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I am so excited that it is FRIDAY!!!! It's been such a busy summer, so it will be good to have a nice relaxing weekend.
You know what makes me even more excited than a relaxing weekend? That's right, FEATURE FRIDAY!!
And guess what! We released a new version of the Session Smart Router software on July 18th! A major version too! 6 dot OHHHHHH yea!!!! So that means, it…is…RELEASE EDITION!!!!!!! <Insert Sirens and Confetti>
6.0, wow. I can't believe we made it. This is THE release we've all been waiting for. So many cool features come in this release. Let's take a look at some of my favorites:
IP TTL Handling
Last time we talked, we discussed Secure Vector Routing (SVR). With SVR, because the packets just look like standard TCP/IP packets, as each packet traverses a hop, SSR or not, its TTL will decrease by 1. Many people like this because it helps allow trace-route to work and you can use the TTL value to determine how many routers your packets are traversing. However, if you were using tunnels and have now switched over to SVR, you may not like this. Because of how IP headers are applied with tunnels, the original TTL is preserved on both ends of the tunnels. Well, you no longer need to fret, with this IP TTL Handling feature you can now choose if you want to preserve your TTL by adding some padding to the TTL value. You can either put in a numeric value for your padding or choose automatic and have the SSR use its BFD to determine how much padding to add to the TTL. Click here to check out a description of this feature.
IPv6/v4 Dual Stack Operation
That's right, you read that correctly. The Session Smart Routers now have full Dual Stack Operation!! Want to configure that network-interface with both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses? Go right ahead. Back when I was a Technical Trainer, this was a request I saw very often. Got to make your network future proof and prepare everyone for IPv6.
Appliance Image-based Installation
This only applies to Mist-managed deployments right now, but an image-based ISO installation process has been implemented. For conductor-managed deployments, the package-based installation is used. The image-based installation creates two volumes on the disk, installs the full 6.0 image into one of the volumes, and boots into that image. When an upgrade is initiated, the new ISO image is copied into the other volume. The upgrade process then copies configurations and persistent information from the old image to the new image, then reboots into the new version. Click here to check out a description of this new installation method and see the steps on how to use it.
Mist Self-Registration and Onboarding
New enhancements to WAN Assurance allowing you to fully manage your Session Smart Routers from the Mist Cloud. If you've watched any of the demos or visited us at any of the conferences, you may have already seen how cool this is. For those that have not, the benefits that come from the SSR being managed by Mist are countless. Some highlights:
Simplified Management and Configuration
Reduce Troubleshooting Time
For details, on how to onboard your SSRs to the Mist Cloud, check out these docs. We will definitely be writing a lot more about WAN Assurance in the future, but also check out:
Blog: Assuring Excellent User Experiences with AI-Driven SD-WAN
Demo: Design, Deploy, and Operate a Full Stack Branch with Mist AI Demo (17:09)
Demo: AI-Driven SD-WAN Demo: WAN Assurance (5:37)
Video: Why Juniper Full Stack – Sudheer Presents at Networking Field Day 27 (13:32)
To learn more about these features and the others released in 6.0, see this link.
Now, we want to hear from you! Let us know what you are thinking:
Looking forward to hearing back from you! Let us know if there are any features you would like to see us talk about. In the meantime, have a safe, happy, and healthy weekend!