I recently forgot how to configure the management interface on the CSR 1000v VMs I have setup in my home lab. Rather than digging around the internet next time I need this info I wrote a short post to document it here.
For the CSR 1000v the management interface is in its own vrf, the Mgmt-intf vrf. Basically to set a management IP and get access to the box once the ova is deployed you need to do the following from the vmware console:
Configure the management IP address on the g0 interface:
Add the vrf forwarding Mgmt-intf command to the g0 interface:
Add a default route to the Mgmt-intf vrf: ip route vrf Mgmt-intf 0.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 [next hop ip]
The you can test connectivity back to your default gateway/next hop IP, by issuing a ping from the vrf: ping vrf Mgmt-intf [next hop ip]