CCNA passed! On to BCMSN... Lab suggestions.

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Aug 28th, 2007
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Well I passed my CCNA today on the first try.

Planning and Designing - 91%

Implementation and Operation - 100%

Technology - 92%

Troubleshooting - 66%

Thank God I had a good handle on the other three, as Troubleshooting has always been my downfall when studying for this thing. Can't ever remember all those "show" commands...

Anyway, I'm looking to add more equipment to my lab rack. Was thinking about picking up a 2509 (terminal server) and two 2950 switches. This sound about right for the BCMSN? I already have two other 2900 switches and one 1900 switch. Would just two 2950's be enough, or should I get one more?

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mark.j.hodge Wed, 08/29/2007 - 03:42
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One of the big areas on BCMSN is inter VLAN routing. I assume you have a router of some sort in your lab capable of running a trunk to a switch, if not that should be high on your list.

Additionaly, if you can, a Layer 3 switch would be very helpfull.

rodman.frowert Wed, 08/29/2007 - 06:27
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Crap. Yeah, my routers are 2500 series, so they are not capable of trunking since they have no FastEthernet ports...

Ok, I'll check out moving up to the 3620's then for the routers. Those good enough?

I'll also check on layer 3 switches, but from what I remember looking at ebay, those darn things were pretty expensive... May have to settle for the 2950's...

mark.j.hodge Wed, 08/29/2007 - 13:50
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The 3600 series with the right WICs will be fine, as will the 2600 series. They will also be handy for the BSCI when you get to it.

You might be able to find a 3550 in budget, just be carefull the 3500-XL devices do not support Layer 3 operations.

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rodman.frowert Wed, 08/29/2007 - 15:08
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I just figured out that to buy a 1FE-2W ($224), a WIC-1T ($60), and then finally the damn 3620 ($100) is ridiculous for a lab. Way too expensive. As the other poster said, I have to have a fast ethernet port (i.e. 1FE-2W) to pracice router-on-a-stick configuration and inter-Vlan routing. I'll also need at least two of these routers so that I can practice with Frame Relay (2521 acting as a FR switch)

I think I am going to check out the 2620's. They come with a built in 100MB Ethernet port so that is one less thing to buy. I'll just have to add in the WIC-1T which isn't too bad..

mark.j.hodge Wed, 08/29/2007 - 15:27
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I would still recommend a Layer 3 switch if budget allows. This would allow additional practical study on SVIs and Layer 3 interfaces.

cyphur353 Wed, 08/29/2007 - 05:20
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For BCMSN, you're going to want a layer 3 switch - preferably two. Remember, the title is "Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks", so not having a multi-layer switch will put you at a disadvantage right off the bat.


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