Named after an extinct sub-species of the African zebra, Quagga is a fork of the GNU Zebra project routing software package, which was discontinued in 2005, providing implementations of OSPF, RIP, BGP, and ISIS for *nix based systems.
Quagga can be used to turn your *nix system into a software based router, however it is more typically used as route server in an eBGP peering environment or as a route reflector in iBGP implementations that are not fully meshed. Continue reading How to install Quagga on Centos 6.5
In this post I will run through the installation and verification of operation of a Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) server running on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. TFTP is an Internet software utility for transferring files between networked devices, that is simpler to use than the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) but less capable and less secure. It is used where user authentication and directory visibility are not required. TFTP uses the UDP port 69 as its transmission layer protocol making it lighter than TCP based FTP. TFTP is described formally in RFC 1350. Continue reading TFTP on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS server
I love using GNS3 when I am studying as I can integrate a Virtual Machine, running a TACACS+ server for example, however this does come at a cost of CPU and RAM utilization.
I don’t always need a full Linux VM running when all I want to do is ping or traceroute between two hosts on the network, this is where Virtual PC Simulator (VPCS) comes into play. VPCS is a lightweight PC simulator that has a basic set of network commands such as ping, traceroute and telnet. It does not consume the CPU and memory resources that adding another router or VM would use. VPCS can simulate up to 9 separate PC at a time. Continue reading Adding VPCS to GNS3 v1.1
A reader recently requested that I do a post on installing VirtualBox and integrating it into GNS3 on a Linux install, so here it is.
In this post I provide step-by-step installation details for VirtualBox 4.3.18 (the latest version available) as well as the installation of the vboxwrapper for integration into GNS3. Continue reading Install VirtualBox for use in GNS3
IP subnetting is one of the core topics that is covered in the CCNA and is something that every network engineer worth his/her salt will be able to do in their head. Having said that though, there are times when you just cant be bothered to do it in your head, we are human after all and by default lazy. Continue reading Linux IP Subnetting Tools
If you are studying for your CCNA SP exam, or work with IOS XR and would like to learn more about the way IOS XR works you can now install IOS XRv in VirtualBox and integrate it with GNS3 version 1.1. In the following post I will describe the steps of setting up VirtualBox and GNS3 version 1.1 to use IOS XRv on Ubuntu 14.0.4. Continue reading Cisco IOS XRv in GNS3 using VirtualBox
In this post I will be describing the steps required to install TACACS+ on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I will be compiling the TACACS+ daemon with ACL support for additional security.
I will also run through the basic configuration of Cisco devices to use TACACS+ for Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting. Continue reading TACACS+ on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
In this post I will be running through the installation of the public release of GNS3 version 1.1 on a clean install of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
I am using the Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 LTS distribution, however I have also tested it on a clean install of the standard Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with unity Continue reading GNS3 v1.1 install on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
In this post I will be describing setting up Ubuntu 14.04 LTS as a DHCP server.
The steps in this guide have been tested on a clean install of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS server, but should be applicable to most Debian based distributions (Linux Mint etc). Continue reading Ubuntu DHCP Server
I recently got a new laptop at work. It has one major downside, it only has 4GB of RAM which is soldered straight into the motherboard and therefore can not be upgraded. Also 500MB of the RAM is reserved for the GPU, so I only have about 3.5GB of useabe RAM. This is fine for running my day to day applications for work, but does not leave much wiggle room for running GNS3.
Luckily I work for a hosting company and we have quite a few servers lying around doing nothing. I managed to get hold of a decommisioned server with 2 quad core processors and 48GB of RAM, perfect to run a remote GNS3 server on. We mainly use Centos and since it is not an OS I am familiar with (I mainly use Ubuntu) I decided to give it a go and try something new. In this post I will run through the steps I went through to get GNS3 sevrer running on Centos as well as setting up the GNS3 GUI to connect to the remote server. Continue reading GNS3 and IOU remote server install on Centos 6.5