Simple Compatibility test between Cisco, Vyatta and LISA

In the previous tutorials I showed how to create Vyatta and LiSA qemu image. Now, it is time play a little bit with these network devices and to make simply compatibility test between Cisco 3725, Vyatta 6.1 Core and LiSA.

I created a test topology with two Vyattas, Cisco 3725 router, with NM-16SW, Cisco 7206VXR router and Linux MLS switch LiSA. I chose Linux Microcore as PC host. All topology is emulated with Dynamips and Qemu emulator and running from GNS3.

Topology is running OSPF routing protocol on Cisco and Vyatta routers. LiSA is acting as an access switch and does L2 switching. In  the fourth part LiSA was tested for intervlan  routing as well.

I separated configuration to six parts to make testing more obvious. I also created videos for each part. As more devices were added to topology, emulation was very slow at the end. Although I used Idle PC and cpulimit to decrease processor load it was still high because of video recording program. It took a long time when I wanted to use TAB for automatic filling of commands.

The part one is about  interfaces configuration for support OSPF routing protocol.

The second part contains OSPF protocol configuration on Cisco and Vyatta.  The goal was clear - to force routers in area 0 to exchange routes using OSPF routing protocol.  This basic test proves compatibility between Cisco and Vyatta but more complex and advanced test is needed to  prove full OSPF compatibility between vendors.

The third part tested L2 discovery protocols - Cisco proprietary CDP and 802.3ab LLDP . I could only test LLDP between two Vyattas because of lack LLDP protocol in Dynamips supported routers. Vyatta can do both CDP and LLDP  so I could  test CDP between Vyatta, Cisco and LiSA. Everything worked OK except LiSA  didn't show CDP neigbours.  LiSA doesn't support LLDP protocol yet.

Cisco 3725 and Vyatta showed LiSA in the output of show cdp neighbours command. I am not sure why LiSA didn't  show CDP neighbours but I guess it could be a problem in my own LiSA qemu image.

In the fourth part I setup LiSA and got Ethernet frames forwarding  between two PC hosts in same VLAN 50.  In this part you can also show how to setup permanent IP configuration of Microcore Linux.

I also showed that LiSA can do routing between VLANs - PC1 (VLAN50) and PC4 (VLAN40).

The fifth part finished LAN configuration - SVI ports, trunks, subinterfaces etc. Routing between VLANS on Vyatta was tested at the end of this part.

In the sixth part basic VRRP functionality was tested between Cisco and Vyattas. Router 3725 was MASTER with priority 254 in VLAN50 and Vyatta-II was first BACKUP with priority 100 in VLAN50. Vyatta_I was the second backup router for VLAN50 with default priority 1.

Vyatta_II was Master with priority 254 for VLAN30 and Cisco 3725 was first Backup with priority 100 in VLAN30.  Vyatta_I was acting as second BACKUP with default priority 1 in VLAN30.

Configuration files: 7206VXR3725LiSAVyatta_IVyatta_II.



24 thoughts on “Simple Compatibility test between Cisco, Vyatta and LISA

  1. Can LISA communicate with Router?
    I configure to communicate but don't no work.
    Do you have any idea?

    • LiSA is not Cisco switch when you plug computers to the ports of switch and traffic goes between computers. First you need to say to LiSA which interface it should use for switching. Simply go to global config mode and under interface configuration type "shutdown" and "no shutdown" command. Then exit to enable mode and save configuration with "write memory" command. When you type "show running" you should see that interface is shown in the output. It means that LiSA can use this interface for switching. Do it for all interfaces that LiSA should use for L2 switching or routing.

      Please download the fourth part - there is showed how I configured LiSA for both L2 and L3 routing. I suggest you to simplify you topology for easier troubleshooting - for example use only one LiSa and Cisco router connected together, no 802.1q tagging. On Lisa side assign IP address to vlan 1 interface and ping between LiSA and router. If you still will have a problem try to start Wireshark packet sniffer over LiSA and router link - you should see which side of link doesn't send packets.

      Good luck .

  2. Sir, Could u plz post the video of creating the network of Simple Compatibility test between Cisco, Vyatta and LiSA............ I am facing various problems in making the connection ....
    {Dynamips error, Installing Qemu For Junos }.......... and can i send a packet or data in the software GNS3..

  3. I'm having a problem with the vyatta_I router, eth3 and eth5 state up but link down.
    I've check and recheck config and topology connection, i even deleted the router ,
    but same result, any idea what could be causin this

    • Hi,
      a physical layer of NIC address is emulated by Qemu so you can't rely on status of interfaces. For instance interface is in up/up state on Vyatta1 router even the opposite Vyatta2 router is not running. Simply entry command "set interfaces ethernet eth5" and "commit" and eth5 interface will go to up/up state even a link is not connected to a neighbour router.

      • vyatta_I e3 is connected to 7200VXR_I and e5 to LISA_I e5 from the topology above. both are configured correctly but still remain in a UP/DOWN STATE, very puzzled ;)

  4. Hi denzo!
    I have couple of question for you:

    1/ Is connection between vyatta_I and 3725_i working? Can you ping form Vyatta_I?
    2/ What is the status of interface gi1/0 on 7200VXR? Did you bring interface up?

    I'm testing a single topology with only Vyatta (eth3) and 7206VXR (gi1/0) connected together.

    a) The initial state is admin down/down on both Vyatta and Cisco. It is correct.

    b) First I've "unshutdown" interface g1/0 - interface state is transiting to up/up state and is keeping this status. As I know it is a normal behavior for ethernet interfaces emulated by Dynamips.

    c) Vyatta is still in admin down/down state. It is also correct.

    d) Now I'm bringing Vyatta eth3 to up/up state with command "set interfaces ethernet eth3" and commit changes. Interface eth3 is transiting to up/up state.

    I created a short video from it, in which I assigned IP addresses to eth3 ( and gi1/0 ( and checked connectivity. Ping was working. Please, simplify your topology and post results.

    Please, check this video here:

      • when i login as root on vyatta_1, and run ifconfig, i notice interfaces with link down
        don't have a inet6 address, is this normal

        • yes, if you are logged as root you can see that interfaces which aren't in UP state don't have assigned local IPv6 address (fe80::). If you bring interface a particular interface to UP state e.g. ifconfig eth1, a local IPv6 address will be assigned to this interface. It could be consider as normal behaviour.
          Why do you need a root account? Could you try to login as user "vyatta" with password "skuska" and bring an interface up? You only enter "configure" command and "set interfaces ethernet eth1" and then "commit" command. After that eth1 should go from "Admin down/down" to "UP/UP" state.

      • this is the read out of

        denzo@denzo:/opt/GNS3/qemuwrapper$ sudo ./
        [sudo] password for denzo:
        Qemu Emulator Wrapper (version 0.7.4)
        Copyright (c) 2007-2010 Thomas Pani & Jeremy Grossmann

        Qemu TCP control server started (port 10525).
        Listenning on all network interfaces
        Connection from ('', 47506)
        Exception happened during processing of request from ('', 47506)
        Traceback (most recent call last):
        File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 582, in process_request_thread
        self.finish_request(request, client_address)
        File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 323, in finish_request
        self.RequestHandlerClass(request, client_address, self)
        File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 641, in __init__
        File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 694, in finish
        File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 303, in flush
        error: [Errno 32] Broken pipe
        Connection from ('', 47507)
        Shutdown in progress...
        Shutdown completed.
        Qemu path is now qemu
        Qemu-img path is now qemu-img
        !! QEMU1.console = 3000
        !! QEMU1.netcard = e1000
        !! QEMU1.image = /opt/images/vyatta6.2vc.img
        Formatting '/opt/GNS3/Project/QEMU1/FLASH', fmt=qcow2 size=1073741824 backing_file='/opt/images/vyatta6.2vc.img' encryption=off cluster_size=0
        qemu-img returned with 0
        Formatting '/opt/GNS3/Project/QEMU1/SWAP', fmt=qcow2 size=1073741824 encryption=off cluster_size=0
        qemu-img returned with 0
        command: ['qemu', '-name', 'QEMU1', '-m', '256', '/opt/GNS3/Project/QEMU1/FLASH', '-hdb', '/opt/GNS3/Project/QEMU1/SWAP', '-net', 'nic,vlan=0,macaddr=00:00:ab:c7:4b:00,model=e1000', '-net', 'nic,vlan=1,macaddr=00:00:ab:c0:57:01,model=e1000', '-net', 'nic,vlan=2,macaddr=00:00:ab:44:f0:02,model=e1000', '-net', 'nic,vlan=3,macaddr=00:aa:00:16:44:03,model=e1000', '-net', 'udp,vlan=3,sport=20000,dport=10100,daddr=', '-net', 'nic,vlan=4,macaddr=00:00:ab:d2:2e:04,model=e1000', '-net', 'nic,vlan=5,macaddr=00:00:ab:ea:60:05,model=e1000', '-serial', 'telnet::3000,server,nowait']

        Warning: vlan 0 is not connected to host network
        Warning: vlan 1 is not connected to host network
        Warning: vlan 2 is not connected to host network
        Warning: vlan 4 is not connected to host network
        Warning: vlan 5 is not connected to host network
        pid: 3722
        Renicing to 19
        3722: old priority 0, new priority 19

    • Do all interfaces work even if you use another Qemu image? Try to use Microcore Linux Qemu image instead of Vyatta and tell me if the result is same.
      I use Qemu 0.12.5 but I will check Vyatta 6.2 with Qemu 0.11.0 later it this day. I am about to think either there is a bug in Qemu 0.11.0 or this Qemu version doesn't work properly with GNS3 0.7.4.

        • that is really strange behaviour. I've noticed the same problem with eth3 and eth4 with Qemu 0.11.0. I tried both Vyatta 6.1 and Vyatta 6.2 images with the same result. When I changed e1000 to i82557b for eth3 or eth4 I managed to put these interfaces to up/up state but I couldn't ping the neighbour IP address.
          I don't really know what is a problem but I'm sure that Qemu 0.12.5 is working with Vyatta 6.2 image properly. My advice is either upgrade to Qemu 0.12.5 or higher or you can try to increase the number of the interfaces for the Qemu image in GNS3 settings. As I know you can use up to 8 interfaces for Qemu 0.11.0. From what I see only eth3, eth5 and eth7 interface stay in up/down state - remaining five interfaces should work.

  5. How to add more than 5 interfaces in Lisa because in ur topology u have used 6 interfaces in Lisa and what option of NIC i should use in Qemu host and idle pc value is not there in Lisa and vyatta ?how can i manage high CPU issue here.... as i am working on Windows Xp......

  6. Sir,could u tell me ho can my LiSA support more than 6 interfaces as in above topology LiSA have 7 interfaces as i have searched in google a lot, qemu-0.13.0.patched.win32 is not increasing no .of NIC's so plz reply as soon as possible......

    • Hi,
      so far I've only used Linux for my labs. I'm not sure about Qemu version I used in the lab, but it is either 0.11.0 or 0.12.5. As I know there is maximum 8 NICs allowed for Linux Qemu 0.11.0 and this number is certainly higher for the version of qemu above 0.11.0. Anyway, if it is problem with exceeded number of NICs for your Qemu you should notice warning message "qemu: Too many NICs" in the output of qemuwrapper. Check Troubleshooting section here, please:

      Otherwise you can always increase number of NICs for Qemu in GNS3 0.7.4 with left click Qemu device-> Configure-> Qemu hosts-> Number of NIC. You can do it for an individual Qemu device or for all the Qemu images Edit-> Preferences-> Qemu-> Qemu host.

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