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Halophile Router (hphr)

The Halophile Router is a VyOS-based, SaltStack-automated, NetBox-configured router for small provider networks.

The slides for a short presentation are available by way of explanation of this background to this project.

Using hphr

You will need:

  1. a salt-master server
  2. one or more VyOS routers running on amd64 architecture
  3. an instance of NetBox
  4. a shim module to add some extra data in your Salt pillar from Netbox

Configuring salt-master

Copy modules/ into /home/salt/base/modules (or similar location as appropriate). Add and adjust the following ext_pillar to your Salt master's configuration:

extension_modules: /home/salt/base/modules

  - netbox2:
      api_token: f00f00f00f00f00f00f00f00f00f00f00f00f00d
      site_details: True
      site_prefixes: False
      device_interfaces: True
      ip_addresses: True

Then copy the contents of salt/ to your Salt master's file_roots (by default this will be /srv/salt).

Configuring your states

You will either need to:

  • make a node group called hphr via a node_groups.conf file
    - router*
  • or adjust salt/top.sls to be something like:
    - hphr

Configuring your pillar

We have included pillar-example/ to show you how we are using hphr at FAELIX. You will need to customise this heavily for your network.

Configuration in Netbox

Your routers will need to exist as devices in Netbox, with the device name matching the system host-name.

Physical Interfaces

Create physical interfaces in Netbox to match your routers' physical configuration. Interfaces specified as "management only" will not be deployed to VyOS, and as such are suitable for IPMI, ILO, or other out-of-band management.

Add your IPv4 and IPv6 addresses to the interface as required. MAC address, MTU, and up/down status are also supported.

VLANs Tagged on Physical Interfaces

To configure vif VLAN sub-interfaces you must ensure that the VLANs are added to the physical interface in Netbox as tagged. For each such tagged VLAN hphr will search for a virtual interface with the name ethX.VLAN (e.g. eth1.42 for VLAN 42 on eth1).

Add addresses to your subinterfaces as required. Don't forget to tag them on the (real-life) devices that they are connected to.

Deploying routers

Your router will need to be bootstrapped with basic Internet connectivity. It will need that connectivity to download a compiled version of bgpq3, and subsquently fetch data to build your router's prefix-lists.


router1$ configure
router1# set system host-name
router1# set service salt-minion master
router1# commit
router1# save

You will need to accept the key:

salt-master# salt-key -a
salt-master# salt

And finally you can deploy the configuration and commit it to the router:

salt-master# salt state.highstate