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
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Things you need
- Windows computer
Log on to the Windows computer using an account with administrative rights.
Download the Virtual Cisco IOS software. (See Resources)
Install the Cisco IOS software using the installation package. Follow the onscreen prompts.
Click "Start," "Programs" then navigate to the Cisco IOS application. Click the name of the Cisco IOS application.
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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