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Playing around with my Christmas gift “AKA” Cisco Nexus 7000

December 11, 2012

Hi all,

here it comes Christmas, googling around I’ve found something cool to test it out ( in fact it was long time that I was looking for…)

I’m talking about the N7K simulator, in fact it’s a VMware image that was developed for testing purpose, its not public available, so don’t ask for it.

But, let’s have a look inside:

It’s based on a VMware image, already preconfigured, with 2cpu + 2Gb ram (mandatory) + 7 ethernet cards + serial port + 1Hdd with 2Gb preallocated.

Fired it up, log in via console.

It appears to have 2 module, 1 supervisor + 1 line card based on 9 ethernet ports.

sho module

It also have a mgmt 0 interface directly bridged to the realworld network, in fact cdp packet  traverse the network!!! as showed in the below image:

cdp neigh

Apparently all major feature are supported ( not have tested yet )

show feature

At this time L2 doesn’t work, trying enable LACP invoke an error, anyway you can play around with L3 feature like OTV.

N7K-01# sh otv adjacency det
Overlay Adjacency database

Overlay-Interface Overlay1  :
Hostname System-ID   Dest Addr    Up Time   State
N7K-2     0050.569f.0012 192.0.2.2    00:09:22  UP
HW-St: Up Peer-ID: 0

N7K-2# sh otv adjacency det
Overlay Adjacency database

Overlay-Interface Overlay2  :
Hostname System-ID   Dest Addr    Up Time   State
N7K-01    0050.5621.d428 192.0.2.1    00:06:45  UP
HW-St: Up Peer-ID: 0

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