I'd like to start off some discussion about the Nexus1000v with vSphere 6.5 which has just been released.
I have successfully run up a test ESXi and VCSA server and am looking at installing the N1kv in this environment. Note: I have had success and understanding of this from running this under VCSA-6.0 and ESXi-6.0 so I have used these products before - but not yet under 6.5.
As of now the N1kv is not officially supported/validated on this release but I'd like to get as far as I can with installing it anyway. It looks like the problems may be mostly just about packaging and installation process rather than binary incompatibility.
So far the issues I have had are:
1. There is no vib to install on ESXi-6.5, and the ESXi-6.0 vib fails to install:
[root@vmware-2:~] esxcli software vib install -v /vmfs/volumes/55023178-7d2b0288-46fb-a0369f00f4aa/cross_cisco-vem-v320-126.96.36.199.2.5.0-6.0.1.vib [DependencyError] VIB Cisco_bootbank_cisco-vem-v320-esx_188.8.131.52.2.5.0-6.0.1 requires esx-base = 6.0.0, but the requirement cannot be satisfied within the ImageProfile. Please refer to the log file for more details. [root@vmware-2:~]
Is there a way to force this vem to load? I believe - but haven't tested - that this vib should be compatible with ESXi-6.5
2. With the vSphere Desktop client no longer supported or functional with VCSA 6.5, how can we import the cisco_nexus_1000v_extension.xml file with the embedded certificate into VCSA?
3. Has there been any indication from Cisco as to the timeframe or supportability and/or updates of the N1kv to allow it to work seamlessly with vSphere 6.5?