GNS3 1.0 Alpha 7 is out – labels are back!

It feels like ages since the last alpha release of GNS3 1.0. But its certainly been worth the wait.

 GNS3 1.0 Alpha 7 is released

What’s new in GNS3 1.0 Alpha 7

Packet capture for IOS routers.
Packet capture for the Ethernet hub and Ethernet, ATM and Frame relay switches.
Packet capture for IOU (not working, issue with iouyap).

Everyone loves a good packet capture. Being able to do packet captures is an integral part of every engineers toolkit – as for that matter is GNS3! 🙂

Right-click a link, select “Start capture”, and Wireshark fires up. This does seem much quicker than on the 0.8.6 release.

GNS3 1.0 Alpha 7 packet capture

The link in the Topology Summary pane then changes to show a magnifying glass, signifying that there is a packet capture happening. It would be nice though to be able to set up packet capture straight from the Topology Summary menu.

Add notes, rectangles & ellipses to topologies.
Duplicate option for notes, rectangles and ellipses.
Style settings for note, rectangle and ellipse items. Possibility to edit interface and node labels.

GNS3 1.0 Alpha 7 labels

It’s a small thing really, but I have missed the ability to add notes, it does make things much easer to understand when you have labels!

Show/hide interface labels.

GNS3 1.0 Alpha 7 interface labels

Same as above really, it does make life much easier to be able to turn this on and off at will!

Contextual device menu.

GNS3 1.0 Alpha 7 device menu
You can get the same menu by right clicking, but it is useful to have it in more than one place.

Recent file menu.

This is on the old 0.8.6:

GNS3 recent file menu

This is the new version:

GNS3 1.0 Alpha 7 recent file menu

Not sure which version I prefer really.

Lab instructions support (automatically open any file named instructions.* in the project directory or from the Help menu)

Just add any file called instructions to the project folder and open the project, it’ll open up in the appropriate program:

GNS3 1.0 Alpha 7 lab instructions

Load a project by dropping the project file on the view.

Pretty cool, means it is quick to jump from topology to topology. It is fast and responsive.

Option to uncompress IOS images.

Makes booting router a little quicker.

Other stuff:

Fix: use Dynamips, IOU and VPCS identifiers to correctly load topologies.
IOU: rename startup-config to initial-config (makes more sense for IOU).
Check for sticky bit when checking for executable access.
Fix: IOS image relative path problems.
Lots of small bug fixes.