you wish to manage using the Cloud APIC.

Region setup (cont.)

Select the desired region for the Cloud APIC to manage and continue.

Region setup (cont.)

Continue to enter the Fabric Autonomous Sytem Number in the next step

Region setup (cont.)

Enter the Fabric Automation System Number which is used for BGP peering inside the cloud site and for MP-BGP EVPN peering to the other sites.

Region setup (cont.)

Under the Cloud Router Template area, in the Number of Routers Per Region field, enter the number of Cisco Cloud Services Routers that will be used in each region. In the Throughput of the routers field, choose the throughput of the Cisco Cloud Services Router. Changing the value in this field changes the size of the CSR instance that is deployed. Choosing a higher value for the throughput results in a larger VM being deployed. 

Cloud routers should be undeployed from all regions before changing the router throughput or login credentials. In the License Token field, enter the license token for the Cisco Cloud Services Router. This is the Product Instance Registration token from your Cisco Smart Software Licensing account. To get this license token, go to http://software.cisco.com, then navigate to Smart Software Licensing > Inventory > Virtual Account to find the Product Instance Registration token.

On Premise connectivity

Enter the IP address for the Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000v on-premises router, or the peer IP address for the IPSec tunnel termination to the on-premises device.

On Premise connectivity (cont.)

Enter the IP address for the Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000v on-premises router, or the peer IP address for the IPSec tunnel termination to the on-premises device.

On Premise connectivity (cont.)

Enter the underlay OSPF area ID that will be used with on-premises IPN peering

On Premise connectivity (cont.)

Enter the subnet tunnel endpoint pool (the cloud TEP) . This TEP pool will be used for all cloud tunnel end point IP addresses on premise and AWS, and cannot overlap with other on-premises IP ranges.

Setting up Smart licensing

We will continue to add Smart Licensing information.

Enter the smart license token ID

Continue to enter the smart token ID.

Enter the smart license token (cont.)

Enter the smart license token ID.

Completing the smart licensing setup

Once the smart licensing process is complete, we will continue to the licensing.cisco.com website to verify the successful product registration. 

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Notice the licenses in use on the licensing portal as shown

Verifying the Cisco smart licensing

Verify the smart license information on the Cisco licensing portal, then head back to Cloud APIC dashboard.

Initial setup completed

The basic configurations needed get started are now complete. You can continue to view the summary of the configurations in the next screen.

View setup summary (cont.)

View setup summary.

View setup summary (cont.)

View setup summary.

View setup summary (cont.)

View setup summary.

Cloud APIC Dashboard view

The cloud APIC dashboard provides a unified view of all the system and resource including system status, connectivity and health.

Cloud APIC Dashboard view (cont.)

The cloud APIC dashboard provides a unified view of all the system and resource including system status, connectivity and health.

Verify On Premise connectivity

In the insfrastructure tab, we can view the CSR are deployed and the on-premises connectivity.

Verify On Premise connectivity (cont.)

The Cloud APIC dashboard elegently shows the important status for the CSRs that are deployed in the given region.

CSRs deployment status

CSRs are now deployed by Cloud APIC and are up and running.

CSRs deployment complete

CSRs are now deployed by Cloud APIC and are up and running.