Juniper vMX Trial - fake news?

Thomas Scott mr.thomas.scott at
Mon Mar 14 18:45:04 UTC 2022

+1 for cRPD
- Thomas Scott | mr.thomas.scott at

On Mon, Mar 14, 2022 at 2:42 PM Tom Beecher <beecher at> wrote:

> cRPD is a pretty nifty product as well. Some interesting little tricks you
> can do with that.
> (Although I don't think they free trial that, those licenses are quite
> reasonable as well. )
> On Mon, Mar 14, 2022 at 2:34 PM Matt Harris <matt at> wrote:
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>> On Mon, Mar 14, 2022 at 1:23 PM Daryl G. Jurbala <daryl at>
>> wrote:
>>> The last time I worked with vMX was several years ago.  The image was
>>> outdated to the point of having to fire up an older version of VMWare to
>>> export the two VMs so I could import them back into 6.  The
>>> documentation barely existed.  I had to figure out which vmware adapters
>>> corresponded to which vMX adapters.  No one really seemed to be able to
>>> help at Juniper, even though we ended up licensing the things so we were
>>> "real" customers of this product.
>>> It looked a lot lot an abandoned project.  So unless something has
>>> changed in the last few years it's not looking good.
>> Interesting. I haven't had an opportunity to try vMX because of its lack
>> of Hyper-V support, but we do run vSRX in production quite a bit including
>> junos versions from 17.x up to 21.x. It's kind of janky on Hyper-V but
>> works overall (the main issue being very very long boot times - 15+ minutes
>> to get up and running), but we also run it on KVM on Linux with the "vSRX3"
>> images, and that works a lot better. The vSRX3 images on KVM, I personally
>> haven't run into any issues with. The licensing costs are pretty
>> reasonable, too, imho.
>> Good luck with what you're trying to accomplish: maybe give the vSRX
>> series a shot if you're running on KVM.
>>  - mdh
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