Using GNS3 WorkBench labs on real equipment

This request came up the other day:

I just need some guided labs that I can do at home with my equipment.

So I thought about how you could use GNS3 WorkBench exercises to do just that.

Here is what I suggested:

I’d suggest downloading the v8.7_Windows_OSXversion of GNS3 WorkBench and store it somewhere (BTW, I also think it would be a good idea to install GNS3 anyway, but let’s stick with the story of using these exercises on your own equipment)


Once you have unzipped the, file somewhere you will see a directory structure like this:


In each lab’s folder, look for the Instructions folder, and open instructions.html.  Then you’ll have your instructions for your lab.

Note that the lab will hav a series of snapshots – each snapshot in a folder with a name like topology_x (description). Let’s start witht he topology_0 …. folder, and find the configs folder within.

Just configure you home lab to look like the topology (which is also shown in topology.png) and paste the configs for (in this case) R1 and R2 into your routers, and look at the startrup.vpc file to see what  IP addresses you need to give your PCs that are attached to the lab.

You will also see topology folders that contain the final configs so you can check your answers.  In some cases, the instructions will have some hints or workthroughs too.

The lab that I most highly recommend is the ICND1 Readiness Test.  Click on the link for more info.

Note: This post was originally posted as a reply on the Cisco Learning Network



About RedNectar Chris Welsh

Professional IT Instructor. All things TCP/IP, Cisco or Data Centre
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3 Responses to Using GNS3 WorkBench labs on real equipment

  1. Pavel
    I’m working on it. Check out and to get an idea of how well it’s going 😦

  2. Pavel says:

    Do you plan to move to 1.x gns?

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