Cisco Nexus 1000v Documentation

Cisco has a good set of documentation for the Nexus 1000v. I’ve provided the direct links below. The compatibility guide seems to be frequently updated, so always be sure to download the latest version prior to deployment. For a good overview of the 1000v and all of the components, review the deployment guide.

General Information
Cisco Nexus 1000V Release Notes, Release 4.0

Compatibility
Cisco Nexus 1000V and VMware Compatibility Information, Release 4.0

Deployment
Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches Deployment Guide

Install and Upgrade
Cisco Nexus 1000V Software Installation Guide, Release 4.0
Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Ethernet Module Software Installation Guide, Release 4.0

Configuration Guides
Cisco Nexus 1000V License Configuration Guide, Release 4.0
Cisco Nexus 1000V Getting Started Guide, Release 4.0
Cisco Nexus 1000V Interface Configuration Guide, Release 4.0
Cisco Nexus 1000V Layer 2 Switching Configuration Guide, Release 4.0
Cisco Nexus 1000V Port Profile Configuration Guide, Release 4.0
Cisco Nexus 1000V Quality of Service Configuration Guide, Release 4.0
Cisco Nexus 1000V Security Configuration Guide, Release 4.0
Cisco Nexus 1000V System Management Configuration Guide, Release 4.0
Cisco Nexus 1000V High Availability and Redundancy Reference, Release 4.0

Reference Guides
Cisco Nexus 1000V Command Reference, Release 4.0
Cisco Nexus 1000V MIB Quick Reference

Troubleshooting and Alerts
Cisco Nexus 1000V Troubleshooting Guide, Release 4.0
Cisco Nexus 1000V Password Recovery Guide
Cisco NX-OS System Messages Reference

If you are starting out your adventure with the Nexus 1000v, these documents should be required reading. At first the whole concept of a virtual switch running on a hypervisor may seem complex and a bit daunting. However, once you wrap your head around the various pieces it actually makes a lot of sense and may not be as complicated as you think.

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