How To DownloadGNS3 Network simulator software

In MikroTik Routers configurations, GNS3 is a network simulator software used worldwide to emulate, configure, test and troubleshoot virtual and live networks. MikroTik introduces Cloud Hosted Routers (a RouterOS version) that is used to run as virtual machine, good enough, virtual machines can be easily integrated with GNS3. in this case, network administrators who uses MikroTik Routers can now configure, test and troubleshoot their MikroTik network with GNS3 so easily. in this article I will show how to integrate and configure MikroTik Router on GNS3 to simulate any MikroTik network.

MikroTik Router integration and configuration on GNS3 can be segmented into the following steps.

  • Downloading MikroTik Cloud Hosted Router from MikroTik official website
  • Installing MikroTik Cloud Hosted Router on GNS3 and
  • Configuring a basic MikroTik network on GNS3.
    • Go to MikroTik Official Website [mikrotik.com] from your favorite web browser and click on Software menu item. Software page will appear. Inside Software page, click on Download archive menu. Download archive page will appear where all current and historical MikroTikOS releases will be listed. follow the simple steps and your download will be done in a minute.
  • Run GNS3 and navigate to Edit > Preferences. Preferences window will pop up.
  • Inside Preferences window, Click on Qemu VMS from left panel. Qemu VM templates panel will appear at the right side.
  • New QEMU VM template window will ask to provide a name for the new virtual machine. click on Next button.
  • New QEMU VM template window will ask to adjust virtual machine RAM. By default it is assigned 256MB that is enough for a test MikroTik Router. If you wish you can increase RAM size by editing RAM input filed. Click on Next button now.
  • New QEMU VM template window will ask to adjust virtual machine RAM. By default it is assigned 256MB that is enough for a test MikroTik Router. If you wish you can increase RAM size by editing RAM input filed. Click on Next button now.
  • New QEMU VM template window will ask to choose Console type. Among three console type, choose telnet from dropdown menu and click on Next button.
  • New QEMU VM template window will ask to choose Disk image for this virtual machine. Click on Browse button and choose your downloaded CHR image file. Now it will ask whether you want to copy this image file to default images directory or not. Click on Yes button and then click on Finish button.
  • Now you will find newly created MikroTik VM in Qemu VM templates panel. Click on Edit button. QEMU VM configuration window will appear.
  • Inside QEMU VM configuration window, click on Network tab. By default one network adapter is assigned for a new virtual machine. But our MikroTik Router requires minimum two network adapters. So, change Adapters value one to two and then click on OK button.
  • Click Apply and OK button to save new MikroTik QEMU VM.
  • A new appliance named MikroTik-6.40.9 (according to your provided name) will now be available in appliance list. Click on Brose all devices button from devices toolbar and choose installed appliances and you will find your new MikroTik appliance is available here.

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