Network Simulation Software

ashraf2002
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Hi,
Does anyone can suggest a simulation or virtualization software for preparing network configurations and test it.?
Currently I am using GNS3 0.72 ver. with VMware Workstation 7.0 ver.

please advise...
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Senior infrastructure engineer
Top Expert 2012
Commented:
Will I think GNS3 is a good one.

You might want to try and get your hands on cisco packet tracer (from Cisco itself) or have a look at boson netsim: http://www.boson.com/

But personally I'd stick with GNS#.

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Yes.. GNS3 is a good one.. But it has some limitations like you cannot run latest asa images or a WAAS images.. Problems in IPS while configuring...

I just want to test come configurations that i am not sure about, before making it into the real ones... :) Just to make sure that it would work.
Justin EllenbeckerIT Director

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I used to use gns for the money i have been running boson netsim 8 the labs are simple but they cover the content well and the information that you print to go with it is very nice.  Alos they are always running deals it seems that you can buy one and then three days later they give you 20% off the next.  So if you need the CCNP jsut get 1 then wait a few days for a deal on the next tests.
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Ernie BeekSenior infrastructure engineer
Top Expert 2012

Commented:
I haven't found a good simulation packet yet (besides GNS3) that also includes PIX/ASA's.
The rest mainly focuses onswitches and routers.
So for now I'm just waiting until they get it working and in the meantime looking for a good alternative.

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Spirent
Spirent Testcenter+Avalanche+Reflector
Simulates a network under load with amazing flexibility

for virtual environments TestCenter virtual...

http://www.spirent.com/

Cisco is one of Spirent's big customer...
Ernie BeekSenior infrastructure engineer
Top Expert 2012

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