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SR Linux with Openconfig services#

Tutorial name SR Linux with KNE
Lab components 2 Nokia SR Linux nodes
Resource requirements 2 vCPU
4 GB
Lab kne/examples/srlinux/2node-srl-ixr6-with-oc-services.pbtxt
Main ref documents kne documentation
Version information1 kne v0.1.9, srlinux:22.11.2, srl-controller:0.5.0, kind:0.17.0
Authors Roman Dodin

KNE repository contains a set of example topologies that aim to help new users get started with using KNE to orchestrate virtual network labs. SR Linux team maintains several examples, which include SR Linux nodes.

This chapter explains the details behind the 2node-srl-ixr6-with-oc-services.pbtxt example topology.

Topology diagram#

The lab topology aims to introduce KNE users to labs with Nokia SR Linux nodes and acquaint them with Openconfig services running on SR Linux. Two Nokia SR Linux nodes connected over their ethernet-1/1 interfaces form a topology of this lab.

  a_node                       z_node
 β”Œβ”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β” a_int          z_intβ”Œβ”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”
 β”‚      β”œβ”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”         β”Œβ”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€      β”‚
 β”‚ srl1 β”‚e1-1 β”œβ”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€e1-1 β”‚ srl2 β”‚
 β”‚      β”œβ”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”˜         └──────      β”‚
 β””β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”˜                     β””β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”˜

Both nodes are configured to emulate IXR-6e chassis-based hardware and run SR Linux v22.6.3.


To deploy this topology, users should complete the following pre-requisite steps:

  1. Install KNE
  2. Install SR Linux controller
  3. Install SR Linux license2

Once prerequisites are satisfied, topology deployment is just a single command:

kne create examples/nokia/srlinux-services/2node-srl-ixr6-with-oc-services.pbtxt

When the topology creation succeeds, the final log message Topology "2-srl-ixr6" created is displayed.

A Kubernetes namespace is created matching the lab name 2-srl-ixr6, and lab components are placed in that namespace. To verify lab deployment status, a user can invoke the following command and ensure that the pods are in running state.

❯ kubectl get pods -n 2-srl-ixr6 
srl1   1/1     Running   0          15h
srl2   1/1     Running   0          15h

The above command confirms that the two nodes specified in the topology files are in running state.


Topology file utilizes startup configuration provided in a separate file. This startup configuration contains configuration for essential management and Openconfig services.

As a result of this startup config, the nodes come up online with these services in an already operational state.

How to configure Openconfig services via CLI

In order to configure the below mentioned Openconfig services users can spin up a single-node SR Linux topology with containerlab and enter the follwoing commands in the CLI:

enter candidate
/system tls
replace "server-profile clab-profile" with "server-profile kne-profile"

set / system gnmi-server network-instance mgmt tls-profile kne-profile
set / system json-rpc-server network-instance mgmt https tls-profile kne-profile

set / system management openconfig admin-state enable
set / system gnmi-server network-instance mgmt yang-models openconfig

set / system gribi-server admin-state enable network-instance mgmt admin-state enable tls-profile kne-profile
set / network-instance mgmt protocols gribi admin-state enable

set / system p4rt-server admin-state enable network-instance mgmt admin-state enable tls-profile kne-profile

TLS certificate#

A generated TLS profile is present in the configuration and can be found by /system tls server-profile kne-profile path. This server profile named kne-profile contains a TLS certificate and a key. This server profile is used by a number of SR Linux management services that require TLS-enabled security.

Note, that the certificate present in a lab is shared between both nodes and contains invalid CN and SAN values. Therefore, it won't be possible to verify the certificate offered by the lab nodes, and tools should skip certificate verification.


Essential management and Openconfig services are provided in the startup configuration file utilized by this lab. In the following sections, we explain how to verify the operational status of those services.

Services enabled on SR Linux nodes running in this lab are made available externally by the MetalLB Load Balancer and the corresponding services configuration blob in the topology file.


To list ports that available externally use:

❯ kubectl get svc -n 2-srl-ixr6 
NAME           TYPE           CLUSTER-IP      EXTERNAL-IP   PORT(S)                        AGE
service-srl1   LoadBalancer   22:30281/TCP,57400:30333/TCP   15h
service-srl2   LoadBalancer   57400:31443/TCP,22:30266/TCP   15h
Access to the services is done via External-IP and the corresponding port number. For example, SSH service on srl1 node is available by the socket.


An SSH service is enabled on both SR Linux nodes and is exposed via port 22. Users can access SSH using the External-IP for a matching service and port 22.


Credentials: admin:NokiaSrl1!

❯ ssh [email protected]
Warning: Permanently added '' (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts.
:                  Welcome to Nokia SR Linux!                  :
:              Open Network OS for the NetOps era.             :
:                                                              :
:    This is a freely distributed official container image.    :
:                      Use it - Share it                       :
:                                                              :
: Get started:                       :
: Container:          :
: Docs:                    :
: Rel. notes:                :
: YANG:                :
: Discord:                  :
: Contact:            :

[email protected]'s password:


To get console-like access to SR Linux NOS users should leverage kubectl exec command and start the sr_cli process:

kubectl -n 2-srl-ixr6 exec -it srl1 -- sr_cli # (1)!
    • Namespace 2-srl-ixr6 matches the lab name set in the topology file
    • srl1 container name matches the node name set in the topology file.
❯ kubectl -n 2-srl-ixr6 exec -it srl1 -- sr_cli
Defaulted container "srl1" out of: srl1, init-srl1 (init)
Using configuration file(s): ['/etc/opt/srlinux/srlinux.rc']
Welcome to the srlinux CLI.
Type 'help' (and press <ENTER>) if you need any help using this.
--{ running }--[  ]--


Openconfig docs

By default, Nokia SR Linux uses native YANG models. Openconfig YANG models are already enabled in the configuration file used in this lab.

For completeness, the below section shows how to enable Openconfig via different management interfaces.

--{ running }--[  ]--
A:srl# enter candidate

--{ candidate shared default }--[  ]--
A:srl# system management openconfig admin-state enable

--{ * candidate shared default }--[  ]--
A:srl# commit stay 
All changes have been committed. Starting new transaction.
"srl_nokia-system:system": {
  "management": {
    "srl_nokia-openconfig:openconfig": {
      "admin-state": "enable"
// other system containers


gNMI docs

gNMI service is enabled over port 57400 in the configuration file used with this lab and exposed by the cluster's LoadBalancer over 9339 port for external connectivity.

By default, gNMI instance configured in the mgmt network instance uses native YANG models. This is driven by the default configuration value of the /system/gnmi-server/network-instance[name=mgmt]/yang-models leaf and selects which models are going to be used when gNMI paths are provided without the origin information in the path.

Startup configuration file used in this lab has the yang-models leaf set to openconfig. This makes the paths without the origin value to be treated as openconfig paths.


gNMI service can be tested using gnmic cli client.

❯ gnmic -a -u admin -p NokiaSrl1! --skip-verify capabilities
gNMI version: 0.7.0
supported models:
  - urn:srl_nokia/aaa:srl_nokia-aaa, Nokia, 2022-06-30
  - urn:srl_nokia/aaa-password:srl_nokia-aaa-password, Nokia, 2022-06-30
  - urn:srl_nokia/aaa-types:srl_nokia-aaa-types, Nokia, 2021-11-30
  - urn:srl_nokia/acl:srl_nokia-acl, Nokia, 2022-06-30
-- snip --

Since the default schema is set ot Openconfig in the startup configuration file, to perform gNMI requests using the native SR Linux models users have to specify the native origin. At the time of this wrigin, origin can be provided via Path Prefixes, and soon will be available for paths as well.

❯ gnmic -a -u admin -p NokiaSrl1! --skip-verify -e JSON_IETF \
  get --prefix 'native:' --path '/system/information/version'
    "source": "",
    "timestamp": 1678615621140266475,
    "time": "2023-03-12T11:07:01.140266475+01:00",
    "updates": [
        "Path": "srl_nokia-system:system/srl_nokia-system-info:information/version",
        "values": {
          "srl_nokia-system:system/srl_nokia-system-info:information/version": "v22.11.2-116-gf3be2e95f2"

With the configuration leaf /system/gnmi-server/network-instance[name=mgmt]/yang-models set to openconfig, paths without the origin information are assumed to belong to the Openconfig YANG.

❯ gnmic -a -u admin -p NokiaSrl1! --skip-verify -e JSON_IETF \
  get --path "/system/state/hostname"
    "source": "",
    "timestamp": 1678615843724905250,
    "time": "2023-03-12T11:10:43.72490525+01:00",
    "updates": [
        "Path": "openconfig-system:system/state/hostname",
        "values": {
          "openconfig-system:system/state/hostname": "srl1"


gNOI docs

On SR Linux, gNOI service is enabled automatically once gNMI service is operational and share the same port 57400. Although the same external post could have been used, to integrate with Ondatra test framework, a different service definition named gnoi with a separate outside port has been created.


gNOI service can be tested using gnoic cli client.

❯ gnoic -a --skip-verify -u admin -p NokiaSrl1! file stat --path /etc/os-release
|    Target Name    |      Path       |       LastModified        |    Perm    |   Umask    | Size |
| | /etc/os-release | 2021-09-14T06:32:07+02:00 | -rwxrwxrwx | -----w--w- | 21   |


gRIBI docs

gRIBI server is enabled on a system level and in the mgmt network instance of SR Linux running on port 57401. It is exposed to 9340 port for external connectivity as specified by the services configuration in the topology file.


gRIBI service can be tested using gribic cli client.

❯ gribic -a -u admin -p NokiaSrl1! --skip-verify get --ns mgmt
INFO[0000] target final get response:  
INFO[0000] got 1 results
INFO[0000] "":

P4 Runtime (P4RT)#

P4RT docs

The P4 Runtime server is configured on a system level and in the mgmt network instance of SR Linux running on port 9559. The same port is used externally in this lab.

Lab users still need to configure interface or device identifiers as per the documentation.

  1. the following versions have been used to create this tutorial. The newer versions might work; please pin the version to the mentioned ones if they don't. 

  2. License is required to run chassis-based SR Linux systems (models: ixr6e/ixr10e). License-free IXR-D/H systems do not yet have support for Openconfig service; hence they are not suitable for the goals of this lab.