Running Cisco Virtual IOS (IOSv) via VMware Workstation
- Cisco all-in-one-VM-1.2.1-194.ova
- VMWare Workstation
- Terminal Software (Putty)
This is a new software which is included on OnePK All-in-one Virtual Machine which we could use to simulate and this is also the IOS software that i expect to be included on CML/VIRL (Cisco Modeling Lab)..
For us to play with the Cisco Virtual IOS (IOSv) we need to download it from Cisco
all-in-one-VM-126.96.36.199.ova (New Version)
We only need the CCO to download it. it’s a 2GB files which is Virtual Machine for OnePK in which the Cisco Virtual IOS (IOSv) is included.
This would be the downloaded file.
After we have downloaded the file we need to rename it to .rar extension to extract the Virtual Machine . Here we have rename and extracted the VM into the Folder “all-in-one-VM-1.2.1-194.ova“
Inside the Folder “all-in-one-VM-1.2.1-194.ova” we have file with .ovf extension which need to be imported.
So we open the VMware Workstation and click the open a Virtual Machine.
Select the the file with extension of .ovf and provide the path where to install the imported Virtual Machine.
After Importing we will now have “all-in-one-Virtual Machine” which we need to extract the Cisco Virtual IOS (IOSv) from.
Powering up the Virtual Machine give us the screen below.
Now to copy the Cisco Virtual IOS (IOSv) we need to copy it from the /usr/share.vmcloud/data/images
To copy the file we need to drag the file from the Virtual Machine to our window desktop but if it’s not working then we need to install the ssh deamon on the Virtual Machine and copy it via sftp.
Now that we have download the Virtual IOS (IOSv) we need to rename the file again with the extension of .rar and extract.
Below is the rename and extracted files.
Inside of the extracted Cisco Virtual IOS folder is another importable virtualization package which we need to import again.
After successful import we will have the following
Running the Virtual Machine we will be presented with the Screen similar below which is expected since the Virtual IOS (IOSv) doesn’t send the console output via the monitor port but via the Serial port.
To access the Console we need to add a serial on the Virtual Machine and point the serial to a TCP named Pipe;
Here’s the steps.
Now let run it again and access the console port of the Virtual IOS (IOSv) via Putty
Now we have successfully access the console of the Virtual IOS (IOSv) with putty and we could now play with it.
Note: if you don’t want to do the step on how to extract the IOSv then download it here
its the ready importable ovf package
On the next post i will discuss how to make a network topology using the VMware Workstation and the Virtual IOS (IOSv)…