IP330’s in the lab

I’ve finally put them all in my office lab. This is what they look like sitting with the M10. The VPN220 was tippexed out when I bought it, so just left it that way.

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This is my new topology. Click for the full size:

Hardware issues – 1U Olives

I had a bit of a nightmare getting these things to actually work at first. There were a number of things that I learnt along the way that I can share with you so you don’t have the same hold-ups.

Point #1 – There are 2 different ‘models’ of IP330.
One has a white and blue front:

The other is plain white on the front:

The white one seems to be a later model, and actually has more problems than the older one.

Point #2 – The hard drives needed when doing the Olive need to be either Western Digital or Seagate and HAVE to be LESS than 32GB in size.
It seems the BIOS on these Nokia’s don’t like drivers bigger than 32GB.
The white ones come with 40GB drives, with a jumper setting limiting them to 32GB. The older Nokia’s have WD drives of around 8GB in size.

Point #3 – When installing FreeBSD 4.4 mini, ensure that the hard drive to be used in the Nokia is the primary master
Otherwise installing JUNOS won’t work.

Point #4 – Install JUNOS 7.0, 7.1 or 7.2 first.
I seemed to have problems with any other version. Starting with these 3 I always succeeded.

Point #5 – 8.4 is the latest you’ll EVER be able to install
JUNOS 8.5 no longer supports the CPU inside the IP330. This is true for both the older AND the newer IP330’s shown above. Even though the white one is newer, they use exactly the same CPU. JUNOS won’t actually tell you this when you try and upgrade though. JUNOS will happily allow you to upgrade, but when you reboot to use the new version, you’re left with this:

Booting [/kernel]...
Olive CPU
GDB: debug ports: sio
GDB: current port: sio
KDB: debugger backends: ddb gdb
KDB: current backend: ddb
Copyright (c) 1996-2008, Juniper Networks, Inc.
All rights reserved.
Copyright (c) 1992-2006 The FreeBSD Project.
Copyright (c) 1979, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
        The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
JUNOS 8.5R2.10 #0: 2008-02-06 08:20:23 UTC
    [email protected]:/volume/build/junos/8.5/release/8.5R2.10/obj-i386/sys/compile/JUNIPER
Timecounter "i8254" frequency 1193182 Hz quality 0
CPU: AMD-K6(tm) 3D processor (Unknown-class CPU)
  Origin = "AuthenticAMD"  Id = 0x58c  Stepping = 12
  AMD Features=0x80000800
panic: CPU class not configured

You now have to start from scratch again. I could not recover.

Point #6 – If you can’t see anything through the serial port, maybe your cable is wrong.
You need a null modem cable. But maybe you have? The problem is that there is no null modem standard. This means you might have a bunch of null modem cables that all work differently. You can check the specs on wikipedia for null modem cables. I had a few and at first only 1 ever worked. I bought 1 of these: 2M Null Modem Cable and these worked just fine. When you boot up a Nokia, you should see ‘AT’ in your console application for a few minutes.

Another thing to add. When I bought my 5 IP330’s, 1 of then was a VPN220, but it looked identical inside and out to the older IP330. I turned this into and olive and it works just fine.

Other than that, everything else for me worked a treat!

Juniper olive on old Nokia IP330

I’ve been wanting to do more Juniper studies. Unfortunately at work we only have 2 Junipers on the BGP edge so we don’t exactly get to play with them.

I’ve known about olives on the PC for a while, but I wanted something better. I could not afford to buy a J2300 so I went he next best route – The 1U Olive

I’ve just got it working too!

root> show version
Model: olive
JUNOS Base OS boot [7.1R2.2]
JUNOS Base OS Software Suite [7.1R2.2]
JUNOS Kernel Software Suite [7.1R2.2]
JUNOS Packet Forwarding Engine Support (M20/M40) [7.1R2.2]
JUNOS Routing Software Suite [7.1R2.2]
JUNOS Online Documentation [7.1R2.2]
JUNOS Crypto Software Suite [7.1R2.2]

root> show interfaces terse
Interface Admin Link Proto Local Remote
dsc up up
fxp0 up down
fxp1 up down
fxp2 up down
gre up up
ipip up up
lo0 up up
lo0.16385 up up inet
inet6 fe80::200:ff:fe00:1
lsi up up
mtun up up
pimd up up
pime up up
tap up up

I’ve got a couple of other IP330’s so I just need to replicate this. I’ll stick this in the lab. This essentially gives 4 me Juniper routers!

The next step is to upgrade the JUNOS version on this one and do a few more. Then put them together and see what happens.