You can add Cisco Catalyst switches as a data source in vRealize Network Insight.


You must have the following permission:
  • Read-only user: vRealize Network Insight requires read-only third-party device credentials (passwords) to access the SSH data. These passwords are added when configuring the third-party data provider in vRealize Network Insight user interface.
  • Read-only SNMP user: vRealize Network Insight uses SNMP to collect metrics information from third-party devices (switches, routers, firewalls, and so on). The third-party devices must have SNMP enabled and be accessible from vRealize Network Insight.


  1. On the Settings page, click Accounts and Data Sources.
  2. Click Add Source.
  3. Under Routers & Switches, click the Catalyst switch you want to add and provide the required information.
    Option Action
    Collector (Proxy) VM Select a collector VM from the drop-down menu.
    IP Address/FQDN Enter the IP address or the FQDN details.
    Username Enter the user name.
    Password Enter the password.
    To know about the supported products and versions, see Supported Products and Versions.
  4. Click Validate.
  5. To enable a richer data collection, click Use SNMP (recommended for richer data collection) check box, and do the following:
    1. Form the SNMP Version drop-down menu, select an SNMP version. Depending on which version of SNMP you have selected, do the following:
      Option Action
      2c In the Community String text box, enter a community string.
      1. Enter Username, Context Name.
      2. From the Authentication Type drop-down, select an authentication type and enter the Authentication Password.
      3. From the Privacy Type drop-down, select a privacy type and enter the Privacy Password.
  6. In the Nickname text box, enter a nickname.
  7. (Optional) In the Notes text box, you can add a note if necessary.
  8. Click Submit.