EVE-NG Professional – First Preview

This morning something exciting happened: Thanks to Alain, the Head-Dev of EVE I got my Hands on a „Trial-License“ of EVE-NG-PRO, which will come out very very soon. This Post will review some Features and my Lab-Tests. Stay tuned and watch eve-ng.net for News about the Release-Date – if eve PRO is out, you will see it there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, EVE-PRO will start with Version 2.0.4-4 and you will be greeted with 3 Modes:
+ Native
+ HTML5
+ HTML5 Desktop

Native and HTML5 are well known from the Community Edition. HTML5 Desktop is based on Docker and in my Opinion the world’s greatest way to Lab – this will change everything…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Login to HTML5-Desktop you are presented with the „Full-blown“ Desktop of your labbing Dreams. It has Wireshark over RDP so you don’t need to install Wireshark on your PC, which is G R E A T if you want to Lab at Work, where you are usually not allowed to install Software or access ssh or access any „cli-opening“ commands. Isn’t this just awesome? Now EVE brings the Term „labbing everywhere“ to a whole new Level. Regardless where you are – even at the Hotel-Bar, where you only have Web browser access – you can login into your Lab and do whatever you want.

 

 

 

 

 

I was amazed, how smooth this actually works – Docker runs really nice on Ubuntu 16.04LTS which EVE is based on. It comes with Firefox and Chromium installed, however Firefox is preferred and used by default. So from HTML5-Desktop you are able to do some things:

+ run EVE in Firefox in Native or HTML-Mode and work normally on it
+ ssh into your EVE-Host and access it’s CLI (for upgrading or downloading new Software etc.)

I started my JNCIE-SEC Lab and tested the Capturing on ge-0/0/1 – worked like a charm – I could see all packets as they would flow in real-life – and all this from my Work-PC which is very strict. No Problems at all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Lab runs smooth as always – and now there is a shiny new „Docker“ node running 😉

Also a new feature ist the NAT Network – you can now add a NAT-Network to your topology – it runs a DHCP-Server for your nodes to fetch an address and access the Internet through the EVE-hosts IP – great if you want your V-Appliances to fetch the latest updates.

Another nice Feature is the possibility to close a running Lab and go to a second Lab. I often had the problem, that due to extremely long boot-time form y full-blown Lab I wouldn’t close my full-blown Lab to test some other things real quick – no more do I have to worry about this. Running labs can be accessed again at any time and are placed under „running“ folder.

 

 

 

 

What I also like is the new “hot add”-Link Feature – you can now finally delete and add links while the Devices are running. I tested this 6 times – 5 times from Juniper to Juniper it worked very nice – one time I had to disable the interface at the cli and enable it again – but since I shut every Interface that I don’t use in real-life also, this is not a problem – after enabling the Interface everything works fine – another sweet feature, which mainly helps my “laziness” to stay lazy – and for quick-testing this feature is really handy – add a note, enable some interfaces, hot-add-link, test and after test, simply destroy – you can pop-up parts of the Lab now in no-time.

 

 

 

 

I was honored to get the chance to test eve-pro and of course I will be one of the first to buy eve-Pro as soon as it gets out to support the amazing devs for this in my opinion „Masterpiece of Lab-Technology“. Stay tuned – in the coming days I will test EVE-NG-Pro „Bare“ VS ESX 6.5 for labbing and do some “pressure-tests” on PRO.

4 thoughts on “EVE-NG Professional – First Preview

  1. Excellent Piece of Emulation, I am Cisco labber and can only agree it will be great to have such. Having experience with EVE Community edition, but this one something really cool now.
    waiting EVE PRO as well

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