I have 1 Cisco 2600 series router and 6 2500 series for a total of 7 routers along with 2 3560 Catalyst switches. I need to setup a CCIE Lab, can some please explain to me how to go about doing this? I need to start from the cabling, for example, how to connect the routers. I have some routing and switching experience but i am not sure how to setup my lab because i have done the CCIE course. I have completed the CCNP training and i am certified but that was a few years ago. I have some serial cables
Any help would be greatly appreciated
The switches in the link I provided are running EMI vs SMI. So, I would say, yes go head and upgrade to EMI. That will give you full Layer-3 routing capabilities if you ever need to use it.
yeap upgrade, one thing to do is to setup up lab per the vendor ccie workbook you intend to use, there might be a few odd things you cant do as per their lab book but you can study/prepare on other equipment in your home lab.
Have a look at this link for the number and the type of routers you need and how it is cabled.
You can use the 2600 as a BB router, but 2600 or 2500 are very old to run the IOS for the lab. Your 3560s are good for the lab.