Running a Cisco Virtual Wireless Controller in VirtualBox

By | January 10, 2015

Today I downloaded Cisco's Virtual Wireless Controller to play around with.

I wanted to run the controller in  VirtualBox, but simply importing the downloaded .OVA file didn't work straight away. After the import was done, I ended up with a virtual machine configuration, where a bootable image was missing. So I had to untar the  .OVA file by myself:

$ tar xvf AIR-CTVM-K9-8-0-110-0.ova
AS_CTVM_8_0_110_0.ovf
AS_CTVM_8_0_110_0.mf
AS_CTVM_8_0_110_0.vmdk
AS_CTVM_8_0_110_0.iso

And then set the extracted ISO image as bootable CD:

Last I changed the boot order to first boot from HD and second from CD/DVD:

vb_wireless2

Now the installation of the Wireless Controller was running as desired.

3 thoughts on “Running a Cisco Virtual Wireless Controller in VirtualBox

  1. chris

    Hi,

    Thanks for that post, I am experiencing the same issue how did you untar the .ova? I would like it in IOS format myself any application or commands I can do to try get this to work?

    Reply
  2. 7u83 Post author

    In addition it is a good idea to enable in Virtual Box serial port COM1, which speeds up the VWLC startup.

    Reply

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