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Monday, February 24, 2014

Crossroads: Adding a Cisco Switch into your Hyper-V installation

This Blog is mainly about SharePoint, but from time to time there are other topics that might be of interest. That’s why I’ll start a new section called Crossroads were I’ll keep you posted about other news that will fit into the broader context of SharePoint.

Today I’ll start with the question: Did you know, that you can add a virtual Cisco Switch to your Hyper-V installation? Best part is, you might even use it free of charge.

Many enterprises and service providers want to extend Cisco networking benefits to their Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V deployments. The Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch offers a consistent operational model across physical and virtual environments. The Cisco Nexus 1000V Series has two major components:

Virtual Ethernet Module
This is a software component that is embedded on each Hyper-V host as a forwarding extension. Each virtual machine on the host is connected to the VEM through a virtual Ethernet port.

Virtual Supervisor Module
This management module controls multiple VEMs and helps in defining virtual machine (VM)-centric network policies. The Cisco Nexus 1000V Series VSM can be hosted either as a VM on a Hyper-V host, or on a Cisco Nexus 1100 Series Cloud Services Platform.

The Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch for Microsoft Hyper-V is available in two separate editions. The Essential Edition is available at no cost and includes all the basic switching features. The Advanced Edition adds advanced security capabilities and Cisco Virtual Security Gateway to the base functionality of Essential Edition.

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