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    Question Anyone know of a CMD Emulator?

    Just wondering if anyone knows of a Windows Command Prompt emulator, whether it be online or a downloadable exe.

    The IT staff here are wanting to show the students basic commands such as ping and ipconfig whilst they're covering a networking module, but I'm very hesitant to give them any sort of access to an actual command prompt for obvious reasons.

    I've done a quick Google search but only managed to find linux ones.

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    Might be better to look for some network tools that have ping etc... as part of them.

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    Would something like DosBox or Bochs fit the bill?

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    Maybe a bit extreme and take a bit of work but maybe they would be better with a virtual desktop through virtual box running a standard windows os as WORKGROUP and then they are free to do what they want but can effect the network in any way???

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexbillbridgnorth View Post
    Maybe a bit extreme and take a bit of work but maybe they would be better with a virtual desktop through virtual box running a standard windows os as WORKGROUP and then they are free to do what they want but can effect the network in any way???
    +1 for this

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    Would something like DosBox or Bochs fit the bill?
    Please correct me if I'm wrong, as I'm not speaking from experience with either of the two, but they don't support ping commands and the like do they?

    Quote Originally Posted by alexbillbridgnorth View Post
    Maybe a bit extreme and take a bit of work but maybe they would be better with a virtual desktop through virtual box running a standard windows os as WORKGROUP and then they are free to do what they want but can effect the network in any way???
    I was hoping to avoid this to be honest, but it could come in use for demo-ing various other things too I guess. Will speak with the teachers and see if it'd be handy for them.

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    You might consider cygwin, which does support ping, etc. AFAIK ping will be a link to the underlying M$ ping.

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    i know when i was at college any of this was done on workgroup machines that were old (these were also used for machine brakedowns) we also lernt how to netwrok them together and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexbillbridgnorth View Post
    Maybe a bit extreme and take a bit of work but maybe they would be better with a virtual desktop through virtual box running a standard windows os as WORKGROUP and then they are free to do what they want but can effect the network in any way???
    This was my first thought too with the added bonus of an 'advanced' type of class where the pupils can build a virtual network. We have a training exercise here that involves setting up a bunch of Smoothies in various different networking configurations with VPNs and Hardware Failover and it always goes down well and gets great feedback.

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    A linux live disc would be a no no then lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by unixman_again View Post
    You might consider cygwin, which does support ping, etc. AFAIK ping will be a link to the underlying M$ ping.
    Thanks I'll have a look at that - but as you say, I'd assume it utilises the OS's ping command...

    Quote Originally Posted by bushby View Post
    i know when i was at college any of this was done on workgroup machines that were old (these were also used for machine brakedowns) we also lernt how to netwrok them together and such.
    We have a similar setup of 5 computers on a seperate workgroup network, with various switches and wireless routers for the students to configure, but I was looking at something more for the teacher to demo on their smartboard. If they break anything, it just gets re-formatted / wiped to factory settings.

    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    A linux live disc would be a no no then lol
    What harm could possibly be done? Linux live discs for all! :P


    I'm shocked there isn't a dummy command prompt simulator available, with all the functionality but doesn't acutally run the commands.

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    PowerShell Web Access? This would enable you to run 'ping' and other commands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    PowerShell Web Access? This would enable you to run 'ping' and other commands.
    On my wrt54g router and some other routers. The router gives a ping command in a web explorer dialog. Think its possible to do via a hta with wmi in a script?

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    could do it via a php page, using a php server to do the actual pinging.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions - I'll probably go for the virual PC option, this allows them to have full admin rights so they can show networking options etc in the control panel too, which will no doubt be helpful for the networking module.

    I assume there'll be other things that would be handy for them to be able to show too...

    If they break it, I can just copy the virtual machine back across.

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