Application Extension Platform 1.x -- Configuring Network Services

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The following sections explain how to configure basic network services for the application's virtual instance.

Binding an Application

By default, a newly created application virtual instance is bound to interface eth0. Binding ensures that the application has IP connectivity to the Cisco 280x ISR and the rest of the network.

Note: If your application is already bound to the eth0 interface, you may skip this section and go to Testing IP Connectivity

Example In this example application "tcptrace" binds to interface eth0 in Cisco AXP configuration mode.

# se-Module(exec-tcptrace)> end  
# se-Module> configure terminal  
# To enter the virtual instance where your application resides, type the following command: 

se-Module(config)> app-service tcptrace 
# To bind your application to an IP interface allowing IP traffic to your application, enter the following command: 

se-Module(config-tcptrace)> bind eth0 

WARNING!!! Reset the hosting environment

WARNING!!! for binding to take effect

Note: The above warning reminds you to re-enter Cisco AXP EXEC mode after executing the bind command.

# se-Module(config-tcptrace)> end  
# se-Module> app-service tcptrace 
# se-Module(exec-tcptrace)> reset  

The system resets. No message is displayed on the screen to show that the system is resetting.

Verify that your virtual instance and application are online by entering the command: se-Module(exec-tcptrace)> show state

Testing IP Connectivity

Use the ping command to test the connectivity between your application's virtual instance to the rest of the network. Each virtual instance has its own Linux shell context and is isolated from other instances and the effects of other applications.

The following example shows how to test IP connectivity to your application.


In this example, you first enter Cisco AXP application service EXEC mode, then go into the Linux shell context for your application, and then execute the ping command.

se-Module> app-service tcptrace 


# Enter the Linux shell for your application (virtual instance shell). 

se-Module(exec-tcptrace)> connect console 


# The interface to be pinged in this step is the eth0 interface to which you bound your application using the bind command. See step 4 of [[Application Extension Platform 1.x -- Configuring Network Services#Binding an Application|Binding an Application]] and [[Application Extension Platform 1.x -- Configuring the Cisco AXP Service Module#Figure: Cisco 280x ISR and Cisco AXP Service Module Configuration|Figure: Cisco 280x ISR and Cisco AXP Service Module Configuration]]. 

# Ping the eth0 interface

bash-2.05b# ping 

PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.

64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.063 ms

64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.037 ms

64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=0.061 ms

[1]+  Stopped  ping


'''Note: '''	Press Ctrl-C to stop the '''ping'''.
# Ping the Cisco 280x ISR side of the ISE1/0 interface (router side):  

bash-2.05b# ping 

PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.

64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=255 time=2.31 ms

64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=255 time=0.822 ms

64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=255 time=0.799 ms

[2]+  Stopped  ping

# Ping your FTP server, where your Cisco AXP package files are located: 

bash-2.05b# ping 

PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.

64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=254 time=3.59 ms

64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=254 time=1.68 ms

[1]+  Stopped   ping

# The results of the above ping proves that the application environment has IP network connectivity through the Cisco 280x ISR to your FTP server's interface.


Your prompt is a standard Linux shell prompt, so it appears that you are logged into a Linux machine with your own root (/) directory.

At this stage, you can start developing your application in your linux environment, view your working virtual instance environment, and check your network connectivity.

To exit the virtual instance, enter the following commands.

bash-2.05b# exit 
# exits the Linux shell environment in your virtual instance

se-Module(exec-tcptrace)> exit 

se-Module> exit 


#You are now back to a Cisco 280x ISR prompt.

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