I have to say this is a nice little toy although I haven’t got my current VM Image of choice working fully yet.

The reason for using this at the minute is that we can use it to run a VM Image of Ubuntu with NistNet running on it. More when I figure out its exact intricacies. For now we are trying to simulate what happens if you are trying to use a server interactively across a dodgey Cable HFC connection, and NistNet seems to be the ticket.

You can model the bandwidth, packet loss, packets dropped and delay within the network. It does this by using two network connections and using the simulator as a bridge between the two.

It’s a nice use of a VM, but it has highlighted the lack of space on my laptop when I had to find stuff to clear out to fit the 5Gb Image on the laptop. 🙂