Below are the steps needed to get the CSR1000v working in VMware Fusion on a Mac. Before we look at the steps here is the hardware and software I used:
Basically you need a quad core machine with a hypervisor (VMware, Virtual Box, KVM, etc). I just used VMware Fusion as it’s a commonly used hypervisor. Additionally I used two USB NICs to map to the GigabitEthernet1 and GigabitEthernet2 interfaces inside the CSR1000v. You could use any NICs or even subinterfaces if you are using Linux (Mac OS does support VLANs but I personally have not tried it with VMware Fusion). The GigabitEthernet0 is the management interface that is associated with the “Mgmt-intf” VRF so I didn’t want to use it for the internal and internet facing interfaces.
Download the CSR1000v OVA (Open Virtualization Archive) file here if you haven’t already done so. Note that you will need to use your Cisco CCO login to download.
Once the file has been downloaded, start the installation by finding the .ova file and double-clicking it. It will then open the VMWare Fusion window below:
Now that the machine has been imported you can start it.
We need to map the GigabitEthernet interfaces from the CSR1000v to the USB NICs.
We can verify the CSR1000v’s interfaces with VMware. A good way is to check the MAC addresses as VMware will show you the MAC address of each NIC in the settings.
It’s now ready to apply your configuration. Last night I used it as my home router (50Mbps down and 20Mbps up) and here was the performance numbers after I activated the 50Mbps throughput demo license/span>
CSR1000v(config)#platform hardware throughput level ? 10000 throughput in kbps 25000 throughput in kbps 50000 throughput in kbps CSR1000v(config)#platform hardware throughput level
Here is the very basic configuration that I used in the CSR1000v to provide internet access:
CSR1000v#sho run Building configuration... Current configuration : 1816 bytes ! ! Last configuration change at 04:06:59 UTC Fri Apr 19 2013 ! version 15.3 service timestamps debug datetime msec service timestamps log datetime msec service password-encryption no platform punt-keepalive disable-kernel-core platform console virtual platform hardware throughput level 50000 ! hostname CSR1000v ! boot-start-marker boot-end-marker ! ! vrf definition Mgmt-intf ! address-family ipv4 exit-address-family ! address-family ipv6 exit-address-family ! enable secret 4 wnIsLyS.p9pNIRVWPyb98mg0322nrnyQVqPabl7clC1 ! no aaa new-model ! ! ! ! ! no ip domain lookup ip dhcp excluded-address 10.0.1.200 10.0.1.254 ip dhcp excluded-address 10.0.1.1 10.0.1.99 ! ip dhcp pool INSIDE network 10.0.1.0 255.255.255.0 default-router 10.0.1.254 dns-server 22.214.171.124 ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! multilink bundle-name authenticated ! ! ! ! ! ! ! license accept end user agreement spanning-tree extend system-id ! ! redundancy mode none ! ! ! ! ! ! ip tftp source-interface GigabitEthernet0 ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! interface Loopback0 ip address 126.96.36.199 255.255.255.255 ! interface GigabitEthernet1 ip address 10.0.1.254 255.255.255.0 ip nat inside negotiation auto ! interface GigabitEthernet2 ip address dhcp ip nat outside negotiation auto ! interface GigabitEthernet0 vrf forwarding Mgmt-intf ip address dhcp negotiation auto ! ip nat inside source list ACL_NAT interface GigabitEthernet2 overload ip forward-protocol nd ! no ip http server no ip http secure-server ! ip access-list standard ACL_NAT permit 10.0.1.0 0.0.0.255 ip access-list standard ACL_TELNET permit 10.0.1.0 0.0.0.255 ! ! ! ! control-plane ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! line con 0 stopbits 1 line aux 0 stopbits 1 line vty 0 4 access-class ACL_TELNET in privilege level 15 password 7 XXXXXXXX login ! ! end CSR1000v#
Note that you may find it easier to configure the G0 interface within VMware as “host only” so that it’ll provide an IP address to the CSR1000v’s management interface via DHCP. This way all you need to do is enable telnet access under the VTYs and not have to work on the VMware virtual console as there are limitations with cut/paste along with scroll back.
About Brian Dennis, CCIE #2210:
Brian Dennis has been in the networking industry for more than 22 years, with a focus on Cisco networking for the past 16 years. Brian achieved his first CCIE in Routing & Switching in 1996, and is currently the only ten year CCIE that holds five CCIE certifications. Prior to working with INE, Brian taught and developed CCIE preparation courses for various well known training organizations. Brian not only brings his years of teaching experience to the classroom, but also years of real world enterprise and service provider experience.
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