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VeloCloud Branch Activation

VeloCloud Branch Activation

Posted on Jan 08, 2020 (0)

VeloCloud Branch Activation & LAN Configuration

LAB Task:

  1. Activation for a new Branch site.
  • Virtual edge is used for activation.
  • Orchestrator is hosted and managed by NSX SD-WAN. End user will use the Orchestrator (VCO) for Provisioning the Branch Site An un-activated Edge device (Virtual Edge) is used for Activation
  • Edge device has two WAN Internet links. DHCP based IP on WAN side
  • Client machine to access the local UI of the edge device VeloCloud Orchestrator (VMware NSX SD-WAN Orchestrator), also referred to as VCO in the lab
  • Site name = DCLESSONS branch Site
  • Profile = Branch OSPF profile
  • DHCP Based dual WAN links
  • LAN IP address=192.168.6.x/24
  • DCLESSONS Branch site is with virtual edge device and a client machine (linux based)
  1. Configuring LAN side of the Edge Device.
  • Edge LAN IP address as 192.168.6.1 2 /24
  • Vlan ID : 1
  • Vlan Name : Dclessons LAN

Topology:

Solution:

Here we will be using the Pull Activation process. In this Pull Activation model, the Edge device is shipped to the customer site with a factory-default image and the Edge contains no configuration or credentials to connect to the enterprise network.

In this Model there are two simple steps for the Activation of Edge device: (A) Provisioning & (B) Activation

Provisioning: 

On the Orchestrator, the Enterprise administrator creates a new Edge in the customer account. Once it is done, an activation key is generated which can be emailed to the person installing the device.

Activation: 

Remote admin, upon receipt of Mail, which contain activation key and Instruction to install and configure the edge device. Admin will connect the Internet link and peer on the Edge device. Once the Admin click on the activation key send on his mail, Edge will connect to Orchestrator and bind itself to the correct enterprise and profile context.  Edge will downloads all  policies relevent to Site and updates and settings to makes these effective.

Virtual edge is used for activation.

  • Orchestrator is hosted and managed by NSX SD-WAN. End user will use the Orchestrator (VCO) for Provisioning the Branch Site
  • An un-activated Edge device (Virtual Edge) is used for Activation
  • Edge device has two WAN Internet links. DHCP based IP on WAN side
  • Client machine to access the local UI of the edge device VeloCloud Orchestrator (VMware NSX SD-WAN Orchestrator), also referred to as VCO in the lab

Open the on the Chrome browser to access the Orchestrator (VCO)

Enter Login Credential to open the GUI of the VCO

  • Login= XXXXXXXXXXX
  • Password=XXXXXXXXX

Screen shot with Map view is provided for your reference.

In the above figure we will see the following

  • Under Monitor-> Edges, you’ll see a summary view for all the sites managed by VCO
  • Details on each managed edge can be found
  • Each site statistics can be can be accessed separately by clicking on the site name.

Now to start on follow the following steps:

Click on Configure | Click on New Edge

Now configure the following as per below screen shots:

Now we have to Set Location and manually enter the location

  • Type: DCLESSONS
  • Click Search
  • Click OK

The site is created and the status for the site is “Pending”. Activation Key is generated and this Activation key is sent to the remote user a link in the email. Remote user (non IT person) needs to have access to the Edge device (physical or virtual).

  1. Click on “Send Activation Email” to send the email to the remote administrator



The Remote admin, as part of the activation process, will power on the device and follow the simple instructions specified in the email to activate the site.

Now Activate Site: After provisioning the site, we need to activate the site. In this step, Activation link is sent over email to the remote admin who has access to the edge device.

When in case of Hardware, Device is shipped to branch site, as a next step, remote admin will connect his/her laptop to the edge device using Wireless or Wired connection and click on the activation link provided in the email.

Let’s access the mail, as Client is connected to edge device and has access to VCO, Click on the activation link

Clicking on the link will show case the local UI for the Edge device. Local UI opens up in a new browser tab. All the information related to activation like Orchestrator IP Address, Activation key gets auto-populated. End user does not have to type in all of this information.

As this is a lab environment, Certificate Error should be ignored.

  1. Click on Advanced 2
  2. Click the Ignore checkbox for Certificate Error.
  3. Click Activate

The Activation process starts. The Edge device calls home to Orchestrator over the internet link, identities (security tokens) are exchanged, and the activation process is successful.

Verifying the Site Status

Login to the orchestrator and follow the following steps:

  • Click on Monitor->Edges
  • Confirm the DCLESSONS Branch Site shows the Active (green status)

Click on the DCELSSONS Branch Site, to see the Branch Link status and throughput.

All the WAN link related information is auto-populated for the end user. End user does not have to provide ISP IP address, Interface details, or Bandwidth as part of the activation process. Also, the current statistics related to WAN throughput are provided. You will notice the Throughput numbers keep changing.

Configuring LAN side of the Edge device

This lab will help you understand how to configure the edge device. We will configure the LAN side for the edge device. Client machines of the LAN subnet will use the Edge device to get Internet connectivity.

Here we will will configure the LAN subnet and also enable the Edge device to be the DHCP server for LAN subnet.

When the edge device gets activated, Orchestrator will push the configuration to the edge device,  Edge device acting as DHCP server for LAN subnet 192.168.6.x/24, DCLESSONS Client machine will get the new IP address from Subnet 192.168.6.x

  • Site Name = Branch Branch Site , Branch site in this case is Activated
  • Client machine name is DCLESSONS Client machine.
  • LAN side Subnet is 192.168.6.x/24

Configuring Edge:

Click on Configure | Click on DCLESSONS Branch Site | Click on the Device tab

Scroll down on the device tab to access the VLAN configuration

Use the following information:

Enter the Edge LAN IP address as 192.168.6.1 2. Click on the network address, it will be auto-filled 3. Click on “Update VLAN” button

Click on Save Changes

Verification Step

In this step, End user will verify by connecting the machine on the LAN segment of the edge device. Expected result is to have the client machine get the IP address from the edge device in the subnet 192.168.6.x/24

Login to client edge device and verify the IP address

Verify configuration change in the UI

  1. Click on Monitor | Click on Events
  2. Verify you can see the new IP configured on the edge with IP address 192.168.6.18 ( in this case the linux machine=DCLESSONS Client machine)


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