Lab

This will over time show what equipment I have and have used to help me along my way in gaining my digits.

Real Routers/Switches

  • 1 x Cisco 3550 – 48 port L3 switch
  • 2 x Cisco 2950 – 24 port L2 switch
  • Still wanted (1 x 3550 and 2 x 3560)

Dynagen/Dynalibs/GNS3 Server

I have recently bought and built a server for the specific use of using it as a lab replacement (except for L2, which will still be served by the above switches).

The (basic) specs of the machine are below:

  • Intel Core i5 quad core CPU (i5-760)
  • 8GB RAM
  • 500GB HDD (to be expanded at a later date)
  • 3 Quad NIC’s (Sun)

I have used Quad NIC’s in the machine to give me a total of 12 ports that will be used as breakout ports between my Dynamips routers and my real switches.

 

Books

  • CCNA – Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide – (Available here)
  • CCNP – ROUTE Foundation learning guide – (Available here)
  • CCNP – SWITCH Foundation learning guide – (Available here)
  • CCIP – MPLS Fundamentals – (Available here)
  • CCIP – Internet Routing Architectures – (Available here)
  • CCIP – QoS official exam certification guide – (Available here)
  • CCIE – Routing & Switching exam certification guide – (Available here)
  • CCIE – Routing TCP/IP – Volume I & II – (Available here)

3 thoughts on “Lab

  1. Hi David,

    Was there a reason you went for the FLG books over the cert guides for the CCNP studies? I found the Cert guide for Switch sadly lacking and used the FLG. As for the Route exam the Cert guide seems well written?

    Just hoping for some background as to thought process etc 🙂

    • HI Nick,

      When I started studying for my CCNP it was before the V6 was released and I had read most of the cert guide for the old BSCI, after I decided to give up on the old V5 and go for the V6 instead I read on a number of reviews on Amazon that they felt that the style of writing was a little easier in the FLG’s rather than the cert guide.

      I think it comes down to personal taste at the end of the day and I found the writing style of the FLG’s easier than the cert guides.

      I didn’t use either for the TSHOOT as I felt that in my day job I had gained enough troubleshooting experience to just rely on that and the troubleshooting steps that you learn in the ROUTE/SWITCH courses.

      Give me a shout if I can help further.

      thanks,

      David

  2. Hi David,

    Was there a reason you went for the FLG books over the cert guides for the CCNP studies? I found the Cert guide for Switch sadly lacking and used the FLG. As for the Route exam the Cert guide seems well written?

    Just hoping for some background as to thought process etc 🙂

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