Cisco Certification: Building Your Home Lab, Part II

 Cisco Certification: Building Your Home Lab, Part II


In the initial segment of this home lab instructional exercise, CCNA and CCNP applicants can see that there are a LOT of decisions with regards to what to purchase to fabricate your own Cisco practice lab.


Having been there myself, I know it’s confounding to choose the number of switches or changes to purchase, and what  I want at the base to run labs and get some extraordinary active practice. We should investigate a few lab arrangements and some other lab hardware you might require.


A starter practice lab will comprise of two Cisco switches and one switch, ideally a 2950. This is a decent method for getting everything rolling. You should ensure that the switches you buy have Ethernet ports, and something like one sequential port. On the off chance that conceivable, get switches with BRI ports, so regardless of whether you’re not designing ISDN presently, you’ll have the option to later on. (You will require one extra gadget to make ISDN work in your lab, and we’ll discuss that later in this article.)


You can work on setting IP locations and testing IP availability over the Ethernet connection points, and you can design a highlight point association between the two sequential connection points. (You should know how to do that before you consider taking the CCNA tests!) Depending on the switch, you can likewise get some work on putting the Ethernet ports in various VLANs and working with the switch IOS.


This arrangement has a few constraints. You can’t work on trunking or Etherchannels with one switch, and you can’t set up a Frame Relay cloud with this setup. It’s a decent beginning, however you ought to consider getting a couple of more switches, including one to fill in as your Frame Relay switch.


What’s a Frame Relay switch? Great inquiry.


The Frame Relay Switch


As you most likely are aware from your examinations, Cisco switches are DTEs of course. The Frame Relay cloud is comprised of DCEs.


In a lab climate, you really want a gadget to fill in as the Frame Relay cloud. This gadget will have DCE interfaces, and will really be performing outline hand-off exchanging. In any case, this isn’t a switch in our lab – it’s a Cisco switch.


There are a lot of Cisco switches that make extraordinary edge hand-off switches. Get one of those and several DCE/DTE links, and you can arrange the switch as an edge hand-off switch and have your own functioning casing hand-off cloud in your lab!


The Cisco switch you pick as your casing transfer switch ought to have somewhere around four sequential ports, and assuming that you can get more, fantastic. It’s great all the time to have spare ports.


Assuming you get four Cisco switches, with one as your casing hand-off switch, you can set up a casing transfer cloud and practice your center point and-talked outline arrangements. Far superior, as my labs do in my CCNA Study Guide, you can set up a casing transfer cloud and a highlight point Serial association. This will assist you get genuine active practice with so much elements as EIGRP difference.


With that four-switch design and one switch, you can get some incredible active involvement in numerous CCNA highlights that many up-and-comers just read about. On the off chance that you can add a second 2950 switch, you can rehearse different traversing tree designs, for example, changing the root scaffold of a given VLAN, working with VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), and arranging your own Etherchannel! (You will require some hybrid links to interface your two switches.)

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