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VMWare for GNS3

Feb 21, 2010 7:44 PM

Jim Folliard 22 posts since
Jan 28, 2009

Hi,

 

I don't know anything about VMWare but want to use it with GNS3.  First, what VMWare product do I use?  I went to vmware.com but it was not obvious to me where to get the free version or what product to use.  Second, does anyone have any links that describe how to use VMWare with GNS3?

 

Thanks!

 

Jim

  • Conwyn 9,657 posts since
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    1. Feb 21, 2010 10:40 PM (in response to Jim Folliard)
    Re: VMWare for GNS3

    Hi Jim

     

    VMware emulates PCs. GNS3 emulates routers. For example Cisco Call Manger uses PC to act as the Telephone System Manager so you could use VMware to run the software. GNS3 can connect to equipment in the real world so you might have GNS3 emulating a network and a soft phone running on your PC or even a real telephone. Look for VMware ESXi on the dowmload tab.

     

    Regards Conwyn

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  • Lorenzo Castelletti 1 posts since
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    2. Mar 2, 2010 2:35 PM (in response to Jim Folliard)
    Re: VMWare for GNS3

    Hello Jim.

     

    Have a look at the Vmware howto in the docs section of the GNS3 website. It very clearly explains how to connect your virtual machines to GNS router.

    If you don't mind paying I would suggest Vmware workstation, but you might use the open source VirtualBox as well.

     

    Good luck

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  • Martin 13,894 posts since
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    3. Mar 2, 2010 5:23 PM (in response to Jim Folliard)
    Re: VMWare for GNS3

    try youtube.com and theblindhog.net

     

    free vmware are vmware player and vmware server (was in past, not ESXi, search for server in the name).

    http://www.vmware.com/products/server/

     

    on line http://vmcreator.com/virtual-machine.html;jsessionid=2511CE4BA8ED6C6B222BFD1D028F69F5,

    you can create a file to be used in vmware player, then use vmware player to open it and create virtual machine.

    vmware player cannot create new virtual machines from scratch.

     

    but if you need just a PC to ping or traceroute with GNS3, you can get by with VPCS (small program that runns 8 PCs, virtual ones)

    get it here http://www.freecode.com.cn/doku.php?id=wiki:vpcs

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  • Ahmed A 178 posts since
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    5. Mar 3, 2010 9:34 AM (in response to Jim Folliard)
    Re: VMWare for GNS3

    Hi Jim,

     

    How're you getting on with VMware & GNS3? let me know!

     

    Ahmed

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  • Ahmed A 178 posts since
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    7. Mar 16, 2010 12:30 AM (in response to Jim Folliard)
    Re: VMWare for GNS3

    Jim,

     

    I shall cut the long story short. Give the following a try.. let me know if it works and we can discuss later.

     

    Let VMware do some of the IP default gateway work, so,

     

    1. Set on your REAL OS the, VMware Network Adapter VMnet8 to obtain an IP address automatically (192.168.3.1 will be assigned)
    2. Manually set within the virtual OS installed on VMware, an IP address of 192.168.3.3/24, GW 192.168.3.2
    3. Assign 192.168.3.2 to R3's f0/0 interface
    4. Ping 10.2.2.1 from 192.168.3.3 should be successful

     

    Forgot mention, Under "edit virtual machine settings" for VMnet8 , select Network Adapter and set the Network connection to "custom:specific virtual network".

    Select, VMnet8 (Host-only) option.

     

    see attached image.

     

    AhmedA

     

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  • Ahmed A 178 posts since
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    8. Mar 16, 2010 12:27 AM (in response to Ahmed A)
    Re: VMWare for GNS3

    In addition to the configs as posted,

     

    If the VMware Network Adapter on your REAL system is set to pick an IP address automatically (which 192.168.3.1 is given)

    and you were to set R3's F0/0 IP to 192.168.3.1/24, as well as set the virtual OS's ip address and default gateway manually set to 192.168.3.3/24 and GW 192.168.3.1

     

    A "Windows - System Error  There is an IP address conflict with another system on the network" may be generated.

    Hence the choice of 192.168.3.2 as the default gateway for the VMware Virtual OS, as well as R3 F0/0 interface.

     

    Without doing any research into the ins/outs of the VMware Network Adpater installed on you real OS, and despite the "windows system error" a ping from the virtual OS to 10.2.2.1 is still successful.

     

    Any thoughts to this would be appreciated.

     

    AhmedA

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