Staffing virtual routers: VSR by Nokia (Alcatel-Lucent) R14.0 and R15.0 and XRv by Cisco

Anton Karneliuk. IT & Network Expert / Architect / Manager; Project Manager; Entrepreneur; 2x CCIE (RS/SP) #49412; MSc Telecommunications.

Leave a Reply to John Cancel Reply

Comment as a guest.

  1. Hi Anton,
    First of all, thank for your excellent work in the intervendor (Cisco,Juniper, Nokia) knwoledge.
    I’m trying to build a virtual network with Cisco Routers and Nokia SR (former ALU 7750). I would like to know the exact, or more similar, command in Nokia for the following Cisco command:
    show ip route
    show ip route vrf

    I need to obtain the next-hop and, to know if the next-hop is directly connected.

    Could you help me?

    Thank you!

      1. Hi John,
        Thanks for warm feedback. Here you are:
        Cisco: Nokia:
        show ip route show router route-table
        show ip cef show router fib 1
        show ip route vrf A show router A route-table
        show ip route 1.1.1.1/32 show route route-table 1.1.1.1/32

        Hope this helps.

        BR
        Anton

  2. Hi, For the Nokia VSR / SR 7750, do they support encapsulating MPLS in a tunnel (like GRE) so you can connect PE routers over an IP network?

  3. Hello Anton.

    Thanks for your work. I would like to say, R15 can be “pure VSR” ready for real traffic as you wrote, so VSR-i or VSR-d, with IOM-v and so one. But at the same time, it can be also VSR-SIM, so emulating real hardware like R14 and all previous releases.

    As before, you can have only have chassis type SR-c4 and SR-c12 and aslo SR-1 as integrated, so to use one virtual machine for both, control plane and data plane. In case of all other chassis type, you need to have extra virtual machine per card.

    Bellow is proper XML config for integrated virtual box release R15 chassis SR-c12 – with 10 port MDA (5 port MDA is not supported any more). Just because you specify this chassis type, router will boot up like VSR-SIM, and not VSR.

    TIMOS:address=192.168.2.201/24@active
    primary-config=cf1:\config.cfg
    slot=A chassis=SR-c12
    card=cfm-xp
    mda/1=m10-1gb-xp-sfp

    Another trick I’m using is to have config file on different CF than CF1. Upgrade of the box is than just mother of change SR-OS image and reboot.

    For your reference, in case you would like to try distributed VSIM, there are proper parts for our newest box, SR-14s with SR=OS 16.

    TIMOS:
    slot=A
    chassis=SR-14s
    sfm=sfm-s
    card=cpm-s
    address=192.168.2.209/24@active
    address=192.168.2.219/24@standby
    primary-config=cf1:\config.cfg

    TIMOS:
    slot=B
    chassis=SR-14s
    sfm=sfm-s
    card=cpm-s
    address=192.168.2.209/24@active
    address=192.168.2.219/24@standby
    primary-config=cf1:\config.cfg

    TIMOS:
    slot=1
    chassis=SR-14s
    sfm=sfm-s
    card=xcm-14s
    mda/1=s36-400gb-qsfpdd
    mda/2=s36-400gb-qsfpdd

    TIMOS:
    slot=2
    chassis=SR-14s
    sfm=sfm-s
    card=xcm-14s
    mda/1=s36-400gb-qsfpdd
    mda/2=s36-400gb-qsfpdd

    Hope it helps. Note, that in case of distributed model, you need to have MTU on connecting virbr 9000 that can be sometimes tricky to achieve. And than R16 Timos need 4G of ram for CPM, but 6G of ram for xcm-7s and 8G of ram for xcm-14s.
    All details can be seen in install guide. But hope those info can help to create lab faster and with less reading effort.

  4. Another stuff you neet to know. In c4/c12 chassit type, you have to provision adapter mcm-xp to be able to insert MDA from SR7/12 boxes.

    /configure card 1
    card-type iom-xp
    mcm 1
    mcm-type mcm-xp
    no shutdown
    exit
    mcm 3
    mcm-type mcm-xp
    no shutdown
    exit
    mda 1
    mda-type m10-1gb-xp-sfp
    no shutdown
    exit
    mda 3
    mda-type isa-tunnel
    no shutdown
    exit
    no shutdown

    Then, it works as expected:

    show card state

    ===============================================================================
    Card State
    ===============================================================================
    Slot/ Provisioned Type Admin Operational Num Num Comments
    Id Equipped Type (if different) State State Ports MDA
    ——————————————————————————-
    1 iom-xp up up 12
    1/1 mcm-xp up up
    1/3 mcm-xp up up
    1/1 m10-1gb-xp-sfp up up 10
    1/3 isa-tunnel up up 2
    isa-ms
    A cfm-xp up up Active
    B cfm-xp up down Standby
    (not equipped)
    ===============================================================================

Read Next

Sliding Sidebar

Don't miss the latest updates

We are working hard on creating the exceptional and unique content about network and IT technologies and automation. We truly believe you are benefiting from it and don't want you to miss it.

Sign up for the newsletter and stay updated.