I have been using the Cisco CSR1000V for my home lab setup for a little bit now. There have been some questions on how to set this up for a home lab and I figured I would cover how I am using it.
For this post, here is what we are going to build – a three (3) node CSR1000V network and three (3) vSwitch Networks to connect the CSR1000Vs together. We will also configure the CSR1000V to have connectivity back to the “home production” network so that we can SSH/Telnet to these routers when we are labbing.
Obtaining the CSR1000V Router Software
To obtain the Cisco CSR1000V you need to download it from Cisco at this LINK and click on the Download software as seen circled below