Terraform with Cisco Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator for building Hybrid Cloud and end to end services

Table of contents Introduction What We Will Demo in this Article A Brief Introduction to Terraform Characteristics of Terraform Important Pointers of Terraform Terraform Providers Terraform HCL code structure What Order are Resources built Terraform Backends Provisioners Executing The HCL Code Types of IAC Tools Terraform Commands Items to Remember for Terraform Security Considerations when … More Terraform with Cisco Nexus Dashboard Orchestrator for building Hybrid Cloud and end to end services

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 ACI APIC and cAPIC monitoring using Prometheus/Grafana

Changes: 1/14/2022: Replaced all occurances of APIC 5.3 to 5.2.3 From Release 5.2.3 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 … 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

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 2 ( installing with packstack)

Contributors:  Soumitra Mukherji and Alec ChamberlainWith Expert Guidance from: Filip Wardzichowski In Part 1 of this article, we discussed that I would write 4 parts for this. Part 1:  General Discussion of Openstack / ACI Integration Part 2: Guided Install for Openstack/ACI with Opensource CentOS7  or with RedHat Registered CentOS7 using packstack (works but unsupported,  … More Openstack with ACI Integration – Part 2 ( installing with packstack)

Jenkins /Ansible for ACI Orchestration and for Automated Configuration Sanity Check / Pre-verification with NAE/ND and Git integration

Jenkins is an open-source Continuous Integration server written in Java.  With Jenkins you can send configurations to devices using Ansible/Terraform/Bash/Shell/SSH and a variety of other methods / scripts to any device.  Jenkins is very commonly used by developers for creating/testing/deploying code and is an integral part of Infrastructure As A Code.  Jenkins can also orchestrate … More Jenkins /Ansible for ACI Orchestration and for Automated Configuration Sanity Check / Pre-verification with NAE/ND and Git integration

Getting Started: Cisco MSO With Ansible (updated: 1/13/2021)

Added on 12/03/2020:  A temporary workaround if you are using One Time Password / RSA device with Ansible/MSO.   Please see bottom of post. Added on 11/24/2020: Interesting discussion on One Time Password with Ansible that customer pointed out.  Please see bottom of post update for L3Out was added on 10/8/2020:  Please see the bottom of … More Getting Started: Cisco MSO With Ansible (updated: 1/13/2021)