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CCNA is one of the top paying IT certifications a Cisco certified network associate with most valuable routing and switching knowledge. I have collect the step by step guides of CCNA articles in this post for those who are new in CCNA. The best way to learn about networking is to do it. Hands-on equipment gets students started, but is limited to the number of devices in the lab. That’s why the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum includes Cisco Packet Tracer, an innovative network configuration simulation tool used for teaching, gaming, and assessment. Cisco Packet tracer is a network simulator software for CCNA exams preparation. This simulation software will help you quickly create a lab and start configuring like a real Cisco devices. It support most routing, switching, wireless, and basic firewall devices with latest IOS. Packet Tracer CCNA Practical Labs The labs are downloadable with step by step configuration guide. To practice and test this labs, you need to have Cisco packet tracer installed on your computer. 1. Configure Static Routing in Packet Tracer A complete guides to configure static routing that network administrator need to configure the network routers manually instead of using routing protocols, RIP or OSPF. The benefits of static routing is minimum bandwidth usage, no overhead on router CPU and many more and perfect for small network with a few routers. But it is not without cons. Difficult to configure all routers manually in the large network and troubleshooting is always harder than configuration. 2. How to Configure Routing Information Protocol (RIP) This is about how to configure Routing Information Protocol (RIP) on the Cisco Routers. The RIP is one of the oldest distance-vector routing protocols and work perfectly with IPv4. The next generation of routing information protocol for IPv6 is know as RIPng (RIP next generation). So in this article we are going to test the RIP with IPv4. 3. How to Configure OSPF Routing Protocol Configuration of OSPFrouting protocol is easy as RIP Routing. The Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) is a routing protocol for wide area networks and enterprise network. OSPF is perhaps the most widely used interior gateway protocol (IGP) in large enterprise networks. The IS-IS, is another link-state dynamic routing protocol, which is more common in large service provider networks. The most widely used exterior gateway protocol is the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), the principal routing protocol between autonomous systems on the Internet. 4. How to Configure DHCP on Cisco Router? Configure DHCP on Cisco Router. The last week we had send a topic about installation and configuration of DHCP Server in Windows Server 2012 R2. We have introduced the DHCP Server and told the necessary services and network protocols requirement. If you don’t know the basic of DHCP Server? you must read the article first. 5. How to Configure Standard Access List On Cisco Router? The Standard Access List (ACL) on Cisco router works to permit or deny the entire network protocols of a host from being distinguishing. These decisions are all based on source IP address which filter network traffic by examining the source IP address in a packet. We can create the standard IP access list by using the access-list command with numbers 1 to 99 or in the expanded range of 1300 to 1999. 6. Configure VLAN on Cisco Switches Using Cisco Packet Tracer Configuring VLAN or Virtual Local area network on Cisco Switches is a most important subject of CCNA exam. A VLAN is a switched network that is logically segmented by function, project team, or application, without regard to the physical locations of the users. VLANs have the same attributes as physical LANs, but you can group computers even if they are not physically located on the same LAN segment. Any switch port can belong to a VLAN, and unicast, broadcast, and multicast packets are forwarded and flooded only to end stations in the VLAN. Each VLAN is considered a logical network, and packets destined for stations that do not belong to the VLAN must be forwarded through a router or bridge or layer 3 switches. Because a VLAN is considered a separate logical network. 7. Configure Inter VLAN Routing on a Cisco Router and Layer 3 Switches This is another Packet Tracer CCNA Practical Labs about how to configure Inter VLAN Routing on the Cisco router or layer 3 switches? Basically on a VLAN no host can communicate with hosts within other VLANs. It means only hosts that are members of the same VLAN can communicate with each other. So if you want your VLANs hosts can communicate with each others, you must configure inter VLAN routing using a router or a layer 3 switch. Here we completely show you the Inter-VLAN configuration using a Cisco router and a layer 3 switch. 8. How to Enable Telnet and SSH on Cisco Router and Switches? This article focus on configuring and enabling telnet and ssh on Cisco routers and switches. The Telnet is an old and non secure application protocol of remote control services. You can configure telnet on all Cisco switches and routers with the following step by step guides. But it’s not the best way on the wide area network. However we just going to enable telnet and ssh to test them for CCNA Certification exams. 9. Configure SNMP Protocol on Cisco Packet Tracer? Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is used for network monitoring and management. It is made up of 3 parts, the SNMP manager, SNMP agent and Management Information Base (MIB). In Packet Tracer there is not a lot you can actually do with SNMP but it is possible to set up a router or switch as an SNMP agent and use a PC or laptop as an MIB browser. So although you can’t set SNMP traps or informs it is still a valuable learning tool to show the sort of information that can be retrieved and even a few things that can be set on an SNMP agent. 10. Configure Frame Relay In Cisco Router Using Packet Tracer Frame relay is a packet-switching protocol for connecting devices on a Wide Area Network (WAN). Here we are going to show you, how to configure Frame relay in Cisco routers using Cisco Packet Tracker. The Frame relay originally designed for transport across Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) infrastructure, it may be used today in the context of many other network interfaces. Read more about Frame relay on Wikipedia. It’s not all, we will updates this post with fresh new articles related to Packet Tracer CCNA Practical Labs.
Hi All - I am nearing the end of my preparation for ICND2 exam now and I am planning to do a lot of lab work in the coming weeks. I was looking for people's opinion on what would be best to use out of packet tracer, GNS3 or IOU? I would like to use something that is going to allow me to do a bit of everything including all the topics on the ICND2 like VLANs, NAT and ACLs. Any help would be greatly appreciated.