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

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

Mastering Cisco networking involves two fundamental tasks: 1. and trouble tickets.com/boson-training.com/exsim-max-practice-exams). Once you feel you have mastered both the theory (www.com/netsim-cisco-network-simulator). www. 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. you can find a good reference book or listen to an instructor. The Boson NetSim Network Simulator is the most comprehensive product on the market for learning how to configure a Cisco router. The amount of information a CCNA candidate is required to know and the skills that candidate is required to possess are quite extensive. is an excellent tool to help you prepare for the CCNA (www. The Boson NetSim will not only help you become certified. To begin learning the theory of configuring a network. Self-studying for a Cisco certification can be a daunting task.boson.com/certification/ CCNP) exams. you can learn and master the skills necessary to help you successfully complete your certification track.  Boson NetSim User Manual . The purpose of NetSim is to help you with the practical. Learn the theory of routers and switches. drag-and-drop questions. 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.boson. (Boson Training.boson. 2. Boson NetSimX simulation questions. Using NetSim to Prepare for Your Certification By using NetSim to help you achieve a Cisco certification. on the other hand. and networks.com/certification/CCNA) and CCNP (www. The book will not give you the practical.boson.boson. switches. boson. but it also is a very costly way to practice and leaves a lot of room for error. 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. Boson ExSim-Max products include complex multiple-choice questions. you can test your knowledge by using the Boson ExSim-Max practice exam products available at the ExSim-Max home page (www. NetSim simulates the behavior of a network and does not just return preprogrammed responses to expected command inputs. 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. It allows you to create virtual packets and virtual frames that will be routed and switched through the simulated network. NetSim will enable you to practice various configurations and master helpful skills. Aside from physically plugging in the cables and listening to the fan noise. Real equipment gives you the ability to practice on physical routers and switches.com/boson-training) and the practical labs (www. it will help you learn and understand how to configure routers.) But a reference book might not be enough. offers a full slate of classes and Bootcamps.

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

When you first open NetSim. 1024 x 768 high color.0 • Processor: 1-GHz Pentium processor or equivalent (minimum). you will be presented with the NetSim Activation Wizard dialog box. To create a free account. 3-GHz Pentium processor or equivalent (recommended) • RAM: 512 MB (minimum). You can open NetSim from the shortcut installed during the download or from the Start menu by clicking Boson Software > Boson NetSim 11. 256 colors (minimum). 32-bit (recommended) • Active Internet connection Product Activation You must have a Boson account to download the NetSim Demo. you should launch NetSim 11 from the Start menu by clicking Boson Software > Boson NetSim 11. You can select the Demo version of NetSim or a full version of NetSim.com/Account/Default.0 > Boson NetSim.NET Framework: Microsoft . This will enable you to configure NetSim 11 to authenticate with the Boson NetSim License Server. Windows Vista • . Getting Started System Requirements • Supported operating systems: Windows 10.aspx) and enter a valid e-mail address to begin creating an account.  Boson NetSim User Manual . visit the Boson Online Account page (www.NET Framework Version 4. Windows 8.0 > Boson NetSim LS Client. 2 GB (recommended) • Hard Disk: Up to 200 MB of available space • Display: 1024 x 768. If you are a student using NetSim 11 at a learning institution.boson. Windows 7.

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

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

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

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

Designer Component Tips The Designer Component Tips highlight and describe aspects of the Network Designer 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. the NetMap area is highlighted: You can scroll through the tips by clicking the Back and Next buttons. 10 Boson NetSim User Manual . you can disable the tips by selecting the Disable Tips check box. In the example below. You can read the tips within the dialog box.

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

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

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

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

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

Activate Keys This option opens the Activate Keys dialog box.bsn.lab and *.zip format. including the version and company information. You can change the option at any time. You can scroll through the tips by clicking the Back and Next buttons. The Guided Tips appear when you first open and activate NetSim and guide you through the various features of NetSim. New Topology Click the New Topology icon ( ) to open the Network Designer and begin creating a topology. 16 Boson NetSim User Manual . which guides you through the features and functionalities of NetSim. and allows you to submit a ticket through your Boson.com/ support/netsim-support-topics). the document you are reading now. Supported file types are *.bsn). Users Manual This option opens the Boson NetSim User Manual.com account. Open File Click the Open File icon ( ) to open a supported file. Quick-Launch Toolbar Icons in the Quick-Launch toolbar are enabled or disabled depending on the pane in use. The release notes are shown after the program has been updated. Grade Lab Click the Grade Lab icon ( ) to grade the currently loaded lab. From here. see the Guided Tips section of this manual. Release Notes This option displays information about the changes included in the current and previous releases of NetSim. Check for Updates This option closes NetSim and downloads any available updates. Support This option displays frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the Boson NetSim support page (www. Guided Tips This option opens the Guided Tips.lab) or configurations and topology (*. About Boson NetSim This option displays basic information about NetSim. To see more details about the Guided Tips. Save All Click the Save All icon ( ) to save all changes. you can activate additional versions of NetSim and the associated labs. 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. and you can disable the tips by selecting the Disable Tips check box and confirming that you want to disable them. allows you to save your current log files in the *. Save Click the Save icon ( ) to save your current lab progress (*. including changes to devices in the Network Designer and changes to their configurations.boson.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the exhibit below. covering a variety of concepts. 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. 32 Boson NetSim User Manual . 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. 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. grading functionality. you can use the Lab Compiler to create a custom lab pack for a classroom setting and include a custom network topology. topologies. documentation. and use custom labs to test the students’ knowledge about specific networking concepts. An instructor can add multiple labs to a single lab pack. and configurations. and delete custom lab packs that contain personalized documentation. edit. For example. and beginning configurations for students to practice with. Lab Compiler The Lab Compiler can be used to create. The Lab Compiler is included in every version of NetSim.

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

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

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

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

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

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

or Ctrl+Comma Move forward 1 device Ctrl+Tab. LLC. 39 Boson NetSim User Manual . 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. NetSim software and documentation are protected by copyright law. 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. All rights reserved.