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Welcome. This page is for the institutions participating in the The Australian SDN Test-Bed project, and explains what needs to happen at each institution so that the project can commence. Could you please read the following list of things to do and action each item as soon as you can.

If you need any Help, feel free to Contact Us, and if you could update us when the items below are being worked on, we can update our Status page.
  1. Create a Gmail account, and send the email address to Jason at so he can give you access to the confidential parts of the site. Note that you must log in with your google account to get access to the rest of the site.
  2. Set up an account at your institution to receive funds from UNSW. There is a work in progress spreadsheet of the budget here.
  3. Order the servers  with specifications in the given Dell Quote NOTE; The quotes are confidential and the prices are subject to change but can be used as a guide line. Please email you Dell representative for an updated quote. The R320 servers should be available at least until the end of this year.
  4. Order the Pica 8 switch with specifications given by the Netark Quote. The contact is Lambros Helios (, and the pricing has been discounted for the institutions participating in this project. This quote is valid till Sept 9th. Please email Lambros for an updated quote after this date with a copy of the original.
  5. Identify the room where the equipment will be located. Obtain a rack for placement of the following equipment;
    • First R320 Rack mount server virtualisation host
    • Second R320 Rack mount server virtualisation host
    • Standard ethernet switch that supports VLAN such as a Cisco Catalyst (more details available soon)
    • You will also need a border device which we need to separate from the internal switch (the pica8). We are considering an Acton switch at the moment, and detail will be added as soon as this is confirmed.
  6. Work with local IT staff to get a fibre from AARNet into the server location.
  7. Install VMWare virtualisation host on the two servers as described here.