Create a Cisco Catalyst 8000V Device (Controller Mode)

Cisco Catalyst 8000V Video

This topic explains how to create and operate a Cisco Catalyst 8000V in the SD-WAN controller mode. Refer to the Cisco documentation for more information about Cisco Catalyst 8000V SD-WAN.


The prerequisites for deploying Cisco Catalyst 8000V in the SD-WAN Controller mode are:

  1. A CCO login.

  2. The appropriate DNA licenses to provision and operate the Catalyst 8000V device from This license is installed in vManage, not Equinix Fabric.

  3. Your Cisco vManage software (controller) should be running and operational (not managed by Equinix).

The following diagram highlights the end-to-end workflow, illustrating how to provision a virtual device to operate it with your CSP.

Generate Bootstrap File

  1. Sign into the Cisco vManage SD-WAN Controller.

  2. Locate the SD-WAN edge device in the controller and decommission the virtual device that is having an issue due to unexpected failure.

  3. On the Cisco vManage menu, select Configuration > Devices.

  4. For the logical device (including the UUID) that you are using for a new cloud-hosted instance, click and select Generate Bootstrap Configuration.

  5. In the Generate Bootstrap Configuration box, select Cloud-Init and click OK.

    The Generate Bootstrap Configuration box displays the bootstrap configuration, including the OTP token for the license, vBond address, UUID, and organization information.

  6. Click Download in the Generate Bootstrap Configuration box to save a copy of the bootstrap configuration.

Note: For the most up-to-date documentation on the bootstrap generation, see Bootstrap Process for Cisco SD-WAN Cloud-Hosted Devices.

Create Device

  1. Sign in to Equinix Fabric.
  2. From the Network Edge menu, select Create Virtual Device.
  3. In the Select Vendor Packages for your Devices section, locate the Cisco 8000V (Autonomous Mode) card and click See Description.

  4. Click Select and Continue.
  5. Note: Click View Details to see an overview of the product and its available options.

  6. Review the steps for creating and configuring the device.

  7. Click Create SD-WAN Device.
  8. Click Single Device.

  9. Click Begin Creating Edge Device(s).
  10. In the Select Metro section, click a location.
  11. Select a billing account.

    In order to create a device in a specific metro location, you need a billing account for the metro. You can continue without selecting an account, but you won’t be able to create your device.
  12. Click Next: Device Details. Bring Your Own License (BYOL) is pre-selected because it is the only option available for this VNF type. Self-Configured is the only device type available for Catalyst 8000V device type.

  13. In the Device Configuration File section, click Choose File to upload the bootstrap files generated in the Cisco vManage Console. See Generate Bootstrap File.
  14. Select the Device Resources.

  15. Select a Software Package.

  16. Select the Software Version.

  17. Enter the details for your device:

    • Device Name – Enter a name for the device used to identify it in the portal.
    • System IP – Enter the system IP address. This is a persistent IP address that identifies the Cisco device. It is similar to a router ID on a regular router, which is the address used to identify the router from which packets originated.
    • Site ID – Enter the identifier of the site in the Cisco SD-WAN overlay network in which the device(s) and controllers reside.
    • VNF Public IP Address Type – Select how the VNF obtains the IP address for its WAN interface. (Only DHCP is available.)
    • Primary Host Name – Enter the device host name configured for the device.
    • Device Mode – Indicates that the device is in controller mode.
  18. In the Interfaces section, select the number of interfaces. Ten interfaces is the default, but the number can be increased to 24.

  19. In the Select your WAN/SSH interface section, select an option.
  20. Note: The global IP address is assigned to the WAN interface. You can select which VNF virtual interface is used for WAN access. By default, the system selects the interface automatically. Select I will select an interface to manually change the WAN interface assignment.

  21. In the Device Status Notifications, enter the email addresses of anyone who should receive email notifications regarding device status.

  22. (Optional) Enter the Purchase Order Number and Order Reference/Identifier.

  23. Select a Term Length. The default is one month.

  24. Click Next: Additional Services .
    • Diverse Compute from an Existing Single Device – If you already have another single device and you want this new device to exist in a different plane, click Select Diverse From and select the existing device.
    • Add Control List Templates – This access list is used to control ingress traffic toward the virtual device. The access list is applied to the adjacent gateway device where this virtual device WAN interface is connected. The access list needs to permit the vManage IP address. If you need to create an access list for this device, see Create an ACL for this Device to create an ACL that allows the vManage IP address.
    • Additional Internet Bandwidth – Add between 25 and 5000 additional Mbps of internet bandwidth (for a fee).
    • Note: By default, the communication required for initial bootstrap (DNS, NTP, License Server communication, etc.) is allowed to properly configure the initial VNF configuration. Additional protocols such as SSH need to be intentionally permitted using a custom ACL template. See Configure Access Controls on Virtual Devices for more information.

  25. Click Next: Review.
  26. In the Terms & Conditions box, click Review and Accept Order Terms.
  27. Select I have read and understand these terms and click Accept.
  1. Click Create Edge Device.

Create an ACL for this Device

  1. Click Create Access Control ListTemplate.

  2. In the Basic Details section:

    • Template Name – Enter a name for the template.

    • Template Description – Enter a brief description of the template.

  3. Enter the vManage IP Address in the IP Address Subnet field.

  4. In the Protocol section, select IP.

  5. (Optional) Provide a description of this rule.