14 Jun 2021

How To simulate Huawei NetEngine and CloudEngine Devices on eNSP

CloudEngine (CE) switches are high-performance core switches designed for data center networks and high-end campus networks, providing stable, reliable, secure, and high-performance Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching services.

NetEngine (NE) routers are high-performance  metro core, aggregation, DC gateway service routers designed for all-scenario platform greatly simplifies network node deployment and complexity in the cloud-era deployments.

Since the standard AR-series routers and S-series switches are designed for the SME and mid-size enterprise deployments lacking carrier-grade features as MPLS, MPLS L2/L3 VPN, VPLS and others, hence the need for NE and CE device functionalities required for the similar simulated proof-of-concept solutions.

Prior to the installation of the required images, your existing Huawei eNSP software is installed and running.
Reminder: If you have not installed Huawei eNSP software onto your Windows 10 machine, you can refer to the blog “HOW-TO Install Huawei eNSP on Windows 10” for the detailed installation instructions and guide.

There are some pre-requisites required to be fulfilled to ensure the relevant images to be in place for execution. We need the following image bundle as listed below:

Where shall we get the image bundle to start the pre-deployment testing journey?

How do we install all the required image bundles to ensure successful setup?

How do we start the pre-deployment testing environment to do proof of concepts (POC), classroom-based personalized network configuration training and learning?

Part 1: Where shall we find and download the required valid images for the required NE and CE devices in eNSP?

Step 1.1: Search the software bundle for the exact location using standard web browsers as chrome and Microsoft Edge and download them as suggested.

Select the highlighted link for the download source.

Select the highlighted four images as shown above to download.

Step 1.2: Download the images as shown below:

Follow the 3 steps to completely download the four image files as shown.

Wait for the complete downloads of all the four required image files as below:

The required image files downloaded

Step 1.3: Select all the four downloaded zipped image files to extract.

These four image files require extraction for deployments in eNSP

Extract the required zipped images as shown below:

Zipped Images extraction in progress….

The completion of zipped image extraction is ready for the deployment. Ensure that these images are unzipped successfully.

Images are ready for deployment in eNSP application

Part 2: How do we install all the required image bundles to ensure successful setup?

Step 2.1.1 : Launch Huawei eNSP application to start

Search and launch eNSP to get started.
Newly open eNSP application

Step 2.1.2 : Create a new topology as shown below:

Create a new topology workplace as shown.

Step 2.1.3: From the four images we have extracted earlier, choose one of them to start installing the image with. In this step, I decided to start with CX image to install.

Click on CX on the image window pane then click on the empty workplace as shown.

Step 2.1.4: Double click the image to get prompt for the image installation as shown below.

Import the CE image to install it from the local disk store.

Step 2.1.5: Power up two CE routers to test their image working state.

Step 2.2.1: Subsequently, I shall continue with another image, NE9000 to be installed. You can proceed as shown below.

Click on NE9000 on the image window pane then double click on the NE9000 image.

Step 2.2.2: Right click on the image to start and get prompted for the image installation as shown below.

Right click the NE9000 image to start
Choose the correct matching image to install from your folder.
Confirm the image and click IMPORT to proceed

Step 2.2.3: Right click the device image to start.

Starting the NE9000 device after installation

Step 2.2.4: Test your image installation and verify its success. If the devices can be started/powered on without errors and accessible through the console. It signifies the successful installation.

The device link ports show green indicating the active status.

Step 2.2.5: Running your NE9000 devices. Double click on both connected devices to run.

Both NE1 and NE2 are opening up in console access.

Step 2.3.0: Next procedure will be the NE40 router image installation.

Step 2.3.1: Open up the new topology and click on the NE40E icon and proceed as follows:

Selecting the NE40E image to import from the local disk store in your own computer

Step 2.3.2: Build a simple topology to link up two NE40E routers to test their image working state.

Connect two NE40E routers for testing its image.

Step 2.3.3: Power up both routers and run the console to test.

The installation steps are eventually reaching the end. I hope this technical blog could duly assist you in getting the necessary Huawei NE40, NE9000 and CE virtual routers installed onto your own eNSP. Your constructive and motivational feedback are much appreciated. Kindly like and share it for benefiting more members in the community.

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