How to Install & Test Cisco Wireless Controller (WLC) in a Virtual environment.

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So, here you are trying to figure out how to fix or test some new exciting characteristic available in your WLC hardware installed, BUT you are in production.. sad.
Or name it as a simple curiosity to test how Cisco WLC works, then you have the chance to install the controller in a virtual environment, here is the step by step to achieve this:

You will need:

  • Linux Computer Operating System. (i’ve tested in Fedora, if you have Windows or Mac, try and comment if you succed)

 

  • VirtualBox  installed & updated. I’m ussing VirtualBox-5.1.14-1.

  • Cisco Wireless Lan Controller Operating System image. Go to Cisco downloads and get the version you want to try. I downloaded this file image: AIR-CTVM-K9-8-0-140-0.ova

 

Great! you have everything we need, hands on:

Open VirtualBox & import appliance.

Select file you downloaded…

Review settings…

AND… DOH!!! Error importing…

Failed to import appliance /home/ldzib/Downloads/cisco/AIR-CTVM-K9-8-0-140-0.ova.

Digest mismatch (VERR_NOT_EQUAL): ‘AS_CTVM_8_0_140_0.iso’ not found in the 2nd manifest.

Result Code: VBOX_E_FILE_ERROR (0x80BB0004)
Component: ApplianceWrap
Interface: IAppliance {8398f026-4add-4474-5bc3-2f9f2140b23e}

 

DON’T PANIC, LETS FIX THE ISSUE:

Using command line type the following:

tar xvf AIR-CTVM-K9-8-0-140-0.ova

Basically we are extracting the contents of the file, now we have 4 files:

AS_CTVM_8_0_140_0.iso <<<– missed file in the import attempt.
AS_CTVM_8_0_140_0.mf  <<< manifest file
AS_CTVM_8_0_140_0.ovf  <<< ovf file… LOL
AS_CTVM_8_0_140_0.vmdk <<< vmdk file

TO FIX THE ISSUE ABOUT MISSING ISO FILE, YOU NEED TO EXTRACT THE CONTENTS OF THE IMAGE DOWNLOADED AT FIRST, AND THEN REASSEMBLE THE OVA FILE, JUST MAKE SURE TO FIRST ADD THE OVF FILE AND THEN OTHER FILES:

tar cvf myNewImage.ova AS_CTVM_8_0_140_0.ovf
tar uvf myNewImage.ova *.mv *.vmdk

What about ISO file ?, you are asking…, in the next step we are going to add to our Appliance:

Import the new created Image Appliance (myNewImage.ova) as we did in  the first steps, review settings and you’ll have it imported and powered off in the machines list:

DONT TURN ON THE MACHINE, WE NEED TO SET SOME ADDITIONAL ADJUSTS TO START IT (ISO FILE… REMEMBER?).

Select your new added machine, then click settings.

Click Storage, add New IDE DVD…

Click the “Choose disk” option to select our extracted ISO image…

 

Make sure the IDE DVD is the first boot option to your machine:

Start your virtual machine, follow cisco wizard install instructions, set ip addresses, usernames, passwords, etc. and enjor!



Ports Collection support for your FreeBSD version has ended…

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Portsnap & udated ports tree then tried to install new package, error:

/!\ ERROR: /!\

Ports Collection support for your FreeBSD version has ended, and no ports are
guaranteed to build on this system. Please upgrade to a supported release.

No support will be provided if you silence this message by defining
ALLOW_UNSUPPORTED_SYSTEM.
Ooops!!! Ok, here is what i did:

[email protected]:/usr/ports/# uname -a
FreeBSD redes.myowndomain.com 10.2-RELEASE-p24 FreeBSD 10.2-RELEASE-p24 #0: Sat Oct 22 01:03:53 UTC 2016     [email protected]:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC  amd64
[email protected]:/usr/ports/# freebsd-version -k
10.2-RELEASE-p24
[email protected]:/usr/ports/# freebsd-version -u
10.2-RELEASE-p25
[email protected]:~ # freebsd-update upgrade -r 10.3-RELEASE
[email protected]:~ # freebsd-update install
[email protected]:~ # shutdown -r now
[email protected]:~ # freebsd-update install
[email protected]:~ # shutdown -r now
[email protected]:~ # uname -a
FreeBSD redes.myowndomain.com 10.3-RELEASE-p11 FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE-p11 #0: Mon Oct 24 18:49:24 UTC 2016     [email protected]:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC  amd64
[email protected]:~ # freebsd-version -k
10.3-RELEASE-p11
[email protected]:~ # freebsd-version -u
10.3-RELEASE-p16

Done! system running, installed needed package.

Que tenga un próspero año nuevo 2017.

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Que este año que inicia esté lleno de grandes bendiciones para todos nosotros.

Genius…

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Igual y darle martillazos al celular hasta que quede inservible sirve para tal propósito… genius.! noticia principal en uno de los sitios de información online mexicanos.

Captcha installed.

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Too much SPAM received this season from Rusia, hey there russian bots, lets try a little captcha to avoid you.

Detallitos, sin importancia.

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Y yo que te ví…
Ni a hablarte me atreví..
Y sin haberte tenido te perdí.

Have you ever wonder how to reduce your jpg size (in bits) of your images ?

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I need to reduce image size (in bits, not phisical size) and every fucking time i need to do i can’t remember the exact command to do, so i post this to myself in the future:

[[email protected] antenas]$ jpegoptim --size=256k *.jpg

Y fin…

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¡Yeiii!! ¡Facebook encontró a mis amigos!

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¡Vaya! Facebook encontró mas amigos mios de los que creo…

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Coming soon…

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Expect me…

saz

Excelentes recuerdos

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Gracias a Wilson por el tour de Hong Kong y a Jona el patrón que me arrastra a sus aventuras… Este lugar se llama Central, en el centro de Hong Kong (Central en el centro… uh?)

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