Setup

Both EVE-NG and GNS3 have excellent installation instructions on their respective sites. Rather than simply copy these here, I have provided links to their respective sites on this page as well as details on the images I’ve used in the labs.

GNS3

The GNS3 labs on netquirks use the import feature introduced in version 1.5. All GNS3 labs run IOS devices. They do not have any IOS-XR devices.

Images

The GNS3 labs will run Cisco IOS 3725 or Cisco IOS 7200 routers on the local GNS3 server.
The specific images are as follows:

  • Image for Cisco 3725: c3725-advipservicesk9-mz.124-17.image
  • Image for Cisco 7200: c7200-spservicesk9-mz.150-1.M.image

Images are not provided on this site and should be legally obtained from elsewhere.

Links

I did write installation instructions for an older version of GNS3. They show how to install GNS3 using VirtualBox. There will probably be obsolete now but can be found here.

Import Instructions

  1. Download the zip file from netquirks.
  2. Extract the zip file so that you have the .gns3project file.
  3. Open GNS3.
  4. Select File > Import Portable Project.
  5. Find the .gns3project file and select it.
  6. Select ok after renaming the folder name if you wish. This should import the lab.

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EVE-NG

Moving forward I’m going to be using EVE-NG to produce labs. EVE-NG utilises IOS, IOS-XE, and IOS-XR. The labs on netquirks have annotations and text on the topology to describe the setup. If you cannot see the text, try turning Dark Mode on or off.

Images

EVE-NG uses the following images. I have included links to the installation how-to guide for each image as well.

Images are not provided on this site and should be legally obtained from elsewhere.

Links

EVE-NG has an excellent instruction guide known as the EVE-NG Cookbook. They have these for both their free Community Edition and paid Professional Edition.

Import Instructions

  1. Download the zip file from netquirks. Do not unzip it.
  2. Browse to your EVE-NG Web UI and log in.
  3. At the top on the list in the main menu select the Import icon.
  4. Find and select the zip file.
  5. Click the import button and the lab will be uploaded, ready to run.

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