Ansible Automation for Nexus Dashboard/Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator

I am writing this article to make you aware of Ansible usage with Cisco Nexus Dashboard/Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator.  I will write one for Terraform with NDO soon. Previously, I had written an article  Getting Started: Cisco MSO with Ansible which is still valid for the most part. However, a few things changed from then to … More Ansible Automation for Nexus Dashboard/Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Demo – Unlock new value from your hybrid cloud network

In this recording, you can see the capabilities Nexus Dashboard / Orchestrator / Insights. This has a real time live demo showing off some of the main features and will get you familiar with it’s capabilities. The demo gives a brief overview of Nexus Dashboard and apps that runs on it.  It shows how to … More Cisco Nexus Dashboard Demo – Unlock new value from your hybrid cloud network

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Insights and Splunk Integration

Introductions In this article I will demonstrate how to quickly setup a Splunk lab environment using Docker, install the Cisco Nexus Dashboard plugins, and configure Splunk to ingest NDI API data into its GUI interface. Requirements and VM Setup 1 VM running your Linux distro of choice with the following HW: CPU – 16 vCPUs … More Cisco Nexus Dashboard Insights and Splunk Integration

Cisco ACI APIC and cAPIC monitoring using Prometheus/Grafana

From Release 5.3 of APIC and release 25.x of cAPIC  Promethus Node Exporter Feature is available.   This allows you to monitor statistics from Prometheus and view pre-configured dashboards from Grafana to get quick status of APICs/cAPICs. In this write up,  I will show you how to set  up and bring up Prometheus/Grafana to monitor and … More Cisco ACI APIC and cAPIC monitoring using Prometheus/Grafana

A Guide To: Nexus Dashboard Insights Kafka Exporter to Elasticsearch/Kibana for Data Analysis & Visualization

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Insights from release 5.0.1x can use the Kafka services that runs on ND and subscribe to a topic as a publisher to that topic that has been created on a Kafka service.   You can then have a Kafka consumer subscribe to that topic and receive all the messages.  The messages that can … More A Guide To: Nexus Dashboard Insights Kafka Exporter to Elasticsearch/Kibana for Data Analysis & Visualization

Enhancing Firewall Policy in ACI using FMC Endpoint Update 1.3 App

Defining and maintaining a firewall policy can quickly become a challenge in a fluid software-defined data center.  Luckily, some good orchestration between controllers can get us further along.  FMC (Firepower Management Center) Endpoint Update App, in the 1.3 version posted on dcappcenter helps us define a better firewall policy by providing up-to-date FMC Network Objects … More Enhancing Firewall Policy in ACI using FMC Endpoint Update 1.3 App

Nexus Dashboard 2.1 – New Features – Federated Clusters

Nexus Dashboard 2.1 has incorporated a lot of New Features/Improvements.  In this write-up, I will primarily discuss the Federated Nexus Dashboard configuration, why use it and also discuss some of other underlying improvements/changes.  I will also show how to send API calls to Nexus Dashboard Federated Clusters to get Federation Related Information. Installing ND is … More Nexus Dashboard 2.1 – New Features – Federated Clusters

Openstack with ACI Integration – Part 4 (using Openstack Integrated ACI)

Contributors:  Soumitra Mukherji and Alec ChamberlainWith Expert Guidance from: Filip Wardzichowski If you followed Part 1 through 3, you should have a OpenStack / ACI integrated fabric ready to use. part 1: General discussion of Openstack and ACI integration part 2: showed how to do the integration using packstack part 3: showed how to do … More Openstack with ACI Integration – Part 4 (using Openstack Integrated ACI)

Part 1 – Installing AppDynamics and Integrating with Cisco Nexus Dashboard Insights

With the release of NDI 5.0, Cisco added the ability to integrate the NDI platform with other 3rd party monitoring applications. The first integration supported was AppDynamics. With AppDynamics you can feed in your application monitoring to the NDI dashboard to provide further information to aid in monitoring and troubleshooting specific issues with the application running … More Part 1 – Installing AppDynamics and Integrating with Cisco Nexus Dashboard Insights