GNS3 Install: VMware Workstation Pro

– When you run GNS3 on a Windows computer, there are two main components
you need to be aware of. We have the GNS3 GUI application. This is an executable application that you install directly on Windows, but we also have the GNS3 VM, which you run with in a hypervisor such as VMware Workstation
Pro, VMware Workstation Player, Hyper-V, VirtualBox, ESXi, as an example. In this video, which I’ve linked here, as well as below, I showed you how to install
the GNS3 GUI on this laptop. So I showed you how to
download and install the GNS3 GUI on Windows 10. In this video, I’m gonna
show you how to download and install the GNS3 VM
within VMware Workstation Pro. This is the recommended
way to run the GNS3 VM. I’ve spoken to Jeremy, the
creator of GNS3 multiple times and he still recommends that you use VMware Workstation Pro, if possible, when running GNS3 on
a Windows 10 computer. There are other options such
as VMware Workstation Player, which is free, but it does
have some restrictions. In a separate video, I’ll show
you how to get that working. You could also use
VirtualBox, which is free, also there are some issues with
regards to using VirtualBox, especially on Intel processors. You could also use Hyper-V. Again, issues using IOU and
viral images together on Hyper-V so it’s experimental in
this version of GNS3. Or you could use GNS3 in the cloud or on an ESXi server. Again, if you want to run
GNS3 locally on your computer, the recommended way to do that is to use VMware Workstation Pro. So download the GNS3 VM, run it within VMware Workstation Pro, and integrate that with your GNS3 GUI. Okay, so without further ado, I want to show you how to
get that installed and setup. But before I do, let me ask you, please, if you don’t mind, subscribe to my YouTube channel. Click on the like button and click on the bell to get notifications when I post a new video. (upbeat techno music) Now in this example, I’m
controlling this Windows laptop from my Mac, using VNC. It just makes it easier
to do the recordings. Okay, so the first thing you
need to do is go to, click free download. Either signup for an account or login. GNS3 is free software that
you do need to have an account to download the software. Now I’ve previously
shown you how to download the Windows executable, what we’re gonna do here however, is click on download the GNS3 VM. And in this example, I’m gonna
select VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion, because I want to run the GNS3
VM within VMware Workstation. Now this is really important. The GNS3 GUI and the GNS3
VM have to be running the version of software. So in this example, they are showing that the GNS3 VM is version 2.2.0 and that’s the version
I’m currently downloading. So I previously downloaded
GNS3 version 2.2 executable and now I’m downloading
the GNS3 VM version 2.2. They have to be the same version for things to work properly. So in the GNS3 GUI, if you go to file, about,
notice the version, 2.2.0, and that has to match up to the GNS3 VM. Okay, so this is a .zip file, what I’ll do is right
click and click extract all and extract the GNS3 VM. As you can see, it’s an .ova file. It’s not recognized yet because
I still need to download the VMware Workstation. So once again, there’s the
folder, there’s the .ova. So in my web browser, I’m gonna go to Go to downloads, Workstation Pro. At the time of this recording, the latest release is version 15.5.0. There’s a version for Windows and there’s a version for Linux. I’m gonna go to the Windows version and click, go to downloads, and then I’m gonna click download now. You need an account to
download the software. So if don’t have an account, click sign up now to
sign up for an account. I have an account already, so I’m gonna login with my credentials. I’m gonna agree to the End
User License Agreement, click accept and VMware
Workstation is now downloaded. It’s about 540 Meg in size. Okay, so that’s downloaded. So in my downloads directory, I’m gonna double click on the
VMware Workstation executable and click install. The VMware Workstation Pro
installation wizard is started. Okay, so in my example, it
says the installer requires that I restart my system. So I’m gonna click yes to
restart for the installation. Okay, so my computer has restarted. I’m gonna go back to
the downloads directory and start the VMware
Workstation installation again. Click yes to allow this app
to make changes to my device. VMware installation runs again. Okay, so the setup wizard is displayed, I’m gonna click next. You need to agree to license agreement, so read through the license agreement, check this checkbox and click next. Now I’m gonna basically leave
most settings at the defaults. So default installation
directory, click next. I’m not gonna check for
updates, I’m not gonna join the customer experience
program, click next. I will create shortcuts, click next. Now before I click install, I’ll show you something in Control Panel. So in Control Panel, Network and Internet, view network status and tasks, change adapter settings. I currently only have one network adapter. VMware will install
additional network adapters, that’s normal, so don’t
be surprised if you see additional network interfaces
or adapters displayed here. Okay, so the VMware
installation is going ahead. You can see a VMware
shortcut has been created. It’s now installing
virtual network drivers. So there you go, there’s Ethernet 3, VMware Virtual Ethernet
Adapter, has been created. You can also see additional adapters. The VMware installation is now completed, I’m gonna click finish. I can close this down and what I’ll be able
to do is now start up VMware Workstation Pro. Now for this installation,
I don’t have a license key, this is something that
you need to be aware of. I can only use the product for 30 days and then I’ll have to buy a license. If you want a free version of this, use VMware Workstation Player, not VMware Workstation Pro. But in this example,
I’m gonna click continue click yes, click finish. Okay, so VMware Workstation Pro has been successfully installed. What I’m gonna do now is go to file, open, go to my downloads directory, go to my VMware Workstation directory, and select the GNS3 VM and click open. Click import. This now imports the GNS3 VM
into VMware Workstation Pro. As you can see here, the virtual machine has
been successfully imported with the default settings. I don’t change the default settings in VMware Workstation Pro, you change the settings
within the GNS3 GUI. So I’m gonna shut VMware Workstation down and startup the GNS3 GUI. Just a warning, make sure that you’ve got the GNS3 GUI shutdown before you install VMware Workstation Pro
and setup the GNS3 VM. Okay, so GNS3 has now
successfully started. I’m gonna click cancel. At the moment, I only
have a server running on this local laptop. So this is the local
servers running on Windows. What you need to do is edit preferences and under server, notice
we have local server. That is the server that
we’re seeing over here. What we need to do is select GNS3 VM and enable the GNS3 VM. So check this checkbox,
enable the GNS3 VM. Notice Workstation/Player’s recommended, that’s what I’m using. The name of the VM is GNS3 VM. It’s picked that automatically
from the VMware Workstation. If you don’t see it, click refresh and you should see that
in the dropdown list. This is where you specify
the amount of RAM and CPUs the GNS3 VM should use. The GNS3 GUI basically
makes an API call to VMware and adjusts the size of the RAM and CPUs based on what you’ve set here. So make sure that you set it here and not in VMware Workstation. When you close the GNS3 GUI, what’s gonna happen to the GNS3 VM, are you’re gonna keep it
running, suspend it, or stop it? I’ll leave it at the default
of stop and click okay. What you’ll notice here is
the GNS3 VM is starting. The GNS3 GUI makes an API
call to VMware Workstation and basically starts the
GNS3 VM automatically. And there you go, you can see
the GNS3 VM is booting up. Version of operating
system is Ubuntu 18.0.4 and there you go, GNS3 VM is configured. Version is 2.2.0. This is very important. Notice KVM support available is true. That should be set to true. If it’s not, right click on
the GNS3 VM and go to settings and under processes, we
need to check this checkbox, Virtualized Intel VT-x, EPT or ANDV. Now this requires that VT-x is enabled in the BIOS of your computer. So I’m gonna show you how to do that now. Okay, so I need to enable
Nested Virtualization of VT-x on my laptop. So what I’m gonna do is shut it down. I’m gonna power it on and in
this example, for this laptop, I’m gonna hold the F2 key down. So you can see here, BIOS Information. What I’m gonna do is go to the next menu and the important piece is
Intel Virtualization Technology. That’s currently enabled. There are some other options
like hyper-threading, Intel AES-NI, VT-d,
but the one that I want is Intel Virtualization Technology. You need that to be enabled to do Nested Virtualization in VirtualBox or VMware Workstation. So I’m gonna save those
settings and say yes to save. The laptop will reboot. Okay, so now I can login. And I’ve been able to login successfully. So if you have problems, make sure that Intel
Virtualization Technology or VT-x, Intel VT-x is enabled on your laptop. But you also need to
enable VT-x on the VM. You can’t do that while the VM is running, so you’ll have to shut it down. Now that looks good. Notice back in the GNS3
VM, everything is green. So in this case, everything looks good, but what I’m gonna do just to make sure that everything is working properly is shut the GNS3 application
down, or GUI down, and notice the VM has also shut down. So if you have issues, again, shut the GUI down,
reboot your computer, also make sure that VT-x is enabled in the BIOS of your computer. If everything is working properly, we should be able to start
up the GNS3 application and under server summary, we
should see two servers now, the Windows server, as well the GNS3 VM. So we can see Windows over there and that’s actually just kicked
the GNS3 VM into starting. So there’s my Windows
server, here’s my VM, which is starting up. Back in VMware, we can
see it busy booting up. It’s a bit slow on this computer because I haven’t allocated a
lot of RAM and CPU to the VM. Once again, very important, you need to make sure that
KVM support is available. So that all looks good. If KVM is not available, again, make sure that you enable it
in the BIOS of your computer and also shutdown GNS3, go into VMware Workstation,
right click on the VM, go to settings, make sure
that this is enabled, so Intel VT-x. Now the amount of RAM and
CPU available for your VM depends on your computer. The more you can allocate,
the better, basically. But again, this depends on your computer. So in this example, I’ve
got a Windows 10 computer, it’s got eight gig of ram,
64 bit operating system, it’s an i7 processor. So I could allocate more to my GNS3 VM. Again, you don’t it
through VMware Workstation, so I’m gonna close that down. You do that through the GNS3 GUI. So start up your GNS3 GUI, make sure that everything
boots up properly and starts up properly. So again, my Windows server has started, GNS3 VM is booting. While I’m waiting for that, I’m gonna click cancel here,
go to edit, preferences, GNS3 VM, and what you could
do here is, for instance, allocate more RAM and
more CPUs to the GNS3 VM. As soon as I do that,
the GNS3 VM will reboot. So just to show you the
settings at the moment, it’s got two gig of RAM, it’s got one CPU, but when I click apply here, those changes will be made,
the GNS3 VM is shutdown and it’s restarted with the new settings. So now it’s rebooting. That was a bit quick. So back in settings, notice
the RAM and processors have been adjusted. That, once again, depends
on the processing power and memory in your laptop
or in your computer. If you’re using viral
images, as an example, you need to allocate enough
memory and enough RAM to run a large typology
if you want to do that. I’ll put a link below this video with a calculator that helps you determine how much RAM and CPU you need, depending on the
appliances you want to run. Okay, but back in GNS3, I’m gonna create a new blank project. Let’s say myfirstvmproject, click okay. Now, I don’t have any Cisco
writers at the moment, I don’t have any Cisco
switches at the moment. What I can do as an example
is drag my VPCS device and tell GNS3 to run it on the GNS3 VM. So this is a good test to make sure that things are working properly between GNS3 and the GNS3 VM. I’ll also drag the built in switch and run that on the GNS3 VM. It’s recommended that you run
typologies on the GNS3 VM. Now in the previous video, I showed you how to change symbols, I’ll just do that quickly here. So I’ll change these to clients. I’ll change this to a switch. I won’t worry too much about
making this look pretty. I just want to show you that I can get a typology running on the GNS3 VM. So, add interface labels. I’ll start that up and I’ll open up a
console to those devices. So these devices are
running on the GNS3 VM, they’re not running on Windows. Look, I’m having an
issue with Solar PuTTY, it’s only showing one computer, so I’ll shut Solar PuTTY down and open up console connections again. Okay, so I’ve got PC1, PC2’s not showing. I’ll open up a console manually. And there it is. So on PC1, I’ll give it
an IP address of slash 24 mask. PC2, give it an IP address
of slash 24 mask. Hopefully PC1 will be able
to ping PC2, which it can, and PC2 will hopefully be able
to ping PC1, which it can, and that actually should
be PC1, which it can. So network is working, I’ll
save my device configurations. Close Solar PuTTY down,
stop the GNS3 typology, and shut GNS3 down. Now as a last test, I’ll
start GNS3 back up again and make sure that I can
restore the typology. It’s a good idea to wait
for the GNS3 VM to start before you try and open up your projects. So before I try to open this project, I’m gonna wait for the GNS3
VM to boot up properly. So wait until you see something like this and then select myfirstproject. Okay, so project is back. Start it up. Open up console connections. And PC1 should hopefully be
able to ping PC2, which it can. In this example, Solar
PuTTY’s having an issue opening this device. So I’m gonna manually open
up a console to that device. So there you go. I’ll ping PC1 from PC2. Okay, so there you go. I’ve successfully downloaded the GNS3 VM. I’ve successfully integrated the GNS3 GUI with the GNS3 VM. I’ve created a basic typology
that’s running on the GNS3 VM. I’ve tested that it all works. I can save the typology, I can restore it. Okay, so if you don’t mind, if you enjoyed this video,
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33 thoughts on “GNS3 Install: VMware Workstation Pro

  1. Menu:
    Overview: 0:01
    Download GNS3 VM: 2:19
    Download VMware Workstation: 4:10
    Install VMware Workstation: 5:03
    Import GNS3 VM into VMware: 7:50
    GNS3 GUI and GNS3 VM integration: 8:32
    KVM support available: True: 10:30
    Configure VTx in Computer BIOS: 11:04
    Enable GNS3 KVM Support: 13:45
    GNS3 RAM and CPU: 14:12
    New Project: 16:25
    Save project and restore project: 18:45

    Video mentioned:
    Previous Video:

    VIRL Resource Calculator:
    GNS3 Calculator

    GNS3 links:
    GNS3 website:
    GNS3 GitHub page:
    Free Solar-PuTTY:
    Free Engineers Toolset:
    What is VTX / x86 virtualization?

    Free Software:
    SolarWinds TFTP Server:
    WAN Killer:
    Engineers Toolset:
    IP Address Scanner:
    Network Device Scanner:
    Wifi Heat Map:
    Wifi Analyzer:
    SolarWinds NPM:

  2. Hi David, have you heard/seen how an update from win 10 is preventing VMware from launching? I noticed it when I launched gns3 and gns3 wouldn't launch. Not sure if this would be relevant to you but at the moment, I can't run gns3 vm. At the moment, o can't use it at it's finest. I have VMware pro v 12. Maybe you heard something about this?

  3. Respected sir

    Before I had question you about gns3 2.2.0 on AMD pc. IOU not Not working…but gns3 founder said gns3 2.2.0 only for Intel pc

  4. Hi David,

    I'm one of your students on Udemy and I'm using a HP Elitedesk computer with Intel processor, 32 GB RAM

    I followed this tutorial and I got some errors.

    The import failed because C:UsersblahDesktopKitsGNS3 VM.ova did not pass OVF specification conformance or virtual hardware compliance checks.

    (Clicked Retry) – It looks like GNS3 VM started ok

    Shut down GNS3 VM and started GNS3 GUI

    Got an error:

    c:Program Files (x86)VMwareVMware Workstation>vmrun -T ws checkToolsState "c:UsersblahDocumentsVirtual MachinesGNS3 VMGNS3 VM.vmx"

    Error while saving settings: GNS3VM: Error while executing VMware command: vmrun has returned an error: unknown

    GNS3 2.2 is unable to start GNS3 VM.

    Run: C:"Program Files (x86)VMwareVMware Workstation"vmrun.exe' T ws checkToolsState 'C:UsersblahDocuments"Virtual MachinesGNS3 VM"GNS3 VM.vmx in command CLI (as Administrator) same result: unknown

    Do you have any clue?

  5. Thank you so much. I've been using IOU/EVE for my CCNP studies, but I kinda wanted to move to GNS3, so definitely looking forward to try this at home. Much appreciated as always David 🙂

  6. Hi David,

    What is the benefit of installing both GNS3 GUI and VM (vmware or another) vs installing GUI only? or installing GUI on one pc and VM on ESXi server?
    I did not get that.
    I mean if both GUI and VM are installed on the same pc, then they are using the same resources (cpu & ram).

    Thanks for your answer.-

  7. is none going to address the fact that WMware 12 and 14 are currently NOT working on windows 10 due to the 1903 update of windows that breaks the program????!! could you please address this as i am sure many people would like to continue to use their VMware labs with gns3 and VIRL images!!!
    i had to install windows server 2012 on in my dell blade so i could rebuild my GNS3 lab with VMware 12 with VIRL images

  8. Hi David,

    I am using gns3 version 2.2 and getting this below error while i am going to add cloude in workspace.

    Error while creating node from template: Internal server error

    will you please suggest proper solution on this ?

    I would like to thanks and appreciate you in advance.

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