This tutorial will show you how to install HP Network Simulator on Windows.

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HP Switch Book

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Tutorial - HP Network Simulator Installation

Access the website and download the last version of the HP Network Simulator software.

In our example, we downloaded the software HP Comware Lab 7.1.59.

hp network simulator

Extract the file to a folder.

Right-click on the file and select the option: Extract All.

hp network simulator download

Right-click on the installation file named HCL_7.1.59-Setup and select the option: Run as Administrator.

hp network simulator install

The HP Switch network simulator installation will start.

The following screen should be displayed.

HCL Setup Screen

Accept the license agreement.

HP Network Simulator license

Select the installation path.

HP Network Simulator Installation path

Select all the components and click on the Install button.

hp network simulator components

The system will automatically start the installation of the VirtualBox software.

Virtualbox is responsible for the virtualization of the network environment.

Virtualbox installation

On the screen, you need to click on the Install button.

hp networ simulator virtualbox

Uncheck the Virtualbox checkbox and finish the installation.

After finishing the Virtualbox installation, the HP Network simulator software will be ready.

HP Network Simulator installed

To start the HP Network Application, access the Start menu and locate the icon named H3C CLOUD LAB.

Right-click on the H3C CLOUD LAB. and select the option named: Run as Administrator.


To start the HP Network Application, access the Start menu and locate the icon named H3C CLOUD LAB.

The following screen should be presented.

hcl network simulator

You have successfully installed the HP Network Simulator.

If you want to learn how to use the software, you should take a look at our video listed on the top of the page.