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Equipment needed for a proper CCIE Collaboration Lab

Currently at home I have a 1760 router, a 3550 switch a 5505 firewall, a Fortinet 60B, two Dell poweredge servers with ESXi, a DD-WRT router with QoS capabilities, and a dozen or so Cisco 7912 phones.

I'm going to be picking up a 2821 router and a POE 3560 switch in the next few days.  I have access to loads of WIC cards, PVDM2's and a CUE-NM module.  I also have all of the software (CallManager 9.1, Unity, UCCX, Presence, and MeetingPlace 8.6).  Cisco doesnt offer a temporary license for UCCX or MeetingPlace.  So I dont know if I'll be able to install it.  Anybody have any idea's for that?

What else should I put on my wish list to buy?  I dont have tons of money.  So the newer routers and switches are out of the question.  I know they expect you to have a 2900 router, a 3900 router, and a newer 4400-x switch.  But realistically, what would you be able to do on those that you couldnt on a 2800 and 3560?

I do think I'll need to break down and buy a pair of video phones.  I dont think there is a way around that.


Equipment needed for a proper CCIE Collaboration Lab


take a look at this: (requires login).

I don't know yet (I guess nobody does) why they changed the hw from 28xx to 29xx, PVDM2 to PVDM3.

About the switches, I guess if you've got a 3560, that would do, I can't imagine why would anyone need a newer version, unless there's something really, really specific.

UCCX license comes on the installation media (a temporary one, valid for a month, but come on, talk to your Cisco contact to generate one for you).