So I got pretty motivated about Juniper SP (tired of the same ol' Cisco rhetoric about upward mobility in the workplace, etc ---- figured I'd pursue something I'm a bit more passionate about) ...
At any rate, I started down the path of building out a generic Juniper SP topology in ESXi 5.5U3 - after obtaining the latest vMX images from Juniper site. In my case, I beleive 17.3R1.
They made it easy of course, consolidating everything to two OVA files, one for VCP and VFP. Imported them no problem, however when issuing "show chassis fpc" or "show interfaces terse" ... I see nothing. It's as if they don't exist. I've been careful to allocate recommended resources, following multiple sources for requirements, but still no joy.
Looks like communication issues between vCP and vFP.
Can you try steps given in the link below?
I did perform those steps and I am able to ping 18.104.22.168 routing-instance __juniper_private1__ but I am still not having any physical ports showing up. When I do show chassis fpc I get 0 present
and when I do show chassis fpc pic-status i get:
slot 0 present virtual FPC
Please can you confirm the resources that you have allocated to VCP and VFP, and that the FPC is configured as Lite mode (if this is a lab)
I am having the exact same issue as Bhoomi. I used the ping syntax on the link you provided and ping was good....
root> ping 22.214.171.124 routing-instance __juniper_private1__
PING 126.96.36.199 (188.8.131.52): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 184.108.40.206: icmp_seq=0 ttl=64 time=0.273 ms
64 bytes from 220.127.116.11: icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.606 ms
However, I also cannot see the ge- interfaces. I tried lite-mode, but that didn't work either. I have plenty of resources, I'm running on a Dell Blade Chassis, the Dell m1000e series blade. In my case I've allocated no less than 4 x CPUs and at least 8-10 GB of memory ---- but still cannot see interfaces.
I just don't get it. This is really bothering me because I desparately want to incorporate vMX into my Service Provider lab topology.
Somebody help me figure this out ... if you do ... I'll call you the coolest engineer in the world for 10 more years ---- em hem --- if I remember in 10 years that is 🙂
Please can you post details on how you have the vSwitches/vNICs configured for VCP and VFP (but as you have a working ping from VCP I'm assuming they are OK).
If you login to the VFP console are you seeing any errors, also see /var/log
I'm both a systems/network engineer, so pretty savvy on the Virtual side as well. To answer your question, I used the default number of vNICs automatically assigned, I believe two on each VM, and made sure 100% sure to trunk the vSwitch, set it to promiscuous, and put the 2nd vNIC on same VLAN. I've tried destroying VMs, and re-importing over and over ---- never seems to work. Seems like others have the same issue when I Google-Fu.
Is there an absolutely functional combination of ESXi/vMX that you're aware of? For example ESXi 5.5U3 and vMX 14.1, etc?
I feel like everything is there, just some minor detail is snagging me here. Sheesh 😕
You need to have two vNICs on the VCP and VFP as follows
vNIC1 - management (fxp0)
vNIC2 - internal (used for VCP-VFP comms)
Subsequent NICs on the VFP are data interfaces
vNIC3 - ge-0/0/0
vNIC4 - ge-0/0/1
Usually the NIC1 would either map to your management network, or create a new vSwitch for management and assign the NICs to that.
The NIC2 (internal network) should map to a dedicated vSwitch that links NIC2 on the VCP to NIC2 on the VFP only (one required per vMX instance).
Now if you have not assigned a 3rd NIC to the VFP, then it does not have a data interface so the virtual VFP will not start all the required processes and you will not see the ge-0/0/* in Junos.
Hope that helps
Giving you credit for solution --- lol --- although I figured out before seeing your post.
My issue wasn't entirely related to NIC allocation, so much as it was just waiting a while for FPC to come up.
Interesting behavior in that when you first boot and run > sho interfaces terse ... you don't see any ge- interfaces, however after about 2-4 more minutes, I checked again and boom! they are present.
At any rate. I now have created 6 healthy instances of vMX 17.x on ESXi 5.5 with no problem (for those inquisitive minds wondering if there are compatibility issues with the above - nope, they play nice together.)
I now have an awesome hetergeneous CCIE-SP/JNCIE-SP lab, with the ability to emulate many topologies. Onwards to MP-BGP! Later.
I am also facing the similar problem like you faced earlier. It seems the connection between VCP and VFP is absolutely fine however still I am unable to see ge-0/0/* interfaces.
root@PE1> ping 18.104.22.168 routing-instance __juniper_private1_ping: invalid routing instance `__juniper_private1_'
root@PE1> ping 22.214.171.124 routing-instance __juniper_private1__PING 126.96.36.199 (188.8.131.52): 56 data bytes64 bytes from 184.108.40.206: icmp_seq=0 ttl=64 time=0.252 ms64 bytes from 220.127.116.11: icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.055 ms64 bytes from 18.104.22.168: icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.165 ms64 bytes from 22.214.171.124: icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=0.150 ms64 bytes from 126.96.36.199: icmp_seq=4 ttl=64 time=0.553 ms64 bytes from 188.8.131.52: icmp_seq=5 ttl=64 time=0.166 ms^C--- 184.108.40.206 ping statistics ---6 packets transmitted, 6 packets received, 0% packet lossround-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 0.055/0.224/0.553/0.158 ms
root@PE1> show interfaces terse | match ge-
Apprecaite any help on this matter...
I m using laptop with 32GB RAM and Corei7 Vpro 8th Gen.
What is the Junos version and the adapter type which you are using?
i face a related issue during hosting the VCP and vFPC for VMX-vCP_18.4R2.7
as when i made show chassiss fpc
lab> show chassis fpcTemp CPU Utilization (%) CPU Utilization (%) Memory Utilization (%)Slot State (C) Total Interrupt 1min 5min 15min DRAM (MB) Heap Buffer0 Present Testing1 Empty2 Empty3 Empty4 Empty5 Empty6 Empty7 Empty8 Empty9 Empty10 Empty11 Empty
the FPC is stucked in present state
i've assigned a memory of 4Gbps and 4 memory for each of vCP and vFPC
mapped network adapter 3 with ext-br
and network adapter 4 with int-br
i've made a ping for
ping 220.127.116.11 routing-instance __juniper_private1__