Upgrading Cloud Routers from CSR1KV to Catalyst 8KV

Table of Contents: Introduction What happens when you upgrade to cAPIC 25.0.3 AWS: Upgrading CSRs to CCRs 3.a AWS: Subscribe to Cisco Catalyst 8000V Edge Software – BYOL 3.b AWS: Start The Upgrade 3.c AWS: Will need to change role/permissions for ApicAdmin/ApicAdminFullAccess in AWS 3.d AWS: Verify Upgrade Azure: Upgrading CSRs to CCRs 4.a Azure: … More Upgrading Cloud Routers from CSR1KV to Catalyst 8KV

Nexus Dashboard – Certificate Install

` Table of Contents: Introduction Requirements Populating the information Getting the required information 4.a Generate Private Key 4.b Self Signed only: Generate CA Key 4.c Self Signed Only: Generate CSR for CA 4.d Self Signed Only: Create the Self CA signed rootCertificate 4.e Generate your csr (signed with your private key) 4.f Obtain your signed … More Nexus Dashboard – Certificate Install

Cloud ACI 25.0.2 AWS Brownfield Integration to Cloud ACI Fabric on AWS (with Proof Of Concept)

Table of Contents: Credits Introduction Considerations Cloud APIC relationship to Brownfield VPC Implementation Steps overview Ensure that Contract Based Routing Is Turned on ⚠️ Proof of Concept a. POC Topology     a.1. Explanation of POC Topology     a.2. Releases used in this POC b. Terraform: Spin up ACI Tenant using Terraform c. Terraform: … More Cloud ACI 25.0.2 AWS Brownfield Integration to Cloud ACI Fabric on AWS (with Proof Of Concept)

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

Introduction To Cisco Nexus Dashboard And Installation, Integrating With Radius, Configuring Intersight And Site Onboarding

Updates: 5/18/2021:  Deciphering ND Licensing 4/14/2021:  Please use Release 2.0.1d,  not release 2.0.1b (which got deferred)  On CCO downloads, please search for Nexus Dashboard.  2.0.1d can be found at: https://software.cisco.com/download/home/286327743/type/286328258/release/2.0(1d) 2.0(2) should be out anytime now By Now you are probably already familiar with Cisco Application Service Engine.  We had previously written some articles on … More Introduction To Cisco Nexus Dashboard And Installation, Integrating With Radius, Configuring Intersight And Site Onboarding

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)

ACI/Cloud Extension Usage Primer (Azure) – Multi-Node Service Graph with North South Firewall Scaling using vNET peering and hosting service devices in HUB vNET (overlay-2)

In a previous article for Multinode Service Graphs with Horizontal Scaling of Firewalls for East/West traffic on Azure I had described and guided you step by step on how to configure and test that scenario. I have had quite a few folks reach out to me and request that I do a similar writeup for … More ACI/Cloud Extension Usage Primer (Azure) – Multi-Node Service Graph with North South Firewall Scaling using vNET peering and hosting service devices in HUB vNET (overlay-2)