Best All-Inclusive Simulator

Hello all,

I work for an IT reseller and we carry a few different types of hardware.  I find myself in several scenario's where I have to guide clients to get copies of configs, recreate issues, check compatibility, etc.  Unfortunately, I don't have access to all differetn makes and models of hardware that I work with in a sandbox or testing environment.  I'd like to find a really good simulator that would simulate access to several different types of network hardware.  Access to both GUI and CLI would be needed. If I had to only pick a few, it would be Cisco, HP.  We also work with VMware, Microsoft products, Servers, Fortinet...the whole works...any suggestions for the most all-inclusive simulator out there that would allow this?  If not all inclusive, multiple suggestions?

James FryEnterprise Solutions ArchitectAsked:
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Matthew BorrussoCommented:
Check out GNS3.

In most cases, if you have access to the firmware/os, you can emulate it.

It certainly can do 4 of the 6 you mentioned. GNS3 is like snort, it has a big community behind it. I am sure with a little work or research, you'll find someone has built just about anything for GNS3.

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Craig BeckCommented:
Yep GNS3 is the way to go.  There may be some official support for HP soon.
GNS3, and to a lesser extent, Packet Tracer
James FryEnterprise Solutions ArchitectAuthor Commented:
All thanks for your insight and feedback! I actually was looking at GNS3 as I used it a few times before, and was also looking at  THe reason why I didn't get into GNS3 before was actually because they did NOT support HP products and at the time, I was doing a lot with Provision and Comware.  So, it's a bummer to see they still don't support them, but it can still certainly be useful for other things.

It appears that GNS3 is the way to go.  Thanks again!
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