JunOS SPACE installation notes

Installing JunOS SPACE can be a slog through documentation. These are my notes to help with the needed steps. Edit: vSphere 6.5 can have issues installing the OVA file provided by Juniper. Until Juniper provides OVF files, you can install ovftools and convert the OVA using those. ovftool -st=OVA -tt=OVF space-17.1R1.7.ova space-17.1R1.7.ovf Source (.ova) and …

JunOS SPACE upgrade to 16.1r2

These are my notes for upgrading JunOS SPACE from 15.2r2 to 16.1r1 or 16.1r2. They are meant to be consumed together with Juniper’s upgrade instructions. Since you are installing a fresh copy of JunOS SPACE as part of this upgrade, maybe now is also a good time to revisit some default settings. 16.1 is the …

JunOS SPACE fails when upgrading applications

When upgrading JunOS SPACE, the applications installed on it need to be upgraded as well. I’ve seen jboss crash and restart when several applications are upgraded in a row. This happened after moving to SPACE 16.1r2 and then again when upgrading to 17.1r1. JTAC advised that the issue is that Java runs out of “PermGen” …

Installing VMWare Tools (Open VM Tools) on JunOS SPACE 16.1 or newer

These instructions are for JunOS SPACE 16.1 or newer. I also have instructions for JunOS SPACE 15.2 or older. JunOS SPACE, Juniper’s management tool for JunOS devices (switches, routers, firewalls), officially supports Open VM Tools for management from ESXi. Unfortunately, Juniper’s instructions¬†are to build Open VM Tools, and that won’t work without a dev environment, …

JunOS SPACE upgrade hangs at 0%

I attempted to upgrade a JunOS SPACE instance from 15.2R1 to 15.2R2. It would sit at “upgrade process has not started” and 0%. If I changed the URI to the base, I’d be back in the SPACE GUI as if nothing had happened and I had never entered maintenance mode. This was caused by a …

Change admin user password expiry on JunOS SPACE

The admin user on JunOS SPACE, which is used for ssh / root access, has a default password expiry of 70 days. This may not be desired. NB: An upgrade of the JunOS SPACE platform will set the admin password expiry to the default of 70 days again. To avoid the admin user password being …

Reset admin password on JunOS SPACE VM

Picture this: Bob, your JunOS SPACE administrator, left the company. IT diligently wiped his laptop. Bob was the only one who had the admin password (for ssh / CLI access) to your JunOS SPACE installation. After vowing to do better in future and storing all infrastructure passwords in some form of centralized, encrypted, backed-up password …

Installing VMWare Tools on JunOS SPACE 15.2 or older

[Edit 2017-05-04] The below is still valid for JunOS SPACE 15.2 or older. From JunOS SPACE 16.1 on, you can use “Open VM Tools” instead. JunOS SPACE, Juniper’s management platform for JunOS devices (switches, routers, firewalls) does not come with gcc or kernel-headers. Installing VMWare Tools from a mounted ISO via vmware-install.pl is not all …