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 platforms greatly simplifies network node deployment and complexity in 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 such as MPLS, MPLS L2/L3 VPN, VPLS, and others, hence the need for NE and CE device functionalities required for 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 detailed installation instructions and a guide.
There are some prerequisites required to be fulfilled to ensure the relevant images are 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 like Chrome and Microsoft Edge and download them as suggested.
Select the highlighted link for the download source.
Step 1.2: Download the images as shown below:
Wait for the complete downloads of all four required image files as below:
Step 1.3: Select all four downloaded zipped image files to extract.
Extract the required zipped images as shown below:
The completion of zipped image extraction is ready for deployment. Ensure that these images are unzipped successfully.
Part 2: How do we install all the required image bundles to ensure a successful setup?
Step 2.1.1: Launch Huawei eNSP application to start
Step 2.1.2: Create a new topology as shown below:
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.
Step 2.1.4: Double-click the image to get a prompt for the image installation as shown below.
Step 2.1.5: Power up to 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.
Step 2.2.2: Right-click on the image to start and get prompted for the image installation as shown below.
Step 2.2.3: Right-click the device image to start.
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 a successful installation.
Step 2.2.5: Running your NE9000 devices. Double-click on both connected devices to run.
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:
Step 2.3.2: Build a simple topology to link up two NE40E routers to test their image working state.
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 is much appreciated. Kindly like and share it for benefiting more members of the community.
YAW HON SING
Huawei certification and training system instructor for Datacom, and Artificial Intelligence track training.
HCIE, HCSI, HCIP & HCIA