OpenSwitch Network Operating System

The Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) is an open source install environment that gives a switch user a choice to download ONIE compliant Network Operation System (NOS) to bare metal network switches. The OpenSwitch is community based, open source NOS that runs on hardware based on ONIE. The goal of this article is to show […]
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PfSense VirtualBox Appliance as Personal Firewall on Linux

The tutorial explains how to set up pfSense VirtualBox appliance in order to use it as a personal firewall on Linux. It shows Linux network configuration to support this scenario and provides an installation script that automatically builds a VirtualBox virtual machine ready for pfSense installation. It also describes pfSense installation and shows minimal web configuration needed […]
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Alcatel-Lucent Virtualized Simulator on GNS3

The Alcatel-Lucent virtualized Simulator (vSim) is a virtualization-ready version of SR OS called SR OS-VM. This new operating system is designed to run in a virtual machine (VM) on a generic Intel x86 server. In control and management plane aspects, the vSim is functionally and operationally equivalent to an Alcatel-Lucent hardware-based SR OS router.The vSim is intended to […]
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ExtremeXOS, Arista and Cisco vIOS-Layer2 Virtual GNS3 Lab

ExtremeXOS is a network operating system used in Extreme Networks network switches. Virtualized version of ExtremeXOS – EXOS virtual machine vmdk image can be used to build virtual lab without need to use hardware switches. Although ExtremeXOS virtual machine can be downloaded for free only certain features are known to work. For this reason software should not […]
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Arista vEOS on GNS3

EOS (Extensible Operating System) is Linux-based network operating system developed by Arista Networks that runs on all Arista switches. Virtual EOS (vEOS) is single image and can be run as a virtual machine. The article describes how to set up vEOS virtual machine and connects it to GNS3 in order to test EOS functionality. Host […]
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HP VSR1001 Virtual Services Router on GNS3

HP VSR  is a Comware 7 router software application for a server which provides the same functionality as a physical router. Installed on either VMware or KVM virtual machine it offers routing, Firewall, IPSec, and MPLS VPN security services. The tutorial gives you some ideas how to install HP VSR1000 (Virtual Service Router) running Comware 7 […]
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How to run Juniper Firefly Perimeter vSRX on GNS3

Firefly Perimeter is a virtual security appliance that provides security and networking services at the perimeter in virtualized private or public cloud environments. It runs as a virtual machine (VM) on a standard x86 server  and delivers similar security and networking features available on branch SRX Series devices. However not all the features that are supported by […]
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VyOS x64 Installation on Qemu

VyOS is a community fork of Vyatta, a Linux-based network operating system that provides software-based network routing, firewall, and VPN functionality. The VyOS project was started in late 2013 as a community fork of the GPL portions of Vyatta Core 6.6R1 with the goal of maintaining a free and open source network  operating system in response to […]
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Running Mikrotik RouterOS x86 on GNS3

MikroTik RouterOS is the stand-alone operating system of MikroTik RouterBOARD hardware. It can also be installed on a PC and will turn it into a router with all the necessary features – routing, firewall, bandwidth, management, wireless access point, backhaul link, hotspot, gateway, VPN server and more. The tutorial explains how to install RouterOS on Qemu […]
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Connecting Open vSwitch running on Debian to Cisco Catalyst 3550 via trunk

In a previous tutorial we showed how to install Openvswitch on Debian Linux. At the end of tutorial we created a script that loads openvswitch module in to the Linux kernel, starts and initializes configuration database and starts daemon ovs-vswitchd. In this tutorial we will connect our Openvswitch to Cisco Catalyst 3550 switch via 802.1q trunk. […]
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