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Juniper Cloud-Native Router Controller (cRPD)

Read this chapter to understand the Juniper Cloud-Native Router-controller (cloud-native router controller or cRPD), which is the Juniper Cloud-Native Router control plane.

Benefits of Juniper Cloud-Native Router Controller

The cRPD acts as the control plane in the Juniper Cloud-Native Router solution. The cRPD provides configuration interfaces to users (CLI) and applications (API) alike. You can use these interfaces to configure or program the Juniper Cloud-Native Router-vRouter forwarding plane. You can also configure the following using the Juniper Cloud-Native Router-controller:

  • Virtual function (VF) fabric interfaces

  • VF workload interfaces

  • Trunk interfaces

  • Access interfaces

  • L2 ACLs (firewall rules)

  • Bridge domains

  • Ethernet switching

  • VLANs

The cRPD performs the following functions:

  • Supports JCNR-vRouter as the forwarding plane

  • Maintains configuration for vRouter interfaces including trunk and access interfaces, virtual function interfaces (VFs), VLANs, and more

  • Maintains configuration of bridge domains

  • Maintains configuration for L2 firewall

  • Maintains configuration for bridge domains, VLANs, virtual-switches, and so on

  • Passes configuration information to the vRouter through the vRouter-agent

  • Stores license key information

Configuration Options

During deployment, you can configure the cRPD by changing the values of the key:value pairs contained within the values.yaml file that we include in the software distribution TAR file.

After deployment, we recommend that you use the NETCONF protocol with PyEZ to configure cRPD. See for details about PyEZ. Alternatively, you can SSH directly to the cRPD on TCP port 24 or using NETCONF on TCP port 830. Finally, you can also configure the cloud-native router by accessing the Junos CLI on the cRPD using Kubernetes commands to connect to the cRPD Pod.

Access to the CLI

In this procedure, we provide CLI commands that you run on the host server. We do not show a prompt before the commands so that you can copy and paste the commands into your own cloud-native router.

The output should look like:

The command to access the cRPD CLI is in the form: kubectl exec -n kube-system -it <full cRPD Pod name> -- bash. If we use the output mentioned earlier in this section, the command appears as: kubectl exec -n kube-system -it kube-crpd-worker-ds-89wzg -- bash.

The output from the command (when you use the full name of your cRPD Pod) should look like:

This output indicates that you have accessed the cRPD CLI. At this point, your access level is root and you are in shell mode. Just as when you connect as root to any Junos OS-based device, you must enter the cli command to access the Junos CLI in operation mode.