This is a Cisco CCIE Serv. Provider v4 Virtual Lab kit w/ 20 x CSR-1000v + 4 x XRv Routers
It can also be used as a CCIE R&S v5.1 Virtual Lab, which only needs 20 x CSR-1000v Routers
CSR-1000v Routers are loaded w/ IOS XE 15.6, while the XRv Routers are loaded w/ IOS XR 6.1.2
It also includes Virtual Machine (VM) with VIRL (Virtual Internet Routing Lab), although VIRL hasn't been activated. That is, it doesn't include a VIRL License (please details below)
This item is based on INE's (Inter Network Expert) recommendations for CCIE SP v4
It's built using an Ultra Quiet Dell R610 Server with 96GB (Max RAM) + 500GB HD running VMware ESXi 6.0
INE's Topology requires 6 Virtual Switches (vSwitch1-6). They will be configured in the Server.
With this Lab kit you can avoid paying Lab rental fees and will have full 24/7 access right at home!
This Dell R610 Server is running VMware ESXi 6.0 U2 Enterprise Version.
Please see below an Important Note about the ESXi Enterprise Version.
Core Routers are instances of the Cisco XRv Virtual Router Software with IOS XR version 6.1.2
All other 20 Routers are instances of the Cisco CSR-1000v Virtual Router Software version XE 3.17.03.S with IOS 15.6(1)S3
This Lab kit has been fully configured to provide Telnet access to all 24 Virtual Routers from a Secure CRT Terminal (please see pictures)
All Router interconnections are done with a combination of Sub-interfaces y Tunnels.
We provide all the initial configuration files for all Routers for ALL Lab Exercises.
Each XRv and each CSR-1000v Virtual Router needs at least 3 GB of RAM to operate
To support 24 Virtual Routers for INE's full Lab Topology the Server needs at least 72 GB of RAM. Since this Server has 96GB, it has enough RAM to guarantee a good performance!
These are the main features of this Virtual Lab:
- 2 x Quad Core Processors (Xeon X5550 or higher)
- 4 x Gigabit Ethernet Interfaces - 96 GB RAM (Max. RAM)
- 1 x 500 GB Hard Drive - VMware ESXi 6.0 U2 Enterprise Version (with Temporary 60-Days License )
- 20 instances of CSR-1000v Virtual Router Software version XE 3.17.03.S with IOS 15.6(1)S3 - 4 x instances of the Cisco XR-v Virtual Router with IOS XR version 6.1.2 - 6 x Virtual Switches (vSwitch1 - vSwitch6) for Router interconnections
- 1 x VIRL Virtual Machine (another VM within ESXi)
This Server also supports VIRL (Virtual Internet Routing Lab).
VIRL is installed in the ESXi Server as a separate VM (not activated - Software only).
But please notice that it does not include a VIRL License!
To activate and use VIRL you need to purchase a VIRL License from Cisco: virl.cisco.com
However, VIRL supports only 20 Nodes!
Since INE's CCIE SP Labs need 24 Nodes, VIRL can't really be used for Full Labs in which all 24 Nodes are being needed!
Therefore, our Virtual Lab is the best solution to work on INE's CCIE SPv4 Lab Exercises!