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Absolutely Critical to Success
5/2/2013 11:23:15 AM - Kenneth - Research Triangle Park, NC US
After having been spoiled on Packet Tracer during my preparation for CCNA through the Cisco Networking Academy, I couldn't endure the frustrations of trying to use an open source product popular among engineers.
The Boson NetSim offers a comprehensive tool for training at CCNA and CCNP level as well as developing labs from a published manual. I used this in my preparation for CCNP; it was critical to my success. I recommend it to teammates every week.
Very primitive and lacks many features needed for CCNP tests
4/13/2013 8:48:22 AM - Al - Lexington, MA US
This is just a short list of discovered cons:
1. No vtp version 2 support?
Sw2(config)#vtp version ?
<1-2> Set the administrative domain VTP version number
Sw2(config)#vtp version 2
Sw2(config)#do sh vtp status
VTP Version : 2
Configuration Revision : 0
Maximum VLANs supported locally : 64
Number of existing VLANs : 5
VTP Operating Mode : Server
VTP Domain Name : cisco
VTP Pruning Mode : Disabled
VTP V2 Mode : Disabled
VTP Traps Generation : Disabled
MD5 digest : 0xEE 0xB3 0xDC 0x9F 0xE2 0xE0 0x25 0xDF
Configuration last modified by 0.0.0.0 at 3-1-2012 04:55:57
Local updater ID is 0.0.0.0 (no valid interface found)
2. Doesn't save a device configuration even after issuing copy run start. Once you saved your topology, closed NetSim, opened it after a while and load a previously saved configuration, you have to start from scratch again.
3. No support for 3560 switches, therefore no Private VLAN configuration, which is covered by CCNP Switch exam.
Boson Netsim 8!
1/12/2013 10:42:56 AM - Bruce - Mattapan, MA US
I can't state how thankful I am to have found such a well developed application! Even though I am in the beginning of my INCD1 labs, it has been really seamless going through the tasks. Thank you Boson team!!!
1/6/2013 11:05:44 PM - andrew - adelaide, AU
customer support picks up support tickets within 24hrs which is good. however the activation process is horrible, countless times i have had to raise support tickets because the product dosent activate. with windows 7 you have to remember to run the application as an admin or it wont work.
the product is VERY good once you get it working, but for the price i'd rather stick to GNS3 or packet tracker.
10/13/2012 10:51:52 AM - Jason - Kittanning, PA US
NetSim has no competition for Cisco network simulations - it is hands-down, the best! Additionally, the customer support is incredibly responsive and is quick to make corrections (if necessary)and publishing them in updates!
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