How to Install & Test Cisco Wireless Controller (WLC) in a Virtual environment.

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So, here you are trying to figure out how to fix or test some new exciting characteristic available in your WLC hardware installed, BUT you are in production.. sad.
Or name it as a simple curiosity to test how Cisco WLC works, then you have the chance to install the controller in a virtual environment, here is the step by step to achieve this:

You will need:

  • Linux Computer Operating System. (i’ve tested in Fedora, if you have Windows or Mac, try and comment if you succed)

 

  • VirtualBox  installed & updated. I’m ussing VirtualBox-5.1.14-1.

  • Cisco Wireless Lan Controller Operating System image. Go to Cisco downloads and get the version you want to try. I downloaded this file image: AIR-CTVM-K9-8-0-140-0.ova

 

Great! you have everything we need, hands on:

Open VirtualBox & import appliance.

Select file you downloaded…

Review settings…

AND… DOH!!! Error importing…

Failed to import appliance /home/ldzib/Downloads/cisco/AIR-CTVM-K9-8-0-140-0.ova.

Digest mismatch (VERR_NOT_EQUAL): ‘AS_CTVM_8_0_140_0.iso’ not found in the 2nd manifest.

Result Code: VBOX_E_FILE_ERROR (0x80BB0004)
Component: ApplianceWrap
Interface: IAppliance {8398f026-4add-4474-5bc3-2f9f2140b23e}

 

DON’T PANIC, LETS FIX THE ISSUE:

Using command line type the following:

tar xvf AIR-CTVM-K9-8-0-140-0.ova

Basically we are extracting the contents of the file, now we have 4 files:

AS_CTVM_8_0_140_0.iso <<<– missed file in the import attempt.
AS_CTVM_8_0_140_0.mf  <<< manifest file
AS_CTVM_8_0_140_0.ovf  <<< ovf file… LOL
AS_CTVM_8_0_140_0.vmdk <<< vmdk file

TO FIX THE ISSUE ABOUT MISSING ISO FILE, YOU NEED TO EXTRACT THE CONTENTS OF THE IMAGE DOWNLOADED AT FIRST, AND THEN REASSEMBLE THE OVA FILE, JUST MAKE SURE TO FIRST ADD THE OVF FILE AND THEN OTHER FILES:

tar cvf myNewImage.ova AS_CTVM_8_0_140_0.ovf
tar uvf myNewImage.ova *.mv *.vmdk

What about ISO file ?, you are asking…, in the next step we are going to add to our Appliance:

Import the new created Image Appliance (myNewImage.ova) as we did in  the first steps, review settings and you’ll have it imported and powered off in the machines list:

DONT TURN ON THE MACHINE, WE NEED TO SET SOME ADDITIONAL ADJUSTS TO START IT (ISO FILE… REMEMBER?).

Select your new added machine, then click settings.

Click Storage, add New IDE DVD…

Click the “Choose disk” option to select our extracted ISO image…

 

Make sure the IDE DVD is the first boot option to your machine:

Start your virtual machine, follow cisco wizard install instructions, set ip addresses, usernames, passwords, etc. and enjor!



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