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INE Lab topology

Jun 9, 2012 5:08 PM

ccnajj 44 posts since
Apr 14, 2011

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

R12610XM2 - WIC-1T12832*
R22610XM2 - WIC-1T12832*
R32611XM1 - NM-4A/S12832
R418412 - WIC-1T25664
R518412 - WIC-1T25664
R618411 - WIC-1T25664
SW1Catalyst 3560-24TS-E N/AN/AN/A
SW2Catalyst 3560-24TS-EN/AN/AN/A
SW3Catalyst 3550-24 EMIN/AN/AN/A
SW4Catalyst 3550-24 EMIN/AN/AN/A
BB1 / Frame Relay Switch2522N/A1616
BB22501N/A1616
BB32501N/A1616
Access Server2511**N/A1616

  • Martin 13,077 posts since
    Jan 16, 2009
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    1. Jun 9, 2012 5:37 PM (in response to ccnajj)
    Re: INE Lab topology

    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

  • Martin 13,077 posts since
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    3. Jun 9, 2012 10:09 PM (in response to ccnajj)
    Re: INE Lab topology

    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

  • Martin 13,077 posts since
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    5. Jun 9, 2012 10:55 PM (in response to ccnajj)
    Re: INE Lab topology

    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 ?

  • Sey 1,388 posts since
    May 4, 2010
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    6. Jun 9, 2012 11:17 PM (in response to ccnajj)
    Re: INE Lab topology

    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.

  • Brian McGahan - 4 x CCIE, CCDE 645 posts since
    May 29, 2008
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    7. Jun 10, 2012 3:08 PM (in response to Sey)
    Re: INE Lab 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 bmcgahan@ine.com if you have more specific questions on the hardware needed for the INE topology or CCIE preparation in general.

     

    Good luck in your studies!

  • Brian McGahan - 4 x CCIE, CCDE 645 posts since
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    9. Jun 10, 2012 5:10 PM (in response to ccnajj)
    Re: INE Lab topology

    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.

  • Brian McGahan - 4 x CCIE, CCDE 645 posts since
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    11. Jun 10, 2012 5:24 PM (in response to ccnajj)
    Re: INE Lab topology

    WIC-1T for back to back serial cards, NM-8A/S for the Frame Relay Switching card, and NM-16A for the Access Server card.

  • klaus 124 posts since
    Feb 1, 2012
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    Re: INE Lab topology

    Can the quantity of routers not be reduced by using vrf?.

  • Brian McGahan - 4 x CCIE, CCDE 645 posts since
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    13. Jun 11, 2012 7:54 AM (in response to klaus)
    Re: INE Lab topology

    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.

  • Maximilian 4 posts since
    Dec 14, 2011
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    Re: INE Lab topology

    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?

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