Category: automation

  • L3VPN in NetBox – Could it be improved ?

    L3VPN in NetBox – Could it be improved ?

    First off, happy 2024 … may this coming year be one of happiness and health. In this blog we talk about L3VPN in NetBox and specifically whether (via a plugin) we could improve the visibility aspects. What is L3VPN Fundamentally L3VPN is a way of virtualising a layer3 network. A separate routing table per instance…

  • Junipers Terraform Automation Framework (JTAF)

    Junipers Terraform Automation Framework (JTAF)

    We’re at a point in our POCs whereas we’re looking at how we deploy configs automagically. In the Juniper world, we have ansible, pyez and the new kid on the block: JTAF. All code/data referenced in this can be found in the github repo: https://github.com/cruse1977/blog-juniper-jtaf-example What is JTAF JTAF is a way of deploying Juniper…

  • Juniper ZTP on QFX

    Juniper ZTP on QFX

    We’ve been playing recently with automating a lot of the Juniper devices we’ve got to deploy, the latest fun being the Juniper equivalent with PXE: ZTP. The idea being, we want to update, and throw a base level config but do this as programatically as possible. Update – 2021-10-08 Note – on QFX you cannot…

  • vQFX on ESXi (finally)

    vQFX on ESXi (finally)

    This took far too long to get working, but finally have it so – here’s how I did it. Images used (from Juniper): (PFE): cosim-18.4R1.8_20180212.vmdk (RE): jinstall-vqfx-10-f-18.4R1.8.vmdk Copy these to your ESXi server (upload to the datastore) . mine is ESXi 6.5, but most would work… enable SSH then SSH to your box. Tweak Disk…

  • Semi-Automating our labs – Connecting JunOS to Ansible

    It occurred to me that there is essentially quite a lot of repetition within our labs, and as such if we rebuild we’re creating the same tasks over and over again. Step forward: automation, or specifically ansible. To do this, we’re not looking to ‘fully’ automate at this point. I’m still picking up ansible hence…