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How to Integrate GNS3 With VMWare Workstation Easily?

Written by LUMINIS. Posted in IT & Networking Blog

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The ultimate guide to understand the nuances of integrating GNS3 with VMWare WorkStation version 10/11/12. Two approaches of this
integration has been elaborated & presented in this visual guide.

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We will create and con gure the above topology. For that we need, two routers (ISP-India, ISP-US), two hosts (LuminisIndia.com, Client), and
two Virtual Networks:

1. LuminisIndia will use this network

2. Client will use this network

We will achieve the fully working topology as shown above, by following the steps in this Visual Guide created by: Meena, Sr. Manager IT and
Consultant. So let's start.

Step 1

Start your VMware workstation software and open the Virtual Network Editor through Edit menu of VMware. Then click on Change Settings
rst, so as to allow us creation of Virtual Networks.

Step 2

Now we can add the Virtual Networks. Click on Add Network andselect the VMnet (VMnet2) from the drop down list and click on OK.

You can see that a new Virtual Network has appeared VMnet2 in the Virtual Network Editor and it has a default subnet,
e.g., subnet mask255.255.255.0.But we will not use the given subnet, instead we will change it to200.200.200.0/24.
If we want to assign IP address automatically to our hosts (PCs or VMs or Servers), we can use the DHCP service which is the part of this Virtual
Network. To set the speci c range of IP for the host click on DHCP Settings and specify the range of IP.

Step 3

We will follow Step2 again and create the 2nd Virtual Network VMnet3, assign the subnet and also change the DHCP Settings.

We can see here are the two new Virtual Networks.

Step 4

Open Network and Sharing Center from your Windows 7/8/10, etc and you will nd the two new VMware Network Adapters. Go to VMware
Network Adapter VMnet3. Here you can see that DHCP has assigned the IP33.33.33.1/24 toVMware Network Adapter VMnet3.
But we will assign the IP address33.33.33.1 as a Default gateway, which will, in e ect, become the IP address of ISP-US Router. Now we
have choice of assigning any IP address from the range of33.33.33.2 - , toVMware Network Adapter VMnet3.Here we are
choosing33.33.33.33/24for the sake of convenience.

Now, we will change the name ofVMWareNetwork Adapter VMnet3toClient.

Step 5

In this step, we will see the status of VMware Network Adapter VMnet2.
We can see that the IP address assigned by the DHCP is But we will assign the IP address as a Default
gateway, which will, in e ect, become the IP address of ISP-India Router. Now we have choice of assigning any IP address from the range
of - , to VMware Network Adapter VMnet2. Here we are choosing for the sake of

Then change the name of VMware Network Adapter VMnet2 to LuminisIndia.

Step 6

Start your GNS3 and create the topology of the network which we will use. Drag the two routers and two hosts. Then change the name of
these to : R1 (ISP-India), R2(ISP-US), Host1 (LuminisIndia.com), Host2 (Client).

Add the notes for network addresses and IP addresses which we will use in this topology.
Step 7

Link the VMware Network Adapters with the Hosts, e.g. Host LuminisIndia.com with LuminisIndia (VMware Network Adapter VMnet2),Host
Clientwith Client(VMware Network Adapter VMnet3).

Sometimes the newly created VMware Network Adapters doesn't appear in the list. You must save your project of GNS3 and reload it. Then all
the Network Apaters will appear. Be careful In this process,because wrong association will create more confusion in the desired results.

Step 8

Now connect the devices and also make a note of the interface number you are going to use in your topology. I always use paper to draw the
full topology, means: devices, interfaces no., network addresses, IP addresses, etc. This helps me in con guration and trobleshooting. Then
start (power on) all the devices.

Now ensure that your Client and LuminisIndia(VMware Network Adapters) must be enabled and keep the rest of Network Adapters Disabled.
This step will help you in veri cation process.
Step 9

In this step, we will con gure the Routers. On router ISP-India, you can see that IP Address on Interface Ethernet 0/0 is,
which is connected with the Host LuminisIndia.com and this IP is the Default Gateway,on VMware Network AdapterLuminisIndia. Assign the
IP Address to the InterfaceSerial 1/1. Your intereface no. can be di erent. For routing, use Routing Protocol EIGRP and advertise
the networks and

Also con gure the ISP-US router as per the con guration given in the below image.
Step 10

After completing the con guration, next part is the testing or veri cation. First, try to ping the directly connected devices, if you face any
problem troubleshoot it. Then open two command prompts and try to ping both the hosts and routers as well, as I did in the below image. If
you get the successful reply, that means you have con gured everything properly.

Are you sure that everything is working in the same way we are expecting?

Step 11

Let's take the another approch for veri cation of our con guration.On the Router ISP-US, SHUTDOWNthe interfaceEthernet0/0which is
connected with theClient. Try to ping from router and also check theInterface Status,by following the commands of below
Try to ping the IP the command prompt. Now ping the IP on ISP-US, and then use thetracertcommand. You
can see that the tra c is going through ISP-India to ISP-US. You can also see the results in below image.

In the above results you would have observed that from ISP-US router you cann't ping the hostClient and from the command prompt you
cann't ping the It means that the interface is down,which is not allowing the ping.

Now run theNO SHUTDOWNcommand of the interfaceEthernet 0/0,this willUPthe interface and will allow the tra c to pass through the
The same testing we will do with LuminisIndia, but using a di erent approach. Now disable the VMware Network AdapterLuminisIndia.

You can follow the testing commands given in the below image. I think with this apporach things will be more clear.
NOTE:With the above steps, you can do your Cisco Labs and you also need not to create the Virtual Machines.

But if you need more services and/or you need the Virtual Machines, then follow the further steps of this visual guide.

Step 12

Start theNew Virtual Machine Wizardfrom theFile Menu.

Follow the instructions in the wizard and create the Virtual Machine (VM).
Step 13

NowEditthe VM, select the Operating System image which you want to install on this VM. Associate the VMnet to it, and then Power on the
VM. I have given the name LuminisIndia to this VM and VMnet2 ( Virtual Network to this VM.
Step 14

Install the Operating System on the VM, you can see the below image.

Now we will check the status of the Network Adapter of this newly installed VM. You can see that it received the IP Address automatically from
the DHCP Local server of this VMnet.
Now, change the IP address and Default gateway as per the image given below and also turn o your windows Firewall or Antivirus.

Step 15

Follow the testing as per below image.

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I hope this will help you understand the Integration of the GNS3 with VMware Workstation.

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