CCNP Lab Hardware?

Concerned WaterConcerned Water Member Posts: 338
I decided that I want to build a lab for the CCNP.

Thinking of buying the following:
3x 3750 Switches
3x 1841 Routers

Would these devices be sufficient for objectives?
:study:Reading: CCNP Route FLG, Routing TCP/IP Vol. 1
SWITCH [x] ROUTE [ ] TSHOOT [ ] VCP6-NV [ ]

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  • networker050184networker050184 Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    Sufficient yes, but I always prefer to run larger topologies than that personally. Especially for routing labs, but you can get by with GNS3 for that.
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  • Concerned WaterConcerned Water Member Posts: 338
    Good point, I'll probably hold off on the routers and just use GNS3. As far as I know GNS3 still doesn't support switch emulation. This would give me reason to at least get the switches. I probably should try to get more switches.

    How many switches would you recommend?
    :study:Reading: CCNP Route FLG, Routing TCP/IP Vol. 1
    SWITCH [x] ROUTE [ ] TSHOOT [ ] VCP6-NV [ ]
  • networker050184networker050184 Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    For switches three is pretty standard. Can see most STP things as long as you have a path to block. More switches the more you can mess around with complex topologies obviously though.

    Routers I usually prefer more to get into things like multiple areas, ASNs etc. Starts to get a bit harder to work all that in with three routers though certainly not impossible.
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  • Concerned WaterConcerned Water Member Posts: 338
    Very helpful. Thanks.
    :study:Reading: CCNP Route FLG, Routing TCP/IP Vol. 1
    SWITCH [x] ROUTE [ ] TSHOOT [ ] VCP6-NV [ ]
  • siggnationsiggnation Member Posts: 182
    Try to grab some 3560s as they will provide useful features like private vlans.
    Currently Reading:

    CCIE Routing and Switching Written Exam v. 5.1
    CCIE Routing and Switching 5.0 OCG, Vol. I
    Cisco Lan Switching
  • koz24koz24 Member Posts: 766 ■■■■□□□□□□
    The CCNP SWITCH Lab Manual v7(http://www.amazon.com/CCNP-SWITCH-Lab-Manual-Companion/dp/1587134012/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1429665790&sr=8-6&keywords=ccnp+switch) doesn't come out until Jun 4th 2015. I'm curious as to what hardware they will recommend for those labs.
  • theodoxatheodoxa Member Posts: 1,340 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I would suggest at least 4 switches and 4 routers for CCNP. Both the 3750 and 3560 will support all the CCNP objectives (PVLANs were added in 12.2(20)SE IP Services for the 3560 and 3750).

    [EDIT] The 642 Series TSHOOT topology used 4 Switches (2 Access Layer, 2 Distribution Layer) and 6 Routers (R1, R2, R3, R4, ISP, and a Frame Relay Switch).
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  • DKempeneersDKempeneers Banned Posts: 36 ■■□□□□□□□□
    As far as I know GNS3 still doesn't support switch emulation.

    Yes he supports.
    You can see in CBT nuggets videos of GNS3 that you can make a Switch with a 3750 & 16x switch ports
  • theodoxatheodoxa Member Posts: 1,340 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Yes he supports.

    Doesn't that require IOU which is only available to Cisco employees?
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  • networker050184networker050184 Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    siggnation wrote: »
    Try to grab some 3560s as they will provide useful features like private vlans.

    The 3750s he has already supports PVLANs.
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