EVE-NG System Requirements

EVE-NG is currently released as an OVA file and ISO. An OVA is a Open Virtual Appliance format. It’s an archive (TAR) which holds disks and configuration file (OVF or Open Virtualization File) for the virtual machine. EVE-NG can be also directly installed on the physical hardware, without any virtualization by use of ISO image. Because EVE-NG runs many hypervisor, it’s strongly recommended a physical server dedicated for it, without any virtualization software. Mind that nested virtualization is not a good thing and can lead to poor performance.

EVE-NG requires:

  • Intel VT-x/EPT ( or AMD-V/RVI capable processor but not supported by EVE-NG Team )
  • One of the following:
    • Ubuntu 16.04 64bit (suggested with any processors).
    • VMware ESXi 5.1 or later
    • VMware Workstation 11 or later
    • VMware Fusion 5 or later
    • VMware Player 5 or later

Required CPU and RAM depend on how many nodes are needed to run. 1 CPU and 2GB of RAM can be enough for IOU/IOL and Dynamips only, but will be insufficient for topology with CSR1000V routers.

In other words the EVE-NG requirements are the same for nested ESXi virtualization or Cisco VIRL/CML. EVE-NG can still works without Intel VT processors and can run installed within other hypervisors also But:

  • 64 bits (x86_64) appliances won’t work.
  • Poor performances should be expected with 32 bits (i386) appliances.