Should any of INE recommand lab be changed or is it good enough for the CCIE Lab? Also does it matter what modem 3560 switches i use? Thanks
INE recommanded topology
|R1||2610XM||2 - WIC-1T||128||32*|
|R2||2610XM||2 - WIC-1T||128||32*|
|R3||2611XM||1 - NM-4A/S||128||32|
|R4||1841||2 - WIC-1T||256||64|
|R5||1841||2 - WIC-1T||256||64|
|R6||1841||1 - WIC-1T||256||64|
|SW3||Catalyst 3550-24 EMI||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|SW4||Catalyst 3550-24 EMI||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|BB1 / Frame Relay Switch||2522||N/A||16||16|
the place where you got this from has also losted IOS versions; make sure tyou got as close as possible to those versions;
IOS versions for routers are more important than models;
switches must match c3560 or c3550
no; switches must match to whatever u got in the table; at least 24 ports.
how much $$$ u got to spend?
cheaper options are breakout switch (GNS3 + 5 switches) or quad-NICs (GNS3 for routing + 4 real switches).
other option is a renting rack
I want to build my own rack. I've been looking on ebay at eh 3560 switch but there's may different models.. So i'm assuming as long as it's a 3560 24 port then I should be good. Is there anythin on the list that I should change. I read before to have 1 or more 2811 routers. What would they take the place of in the list above. Thanks
2801 or 2811 are better than old 2600xm;
first of all, I would be cautious to build rack right now 'cause of rumor of a CCIE change; the current rack has been for a while and other labs have changed gear already (CCIE SP, Security).
so, if the change is comming this year, like in Fall, then you will find out what u need.
For example: if CCIE lab requirement will be to run on IOS 15, then u would need upgraded 2800s or 1841s (2900 routers come with IOS 15).
My advice is to play safe; use GNS3 for routing and/or get Cisco certs (CCNA CCNP);
what certs do u have ?
I read before to have 1 or more 2811 routers. What would they take the place of in the list above.
It's a very good idea. If you're starting from scratch, you'd better get three 2811 instead of the three 2600XM. That's what INE is going to do, and that's what you'll be fine with both with the current and most likely future topology.
Personally I would buy 6 x 1841s for R1 - R6, 2 x 3560s for SW1 and SW2, 2 x 3550s for SW3 and SW4, and 3 x 2611XMs for the BB routers, Frame Switch, and Access Server.
Version support is more important than the actual hardware. The 1800s will run the 15.x code for future compatibility. AFAIK they will not run 15.2T though, which if the exam goes to will be much more expensive to buy for a home lab. In this case you can use your home lab on less expensive platforms like 2600XM/1800 and then rent rack time for the hardware/software specific features.
Also feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have more specific questions on the hardware needed for the INE topology or CCIE preparation in general.
Good luck in your studies!
Thanks Brian for the reply, I'm actually trying to prepare to be able to take your ccie bootcamp. You said to use 3 2611 for the bb and access server but that's still leaves out one router. Did you mean to use 4 of the 2611 for the 3 bb routers and also use one for the access server. Also what wic card are they going to need.
One of the BB routers can be a BB and the Frame Relay Switch at the same time. Another BB router can be a BB and the Access Server at the same time. The last one would be just a BB.
Ok, i have 3 2620xm routers i'm assuming I can use those installed of the 2611. One more thing. It doesn't say the wic cars that's going to be needed for the bb router, access server, and Frame relay switch.
Yes you could reduce it to just 1 BB router that includes the Frame Relay Switch, Access Server, and BB routing. That's what we do in our racks for classes with 3845 routers. You'd need at least a 3725 or 3825 to do this though.
Hi you say you would buy 6x 1841 but the 1 - NM-4A/S for R3 is not supported on the 1841 platform. So how could this work?
So i can use only one 3845 for BB1-3, FrameRelay and Access Server?