David Bombal, author, instructor, and YouTuber

GNS3 talks: Juniper vSRX appliance: Import, configure, and integrate with GNS3 networks (part 1)

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Let’s get technical: Learn how to import a Juniper vSRX appliance into GNS3.

In this video, tech expert and networking instructor David Bombal walks you step by step how to import a Juniper vSRX appliance into GNS3 using two different methods.  

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You’ll learn

  • How to download, import, and configure an SRX virtual firewall in GNS3

  • Two ways to integrate the SRX in your GNS3 topology: 1) a VMware 2) or a GNS3 appliance 

  • Why it’s helpful to have two different methods from which to choose

Who is this for?

Network Professionals Business Leaders


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David Bombal
Author, instructor, and YouTuber 


0:00 the power in this thing is just awesome

0:03 kind of like the SRX to be honest

0:06 [Music]

0:10 I firmly believe that security and

0:13 networking are intimately tied I'm

0:15 trying to get this absolutely pristine

0:18 just like third technology in this video

0:31 I'm gonna show you how to download

0:32 import and configure a SRX of virtual

0:36 firewall in genus three the genus three

0:40 community is an amazing place I want to

0:44 give my special thanks to owl read for

0:47 helping me with this video without owls

0:50 contribution you wouldn't be watching

0:52 this video now so please also give your

0:55 thanks to all for helping me get the SRX

0:58 a device working in genus three

1:00 thank you very much owl for your

1:03 hopefulness a video in this video I'm

1:06 going to show you two ways to integrate

1:09 the SRX in your genus three topologies

1:13 this SRX template is a VMware

1:17 integration and this SRX is a genus

1:22 three appliance I'll start up both these

1:26 SRX devices and what you'll notice is

1:29 the VM way one is booting up if I open

1:34 up consoles to both of them you can see

1:36 that both are now booting up here's the

1:41 appliance template and this one is the

1:44 SRX running directly

1:49 within VMware so you'll see that the

1:52 console messages are very similar so to

1:57 this point I can now login to the SRX

2:01 running in VMware and what you'll notice

2:05 is I also have a login prompt on the

2:08 VMware VM the SRX appliance is also

2:13 booting up and we also have a login

2:16 prompt which will allow us to login to

2:18 the device so nota there are two

2:22 different ways to do this you can either

2:26 use a integrated VM or you can use a

2:32 genus 3 appliance the VMware integration

2:36 uses an OVA and the genus 3 appliance

2:39 uses a cute cow to file different genus

2:43 3 users have had different experiences

2:45 with these integrations some people have

2:49 found that the appliance doesn't work

2:53 and they've had to use an integrated VM

2:56 so just be aware that they are multiple

2:59 ways to do this integration it's not

3:02 just juniper appliances that have

3:05 multiple integration options for other

3:08 devices they may also be multiple

3:10 integration methods you may have to

3:14 choose between one integration and the

3:16 other depending on what works on your

3:19 computer but I will demonstrate both in

3:22 this video the genus 3 website also has

3:27 documentation about of the SRX device so

3:32 search in the documentation for the

3:34 virtual SRX appliance information about

3:38 integration is shown here and there are

3:41 links to the cue card 2 files on juniper

3:45 so what you're going to do is select the

3:48 virtual SRX software and then download

3:52 either a cue card to file or an OVA

3:57 depending on the integration that you're

3:59 going to use

4:01 for the genus three appliance you need

4:04 to download the cue card to file for

4:07 VMware Workstation or VMware fusion

4:09 you're going to use an OVA file so

4:13 selector the version of software that

4:15 you want to download from the genus

4:17 three documentation website and then on

4:20 the Juniper website select either qk2 or

4:24 OVA for whichever integration you're

4:27 going to be using again in this video

4:30 I'm going to show you both integration

4:32 options

4:36 [Music]

4:38 in this video I'm going to show you how

4:41 to integrate a virtual Juniper SRX

4:44 device in your Gina three topologies I'm

4:47 going to start with a small topology and

4:50 then expand it and integrate the SRX

4:54 with devices such as cisco routers and

4:58 Arista switches in this video I'm using

5:02 Gina 3 version 2.1 beta 1 on a Mac the

5:08 process however is very similar

5:10 when using Windows and genus 3 version

5:14 2.0

5:17 [Music]

5:20 to get started go to genus 3com go to

5:24 the marketplace go to appliances and do

5:28 a search for juniper the device that

5:30 we're going to integrate is the Juniper

5:32 V SRX selector the device and download

5:36 of the template to your local computer

5:40 in this example I'm using genus 3

5:43 version 2.1 beta 1 the same process

5:47 however applies to genus 3 version 2.0

5:51 as well as to genus 3 on Windows go to

5:55 file import appliance find the appliance

6:00 in your downloads directory and click

6:02 open the appliance import wizard

6:06 displays the category that thus

6:09 appliance will be added to you is the

6:11 firewall category architectures x86 KVM

6:16 is required which means that you need to

6:19 be using a vm web product in other words

6:21 you need to be running the genus 3 vm

6:24 within VMware Workstation VMware Player

6:28 or VMware Fusion or VMware ESXi where

6:33 nested a virtualization is supported you

6:36 cannot use of this appliance with a

6:38 VirtualBox click next I'm going to run

6:43 the appliance on the genus 3 vm click

6:46 Next I'm told that my server

6:48 requirements are ok click Next

6:52 now you need to provide your own

6:53 software for of this appliance in this

6:57 example I've got a really old version of

7:00 the appliance you may have better

7:02 results with a newer version of the

7:05 appliance software please note too that

7:08 neither I nor genus 3 can provide device

7:13 operating systems to you you'll need to

7:16 download the appliance software from

7:19 juniper yourself click import

7:24 in this example I've got to the VMDK

7:26 file in my downloads directory so I'm

7:29 going to click open

7:32 images uploaded to my Gina 3vm that's

7:37 now been done so the appliance is ready

7:40 to be installed

7:41 I'm gonna click Next I'm asked do I want

7:45 to install the appliance the answer is

7:48 yes so I'm going to click yes

7:50 Kim you settings are displayed I'm going

7:53 to use the defaults and click Next

7:55 a summary is displayed click Next and

7:59 click finish

8:01 the appliance is now installed

8:07 [Music]

8:09 invest apology I'm using the Jena 3vm

8:12 but I'm not going to use the Gina three

8:15 juniper appliance so I'm not going to be

8:20 using the Juniper Virtual SRX device in

8:23 this video I'm going to be using a

8:27 Juno's OVA so in VMware Fusion I'm gonna

8:32 go to file import you'll need to do

8:35 something similar if you're using VMware

8:37 Workstation

8:40 import of the OVA into VMware

8:43 Workstation

8:46 so I'm simply going to import the ova

8:52 into VMware fusion I'm going to click

8:55 finish

8:59 as you can see the virtual machine is

9:01 booting up

9:06 so the Junos virtual machine is booting

9:09 up and we now get a login prompt I can

9:13 log in as root

9:16 and notice this is using Linux so LS

9:20 shows me various directories we can see

9:23 details of directories but what we're

9:27 going to do is run the CLI and as an

9:30 example we could view the configuration

9:33 of the SRX device directly within VMware

9:39 but what I'm going to do now is shut

9:41 down the virtual machine

9:45 and I'm going to go into genus 3 and

9:48 select preferences and change the

9:52 Preferences what I want to do is

9:54 integrate the new VMware VM with gns3 so

10:00 I'm going to click new I'm gonna run

10:03 this VMware VM on my local computer the

10:07 virtual machine is this Juno's a virtual

10:10 SRX device and I'm going to click finish

10:14 click Edit go to network there are two

10:21 adapters on this virtual machine we can

10:25 see that by looking at the settings of

10:27 the virtual machine we can see here that

10:31 there are two network adapters

10:35 I'm going to allow a genus three to

10:37 override non-custom of my adapters I'm

10:42 going to change the category two

10:44 security devices and I'm going to change

10:47 the symbol to a firewall and click OK

10:52 and click OK and click OK once again

10:56 so under firewalls I now have the

11:00 virtual SRX a device and I can drag it

11:06 the device to the workspace I hope you

11:11 enjoyed this video if you did please

11:12 like it and please subscribe to my

11:15 youtube channel I wanna wish you all the

11:18 very best

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