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Once you have ESXi 5.1 up and running download the CSR1000v OVA (Open Virtualization Archive) file here. Note that you will need to use your Cisco CCO login to download. Once the download is complete you need to open your vSphere Client and connect to your ESXi server. Once connected select the Deploy OVF Template option from the file menu.

CSR1000v Installation

Select the source of the OVA file you downloaded from your local machine.

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Below are the links to the INE CCIE R&S TS Lab 1 GNS3 files. If you are familiar with GNS3 it shouldn’t be too hard to get up and working. The IOS image needs to be referenced and the idle PC values set for your machine. I would also highly recommend tuning up any protocol timers to their max values as this eases the load on GNS3 with such a big topology.

Note that in the ticket 4 isn’t an issue for the GNS3 topology.

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INE is proud to announce that our long awaited CCIE Service Provider Lab Workbook Version 3.0 is now available!  The initial pre-release of the workbook contains over 500 pages of technology focused labs to help you prepare for Cisco’s newest CCIE Service Provider Lab Exam.  Similar to other “rough cut” books, the pre-release of the workbook is for students that want to begin work on their hands-on preparation for the lab exam without further delay.  Over the next few weeks the workbook will be updated to include more technology labs, along with the full scale labs.  The workbook includes a GNS3/Dynamips .net file that is compatible with the topology, and rack rentals that include IOS XR will be available soon.  A sample of the workbook can be found here.

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INE would like to thank Nadeem Rafi for this guest blog post on using GNS3 with Ubuntu! Nadeem is one of our prized CCIE 2.0 Self-Paced students currently studying hard for his CCIE R&S exam. You will often see Nadeem in the INE Online Community working with his fellow students. Nadeem is currently enjoying 100 rack rental tokens from Graded Labs for his excellent post here!

Installing and Dual Booting Ubuntu

Linux is a stable Operating System and applications that do intense calculations can be handled in a more optimized way, as compared to other proprietary Operating Systems. Perhaps one of the best things, however,  is the fact that it is free and can co-exist with other Operating Systems.

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As many of you know – I am NOT the Dynamips guru around here. For advanced questions on GNS3 and or Dynamips, I immediately direct students to our forum on That is where all the emulating whiz kids hang out. With that said, I like to have a copy running on every computer I own. While I do not do full practice labs on the platform (I use Graded Labs for that), I love to be able to build little mini-scenarios on the fly whenever I quickly need to test a feature.

Last night I purchased Windows 7 Home Premium and set out to eradicate Windows Vista, doing a “clean install” for the upgrade. I thought I would walk you through the installation of GNS3 on this system as I heard that students have been having issues. Well, here we go (fingers crossed!): Continue Reading

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We are thrilled to announce Lab 1 of the Version 4 R&S Dynamips product is released and available in all member accounts that are Volume II subscribers or previous Dynamips subscribers.

Lab 2 should also be completed this week as well.

All 20 labs are targeted for release by Feb 1, 2010.

Happy emulating everyone!

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Hello all. I have had some peers ask me for help in getting up and running quickly with GNS3 to help master the PIX/ASA.

Here is my step-by-step on that.

I am installing on the following system:

  • Alienware

  • Windows Vista Home Premium

  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+ 2.80 GHz

  • 4 GB RAM

Notice I am running Vista (sigh). There is a lot of misinformation out there about GNS3 not working with Vista. This is not true, as you will read below.

I head up to and download the WIN32-all-in-one EXE file available from the Download area. I run this EXE and proceed with the install. This is a “spousal” installation, just say YES (next) to everything the install wizard has to ask you. :-)

In order to get ready to run my first emulations, I have created a folder called c:\Cisco Images and I have placed the following images there c3725-advsecurityk9-mz.124-15.T7.bin, pix723.bin, and pix724.bin. I should mention that for all of this I want to be logged in as a Vista Administrator.

I now launch GNS3 and perform the following:

Step 1: In the Setup Wizard dialog click the large 1 button.

Step 2: Click the Dynamips option in the left pane and click the Test button on the Dynamips tab to ensure that Dynamips can be found successfully.

Step 3: Click Pemu in the left pane and in the Defaults PIX settings area, click the button and select your PIX image from your Cisco Images folder. In my case, this results in C:\Cisco Images\pix724.bin.

Step 4: Click the button for Base Flash: and select your base flash image. In my case, this results in C:\Cisco Images\pix723.bin.

Step 5: Click OK in the Preferences dialog.

Step 6: Click the large 2 button.

Step 7: Under the Settings area, click the button and choose your IOS image file from your Cisco Images folder.

Step 8: Choose Save and then Close from the IOS images and hypervisors dialog.

Step 9: Click OK in the Setup Wizard.

Step 10: In GNS3, drag your router model from the Nodes Type pane into the main topology pane. Right-click the router (R0) and choose Start.

Step 11: Right-click the router and choose Idle PC. Click OK in the IDLE PC dialog. Click OK in the next IDLE PC dialog.

Step 12: Drag the PIX firewall from the Nodes Type pane into the main topology pane. Right-click the firewall (FW0) and choose Start. NOTE: If your firewall fails to start with an error 209, it might be a Vista permissions issue. Close everything down. Right-click the file C:\Program Files\GNS3\pemuwrapper.exe and choose Run As Administrator. Then from the Start Menu, right-click GNS3 and choose Run As Administrator. You should be fine now.

Step 13: From the GNS3 toolbar, choose the Add a Link button. Click Manual. Click R0 and choose an interface and then click FW0 and choose an interface.

Step 14: You are now ready to configure your devices and start having some fun! Hover your mouse over a device you want to configure and notice the port number. Use your favorite terminal program (Terra Term, CRT, HyperTerminal) and connect to Localhost and that port number you just found.

Happy Emulating!

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