I'm seeking guidance on simulating a network infrastructure using GNS3, specifically focusing on the challenges related to switch stacks. The network environment consists of multiple physical switches organized in stacks to achieve scalability and streamlined management.
I would like to replicate this network infrastructure within GNS3 for testing and configuration purposes. However, GNS3 lacks native support for switch stacking technology. I'm looking for advice on the best approach to simulate switch stacks in GNS3 or find alternatives to achieve similar outcomes.
If I won't work with stacks, I can understand that I will need different unique IP addresses for each one of the switches, something that will not be representative for the existing network infrastructure that I need to simulate. Here are my specific questions and concerns:
- Is it possible to simulate individual switches within a stack in GNS3? How can I configure and test their functionalities independently?
- Are there any virtual switch appliances compatible with GNS3 that can emulate switch stacking behavior?
- Is there a way to emulate the interconnections between switches in a stack using virtual interfaces and network topologies within GNS3?
- What are the limitations or considerations I should be aware of when simulating switch stacks in GNS3 compared to a physical environment?
- Are there any recommended tutorials that address simulating switch stacks in GNS3?
I would definitely appreciate your help, support and guidance on the above mentioned questions and concerns.