MIMIC Virtual Lab includes many ready labs. Each of the have
different set of "test exercises" connected to them.
You can interact with the devices, such as routers and switches, just like real devices:
- Choose from multiple labs, load/simulate
one and switch between them;
- LAN, WAN and Serial links;
- Connect using SNMP or Telnet to any of
these devices from local or remote machines;
- Any number of users can connect at a time; and
- Connect using SNMPv1, v2, v2c, v3; TFTP, Telnet and Cisco IOS® software.
- Run "test exercises" connected to different devices to generate different test scenarios.
Device Operations for Cisco devices
- Logging in/out;
- Get into and out of different modes - User, Privileged, Configuration, Interface;
- Set passwords, IP addresses, clock rates, hostname, bandwidth;
- Assign routing protocols - RIP, IGRP;
- Ping other devices on the network;
- Save/load configurations;
- Boot using flash or TFTP protocol;
- Configuration of CDP, PPP, Frame Relay and OSPF protocols; and,
- Many other fuctions.
- Start/Stop devices, individually or in a group;
- Save/Load a configuration of the network;
- MIB Browswer to view MIB information for an individual device;
- View the individual device or the entire topology configruation information;
- View the topology with connections and addresses;
- Open Telnet sessions;
- Context sensitive help.
You can also discover and cofigure
using management applications such as HP OpenView, CA Unicenter, CiscoWorks,
CiscoWorks 2000, CiscoView and CEMF (CDM, GSR Manager), just like real devices.
If you are interested in creating
your own devices and topology, MIMIC Simulator tool kit is also available. You
can simulate as many as 100,000 devices in a lab. It includes MIMIC Recorder
to record devices to help create the lab topology you need.
Each lab comes with a set
of test exercises, which let you create many pathological conditions in your
simulated network. These are test conditions that would commonly be performed
while evaluating or testing network management applications.
Some of the sample exercises for networks are:
- Heavily loaded network
with many port activities;
- Lightly loaded network
with less activity;
- Router (or sub-net) down,
which generates many other actions;
- Trap storm, which causes
many MIB variables to increase significantly for multiple devices at the same
- Random increases and
decreases in the MIB variables (In, Out and Error octets) periodically (30
second interval); and,
- Devices going down and
coming up -- several devices issue Link Up/Down traps at the same time.
Some of the sample exercises
for devices are:
- Device down;
- Interface down;
- Port parameters increment
- Heavily loaded device
with packet drops or delays;
- Lightly loaded device;
- Periodic change in load
- Trap storm;
- Configruation changes:
device configuration variables, such as IP address and Mask;
- Printer device: paper
out trap; and,
- Bad link -- packet drops
every fifty packet.