Cheap Juniper Gear for Lab

Tom Ammon tom.ammon at
Wed Apr 11 14:19:05 CDT 2012

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Jay Hanke [mailto:jay.hanke at] 
>Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 1:03 PM
>To: sthaug at
>Cc: nanog at
>.Subject: Re: Cheap Juniper Gear for Lab
>> We have 3 J2320s in the lab, all running 9.3R3.8. That's the last
>> *real* JunOS (no session/flow tracking) for these boxes.
>+1 on that. We have a number of 2300s in our lab for the same purpose
>running 8.x code.
>We also use Junosphere extensively, but nothing beats real hardware.
>j2300s are cheap.

So, I have a question, then. For the purposes of learning JUNOS, is 8.3 code sufficient? Would you be missing a lot of features that are in newer code? I would assume IPv6 features are different between 8.3 and the latest code, is that right?


Tom Ammon
Network Engineer
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Center for High Performance Computing
University of Utah

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