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Jan 23rd, 2008

Hello once again everyone. looking into these example labs can be a little tricky in deciding what equipment to invest on. Has anyone tried to do the lab with only the 3550s instead of a mix of 3550'/3560 ?

Thanks for your response.

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jorgenolla Wed, 01/23/2008 - 07:32

Hi Emmanuel,

You have to first look at the blue print for the CCIE lab, and the equipment specified that is currently being used in lab exam. Here are a couple of links to help out:

Lab equipment and IOS:

Differences in Features between the 3560 and 3550

Some of this features are really important and relevant to the CCIE R&S blue print. IPv6 routing and private VLANS being two of them.

I will suggest you take a look at some vendors workbooks for your preparation of your lab exam. After you have decided on which vendor's workbook you are going to use to prepare, they will outline the topology needed.

Also the questions lies in when are you planning to take the Lab. It usually takes the regular person 2 to 3 times to pass the lab; so if is going to take you more than a year to get to the lab, the best bet is to go with the 3560, since the 3550s might be completely phased out of the lab by then.

Best Regards

emmanuel.doh Wed, 01/23/2008 - 21:39

Thanks. I did look at the blueprint but was thinking of using the 3550s i have for now. If i do decide to go with one of the vendor workbooks, then i guess my only option is to get the 3560 to match their lab. I'll get on it.....


ebanks2006 Fri, 01/25/2008 - 03:52

I think you'll find that most of the vendors use both 3550s and 3560s for at least part of their labs.

I've been using the DOiT workbook. Originally, NMC had only 2 3550s in their 25 DOiT practice labs, but they retrofitted 10 of those labs to add 2 3560s.

While there's still 15 DOiT labs that only have 2 3550s, I think for effective lab preparation, you're ultimately going to need to add 3560s to your rack mix.

Have you thought about renting rack time instead of building your own rack?

/Ethan - CCIE Candidate Blog


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