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Ivory

Installing VSX on on VMware ESXi

For lab testing, is it possible to set up VSX on a VMWARE ESXi server?        I'd like to test some things out without having to build up lots of servers. 

I was able to install it, but when it goes to run it does not complete loading.. and crashes...

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You just install a standard gateway and run the FTW, and also here only install a gateway do not use all in one. Next thing is to install latest jumbo.
Once running you just type in clish: set vsx on
Add the gateway to a management server as a VSX gateway and you are set to go.
Regards, Maarten
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Admin

Just to be clear, outside of a specific use case with Cisco ACI, VSX isn't officially supported in VMware.
That said, it should work in VMware for lab purposes.
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Ivory

It seems to crash for me. :-()

 

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Pearl

I've build the complex VSX environments running R77.30 on ESXi's in the past.

There were never any stability issues.

I'd recommend performing an ISO installations and not using prepackaged OVFs for it.

If you are building R80.20, depending on the version of Linux you are chosing, you may have to specify alternate Storage controller option.

Additionally, do not forget about setting promiscuous mode, forged transmits and MAC address changes in the portgroup connected to the VSX .

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I ran into this on a freshly installed 6.7 ESXi instance and R80.10 (non-VSX) gateways.

Forged transmits was disabled by default, and I couldn't get the cluster to come up and see each other until I enabled it on all vSwitches.

 

 

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