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VIRL

Can someone please explain to me if VIRL is Cloud where someone can log in and access Lab enviroment. Or is it an iamge (iso, ESXI etc).

If so, what kind of computer do you need to run it without issues?

 

Thanks

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Re: VIRL

Hi,

You can also visit this to get more information:

http://virl.cisco.com/tutorials.php

https://www.packet.net/developers/guides/deploying-cisco-virl-on-packet-bare-metal/

 

- In my opinion you would need a very powerful machine to install Virl on an ESXi and you also would need to be comfortable with ESXi otherwise you will struggle a lot to get it working. Initially, I had it installed on a desktop using "VMware workstation Pro" with only 8GB of RAM and it was a pain to get it working even with 2-3 IOS devices. So, I started using Virl on packet (packet cloud services), with cloud services you would still need a machine  where you install Virl and then offload to a server on the cloud.  I used it for a while but it became much of a hassle, because it would take around 30-45 minutes to spin up a server on the cloud and then once you destroy the server you will lose your topology/configuration, and if you keep it running then they are charging you by the hour even though their rates reasonable, but it adds up depending how much you are using it.

 

I ended up investing in a powerful laptop with 32gb of RAM and i7 processor (I think even with 16GB you should be able to run large topologies), now I can have Virl up and running in minutes, simulate large topologies, save topologies, and best thing I can travel with it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: VIRL

Hi

The following links could be useful:

 

http://virl.cisco.com/

https://learningnetworkstore.cisco.com/virtual-internet-routing-lab-virl/cisco-personal-edition-pe-20-nodes-virl-20

 

Hope it is useful

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Re: VIRL

Hi,

You can also visit this to get more information:

http://virl.cisco.com/tutorials.php

https://www.packet.net/developers/guides/deploying-cisco-virl-on-packet-bare-metal/

 

- In my opinion you would need a very powerful machine to install Virl on an ESXi and you also would need to be comfortable with ESXi otherwise you will struggle a lot to get it working. Initially, I had it installed on a desktop using "VMware workstation Pro" with only 8GB of RAM and it was a pain to get it working even with 2-3 IOS devices. So, I started using Virl on packet (packet cloud services), with cloud services you would still need a machine  where you install Virl and then offload to a server on the cloud.  I used it for a while but it became much of a hassle, because it would take around 30-45 minutes to spin up a server on the cloud and then once you destroy the server you will lose your topology/configuration, and if you keep it running then they are charging you by the hour even though their rates reasonable, but it adds up depending how much you are using it.

 

I ended up investing in a powerful laptop with 32gb of RAM and i7 processor (I think even with 16GB you should be able to run large topologies), now I can have Virl up and running in minutes, simulate large topologies, save topologies, and best thing I can travel with it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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