Monday, April 30, 2018

Configuring Eve-NG on Google Compute Engine

In this blogtorial I will walk-through on how to deploy Eve-NG on the cloud and more specifically on Google Compute Engine. I've tried Eve-NG on AWS and Azure but neither of them actually worked since nested virtualization isn't supported or is a very convoluted process (i.e Ravello).  Google Compute Engine was also the cheapest option at the time of this writing. 

Why deploy Eve-NG on the clould?

This whole blogtorial came about because I wanted to study advanced topics in the CCIE DC curriculum such as VXLAN with BGP EVPN. In order to virtualize the type of routers capable of running these advanced DC technologies it requires a lot of RAM and CPU. In addition, I didn't need these routers to be running all the time wasting power, so I needed the flexibility of powering these devices on and off. I decided to search google on how to virtualize the topology and much to my surprise, I could not find an article that encompassed all the steps. After reading about 15 different articles and stitching together all the information, I decided perhaps I should write an article that has everything you need to know (the whole nine yards!!) on how to get Eve-NG on the cloud (Google Compute Engine). 

If you follow this article from step 1 to step Z, you will end up with a fully functioning google instance running Eve-NG. 

First, register for a free google compute engine account and then log into the console (I believe you get $300 in free credits ... so enjoy!!). Once you log into the console, click on "Activate Google Cloud Shell". 

Once you activate it you should see something very similar.