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#1 naimkhan

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 09:38 PM

Hi guys,

Can you tell me if this is a good collection of equipment to get for preparing for r&s lab?

1.     ONE Cisco 3600 Series 3640 Routers having 16MB Flash, 64MB RAM, 2 Ethernet, 12 Serial Interfaces (FRAME RELAY SWITCH)
2.     THREE Cisco 2600 Series 2620/2650 Routers having 1 Fast Ethernet port
3.     SIX Cisco 2600 Series 2621 Routers having 2 Fast Ethernet ports, 2 Serial Interfaces
4.     FOUR Cisco 3550 Series WS-C3550-24-SMI Switches with EMI IOS IMAGE having 24 Fast Ethernet Interfaces, 2 Gigabit Interfaces with Layer-3 Routing Features

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 01:05 AM

View Postnaimkhan, on 28 January 2010 - 09:38 PM, said:

Hi guys,

Can you tell me if this is a good collection of equipment to get for preparing for r&s lab?

1.     ONE Cisco 3600 Series 3640 Routers having 16MB Flash, 64MB RAM, 2 Ethernet, 12 Serial Interfaces (FRAME RELAY SWITCH)
2.     THREE Cisco 2600 Series 2620/2650 Routers having 1 Fast Ethernet port
3.     SIX Cisco 2600 Series 2621 Routers having 2 Fast Ethernet ports, 2 Serial Interfaces
4.     FOUR Cisco 3550 Series WS-C3550-24-SMI Switches with EMI IOS IMAGE having 24 Fast Ethernet Interfaces, 2 Gigabit Interfaces with Layer-3 Routing Features

Thanks
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I don't think it is enough for the new lab. I think the 2600 Series won't support enough feature for the v4.0 lab, like mpls vpn or ZFW unless you upgrade its bootstrap to support 256M Memory and 48M flash so that it can install the 12.4T ios. To support new features that show on the cisco v4.0 blueprint, I think the 1841 router would be a best choice. It support almost all features on the v4.0 blueprint.(At least for now, I haven't found any feature I need which it doesn't support yet.) and cheaper than 2811 or 3640.
For the lay3 swiches, the 3560 is obviously the best choice now. I think the 3550 doesn't support some blueprint feature we need, but I really remember what are them.
Here's my equipment list for Internetworkexpert workbook, hope it would help:
2611xm*2 each with 2 WIC-1T modules and 128M mem/32M flash as R1 R2
2611xm with 1-NM-8A/S module and 128M mem/32M flash as R3
1841*3 each with 2 WIC-1T modules and 256M mem/64M flash as R4,R5,R6
3560-24ts as SW1 SW2
3560-24ps as SW3 SW4
2513*3 as BB1~3
4500M+ with 2 NM-4T modules as frame-relay switch
2511 as the access server.
The ios for 2611xm is (C2600-ADVENTERPRISEK9-M)Version 12.4(10a), for 1841 is (C1841-ADVENTERPRISEK9-M)Version 12.4(24)T1 and for 3560 is (C3560-IPSERVICESK9-M)Version 12.2(52)SE.
share my rack for IEWB. Contact me for the details. Email is in the profile.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 12:36 AM

To be honest with you guys, you just need 4x 35xx switches and the rest is dynamips. I started a web-site  http://ccie4you.info  where you can find some good "how to" video and instructions.
build your own rack: 4 real switches + dynamips:  www.ccie4you.info

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 02:51 AM

View Postaned, on 31 January 2010 - 12:36 AM, said:

To be honest with you guys, you just need 4x 35xx switches and the rest is dynamips. I started a web-site  http://ccie4you.info  where you can find some good "how to" video and instructions.


After checking out ccie4you.info I am going to have to agree that this is a super sweet setup...   I am planning my server build right now...  

THANKS FOR SHARING!!!

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 02:20 PM

View Postgoldplated, on 07 April 2010 - 02:51 AM, said:

After checking out ccie4you.info I am going to have to agree that this is a super sweet setup...   I am planning my server build right now...  

THANKS FOR SHARING!!!

NP, I'm glad you like it.  I have 2 friends at work, they built the same topology using almost the same hardware (Intel instead of AMD).
build your own rack: 4 real switches + dynamips:  www.ccie4you.info

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 04:24 PM

View Postaned, on 08 April 2010 - 02:20 PM, said:

NP, I'm glad you like it.  I have 2 friends at work, they built the same topology using almost the same hardware (Intel instead of AMD).


If you dont mind could you possibly provide the hardware specs for their server they built?  I was pricing out the server from newegg.  You had posted about possibly getting another motherboard instead of the ASUS...

I have 3 of the D-Link DFE-570TX on the way and I have the switches already...  just wanted to be 100% sure on the server before i buy

THANKS!

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 11:32 PM

View Postgoldplated, on 08 April 2010 - 04:24 PM, said:

If you dont mind could you possibly provide the hardware specs for their server they built?  I was pricing out the server from newegg.  You had posted about possibly getting another motherboard instead of the ASUS...

I have 3 of the D-Link DFE-570TX on the way and I have the switches already...  just wanted to be 100% sure on the server before i buy

THANKS!

Another similar solution on Intel:  http://ciscofun.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/ccie-home-lab/
build your own rack: 4 real switches + dynamips:  www.ccie4you.info




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