IOS-XR XRv

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Hello,


Looks like the release notes for 4.3.2 indicate an upcoming download for XRv (XR4U?).  4.3.2 is available for download now for ASR9000 and CRS.  Anyone know when we might see a download for XRv?


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/routers/asr9000/software/asr9k_r4.3/general/release/notes/reln_432a9k.html#concept_15579287A4DE44C58EE16FD3399AB0C8



It will be nice to have a couple of these VMs running in a lab.

Correct Answer by smilstea about 3 years 11 months ago

Hi,


I am glad to see the interest in XRv which can be thought of asd the next-gen XR4U. XRv's first release is 4.3.2 as you have seen, but this is a limited availability release. Below is some general information, but please do contact your Cisco account team for more information.



IOS XRv is a Virtual Machine running the IOS-XR operating  system.  The VM combines Route-Processor and Line-card functionality in  a  single image, offering full control-plane and management plane   capabilities as contained in the regular IOS XR operating system.   Release 4.3.2 will only offer vRR version with limited availability, no   Demo and Simulator  offering.


With XRv we are planning three types of images: demo, simulation, and production. The differences in the images have to do with the data plane rate limits and licensing needed.


There are 3 main use cases for IOS XRv:

    1. XR familiarization and education (Demo version will NOT be offered in Release 4.3.2)
    2. Configuration staging and testing- Network Modeling (Simulator version will NOT be offered in Release 4.3.2)
    3. vRR: virtual router production use cases, starting with vRR (Route Reflector is the only version in Release 4.3.2)



    Thanks,

    Sam

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    rwellum about 3 years 6 months ago

    Folks,


    I'm one of the XRv development leads. As has been mentioned on this thread already, Cisco IOS XR 5.1.1 software is *LIVE on CCO*.


    This includes over 100 new feature offerings supported across multiple platforms including new platform support for XRv.


    I've been collecting customer 5.1.1 links for XRv, and it's growing so I may add more (there are some minor changes to the release notes and the data sheet to come - bear with us as we don't release new platforms - even virtual ones - too often). Note that the demo image is free to use and the download works. The production images require the correct PIDs (I'll post more on this later).


    I hope this product is useful, and we'll have many more features to come in future releases (HA for example...).


    Thanks,


    Rich Wellum ([email protected])



    XRv 5.1.1 release and download information



    Release Page:

    General page with link to release notes, config guide and download:

    http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/products/ps13347/tsd_products_support_series_home.html


    The demo images download link:

    http://software.cisco.com/download/release.html?i=!y&mdfid=285013070&softwareid=280805694&release=5.1.1&os


    Installation Guide:

    http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/ios_xr_sw/ios_xrv/install_config/b_xrvr_432.html

    http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/ios_xr_sw/ios_xrv/install_config/b_xrvr_432.pdf


    Quick Guide to ESXi

    https://supportforums.cisco.com/docs/DOC-39939


    Release Notes:

    http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/ios_xr_sw/iosxr_r5.1/general/release/notes/reln-xrv.html

    http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/ios_xr_sw/iosxr_r5.1/general/release/notes/reln-xrv.pdf



    Some mentions from Outside Cisco:


    Blogs:


    http://www.fryguy.net/2014/02/08/cisco-ios-xrv-v-as-in-virtual/

    http://lostintransit.se/2014/02/09/cisco-xrv-has-been-released/



    Twitter:

    https://twitter.com/search?q=xrv&src=typd



    Other:

    http://certcollection.org/forum/topic/213862-cisco-ios-xrv/



    Images:


    Demo only:


    * Demo Locked Image: iosxrv-demo.ova and iosxrv-demo.vmdk

    * Demo Locked Image with Crypto: iosxrv-k9-demo.ova and iosxrv-k9-demo.vmdk


    Production:


    * Production Capable Image: iosxrv.ova and iosxrv.vmdk

    * Production Capable Image with Crypto :iosxrv-k9.ova and iosxrv-k9.vmdk

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    smilstea Fri, 09/06/2013 - 05:14
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    Hi,


    I am glad to see the interest in XRv which can be thought of asd the next-gen XR4U. XRv's first release is 4.3.2 as you have seen, but this is a limited availability release. Below is some general information, but please do contact your Cisco account team for more information.



    IOS XRv is a Virtual Machine running the IOS-XR operating  system.  The VM combines Route-Processor and Line-card functionality in  a  single image, offering full control-plane and management plane   capabilities as contained in the regular IOS XR operating system.   Release 4.3.2 will only offer vRR version with limited availability, no   Demo and Simulator  offering.


    With XRv we are planning three types of images: demo, simulation, and production. The differences in the images have to do with the data plane rate limits and licensing needed.


    There are 3 main use cases for IOS XRv:

      1. XR familiarization and education (Demo version will NOT be offered in Release 4.3.2)
      2. Configuration staging and testing- Network Modeling (Simulator version will NOT be offered in Release 4.3.2)
      3. vRR: virtual router production use cases, starting with vRR (Route Reflector is the only version in Release 4.3.2)



      Thanks,

      Sam

      alexey.sazhin Mon, 09/09/2013 - 08:08
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      Hi, Sam


      Is there planned date for the next release? Very interested in use cases #1 and #2.


      Thanks,

      Alex

      smilstea Mon, 09/09/2013 - 10:12
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      Hi Alex,


      We are planning on adding these functions in 5.1.x

      5.1.0 is planned for this month and 5.1.1 is planned for late Jan 2014.


      Thanks,

      Sam

      amirtahir Tue, 09/24/2013 - 10:07
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      Hi Sam,

      Do you know the release date for 5.1.0?


      Regards

      AT

      smilstea Tue, 09/24/2013 - 11:45
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      In terms of ASR9K and CRS          

      5.1.0 is already out

      5.1.1 is scheduled for later in Jan '14


      The schedule for XRv is slightly different and still in limited release right now.


      Thanks,

      Sam

      Sergio Barragan Tue, 09/24/2013 - 13:49
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      Hello,


      Answering to your inquiry,


      XRv will be released to the general public in version 5.1.1 which is expected for early next year.


      Best regards,

      Sergio

      amirtahir Thu, 12/05/2013 - 09:27
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      Hi,

      Any  update for release date for XRv  "XR familiarization and education"

      Thank you!!

      Regards

      AT

      pipatpong.samranpit Mon, 02/03/2014 - 20:07
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      Hi Sergio and Samuel,


      Do you have any update for XRv release date?


      I saw Cisco IOS XRv software download in the following link;


      http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps13347/tsd_products_support_series_home.html


      But can't find the software image in the "Download Software" portal when I click it.


      I undestand that IOS XR is still 5.1.0 right now. So, I need to waiting for Cisco release IOS XR for 5.1.1 before I can get XRv for education.


      Br,

      Pipatpong

      3191100590220 Tue, 02/04/2014 - 07:57
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      Samuel and Sergio,


      How long must I be awaited and be patient on this? Can you please let me know what is the lead time to release. Appreciate it if you could determine the exact date. Thanks!


      Sanon

      Evgeniy Prichinin Sat, 02/08/2014 - 20:51
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      it required service contract, which one ? ;-)


      And why software name contain Route Reflector? as i know this software isn't simple RR.

      Sergio Barragan Mon, 02/10/2014 - 08:05
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      Hello,



      As Sam's first reply, the main Production use case of XRv is that of a Route Reflector and hence the reason of its file naming. (As you well said it can do much more than just RR but on a production environment that is what is mainly supported, for XR familiarization and configuration staging you can play with the wide variety of features it has)

      will.r.french Mon, 02/10/2014 - 04:06
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      It says it requires a service contract. Can you tell me how I can avail myself of this software?

      vinay_verma80 Sun, 02/09/2014 - 20:04
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      Hi,


      I just sawIOS  XR 5.1.1 is out but, their is no details XR4U for genral Public. any guess ?

      amirtahir Mon, 02/10/2014 - 10:40
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      Hi,

      Just wondering how we could use this file....will normal VM will run it or we have to do something else with it?

      what is Memory requirment for it?


      Regards

      Amir

      Sergio Barragan Mon, 02/10/2014 - 10:53
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      For memory (RAM) the minimun recomended are 3 Gigs with a Max of 8 Gigs (per VM)


      Best regards,

      Sergio

      amirtahir Mon, 02/10/2014 - 13:07
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      Thank you Bradley!!


      In given document, there is no instructions how to connect two XRv routers in ESXi env.

      do we have to use virtual switch to do it?


      Thank you for your help and support in advance

      Regards

      Amir

      Sergio Barragan Mon, 02/10/2014 - 13:10
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      Hello Amir,


      Yes you would use a virtual siwtch to connect 2 XRvs between themselves.


      Best regards,

      Sergio

      amirtahir Mon, 02/10/2014 - 16:05
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      Thank you Sergio!!!

      on server i could create 4 Gig interfaces "E1000" but when i load it on laptop, I could see only 2 of them.

      first one is bridge and rest of them are host only...... how to get 4 Gig interfaces?


      RP/0/0/CPU0:LAB#sh run
      Mon Feb 10 19:56:57.527 UTC
      Building configuration...
      !! IOS XR Configuration 5.1.1
      !! Last configuration change at Mon Feb 10 19:56:10 2014 by cisco
      !
      hostname LAB
      interface MgmtEth0/0/CPU0/0
      shutdown
      !
      interface GigabitEthernet0/0/0/0
      ipv4 address 192.168.1.1 255.255.255.252
      load-interval 30
      !
      end

      RP/0/0/CPU0:LAB#

      Harold Ritter Mon, 02/10/2014 - 16:25
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      Hi Amir,


      What hypervisor are you using your laptop? If you are using VMware, verify in the .vmx file that all of the interface are set to E1000. I have 8 interfaces up and running on my Mac using VMware Fusion.


      Regards

      amirtahir Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:05
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      HI Harold,


      I was away last week. I am using VMworkstation 9 on my laptop. I will give a try today and will get back to you


      Thank you for your help and support

      Regards

      Amir

      Vinit Jain Tue, 02/18/2014 - 12:23
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      Hello Amit

      Are you still facing any issues


      Regards,

      Vinit Jain

      Sam Meftahi Fri, 06/13/2014 - 01:40
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      Harold,

       

      I have a single machine running xrv on my Mac also, did you manage to hook it up to another machine ? If so are you able to share how?

       

      TIA

       

      /Samir 

      Harold Ritter Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:54
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      Hi Samir,

       

      Are you asking whether it is possible connecting it to another XRv VM running on your Mac? If so the answer is yes. These two VMs share the same virtual interfaces and can communicate through those.

      If you were referring to having the XRv instance running on your Mac connecting to a physical device outside of your Mac, the answer is also yes. You would need to configure the XRv VM with a bridge interface to let it communicate with devices sitting outside of you Mac.

       

      Hope this helps,

       

      Harold

       

      Sam Meftahi Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:22
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      Thanks a million Harold

      I was indeed after 1st option. Will snoop around and try to get it work, it will be awesome to be able to test few things in a safe environment.

       

      Many thanks again !

       

      /Samir

       

       

       

      Sam Meftahi Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:44
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      Thanks Rich,

      this part I covered and works fine with a single maxhine, have not figured out yet how ro get 2 hooked up.

       

      /Samir

      rwellum Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:46
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      We'll get that added Samir.

      Cheers,

      ||Rich

      Sam Meftahi Fri, 06/13/2014 - 13:14
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      That would be awesome Richard, trying GNS3 and virtual box got me all burnedout.

      Sam Meftahi Fri, 06/13/2014 - 13:26
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      Oh yes ! Got a machine up and booting, then it gets stuck. Same routine works fine on a windows machine, but not on a mac where I have loads more memory. Concluded, must be GNS3 on maverick which is bugged.

      cisco_lad2004 Thu, 06/19/2014 - 06:47
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      Hi Richard,

      Do you have in pointers or links for tutorials on how to hookup 2 XRV machines ?

      Any clues will be much appreciated.

      /Samir

       

      Harold Ritter Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:41
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      You are very welcome Samir.

      Have fun and good learning with your new setup,

      Harold

      rwellum Tue, 02/11/2014 - 05:00
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      Folks,


      I'm one of the XRv development leads. As has been mentioned on this thread already, Cisco IOS XR 5.1.1 software is *LIVE on CCO*.


      This includes over 100 new feature offerings supported across multiple platforms including new platform support for XRv.


      I've been collecting customer 5.1.1 links for XRv, and it's growing so I may add more (there are some minor changes to the release notes and the data sheet to come - bear with us as we don't release new platforms - even virtual ones - too often). Note that the demo image is free to use and the download works. The production images require the correct PIDs (I'll post more on this later).


      I hope this product is useful, and we'll have many more features to come in future releases (HA for example...).


      Thanks,


      Rich Wellum ([email protected])



      XRv 5.1.1 release and download information



      Release Page:

      General page with link to release notes, config guide and download:

      http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/products/ps13347/tsd_products_support_series_home.html


      The demo images download link:

      http://software.cisco.com/download/release.html?i=!y&mdfid=285013070&softwareid=280805694&release=5.1.1&os


      Installation Guide:

      http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/ios_xr_sw/ios_xrv/install_config/b_xrvr_432.html

      http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/ios_xr_sw/ios_xrv/install_config/b_xrvr_432.pdf


      Quick Guide to ESXi

      https://supportforums.cisco.com/docs/DOC-39939


      Release Notes:

      http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/ios_xr_sw/iosxr_r5.1/general/release/notes/reln-xrv.html

      http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/ios_xr_sw/iosxr_r5.1/general/release/notes/reln-xrv.pdf



      Some mentions from Outside Cisco:


      Blogs:


      http://www.fryguy.net/2014/02/08/cisco-ios-xrv-v-as-in-virtual/

      http://lostintransit.se/2014/02/09/cisco-xrv-has-been-released/



      Twitter:

      https://twitter.com/search?q=xrv&src=typd



      Other:

      http://certcollection.org/forum/topic/213862-cisco-ios-xrv/



      Images:


      Demo only:


      * Demo Locked Image: iosxrv-demo.ova and iosxrv-demo.vmdk

      * Demo Locked Image with Crypto: iosxrv-k9-demo.ova and iosxrv-k9-demo.vmdk


      Production:


      * Production Capable Image: iosxrv.ova and iosxrv.vmdk

      * Production Capable Image with Crypto :iosxrv-k9.ova and iosxrv-k9.vmdk

      rwellum Wed, 02/12/2014 - 03:20
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      Yes there were issues with 'partner entitlement', while some could download - others couldn't. I'm being told they are setting up a new server with better access and this will take a couple of days. I'll post here as soon as I see it up and stable.

      JakeT1991 Tue, 02/11/2014 - 18:55
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      I'm also finding no trace of this software on Cisco's website. Looks like it's been pulled

      daniel.dib Tue, 02/11/2014 - 21:30
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      There were issues with the download because it required additional entitlement. From what I heard Cisco had to pull the file for a couple of days to fix this issue.



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      jerry_hejian Mon, 05/12/2014 - 04:03
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      Hi  rwellum,!

      Does Cisco IOS XR 5.1.1  support HA?Just two VMs, one is primary and the other is slave, does that possible? And how? If that possible,then we can do HA lab, GR/SSO/NSR...

      Thans!

      rwellum Mon, 05/12/2014 - 04:49
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      HA is coming in our next release (5.2.2) including LC's. Because of the additional complexity (multiple images, underlying plumbing of connections etc)  - I am not sure of the exact support model in the demo image yet. This would not be a production offering because obviously being a VM solution there is no hardware dataplane. But either way it is coming very soon. Please reach out if you need further information.

      Thanks,

      ||Rich

      rwellum Mon, 04/27/2015 - 05:14
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      There are no plans to support this.

      Thanks,

      ||Rich

      rwellum Mon, 01/11/2016 - 18:29
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      There are still no plans to support this, although basic HA (+LC's) was added - it is only used internally - not externally.

      The reason being, new features are being added to the next generation XR virtual platform, XRv9k. (http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/routers/virtual-routers/configurati...)

      Download here: https://upload.cisco.com/cgi-bin/swc/fileexg/main.cgi?CONTYPES=IOS-XR

      Search for "sunstone".

      However this feature of course is not available either yet - but there's a greater chance of it happening in the future.

      Alexandr Gurbo Thu, 01/14/2016 - 01:37
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      I don't have permission. Could you shared demo IOS XRv 9000 version?

      Alexandr Gurbo Wed, 12/24/2014 - 23:29
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      Hello,

      I'm wondering, do you have in plans support 10G interfaces on IOS-XRv for Production images?

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