yes, you need one of 2800s router, like small 2801;
c3550 SMI or EMI switch is good one,
start with CCNA, before Voice, you can do CCNA with Packet tracer and gns3. then when u done, real gear, old and used, will be even more cheaper than it is now;
IOS 12 and CME 7 are still OK for some basic telephony stuff; not sure about how much CME 8 is there on exam.
Thanks for the reply. Here at work I have a 2801 and a 3560 that I have racked up for testing. We already have a CUCM+Unity cluster, etc i'm just trying to make a home lab as much as possible.
I figure that I will try and find some good guides for CCNA (suggestions?) I just bought the CCNA(ICND1+ICND2 books) Certification Library (v3) from Wendell and I have started to read through that. I've taken the Cisco Academy twice in the past so it's not all NEW but review and re-learning things now that I know a bit more now.
I am still curious how much v8 specific is on the exam. How do we find this out? I do use CUCM 8.6 and IOS 15 on live production gear now (we were on 7 to start) and the front-end changes, in my opinion were minimal but I was just starting out when we were on 7.1.3.
Here is a link to the CCNP Voice Syllabus: https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/certifications/ccvp/syllabus?view=overview
See that's the thing. The 2801 and 3560 belong to work and I hate to invest money into RAM+PVDM's when it's not mine. But it may be the easiest route to go. The 3560 is our hot spare so if something in the field dies, it gets yanked and I wait until we get another spare in (or the repaired switch).
Out of curiosity, featureset is suggested for its role in this lab? I'm guessing advanced enterprise would be good but it requires something like 384MB/128MB.
it comes with PVDM;
yes, 384 MB for adv. enterprise IOS ; at least have 256 RAM (256 for c2801-ipvoicek9-mz.151-1.T.bin)
see and serach by platform selecting 2801