If like thousands of network engineers around the world you use GNS3 you will have come across the 100% CPU Usage problem.
We all know know how to set the idle-pc and most of the time that works, but there is also a few more things to try to get your CPU usage down.
I had created a topology with 10 routers, which on my laptop running 8GB Ram should not have been a problem. I started up one router, let it settle down and then calculated the idle-pc – all good so far.
When I started up the other 9 routers the CPU hit 100% and stayed there.
This is because the routers were simply sat there awaiting an input from me.
GNS3 100% CPU Usage – Fix
Simply console onto each router and hit enter a couple of times.
You will see your CPU drop instantly – I am now running 10 routers with my CPU hovering around 30%
Also ensure you have configured exec-timeout 0 0 on the console line of each router
This can be added to your startup config.
For reference my settings are as below – Click on Edit / IOS Images and Hypervisors
My baseconfig.txt is as below
! hostname %h ! no ip domain lookup ip domain-name lab.local ! line con 0 exec-timeout 0 0 logging synchronous privilege level 15 no login line aux 0 exec-timeout 0 0 logging synchronous privilege level 15 no login exit
Another helpful tip is I also run this command whenever I get the GNS3 Duplex Mismatch
R4(config)#no cdp log mismatch duplex
Please comment any of your GNS3 tweaks – as once you get this programme running sweet it rocks!
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