Cisco NFV :: Adding Devices to Cisco Cloud Services Platform

In this article, we will take a look at how we run a new service on the Cisco Cloud Sevices Platform (CSP). A ”service” on the CSP is basically a virtual machine that is run on top of the CSP platform, you can find more information about the CSP here: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/switches/cloud-services-platform-2100/index.html 

Note: This post assumes that you already have CSP installed and configured in your environment.

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  1. Navigate to Configuration >>> Services and click ‘Create

 

2. Enter the service name for your new virtual instance, this can be a name of your choice and press enter once you’re done. You will now need to select the target hostname, this is the CSP in which you wish to install the new service. If your CSP is deployed in High Availability (HA) you can also select the hostname of the secondary appliance.

 

 

3. Select the .iso image you wish to use for this service, this can be a .iso from your repository or NFS share, alternatively if you don’t already have the .iso image on your CSP you can upload it by clicking ‘select‘ and then ‘upload‘. Once the .iso has upoloaded select it and move onto the next step.

 

 

4. On the vNIC configuration choose your preferred network settings.

 

 

5. Under the resource configuration, select the required RAM, CPU and Disk Space required for your new service.

 

 

6.  (Optional) If you have NFS storage you can add the NFS storage to the service here.

 

 

7. (Optional) You can assign a VNC password that will be required everytime you access the service you are creating. If you don’t want to assign a VNC password you can move onto selecting a serial port if required. Crypto Bandwidth is not currently supported at the time of writing this (version 2.2.3).

 

 

 

8. You are now ready to deploy your service. Double check your settings and press ‘Deploy‘ when you are ready. You will be notified when your new service is ready.

 

 

9. You can now access your service by clicking on the ‘action’ tab or ‘console’. The screenshot below shows the connection to the service via VNC, in the top right hand corner you will see the host IP address and port in which VNC is used to connect. These fields should be populated automatically so you should be ready to press ‘connect‘.

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