Practice CCNA GNS3 Labs Category

Basic BGP Configuration

August 25th, 2016

In this lab we will learn a simple eBGP (two BGP routers with different Autonomous System numbers) configuration between two routers with the topology below:


First we need to configure some interfaces on two routers as follows:

R1(config)#interface fastethernet0/0
R1(config-if)#ip address
R1(config-if)#no shutdown
R1(config-if)#interface loopback 0
R1(config-if)#ip address
R2(config)#interface fastethernet0/0
R2(config-if)#ip address
R2(config-if)#no shutdown
R2(config-if)#interface loopback 0
R2(config-if)#ip address


Frame Relay – GNS3 Lab

July 30th, 2011

In this article we will create a Frame Relay in GNS3 to learn how to configure Frame-Relay.

Note: If you need to revise your Frame Relay knowledge, we recommend you to read our Frame Relay tutorial first.

First we create 4 routers and link them as follows:


IOS used in this lab: c2600-bin-mz.123-6f.bin


Configure NAT – GNS3 Lab

May 24th, 2011

In this article we will demonstrate how to configure NAT using GNS3

Note: If you are not sure about NAT, please read my Network Address Translation NAT Tutorial

To configure static NAT we need to complete these tasks:
* Define the router’s interfaces as inside or outside:
R0uter(config-if)#ip nat inside (or ip nat outside)

* Define static mapping between the inside address and the outside address:
R0uter(config)#ip nat inside source static

+ Static NAT:

To make everything clear, we will configure static NAT in GNS3. Open your GNS3 and build a topology like this:


(IOS used: c2600-bin-mz.123-6f.bin but you can use other versions)

We should use 3 routers in this topology but I want to save some RAM and demonstrate how to ping from the loopback interface so I only use two :) Therefore we should configure the loopback interface of R0 as the source IP address and the fa0/0 interface of R0 as the “outgoing static NAT” address.


Configure Static Route – GNS3 Lab

December 3rd, 2010

In this tutorial we will connect two routers via static route with GNS3.

Static route and Dynamic route

Static route tells the device exactly where to send traffic, no matter what. Static route is often used when your network has only a few routers or there is only one route from a source to a destination. Dynamic routes, on the other hand, use a routing protocol to determine the best path and the routes can be changed depending on specific parameters (like bandwidth, delay, cost…). With dynamic routes, routers can communicate with each other to exchange routing information. In ROUTE 642-902 you will learn about dynamic routing protocols such as OSPF, EIGRP and BGP (RIP is also a dynamic routing protocol but it is not mentioned in ROUTE).

The simple syntax of static route:

ip route destination-network-address subnet-mask {next-hop-IP-address | exit-interface}
+ destination-network-address: destination network address of the remote network
+ subnet mask: subnet mask of the destination network
+ next-hop-IP-address: the IP address of the receiving interface on the next-hop router
+ exit-interface: the local interface of this router where the packets will go out

Now we consider a real-world example of static routing. Suppose that your company has 2 branches located in New York and Chicago. As the administrator of the network, you are tasked to connect them so that employees in the two LANs can communicate with each other. After careful consideration you decided to connect them via static route.



Configure Cisco Router Passwords – GNS3 Lab

December 3rd, 2010

In this tutorial we will use GNS3 to do a very basic task to secure your routers – apply a password so that users will be asked for this password when try to enter the privileged mode. For example:

Password: ******* (enter that password here)
Router# (this is the privileged mode)

Now let’s start!

First launch the GNS3, for this tutorial I use the IOS c2600-bin-mz.123-6f.bin but this is a very fundamental lab so you can use any IOS you have.

1. Drag the Router c2600 the place it onto the right-side box,
2. Click the Start button (the green triangle button)
3. Click the Telnet to all IOS button (the black button) to open the Telnet command line interface (CLI).



Configuring RIP – GNS3 Lab

December 3rd, 2010

In this tutorial we will use RIP version 2 as the routing protocol so that the loopback interface of R0 can communicate with the loopback interface of R2.

A quick summary of RIPv2:

1) Routing Information Protocol (RIP) is a true distance-vector routing protocol
2) RIP permits a hop count of up to 15, so anything that requires 16 hops is deemed unreachable.
3) RIP sends the complete routing table out to all active interfaces every 30 seconds (RIP updates occur every 30 seconds)
4) RIP version 2 does send subnet mask information with the route updates. This is called classless routing.
5) RIP only uses hop count to determine the best way to a remote network (a hop is a router)
6) Administrative Distance is 120
7) Support VLSM & discontiguous networks

Note: If you are not sure about RIP, please read my RIP tutorial first

Below is the topology of this lab



Configuring interfaces for R0, R1 & R2:



December 3rd, 2010

In this tutorial we will learn how to use EIGRP to run a small network with 5 routers. Below is the topology of this lab


This lab consists of 5 routers and we need to configure EIGRP among them. It is done when we can successfully ping among R2, R3, R4 & R5 and the routing tables of these routers show that they are running EIGRP (with letter “D”).

IOS used in this tutorial: c2600-bin-mz.123-6f.bin (with a minimum of 64 MB RAM) but you can use other IOS.

Note: If you are not sure about EIGRP, please read my EIGRP Routing Protocol tutorial first