netlab: Combining VLANs with VRFs
Last two weeks we focused on access VLANs and VLAN trunk netlab implementation. Can we combine them with VRFs? Of course.
The trick is very simple: attributes within a VLAN definition become attributes of VLAN interfaces. Add
vrf attribute to a VLAN and you get all VLAN interfaces created for that VLAN in the corresponding VRF. Can’t get any easier, can it?
How about extending our VLAN trunk lab topology with VRFs? We’ll put red VLAN in red VRF and blue VLAN in blue VRF.
We’ll take the existing VLAN trunk lab topology and modify it a bit. First, we have to enable VRF support on the switches – we’ll add
vrf module to the list of modules used by S1 and S2.
groups: switches: members: [ s1, s2 ] module: [ vlan,vrf ] device: eos
Next, we have to define the VRFs.
vrfs: red: blue:
Finally, a bit of magic dust: add
vrf attribute to VLAN definitions:
vlans: red: vrf: red blue: vrf: blue
That’s it. Execute netlab up1 (after downloading the final topology file) and you’ll have a multi-VRF lab using a VLAN trunk.
Here are the relevant parts of Arista cEOS configuration in case you’re wondering what we achieved with the few extra lines in lab topology file:
spanning-tree mode mstp ! vlan 1000 name red ! vlan 1001 name blue ! vrf instance blue rd 65000:2 ! vrf instance red rd 65000:1 ! interface Ethernet1 mac-address 52:dc:ca:fe:05:01 switchport access vlan 1000 ! interface Ethernet2 mac-address 52:dc:ca:fe:05:02 switchport access vlan 1001 ! interface Ethernet3 description s1 -> s2 mac-address 52:dc:ca:fe:05:03 switchport trunk allowed vlan 1000-1001 switchport mode trunk ! interface Vlan1000 description VLAN red (1000) -> [h1,s2,h2] vrf red ip address 172.16.0.5/24 ! interface Vlan1001 description VLAN blue (1001) -> [h3,s2,h4] vrf blue ip address 172.16.1.5/24 ! ip routing ip routing vrf blue ip routing vrf red
Want to run this lab on your own, or try it out with different devices? No problem:
- Install netlab
- Download the relevant containers or create Vagrant boxes
- Download the topology file into an empty directory
- Execute netlab up
- Enjoy! 😊
Assuming you completed your homework and created a Ubuntu VM, installed the software, and downloaded Arista cEOS container. ↩︎