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ConnectingGNS3toRealNetworks:PhysicalNetworkingwithGNS3
ByMubashirVP 35Comments

GNS3(GraphicalNetworkSimulator),bestnetworksimulationsoftwareallowsyoutoconnectandcollaboratevirtualnetworktopologiestorealnetworks.Thisawesomefeature
ofGNS3bringsCCNA,CCNPandCCIElabswithzeroHardware!PersonallyIwasmuchexcitedwhencametoknowthispossibilityinGNS3.Youmightevenassociatetovirtual
machinesfromVMwareorVirtualBoxtothispowerfulpieceofsoftware.InthisGNS3guideImgonnatoshareconnectingGNS3torealnetworks.Ialreadysharedonearticleof
GNS3inthatwediscussedaboutcalculatingIdlePCvalueinGNS3runningoverWindowsplatform.LinkingavirtualtopologyinGNS3torealdevicesisveryexcitingand
interestingandwhichmakesbusinessnetworksetupwell..

Nowletmegetintothetechnicaldescriptionofvirtualnetworklab.

Toolsrequired

GNS3(GraphicalNetworkSimulator):ItisthebestnetworksimulatorsoftwarethatisofferedforWindows,LinuxandMAC.Therearemanynetworksimulationtoolsare
presentlikePackettracer(bestCCNAsimulator,thiswillbeveryusefulforCCNApracticetestforpeoplewholearningCCNArouting),BOSONNetsimetc.Thespecialties
ofGNS3isthatitisFREEandwemayrunrealCiscoIOSimageinGNS3routerhenceyoumayhaverealisticexperience!

GNS3networksimulationsoftwarefreedownload

CiscoIOS:RealCiscoIOSisrequiredforrunningGNS3labs.DistributingCiscoIOSwithoutlicenseisillegalsoyoumaypleaseGoogleforIOS.

HowtointerfaceorconnectGNS3torealnetworks?

TherearethreetopologiesthatwecanrealizewithrealnetworkstogetherwithGNS3.
1.ConnectingGNS3topologytoHostcomputer.
WiththehelpofaMicrosoftLoopbackadapterwecanconnectGNS3routertoourHostPC

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2.InterfacingVirtualBoxvirtualPCswithGNS3.
GNS3supportsVirtulBoxinterfacing.PossibletoconnectGNS3routertoVirtualBoxPCs

(Iwillpostonnextarticle)

3.ConnectingGNS3toInternet
Wow!Justamazing!YoumaypossibletoimplementVPNwiththisfeature.Keepintouchwithme,Iwillbecomingwiththoseguidessoon.

AswearestartingRealnetworkinterfacingIexplainedthefirstoptioninthisarticle(ConnectingGNS3topologytoHostcomputer).Iwillbepostingothertwooptionsassoonas
possible.

InterfacingGNS3networktoHostcomputer

Theprocesscanbeexplainedwithin3stagesvizcreatingPCLoopBacknetworkAdapter,AssigningIPAddressandConnectingGNS3virtualnetworktoPCLoopBackAdapter.
[MyplatformisWindows7]

Stage1:CreatingPCLoopBacknetworkAdapter

ForinterfacingGNS3networkweshouldhaveadedicatednetworkadapter,dontworrywecancreateaVirtualLoopBackadapterinWindows7,whichservesasPhysical

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connection.

Step1:
RightclickonMyComputerPropertiesDeviceManager

Step2:
Rightclickonthefirsticon(computername)thenselectAddlegacyhardware

Step3:
AddHardwareWizardwillappear.ThiswillletyoutoinstalldriversoftwareforLoopBackadapter.JustclickNext

Step4:
ChoosemanualinstallationandclickNext.

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Step5:
Youwillseealistofhardwarehere,lookforNetworkAdapters,andthenclickNext

Step6:
InSelectMicrosoftAdapterwindowselectMicrosoftLoopbackAdapter,Next.

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Step7:
NowyouarereadytoinstallMicrosoftLoopbackAdapter,clickNexttobegininstallation.

CompletetheinstallationbyclickingFinishbutton.

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Stage2:ConfiguringLoopbackAdapterandSettingupStaticIP

Step1:
OpenNetworkingandSharingCenterbyrightclickinginthesystemtraybaricon.

Step2:
ClickChangeAdaptersettings.

HereyoumayfindthenewlyaddedMicrosoftLoopbackAdapter.ForeasyidentificationIjustrenameditintoLoopBack

Step3:
RightclickontheLoopbackadapterandtakeProperties,thendoubleclickInternetProtocolVersion4(TCP/IPV4)

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Step4:
EnabletheradiobuttonUsethefollowingIPaddressandenteranyIPasyoulikeIusedClassAIP20.0.0.1withdefaultsubnetmask255.0.0.0

Stage3:ConnectingGNS3virtualnetworktoPCLoopBackAdapter

Nowwearegonnatoentertotherealmeaningofthisarticle,wecompletedallprerequisitesforInterfacingGNS3withHostcomputer.

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Step1:
RunGNS3andaddaRoutertopologytotheworkingarea.(IhopeyouknowconfiguringIOSimageforGNS3)
GotoBrowsealldevicesthendragaCloudtotheworkspacearea.

Step2:
RightclickontheCloudandConfigure.

Step3:
ClickC1node,intheNIOEthernettabidentifyandselecttheloopbackadapterthatyoucreatedjustbefore.(YoumayfindallthenetworkadaptersthatispresentinyourPC,but
selectonlyLoopbackadapter.)

ClickAddbuttontocomplete.

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Step3:
InterconnectbetweenyourRouterandtheCloudwithFastEthernetcable.

NowRunthetopology

Step4:
Consoleyourrouterbyrightclickingontheroutericon.

Step5:
ConfigureyourroutertoassignanIPaddressforFastEthernet0/0interface.Configurationcommandsarefollowed.(TheIPaddressmustbeinthesamerangeofLoopbackIPand
subnet,forme,assigned20.0.0.2with255.0.0.0subnet)

ConnectedtoDynamipsVM"R1"(ID0,typec2600)Consoleport
PressENTERtogettheprompt.

R1#configureterminal
Enterconfigurationcommands,oneperline.EndwithCNTL/Z.
R1(config)#interfacefastEthernet0/0
R1(configif)#ipaddress20.0.0.2255.0.0.0

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R1(configif)#noshutdown
R1(configif)#
Thatsall,youhavedoneit!

NowtrytopingfromRouterconsolewindowtotheHostcomputerandviseversa.

PingingfromroutertoHostPC

PingingfromHostPCtoRouter

Wow,itispinginginbothdirections.!

IsthisGNS3guidehelpedyou?CanIhaveyourfeedbackplease?Shareyourthoughtsusingthecommentboxbelow.

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BonusTip:Youcanchangethecloudiconforbetterrepresentation,forthat
RightclickontheCloudiconChangeSymbol

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ChooseComputericonfromthelist.

Nowyouwillhavebetterdiagramrepresentation

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InmynextarticleIwillbeteachingyouInterfacingVirtualBoxvirtualPCswithGNS3.TillthencheckoutsomeofmyCiscoarticles.DontforgettolikeourFacebookpagetoget
latestupdates.

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35thoughtsonConnectingGNS3toRealNetworks:PhysicalNetworkingwithGNS3

DanielJoseCuberoMuoz
October13,2014

Wheniusecloudwithrouterongns3ihavetodesactivemyfirewallofwindows7,Itsapossibletellthefirewallallowloopbackconextionwithoutdesactive.Howido
that?

Admin Postauthor
November26,2014

HiDani,
YoucandefinecustomFirewallrulesfromtheAdvancedFirewallsettings.
Jaseem

Sarah
November7,2014

Greatarticlethanks!

Jaseem Postauthor
November7,2014

HiSarah,
Thankyouforyourfeedback..
YoumayalsolikemynewarticleregardingIOUtoGNS3

mike
November13,2014

Urdoingagreatjob.Keepitupbro!

Jaseem Postauthor
November15,2014

ThankyouMike
Jaseem

Admin Postauthor
November26,2014

ThanksMike!

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Jaseem

Ovais
November18,2014

Greatworkandverywellexplained.

Admin Postauthor
November19,2014

ThankyouforyourfeedbackMr.Ovais

Admin Postauthor
November26,2014

HiOvais,
Hopeyougotconnectedtorealnetwork!
Jaseem

Nounou
November28,2014

wonderfulmaniappreciatethistutorialhelpsalot

Admin Postauthor
November28,2014

HiNounou,
Gladtoknowthatitwashelpful.WellbecomingupwithmoreGNS3networkingtutorials,staytuned.

Nissim
December11,2014

Veryhelpful,Thankyouman

timaz
December11,2014

thanksforyourpost.itisgoodtomentionthatinsomecasesconnectingcloudtothevRouteronGNSmightfacewithsomeerrorslikeServererror[3200]from
127.0.0.1:8000:R1:unabletocreategenericethernetNIOorsomethinglikethat.inthatcase,youcanrestartyourmachineandtheerrorwilldisappear.

YasirSaad
February27,2015

Hi,
Infact,Ihadthiserror,andIrealizedthatGNS3mustbestartedasadministratorforthisfeaturetowork.Thatsthetrickforit.

NsikoSamuel
December15,2014

IhavetriedthisconfigurationinGNS3butforsomereasontherouterisnotabletopingthecloudandyetIfinishedconnectingthecloudwithipaddress192.168.200.2/24
butcanpingthenetworkaddresswhichis192.168.200.1/24onwhichthecloudisdirectlyconnected.
enable
configureterminal
routerrip
network192.168.100.0
network192.168.200.0
exit
exit
configureterminal
interfaceFastEthernet0/0
ipaddress192.168.100.1255.255.255.0
noshutdown
exit
interfaceFastEthernet0/1
ipaddress192.168.200.1255.255.255.0
noshutdown
exit
exit
enable
configureterminal

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ipdhcpexcludedaddress192.168.100.1192.168.100.10
ipdhcppoolcyber
network192.168.100.0255.255.255.0
defaultrouter192.168.100.1
dnsserver192.168.200.2
exit
exit

NsikoSamuel
December15,2014

Thehostip192.168.200.2canpingtherouteron192.168.200.1buttheroutercannotpingthehost

AshishThakur
January23,2016

Hi,
Ihavefollowedyourstepshowevericanpingfrommycmdtorouterbutcannotdothereversewhysoasperyourinstructionyouhavedonethat

seddeeq
December29,2014

goodmorningsir.howareyou?imastudentofccna.myquestioniswhyweconnectgns3withrealnetwork?andwhatkindofconfigurationwecanpracticeafter
connectinggns3withrealnetwork?pleasesendme

JJohnson
January26,2015

ThisprocesshasstoppedworkingformeinsideofWindows8asofaweekago.IusetobeabletocreateloopbackadaptersthatconnectedmyphysicalPC/VmWare
virtualmachinesdirectlytomyGNS3environmentwithoutfailuntilrecentlyinWindows8thesamewayIdidinWindows7WITHZEROPROBLEMS.Itmakes
absolutelynosensewhyIcannolongerdothisafterasimpleresetofmyPCbacktofactorydefault.Myfirewallyisdeactivated/diasbled(asalways)andIvegonea
stepfurtherbyturningofWindowsDefenderaswell,butitsstillnotworking
ImonestepfromcryingconspiracytheoryagainstMicrosoftbecausetheresnoexplanationfortheprocesstostopworking,thusnowrequiringyoutoshareor
bridgeyourloopbackconnectionswithaphysicaladapterinordertonowgetyourphysicalPCand/orvirtuallyassignedmachinestocommunicatewithyourVmWare
environmentItsmakingmewonderifduringtheresetmyPCreachedouttomicroftandupondoingsohadascriptloadedtoitthatblocksdirectloopackadapter
communicationbetweenGNS3andloopbackadapters(again,thatsjustconspiracytheory,butitsREALLYgotmewonderingatthispoint.
Anbodyfigurethisoutminususingsharing,bridging,andallthatovermess/hoopsyouhavetojumptroughjusttomakeasimpleconnection?
Jay

sam
February5,2015

Hi
veryhelpful.OknowiconnectedmyGns3tointernet.
IwaswonderingifitspossibletocreateaVPNfromGNS3routertoarealrealCiscorouterovertheinternet?isitpossible?

umar
February22,2015

pleasehelp!
iamusingwindow8.iinstallloopbackinterfacebutitisnotshowingingns3.whatishoulddo

Vadim
April1,2015

JustrecreateaCloudorreopenyourprojectinGNS.

Mateus_CCNA
April24,2015

Man,itisfckingawsome!ImstudyingforCCNASecurityandIneedtomasterCCPinGNS3.Yourexplanationisperfect

illuminaughty
May6,2015

Thanksforthetutorial.Itgotmemostofthewaybut.
Icouldntgettheabovetowork.IfollowedthisCBTNuggetvideoanditworkslikeachamp.
Forsomereasoniproute0.0.0.00.0.0.0fa0/1wouldntwork,eventhoughitwasthecorrectinterface.
Ichangedmydefaultrouteto:iproute0.0.0.00.0.0.0192.168.10.1(MySOHOroutersaddress)
AfterthatIcouldping8.8.8.8

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CBTNuggetonGNS3andgettingouttotheinterbutts:

MicroNugget: Connecting GNS3 to the Internet

azim
June12,2015

thanxsir,,urarticlerealyhelpfultom..

kamo
July3,2015

thiscourseisveryusefull.
thankyouforyourhelping

Issa
July10,2015

Youguysareexcellent

Muhammad
July20,2015

Hey
Wheniwanttoconnectlinkbetweenrouterandclouditdidnotwork!
Actuallynothingdidnotappear??????????
Whatshouldido?

Ismaila
August2,2015

IneedhelpconnectingthecloudtothevRouter.IhavetriedallmeansknowntomeandamstillgettinsameerrormessageServererror[3200]from127.0.0.1:8000:
R1:unabletocreategenericethernetNIO.Thankyou.

Mallikarjuna
August21,2015

Afteraddloopbackinterfaceiamnotabletogitpingfromtherouteripihopeyet.

surajit
January17,2016

Wheniamconnectingcloudandrouteritisthrowingsomeerror.Thisdevicecanonlybeconnectedtocloudonthesamehost.canuhelpmeplease

Gahoot
February8,2016

hiall
cananyonehelpmeout,toconnectIOUSwitchofGNS3tophysicalrouterorswitch,Iamtiredtrying

Jared
February14,2016

Atthistime,itsnotpossibletogetIOUvirtualswitchdirectlyconnectedtooutsidenetwork.YouhavetouseaIOSbasedvirtualswitch.

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Jared
February4,2015

FoundthereplacementforWindows8.1,http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2777200
TheMicrosoftLoopbackAdapterwasrenamedinWindows8andWindowsServer2012.ThenewnameisMicrosoftKMTESTLoopbackAdapter.

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