UNetLab can be considered the next major version of iou-web, but the software has been rewritten from scratch. The major advantage over GNS3 and iou-web itself is about multi-hypervisor support within a single entity. UNetLab allows to design labs using IOU, Dynamips and QEMU nodes without dealing with multi virtual machines: everything run in- side a UNetLab host, and a lab is a single file including all information needed.
Feedback from UNetLab users
Many users prefer UNetLab over VIRL and GNS3, ready why from their own words.
James Joyce - Moraitis Communications (Australia)
I am using unetlab to build labs from INE and Cisco so I can practice for the practical lab exam for CCIE SP. I got through CCIE RS with the help of iou-web, but I required real hardware lab to complete the training which was a big expense. Having unetlab I can build the SP lab 100% virtual and practice design and scenarios ready for the test.
I am Head of ICT for Moraitis Communications, an ICT Company in Sydney, Australia.
Roman Dodin - Alcatel (Russia)
A group of IP engineers pursuing various goals such as certification exams practicing, interop testing or some other hands-on activities demand extensive hardware resources. To satisfy the demand for additional routers virtualization technologies come to the rescue. Unified Networking Lab being a multi-user, client-free, well-supported environment became choice #1 for us to run Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Virtual Service Router. Ability to run many virtual routers in any topology interconnected with real hardware in our lab basically created personal laboratory environment for each engineer.
Anton Zyablov - Nokia (Russia)
From my point of view the UNetLab project is a great tool both for newbies and experienced telecom engineers, who work in labs and build networks from scratch. Due to flexibility, VM multi-vendor support, multi-user features and a powerful interface it has become an indispensable tool for daily usage and network design elaboration for NOKIA customers. One of its remarkable features is the ability to quickly reproduce the real customer environment for BNG applications, which allows us speedup issue investigation, search workarounds and perform dry run tests without spending night and day on PoC setup. This software brings unmeasurable value to NOKIA BNG projects and helps increase the quality of solutions provided to our customers.
Differences between current UNetLab and GNS3
|User interface is web based||Users must install a client on the PC|
|No need to install client except WireShark, PuTTY and VNC||Installation for each OS|
|No OS dependency - works on all of them||Each OS has its own issues and bugs|
|Everything (but vendor images) is within a single VM||Need to be installed on the PC|
|No limitation on RAM under QEMU||Under Windows, QEMU supports up to 2GB of RAM|
|No limitation on networks under QEMU||QEMU limits network to 16 maximum|
|Multi user from CLI (UI will be ready soon)||Single user|
|Everything runs inside a single VM||IOU/IOL requires another VM|
|Users can add pitures with active links|
- UNetLab 1.0.0-12 Released:
What's new on UNetLab 1.0.0-12
- UNetLab 1.0.0-10 Released:
What's new on UNetLab 1.0.0-10
- Adding Docker:
HowTo add Docker to UNetLab software.
- UNetLab 1.0.0-8 Released:
What's new on UNetLab 1.0.0-8
- UNetLab 1.0.0-6 Released:
What's new on UNetLab 1.0.0-6
- UNetLab 1.0.0-4 Released:
What's new on UNetLab 1.0.0-4
- UNetLab 0.9.0-96 Released:
What's new on UNetLab 0.9.0-96 (beta).
- UNetLab 0.9.0-90 Released:
What's new on UNetLab 0.9.0-90 (beta).
- UNetLab 0.9.0-88 Released:
What's new on UNetLab 0.9.0-88 (beta).
- Using UNetLab APIs:
HowTo use UNetLab API.
- UNetLab 0.9.0-76 Released:
What's new on UNetLab 0.9.0-76 (beta).
- Installing UNetLab on a physical server (baremetal installation):
HowTo install UNetLab software on a physical server without nested-virtualization.
- UNetLab 0.9.0-70 Released:
What's new on UNetLab 0.9.0-70 (beta).
- Adding Cisco vWAAS images:
HowTo add Cisco vWAAS to UNetLab software.
- UNetLab 0.9.0-68 Released:
What's new on UNetLab 0.9.0-68 (beta).
- Where I can download preloaded/full/unofficial UNetLab (UNL) VM?:
HowTo get a preloaded/full/unofficial UNetLab (UNL) VM.
- How can I import iou-web labs into UNetLab?:
HowTo import iou-web labs into UNetLab software.
- UNetLab 0.9.0-54 Released:
What's new on UNetLab 0.9.0-54 (beta).
- Which is the default username and password for UNetLab software?:
HowTo login in UNetLab Web User Interface.
- Adding Citrix Netscaler images:
HowTo add Citrix Netscaler to UNetLab software.