Arista Layer3 Spine-Leaf w/ VXLAN (L3LS-V): Lab Part 1

July 11, 2017
Lab, Introduction
by Pablo Narváez

This is the first post in a series where I’ll go deep on how VXLAN is deployed on Arista switches and how it operates in a Layer 3 Ethernet fabric.[Post-2]network_diagram-1

For this lab, I will create a self-contained virtual environment so physical appliances will not be used at this time. Please note, the IP Storage, Services and Border Leafs will not be deployed yet; once we are done with VXLAN, I will add new features and functionalities including the extra Leafs.

Hardware and versions to be used in my lab:

• 2x HPE DL-360 ProLiant Gen8 server
– 2x 64bit 8-core Intel Xeon processors (E5-2650)
– 128GB RAM
– 4x 300GB SAS drives (sda, RAID 0)
– 2x 1TB SAS drivers (sdb, RAID 0)
– 1x iLO dedicated GE network port
– 4x embedded GE network ports
– 1x 10GbE dual-port network module
• 2x HPE DL-360 ProLiant Gen8 server
• Ubuntu 16.0.4 LTS with KVM
• VMware iESXi 6.5
• Arista vEOS 4.17.5M

I will provide detailed instructions for what to do (and configure) on every device. Equipment and operating systems versions may change along the way, so I will make appropriate notes wherever needed.

As stated before, I am going to follow this up with a series of articles focusing on the different infrastructure layers; as those articles are released, the links will be updated here:

  • Lab Part 1: Introduction (this article)
  • Lab Part 2: Virtual environment setup (next up)
  • Lab Part 3: Production servers deployment
  • Lab Part 4: Configuring the Ethernet fabric
  • Lab Part 5: Running and testing VXLAN
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