First steps with Infoblox

Infoblox produces some appliances that do DNS/DHCP management, full network IPAM management and so on. Since I needed to so some usage of their APIs I've had to set up an infoblox appliance and here I'm jotting down some of the steps I took for easier reference.

The overall steps are:

  • Download the appliance from
  • Deploy on your favourite virtualization system, ej KVM.
  • Start the VM, and ensure the cpu and memory prerequisites are set.

If you use Vmware/vCloud and the OVA you'll probably have most network and password details prompted upon when deploying the appliance so in that regard is a bit more straight forward to deploy.

Once your VM is started, you can log in with :

user: admin
pass: infoblox

The first step is configure the network, which can be done with:

Infoblox > set network
Enter IPv4 address [Default:]: 
Enter netmask [Default:]: 
Enter gateway address [Default:]: 
NOTICE: Additional IPv6 interface can be configured only via GUI.
Become grid member? (y or n): n

 New Network Settings:
  IPv4 address:
  IPv4 Netmask:
  IPv4 Gateway address:

        Is this correct? (y or n): y

And now the most confusing thing for new starters is getting your licenses right. If you're using an evaluation license, you don't need to register in the infoblox website, but rather have the appliance generate some 60-day evaluation licenses.

You'll need more than one. They can be checked as below :

Infoblox > show license all
Public IP       License Type                Kind      Exp Date   Replaced Hardware ID             License String

To generate the evaluation licenses:

Infoblox > set temp_license

  1. DNSone (DNS, DHCP)
  2. DNSone with Grid (DNS, DHCP, Grid)
  3. Network Services for Voice (DHCP, Grid)
  4. Add DNS Server license
  5. Add DHCP Server license
  6. Add Grid license
  7. Add Microsoft management license
  8. Add vNIOS license
  9. Add Multi-Grid Management license
 10. Add Query Redirection license
 11. Add Response Policy Zones license
 12. Add FireEye license
 13. Add DNS Traffic Control license
 14. Add Cloud Network Automation license
 15. Add Security Ecosystem license
 16. Add Flex Grid Activation license

Select license (1-16) or q to quit: 1

This action will generate a temporary 60-day DNSone license.
Are you sure you want to do this? (y or n): y
DNS temporary license installed.
DHCP temporary license installed.

Temporary license is installed.

The UI needs to be restarted in order to reflect license changes.
Restart UI now, this will log out all UI users? (y or n):y

You will need to repeat this process a bunch of times until all required licenses are in place. As a guideline, this are the licneses I needed to build a working appliance :

Infoblox > show license
Version         : 8.1.2-356916
Hardware ID     : 42140354685089f1cdccff04ff9cec5d

License Type    : DNS
Expiration Date : 11/27/2017
License String  : EwAAAEdPGOmqWmv1aFgZbs+JuxsU6WM=

License Type    : DHCP
Expiration Date : 11/27/2017
License String  : FAAAAEdJCOXkWyS7bRNXbM6P8ARA7mYv

License Type    : vNIOS (model IB-VM-820)
Expiration Date : 11/27/2017
License String  : GgAAAFVPAvrrFSX0IxYcIsyO9k8K7nUvmR1TaVew

vNIOS: CPU cores detected: 2 - [License allows: 2]
vNIOS: System memory detected: 4096MB - [License allows: 7168MB]

License Type    : Grid
Expiration Date : 11/27/2017
License String  : GgAAAEZPH/DqGWWuLEFXbM3C9U8K7WEsnEUFal64

Only once your subscriptions are properly attached your web interface will become available under https://your.appliance.ip .

For the Cisco-oriented people, the appliance CLI is somewhat similar to some Cisco devices. Is specially useful the show tech-support command that will show all low-level configuration and status.

Happy hacking!