Gns3 With Vmware


There are so many ways to connect GNS3 with VMware (GNS3vm) but here I’m going to explain to you the easiest way. Please follow this step by step.

In VMware Workstation, click ‘Open a Virtual Machine’: Navigate to the directory where the extracted GNS3 VM.ova is located, and click ‘Open’ to open the OVA: Leave the virtual machine name as ‘GNS3 VM’, and click ‘Import’: WARNING With VMware Player it’s recommended to keep the default location. GNS3 will try to detect VMs outside, but unlike Workstation VMware Player doesn’t offer a central database with all VMs location. In this video, I show you how to integrate the GNS3 VM with the GNS3 GUI, setup Intel VTX in your computer’s BIOS and make sure nested virtualization is enabled. Follow these steps to make sure you can get your GNS3 network working in preparation to run Cisco devices such as Cisco VIRL appliances on GNS3.

Step 1 : Please Download GNS3 Lite/Prolite/Ultimate zip file.

Step 2 : Extract zip file using winrar, winzip or 7z (my choice).

Step 3 : You can find 2 files after Extract zip file.
1. GNS3-2.2.5-all-in-one-regular.exe
2. GNS3 VM.ova

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Gns3 Vmware Player

Install GNS3-2.2.5-all-in-one-regular.exe

Step 4 : Open vmware workstation or vmware fusion

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Step 5 : Go to File > Open or press Ctrl + O and select GNS3 VM.ova which you extracted in step 3.

The important process takes some time. It depends on your version. It’ll take 2 to 10 Minutes

Step 6 : Edit GNS3vm resources according to your need. And Save your settings.

Step 7 : Turn on/Power On your GNS3vm machine.

Step 8 : Find your GNS3vm IP Address from Here and remember the address.

Step 9 : Open GNS3 Software and Go to Edit > Preferences > Servers > Main Server

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*Remove tick (deselect) “Enable Local Server”.
*Enter your GNS3vm’s IP Address which you find in step 8.
*Remove tick (Deselect) “Auth” and Clear User and Password field.

You can now Find the Main Server in Servers Summary.

And It’s Done.
Go to File and Create New Project.

So guys if you have any problems, please comment here. We’ll try to clear your issue regarding GNS3.

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Add virtual machines to the GNS3 topology

You can add virtual machines to the topology of GNS3 project, not only Cisco routers but also servers to verify the whole system.This article explains how to add VMware virtual machines to GNS3 project.

To add a VMware virtual machine to a GNS3 topology

The steps to add a VMware virtual machine to the GNS3 topology are as follows

  1. Create a template for a VMware virtual machine
  2. Add VMware virtual machines to the topology

1. Create a template for a VMware virtual machine

Create a template for VMware virtual machine on GNS3. Open [Edit] – [Preference].

Click [VMware] – [VMware VMs] and click [New] to open the Template Creation Wizard.

Check [Run this VMware VM on my local computer] and proceed with [Next].

Select the virtual machine you want to register to the template, and click [Finish].

Click [Edit] on the added template.

In the [Network] tab, check [Allow GNS3 to override non custom VMware adapter] and click [OK] to finish.

A VMware virtual machine will be added to the template.

Add a VMware network adapter

Add network adapters for VMware virtual machines to connect to other devices on the GNS3 topology. When you create a virtual machine in VMware, there are three types of network adapters by default.

  • VMnet0(bridge)
  • VMnet1(host-only)
  • VMnet8(NAT)

In order to connect virtual machines to other devices on GNS3, the default type of network adapter is not used. Add a custom network adapter to connect to other devices on GNS3. The network adapter to be added will be created with the following settings.

  • VMnet2~VMnet7、VMnet9~VMnet19
    • host-only
    • disable local DHCP server

Instead of adding network adapters on VMware, you can automatically add VMnet2 to VMnet7 and VMnet9 to VMnet19 network adapters from GNS3.

Under [preference] – [VMware], click [Configure] under [Advanced local settings] to add the VMware network adapter.

If you open the VMware Virtual Network Editor, you will see that the network adapters VMnet2 through VMnet7 and VMnet9 through VMnet19 have been added.

2. Add VMware virtual machines to the topology

Once you have registered the template, you can drag and drop the icon onto your workspace.

You can set up links with other devices so that when they start up, they will automatically start up VMware virtual machines as well.

R1 in this topology is configured as follows.


The Windows host on GNS3 can get an IP address from R1 by DHCP. And when we ping on R1, we get a response.

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