How to Add Cloud in GNS3

GNS3 provides a Cloud feature that enables you to use virtual machines you have created on VMware Workstation or VirtualBox. This feature allows you to integrate your virtualized infrastructure with your GNS3 network, providing greater flexibility and scalability. With this capability, you can easily simulate complex network topologies, including virtual and physical devices.

How to Use Cloud on GNS3

Before connecting a Windows 10 machine you created on VMware to GNS3, you must make a new VMnet in Virtual Network Editor and configure the network adapter setting as Host-Only.

For example, you must select the VMnet2 you created for the Windows 10 virtual computer from the Ethernet Interfaces section in the Cloud structure in GNS3. And you need to configure the TCP/IP settings of VMnet2 from your system’s network connections.

As a result, you will allocate a Cloud to just one machine.

It is more efficient to use virtual machines in advanced network topologies.

In this video, you will learn how to add Cloud to the Graphical Network Simulator-3 software and how to connect to this virtual machine.

To add a Cloud Computer:

Step 1: If you have not installed GNS3 before, please refer to the video below.


Step 2: Run the GNS3 program and click on File / Preferences.

Step 3: Click Cloud nodes in Preferences.

Step 4: In the New Cloud Node Template window, type a name for the Cloud and click Finish.

Step 5: Click the Edit button to configure your created Cloud.

Step 6: Select the VMnet adapter from the Ethernet Interfaces section and click the Add button.

Step 7: Click on the Misc tab and select the Computer to change the symbol of the Cloud.

Step 8: Now, add your Cloud to the workspace in the Devices section.

Step 9: Add a Cisco Router and connect the Cloud to the Router’s interface, and after setting the port, run your virtual machine and ping the Router to test your connection.

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