GNS3: Getting Started

There are several downloads you need in order to use GNS3, and it isn’t as straight forward as I’d prefer (neither are the other tutorials that I have seen). So, I decided to make a post dedicated to getting your GNS3 environment up and running.

First things first, you need to know the system requirements:

GNS3 Min Reqs

(ALL IMAGES USED IN THIS POST WERE COPIED DIRECTLY FROM GNS3.COM)GNS3 Rec Reqs

If your system meets the minimum requirements, please continue. You are now ready to begin your downloads. YAY!!

-Now, go to GNS3.com, and let’s get started.

STEP 1: Download the GNS3 software, follow these initial steps

1b. download the GNS3 VM for your system.

 

Step 2: Download VMWare Workstation and VM VIX. I would suggest opening a second tab for this one. Click here VMware Workstation 12 Download.

2a. download the VMware workstation player, then click on the ‘Drivers & Tools’ tab

2b. download the VIX driver.

Note: there is a download for Linux, *it did not fit in the screenshot.

(IMAGES COPIED FROM VMWARE.COM)

Step 4: Download the Cisco IOS Appliance images.  Image Download

  • c2691
  • c7200
  • c3640 and c3660
  • c3725 and c3745

Step 5: Import the GNS3 VM into the VMware Workstation.

Step 6: Import IOS images into GNS3 VM.

YOU’RE READY TO HAVE SOME FUN!!! STAY TUNED FOR LAB POSTS AND VIDEO LINKS TO MY UPCOMING YouTube Channel.

 

 

 

 

 

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