How to install the Cisco Nexus 1000v Switch Part 2


This is part 2 of the Cisco Nexus 1000v installation tutorials. You must of already completed part 1 before started on this section.

1. Now that you have your Cisco Nexus 1000v virtual machine installed, go ahead and power it up. Once it’s powered up, from your management station, open your web browser and browse to the management ip address of your Nexus 1000v that you set in part 1.

2. Click on Launch Installer Application. As a side note, this management station must have Java installed to run the application installer. Enter in the VSM password that you set in part 1. Click Next.

3. Enter in your vCenter information including vCenter IP, https port, user ID and password, select no for using a configuration file. Click Next.

4. Select your Vmware cluster and click Next.

5. Select the Nexus 1000v Virtual machine you create previously from the drop down menu, choose Advanced L2 and match the Control, Management and Packet port groups to the ones you created earlier. Click Next.

6. This part is pretty self explanatory. Just take note to enter Primary as the System Redundancy Role as we will be installing a second VSM as well. Take note of the Domain ID that you set as this will also be using this for the second VSM. During the second VSM install, select Secondary and enter in the same information as the Primary. You can optionally enable telnet. Click Next.

7. A configuration summary is displayed. Click Next to continue.

8. The configuration of the Nexus 1000v begins.

9. I’m going to select no at this stage so that I don’t migrate this host and its networks across to the Nexus 1000v just yet. I would like to manually do it and have more control of the options later on. Click Finish.

10. Installation is now complete, you are presented with an installation summary. Click Close.

11. The Cisco Nexus 1000v plug-in is installed now into vCenter. You can verify this by opening vCenter and click on the Plug-ins – Manage Plug-ins menu. You will see the plug-in under Available Plug-ins. You don’t click on Download and Install, if you do you will just get an error. It is designed to sit under Availabe Plug-ins and this is how the VSM interacts with vCenter.

All the tutorials included on this site are performed in a lab environment to simulate a real world production scenario. As everything is done to provide the most accurate steps to date, we take no responsibility if you implement any of these steps in a production environment.