Virtual Lab Fabric Connect

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Hi,

Simple question... Is there a means to run Extreme Fabric Connect in a virtual environment?

Main reason is for me to get better familiar with the command-line and lab a virtual network without having to purchase the hardware?

If so, any instructions on how to install it.

Many thanks
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Andre Foerster

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Hello Martin,
there are rumors that there will be a VM with VOSS availible soon. I have no futher infomation on that.

Cheers

André
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Martin Flammia

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Thanks Andre.

Had heard that some might have been able to get it running on a Linux system?!

Anyone heard of that or know how it might be done.... be useful in the short-term as I really could do with readily getting my hands on it to solidify my memory :)

Cheers.
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I'm hopping for years to see something like gns3 running VOSS os - maybe Extreme is going to release something or at least to help the gns3 community to get it done
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I'm told that we're waiting on legal's approval to release the virtual image for VOSS and GNS3. There's a private repository on GitHub ready to go when they give us the greenlight. I'll share it here and probably in a new announcement when it hits the streets.
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Vali Ene

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That’s great Drew. Can’t wait for it ;)
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I'm just going to leave this right here...
https://github.com/extremenetworks/Virtual_VOSS
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Martin Flammia

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Nice one, thanks Drew!
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Thanks - nice link!
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Vali Ene

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Thanks a lot Drew! You are the man :)
I've tried the whole setup using vmware player and I had some problems - i'm thinking the vix API didn't worked as expected. In the end I've switched to a demo workstation and worked without any issues.
Now I need to review the ACE FX papers - after almost 2 yeast i'm factory restored :))
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We fully understand the need for data plane. A decision was made to get control plane first and then data place to follow.

So, at this point, you can use the VOSS VM current release (corresponding to VOSS 7.0.0)  to:

1. Get familiar with CLI, EDM and SNMP (fully functional) from management's perspective
2. Use it as hands-on workshop companion to refresh your memory
3. Valid your configuration command syntax by loading up your configuration
4. Go through the new features of V7.0

Something else need to beware of:

1. Currently, if there is a newer version of VOSS VM being release, you need to re-create the appliances and each instances (we know it's a pain, we are also working hard to address this)
2. Features utilizing special L2VSN for control-plane distribution (such as Dynamic Virtual Routing - DVR and Zero Touch Fabric - ZTF) are not supported (for obvious reason).

We do hope that you find the VOSS VM useful.

Thanks,

Gates

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Thanks Gates for information. Do you have any idea if the ACLs filters are supposed to work? I’ve been trying to update myself with how filters work on VOSS as they have nothing to do with the way they worked on ERS family.
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The VOSS VM will take ACLs filters, either from CLI, SNMP or EDM.

However, since the limitation on data plane, they are not to be tested against live traffic.
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Mark van Strien

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Thanks Gates for all the info, is it posible to create a sub categories for all gns3 software? and is there a plan for the ERS switches?
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Hi Mark,

You are welcome. Glad to help.

Do you mean to create sub categories in Github to place EXOS VM GNS3 appliance (and template) as well as VOSS VM GNS3 appliance (and template)? Drew is the right person to make the call.

At the moment, I am not aware of a plan for ERS VM.

Thanks,

Gates