In this article, we will examine how to add Cisco IOS images to the GNS3 VM running on VMware Workstation virtualization program.
How to Add Router/Switch to GNS3 Virtual Machine
As you prepare for Cisco exams, you can easily upload Cisco images to the GNS3 VM program you have installed on your computer for more specific topologies.
Because IOS images stored on the GNS3 Server stores in one place, you can provide centralized IOS storage management.
How to Install Router on GNS3 Server
Follow the steps below to add Cisco’s Router or Switch to your GNS3 server.
After running the GNS3 network simulator software, create a new project.
Click Edit / Preferences to activate the GNS3 VM Server.
In the Preferences window, click GNS3 VM, and then select Enable the GNS3 VM.
After enabling “Enable the GNS3 VM”, click the OK button to save the setting.
As soon as you press the OK button, the GNS3 VM will start running.
You can check that the GNS3 VM is running smoothly from the Servers Summary section.
Check the network connection by pinging the GNS3 Server’s IP address.
To add a network device, click Edit / Preferences again.
In the window that opens, you can see that the previously installed c7200 Cisco Router stores on the Local Server.
Now, click the New button to add a new Router.
From the window that opens, select Run the router on the GNS3 VM and click Next.
To install the router, select New Image and click the Browse button to select the IOS image you downloaded to your computer.
Wait while the IOS image upload to the GNS3 virtul machine.
After adding the image file to the program, click Next to continue.
In the Name and Platform window, type the name of the device you added, and then click Next after configuring the platform.
The default RAM value of the Router you added will be automatically set as follows. If you wish, you can increase the default amount of RAM here.
In the Network Adapters window, select the FastEthernet or GigabitEthernet interfaces you want to add to the Router and click Next.
In the WIC modules window, add the WIC-2T unit and click Next.
To set the Idle-PC value for the router, click on the Idle-PC finder.
Calculating Idle-PC value for Cisco Router…
Once the optimal value for the router found, click OK to continue.
Close the Idle-PC window by clicking the Finish button.
You can verify that the Cisco c3745 Router has added to the GNS3 Server from “Server:” in the IOS Router Templates window.
Drag and drop the added Router into the workspace and start it.
You can use the show ip int br or show version commands to verify that the Cisco Router is working properly on the server.
How to Upload Router IOS to the GNS3 VM ⇒ Video
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