A Virtual Way to Run Cisco IOS on a Laptop Computer

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A Virtual Way to Run Cisco IOS on a Laptop Computer
Virtually running Cisco IOS on a laptop computer is moderately challenging. (Richard Newstead/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Cisco IOS is software that is used by network administrators to configure and troubleshoot Cisco network devices. Every Cisco device--routers, switches--comes pre-installed with the IOS. Yet. if there is a need to virtually configure IOS without having to buy a Cisco device, it is possible to download and install on a laptop a program that emulates Cisco IOS.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Windows computer

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  1. 1

    Log on to the Windows computer using an account with administrative rights.

  2. 2

    Download the Virtual Cisco IOS software. (See Resources)

  3. 3

    Install the Cisco IOS software using the installation package. Follow the onscreen prompts.

  4. 4

    Click "Start," "Programs" then navigate to the Cisco IOS application. Click the name of the Cisco IOS application.

  5. 5

    Navigate to the Cisco device that you wish to virtually configure. For example, select "Cisco 2600" to work with the Cisco 2600 series of routers.

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