Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) is an orchestration platform for hybrid networks. It decouples network services from specific components, while automatically configuring the network according to service specifications.
Cisco NSO Download
NSO is free to download for non-production use!
To download your trial version of Cisco NSO head over to
This will download nso-4.7.linux.x86_64.zip
You need to unpack this file and save the file to your home directory.
The file nso-4.7.linux.x86_64.signed.bin should reside in your home directory.
Now you need to unpack the bin file with the command
Now you can run the install command
sh nso-4.7.linux.x86_64.installer.bin $HOME/nso-4.7
Next enter the command
Then I ran this command
ncs-setup --dest $HOME/ncs-run
Then go into the ncs-run folder and type ncs
To verify the version of Cisco NSO you are running enter the command
Now you can connect to the GUI front end
Point your browser to
or the IP of your host if accessing from another machine. In my case I am running Ubuntu on a VM on my laptop so I enter
You should now be looking at this screen
The default username & password for Cisco NSO is admin / admin
You have now successfully installed Cisco NSO on Ubuntu
In the next post I will be covering some basic network automation tasks and start getting more familiar with this product.
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