Getting Started with Cisco Modeling Labs (CML 2 / VIRL 2)

Cisco Modeling Labs (CML 2) virtualizes Cisco IOS networks and helps prepare for your CCNA, CCNP or DevNet exams!
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Use CML for free in the cloud
Learn how to install CML (VIRL 2) locally on your computer or laptop
Learn how to run Cisco ASAv software in CML
Learn how to use the CML breakout tool
Learn how to export and import CML topologies


  • You will need a computer to run the CML software
  • If you want to use CML locally, you will need to purchase a license from Cisco
  • Basic CCNA or networking knowledge required


Cisco Modeling Labs (CML 2) is here! You can virtualize Cisco networks easily using CML or learn network automation and network programability with Python or Ansible. If you are studying for your CCNA 200-301 exam, or CCNP exams or even for your Cisco DevNet exams, CML can help you prepare. The sofware is much more powerful than Cisco Packet Tracer and supports a whole range of Cisco devices and network topologies.

All the following Cisco images included:

- IOSv

- IOSvL2

- NX-OSv

- ASAv

and many more!

Learn technologies such as Python, Ansible, Spanning-Tree, OSPF, EIGRP, BGP, Etherchannel and many more using Cisco CML.

Who this course is for:

  • Network Engineers
  • Network Architects
  • NetDevOps Engineers
  • Developers wanting to write network software
  • Cisco Fans


CCIE #11023, over 15 years of network training experience
David Bombal
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 127,060 Reviews
  • 1,059,300 Students
  • 48 Courses

David Bombal (CCIE  #11023 Emeritus) passed his Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Routing and Switching exam in January 2003 and is one of a small percentage of Cisco Engineers that pass their CCIE labs on their first attempt. 

David qualified as a  Cisco Certified Systems Instructor (CCSI #22787) many years ago! He has been training Cisco  courses for over 15 years and has delivered instructor led courses in various  countries around the world covering a wide range of Cisco topics from CCNA to  CCIE. 

David is very active on social media and has over 500,000 YouTube subscribers and has posted over 1,000 free videos.

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