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It depends up on the (network) requirements from the the customer.
Some networks may be small vs some others big and cloud vs non-cloud options will come into picture too in determining which type of device for a given specific site type etc (branch vs DC vs Colo vs. remote etc)
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Hi guys!

Is there a way to check that the guest traffic goes through GUEST VRF and that the rest of the traffic follows the global routing scheme?

Thank you.

- Sarah


Thank you for your question.

Absolutely yes. Cisco SD-WAN has a troubleshooting tool called Simulate Flows that is accessible in vManage. You can use this tool to make sure traffic is going to follow the desired path.

Also, there is end-to-end segmentation built in the solution. What this means is that traffic from a VPN (VRF) is isolated using not only in distinct routing tables, but it is also transported with labels.

Following text from Cisco's documentation explains the workflow:
When you configure a VRF on a router, the VRF has a label associated with it. The router sends the label, along with the VRF ID to the vSmart controller. The vSmart controller propagates this router-to-VRF ID mapping information to the other routers in the domain. The remote routers then use this label to send traffic to the appropriate VRF. The local routers, on receiving the data with the VRF ID label, use the label to demultiplex the data traffic. This is similar to how MPLS labels are used. This design is based on standard RFCs and is compliant with regulatory procedures such as PCI and HIPAA.









Hope this helps.

Best regards.

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Why does Cisco SD-WAN use OMP in the Control Plane and not the traditional routing protocols?

Thank you


* This is a question posted in French by Didier M. It has been translated by Cisco Community to share the inquiry and its solution in different languages.

Hello Didier,

Because OMP is used to propagate not only routes but also policies and information about TLOCs. This allows for greater flexibility than what we have with traditional protocols.

Hope this helps.

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Hi everyone

How are alerts defined and how are REST API extensions used?

Note: This question is a translation of an original post created in the Spanish community by Fernando MondragonIt was translated by the Cisco Community to share the query and its solution in different languages.

Hi Fernando,

Below a link to the table where you can find how alarms are defined per severity (Minor, Medium, Major, Critical):


About the REST API extensions, for Alarms and Monitoring my suggestion is to use the Webhooks. It is a push-model mechanism to send notifications in real-time.

An example of Webhooks utilization:


Another alternative, using traditional REST API, is to poll for the vManage's data frequently.

Cisco Moderador
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Another question

How can I optimize SaaS connectivity with Cisco SD-WAN?

Note: This question is a translation of an original post created in the Spanish community by Fernando MondragonIt was translated by the Cisco Community to share the query and its solution in different languages.

Hi Fernando

With Cloud OnRamp for SaaS, the SD-WAN fabric continuously measures the performance of a designated SaaS application through all permissible paths from a branch. For each path, the fabric computes a quality-of-experience score ranging from 0 to 10, with 10 being the best performance. This score gives network administrators visibility into application performance that has never before been available. Most importantly, the fabric automatically makes real-time decisions to choose the best-performing path between the end users at a remote branch and the cloud SaaS application. Enterprises have the flexibility to deploy this capability in multiple ways, according to their business needs and security requirements.

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Hi experts

Can Cisco SD-WAN integrate to security cloud providers?

Note: This question is a translation of an original post created in the Spanish community by Dani Ma was translated by the Cisco Community to share the query and its solution in different languages.

Correct, Cisco SD-WAN can integrate to security cloud providers, check details on

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In other topics, what are the security features included in Cisco SD-WAN?

Note: This question is a translation of an original post created in the Spanish community by Dani Ma. It was translated by the Cisco Community to share the query and its solution in different languages.

Cisco SD-WAN builds on the architecture called secure access service edge (SASE). WAN security and features today must be distributed, cloud-based, flexible, and agile. Cisco SD-WAN is the industry’s first fully integrated SASE offering that combines best-of-breed SD-WAN with the cloud-based Cisco Umbrella or on-premise security portfolio. Both security architectures provide full protection for enterprises connecting to cloud and internet applications. These security features are:

Enterprise firewalls: Granular policy and control of thousands of applications
Secure web gateway: Full protection against all kinds of web-based attacks, including SSL inspection
DNS layer security and URL filtering: Stops threats at the earliest point, significantly reducing incidents
IPS: A built-in intrusion prevention system within an on-premises enterprise firewall based on Snort ® and powered by Talos ®
Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB): Protects against account compromises, breaches, and other major risks in the cloud application ecosystem
Malware protection: An extended security feature across both on-premises and cloud security using Cisco AMP and Threat Grid to prevent and detect malicious files with sandboxing




Slow to finding this service.  Lucky to make it in time apparently :).


If you are running sites that only have MPLS connections with Internet services via a DC and other sites that only have Internet connections is it logical to have multiple vSMARTs?  A vSMART hosted on the MPLS network and another hosted in the cloud?  I.e. the intelligence of the solution doesn’t suffer if there is an outage of vSMART or Internet connection at the DC?





Hi Mikey, hope you are fine.

Assuming you are asking for cloud hosted controllers, common thing for this scenarios would be to make a breakout to internet on MPLS, opening specific ports for specific IPs (ones for controllers), while you have single link type of sites,  your network use DC (where both type of links exist) as pivot to inter connect the sites. As best practice you would reach controllers through both of the links you have on your environment so you have resiliency as a principle of your design.