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Juniper SRX Config on PlusNet / FTTC / BT Infinity

The following JunOS configuration has been tested on PlusNet Fibre broadband running with external BT Openreach Modem. This setup should work with other VDSL/FTTC providers since they use the same underlaying BT infrastructure.

  • The configuration has been tested on SRX210H running JunOS 11.4R9.4 & 12.1X44-D35.5
  • BT Openreach modem connect to interfaces fe-0/0/7 on the SRX

Set the underlaying interface encapsulation to be PPP-Over-Ethernet.

set interfaces fe-0/0/7 unit 0 encapsulation ppp-over-ether

Set PPP Options with Authentication method CHAP.

If your ISP happen to use PAP Authentication method, then you need to reflect that.

set interfaces pp0 unit 0 ppp-options chap default-chap-secret YOUR-PASSWORD
set interfaces pp0 unit 0 ppp-options chap local-name YOUR-USERNAME
set interfaces pp0 unit 0 ppp-options chap no-rfc2486
set interfaces pp0 unit 0 ppp-options chap passive
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How to Upgrade Juniper SRX

In this case, I will be upgrading an SRX210H. This step is rather straight forward and If you require further clarification, please refer to the appropriate guide from Juniper Network’s Website.

First of all, Copy the JunOS Software into a USB FAT32 Formatted drive.

Make sure you have checked the integrity of the file by runnning md5sum, and compare it with the one listed on Juniper Network’s Website.

nish@WS /media/nish/JunOS $ md5sum junos-srxsme-11.4R9.4-domestic.tgz 
ac7a405477544d4a81b382f9816931d2  junos-srxsme-11.4R9.4-domestic.tgz
nish@WS /media/nish/JunOS $ 

Go into the Shell prompt by issuing the command nish@iNET> start shell if you are not already in there

Check the devices to see before plugging in the USB Drive containing JunOS.

% ls /dev/da*
/dev/da0        /dev/da0s1c     /dev/da0s2c     /dev/da0s3e     /dev/da0s4a
/dev/da0s1      /dev/da0s2      /dev/da0s3      /dev/da0s3f     /dev/da0s4c
/dev/da0s1a     /dev/da0s2a     /dev/da0s3c     /dev/da0s4
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Juniper SRX Autorecovery Alarm Light

There are various reasons the Alarm light might come on. First to check, why you are seeing the alarm. System Alarm Info nish@iNET# run show system alarms 1 alarms currently active Alarm time Class Description 2013-11-02 01:09:17 GMT Minor Autorecovery information needs to be saved In the above case, it is because Autorecovery information is not saved. This is accomplished by doing the following command Saving Autorecovery Info nish@iNET request system autorecovery state save Saving config recovery information Saving license recovery information Saving BSD label recovery information nish@iNET

Concept on Extending the JUNOS Commit Command

One of the favourite features about Junos when it comes to configuration management is the ability to manage configuration on a methodical manner. This is where the “COMMIT” configuration comes in and takes care of any unnecessary configuration mistakes which could have been made while performing a certain task.

To quote from Juniper’s website

When you commit the current candidate configuration, you can require an explicit confirmation for the commit to become permanent. This is useful if you want to verify that a configuration change works correctly and does not prevent access to the router. If the change prevents access or causes other errors, the router automatically returns to the previous configuration and restores access after the rollback confirmation timeout passes. This feature is called automatic rollback.

This feature will automatically rollback a “Candidate Configuration” unless the commit confirmed command is entered.

junos commit

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