How to Install Cisco IOU L2 Appliance in GNS3? – In our previous article, we examined the steps to add a Layer 2 Switch to the GNS3 program. In this our article, we will install Cisco IOU L2 Appliance on the GNS3 VM.
How to Install Cisco IOU L2 Appliance in GNS3?
GNS3 is a self-renewing network emulator program. People preparing for the Cisco exams use the GNS3 program more often. The biggest advantage of using GNS3 is that it is free. Many labs can be designed and run on GNS3.
Many people had problems with using Cisco switches on GNS3. The network devices can be installed and used more easily with the GNS3 Appliance architecture.
In order to use the Cisco IOU images in the GNS3 program, it is necessary you must install the GNS3 VM Server. Also, you should browse How to Import GNS3 VM and How to Install GNS3 VM on VMware Workstation.
How to Import Appliance in GNS3?
In order to use Layer 2 Switch on GNS3, you need to download the Appliance application. You can find the Cisco IOU L2.gns3a file at the end of this article.
Follow the steps below to import the GNS3 L2 Appliance.
After downloading the Cisco IOU L2.gns3a file to your computer, double-click on the file to import appliance in GNS3.
Information about installing Cisco IOU L2 provide after the GNS3 program launched. You can see that the Layer 2 Switch is in the Multilayer Switch category.
Continue by clicking the Next button to import the GNS3 Appliance.
For the Cisco IOU L2 Appliance installation, select the GNS3 VM Server as shown in the following image and click the Next button.
The files required for Cisco IOU L2 on GNS3 are as follows. You can update the downloadable files by pressing the Refresh button. Select the existing Cisco IOU L2 15.2.d (i86bi-linux-l2-adventerprisek9-15.2d.bin) file and check if the GNS3 VM Server is running before clicking Next.
GNS3 VM Server is running on the backplane now.
You must have Cisco L2 image in the Required Files window. The distribution of these images is strictly forbidden and you can research on the Internet. After you have the Cisco IOU image, click on the Next button to load the Cisco IOU L2 15.2d image you selected.
Would you like to install the Cisco IOU L2 15.2d version? Continue by saying Yes.
The hardware features for the Cisco IOU L2 Appliance to work on the GNS3 VM are as follows.
The GNS3 Appliance import process reports that the new device is in the Multilayer Switch category.
The process to install Cisco IOU L2 15.2d Appliance in GNS3 is completed successfully and click OK to continue.
To control the Cisco IOU L2 Appliance, create a new project in GNS3.
As you can see in the image below, the Cisco IOU L2 15.2d image is available the Layer 2 Switch in the devices. Drag and drop the Layer 2 Switch to the workspace.
After completing the Cisco IOU L2 installation on the GNS3 VM, perform the show version command at the CLI prompt and check the system image and installation location of the Cisco IOU Layer 2 Switch.
As you can see, the Cisco IOU L2 Appliance has successfully installed!
You can control the interfaces of the IOU L2 Switch by running the show ip interface brief command on the L2 Switch.
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ROM: Bootstrap program is Linux
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System image file is “unix:/opt/gns3/images/IOU/i86bi-linux-l2-adventerprisek9-15.2d.bin”
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Linux Unix (Intel-x86) processor with 158154K bytes of memory.
Processor board ID 2048001
16 Ethernet interfaces
1 Virtual Ethernet interface
16K bytes of NVRAM.
Configuration register is 0x0
VLAN Name Status Ports
1 default active Et0/0, Et0/1, Et0/2, Et0/3
Et1/0, Et1/1, Et1/2, Et1/3
Et2/0, Et2/1, Et2/2, Et2/3
Et3/0, Et3/1, Et3/2, Et3/3
10 IT active
1002 fddi-default act/unsup
1003 token-ring-default act/unsup
1004 fddinet-default act/unsup
1005 trnet-default act/unsup
VLAN Type SAID MTU Parent RingNo BridgeNo Stp BrdgMode Trans1 Trans2
—- —– ———- —– ——
1 enet 100001 1500 – 0 0
10 enet 100010 1500 – 0 0
1002 fddi 101002 1500 – 0 0
1003 tr 101003 1500 – 0 0
1004 fdnet 101004 1500 – ieee -0 0
1005 trnet 101005 1500 – ibm -0 0
Remote SPAN VLANs
Primary Secondary Type Ports
——- ——— —————–
Current configuration : 1361 bytes
! Last configuration change at 07:43:44 UTC Mon Sep 18 2017
service timestamps debug datetime msec
service timestamps log datetime msec
no service password-encryption
logging discriminator EXCESS severity drops 6 msg–body drops EXCESSCOLL
logging buffered 50000
logging console discriminator EXCESS
no aaa new-model
no ip icmp rate-limit unreachable
no ip domain-lookup
no ipv6 cef
spanning-tree mode rapid-pvst
spanning-tree extend system-id
vlan internal allocation policy ascending
ip tcp synwait-time 5
no ip address
ip forward-protocol nd
no ip http server
no ip http secure-server
line con 0
exec-timeout 0 0
privilege level 15
line aux 0
exec-timeout 0 0
privilege level 15
line vty 0 4
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How to Install Cisco IOU L2 Appliance in GNS3? – In this article, we have added a new Layer 2 Switch onto the GNS3 VM Server. If you want to add Layer 3 Switch on GNS3, you can browse How to Add Layer 3 Switch in GNS3. The use of GNS3 VM Server is of great importance for performance. We also recommend that you install the GNS3 VM installation onto an external disk. In addition that, we strongly recommend using an external SSD disk.
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