Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Cisco SD-WAN: Onboarding Controllers step by step (on-prem)

 This configuration example only covers the process of installing the SD-WAN controller software images on a VMWare ESXI instance, establishing the transport and management networks for the three controllers to communicate, and ensuring that each controller has a valid certificate installed. This configuration does not go over the process of creating/applying configuration templates or adding edge devices, through vManage.


This configuration guide assumes that the following has already been setup and configured:

  • UCS server with at least the following hardware resources available:
    • vManage
      • 2 CPU
      • 32GB Memory
      • Disk 1: 30GB
      • Disk 2: 100GB
    • vSmart
      • 2 CPU
      • 4 GB Memory
      • Disk 1: 10.5GB (Approx. image size)
    • vBond
      • 4 CPU
      • 2GB Memory
      • Disk 1: 10.5GB (Approx. image size)
    • VMWare ESXI v6.0+ instance for managing VMs and VM networks:
      • One virtual network and switch for VM management and
      • One virtual network and switch for SD-WAN
      • Datastore(s) configured with at minimum 500GB
    • Workstation with network access to UCS server and controllers, with access to a certificate-signing server/software, such as xca. 

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vEdge (vBond), vManage, vSmart:

License Requirements

A Cisco DNA Essentials license is necessary in order to implement the SD-WAN solution.


This diagram describes the topology of the configuration which is covered by this setup guide.

Step-By-Step Configuration

Configure SD-WAN Component VMs

  1. Navigate to your VMWare ESXI management interface, and select “Virtual Machines” then click “Create/Register VM
  2. For vManage, click “Deploy a virtual machine from an OVF or an OVA file"