Unlocking the Potential of Junos' Event Scripts

Junos OS, the operating system that powers Juniper Networks' wide range of networking devices, is renowned for its robustness, reliability, and flexibility. One of the key features that contribute to its flexibility is the ability to use event scripts. In this blog post, we will delve into the world of Junos event scripts, a topic that is crucial for students studying for the JNCIS-ENT certification.

What are Junos Event Scripts?

Event scripts in Junos OS are scripts that are triggered by certain events on a Juniper device. These scripts can be written in SLAX, XSLT, or Python, and they allow network administrators to automate responses to specific events, thereby enhancing network efficiency and reducing the time taken to respond to network issues.

How Do Junos Event Scripts Work?

Event scripts are triggered by system log messages. When a system log message that matches the conditions specified in an event policy is generated, the Junos OS executes the associated event script. The script can perform a wide range of actions, such as collecting additional data, adjusting configuration settings, or even sending notifications to network administrators.

Here's a basic example of an event script:

version 1.0;

ns junos = "http://xml.juniper.net/junos/*/junos";
ns xnm = "http://xml.juniper.net/xnm/1.1/xnm";
ns jcs = "http://xml.juniper.net/junos/commit-scripts/1.0";

import "../import/junos.xsl";

match / {
    <op-script-results> {
        <output> "Hello, World!" </output>

This simple SLAX script will output the string "Hello, World!" when it is executed.

Configuring Event Scripts

To configure an event script, you first need to upload the script to the device. This can be done using the file copy command:

file copy /var/tmp/my_script.slax /var/db/scripts/event/

Next, you need to configure an event policy that will trigger the script. This is done using the set event-options command:

set event-options policy MY_POLICY events MY_EVENT
set event-options policy MY_POLICY then execute-commands commands "show version" output-filename MY_OUTPUT

In this example, MY_POLICY is the name of the event policy, MY_EVENT is the system log message that will trigger the policy, and MY_OUTPUT is the name of the file where the output of the show version command will be saved.

Finally, you need to commit the configuration:



Junos event scripts offer a powerful way to automate responses to network events. By mastering this feature, you can greatly enhance the efficiency and reliability of your network. As you prepare for your JNCIS-ENT certification, make sure to spend time understanding and practicing with event scripts. They are a key part of the Junos OS and a valuable tool in any network engineer's toolkit.

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