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Free Server Simulator Software For Windows

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Paessler’s Multi-Protocol Server Simulator is a free server simulator software for Windows that aims to provide a cost-effective solution for large-scale testing.

Multi-Protocol Server Simulator allows you to create as many virtual servers as desired, based on protocols to be simulated. Large-scale testing is made easy, the only limiting factor being the number of IP addresses and TCP ports available.

You can run a server on a predefined port, with the option for some customization. With features like live logging of all activities to the simultaneous hosting of multiple simulations, Multi-Protocol Server Simulator is a handy tool for testing and network management.

Main Features of Multi-Protocol Server Simulator

Multi-Protocol Server Simulator is a lightweight software (~25MB) easy to install and use. It only requires inputting of the required configurations and the software handles a major part of the simulation by itself.

At present, the available configurations include:

  • SNMP based switches: With 8, 100 or 1000 switch ports each, SNMP simulation is as easy as entering the required parameters in the SNMP section.
  • HTTP server: Simulate an HTTP server on port 80. You can also specify a fake HTML starter code that gets displayed when you connect to a browser.
  • FTP server: Simulate a local FTP, accessible by all applications running on the PC. You can also generate a number of fake files to display and run on any port.
  • SMTP server: An easy solution to testing email related applications, by specifying name and port of the server.
  • DNS server: Resolves DNS requests for the DNS name “localhost” with IP address 127.0.0.1. However, other DNS names cause an error message.
  • Simple server (open TCP port that accepts connections)

After simulating a server, you can also export its configuration to an XML file. When you connect to a simulated server, the software makes the log of all operations performed on it. This allows constant testing for the simulated server.

How To Use Multi-Protocol Server Simulator

Once you download and install the software, get the free license key from the website.

This activates your software and you are greeted with a main page that lists all the protocols available for simulation.

The program also automatically discovers all available IP addresses on the local machine. Select an IP address and click on one of the protocol buttons to add a virtual server. It will show up in the tree view on the right, beneath its IP address. Click a server to go to the configuration settings. When done with the configuration enable the “Up/Down” checkbox to start the server.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to setting up an FTP server.

Step 1:

Select the protocol to emulate. This will open a configuration page that requires you to enter the corresponding details.

Step 2:

Type in all the required details: name, port, username, and password. You can also specify the number of fake files to generate. Then click Up/Down to start the simulation. The log immediately shows the device online.

Step 3:  

After the server has started, you can test it by opening it in the Explorer. You will find the specified number of random files in the folder.

The software maintains a continuous detailed log of all activities. You can also simulate more than one protocol at the same time if you want.

This is how quickly and easily you can simulate any protocol. It is no wonder, Multi Server Simulator is an easy-to-use, cost-effective and indispensable tool for the evaluation and testing of network management.