Accessing a vmware (virtual) serial console in windows

To view a vmware serial console, you need an app that allows you to access the named pipe created by vmware. A lot of people suggest vmware gateway, however there is a more robust utility, Named Pipe Tcp Proxy

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Why do I like it over vmware gateway?

You can specify a different name for the named pipe, access multiple named pipes and allow remote access via telnet to a named pipe.

Here is some doc on the usage

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Definitely worth a look.

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Setting up communication between an Olive and GNS3/Dynamips router

Very useful, allowing a dynamips/gns3 ios router to talk to a Junos Olive.

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Configuring your Junos Olive for VGA output – quick’n’dirty

Getting tired of accessing your olive through a serial connection? Configure it to run both  serial and Vga output, so that you can interact via the standard Vmware console.

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Creating a J-series Junos or J-series Junos with Enhanced Services Olive – the easy way

Here is a way to create a J-series/J-series Enhanced Services Olive. This is a more straightforward way of creating an olive.

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Creating a minimal Centos Linux Install

Some more DOC! This document is really meant to be the basis for some latter documentation, sure others will find it useful. You can use a minimal centos install as PC or end user in your virtual vmware network, that is what I do. Also these are the same instructions for Redhat Linux Enterprise and very similar to Fedora.

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Flavors of Olives

When someone refers to an Olive they are referring to Junos running on top of a Freebsd install, whether it be a pc or a pc running some virtualization software like Vmware or qemu. An Olive has tradionally been based on  M&T series software which have some of their capabilities offloaded to another piece of hardware, such as an Adaptive Services PIC or Multiservices PIC or ASICs processors. There are other lower-end routers where all processing is done on a  i386 CPU, these are J-series routers. You can also have “Olives” of these as well. Juniper has recently released a new version of Junos for the J-series called Junos-ES (Enhanced Services), which in time all Junos will be Junos-ES. This adds in the functionality of a flow and zone based firewall. This can also be put in vmware. My thinking is that you will have more functionality in the J-series olives because more of the functionality is in the software and does not require another piece of hardware to achieve the same functionality, but I have yet to veriy this.

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Multicast in Junos 9.x in an olive

Multicast in Junos 9.X running in VMware (olive) works out of the box with no hacks. So if you want to pass a certification, especially when Juniper releases new revisions, your best bet is to run Junos 9 if possible.