Cisco VIRL Lab Success
I was finally able to fix the issue that I described having in my earlier Cisco VIRL article here. My original bare metal box only had 3 NICs. VIRL requires that you have at least 5 NICs. If you don’t have 5 NIC’s, then you have to modify the /etc/virl.ini file with dummy interfaces. I did this earlier, but must have had a mistake in the config. I double checked the config and also ran the VIRL-rehost script that’s on the desktop when you login to VIRL. Running the script wasn’t in the VIRL doc steps, so I didn’t do this before. Running the script after modifying the virl.ini file with the dummy interfaces finally fixed my issue. The script modified the /etc/network/interfaces with the correct dummy interfaces. Here’s an example of what the script changed:
iface dummy1 inet static
address 172.16.3.254 /24
post-up ip link set dummy1 promisc on
I setup an IOSv router and connected it to an L2 External (flat) network which connects back through one of my physical NICs. That connection then goes into a real cisco ws-c3560x 24 port switch. That switch is connected to my network and I assigned my PC another IP address on the 172.16.1.x network. I can now ssh into the IOSv router directly from my desktop.
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Now that I have worked out all the bugs, I’m pretty impressed with the functionality that VIRL provides. Now I’m going to see how many routers I can throw at this box.
Ping you later,