Layer 2 in Cisco VIRL Being Shown Off in Cisco Live Milan!

January 29, 2015 at 12:09 pm


I was so thrilled to learn that the Cisco VIRL team is showing off their prototype of IOSvL2 in Cisco Live Milan. While I assumed that Layer 2 capabilities for IOS were indeed coming to the Cisco VIRL product, we all know how dangerous it is to assume things.

The VIRL team is still unwilling to provide a date for the release into our emulators, they are only willing to say “soon”. This is still great news obviously, Follow my blog here and you will be the very first to know. The day it releases, I will of course release training on it here at CBT This training will include tips and tricks for VIRL that were not included in my original VIRL course, and it will also feature guidance on using VIRL for CCENT, CCNA, CCNP, and CCIE R&S, as well as some non-R&S tracks as well.

Happy emulating!

New Cisco VIRL Video Added to Course!

January 8, 2015 at 6:40 pm


Thanks to Scott Morris, we just added a new video to the VIRL course at CBT Nuggets. Scott walks us through a Cisco VIRL installation in a VMware Vshpere/ESXi environment to compliment the VMware Workstation installation we already demonstrate.

This brings the total number of videos to 21.

If you have already completed the course and might be interested in this new video – please revisit the main course page.

Happy labbing!

Master Cisco Virtual Internet Routing Labs (VIRL) Today!

January 7, 2015 at 2:23 pm


Hey everyone – my 20 Nugget course on this alternative to GNS3 is available today at CBT Nuggets. The course is located here – as you can see, it consists of the following action-packed, to-the-point, Nuggets:
1. What is VIRL? (00:05:35)

2. Emulators vs. Simulators (00:04:52)

3. VIRL Versions (00:04:15)

4. VIRL Requirements (00:07:13)

5. Installing VIRL (00:17:54)

6. Validating the VIRL Installation (00:02:37)

7. Installing VM Maestro (00:10:40)

8. Touring VM Maestro (00:08:31)

9. Creating a New Project and Topology (00:08:34)

10. Using Your Own Telnet Client (00:03:52)

11. Performing a Non-Disruptive Upgrade (00:10:56)

12. Practicing with Unconfigured Devices (00:06:03)

13. Creating a Simple Preconfigured Simulation (00:09:45)

14. Creating More Complex Topologies (00:07:20)

15. Using Visualizations (00:04:41)

16. Exploring the NX-OS (00:10:20)

17. Working with Device Configurations (00:09:16)

18. Using Sites and Servers (00:05:28)

19. Connecting to External Networks (00:08:27)

20. More Information (00:02:44)