GNS3 on windows 7 vms - networking VMware ESXi 5.1

Installed windows 7 as vms on VMware ESXi 5.1 then installed gns3 onto that.
Now trying to figure out how to get the networking to work. This is based on an install I have running on a standalone win7 box where gns3 works fine but then it's a single NIC on physical hardware.

Wondering if someone could walk me through this and help get gns3 working.

Thanks.



Your VM just has a single nic, on virtual hardware, treat it exactly the same, and forget it's hosted on ESXi 5.1.



Your VM just has a single nic, on virtual hardware, treat it exactly the same, and forget it's hosted on ESXi 5.1.



Thing is, I'm not sure what is needed. I didn't set up gns3 on the physical server. I converted the physical server to the VM which is why I'm stumped now.



Does it not work ?

what is the issue ?

As you have converted it to a VM, via P2V, all the networking would have been replaced, with virtual hardware.

I would also recommend you install VMware Tools, and add new VMXNET3 interfaces.

So you will want to setup/reconfigure networking, to select you existing nics.

How many network interfaces did you physical have ?

add the same.



The issue is;
At first, gns didn't want to start, complaining about missing directories then that just went away on it's own.
Now gns3 seems to start but the previous 10.0.100.1 target I was pinging is no longer pingable.
I figured this was because of the virtual NIC or something missing.

On physical machine, there is one NIC and one loopback interface.
Once converted, the NIC was renamed from Local Area Connection to Local Area Network and seemed to have more than one NIC. I deleted the multiple NICs leaving only the one and renamed it.

When you say setup/reconfigure networking, do you mean on the VMs networking or on gns3 on the VM?
Should I replace the current NIC with a VMXNET3 NIC?



The error just showed up again;

GNS3 management console. Running GNS3 version 1.2.3 on Windows (64-bit).
Copyright (c) 2006-2014 GNS3 Technologies.

=> Server error [-3200] : Dynamips executable C:Program FilesGNS3dynamips doesn't exist
Server error [-3200] : Dynamips executable C:Program FilesGNS3dynamips doesn't exist
Server error [-3200] : Dynamips executable C:Program FilesGNS3dynamips doesn't exist
Server error [-3200] : Dynamips executable C:Program FilesGNS3dynamips doesn't exist
Server error [-3200] : Dynamips executable C:Program FilesGNS3dynamips doesn't exist

The directory does exist and gns3 seems to be see it randomly. One time it might not, the next it might.

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