While working on GNS3, it may require to connect physical interface of machine to activate more advance features. Specially installing ASDM , you definitely need to create MS loopback interface. So I thought to make a quick guidance for those who struggle with connecting GNS3 to loopback interface. At the end I have provided solutions for common issues which I faced connecting GNS3 to loopback interface.
1) Open “Device Manager”
Computer –> system properties –> Device manager
2) Add legacy hardware
Right click on “Computer <name>” then select “Add legacy hardware”
3) Follow the Wizard
select “Install the hardware that I manually select from the a list”
select “Network adapters”
Choose Manufacture as Microsoft and select “Microsoft KM-TEST Loopback Adapter”
then install the adapter, it may take some time to complete.
4) Assign IP address to Loopback interface
Open Network and sharing center
and assign IP address
ex:- 192.168.10.20 / 24
5) connecting GNS3 to loopback interface
i) Add cloud to GNS3 work area
ii) Right click on cloud select “Configure”
iii) Inside the “Ethernet” tab select your loopback interface and add like below
Note:- You can connect this cloud to Router , ASA etc, But it is recommended to put Ethernet Switch between device and cloud instead of directly connecting device to Cloud.
Common error and solution
1) You need to reboot the computer
2) If step 2 does not work you may be need to reinstall GNS3
Please put your comments here. I may can help you to fix them !