Hello World - A Simple Provisioning Example¶
The following set of recipes will help you perform a basic provisioning task using the ZTPServer. There are some assumptions:
- You have already installed the ZTPServer
- You have performed the basic configuration to define which interface and port the server will run on.
- You have a DHCP server running with
option bootfile-name "http://<ZTPSERVER-URL>:<PORT>/bootstrap";Sample config
- Your test (v)EOS node can receive DHCP responses
- Make sure the ztps process is not running
If you would like to test this in a virtual environment, please see the packer-ztpserver Github repo to learn how to automatically install a ZTPServer with all of the complementary services (DHCP, DNS, NTP, XMPP, and SYSLOG). Both Virtual Box and VMware are supported.
I want to prepare my test device (vEOS or EOS) for use with the ZTPServer. This will put your switch into ZTP Mode, so backup any configs you want to save.
Log into your (v)EOS node, then:
switch-name> enable switch-name# write erase Proceed with erasing startup configuration? [confirm] y switch-name# reload now
ZTP Mode is enabled when a switch boots and there is no startup-config (or it’s empty) found in
/mnt/flash/. Therefore, we use the
write erase command to clear the current
startup-config and use
reload now to reboot the switch. When the switch comes
up you will see it enter ZTP Mode and begin sending DHCP requests on all interfaces.
I want to provision my switch based upon its System MAC Address.
Log into your (v)EOS node to get its MAC Address. If it’s in ZTP Mode, just log in
switch-name> show version
Copy the System MAC Address for later.
Confirm your ZTPServer Configuration will identify a node based upon its MAC:
admin@ztpserver:~# vi /etc/ztpserver/ztpserver.conf
Look for the line
identifier and confirm it’s set to
identifier = systemmac
Finally, let’s create a nodes directory for this device:
# Go to your data_root - by default it's /usr/share/ztpserver admin@ztpserver:~# cd /usr/share/ztpserver # Move to the nodes directory, where all node information is stored admin@ztpserver:~# cd nodes # Create a directory using the MAC Address you found earlier admin@ztpserver:~# mkdir 001122334455
A node is considered to be statically provisioned when a directory with its
System ID is already located in the
Note that the System ID can be the node’s System MAC Address or its Serial Number.
In this case we chose to use the
systemmac since vEOS nodes don’t have a
Serial Number by default.
Just adding this directory is not enough to provision the node. The remaining recipes will finish off the task.
When my node is provisioned, I want it to be passed a static startup-config. This config will include some basic Management network info including syslog and ntp. It will set the admin user’s password to admin, and enable eAPI.
# Go to your data_root - by default it's /usr/share/ztpserver admin@ztpserver:~# cd /usr/share/ztpserver # Move to the specific node directory that you created earlier admin@ztpserver:~# cd nodes/001122334455 # Create a startup-config admin@ztpserver:~# vi startup-config
Copy and paste this startup-config, changing values where you see fit:
! hostname test-node-1 ip name-server vrf default <DNS-SERVER-IP> ! ntp server <NTP-SERVER-IP> ! username admin privilege 15 role network-admin secret admin ! interface Management1 ip address <MGMT-IP-ADDRESS>/<SUBNET> ! ip access-list open 10 permit ip any any ! ip route 0.0.0.0/0 <DEFAULT-GW> ! ip routing ! management api http-commands no shutdown ! banner login Welcome to $(hostname)! This switch has been provisioned using the ZTPServer from Arista Networks Docs: http://ztpserver.readthedocs.org/ Source Code: https://github.com/arista-eosplus/ztpserver EOF ! end
When the ZTPServer receives a request from your node to begin provisioning, it
will find the directory
nodes/001122334455 and know that this node is
statically configured. In this case, a
startup-config must be present. In
practice, the ZTPServer tells the node to perform the
with this file as the source.
I want to backup the latest startup-config from my node so that if I make changes or have to replace the node I have the latest copy.
By adding this, the node will perform an HTTP PUT and overwrite the
# Go to your data_root - by default it's /usr/share/ztpserver admin@ztpserver:~# cd /usr/share/ztpserver # Move to the specific node directory that you created earlier admin@ztpserver:~# cd nodes/001122334455 # Edit your startup-config admin@ztpserver:~# vi startup-config
Add the following lines to your startup-config, changing values where needed:
event-handler configpush trigger on-startup-config ! For default VRF, make sure to update the ztpserver url action bash export SYSMAC=`FastCli -p 15 -c 'show ver | grep MAC | cut -d" " -f 5' | sed 's/[.]*//g'`; curl http://<ZTPSERVER-URL>:<PORT>/nodes/$SYSMAC/startup-config -H "content-type: text/plain" --data-binary @/mnt/flash/startup-config -X PUT ! For non-default VRF, update and use: ! action bash export SYSMAC=`FastCli -p 15 -c 'show ver | grep MAC | cut -d" " -f 5' | sed 's/[.]*//g'`; ip netns exec ns-<VRF-NAME> curl http://<ZTPSERVER-URL>:<PORT>/nodes/$SYSMAC/startup-config -H "content-type: text/plain" --data-binary @/mnt/flash/startup-config -X PUT
By adding this line to the startup-config, this configuration will be sent down to the node during provisioning. From that point onward, the node will perform and HTTP PUT of the startup-config and the ZTPServer will overwrite the startup-config file in the node’s directory.
I want a specific (v)EOS version to be automatically installed when I provision my node.
This assumes that you’ve already downloaded the desired (v)EOS image from Arista.
Let’s create a place on the ZTPServer to host some SWIs:
# Go to your data_root - by default it's /usr/share/ztpserver admin@ztpserver:~# cd /usr/share/ztpserver # Create an images directory admin@ztpserver:~# mkdir -p files/images # SCP your SWI into the images directory, name it whatever you like admin@ztpserver:~# scp admin@otherhost:/tmp/vEOS.swi files/images/vEOS_4.14.5F.swi
Now let’s create a definition that performs the
# Go to your data_root - by default it's /usr/share/ztpserver admin@ztpserver:~# cd /usr/share/ztpserver # Move to the specific node directory that you created earlier admin@ztpserver:~# cd nodes/001122334455 # Create a definition file admin@ztpserver:~# vi definition
Add the following lines to your definition, changing values where needed:
--- name: static node definition actions: - action: install_image always_execute: true attributes: url: files/images/vEOS_4.14.5F.swi version: 4.14.5F name: "Install 4.14.5F"
The definition uses YAML syntax
The definition is where we list all of the actions
we want the node to execute during the provisioning process. In this case we are
hosting the SWI on the ZTPServer, so we just define the
url in relation
data_root. We could change the
url to point to another server
altogether - the choice is yours. The benefit in hosting the file on the
ZTPServer is that we perform an extra checksum step to validate the integrity of
In practice, the node requests its definition during the provisioning process. It
sees that it’s supposed to perform the
install_image action, so it
install_image python script. It then performs an HTTP GET for
url. Once it has these locally, it executes the
Okay, enough reading and typing; let’s push some buttons!
Let’s run the ZTPServer in Standalone Mode since this is just a small test. Login to your ZTPServer:
# Start the ZTPServer - console loggin will appear admin@ztpserver:~# ztps INFO: [app:115] Logging started for ztpserver INFO: [app:116] Using repository /usr/share/ztpserver Starting server on http://<ZTPSERVER-URL>:<PORT>
The easiest way to run the ZTPServer is in Standalone Mode - which is done by
ztps in a shell. This will cause the configured interface and port to start listening
for HTTP requests. Your DHCP server will provide the node with
option bootfile-name "http://<ZTPSERVER-URL>:<PORT>/bootstrap"
in the DHCP response, which lets the node know where to grab the bootstrap script.
A Quick Overview of the Provisioning Process for this Node
- GET /bootstrap: The node gets the bootstrap script and begins executing it. The following requests are made while the bootstrap script is being executed.
- GET /bootstrap/config: The node gets the bootstrap config which contains XMPP and Syslog information for the node to send logs to.
- POST /nodes: The node sends information about itself in JSON format to the ZTPServer. The ZTPServer parses this info and finds the System MAC. It looks in the
nodes/directory and finds a match.
- GET /nodes/001122334455: The node requests its definition and learns what resources it has to retrieve.
- GET /actions/install_image: The node retrieves the install_image script.
- GET /files/images/vEOS_4.14.5F.swi: The node retrieves the SWI referenced in the definition.
- GET /meta/files/images/vEOS_4.14.5F.swi: The node retrieves the checksum of the SWI for validation and integrity.
- GET /actions/replace_config: The node retrieves the replace_config script.
- GET /nodes/001122334455/startup-config: The node retrieves the startup-config we created earlier.
- GET /meta/nodes/001122334455/startup-config: The node retrieves the checksum of the startup-config.
- Node Applies Config and Reboots
- PUT /nodes/001122334455/startup-config: The node uploads its current startup-config.