Installing Cisco Prime Network Services Controller

Installing Cisco Prime Network Services Controller
Installing Cisco Prime Network Services
Controller
This chapter contains the following sections:
• Information About the Cisco Prime NSC , page 1
• Installation Requirements, page 1
• ESXi Server Requirement, page 6
• Installing Cisco Prime NSC, page 6
Information About the Cisco Prime NSC
The Cisco Prime Network Services Controller (Cisco Prime NSC) is a virtual appliance that provides centralized
device and security policy management for Cisco virtual services. Designed to support enterprise and
multiple-tenant cloud deployments, the Cisco Prime NSC provides transparent, seamless, and scalable
management for securing virtualized data center and cloud environments.
Installation Requirements
Cisco Prime NSC System Requirements
Requirement
Description
Virtual Appliance
Four Virtual CPUs
1.5 GHz for each virtual CPU
Memory
4 GB RAM
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Cisco Prime NSC System Requirements
Requirement
Description
Disk Space
One of the following, depending on InterCloud
functionality:
• With InterCloud functionality, 220 GB on
shared network file storage (NFS) or storage
area network (SAN), and configured on two
disks as follows:
◦Disk 1: 20 GB
◦Disk 2: 200 GB
• Without InterCloud functionality, 40 GB on
shared NFS or SAN, and configured on two
disks as follows:
◦Disk 1: 20 GB
◦Disk 2: 20 GB
Management interface
One management network interface
Processor
x86 Intel or AMD server with 64-bit processor listed
in the VMware compatibility matrix
Note
You can find VMware compatibility guides
at http://www.vmware.com/resources/
compatibility/search.php.
VMware
VMware vSphere
ESXi 5.0 or 5.1
VMware vCenter
Release 5.1 (5.0 vCenter supports host version upto
5.0)
Interfaces and Protocols
HTTP/HTTPS
—
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
—
Intel VT
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT)
Enabled in the BIOS
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Web-Based GUI Client Requirements
Web-Based GUI Client Requirements
Requirement
Description
Operating system
Any of the following:
• Microsoft Windows
• Apple Mac OS
Browser
Any of the following browsers:
• Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher
• Mozilla Firefox 23.0 or higher
• Google Chrome 29.0 or higher
Note
Note
Flash Player
If you are running Firefox or IE and do not
have Flash, or you have a version of Flash
that is older than 11.2, a message displays
asking you to install Flash and provides a
link to the Adobe website.
Before using Google Chrome with Cisco
Prime NSC, you must disable the Adobe
Flash Players that are installed by default
with Chrome. For more information, see
Configuring Chrome for Use with Cisco
Prime NSC, on page 5.
Adobe Flash Player plugin 11.2 or higher
Firewall Ports Requiring Access
Requirement
Description
80
HTTP/TCP
443
HTTPS
843
Adobe Flash
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Information Required for Installation and Configuration
Information Required for Installation and Configuration
Information Type
Your Information
For Deploying the Cisco Prime NSC OVA
Name
Location of files
Datastore location
Storage location, if more than one location is available
Management port profile name for VM management
Note
The management port profile is the same
port profile that is used for VSM. The port
profile is configured in VSM and is used for
the Cisco Prime NSC management interface.
IP address
Subnet mask
Gateway IP address
Domain name
DNS server
NTP server
Admin password
Shared secret password for communications between
the Cisco Prime NSC, Cisco VSG, and VSM.
For Configuring VMware vCenter in Cisco Prime NSC
vCenter name
Description
Hostname or IP address
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Shared Secret Password Criteria
Shared Secret Password Criteria
A shared secret password is a password that is known only to those using a secure communication. Passwords
are designated strong if they cannot be easily guessed for unauthorized access. When you set a shared secret
password for communications between the Cisco Prime NSC, Cisco VSG, and VSM, adhere to the following
criteria for setting valid, strong passwords:
Do not include the following items in passwords:
• Characters: & ' " ` ( ) < > | \ ; $
• Spaces
Create strong passwords based on the following characteristics:
Table 1: Characteristics of Strong Passwords
Strong passwords have...
Strong passwords do not have...
• At least eight characters.
• Consecutive characters, such as abcd.
• Lowercase letters, uppercase letters, digits, and
special characters.
• Characters repeated three or more times, such
as aaabbb.
• A variation of the word Cisco, such as cisco,
ocsic, or one that changes the capitalization of
letters in the word Cisco.
• The username or the username in reverse.
• A permutation of characters present in the
username or Cisco.
Examples of strong passwords are:
• If2CoM18
• 2004AsdfLkj30
• Cb1955S21
Configuring Chrome for Use with Cisco Prime NSC
To use Chrome with Cisco Prime NSC, you must disable the Adobe Flash Players that are installed by default
with Chrome.
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ESXi Server Requirement
Note
Step 1
Step 2
Step 3
Step 4
Step 5
You must perform this procedure each time your client machine reboots. Chrome automatically enables
the Adobe Flash Players when the system on which it is running reboots.
In the Chrome URL field, enter chrome://plugins.
Click Details.
Locate the Adobe Flash Player plugins, and disable each one.
Download and install Adobe Flash Player version 11.6.602.180.
Close and reopen Chrome before logging into the Cisco Prime NSC
ESXi Server Requirement
You must set the clock to the correct time on all ESXi servers that will run Cisco Prime NSC, ASA 1000V
instances, Cisco VSG, or VSM. If you do not set the correct time on the server, the Cisco Prime NSC CA
certificate that is created when the Cisco Prime NSC VM is deployed might have an invalid time stamp. An
invalid time stamp can prevent you from successfully registering ASA 1000V instances to the Cisco Prime
NSC.
After you set the clock to the correct time on all ESXi servers that run the Cisco Prime NSC, you can, as an
option, set the clock on the Cisco Prime NSC as follows:
• If you set the clock manually, be sure to enter the correct time zone as a Coordinated Universal Time
(UTC) offset.
• If you set the clock by synchronizing with the Network Time Protocol (NTP), you can select the UTC
time zone.
Installing Cisco Prime NSC
You can deploy the Cisco Prime NSC OVA, resulting in a Cisco Prime NSC VM.
Before You Begin
• Set your keyboard to United States English before installing the Cisco Prime NSC and using the VM
console.
• Verify that the Cisco Prime NSC OVA image is available in the vSphere client.
• Make sure that all system requirements are met as recommended in Cisco Prime NSC System
Requirements, on page 1.
• Make sure you have the information identified as in Information Required for Installation and
Configuration.
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• There is no dependency on the VM hardware version, so the VM hardware version can be upgraded if
required.
Step 1
Step 2
Step 3
Step 4
Use the VMware vSphere Client to log into the vCenter server.
Choose the host on which to deploy the Cisco Prime NSC VM.
From the File menu, choose Deploy OVF Template.
In the Source window, choose the Cisco Prime NSC OVA, then click Next.
Step 5
In the OVF Template Details window, review the details of the Cisco Prime NSC template, and then click Next.
Step 6
In the End User License Agreement window, click Accept after reviewing the End User License Agreement, and then
click Next.
In the Name and Location window, provide the required information, and then click Next.
The name can contain up to 80 characters and must be unique within the inventory folder.
In the Deployment Configuration window, choose Installer from the Configuration drop-down list, then click Next.
Step 7
Step 8
Step 9
Step 10
In the Datastore window, select the data store for the VM, and then click Next.
Note
The storage can be local or shared remote such as the network file storage (NFS) or the storage area network
(SAN). If only one storage location is available for an ESXi host, this window does not display and you are
assigned to the one that is available.
In the Disk Format window, click either Thin provisioned format or Thick provisioned format to store the VM
vdisks, and then click Next.
The default is thick provisioned. If you do not want to allocate the storage immediately, use thin provisioned.
Step 11
In the Network Mapping window, select the management network port group for the VM, then click Next.
Step 12
In the Properties window, provide the required information, address any errors described in the red text messages below
the selection box, and then click Next. If needed, you can enter placeholder information as long as your entry meets the
field requirements.
Note
You can safely ignore the Cisco Prime NSC Restore
fields.
Note
For choosing the shared secret password, follow the guidelines given in Shared Secret Password Criteria, on
page 5.
In the Ready to Complete window, review the deployment settings information, and then click Finish.
Caution
Any discrepancies can cause VM booting issues. Carefully review the IP address, subnet mask, and gateway
information.
Step 13
Step 14
A progress indicator shows the task progress until Cisco Prime NSC is deployed.
After Cisco Prime NSC is successfully deployed, click Close.
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