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

 Boson NetSim User Manual . After you load and complete an unlocked lab. you can use the grading function in NetSim to grade the lab so that you can determine whether you completed it correctly. and using it for practice can be more helpful than using real routers and switches. in some cases. As you progress through the labs. Fortunately. save those configurations. Routing protocol implementation is one of the more challenging tasks you might encounter. but you can also use it for additional purposes. you can master the skills needed to pass the simulation questions in the Cisco certification exams. 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. In summary. You can use the Boson NetSim to work through labs. 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 create a virtual copy of your network topology by using the Boson Network Designer and troubleshoot the problems without interfering with your production network. and practice using them on simulated devices. 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. NetSim allows you to gain experience without requiring you to purchase expensive equipment. This tool’s functionality goes beyond that of most tools because you can actually create the router configurations that are going to be used. NetSim has the ability to guide and grade. Troubleshooting a production network can be a frustrating experience. but you might find it useful in your troubleshooting efforts.

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

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

Getting Started System Requirements • Supported operating systems: Windows 10. This will enable you to configure NetSim 11 to authenticate with the Boson NetSim License Server. Windows 7. visit the Boson Online Account page (www. If you are a student using NetSim 11 at a learning institution.aspx) and enter a valid e-mail address to begin creating an account.NET Framework: Microsoft . Windows Vista • .com/Account/Default. When you first open NetSim. 3-GHz Pentium processor or equivalent (recommended) • RAM: 512 MB (minimum). To create a free account. Windows 8. 256 colors (minimum).  Boson NetSim User Manual . You can select the Demo version of NetSim or a full version of NetSim. you will be presented with the NetSim Activation Wizard dialog box. 1024 x 768 high color.0 > Boson NetSim LS Client.0 • Processor: 1-GHz Pentium processor or equivalent (minimum).NET Framework Version 4. you should launch NetSim 11 from the Start menu by clicking Boson Software > Boson NetSim 11.0 > Boson NetSim. 2 GB (recommended) • Hard Disk: Up to 200 MB of available space • Display: 1024 x 768.boson. 32-bit (recommended) • Active Internet connection Product Activation You must have a Boson account to download the NetSim Demo. You can open NetSim from the shortcut installed during the download or from the Start menu by clicking Boson Software > Boson NetSim 11.

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

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

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

 Boson NetSim User Manual . the available locked and unlocked labs area is highlighted: You can scroll through the tips by clicking the Back and Next buttons. you can disable the tips by selecting the Disable Tips check box. In the following graphic. 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. You can read the tips within the dialog box. Lab Component Tips The Lab Component Tips highlight and describe aspects of the Labs panel.

10 Boson NetSim User Manual . You can read the tips within the dialog box. If you do not want to view the tips the next time you launch NetSim. you can disable the tips by selecting the Disable Tips check box. the NetMap area is highlighted: You can scroll through the tips by clicking the Back and Next buttons. 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. In the example below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. After NetSim loads. Open User Manual Click the Open User Manual icon ( ) to view the Boson NetSim 11 User Manual. you can perform various tasks by clicking the name of a recently loaded topology or lab. Network Designer. There are many components of this panel and various features that you can access from this panel. 18 Boson NetSim User Manual . selecting a quick option such as checking for updates or opening the NetSim 11 User Manual (this document). 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. or Lab Compiler.

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

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

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

the device will open in the Consoles section. Note: To ensure that you can see the available device consoles. 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. Consoles Section After you have opened a lab from the Standard tab or the Custom tab. the Devices drop-down menu. and device tabs. click the arrow next to Consoles or 22 Boson NetSim User Manual . You will see the console window. 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 use it to increase or decrease the size of the devices in the NetMap section. you can do so by accessing it in the Network Designer. the Settings button. If you cannot see all the devices in the topology. Note: If you have a scroll button on your mouse. you can view the device consoles and begin performing the lab steps. You can also click and drag within the section to reposition the topology. and click Configure in Simulator. If you wish to edit a custom topology.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For example. and delete custom lab packs that contain personalized documentation. topologies. Lab Compiler The Lab Compiler can be used to create. edit. The Lab Compiler is included in every version of NetSim. 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. In the exhibit below. you can see the statistics for Router1: Save You can save your topology by clicking the Save icon ( ) on the toolbar. documentation. 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. 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. An instructor can add multiple labs to a single lab pack. covering a variety of concepts. and configurations. and beginning configurations for students to practice with. grading functionality. and use custom labs to test the students’ knowledge about specific networking concepts. you can use the Lab Compiler to create a custom lab pack for a classroom setting and include a custom network topology. 32 Boson NetSim User Manual .

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

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

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

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

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

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

39 Boson NetSim User Manual . LLC. or Ctrl+Comma Move forward 1 device Ctrl+Tab. 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. 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.