Huawei Enterprise Network Simulator platform (eNSP) was developed by Huawei Technology Ltd for the employees, partners and customers to verify their planned network solutions without the need to use expensive physical hardware devices.
Prior to the installation of the software, there are some pre-requisites required to be fulfilled to ensure smooth setup and use of the platform on your Windows 10-based machines. We need the following software bundle as listed below:
eNSP V100R0003C00SPC100 Setup.zip
Each of the software components has its own functions to play. Oracle VirtualBox provides the virtualization platform for the network devices to be simulated as the real equipment in the network scenario. Wireshark and WinPcap provide packets and frames capturing for troubleshooting analysis while the key software Huawei eNSP is the working environment for the network solution deployment with the pre-bundled network devices as routers, switches, firewalls, WLAN access controllers & access points together with some host machines (eg. desktops, servers and clients) for the live simulated network deployment as per in the cases of proof of concepts, classroom-based training and personal network testing solutions without the costly real hardware. What’s next?
Where shall we get the software bundle to start the pre-deployment testing journey?
How do we install all the required software components to ensure successful setup?
How do we start the pre-deployment testing environment to do proof of concepts (POC), classroom-based personalized network configuration training and learning?
Part 1: Where shall we get the software bundle to kick start?
Step 1.1: Search the software bundle for the exact location using standard web browsers as chrome and Microsoft Edge and download them as suggested.
Step 1.2: Select and download each highlighted file as shown below.
Note: Only Oracle VirtualBox version 5.2.44 (latest) is recommended to be installed. If your machine has other versions of VirtualBox, kindly uninstall it before this new version installation for the eNSP to work. If your machine has NPcap software, uninstall it before installing WinPcap.
Part 2: How do we install all the required installable software files to get started?
The sequence of the installation steps for each software component is very important. Some of the software components are dependent while some of them are independent. The independent software programs are required to be installed first prior to the dependent ones. Huawei eNSP is dependent on VirtualBox, WinPcap and Wireshark for the successful setup. Hence, it is the last software to be installed in the installation steps.
Step 2.1: Install WinPcap software on Windows 10 machine.
Go to the folder in which the software was downloaded. Run the installation as administrator account to get full right for the installation to be successful.
Step 2.2: Run the setup of WinPcap to begin the installation
The first software component is completed. We can now proceed to another independent software as Wireshark application.
Step 2.3: Install the Wireshark application software.
Go to the download folder to begin the Wireshark software installation as shown below.
Take the default settings as shown and proceed.
Now, you have completed the Wireshark installation. The next software to be installed will be Oracle VirtualBox 5.2.44.
Step 2.4: Install Oracle VirtualBox 5.2.44 on Windows 10
To succeed with the eNSP installation, the version of VirtualBox application is very particularly important to be compatible on Windows 10 platform. We must use the latest version 5.2.44. VirtualBox version 6.x is NOT supported and totally avoided to be installed.
Go to the download folder to locate the software and start the installation as shown below.
Step 2.5: Leave the settings as default and proceed with the installation.
Step 2.6: Preparing for Huawei eNSP installation on Windows 10
Lastly, Huawei eNSP is the last software component to be installed as it depends on the other three application software to work, namely Wireshark, WinPcap and VirtualBox. Before the installation begins, proceed to disable Windows 10 Security Firewall or any third party firewalls.
Disable Windows Defender Firewall prior to the eNSP installation. Open the Windows Defender Firewall to disable the
After the deactivation of Windows Defender Firewall, you can see the settings turned off.
Step 2.7: Extract the compressed eNSP setup file before executing the installation from the download folder.
Extract the zipped eNSP setup file into a specific folder as shown below.
Step 2.8: Installing eNSP network simulator on Windows 10
From the extracted folder, run the eNSP setup file as shown to begin the installation journey.
Before proceeding with the subsequent installation steps, take note for the installation folder. Once the folder is selected, it could not be changed unless you uninstall and reinstall it. You can proceed with the default folder to setup.
This installation step verifies the dependent modules need to be installed and available before the eNSP installation can be successfully proceeded.
The final part of the eNSP installation prompts for the confirmed completion. You can choose to auto start the eNSP upon the completion. You may disable displaying the installation logs.
Eventually the eNSP application is restarted and open for further configuration settings on the next part.
Step 2.9: Optimizing Huawei eNSP on Windows 10 PC with the virtualized Intel or AMD Architecture
Intel VT-x and AMD-V are sets of hardware extensions developed by INTEL and AMD respectively. They are primarily used to improve resource use and virtual machine performance. Virtualization done by the software can be a slow process which is why using the processor to help in this task
can greatly improve the virtualized application performance.
All modern laptop and desktop machines come with Intel VT Virtualization or AMD Hardware Virtualization Feature on the mainboards. You can activate the feature on the BIOS setup of the machines. To access the BIOS of your own machine, kindly check for your vendor and model of your machine for the boot-up access procedures. Different vendors and models have different access procedure. (Refer to your machine manual guide or web portal for the steps). Depending on your machine processor platform, you can choose Option A or B to follow up. Both options are serving the same functionality to boost up the performance of eNSP running on your hardware.
A) Intel VT-x Virtualization activation
For those are running on Intel-based processor machines, you can access the relevant BIOS setup for Intel-VT feature activation as shown below.
B) AMD-V virtualization activation
For those are running on AMD-based processor machines, you can access the relevant BIOS setup for AMD-V feature activation as shown below.
Note: The diagrams above show the illustration sample of the process of activating Hardware virtualization function on the Intel or AMD processor-based machines. Different vendors display slightly different screenshots.
Save the changes in the BIOS Setup after the feature selection and confirmation. Subsequently, reboot the machine before opening up the eNSP application again.
Open up the eNSP application to verify the hardware virtualization enabled and is working fine.
Go to MENU, select TOOLS then choose REGISTER DEVICE.
Follow the step as shown below:
Select all the devices especially the highlighted ones and click REGISTER as shown below:
You can now test a sample topology with AR series routers to verify their functionality.
Part 3: How do we start the pre-deployment testing environment?
Step 3.1 You can pick a ready-made sample as shown in the diagram below:
Click on Example 1-1RIPv1&v2 to open up the topology.
Power up any of the two AR1220 routers to start the testing. The two routers have been randomly selected to power on as shown below:
Step 3.2 Double click the power-up router to start the console access of the router when you see the link status turns green in between router connection as shown below.
Eventually, your eNSP application setup is now successful and ready for deploying simulated solutions.
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