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Simple Installation

Vyatta is an open source software Operating System that you may use to create your own personal router. It can do almost everything that a Cisco router can do and for less money.

The first thing you need to do is to go to the website Vyatta.org. You then need to go to the Downloads Section and find the iso file. Once you have the file on your computer you need to burn the iso image to a CD using ISO Image Burning software. Then place the CD in your CD bay and restart the computer with boot from CD enabled in BIOS.

Once you get into the Vyatta Options the first thing you will need to do is type install-system at the vyatta:~# command prompt.

vyatta:~# install-system

It will then ask you some questions about the installation process. Read carefully and answer the questions. It will partition your HDD with a selected size from your input. It will ask you some questions that have default options that you can hit the enter button to use the default options.


Vyatta does not support short hand abbreviations of the commands like cisco routers do. You also have to use the commit command after every command for it to become in effect. Any command that uses a subnet mask in Vyatta uses the slash notation


Cisco Command Vyatta Command
Global Configure Configure Terminal configure
Hostname (config)hostname Name (configure)set system host-name Name
Password (config)line con 0 (enter)password password (configure)set system login user name authentication plaintext-password password
Static Route (config)ip route ip address subnet mask next hop address or exiting interface (configure)set protocols static route ip address/subnet mask next hop next hop ip address
IP addressing (config)interface fa0/0 (Enter) (config-int)ip address (ip address) (subnet) (configure)Set interfaces Ethernet eth0 address (ip address)/Subnet
RIPv2 (config)router rip (enter) version 2 (configure)set protocols rip interface ethernet ethx
Networks (config-router)network ip-address (configure)set protocols rip network ip-address
Passive Interface (config-router)passive-interface Fa0/0 (configure)set protocols rip passive-interface ethernet ethx
Default Information (config-router)default information-originate (configure)set protocols rip default-information originate
OSPF (config)router ospf instance # (configure)set protocols ospf4
Passive Interface (config-router)passive-interface fa0/0 (configure)set protocols ospf passive-interface ethernet ethx
Networks (config-router)network ip address wildcard mask area area# (configure)set protocols ospf area 0 network ip address/subnet mask
Redistribute Static (config-router)redistribute static (configure)set protocols ospf redistribute static
Default Information (config-router)default information-originate (configure)set protocols ospf default-information originate
Administrative Distance (config-router)distance # (configure)set protocols ospf distance #
Bandwidth (config-if)bandwidth number in kb (configure)interfaces ethernet ethx ip ospf bandwidth bandwidth
Auto-Cost (config-router)ospf auto-cost reference-bandwidth bandwidth (configure)set protocols ospf auto-cost reference-bandwidth bandwidth
Metric (config-if)ip ospf cost cost (configure)interfaces ethernet ethx ip ospf cost cost
Priority (config-if)ip ospf priority number (configure) interfaces ethernet ethx ip ospf priority number


In this section we tell you the commands to do all the fun stuff you are required to prove that your network is vastly superior to other networks.Mostly all done in the operational mode on Vyatta!

Cisco Command Vyatta Command
Ping Ping
tracert tracert
show ip route show route
show int int show interfaces ethernet ethx
show ip ospf neighbor show ospf4 neighbor
(config)debug ip rip show debug rip
(config)debug ip opsf events debug ospf event
show run (config)show running-config
copy run start (config)save filename
erase start (config)delete the load up file path