First thing you will need is VMware Workstation Player. VMware Player is available at no cost for non-commercial, personal, and home use.
Make sure to download the file for Linux.
Open a terminal window and change directory to where you downloaded the file.
Change permissions to make the file executable
j@cliwarriors:~/Downloads$ chmod a+x VMware-Player-15.0.0-10134415.x86_64.bundle
You can now run the .bundle by running the command below
j@cliwarriors:~/Downloads$ sudo ./VMware-Player-15.0.0-10134415.x86_64.bundle [sudo] password for j: Extracting VMware Installer...done. [AppLoader] Use shipped Linux kernel AIO access library. An up-to-date "libaio" or "libaio1" package from your system is preferred.
The graphical installer will appear and you can begin the installation
VMware Player is now installed and ready for use.
Next you will need to download and extract the GNS3 VM
j@cliwarriors:~/Downloads$ unzip GNS3.VM.VMware.Workstation.2.1.11.zip Archive: GNS3.VM.VMware.Workstation.2.1.11.zip inflating: GNS3 VM.ova
Once extracted you will have the GNS3 VM.ova file that we can import into VMware Player
From the VMware Player 15 window navigate to File > Open a Virtual Machine > and select the GNS3 VM.ova file > Open > Import
Once the import has finished we can Power On our GNS3 VM
Once powered on make a note of the IP address.
We can now begin the GNS3 front-end installation. *Ubuntu 64-bit based distros only!
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gns3/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install gns3-gui
Our GNS3 Client is now installed and we can begin the Setup Wizard
Under Host binding – Select the same network as your GNS3 VM IP > Next
If you see the error message below you will need to download the vix-api bundle and install it first before you can proceed with the wizard
j@cliwarriors:~/Downloads$ chmod a+x VMware-VIX-1.15.0-2985596.x86_64.bundle j@cliwarriors:~/Downloads$ sudo ./VMware-VIX-1.15.0-2985596.x86_64.bundle [sudo] password for j: Extracting VMware Installer...done.
We can now return to the GNS3 Wizard press the Refresh button to find the GNS3 VM
Configure your desired vCPU Cores and RAM size > Next
Congratulations!!! GNS3 is ready for your first lab