HP Comware Simulator 7.1.50 released for public !

UPDATE 12/08/2015: Simware 7.1.59 has been released, see:


Great news from the Simware side: the latest version of the Comware simulator Simware (Release 7.1.50) has been released and it is available as a public download. So no more HP Partner only restriction !

You can find the download link here:http://h20565.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/template.PAGE/public/psi/swdDetails/?swItem=nw_130365_1&ac.admitted=1398719780335.876444892.492883150

UPDATE 04/08/2014: The above link does not seem to contain a valid download link anymore. HP now has a new page for the simulator:

Good news

Biggest news is the change in Hypervisor since the previous release. The original Simware was running on a QEMU Hypervisor.

This was working fine on Linux host systems, but was extremely slow on Windows systems. The new version is using Oracle Virtualbox, so this works really fast on Windows systems as well.

Bad News

The use of the new Hypervisor also comes with a limitation. While the original QEMU based Simware allowed for virtual switches with up to 48 interfaces, the new release limits the number of interfaces to a maximum of 8 interfaces per virtual switch. While this should be sufficient for normal test lab setups, it is a consideration when trying to build larger topologies.

New Features

Since this release is based on the generic Comware Build 50, it also has support for FCoE and native FC interfaces (simulated, so not expect real FCOE traffic to pass), but it is still great to practice the commands and control plane protocols.

Several other protocols have been included and updated as well, so take your time to check it out !


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21 Responses to HP Comware Simulator 7.1.50 released for public !

  1. Osama.R says:

    Excellent…and thanks for sharing the info!

  2. vrturbo says:


    Ive tried with the latest virtual box on win7 with this software but it doesn’t detect that virtual box is installed ?

    See link

    • I had someone with the same issue last week, the problem seems to be related to the latest virtualbox version. If you install the second last version of virtualbox it should work (and I believe once it works you can update to the latest version, but not sure anymore).

  3. Jeroen Goulooze says:


    Thanks! Everything installed perfect. But when want to run the config(standard config) than i get the error “Failed to refresh comware version”. Anyone who have got the same problem as me? I run the software on a Win8 .


    • Jouko Loijas says:

      I had the same problem with Jeroen. Running the Network Simulator as Administrator fixed it.

      • Sam says:

        I am also facing the same issue as Jeroen.I tried running the network simulator as Administrator.But still I get the same error “Failed to refresh comware version”. I run the software on a Win 7.The virtual box version is 4.3.16.Can someone advise on how to fix this?

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  5. Wan says:

    for Virtual Box 4.3.12 on Windows, the additional steps are:
    1) go to Control Panel -> System -> Advanced system settings -> Environment Variables
    2) create:
    Variable Name = VBOX_INSTALL_PATH
    Variable Value = C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\
    Note: if you use the default path during Virtual Box installation.

  6. Alex says:

    Hi Peter
    do you know if we can run wireless controller with this simulator ?like the 7500 module


    • Hi Alex,

      This version of Simware provides help for Comware 7 device learning. The wireless Unified controllers are currently based on Comware 5.
      So the answer is no for now, this could change in the future of course.
      You may be lucky to find the old simulator for Comware5 on the net, which did include simulation of the comware wireless controller, but that would be a wireless feature set of x years ago, so I would not even bother doing this.

      best regards,Peter.

  7. Hello all,
    I encountered a problem when i start the simware device in virtualbox(4.2.18) on windows 8.1:
    Booting ‘simware’

    Load the ipe file from the disk, please wait…
    file (hd1,msdos1)/simware.ipe isn’t exist
    unaligned pointer 0x3ffccb74
    Aborted. Press any key to exit.

    Has anyone experienced this?
    How to fix it?

    Regards, Maksim.

    • I have not had this issue so far, could you check if you are running virtualbox/simware as administrator ?

      • Hi Peter,

        Yes, I run both application as administrator.
        I eventually fix the problem.
        I ran the following script in HNS:
        # Switch A
        device_id = 1
        # Device type: 32-bit centralized device
        device_model = SIM2100
        # Card model: SIM2101
        board = SIM2101 : memory_size 1024
        # Connect the Switch to the Virtual Box Ethernet adapter
        device 1: interface 1 host : “VirtualBox Host-Only Ethernet Adapter”
        but this sctipt is not working for me. I use vitualbox also for GNS3 1.2 for IOS on Linux devices, perhaps this was a problem, where “VirtualBox Host-Only Ethernet Adapte” is used.
        I created a new host-only adapter, and change respective string in scrtipt to “VirtualBox Host-Only Ethernet Adapter #2” and the problem dissappeared.

        It’s all very strange. I can not explain why it solved the problem.

    • Fer says:

      Hi, thanks a lot, that works for me. neither why it works

  8. Does anyone have a list, which features are supported by HNS? I tested EVI which seems to run quite nice 😉

  9. Hugo says:

    adding the system variable worked for me! Big Thanks!

  10. fox says:

    tanks for all coments , i tried install in Windows 8 in
    1- install versión virtual box 4.2.24
    2- install HNS 7.1.5
    3- 1) go to Control Panel -> System -> Advanced system settings -> Environment Variables
    2) create:
    Variable Name = VBOX_INSTALL_PATH
    Variable Value = C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\
    4. run by administrator


  11. Guys, you just neet to run as administrator de comware simulator and enjoy!, i tried with virtual vox 4.2.18 and comware simulator 7.1.50, may be the application works with the latest version of VirtualBOX

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