Notes from the May 2015 VIRL Webinar

June 2, 2015 at 4:45 pm

I somehow missed this Webinar announcement live, but caught the recording to catch us both up!

VIRL Sim Lifecycle Walkthrough

  • This is a nice walkthrough of using VIRL to construct a cool advanced network emulation involving hosts, different routers, different switches, an ASA, and an external network connection
  • Design
  • Launch and Running
  • Saving

Virtualization for Training

  • Scott Anderson of Learning@Cisco spoke about the importance of virtualization in learning and testing

New VM Images

  • ASAv 9.4.1
  • CSR1000v 3.15
  • IOS XRv 5.3.1
  • New VIRL version around end of June with new “goodies”

Cisco Live in San Diego 2015

  • Sunday through Thursday you can find the VIRL team in their booth in the Devnet Zone
  • Sunday TECRST-2611 Techtorial
  • Monday – 11 am Main Theater presentation
  • Tues – Mini Workshops – 10:30 and 3:30
  • Tues a Meetup – Devnet Zone – 5:30 to 7 – http://goo.gl/forms/ynYaGWvyxb

Here is the actual recording:

Notes from the April 2015 VIRL Webinar

April 28, 2015 at 7:22 pm

Hello everyone. Perhaps you did not have time to attend today, or perhaps you do not even have the time to watch the recording that will be released later in the week. Hey, I cannot blame you. Here are my notes so you know what was covered!

April Release Review

  • New Images – IOSv, IOSvL2, NX-OS, ASA
  • Autoconfig support for IOSvL2 and ASA
  • GraphML support
  • Integrated packet capture
  • Existing users – Full or Quick Upgrade
  • New users – a new OVA is now available

Demo of Quick Upgrade Process

Git

  • Share VIRL topologies
  • Acquire sample topologies
  • Scripts
  • https://github.com/virl-open/
  • VM Maestro has built in support
  • Demo of using Git

Demo of VIRL in Action

  • Testing/verifications of designs
  • MPLS
  • Provisioning script testing

OpenDayLight Support

  • SDN platform

VIRL at Cisco Live in San Diego 2015

  • Many events happening in the Devnet Zone including a meetup

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Layer 2 and the ASAv Arrive in Cisco VIRL!

April 22, 2015 at 12:39 pm

The Cisco VIRL team has announced the much anticipated April upgrade yesterday (4/21/2015) that includes a true Layer 2 IOS and the ASAv functionality.

Remember, the Layer 2 IOS will count against the 15 device limit, so if you want other switches in the topology that you are not needing to configure, use the Unmanaged Switch option there.

There is a Quick and Full upgrade option available for those of running VIRL currently. For those of you needing a complete OVA install, the OVA will be made available soon.

Here is the complete information:

http://community.dev-innovate.com/t/virl-april-release-upgrade-instructions-and-release-notes/3144

Here is a list of the latest images in this product:

NEW IOSv – 15.5(2)T image

NEW IOSvL2 – 15.2.411 DSGS image

IOSXRv – 5.3.0 CCO image

CSR1000v – 3.14 XE-based image

NEW NX-OSv 7.2.0 (ZD 120)

NEW ASA1000v 9.3.2

NEW Ubuntu 14.4.2 Cloud-init

I look forward to creating many videos for you on this new version here at ajsnetworking.com.

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Switching and the ASA Arrive in VIRL in April 2015

March 25, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Here are my notes from the second (March 2015) VIRL Webinar.

  • IOSvL2 arrives with the next VIRL version slated for April
    • You can download a new OVA for a clean install, or if you are on the latest version – use the VIRL Software panel to upgrade
    • Adding the IOSvL2 to your topology counts against the 15 node limit – the unmanaged switch does not
    • The IOSvL2 code is based on 15.2 – it provides 16 GigE interfaces
    • The switch can be configured from scratch, or you can use AutoNetkit
    • The default unconfigured switch is in Layer 3 mode, AutoNetkit converts to all Layer 2 by default
    • The focus was on Layer 2 features, so some Layer 3 things might not work yet
    • SPAN and Private VLANs will not be supported at this time
  • ASAv can be used today in VIRL
    • Demo provided in the Webinar on how to do this
    • NOTE: ASAv download from Cisco requires a Support Contract
    • ASAv arrives in VIRL in April release as well
  • Packet Captures are now simple and integrated in April release
  • NXOSv
    • Improvements coming in April
    • Note – this is not an emulator like the other images – it is more of a simulation
    • Features will include programming using NX-API, Fabric Path, and DCI using BGP or MPLS

I will be creating a new training course on this release of VIRL at CBT Nuggets. The course will include files for using VIRL as the lab platform for your CCENT, CCNA, CCNA Security, CCNP, etc. studies.

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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:

http://community.dev-innovate.com/t/virl-system-update-available-v0-9-17-february-release-upgrade-instructions/2234

Peace, love, and emulations!

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