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MPLS Home lab help.....

Dec 9, 2010 9:21 PM

agosolutions 11 posts since
Jul 22, 2010

Hello all

I was wondering if anyone could offer me some advice on building a home lab for my CCIP, in particular the MPLS Section.

My current lab consist of routers which may be usable for CE / PE Routers, but i am pretty certain i wont be able to utilize them for P routers

I currently use 2611 XM's 128/32 with 2500 series routers as frame relay swtiches and for injecting routes.

 

I am happy to set aside a training budget for this, but would like advice on whcih routers to start looking at

 

I am aslo happy to work with GNS3 but would prefer to build a physical rack of equipemen.

 

Any help would be much appreciated

 

regards

 

Ago

  • Martin 13,077 posts since
    Jan 16, 2009
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    1. Dec 9, 2010 9:54 PM (in response to agosolutions)
    Re: MPLS Home lab help.....

    All you need is GNS and 4-core PC.  Save money; Buy some books instead of routers !

     

    For example I've build this MPLS lab with MPLS Core with BGP, OSPF, 2 companies.

    This 9-router lab runs OK on dual core with 4 GB RAM.

     

    How much would you spent on 9 routers ? MPLS 1.png

     

    Major benefit of GNS is that I can re-arrange routers and connections quickly.

  • Conwyn 7,907 posts since
    Sep 10, 2008
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    2. Dec 9, 2010 11:01 PM (in response to agosolutions)
    Re: MPLS Home lab help.....

    Hi Ago

     

    Click on my name on the side bar and look in my documents. There is a sample with GNS3.

     

    Regards conwyn

  • BIGEVIL 347 posts since
    Jun 28, 2008
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    3. Dec 10, 2010 12:18 AM (in response to agosolutions)
    Re: MPLS Home lab help.....

    I have the in my home lab. I use the 2500 as the CE (nothing special needed here) teh 2600XM i have like yours are 128/32 i have four of these two as PE and two as P.

    The image i have on the 2600's is c2600-adventerprisek9-mz.123-19a.bin, it works a treat. Some of the more advances commands are missing but you can run some good labs, enough to get you CCIP MPLS up to speed.

    I have made some labs on my blog (shamefull **** link )

     

    http://bigevilsciscoworld.wordpress.com

     

    HTH

  • BIGEVIL 347 posts since
    Jun 28, 2008
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    6. Dec 10, 2010 2:55 AM (in response to agosolutions)
    Re: MPLS Home lab help.....

    The 2600 will with the 12.3 IOS. I am pretty sure the 3725 run MPLS, it is not a router i have used. There was even a IOS to run MPLS on the 2500, but i have never seen it or used it. If you look over the  www, you will see it was created by Cisco TAC as a tester, or so the story goes.

     

    You got to love the snow!

  • Martin 13,077 posts since
    Jan 16, 2009
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    8. Dec 10, 2010 1:24 PM (in response to agosolutions)
    Re: MPLS Home lab help.....

    3725 routers work in my MPLS lab in GNS3

     

    c3725-adventerprisek9-mz.124-15.T5

  • Martin 13,077 posts since
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    9. Dec 10, 2010 1:36 PM (in response to Conwyn)
    Re: MPLS Home lab help.....

    Conwyn,

     

    all I see is that Red Russian tracktor ! what the heck ?

  • Keith Barker - CCIE RS/Security, CISSP 5,351 posts since
    Jul 3, 2009
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    10. Dec 10, 2010 3:04 PM (in response to agosolutions)
    Re: MPLS Home lab help.....

    For MPLS, I totally agree with Martin.   GNS3 is the way to go.  I created a custom MPLS class, and used GNS3 with 12 routers.   That way we can do packet captures along the way as well, and really verify what is going on.   The power bill alone, will be worth the savings.

     

    Best wishes,

     

    Keith

  • Martin 13,077 posts since
    Jan 16, 2009

    Finally, Someone agrees with ME. Thanks Keith.

    With GNS, you can customize your MPLS lab, modify MPLS traffic, create VPNs, run EoMPLS,  etc.

  • Martin 13,077 posts since
    Jan 16, 2009
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    13. Dec 10, 2010 9:28 PM (in response to agosolutions)
    Re: MPLS Home lab help.....

    VM environment ??? you do not need that ! Instead get free VPCs.

     

    XP support only 2 GB RAM, and more RAM is better for GNS3.

    You could use 2 PCs.

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