ACME Packet

I’ve recently had a chance to work with some ACME Packet 3820’s. A.K.A. Oracle blah blah blah something or other SBC. I dunno, really – every time a cool company gets bought out by a giant they re-name everything. We’re working with the Acme 7.3 Enterprise code.

If you have a login for the Oracle support site, and appropriate entitlement, you too can download this software from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.

What we want looks something like this:

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Ahh, yes, the “Oracle Enterprise Session Border Controller” – that’s what it’s called. I’m still calling it ACME, bitches.


Once you get your grubby little hands on this .zip archive, and unzip the nested shit, you can go into the nnECZ730_64 directory. What do we see here? Wait! What’s that? An .ova? Sweet!

It sure is. You can run this bad-boy on the nearest ESXi box, and have a great lab setup without buying yourself a 3820. I like that price-point a little better.

Deploying is easy – it’s an .ova – DUH! (I’m not stepping you through that part – if you don’t know how, google it.) The cool thing is that this baby is small:

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You can run this thing pretty much anywhere – like on your laptop with VirtualBox. I have an ESXi host for my lab, so I’m running it there.

During the OVA deployment, you need to do a few things like accept the EULA, pick your datastore, and importantly – assign the ‘physical’ interfaces to the right network. Mine looks something like this:

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Couple more clickity clicks, and a 2 minute wait, and you too can pop over to the console and log in with a password of ‘acme’. Then type ‘enable’ and use the password of ‘packet’.

Now, I shouldn’t have to point this out – but this is probably not the most secure set of credentials – let’s remedy that. Type ‘secret login password’ and replace that ‘acme’ with something new. Then do ‘secret enable password’ and replace that ‘packet’ with something new as well.

Ahhh, I feel better now, don’t you?

Did you notice the CLI complaining about ‘No Valid License Present!’? I sure did. Let’s remedy this:

setup product (you only have one choice here, so choose it and save)

setup entitlement (I choose 500 sessions since this is a lab system and I will never ever ever get close to that. It goes up to 256,000 – that’s a lot of motherfrackin’ sessions!)

Now – lets give this fucker an IP address to use for further administration, shall we? We shall. In the next post.