GNS3 WorkBench v8.7 is ready for download

It has taken a while, but I’ve finally got all the files for GNS3 WorkBench v8.7 uploaded to sourceforge.

ICND1ReadinessTestTopologyAnd the Windows version (and OS X version) is better than ever. You can now enjoy all the exercises and labs of GNS3 WorkBench without having to download a whole Virtual Machine!   Just use the link to the v8.7_Windows_OSX version to download a zip file that you can add to your existing GNS3 install – including the new awesome ICND1 Readiness Test

Like v8.6, there are three versions to choose from:

v8.7_Windows_OSX: just the Labs and Exercises that make up GNS3 WorkBench in OS independent format
v8.7_Appliance: a “ready made” Virtual Machine split into two files (~2G) or twenty-three smaller files (all < 1G)
v8.7: a collection of script files and compressed images to do a “do it yourself” install on your existing Linux Mint 17.0 or Ubuntu 14.04 machine

The major difference between v8.6 and v8.7 is the addition of the challenging ICND1 Readiness Test, as well as updating the instructions for all labs to relate more closely to the “snapshot” idea. The script file that updates your topology files if you have a different IOS image to the recommended version has also been updated.

Yours to enjoy


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About RedNectar Chris Welsh

Professional IT Instructor. All things TCP/IP, Cisco or VoIP
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11 Responses to GNS3 WorkBench v8.7 is ready for download

  1. Pavel says:

    when running in the lab router router1 ICND2 NAT Configuration Test with images ios c3725-adventerprisek9-mz.124-15.T8 or c3725-adventerprisek9-mz.124-15.T14
    error appears:
    % Software-forced reload
    00:00:06 UTC Fri Mar January 2002: Breakpoint exception, CPU signal 5, PC = 0x60BEB674
    while ISP router starts normally.

    • Pavel,
      Firstly, I believe there are bugs in the NAT code in c3725-adventerprisek9-mz.124-15.T14 – I don’t know about c3725-adventerprisek9-mz.124-15.T8. I recommend c3725-adventerprisek9-mz.124-15.T10.

      But to answer your question – what you might have to do is to is:
      1. Load the exercise.
      2. Right-click on the NAT router – choose Configure
      3. Select the router in the Node Configuration, click on the [Memories ad disks] tab
      4. Change the RAM size (256MiB should be OK)
      5. Click OK
      6. Start your routers.

  2. Jeremy Murray says:

    Hey Chris,
    Is Qemu working on 8.7?

    Thanks dude!!!!

    • @Jeremy,
      Qemu works no better on 8.7 than on 8.6. In general. If you install the GNS3 packaged Qemu 0.11, then The Juniper router install works OK, but I’ve had varying results with ASA. I haven’t had time to find a solution tahat does both smoothly, and with trying to do a bit with GNS3 v1, I’m not likely to get time in the near future. Sorry. CW

      • Jeremy Murray says:

        Thanks for the reply. I’ve installed GNS3 on several different OSs trying to get the ASA emulation working. I get the image to boot. I just have trouble with either the ethernet interfaces not showing up. Or if they do I can’t “no shut” them. Ah, well…I’ll keep plugging away at it. I may eventually just buy me a pair of 5505s :)

        You blog rocks, thanks for all the hard work.

  3. Kevin McGowan says:

    Cannot get Workbench 8.7 to run on GNS ER v1.0beta

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  5. MJ says:

    The v8.7_Windows_OSX version asks for a password when extracting the config and startup.vpc files. What is the password for the v8.7_Windows_OSX version? Thanks

    • There is no password. If it is asking for a password I expect you have a corrupted download. I have just double checked on OS X and Windows 8.1

      Double check that the download you have has the correct checksum:
      It should be d2d21c662e6bd588ff38934446f53e47

      To check the checksum on OS X, issue the command

      MD5 ( = d2d21c662e6bd588ff38934446f53e47

      On windows, there is a free md5 checksum utility at

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