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RS0019 - Nexus 1000V Layer 2 VSM VEM Installation (Manual and VUM) (Part 2)

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The video walks you through Cisco Nexus 1000V installation in Layer 2 mode. We will explore various methods to install both VSM and VEM so you can be aware of steps involved and determine which method will work best in your deployment. This lab takes what we have discussed on the Nexus 1000V introduction video, and applies them into actual implementation. 

In part 2, we will be installing VEM and migrate our VM behind the VEM.
You can also find detailed discussion on deployment options and more extensive comparison between Layer 2 and Layer 3 mode at Cisco Nexus 1000V Installation and Deployment Options.
Topic includes
  • Nexus 1000V Layer 2 Mode
  • VSM Install
    • Primary VSM using ISO 
    • Secondary VSM using OVA (Manually Configure Nexus 1000V)
  • VEM Install (Manual and VMware Update Manager)
  • Port-Profile
  • Control, Management, Packet VLAN
  • System Vlan
  • ESXi Hosts Added to vCenter
  • VMware Update Manager Installed
  • Download N1KV Software Package from
  • Installation Parameters
    • vCenter - IP, Username,Password
    • N1KV - Hostname, Password, Mgmt IP, Subnet, GW,(Crtl,Mgmt,Packet) Vlan, Domain ID, Layer2/3 etc.
Minimum VM Requirement for .ISO Install
  • OS: Other 64-bit Linux
  • Processor: 1
  • RAM: 2GB
  • NIC: 3
  • HDD: 3GB w/ LSI Logic
  • CPU Speed: 1.5GHz

About Author

Metha Cheiwanichakorn, CCIE#23585 (RS, Sec, SP), is a Cisco networking enthusiast with years of experience in the industry. He is currently working as a consulting engineer for a Cisco partner. As a founder of and an instructor at, Metha enjoys learning and challenges himself with new Cisco technologies.


I like the delivery and conciseness of the materials you illustrate. Thank you very much.

Thank you for your feedback. We appriciate it and are glad that you like our videos. 

the videos are so nice, alot of things are cleared for me, really appreciate your work,

I have a small confusion about the connectivity of n1kv to switch, can you plz explain the connectivity from n1kv to physical switch ,

Since we are using a standalone server, we have two NICs connected to a cisco switch with switchports configured as LACP 802.1Q trunk. See the link below for more uplink design options.

thank you i got it now,,,, tutorials are great,,, keep it up,, I love the way you taught to the point,,,,

i'm not great in the virtual world , i need a help in my setup please .

i have ise 1.3 and windows 7 , both are VM on esxi i need to test some features like CWA, Client provisioning and posture assessment on the windows 7 .

I don't know how to place a cisco switch (physical or nexus 1000v) and connect the windows vm on it so i can start my tests.

I know a lot of people have been doing that but i could not find a a clear instruction on how to complete the configuration .

Thanks in advance.


The Win7 VM need to have a dedicated non-trunk physical interface on the server connected to an uplink 802.1X switch. The easiest way it to create a separate vSwitch and assign the VM to it.

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