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Table of Contents
Boson NetSim Overview..........................................................................................................................................1
Using NetSim to Prepare for Your Certification....................................................................................................3
Contact Information..............................................................................................................................................4
NetSim Technical Support....................................................................................................................................4
License Solutions.................................................................................................................................................4
Getting Started..........................................................................................................................................................5
System Requirements..........................................................................................................................................5
Product Activation................................................................................................................................................5
Demo Version................................................................................................................................................6
Full Version....................................................................................................................................................6
Guided Tips..........................................................................................................................................................8
Home Component Tips..................................................................................................................................8
Lab Component Tips.....................................................................................................................................9
Designer Component Tips...........................................................................................................................10
Compiler Component Tips........................................................................................................................... 11
Begin a Lab............................................................................................................................................................. 11
Menus......................................................................................................................................................................12
Menu Bar...........................................................................................................................................................12
File Menu.....................................................................................................................................................12
New........................................................................................................................................................12
Open......................................................................................................................................................12
Save.......................................................................................................................................................12
Save As..................................................................................................................................................12
Save All..................................................................................................................................................12
Package Lab..........................................................................................................................................12
Import.....................................................................................................................................................12
Export....................................................................................................................................................12
Recent Saved Topologies......................................................................................................................13
Recent Saved Labs...............................................................................................................................13
Recent Loaded Labs..............................................................................................................................13
Exit.........................................................................................................................................................13
Edit Menu....................................................................................................................................................13
Proxy Settings........................................................................................................................................13
Preferences...........................................................................................................................................13
View Menu...................................................................................................................................................13
Current Mode.........................................................................................................................................13
Current View..........................................................................................................................................14
Toolbar...................................................................................................................................................14
Status Bar..............................................................................................................................................14
Auto Collapse Tree................................................................................................................................14
Auto Hide Menu.....................................................................................................................................14
Lab Menu.....................................................................................................................................................14
Load Lab . .............................................................................................................................................14
Grade Lab..............................................................................................................................................14
Launch External Lab Viewer..................................................................................................................14
Launch External NetMap Viewer...........................................................................................................14
Paste Router Configuration...................................................................................................................14
Open All Devices...................................................................................................................................15

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Designer Menu............................................................................................................................................15
New Topology........................................................................................................................................15
Clear Topology.......................................................................................................................................15
Add........................................................................................................................................................15
Compiler Menu............................................................................................................................................15
New........................................................................................................................................................15
Edit.........................................................................................................................................................15
Delete....................................................................................................................................................15
Wizard....................................................................................................................................................15
Help Menu...................................................................................................................................................15
Guided Tips............................................................................................................................................16
Users Manual.........................................................................................................................................16
Support..................................................................................................................................................16
Activate Keys.........................................................................................................................................16
Check for Updates.................................................................................................................................16
About Boson NetSim.............................................................................................................................16
Release Notes.......................................................................................................................................16
Quick-Launch Toolbar........................................................................................................................................16
New Topology..............................................................................................................................................16
Open File.....................................................................................................................................................16
Save............................................................................................................................................................16
Save All........................................................................................................................................................16
Grade Lab....................................................................................................................................................16
Console to Device.......................................................................................................................................17
Zoom In.......................................................................................................................................................17
Zoom Out.....................................................................................................................................................17
Add New Device..........................................................................................................................................17
Add New Connection...................................................................................................................................17
Delete Selected...........................................................................................................................................17
Clear Topology.............................................................................................................................................17
Start Simulator.............................................................................................................................................17
Stop Simulator.............................................................................................................................................17
Launch Lab Compiler Wizard......................................................................................................................17
Move Selection Up......................................................................................................................................17
Move Selection Down..................................................................................................................................17
Check for Updates.......................................................................................................................................17
Edit Application Preferences........................................................................................................................18
Open User Manual......................................................................................................................................18
Exit Boson NetSim.......................................................................................................................................18
Navigation...............................................................................................................................................................18
Home.................................................................................................................................................................18
Saved Files..................................................................................................................................................19
Welcome......................................................................................................................................................19
News............................................................................................................................................................19
Labs...................................................................................................................................................................19
Lab Navigation.............................................................................................................................................20
Select Lab Tree......................................................................................................................................20
Search Labs...........................................................................................................................................20
Available Labs................................................................................................................................21

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Lab Description...............................................................................................................................21
Lab Instructions / NetMap Section...............................................................................................................21
Lab Instructions Tab...............................................................................................................................21
NetMap Tab...........................................................................................................................................21
Consoles Section.........................................................................................................................................22
Console Window....................................................................................................................................23
Settings Button......................................................................................................................................23
SDM Button...........................................................................................................................................23
Network Designer..............................................................................................................................................23
Creating a New Topology.......................................................................................................................24
Add Devices...................................................................................................................................25
Add Connections............................................................................................................................27
Device Statistics....................................................................................................................................32
Save.......................................................................................................................................................32
Lab Compiler......................................................................................................................................................32
Compiling a Lab...........................................................................................................................................33
XPS File.................................................................................................................................................33
BSN Topology File.................................................................................................................................33
BSN Loading Configuration File............................................................................................................33
BSN Completed Configuration File........................................................................................................34
Creating a Custom Lab Pack.......................................................................................................................34
Using the Lab Compiler Wizard to Create a Lab Pack .........................................................................34
Manually Creating a Lab Pack...............................................................................................................35
Adding a Section to a Lab Pack.....................................................................................................35
Adding a Lab to a Lab Pack Section..............................................................................................36
Troubleshooting.....................................................................................................................................................38
Some of my labs have locks next to them, and I can’t work through them........................................................ 38
Commands seem to disappear when I press the Enter key on the number pad in Telnet mode....................... 38
Telnet is not working on my Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista computer............................................ 38
The Custom tab is empty...................................................................................................................................38
Can I use key combinations as shortcuts?........................................................................................................39

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please contact support@boson. and 3500 series switches. Beginning with the Demo version of NetSim 11. NetSim utilizes Boson’s proprietary Network Simulator. and 3600 series routers. ISDN. Higher-level activation keys allow you to work through all labs unlocked by lower-level activation keys. which includes the Boson Router Simulator®. If you have questions about locked labs. Boson NetSim Overview The Boson NetSim® Network Simulator®. NetSim supports multiple routing protocols. EIGRP. Achieving Cisco CCENT®. CCNA. A CCENT activation key also unlocks a selection of labs from the Stand-Alone and Scenario lab packs. and CCNA (200-120) certifications. The labs in NetSim require only the devices and functionality included with NetSim—they do not require access to any external router or switch hardware. CCENT. allowing NetSim to build an appropriate virtual routing table and simulate true networking. and CCNP labs are unlocked when a CCNP-level activation key is used. or CCNP® certification is the goal of many people who use this product. and OSPF. 2900 series. Router Simulator®. For example. and EROUTER® software technologies. The included labs guide you through the configuration of routers. NetSim is a Windows®-based product that simulates a wide variety of Cisco® routers. however. you will need to purchase a new activation key and activate NetSim with the new CCNA or CCNP activation key.  Boson NetSim User Manual . along with the Boson Virtual Packet Technology® engine. among others. Other simulation products on the market do not support this level of functionality. TSHOOT (642-832). switches. and Frame Relay. Some lab packs are delivered by NetSim to support other products that are sold separately. including PPP/CHAP. Some of the labs available in the Sequential lab pack when a CCENT activation key has been used to activate NetSim 11 are shown in the following graphic. if you start your studies with a CCENT activation key. CCNA®. including RIP. but not all. NetSim supports many. 2800 series. IGRP. These packets are routed and switched through the simulated network. the command set is limited to those necessary to perform the steps in the lab. BGP. you will have the command set and labs available that are necessary to study for that exam. ICND2 (200-101).com. is unique compared to all others on the market because of the functionality it supports and its features. more labs and a larger command set become available. A small lock icon ( ) is displayed next to unavailable labs. including the 2500 series. the only labs that are available are ones that have been unlocked with the associated activation keys. to create individual packets. as well as the Cisco Catalyst 1900 series. and workstations in a variety of scenarios. Installed labs are made available (unlocked) depending on the activation key used to activate the product. All labs are downloaded and kept up to date after installation regardless of the activation key used. then. It supports different LAN/WAN protocols. and ROUTE (642-902) certifications but also the ICND1 (100-101). All demo. The Boson NetSim covers not only the SWITCH (642-813). When you are ready to study for either the CCNA or CCNP exam. 2600 series. of the IOS commands available on a physical router or switch. All of the commands referenced in the available labs are supported by NetSim. Activation keys unlock labs and increase the number of available commands.

 Boson NetSim User Manual . you should not rely only on NetSim to make decisions about a production network. NetSim allows you to gain experience without requiring you to purchase expensive equipment. After you load and complete an unlocked lab. in some cases. The included full version of the Network Designer tool allows you to practice designing and planning a network. You can use the Boson NetSim to work through labs. save those configurations. NetSim has the ability to guide and grade. you can master the skills needed to pass the simulation questions in the Cisco certification exams. Routing protocol implementation is one of the more challenging tasks you might encounter. Troubleshooting a production network can be a frustrating experience. but you might find it useful in your troubleshooting efforts. As you progress through the labs. it can be used to create a simulation of the topology of your corporate network and help you practice troubleshooting without using devices on the production network. Because NetSim is designed as a study tool for Cisco certification. and using it for practice can be more helpful than using real routers and switches. and practice using them on simulated devices. This tool’s functionality goes beyond that of most tools because you can actually create the router configurations that are going to be used. you can use the grading function in NetSim to grade the lab so that you can determine whether you completed it correctly. In summary. you can create a virtual copy of your network topology by using the Boson Network Designer and troubleshoot the problems without interfering with your production network. Boson NetSim is a flexible and powerful product that can help you become certified and. but you can also use it for additional purposes. Fortunately.

and trouble tickets. switches. It allows you to create virtual packets and virtual frames that will be routed and switched through the simulated network. The Boson NetSim Network Simulator is the most comprehensive product on the market for learning how to configure a Cisco router. and networks.boson.) But a reference book might not be enough. offers a full slate of classes and Bootcamps. hands-on experience of routing and switching that you can learn from NetSim—experience that will help you build on the theoretical knowledge you learned from the reference book. NetSim simulates the behavior of a network and does not just return preprogrammed responses to expected command inputs.boson. The purpose of NetSim is to help you with the practical. The amount of information a CCNA candidate is required to know and the skills that candidate is required to possess are quite extensive. The Boson NetSim. Gain the hands-on experience of implementing that theory by configuring the devices in a network and testing them in a lab. 2. you can test your knowledge by using the Boson ExSim-Max practice exam products available at the ExSim-Max home page (www. The book will not give you the practical. (Boson Training. but it also is a very costly way to practice and leaves a lot of room for error. on the other hand. you can find a good reference book or listen to an instructor. Boson NetSimX simulation questions. NetSim will enable you to practice various configurations and master helpful skills. The Boson NetSim will not only help you become certified.boson. Mastering Cisco networking involves two fundamental tasks: 1. Aside from physically plugging in the cables and listening to the fan noise. you can learn and master the skills necessary to help you successfully complete your certification track. Self-studying for a Cisco certification can be a daunting task. your experience with the simulated network will be much the same as your experience with a fully functional lab rack without the expense of the hardware. drag-and-drop questions.  Boson NetSim User Manual . Real equipment gives you the ability to practice on physical routers and switches. www. it will help you learn and understand how to configure routers. boson. Boson ExSim-Max products include complex multiple-choice questions. To begin learning the theory of configuring a network. is an excellent tool to help you prepare for the CCNA (www. Once you feel you have mastered both the theory (www. Learn the theory of routers and switches.com/exsim-max-practice-exams).boson.com/certification/ CCNP) exams.com/certification/CCNA) and CCNP (www.com/netsim-cisco-network-simulator).com/boson-training) and the practical labs (www.com/boson-training.boson. hands- on portion of your education and to ensure that you not only understand the concepts of routing but can actually configure and implement routing on Cisco devices. Using NetSim to Prepare for Your Certification By using NetSim to help you achieve a Cisco certification.

Contact Information EMAIL: support@boson. • To submit a support ticket.boson. go to Boson’s Web site (www.com.com/sula). 500 Nashville. • License Server – For our unique license-server solutions and volume discounts. LLC.com/ support/netsim-support-topics). contact us at www. boson. License Solutions • Single-User License Agreement (SULA) – You can review the SULA here (www. go to the NetSim Products Support Topics page (www.  Boson NetSim User Manual .com) > log in to your account > click the Support Tickets tab > start a new ticket.boson. TN 37214 Copyright © 1996 – 2017 Boson Software.com PHONE: 877-333-EXAM (3926) 615-889-0121 FAX: 615-889-0122 ADDRESS: 25 Century Blvd. NetSim Technical Support • To review NetSim support topics. 877-333-EXAM (3629) or support@boson. Ste. All rights reserved.boson.com. NetSim software and documentation are protected by copyright law.

0 > Boson NetSim LS Client. If you are a student using NetSim 11 at a learning institution. To create a free account.0 > Boson NetSim. When you first open NetSim.NET Framework: Microsoft . 2 GB (recommended) • Hard Disk: Up to 200 MB of available space • Display: 1024 x 768. you should launch NetSim 11 from the Start menu by clicking Boson Software > Boson NetSim 11. 1024 x 768 high color.aspx) and enter a valid e-mail address to begin creating an account. You can select the Demo version of NetSim or a full version of NetSim. Windows Vista • . You can open NetSim from the shortcut installed during the download or from the Start menu by clicking Boson Software > Boson NetSim 11. Windows 7.boson. 256 colors (minimum).com/Account/Default. 32-bit (recommended) • Active Internet connection Product Activation You must have a Boson account to download the NetSim Demo. visit the Boson Online Account page (www. Getting Started System Requirements • Supported operating systems: Windows 10.0 • Processor: 1-GHz Pentium processor or equivalent (minimum). Windows 8.NET Framework Version 4.  Boson NetSim User Manual . 3-GHz Pentium processor or equivalent (recommended) • RAM: 512 MB (minimum). you will be presented with the NetSim Activation Wizard dialog box. This will enable you to configure NetSim 11 to authenticate with the Boson NetSim License Server.

you must configure the appropriate settings. you will not be able to activate the full version of NetSim.  Boson NetSim User Manual . Demo Version Demo mode launches NetSim with limited commands for evaluation purposes. only the Demo labs and a limited set of commands are functional.com/netsim-cisco-network-simulator) of the Boson Web site.boson.com account. you must activate a full version of the Boson NetSim. You will be asked to select how you are connected to the Internet.com account. Within the Demo version of NetSim. When prompted. you can create one from the Boson Online Account page (www. enter the e-mail address and password associated with your Boson. If you have not previously created a Boson. you should select the I want to activate NetSim option from the NetSim Activation Wizard dialog box and click Next. If you have not previously created a Boson. visit the About NetSim page (www. If you have not purchased an activation key for NetSim. When you are running the Demo version. you can choose to continue in Demo mode. If you are using a proxy server.aspx). Full Version To activate a full version of NetSim.com account. enter the e-mail address and password associated with your Boson. To purchase the full version of NetSim. you can create one through the NetSim Activation Wizard. only a few labs and commands are available. However. When prompted.com account. If you would like to access additional labs and commands.com/Account/Default.boson.

You will then be required to enter your activation key(s) to activate NetSim and to unlock the lab packs you purchased. After entering your activation key(s). you must have an active Internet connection.com account. or you can find the receipt online on your Boson Online Account page (www. After a successful activation. If necessary. Installed labs are made available (unlocked) depending on the activation key used to activate the product. click Activate. if you have multiple keys that you would like to use to activate NetSim.  Boson NetSim User Manual . If you have previously activated NetSim with another key and would like to see that key. you can click the Add Field button to add fields to the dialog box. the lab packs will be updated and NetSim will be ready for you to use. To activate a full version of NetSim online. you will need to purchase and enter the new activation key.com/Account/Default. you can click Help > Activate Keys to open the Activate Keys dialog box. the Hide option is enabled by default. To make locked labs available. you can clear the Hide previously activated NetSim keys option. then. either because you previously used the Demo version or because you activated with a different activation key.aspx). If you open NetSim and are not prompted to activate. click Close to proceed to the full version of NetSim.boson. if you do not have an active Internet connection. The activation key(s) should be in the purchase receipt you received via e-mail. Additionally. more labs and a larger command set become available. you can use manual activation to activate offline. A small lock icon ( ) is displayed next to unavailable labs. You can click the Credentials button to verify that the associated account is your Boson.

Guided Tips After you have activated NetSim (either the Demo version or a full version). You can read the tips within the dialog box. you will see various dialog boxes with useful information about the features of NetSim. In the following graphic. you can disable the tips by selecting the Disable Tips check box. If you do not want to view the tips the next time you launch NetSim. These tips will guide you through the Home panel. Home Component Tips The Home Component Tips highlight and describe aspects of the Home panel. and you can see the areas described within the text by looking for the highlighted portion of the screen. and the Lab Compiler panel. the Network Designer panel. the four navigation buttons are highlighted in the lower-left corner of the screen: You can scroll through the tips by clicking the Back and Next buttons.  Boson NetSim User Manual . the Labs panel.

the available locked and unlocked labs area is highlighted: You can scroll through the tips by clicking the Back and Next buttons.  Boson NetSim User Manual . Lab Component Tips The Lab Component Tips highlight and describe aspects of the Labs panel. and you can see the areas described within the text by looking for highlighted portion of the screen. If you do not want to view the tips the next time you launch NetSim. In the following graphic. you can disable the tips by selecting the Disable Tips check box. You can read the tips within the dialog box.

In the example below. You can read the tips within the dialog box. Designer Component Tips The Designer Component Tips highlight and describe aspects of the Network Designer panel. you can disable the tips by selecting the Disable Tips check box. and you can see the areas described within the text by looking for highlighted portion of the screen. the NetMap area is highlighted: You can scroll through the tips by clicking the Back and Next buttons. 10 Boson NetSim User Manual . If you do not want to view the tips the next time you launch NetSim.

On the Standard tab. 3. On the navigation pane. 11 Boson NetSim User Manual . You can read the tips within the dialog box. 2. and you can see the areas described within the text by looking for highlighted portion of the screen. you can disable the tips by selecting the Disable Tips check box. double-click the lab you want to open. click Close and confirm that you want to exit the tips. If you do not want to view the tips the next time you launch NetSim. click Labs. perform the following steps: 1. After you have loaded a lab. Any custom labs that you have created or are creating will appear in the section highlighted in the following graphic: You can scroll through the tips by clicking the Back and Next buttons. click the Lab Instructions tab and read through the lab instructions. Compiler Component Tips The Compiler Component Tips highlight and describe aspects of the Lab Compiler panel. To close the Guided Tips. Begin a Lab To begin a preloaded Boson NetSim lab.

lab and *. save topology files. Menus The menu options in NetSim 11 enable you to easily navigate through the labs. and exit the program. Files are saved with the *. open topology files. a lab or lab pack created with the Lab Compiler. 12 Boson NetSim User Manual . import and export labs. 5.bsn extension.lab or *. Menu Bar File Menu The options in this menu tree enable you to open configuration files. The supported file extensions are *. the Lab Compiler.lab or *. Save This option enables you to save your current lab or topology and configurations. or the current topology in the Network Designer. and more. the NetMap and Network Designer. the Consoles section. a previously saved lab pack. a previously saved lab. Export This option exports the network configurations currently running in the simulator. Files are saved with the *. topology.bsn. From the Devices drop-down menu in the Consoles section. You can choose to save your configurations by selecting the appropriate Save option from the File menu. This option adds user data so that instructors know who submitted the labs. Package Lab This option is primarily for License Server users and enables those users to save the current lab. When you have completed the lab. Import This option imports network configurations.bsn extension. These menus include the Menu Bar and the Quick- Launch Toolbar. click the Grade Lab icon ( ) on the toolbar to ensure that you have completed the lab successfully. and/or configurations that are currently open. Save As This option enables you to save your current lab or topology and configurations. Save All This option enables you to save all unsaved lab. Files are saved with the *. select the device(s) that you need to configure in order to complete the lab and follow the steps in the lab.bsn extension. New This option opens a new topology in the Network Designer. save configuration files. There is more information about saving device configurations in the Network Designer section or the Quick-Launch Toolbar section of this manual.lab or *. Open This option enables you to select a file to open. 4. 6. or legacy NetSim files.

the user experience (including the layout and dialogs). Current Mode This option enables you to select the way you view the consoles of the devices you are configuring in a lab. Recent Saved Topologies If you recently saved a topology. You can also configure the lab to load with the instructions in a separate window (see more information in the Lab Instructions Tab section). and the proxy settings. 13 Boson NetSim User Manual . In Telnet mode. Exit This option closes the program. Recent Saved Labs If you recently saved a lab. Recent Loaded Labs If you recently loaded a lab. You can click a file name to open the lab. In Window mode. and you can configure the lab to load with a tab open for all devices in the associated topology (see more information in the Lab Menu section). Edit Menu The options in this menu tree enable you to configure proxy settings and change your preferences. You can click a file name to open the lab. it will appear in this list. View Menu The options in this menu tree enable you to alter the way you view the panels within NetSim. it will appear in this list. You can click a file name to open the topology. each device is accessible on the Consoles section of the Labs panel. from which you can configure the appearance of NetSim. it will appear in this list. Preferences This option opens the Preferences dialog box. This also enables you to restore program defaults. each device is accessible through a separate Telnet window for each device. Proxy Settings This option enables you to configure proxy settings for an Internet connection.

14 Boson NetSim User Manual . Select this option to collapse all options in the lab menu. Launch External Lab Viewer Click this option to open the lab instructions in a new window. Current View This option enables you to switch among the options on the navigation pane: Home. Launch External NetMap Viewer Click this option to open the NetMap in a new window. Lab Menu This menu tree enables you to perform all the functions you need once a lab is loaded. or below the original NetSim window. Selecting this menu option when a lab is loaded will open a dialog box into which you can paste or type the desired configuration. and configurations. Select this option to restore the Quick-Launch toolbar. or below the original NetSim window. above. Auto Collapse Tree Clear this option to expand all options in the lab menu. Labs. press the tilde key (~) to hide or display the Menu Bar. You can then move the NetMap to a second monitor or place the NetMap. click this option to verify that you have completed the lab successfully. click this option to load the lab instructions. topology. Paste Router Configuration This option allows you to paste the running configuration from a real router into a device in NetSim. Network Designer. which displays the topology. clear this option. Select this option to restore the status bar. You can then move the instructions to a second monitor or place them beside. This feature provides multimonitor support so that you can view the lab document on one monitor while entering commands on a second monitor. Grade Lab After you have completed a lab. The configuration will be loaded into the active device in the NetSim interface. To disable the auto hide functionality. This feature provides multimonitor support so that you can maximize the use of your computer real estate and easily view the topology on one monitor while entering commands on a second monitor. and Lab Compiler. Auto Hide Menu When this option is enabled. Status Bar Clear this option to hide the status bar at the bottom of the screen. above. Toolbar Clear this option to hide the Quick-Launch toolbar. Load Lab After you select a lab from the navigation pane. beside.

New This option enables you to select a new custom lab pack. More information can be found in the Compiling a Lab section of this manual. You can selectively close individual devices by clicking the close icon ( ). You will be asked to confirm that you want to clear the topology. a new lab. click the Lab Compiler button. which enables you to easily compile a lab pack for personal or instructional use. New Topology This option enables you to begin designing a new topology. Clear Topology This option enables you to clear the topology you are creating. Wizard This option launches the Lab Compiler Wizard. You can add devices and connections to the topology in Network Designer. To view the new lab pack. from which you can choose the connection type and interfaces. Clicking Add > Device will open the Add Device dialog box. from which you can choose the device you want to add. Add This option enables you to add devices and connections to your topology. section. Designer Menu The options in this menu enable you to create a new topology and modify existing ones. and you can also click and drag the devices to rearrange your simulated network. or a new section. Delete This option deletes the selected lab pack. Help Menu The options in this menu tree enable you to find out more information about the Boson NetSim Network Simulator and how to find support if you need it. or lab. Open All Devices Click this option to open a tab in the Consoles section for every device in the network of the currently loaded topology. 15 Boson NetSim User Manual . You will be asked to confirm that you want to delete the selected component. Edit This option enables you to edit the title of previously created custom sections or lab packs and enables you to edit previously created custom labs. Compiler Menu The options in this menu tree enable you to create a new lab pack for personal or instructional use. Clicking Add > Connection after you have added at least two devices and selected one on the topology will open the New Connection dialog box.

From here. you can activate additional versions of NetSim and the associated labs. see the Guided Tips section of this manual.com account.boson. Save All Click the Save All icon ( ) to save all changes. Open File Click the Open File icon ( ) to open a supported file. New Topology Click the New Topology icon ( ) to open the Network Designer and begin creating a topology. The release notes are shown after the program has been updated. and you can disable the tips by selecting the Disable Tips check box and confirming that you want to disable them. Grade Lab Click the Grade Lab icon ( ) to grade the currently loaded lab. Activate Keys This option opens the Activate Keys dialog box. You can scroll through the tips by clicking the Back and Next buttons.com/ support/netsim-support-topics). You can change the option at any time. allows you to save your current log files in the *. Supported file types are *. Guided Tips This option opens the Guided Tips.bsn. Check for Updates This option closes NetSim and downloads any available updates. and allows you to submit a ticket through your Boson.zip format.lab) or configurations and topology (*. You can choose to not have the release notes appear after the program has updated by clearing the Display release notes after application updates check box. 16 Boson NetSim User Manual . Release Notes This option displays information about the changes included in the current and previous releases of NetSim.lab and *. To see more details about the Guided Tips. including changes to devices in the Network Designer and changes to their configurations. Support This option displays frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the Boson NetSim support page (www. About Boson NetSim This option displays basic information about NetSim. Quick-Launch Toolbar Icons in the Quick-Launch toolbar are enabled or disabled depending on the pane in use. Save Click the Save icon ( ) to save your current lab progress (*. the document you are reading now.bsn). which guides you through the features and functionalities of NetSim. Users Manual This option opens the Boson NetSim User Manual. including the version and company information. The Guided Tips appear when you first open and activate NetSim and guide you through the various features of NetSim.

This option is disabled in Demo mode and in labs that are included in NetSim. lab section. Delete Selected Click the Delete Selected icon ( ) to delete a selected device from the active topology in Network Designer. Add New Connection Click the Add New Connection icon ( ) to add a new connection between two devices on the active topology in Network Designer. Start Simulator Click the Start Simulator icon ( ) to load the active topology into the simulator. and begin configuring device. Move Selection Up Click the Move Selection Up icon ( ) to move the selected lab pack. This option is disabled in Demo mode and in labs that are included in NetSim. lab section. Check for Updates Click the Check for Updates icon ( ) to force Boson NetSim to check for updates. Clear Topology Click the Clear Topology icon ( ) to delete all devices and connections from the active topology in Network Designer. or lab up a position in the Lab Tree. 17 Boson NetSim User Manual . or lab down a position in the Lab Tree. Console to Device Click the Console to Device icon ( ) to open a device from the NetMap in the Consoles section. where you can reconfigure the devices and connections. Stop Simulator Click the Stop Simulator icon ( ) to stop the simulator and to reopen Network Designer. Add New Device Click the Add New Device icon ( ) to add a new device to the to the active topology in Network Designer. Zoom Out Click the Zoom Out icon ( ) to decrease the size of devices on the NetMap or on the active topology in Network Designer. Launch Lab Compiler Wizard Click the Launch Lab Compiler Wizard icon ( ) to launch the Lab Compiler Wizard. Move Selection Down Click the Move Selection Down icon ( ) to move the selected lab pack. open the Consoles section. Zoom In Click the Zoom In icon ( ) to increase the size of devices on the NetMap or on the active topology in Network Designer.

or Lab Compiler. you can perform various tasks by clicking the name of a recently loaded topology or lab. There are many components of this panel and various features that you can access from this panel. Open User Manual Click the Open User Manual icon ( ) to view the Boson NetSim 11 User Manual. Network Designer. Navigation Home You can open the Home panel by clicking Home on the navigation pane. 18 Boson NetSim User Manual . After NetSim loads. Exit Boson NetSim Click the Exit Boson NetSim icon ( ) to exit Boson NetSim. or accessing a different panel by clicking Labs. which is the document you are currently reading. Edit Application Preferences Click the Edit Application Preferences icon ( ) to configure preferences such as appearance and user experience. selecting a quick option such as checking for updates or opening the NetSim 11 User Manual (this document).

News This section displays updates and special offers from the Boson Web site (www. the largest section.boson. and more. you can quickly load a saved topology. To see the latest news from Boson. Welcome From this. 19 Boson NetSim User Manual . you can load a lab. If you are not connected to the Internet. compile a custom lab. Saved Files From this section. you might not see any news in this section. make sure that you are connected to the Internet. create a new topology.com). You can click and drag the splitter control between the Lab Instructions / NetMap section and the Consoles section to increase or decrease the size of those sections. and the Consoles section. This panel contains three sections: the Lab Navigation section. saved lab. or recent lab. and you can click more to view the related offer on the Web site. Labs You can open the Labs panel by clicking Labs on the navigation pane. You can scroll through this section to see the latest news and information. the Lab Instructions / NetMap section.

among others. Other than some lab titles and organization. Courseware labs are available for purchase on the Courseware page of the Boson. Available Labs. The Expiring CCNA selection is available for a limited time. Standard labs are labs written with the intent to give students thorough practice with commands found in Cisco’s Official Student Lab Guide. The default selection is Standard. You will see labs addressing NAT from the ICND1 Stand-Alone. if you want to test your Network Address Translation (NAT) skills on labs dealing with NAT. The sections on this tab are the same as the sections on the Standard tab. The Custom lab tree displays labs that you create or that are provided by an instructor. and Scenario lab packs. Lab Navigation There are four main sections for navigating the lab tree: Select Lab Tree. see the Compiling a Lab section of this manual. Select Lab Tree There are several lab trees available to you. there is no difference in the labs here and the labs in the Standard lab tree. Sequential. you could type NAT in the search box and press the Enter key. and Lab Description. 20 Boson NetSim User Manual . This lab tree organizes labs according to the ICND1/ICND2 topics that expired in August and September of 2016. Search Labs.com website (http://www. only labs from the currently activated version of NetSim will be available. Search Labs You can use the Search Labs section to search for a specific term within a lab description. For example. To learn how to compile your own labs using NetSim. You can search throughout all the available labs. Courseware labs accompany Boson’s Courseware product and will be locked unless you have purchased activation keys for the specific labs. Note that although the search returned results from additional lab packs.boson.com/courseware-cisco-curriculum).

SWITCH. Click an individual lab to view summary information about the lab. double-click the lab or select the lab and click Lab > Load Lab. ROUTE. for example. and then decide to match the whole word only and not case. You can also launch the external lab viewer to view the instructions in a separate window. and these labs are arranged in specific categories. When you load a lab. the instructions appear here. You can launch the external lab viewer by clicking Lab > Launch External Viewer or by clicking the dialog box launcher icon ( ) on the Lab Instructions tab. ICND2. this section is blank. You can click the down arrow on the far right of the search box to choose to match the whole word only or to match case. right-click the device 21 Boson NetSim User Manual . Available Labs There are over 200 labs in NetSim 11. You can expand or collapse the menu items by clicking the arrow next to each category. you must click Match case again to remove it as a selected search parameter. You can scroll through the instructions as you work through the lab. and Supplemental. To configure a device. The lab packs are Demo. and you can increase or decrease the size of the content with the zoom controls or by clicking and dragging the splitter control between the Lab Instructions / NetMap section and the Consoles section. Use the left and right arrows next to the search box to find the terms you are searching for throughout the document. Lab Instructions / NetMap Section Lab Instructions Tab Until you load a lab. Lab Description The information in this section contains a brief description of the lab. Note: If you have selected to match case. TSHOOT. You can type text into the search box to find specific terms in the lab. NetMap Tab You can view the topology of the currently loaded lab on this tab. To open a lab on the NetMap tab and in the Consoles section and to view the lab instructions. ICND1.

If you wish to edit a custom topology. Note: To ensure that you can see the available device consoles. you can do so by accessing it in the Network Designer. the device will open in the Consoles section. the Settings button. You can also use the zoom controls on the Quick-Launch toolbar or click and drag the splitter control between the Lab Instructions / NetMap section and the Consoles section to expand it. You can also click and drag within the section to reposition the topology. and device tabs. Consoles Section After you have opened a lab from the Standard tab or the Custom tab. you can use it to increase or decrease the size of the devices in the NetMap section. you can view the device consoles and begin performing the lab steps. Note: If you have a scroll button on your mouse. If you cannot see all the devices in the topology. You will see the console window. The NetMap is the read-only view of the topology currently running in the simulator. you can launch the external NetMap viewer ( ) to view the NetMap in a separate window. the Devices drop-down menu. click the arrow next to Consoles or 22 Boson NetSim User Manual . and click Configure in Simulator.

Network Designer You can access the Network Designer by clicking Network Designer on the navigation pane. the topology will appear on the read-only NetMap tab. is visible only in certain labs and is not available for custom labs. Available Devices. The Available Devices section shows all devices that are available to add to the NetMap. when available. when you save and load a topology. Recent Devices. 23 Boson NetSim User Manual . Settings Button The Settings button at the top of the Consoles section enables you to customize the appearance of the console window. size. The Recent Devices section shows the five devices you most recently added to the NetMap. With fixed-width fonts. The devices in the lab can be accessed from the drop-down menu at the top of the section or from the lower tab menu. you can use the options here to create a customized network topology with devices such as routers. Serial. Click OK to apply the settings or Cancel to cancel the changes. and PC workstations and with connections such as FastEthernet. and weight and change the foreground and background colors. Click and drag devices from the Recent Devices section to the Available Devices section to the NetMap. Select a specific device to begin performing the lab steps on that device. click and drag the splitter control between the Lab Instructions / NetMap section and the Consoles section. switches. and the NetMap. Note: Fixed-width fonts such as Courier New are highly recommended. enables you to access NetSim Router and Security Device Manager (SDM). There are three sections. You can select the font family. and deleting devices and connections. This feature. You can use the Network Designer to modify a topology by adding. and Frame Relay connections. you can modify the devices and perform the steps in the instructions. SDM Button The SDM button. output remains properly aligned and is easier to read and interpret. editing. available from a workstation only. Console Window From the console window. SDM is used in certain standard labs that are included with NetSim.

24 Boson NetSim User Manual . between the devices you added to the topology. and IP phones. however. To learn more. Add connections. Note: You can rename a New Topology tab by double-clicking the current name on the tab and modifying it. to the topology. including routers. perform the following steps. workstations. 2. Click Network Designer on the navigation pane. 1. including Serial. FastEthernet. You can use this feature to create a topology file (*. and Frame Relay connections. Add devices. you can use NetSim to create topologies with up to 100 devices. that larger topologies might cause slow performance on computers that do not have sufficient processing power and memory. The Network Designer panel is shown below: Creating a New Topology If you are creating a custom lab or want to gain extra experience with new topologies. Note. 3. see the Compiling a Lab section of this manual or open and perform the NetSim Topology Demo lab for a walkthrough of the feature. To create a new simulated network topology.bsn) that can be used in a custom lab. switches.

Choose a router from the resulting Add Device dialog box. 6. 2. You can rename a device if desired by clicking the name in the NetMap and modifying it. Click Create Router. but you can expand them by clicking the arrow next to each category. Add any additional desired devices to the network. Click the Add New Device icon ( ) on the toolbar. 25 Boson NetSim User Manual . Select the number of add-ons (if available) and the type of connection (if available) for each add-on. 3. 4. Click the Add New Device icon ( ) on the toolbar. you can use the default name or type a name in the text box. Add Devices Add a Router 1. The menus for the available devices are minimized by default. Choose a name for the router. 5. Add a Switch 1.

You can rename a device if desired by clicking the name in the NetMap and modifying it. Click the Add New Device icon ( ) on the toolbar. The menus for the available devices are minimized by default. 3. 3. Traffic Generator is only configurable by Boson programmers. Click Create Switch. 26 Boson NetSim User Manual . 2. Choose a switch from the resulting Add Device dialog box. but you can expand them by clicking the arrow next to each category. Add a Workstation 1. and VPN Client). 5. 2. Add any additional desired devices to the network. you can use the default name or type a name in the text box. You can choose from TFTP Server. 4. AAA Server. but you can expand them by clicking the arrow next to each category. Choose a name for the switch. select a PC option if desired. Choose a workstation from the Other Devices category in the resulting Add Device dialog box. If you have added the WinPC device. The menus for the available devices are minimized by default.

Existing Connections. right-click each device on the NetMap. You can rename a device if desired by clicking the name in the NetMap and modifying it. clicking this option opens a console session to the selected device. 3. Click the Add New Connection icon ( ) on the toolbar. 27 Boson NetSim User Manual . The menus for the available devices are minimized by default. Add any additional desired devices to the network. New Connection Configure a new connection for a device by performing the following steps: 1. 5. but you can expand them by clicking the arrow next to each category. Choose an IP phone from the Other Devices category in the resulting Add Device dialog box. You can rename a device if desired by clicking the name in the NetMap and modifying it. New Connection. Choose a name for the workstation. Add any additional desired devices to the network. you can use the default name or type a name in the text box. 5. Click Create 7961. 4. Add Connections To complete the network. Click the Add New Device icon ( ) on the toolbar. 6. Add an IP Phone 1. Choose a name for the phone. you can use the default name or type a name in the text box. You will see a menu with four options: Configure in Simulator. and Delete. Click Create PC. 2. 4. Configure in Simulator When the topology is loaded into the simulator.

the routers to be included in the Frame Relay connection must have Serial interfaces. After configuring the desired connection. Frame Relay Connections To create a Frame Relay connection. 3. 3. Click Connect. The new connection will appear on the NetMap. In the New Connection dialog box. Select a local interface (if available). Select the Frame Relay radio button and the appropriate remote device. 2. 28 Boson NetSim User Manual . Add routers to the topology. 2. a remote device (if available). click Connect. 4. 4. and a remote interface (if available). perform the following steps: 1. Click the Add New Connection icon ( ) on the toolbar. select an interface type from the Interface type drop-down box.

Note that the To: DLCI Destination field becomes populated with device names. 29 Boson NetSim User Manual . Note: You must select a different router for each node. 5. Select an option from the Number of Nodes. type a name for the Frame Relay node in the Name field. For each node. In the Frame Relay dialog box. 7. select the associated router and interface next to From: 1st Router and From: Interface. 6. the number represents the number of routers that will participate in the Frame Relay connection.

9. For example. 8. assign a DLCI value in each To: DLCI Destination field for the remote routers. Note: The DLCI value must be a numerical value. Click Apply Settings. you could use 102. For each node. The exhibit below shows a completed Frame Relay connection: 30 Boson NetSim User Manual . for the link from Router1 to Router2.

If you are creating a custom lab and compiling it for use by other NetSim users. see the Compiling a Lab section to continue creating the lab pack. Existing Connections In the Existing Connections dialog box. You can delete a connection by clicking the Delete Selected icon ( ) on the toolbar. click to highlight the connection and click Delete. you can see the type of device and the currently connected interfaces. You can also clear the NetMap by clicking the Clear Topology icon ( ) on the toolbar. To delete a connection. 31 Boson NetSim User Manual . Delete CAUTION: There is no undo and no confirmation dialog box. To save the connection. CAUTION: There is no undo and no confirmation dialog box. be sure that you really want to delete the selected device and associated connections before clicking Delete. You can access the Existing Connections dialog box by right-clicking a device on the NetMap and selecting Existing Connections. highlight the connection and click Save. be sure that you really want to delete a connection before clicking Delete. This deletes the device and associated connection(s) from the topology.

Students can use homework assignments to practice the commands and configurations they learned in class and to prepare for the topics covered in the next day’s lecture. you can see the statistics for Router1: Save You can save your topology by clicking the Save icon ( ) on the toolbar. For example. topologies. documentation. grading functionality. 32 Boson NetSim User Manual . you can use the Lab Compiler to create a custom lab pack for a classroom setting and include a custom network topology. An instructor can add multiple labs to a single lab pack. and use custom labs to test the students’ knowledge about specific networking concepts. and beginning configurations for students to practice with. Lab Compiler The Lab Compiler can be used to create. and configurations. In the exhibit below. and delete custom lab packs that contain personalized documentation. Classroom instructors commonly create custom labs that can be used both in the classroom and as homework assignments that follow the syllabus used in the course. The Lab Compiler is included in every version of NetSim. edit. Device Statistics You can use your mouse to hover over a device on the NetMap and then click Device Statistics to view statistics that are specific for that device. covering a variety of concepts.

you should configure the loading configurations of the devices by performing the 33 Boson NetSim User Manual . the default settings will be included on all devices. For example. BSN Topology File A BSN file can be created within NetSim. you can create and save a Word document and then select the Print option. XPS File On most Windows systems. You can then save all other associated files in the same location. optionally. BSN Loading Configuration File To create a loading. an XPS file can be created from a word processing program by using the Print feature. personalized configurations. in Microsoft Word. The BSN file contains a topology and. The Lab Compiler panel is shown below: Compiling a Lab A completed lab must contain two files: an XPS file for the instructions and a BSN file for the completed configurations. To create the topology to be contained within the BSN file. You should be able to select Microsoft XPS Document Writer from the Printer Name drop-down box. You should save this in a folder with the title of your lab and in a place you will remember. see the Creating a New Topology section.bsn file. If you save the topology without modifying the configurations in the simulator.

Click the Launch Wizard button at the bottom of the Lab Compiler pane. the user will be able to grade the commands he or she entered against the set of configurations you are currently creating. and click Next. Click File > Save As to save the completed. Click the Start Simulator icon ( ) on the toolbar to run the topology in the simulator. 3.bsn. 2. 2. Click Next.bsn). 34 Boson NetSim User Manual . To create a custom lab pack. and then compile a new lab. Click the Browse buttons. Using the Lab Compiler Wizard to Create a Lab Pack 1.xps) and completed network files (*. Enter a section title in the Section Title field. Enter the commands necessary to achieve the beginning configuration state you desire on each device. following steps: 1. perform the following steps: 1. Click the Start Simulator icon ( ) on the toolbar to run the topology in the simulator. 3. you need to create a new lab pack. 2. Note: To learn how to create completed network files (*. Enter a title in the Lab Pack Title field. 4. Creating a Custom Lab Pack A lab pack is made up of one or more labs organized into sections. 3.bsn file as a separate file from any other BSN files. create a new section. 4. see the BSN Completed Configuration File section in this manual. and click Next. After a user completes your lab according to the lab instructions you provide. At least one section is required.bsn) you created and stored on your computer. BSN Completed Configuration File The completed BSN file contains the completed configurations of all devices in your topology. To configure a completed BSN configuration file. You can either use the Lab Compiler Wizard or create a lab pack manually. enter a lab title in the Lab Title field. Enter the commands necessary to achieve the final configuration state on each device. Click the Save icon ( ) on the toolbar to save the file as loading. Ensure that the topology related to the lab is open in the Network Designer. Click the Open File icon ( ) to open the BSN topology file you previously created. Note: Boson recommends saving loading BSN files with the file name “loading” and saving completed BSN files with the file name “completed” so that you can easily distinguish loading BSN files from completed BSN files. and select the appropriate lab guide documentation (*. 4.

Click Save. select a loading file (*. Adding a Section to a Lab Pack 1. Click New Lab Pack in the Getting Started section. Click New Section in the Getting Started section. Manually Creating a Lab Pack 1. you should see the lab in the navigation pane. 3. 4. If desired. 2. This is a section title that will be displayed in the tree. Enter a name for the lab pack. or you can click New Section or New Lab to continue creating the lab pack. 6. In the custom lab tree on the left. 5. This is a lab pack title that will be displayed in the tree. 7. If desired. Enter a name for the section. You can double-click a lab to open it. Click Finish to return to the Lab Compiler main page. Click Lab Compiler in the navigation pane. After you create a lab pack by using the Lab Compiler Wizard.bsn) and click Next. 2. 3. select the title of the lab pack where you want to add a new section. 35 Boson NetSim User Manual . type a description and click Next.

8. The topology in the specified loading file must match the topology in the completed file from step 4. 7. A description is displayed for every lab underneath the Lab Tree.bsn).bsn). 5. The only document files accepted are XPS documents (. You will receive an error message if the topologies do not match. 3. Adding a Lab to a Lab Pack Section 1. Click Save. Add a document. 2. You may optionally add a description and a loading BSN file to the lab. 36 Boson NetSim User Manual . 4. 4. 6. Add a completed Boson Network file (. Click New Lab in the Getting Started section. Add a loading Boson Network file (. proceed to step 9. Click Optional Fields in the Lab section. This is a lab title that will be displayed in the tree. If neither file is desired. select the title of the section where you want to add a new lab. Enter a description for the lab. Enter a name for the lab. In the custom lab tree on the left.xps).

and export lab packs. import. Click Save. 37 Boson NetSim User Manual . 11. add. and labs with the options on the Compiler menu and on the Quick-Launch toolbar. 10. To add additional labs to the lab pack section. delete. repeat steps 1 through 9 until the lab pack section is complete. sections. 9. You can edit.

Telnet is not working on my Windows 8. please contact support@boson. 4. 38 Boson NetSim User Manual . see the related support topic on the NetSim Support page (www. All demo. To see more information about this issue. and I can’t work through them The activation key you purchased unlocks the labs and the commands that are included with that level of NetSim 11. Additional labs are unlocked with the appropriate activation key. If you receive a Windows Security Alert. which will allow you to work through additional labs plus all labs unlocked by lower-level activation keys. and Windows Vista. select Telnet Client and then click OK. 5. and CCNP labs are unlocked when a CCNP- level activation key is used. press Enter. The Custom tab is empty You will see labs on the Custom tab of the Labs panel only if you have imported labs you received from another NetSim user or from an instructor or if you have created your own labs.com/support/netsim-support-topics). 1. ensure that Private networks. Windows 7. click the Turn Windows features on or off option.boson. In the Windows Features dialog box. select the Programs or Programs and Features option.boson. Only the Demo labs are available without an activation key. if you have questions about locked labs. you should perform the following steps. On the Programs panel. or Windows Vista computer Telnet is disabled by default on Windows 8. Commands seem to disappear when I press the Enter key on the number pad in Telnet mode To ensure that the Enter key on the number pad works correctly every time you press it. In Control Panel. CCENT. Windows 7. see the related support topic on the NetSim Support page (www. and press Enter again. CCNA. To enable Telnet for these operating systems. To find out how to import labs or how to create your own labs. com/support/netsim-support-topics). you will see a small lock icon ( ) next to that lab. Troubleshooting Some of my labs have locks next to them. If a lab is unavailable with the activation key you purchased. 2. you should open a command dialog box from the Run box in the Start menu. see the Compiling a Lab section of this manual. press the Ctrl key and the right bracket key ( ] ). 3. You can purchase higher-level activation keys. type unset crlf. such as my home or work network is selected and click Allow Access. Open Control Panel from the Start menu. To see more information about this issue.com. type telnet.

Can I use key combinations as shortcuts? The following table contains various shortcut key combinations you can use in NetSim: Function Key General Application Shortcuts New lab Ctrl+N Open lab Ctrl+O Save lab Ctrl+S Grade lab Ctrl+G Launch External Lab Viewer Ctrl+L Help Ctrl+F1 Close Alt+F4 Show/Hide Menu Bar Tilde key (~) NetMap and Designer Shortcuts Increase zoom Ctrl+Plus Sign (+) Decrease zoom Ctrl+Minus Sign (-) Console Shortcuts Move to beginning of line Ctrl+A Move to end of the line Ctrl+E Move back one character Ctrl+B Move forward one character Ctrl+F Next command Ctrl+N Previous command Ctrl+P Break Ctrl+C Move back 1 device Ctrl+Shift+Tab. NetSim software and documentation are protected by copyright law. or Ctrl+Period Jump to Device 1 F1 Jump to Device 2 F2 Jump to Device 3 F3 Jump to Device 4 F4 Jump to Device 5 F5 Jump to Device 6 F6 Jump to Device 7 F7 Jump to Device 8 F8 Jump to Device 9 F9 Jump to Device 10 F10 Expand device list Ctrl+D Copyright © 1996 – 2017 Boson Software. or Ctrl+Comma Move forward 1 device Ctrl+Tab. All rights reserved. LLC. 39 Boson NetSim User Manual .