Linux Core 6.3 as Routing and Switching VMware Appliance

Two weeks ago I finished creating a network host based on Linux Core 6.3 installed on WMware x86-64 virtual machine. I loaded Core Linux with several network extensions that allows host to generate, measure, route network traffic and scan networks. I also wrote a short article that contains a list of loaded extension. Then I went further with […]
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VOIP HOME LAB - Part 1.6 Cisco Catalyst 3550 Switch and Belkin N+ Wireless Router Configuration

Cisco Catalyst 3550 plays several important roles in our voice home lab. Firstly, it is responsible for routing between virtual machines connected to Open vSwitch switchports. Secondly, it connects a hardware Cisco IP phone to the network and supplies power to the phone. And finally it connects our voice home network to Belkin N+ Wireless router. […]
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VOIP HOME LAB - Part 1.5.2 Open vSwitch and VMware Workstation Configuration

In a previous tutorial we described how are the network devices and virtual machines connected in our VoIP home lab network. We will continue with Open vSwitch and VMware Workstation configuration. 1. VMware Workstation Configuration Start VMware Workstation. $ sudo vmware a) Create new host-only interfaces By default three VMware interfaces – vmnet0, vmnet1 a vmnet8 are […]
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VOIP HOME LAB - Part 1.5.1 Open vSwitch Configuration - Introduction

So far we have installed Windows 7 and Linux Core on VMware Workstation virtual machines. We want to connect these virtual machines into our VoIP home lab. To do this a central connection point must be deployed on the computer where virtual machines are installed. The point must be able to assign traffic from virtual machines to different VLANs and tag […]
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VOIP HOME LAB - Part 1.1-3 VMware Workstation on Debian Linux, Windows 7 on VMware Workstation and CIPC Installation

You are reading the second from the series step-by-step tutorials that can guide you to build a network infrastructure for your home voice lab. The tutorial explains how to install VMware Workstation 10 on Debian Linux and installation Windows 7 on a VMware virtual machine. Afterwards Cisco IP Communicator – CIPC will be installed on Windows. Note: […]
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Openvswitch Installation on Debian

OpenvSwitch is a production quality open source software switch designed to be used as a vswitch in virtualized serverenvironments. A vswitch forwards traffic between different VMs on the same physical host and also forwards traffic between VMs and the physical network. Open vSwitch supports standard management interfaces (e.g. sFlow, NetFlow, IPFIX, RSPAN, CLI), and is […]
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OPENVSWICH – Campus Model with Layer2 Access built with Open-Source Applications

In the first tutorial we showed how to create Openvswitch extension and submit it to Tinycore repository. There were also presented after-install steps for Openvswitch adapted for specific Core needs. In a previous tutorial we performed several tests in order to test configuration such as vlans, 8021q trunks and VLAN interfaces widely used in typical multilayer switches. In this tutorial […]
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OPENVSWICH - Creating and Submitting Openvswitch Extension To Tinycore Repository

In May 2011, I read a request for installation Openvswitch on Qemu image. I started to play with Openvswitch and finally became fan of this project. I soon realized how powerful can be Openvswitch, offering many features so far available only in hardware switches. After several days spent with playing with Core Linux and Openvswitch I was […]
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Building Linux L3 switch/router on x86 - Part4 - Openvswitch Installation and Configuration

In a last tutorial we switched our Linux layer 3 switch to wireless Master mode in order to provide wireless services to wireless LAN users.We will continue with building our Linux L3 switch and install Open vSwitch on CentOS in order to connect wired LAN users. The introduction tutorial, the list of software and hardware requirements […]
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Building Linux L3 switch/router on x86 - Part1 - Introduction

1. What is your tutorials about building L3 switch offering? Frankly, nothing. But if you want to learn how to build our own Linux Multilayer switch/router from scratch, the next several tutorials might help you. 2. Why should I waste my time on reading? Firstly, it is about getting knowledge. Even if you are an experienced Linux […]
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