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Tech Tip originally posted by Edmund Roche-Kelly 09 Nov 2012

This tech tip describes how to set up and network EOS VMs in VirtualBox. The examples are based on a vanilla installation of VirtualBox 4.2.4 on Mac OS X Version 10.7.4. By the end of the post, we will have 4 EOS VMs connected together with remote ssh access.



Install VirtualBox and download vEOS images

VirtualBox is “a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.” It can be downloaded from here. Installation on Mac OS is simply running the dmg image. We need to download two files – Aboot for VirtualBox and the EOS flash file (Access to the software download page of www.aristanetworks.com required). Save these files somewhere you’ll remember when creating the VMs in VirtualBox.

Aboot for VirtualBox — https://www.arista.com/support/download/vEOS/Aboot-veos-2.0.8.iso

EOS 4.13.7 flash file — vEOS-4.13.7M.vmdk

Adding EOS VMs to VirtualBox There are a number of steps to get our 4 VMs installed.

1. Add a VM with 1 GB of memory using the EOS flash file as the primary master IDE drive and the Aboot ISO as the primary slave.

Note: You should remove any SATA controllers from your configuration even if they are unused. Failure to remove SATA controllers will result in boot issues.

2. Configure 4 network interfaces – one management interface and 3 internal networks. The internal networks represent the inter-switch links in the diagram above. Each inter switch link is a separate internal network, e.g. vEOS1 to vEOS2 is internal network 1 and vEOS3 to vEOS4 is internal network 6. The management interface can be NAT or Bridged. We use NAT in this example. Check the VirtualBox manual for more details.

Note: There are known issues with vlan tags being stripped by the Intel adapter type in Virtualbox. If you have issues with vlan tags please try the PCnet-FASTIII adapter type.

3. Clone this VM for each additional switch required, changing the internal networks to be unique for each interswitch link.

Follow along with this video to get all the VMs setup:

Configuring Networking and ssh access VirtualBox uses an internal DHCP server to assign addresses to NAT interfaces. Network Adapter 1 is on the network with a default gateway of We can assign addresses from this subnet to the management1 interfaces of the VMs. To allow SSH access, we need to set up port forwarding. This can be done using the VBoxManage command or via the GUI.

% VBoxManage modifyvm <VM> --natpf1 "guestssh,tcp,,2222,,22"

Another video shows how all this is done (best viewed fullscreen for the cli interaction)

Configuring the VMs Now that we have ssh access, we can configure EOS as we would a physical switch. For example, here we bring up OSPF between two of the VMs (only one side is shown).

sw1#sho lldp neighbors
Last table change time   : 0:00:04 ago
Number of table inserts  : 1
Number of table deletes  : 0
Number of table drops    : 0
Number of table age-outs : 0

Port      Neighbor Device ID             Neighbor Port ID           TTL
Et3       sw2                            Ethernet1                  120

sw1#conf t
sw1(config)#int loop0
sw1(config-if-Lo0)#ip add
sw1(config-if-Lo0)#int e 3
sw1(config-if-Et3)#no switchport
sw1(config-if-Et3)#ip add
sw1(config-if-Et3)#router ospf 1
sw1(config-router-ospf)#network area 0
sw1(config-router-ospf)#netw area 1
sw1(config-router-ospf)#sho ip ospf neighbor
Neighbor ID     Pri   State            Dead Time   Address         Interface           1   FULL/DR          00:00:32       Ethernet3

sw1(config-router-ospf)#ping source
PING ( from : 72(100) bytes of data.
80 bytes from icmp_req=1 ttl=64 time=5.10 ms
80 bytes from icmp_req=2 ttl=64 time=4.18 ms
80 bytes from icmp_req=3 ttl=64 time=8.80 ms
80 bytes from icmp_req=4 ttl=64 time=4.25 ms
80 bytes from icmp_req=5 ttl=64 time=7.53 ms
--- ping statistics ---

5 packets transmitted, 5 received, 0% packet loss, time 24ms
 rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 4.188/5.976/8.804/1.863 ms, ipg/ewma 6.064/5.591 ms

sw1(config-router-ospf)#sho ip route
Codes: C - connected, S - static, K - kernel,
O - OSPF, IA - OSPF inter area, E1 - OSPF external type 1,
E2 - OSPF external type 2, N1 - OSPF NSSA external type 1,
N2 - OSPF NSSA external type2, B I - iBGP, B E - eBGP,
R - RIP, A - Aggregate

O IA [110/20] via

VM Properties submitted by Edmund Roche-Kelly

Here are the properties of an vm using the generic Aboot-veos-2.0.8.iso:

$ VBoxManage showvminfo “demo”
 Name: vEOS
 Guest OS: Fedora
 UUID: 10c2019e-6b59-4089-b150-077f5e5238da
 Config file: /Users/edmundroche-kelly/virtualbox/demo/demo.vbox
 Snapshot folder: /Users/edmundroche-kelly/virtualbox/demo/Snapshots
 Log folder: /Users/edmundroche-kelly/virtualbox/demo/Logs
 Hardware UUID: 10c2019e-6b59-4089-b150-077f5e5238da
 Memory size: 1024MB
 Page Fusion: off
 VRAM size: 12MB
 CPU exec cap: 100%
 HPET: off
 Chipset: piix3
 Firmware: BIOS
 Number of CPUs: 1
 Synthetic Cpu: off
 CPUID overrides: None
 Boot menu mode: message and menu
 Boot Device (1): Floppy
 Boot Device (2): DVD
 Boot Device (3): HardDisk
 Boot Device (4): Not Assigned
 ACPI: on
 IOAPIC: off
 PAE: off
 Time offset: 0 ms
 Hardw. virt.ext: on
 Hardw. virt.ext exclusive: off
 Nested Paging: on
 Large Pages: on
 VT-x VPID: on
 State: running (since 2013-06-05T03:49:32.760000000)
 Monitor count: 1
 3D Acceleration: off
 2D Video Acceleration: off
 Teleporter Enabled: off
 Teleporter Port: 0
 Teleporter Address:
 Teleporter Password:
 Storage Controller Name (0): IDE Controller
 Storage Controller Type (0): PIIX4
 Storage Controller Instance Number (0): 0
 Storage Controller Max Port Count (0): 2
 Storage Controller Port Count (0): 2
 Storage Controller Bootable (0): on
 IDE Controller (0, 0): /Users/edmundroche-kelly/Downloads/vEOS-4.13.7M.vmdk (UUID: be88216f-cf2c-4c30-ad18-77c515953f87)
 IDE Controller (0, 1): /Users/edmundroche-kelly/Downloads/Aboot-veos-2.0.8.iso (UUID: 05bdaec6-0191-44fb-a5d5-a14f38a8f5be)
 NIC 1: MAC: 0800277A4ED6, Attachment: NAT, Cable connected: on, Trace: off (file: none), Type: 82540EM, Reported speed: 0 Mbps, Boot priority: 0, Promisc Policy: deny
 NIC 1 Settings: MTU: 0, Socket (send: 64, receive: 64), TCP Window (send:64, receive: 64)
 NIC 2: MAC: 080027B81932, Attachment: Internal Network ‘intnet1′, Cable connected: on, Trace: off (file: none), Type: 82540EM, Reported speed: 0 Mbps, Boot priority: 0, Promisc Policy: allow-vms
 NIC 3: MAC: 080027BDFFD0, Attachment: Internal Network ‘intnet2′, Cable connected: on, Trace: off (file: none), Type: 82540EM, Reported speed: 0 Mbps, Boot priority: 0, Promisc Policy: deny
 NIC 4: MAC: 080027E3E7B2, Attachment: Internal Network ‘intnet3′, Cable connected: on, Trace: off (file: none), Type: 82540EM, Reported speed: 0 Mbps, Boot priority: 0, Promisc Policy: deny
 NIC 5: disabled
 NIC 6: disabled
 NIC 7: disabled
 NIC 8: disabled
 Pointing Device: USB Tablet
 Keyboard Device: PS/2 Keyboard
 UART 1: disabled
 UART 2: disabled
 Audio: enabled (Driver: CoreAudio, Controller: AC97)
 Clipboard Mode: disabled
 Video mode: 720x400x0
 VRDE: disabled
 USB: enabled
USB Device Filters:
Available remote USB devices:
Currently Attached USB Devices:
Shared folders:
VRDE Connection: not active
 Clients so far: 0
Configured memory balloon size: 0 MB
 OS type: Fedora
 Additions run level: 0
Guest Facilities:
No active facilities.

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