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Deploy the Viptela Overlay Network

In a general sense, what you do to bring up the Viptela overlay network is what you would do to bring up any network: you plan out the network, create device configurations, and then deploy the network hardware and software components. These components include all the Viptela devices, all the traditional routers that participate in the overlay network, and all the network devices that provide shared services across the overlay network, such as firewalls, load balancers, and IDP systems.​

The table below summarizes the steps for the user portion of the Viptela overlay network bringup. The details of each step are provided in the articles listed in the Procedure column. While you can bring up the Viptela devices in any order, it is recommended that you deploy them in the order listed below, which is the functional order in which the devices verify and authenticate themselves.

If your network has firewall devices, see Firewall Ports for Viptela Deployments.

Step

Workflow

Procedure

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Plan out your overlay network. See Components of the Viptela Solution.

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On paper, create device configurations that implement the desired architecture and functionality. See the Software documentation for your software release.

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Download the software images from the Viptela support portal.

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Deploy the vManage NMS in the data center:

  1. Create a vManage VM instance, either on an ESXi or a KVM hypervisor.
  2. Create either a minimal or a full configuration for each vManage NMS.
  3. Configure certificate settings and generate a certificate for the vManage NMS.
  4. Create a vManage cluster.

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Deploy the vBond orchestrator:

  1. Create a vBond VM instance, either on an ESXi or a KVM hypervisor.
  2. Create a minimal configuration for the vBond orchestrator.
  3. Add the vBond orchestrator to the overlay network.
  4. Create a full configuration for the vBond orchestrator.

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Deploy the vSmart controller in the data center:

  1. Create a vSmart VM instance, either on an ESXi or a KVM hypervisor.
  2. Create a minimal configuration for the vSmart controller.
  3. Add the vSmart controller to the overlay network.
  4. Create a full configuration for the vSmart controller.

7

Deploy the vEdge routers in the overlay network:

  1. For software vEdge Cloud routers, create a VM instance, either on an AWS server, or on an ESXi or a KVM hypervisor.
  2. For software vEdge Cloud routers, send a certificate signing request to Symantec and then install the signed certificate on the router.
  3. From the vManage NMS, send the serial numbers of all vEdge routers to the vSmart controllers and vBond orchestrators in the overlay network.
  4. Create a full configuration for the vEdge routers.

Release Information

Introduced in vManage NMS in Release 15.3.
vEdge Cloud router added in Release 16.1.

Additional Information

Viptela Overlay Network Bringup

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