HP Comware

Executive summary of this article

This article explains how to setup a HP VSR virtual router within ESXi.


Download files

Download current VSR software package from http://www.hp.com/networking

(Hint: Search within the router products. Choose the product JG811AAE HP VSR1001 Virtual Services Router E-LTU)



Extract the zip file, easiest installation is via the .ova file within the package.


Prepare ESXi network

In ESXi vSphere client, create the required VLANs within the network configuration. Later during installation, we’ll connect several NICs located in the required VLANs.

Alternatively create a single NIC as a trunk containing ALL VLANs (by selecting VLAN ID 4095). This way VSR will only need one interface, and can access everything using subinterfaces.


Deploy .ova file

Next deploy the .ova file as a new VM.

File -> Deploy ova

Select the extracted .ova file and press next.

Check the info and press next

Select a VM name, e.g. vsr001 and press next

Select the storage and press next

Preferably select ‘thin provisioning’; the VSR requires very few diskspace with thin provisioning and as content is quite static and VSR does not access disk very much after boot is complete, it does not really make sense to allocate the full 8 GB.

Next select a network card (e.g. choose the trunk).

Check summary and deploy it.


Once deployment is complete, edit the VM settings and add/remove network cards as needed. Also assign the network card to the VLANs/trunk.

Finally startup the VM and open a console window. Once boot is complete, the router can be configured via the console similar to real Comware 7 router.

Memory is setup with 1024 MB, no need to be changed. Actually VSR will use much less.


E.g. check the available NICs via command “display interface brief”. In screenshot below, subinterfaces are already created.


Finally, VSR installed, task complete.

Note: There are further configuration examples in some of my other articles.






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