Thursday, December 18, 2014

CCIE v5 INE Home Lab - Part 3 - Console to Routers / Automating scripts

Don't you love it when it all comes together and all the puzzle pieces fall into place. Well I hope that this blogtorial does exactly that. In part 1 and part 2, we laid the groundwork and the foundation to successfully get a lab up and running and in this blogtorial we are going to finish it off with:
  • How to console into the virtual routers? 
  • How to get all initial configs prep'd so we can have concentrate on doing the labs rather than setting up the labs?
  • How to automate the loading of the initial configs? 
I know it's a lot to cover in one post, but I also didn't want to breakup this series into too many parts. So without further adieu, let's get started and I will try to streamline it and post as much screenshots as possible. Here is the overview and where we will be spending most of the blogtorial.

I normally would do it for free but I have had tons of requests and questions regarding the lab setup and scripts. So for a nominal fee I will configure your entire VMWare ESXi server / all the routers / the Linux VMs / auto loading scripts. More importantly it includes an easy to use WEB GUI to load the config files. Contact me via if you are interested. 

Screenshot of the WEB GUI. 

Note: Thomas Kjær pointed out in one of the comments below that ESXi version 6 recently released does not limit 4 serial per Linux VM. Therefore, instead of creating 4 linux VM you could just do it all in one Linux VM, but you would have to edit the scripts accordingly.