There are HPE tools out there similar to Dynamips & GNS3 which will help build your own HP labs running the Comware operating system. Two systems I think you should know about, are the HPE VSR, and Simware.
GNS3 is a network software emulator that allows the combination of virtual and real devices, used to simulate complex networks; its name is comes from Graphical Network Simulator. It uses Dynamips emulation software to simulate Cisco IOS. GNS3 does not limit the number of devices you can run in a topology. An unexpected error has occurred. Error Message: Unexpected end of JSON input Report Feedback Return to Home page. An unexpected error has occurred. Error Message: Unexpected end of JSON input Report Feedback Return to Home page.
VSR - HPE FlexNetwork Virtual Services Router
HPE's Virtual Service Router is a fully functional virtual router, designed to be deployed within your ESXi architecture.
It's available free of charge on a 60 day trial from the HP website, providing you have a HP Passport. It's not a simulation product, but a production ready virtual router which I think is extremely cost effective, and a great tool for building and testing network configurations. Because its production ready, you will be fully supported by the HPE support teams providing you have a valid support contract.
I tend to run and test a lot of my configs using HPE's Comware7 operating system in this HP networking simulator - which has been made freely available to the public! This runs an operating system called Simware, and its very closely aligned with Comware 7. You may notice certain features which don't quite work.. so far I've found that L2MPLS isn't functional.
Unfortunately, HPE don't seem to have ported the above page to the new HPE site - see the download links below for Simware & HP Comware Lab
HPE Comware Lab - Simware 7.1.59
This is the latest version of Simware, and runs a GUI so you can drag and drop your devices, and connect the interfaces together. It's also called H3C Cloudlab, just to add to the confusion.
Simware - 7.1.50
This is the initial version which runs directly in VirtualBox, and can be found here.
If you are having trouble setting this up, I had some assistance from Geir Leirvik (many thanks!!) who pointed me to this fix -
If you are using a newer version of Virtualbox - you may receive the error:
Virtualbox is not installed yet. Please install it first
Error relaunching virtualbox vm process 5
Virtualbox changed their environment variables which means that Simware no longer can see that Virtualbox is installed. Add a new environment variable called 'VBOX_INSTALL_PATH'
GNS3 is a free and open source network topology designer software download filed under network auditing software and made available by GNS3 for Windows.
The review for GNS3 has not been completed yet, but it was tested by an editor here on a PC. We have found that this software contains advertisements or other ad-supported elements during runtime.Network topology simulation software designed for professionals
Windows Network Simulator
GNS3 is a network software emulator that allows the combination of virtual and real devices, used to simulate complex networks; its name is comes from Graphical Network Simulator. It uses Dynamips emulation software to simulate Cisco IOS.
GNS3 does not limit the number of devices you can run in a topology. You are only limited by the hardware resources you have available. Other solutions like Cisco VIRL limit the number of devices in a topology to 20 Cisco devices (depends on license). GNS3 does not do that and you can run hundreds of devices in a GNS3 topology (assuming you have the hardware to do it).
Online Network Simulator
GNS3 2.2.20 on 32-bit and 64-bit PCs
This download is licensed as freeware for the Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system on a laptop or desktop PC from network auditing software without restrictions. GNS3 2.2.20 is available to all software users as a free download for Windows. As an open source project, you are free to view the source code and distribute this software application freely.
Gns3 DownloadsFiled under:
- GNS3 Download
- Freeware Network Auditing Software
- Open source and GPL software
- Major release: GNS3 2.2
- Network Topology Designing Software