New VIRL Update (v0.9.17) Adds New Features!

February 22, 2015 at 12:12 am

As the VIRL team promised in the recent Webinar – a new release of VIRL has hit and it adds new features. Based on the team hitting this timeline, I believe we will indeed see the much anticipated Layer 2 IOS in the product in March.  These new features include:

  • IOS XRv 5.3.0
  • CSR 1000v XE 3.14
  • Multipoint connector replace by ‘Unmanaged Switch’
  • VM Maestro toolbar and menu layout
  • LXC Jumphost functionality
  • VIRL Software upgrade page
  • Exclude from Launch markers
  • Microsoft Visio VSDX Import support
  • SVG Export support
  • Topology Visualization engine upgrade
  • Visualization Search and query
  • Live Visualization view
  • 3D Visualization view
  • Outline view restored

You can download a new OVA if you do not have VIRL installed – or you can install over the top (in-place upgrade) of your previous install. I will be trying that tomorrow and reporting back here on my blog.

The VIRL team made it clear we all need to move to this release as support will be dropped next month for old versions.

Here are you official instructions:

Peace, love, and emulations!


Notes from the VIRL Personal Edition Webinar Sess 1

February 18, 2015 at 5:44 pm


Hello everyone – I attended and took notes for you on the first Webinar from our friends at VIRL.

  • 1 hour VIRL Webinars will occur monthly – look for me as a guest speaker in the next one – yippee!
  • Recordings of the Webinars will be posted on the VIRL YouTube channel
  • Slides can be downloaded from the Community Support area of
  • A major update to VIRL will be here in days from this post – this update will include some cool new features.
  • Layer 2 IOS is probably about a month away
  • The ASAv is coming to VIRL – no date hinted at yet
  • The Webinar hit the following topics:
    • What is VIRL
    • What VMs are included today
    • The VIRL Architecture
    • Products that are based on VIRL
      • Personal Edition
      • CML
      • /dev/innovate
    • A step by step on Server VM Internet access
    • Connecting VIRL to real gear
    • VM Maestro Power User Tips
    • Guest Speaker Anthony Burke on how he uses VIRL – his blog is at
    • A sneak peek of new features
      • Live visualization maps
      • 3D visualization maps
      • L2 IOS Switching

If you have any questions for me – please post them in the comments below!

Interested in learning VIRL today! Check out my CBT Nuggets course –

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)