IT Certification and Training Blog

Cisco Live 2017 - What Makes NetSim Different

Posted by Andrew Messier on Jun 20, 2017 3:46:32 PM

With CiscoLive 2017 quickly approaching, I'm looking ahead and reviewing my notes from last year. One question we frequently receive throughout the conference is, "What makes NetSim different than ____?" or, "I have real equipment, so why would I use NetSim?" We enjoy answering this question because people normally walk away with a better understanding of our product and plan to use it for themselves or for their students. My goal is not to knock the other options, because there are a lot of great resources out there. Instead I aim to be as informative as possible to help you make a smart buying choice.

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Tags: NetSim, Andrew Messier, Cisco Labs, GNS3, Cisco Live 2017

NetSim 9.9 Update | April 23, 2014

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Apr 23, 2014 10:57:00 AM

By Andrew Messier

Hey Everyone,

NetSim 9.9 was released yesterday, 4/22/14. This is a content and application update. It resolves all outstanding ERRATA labs, contains several bug fixes, optimizes every loading configuration in our Standard and Courseware labs, and adds a user engagement feature. Users are now prompted with a new Guided Tips service that briefly outlines the basic features in NetSim.

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Tags: NetSim, Cisco Network Simulator, Andrew Messier, update

How to use NetSim Network Simulator | New Demo Labs Available

Posted by Kelly Mansfield on Jan 31, 2013 9:12:00 AM

You asked, we answered! When you asked about creating your own topologies in NetSim, we listened and have now released labs to help you do just that. The two new Demo labs we released allow you to work through the steps to create a topology and then configure it. You can do so much more in this lab than simply evaluate NetSim – you can create, configure, modify, and examine everything within your simulated network. You can see the steps in the Demo labs performed in the videos below.

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Tags: NetSim, EIGRP, configuration, topology, frame relay, fastethernet, subinterfaces, serial connections

How To | Topology and Configs in Boson NetSim 8

Posted by Kelly Mansfield on Apr 20, 2011 8:55:00 AM

By Brian Scheibe

I recently discussed why it’s helpful to be able to create your own lab packs using the Lab Compiler included in Boson's NetSim network simulator software. Lab packs include topology files (*.top), lab documents (*.xps), loading configuration files (*.nwc), and grading configuration files (*.nwc). If you’ve created your own lab pack and want to import the files into NetSim, simply select the Custom Lab Packs tab and then click Lab > Import Lab Pack from the Menu Bar. Sometimes, however, you won’t need to include the individual topology and loading configuration files as a part of a lab pack. The good news is that you can still use them in NetSim.

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Tags: CCNA Certification Tools, labs, Brian Scheibe, NetSim, NetSim 8, multi-device configs, Cisco Network Simulator, Lab Compiler

Why Create your own Lab Packs in Boson NetSim?

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:26:00 AM

By Brian Scheibe

I had a chance to talk to a customer on the telephone this week who was planning to teach a CCNA 640-802 class to students located around the country. His plan was to use laptops configured with NetSim for CCNA in the classroom so that he did not have to transport bulky Cisco equipment.

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Tags: labs, Brian Scheibe, NetSim, NetSim 8, ccna class, 640-802

Cisco Network Simulator - What's cool about NetSim?

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:19:00 AM

By Chad Altman

Boson NetSim Network Simulator is an application that simulates Cisco Systems' networking hardware and software and is designed to help you learn the Cisco IOS command structure. That alone is pretty cool, but it gets better. NetSim uses its Virtual Packet Technology® engine to create individual packets that are routed and switched through the simulated network, to build an appropriate virtual routing table and to simulate true networking. NetSim doesn't just look like a real network, it acts like one too -- same telnet window, same shortcut commands, same hands-on experience.

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Tags: 640-816, 640-822, SWITCH exam, 640-813, 640-832, ROUTE exam, Chad Altman, TSHOOT exam, 640-902, CCNA Certification Tools, NetSim, Cisco Network Simulator, CCENT, ccnp, Cisco certification, 640-802, CCNA

How to Train for CCNA Certification?

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:17:00 AM

By Kevin Harris

Real equipment and/or network simulator

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Tags: NetSim, NetSim 8, Cisco Network Simulator, certification, 640-802, CCNA, ccna study, Kevin Harris