Junos OS

 View Only
last person joined: 6 hours ago 

Ask questions and share experiences about Junos OS.
  • 1.  Virtual Lab Environment Recommendations For JUNOS

    Posted 11-25-2022 15:28
    All, 

    What are your recommendations for virtual lab environment in terms of software?  I'm new to Junos and wanted to get my hands on some equipment but because of cost it is not in the cards.

    ------------------------------
    TRENTON YORK
    ------------------------------


  • 2.  RE: Virtual Lab Environment Recommendations For JUNOS

    Posted 11-28-2022 13:18
    I don't have an answer, so I am so much looking forward  to what will be suggested !
    thanks for your post.

    How about a Packet Tracer equivalent for Juniper ?

    Michel Lapointe

    ------------------------------
    Michel Lapointe
    ------------------------------



  • 3.  RE: Virtual Lab Environment Recommendations For JUNOS

    Posted 11-28-2022 15:37
    The probably best answer to this is called: vLabs.juniper.net ;)
    with the vLabs you find everything and it costs nothing - you just need to create a Juniper account (which you already should have) :)

    later in your career when you need multivendor support, advanced pocs and such that your employer pays for you, you can switch to EVE-NG.

    ------------------------------
    Christian Scholz
    Juniper Networks Ambassador | JNCIE-SEC #374
    Mail: chs@ip4.de
    Blog: jncie.eu | Twitter: @chsjuniper | YT-Channel: netchron
    ------------------------------



  • 4.  RE: Virtual Lab Environment Recommendations For JUNOS

    Posted 11-29-2022 05:30
    As well as the excellent suggestion for Juniper vlabs, it is common for people to "roll their own" lab using available virtual or containerised NOS images.
    GNS3 and EVE-NG are the most well known for setting this up "easily" I think (I'm probably a bit out of date).
    I watched a recent presentation on containerlab, which looked interesting (containerlab.dev).

    I find having  a couple of vMX images spun up and connected together invaluable.
    Generally preferable to having real hardware (caveats and exceptions apply!)


  • 5.  RE: Virtual Lab Environment Recommendations For JUNOS

    Posted 11-29-2022 11:08
    +1 for vlabs. It's tough to argue with free lab resources :)
    The caveat with vlabs is the 6 hour session limit. 
    I don't know this for a fact, but I believe your vlab is torn down after 6 hours, so not ideal for longer lab scenarios.

    To that end and because I like to build my own labs, I run vQFXs (switches) and vMXs (routers) in my EVE-NG home lab. I believe the images are free from juniper, but you'll need a server with modest resources to run a decent sized lab. The vQFXs are also know to be "touchy" and I've had my fair share of issues with them.

    ------------------------------
    Andy Lapteff
    ------------------------------



  • 6.  RE: Virtual Lab Environment Recommendations For JUNOS

    Posted 11-29-2022 11:08
    Edited by spuluka 11-29-2022 15:23

    Agree with others.  I actually did a few videos on familiarization of Juniper vLabs and EVE-NG... they might help you get started.  Also, the SRX300 is a small, fairly affordable option for a personal hardware lab.  I put a few links here incase you or others are interested.
    https://youtu.be/QEF83Z6ZqKg
    https://youtu.be/QNouHKEF7v8
    https://youtu.be/09bK0vKOD8E
    https://youtu.be/hYimbxWCbCA
    SRX as a Router - https://youtu.be/BwZmwaAgqY0
    vQFX in EVE-NG - https://youtu.be/jZY5JhEoY9s



    ------------------------------
    Aaron Gould
    Senior Network Engineer
    aaron@gvtc.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/agould123/
    ------------------------------



  • 7.  RE: Virtual Lab Environment Recommendations For JUNOS

     
    Posted 11-29-2022 15:24
    Juniper seems to be actively cooperating with EVE-NG as a virtual lab environment, and have done several webinars on setting up EVE-NG lab environments. You will need to get your hands on vMX/vQFX/vSRX images, but these are all available in trial form so that shouldnt be too big of an issue I'd imagine. It is quite versatile and very easy to set up and work work (if you can spare the money, a pro license gets you some pretty nifty features like being able to artificially introduce latency, jitter, packetloss etc on lines, as well as being able to connect and disconnect wires at will on a running environment).

    Containerlab is also a pretty big one these days though I dont have much experience with that one. It does look very promising though.