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Cisco ConfigMaker Replacement?

By joe.fecht ·
We are looking at creating a virtual environment for our company's network. Something that we can change and "play" with without fear of taking down the company network. I?ve used Cisco?s ConfigMaker in college but when I tried to use it all of the possible equipment is outdated and Cisco is not going to be making any more updates to it. We run all Cisco equipment by the way. I?ve found Cisco Network Assistant but that seems as thought it is for real time management. We are not going to be applying anything directly from this software to the network equipment, its strictly for creating a virtual environment and testing within it. If you any of you have any ideas on where to look I?d greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

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by CG IT In reply to Cisco ConfigMaker Replace ...

Use Cisco Works or Cisco Network Assistant but what you use depends on what switches and routers you have. Some 2500 series aren't compatible with configmaker such as the 2525 [token ring].

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by mshavrov In reply to Cisco ConfigMaker Replace ...

You may try to use CiscoView (it's part of CiscoWorks, but it also available as a standalone product). It has almost any Cisco device package. But very soon you will find that the only use of it is to "view" your network device. Nothing more than that.

Cisco Network Assistant works only with certain IOS switches. Some functionality it valuable, but in most cases you will never get your switch "fine tuned" with CNA.

Some devices allow you to have some kind of "web interface", but in most cases it's stripped down version of CiscoView.

So, I wouldn't recommend you to spend a much time researching and learning any GUI-type software cor Cisco routers and switches. They are designed to be managed by CLI, so, everything else is just a "immitation".


CCNP, CCDP, CCSP, CCVP, Security+, MCSE W2K, etc.

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by youssef_bensouda In reply to

GNS3 is a graphical network simulator that
allows simulation
you can also simulat your PIX

so you can creat your LAB easly

it's free the only thing you should have is

Dynamips, the core program that allows Cisco
IOS emulation.
Dynagen, a text-based front-end for Dynamips.
Pemu, a Cisco PIX firewall emulator based on

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