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Cisco nV Technology

Cisco nV allows you to simplify operations and deployment of new services across different boundaries in a Service Provider network. But what is exactly this technology? It’s a single logical switch/router built by interconnecting an ASR9K and one or more smaller satellite switches. This switches act as a remote line cards, they are provisioned in ASR9K (called Host).



nV Edge Overview



nV System Overview


  • Control plane extension: Active RSP and standby RSP are on the different chassis,
    they sync up via external EOBC links “AS IF” they are in the same physical chassis
  • Data plane extension: bundle regular data links into special “nV fabric link” to simulate
    switch fabric function between two physical chassis to data packet across
  • No dedicated fabric chassis -> flexible co-located or different location deployment (No distance limitation)

nV Satellite


  • All Satellite Configuration is done on the Host (zero touch)
  • nV Satellite can greatly simplify access and aggregation networks
  • Support flexible access and agg network topologies
  • Satellite is a remote line card: Access ports have feature parity with ASR9K local ports
  • nV Satellite interface naming follows the same local interface naming convention:sat-ID / sat-slot / sat-bay / sat-port

Control Plane

Discovery Phase

  • CDP like protocol to discover Satellites
  • Heartbeat sent every second to detect failures

Control Phase

  • Inter-process Communication Channel (TCP socket)


On Satellite

  • Add nV-Tag to frames before forward to Edge

On the Host

  • Receive Frames with nV-Tag identifies Satellite Virtual Interface

Satellite Deployment Models

Mode 1: Static pinning (Any access ports could be mapped to any single fabric port.)

Mode 2:Fabric bundle (access ports are mapped to a fabric bundle)

Satellite Types: asr9000v, asr901, asr903


nV Satellite L2fabric, Ring Topologies

Since XR 5.1.1

  • Extending satellite connection across a Layer 2 network
  • A native 802.1Q tag is added to the Satellite-Host control and data plane protocol
  • Expanding to support ring, & cascaded topologies
  • Maintains the same plug & play operationalsimplicity
  • CFM/CCM used for fast failure detection*

* CFM/CCM for simple ring and cascading will be in future releases



BRKARC-2024 – Cisco ASR 9000 nV Technology and Deployment (2014 San Francisco)

Cisco IOS-XR Basics

IOS-XR code is really new for me, so i will write a few posts about it. So i will start with the basics. You can see this Operating System on CRS generations, ASR 9000 and NCS Box’s.

Configure Username and Group

The root-system means priviledge 15 in normal IOS

RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-4(config)#username cocheno
RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-4(config-un)# group root-system
RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-4(config-un)# password cocheno

The predefined groups are as follows:

  • cisco-support: This group is used by the Cisco support team.
  • netadmin: Has the ability to control and monitor all system and network parameters.
  • operator: A demonstration group with basic privileges.
  • root-lr: Has the ability to control and monitor the specific secure domain router.
  • root-system: Has the ability to control and monitor the entire system.
  • sysadmin: Has the ability to control and monitor all system parameters but cannot configure network protocols.
  • serviceadmin: Service administration tasks, for example, Session Border Controller (SBC).

Configure Hostname

RP/0/0/CPU0:XR(config)#hostname XR-4

Assigning IP Addresses

IOS-XR has some alias configured, it will interpret correctly if you not use ipv4 in this case

RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-4(config)#int gigabitEthernet 0/0/0/0.201
RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-4(config-subif)#encapsulation dot1q 201
ipv4 ipv6
RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-4(config-subif)#ip add

Check where your are in config hierarchy

RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-4(config-subif)#pwdSun Mar 6 17:37:05.948 UTC
interface GigabitEthernet0/0/0/0.201

Save Config

Saving the Config is a 2 step, you work on a candidate config instead of running-config protecting you from misconfig.

Showing config before commit it in running-config

RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-4(config)#show configuration
Sun Mar 6 16:03:23.913 UTC
Building configuration…
!! IOS XR Configuration 5.2.2
interface GigabitEthernet0/0/0/0.201
ipv4 address
encapsulation dot1q 201
Sun Mar 6 16:05:19.315 UTC

we can also assign a label to the commit, and rollback based on it as well

RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-4(config)#commit label IPV4_v201

Rolling back change we did previously

RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-4#rollback configuration last 1
Sun Mar 6 16:10:35.003 UTC
Loading Rollback Changes.
Loaded Rollback Changes in 1 sec
4 items committed in 1 sec (3)items/sec
Updated Commit database in 1 sec
Configuration successfully rolled back 1 commits.

You can use a time based commit, you need to accept the commit in 120 seconds, or it will rollback the changes

RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-4(config)#commit confirmed 120

Check the last system commits

RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-4(config)#show config commit list detail
Sun Mar 6 16:21:30.499 UTC1) CommitId: 1000000004 Label: IPV4_v201
UserId: cisco Line: con0_0_CPU0
Client: CLI Time: Sun Mar 6 16:21:28 2016
Comment: NONE2) CommitId: 1000000003 Label: NONE
UserId: cisco Line: con0_0_CPU0
Client: Rollback Time: Sun Mar 6 16:10:36 2016
Comment: NONE


RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-4#show configuration rollback changes last 1
Sun Mar 6 16:24:50.435 UTC
Building configuration…
!! IOS XR Configuration 5.2.2
no interface GigabitEthernet0/0/0/0.201

Configure Telnet/SSH

RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-4(config)#telnet vrf default ipv4 server max-servers 5
RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-4#crypto key generate dsa
Sun Mar 6 17:52:29.135 UTC
The name for the keys will be: the_default
Choose the size of your DSA key modulus. Modulus size can be 512, 768, or 1024 bits. Choosing a key modulus
How many bits in the modulus [1024]:
Generating DSA keys …
Done w/ crypto generate keypair
[OK]RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-4#conf t
Sun Mar 6 17:52:44.114 UTC
RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-4(config)#domain name
RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-4(config)#ssh server v2

Check SSH Sessions

RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-5#show ssh
Sun Mar 6 17:55:15.633 UTC
SSH version : Cisco-2.0id pty location state userid host ver authentication
Incoming sessions
0 vty0 0/0/CPU0 SESSION_OPEN cisco v2 password

Check commit failures

RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-4(config)#show configuration failed

After you change candidate config, you can abort without commit it


Replace the entire config by the candidate, if your candidate is empty will you have factory default

RP/0/0/CPU0:XR-4(config)#commit replace
Sun Mar 6 16:47:46.101 UTCThis commit will replace or remove the entire running configuration. This
operation can be service affecting.
Do you wish to proceed? [no]:

Upgrade HP Blade Switch

6120XG-Blade-Switch# show flash
—– ———- ——– ——-
Primary Image : 7865855 10/23/13


Secondary Image : 7785535 06/20/11


Boot Rom Version: Z.14.09
Default Boot : Primary

Copy Primary to Secondary Image. This is CPU intensive operation and takes a few seconds

6120XG-Blade-Switch# copy flash flash secondary
—– ———- ——– ——-
Primary Image : 7865855 10/23/13 Z.14.46
Secondary Image : 7865855 10/23/13


Boot Rom Version: Z.14.09
Default Boot : Primary

Copy from tftp to flash (primary image) using oobm interface

6120XG-Blade-Switch# copy tftp flash Z_14_52.swi primary oobm
The Primary OS Image will be deleted, continue [y/n]? y
Validating and Writing System Software to FLASH…
6120XG-Blade-Switch# reload
Device will be rebooted, do you want to continue [y/n]? y

After blade come up, if you need reuse the old image just do the following

6120XG-Blade-Switch(config)# boot system flash secondary
Device will be rebooted, do you want to continue [y/n]?

CCNP Switch 642-813

Após 3 meses intensivos de estudo, fui fazer o exame e concluí o módulo CCNP Switch 642-813, este tinha 40 questões das quais cerca de 5 eram simulações (VLAN, VTP, Routing Dinâmico, 802.1x, LACP). O Score mínimo para passar no exame é de 790 dos 1000 possíveis.
Vou iniciar o módulo de Routing :) CCNP ROUTE 642-902