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The Cisco Nexus 1000v is currently not supported on vSphere 6.5. I have managed to get it to work with a bit of installation hackery (it seems to work fine once you can get over a few installation hurdles). That'll be your first problem.
One of the big things I really like about the Nexus1000v is that I can poll and have SNMP counters of all of my virtual interfaces assigned to hosts within the Nexus virtual switch. This makes for interesting and useful graphs within your monitoring systems. I don't think (but stand to be corrected) that you can get this sort of output with the ESXi DVS.
The integration with vCenter is pretty clever but it is quite a learning experience to get it all set up and running.
We plan to migrate from 6.0 to 6.5 but nexus 1000v is still not supported. may you hint me out hw you did manage to get it work ?
did you do an upgrade ?
In short, the steps are:
- Upgrade (not clean install), vCenter. This is the easiest way to keep the n1k plugin functional on the system.
- Clean install ESXi hosts if you want to, however you'll need to rebuild the n1k vib (adjust the dependency on esx-base 6.0 and rebuild) and install that vib after you've done the host install. I haven't tried an upgrade so I don't know how that will work given the dependency in the vib on esx-common 6.0 .
Just bear in mind that it's not supported either by VMware or Cisco, hopefully it will be soon but it's not yet. I would be a bit wary before you go live with this unsupported configuration. It all appears to work just fine but you likely won't get much help if you need support.
I also want to get away from N1kv!
But I have to host a snmp solution for our network team to collect the VM traffic stats first
Does anyone have a solution yet?
Get away from Cisco 1000v.
VMware Distributed Switch does the work correctly