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Using Cumulus VX with VMware

The Cumulus VX OVA image is compatible with these hypervisor platforms provided by VMware:

  • VMware vSphere ESXi (type-I server hypervisor)
  • VMware Fusion (for Mac users)
  • VMware Workstation (for Windows/Linux users)

No matter which VMware hypervisor you use, you use the same Cumulus VX OVA image. Once you install the hypervisor and download the VMware-specific OVA image, you will import it into the hypervisor, then clone it a few times to create a two-leaf/two-spine virtual network.

The resulting configuration contains four VMs:

  • Two spine VMs, which represent two spine (aggregation layer) switches on the network
  • Two leaf VMs, which represent two leaf (access layer) switches on the network