Recommend CCNP / CCIP study lab

Kris SPKris SP Posts: 12Member ■□□□□□□□□□
Hi everyone,
Just got laid off from an ISP where I did mainly IP / Core capacity management, design and analysis and wanted to de-rust myself in the areas of CCNP and CCIP. I did pass the BSCI in 2003 but did not continue my CCNP at the time.

What I want to do here is setup a CCNP/CCIP-capable lab, or at least something close to it. Back in my earlier study days, I purchased a bunch of lower-end Cisco routers on Ebay and wonder if this would be sufficient and if you have some diagram concepts that you can recommend, which would be similar to what you see in your training or tests.


Here is the list of routers and switches I have:

2514 x3 (e0, e1, s0, s1 for each router)
2516 x2 (e0, s0, s1, bri0 for each)
2520 x1 (e0, s0, s1, s2, s3, bri0 - core ATM switch potential)
2924 x1 (24 FastE)
1924 x2
2621 x1 (fa0/0, fa0/1) with NM-4E(e1/0, e1/1, e1/2, e1/3) and T1 (s0) module.

I do plan on combining this with dynamips/dynagen so I can add 3000 and 7000 series devices if necessary(?).

I've run OSPF and BGP with these devices before but not sure about stuff like MPLS and QoS, and whether I'll need to dload newer IOS, etc?

Sorry if this question is a mouthful but any comments are welcome.

Back to Cisco study I go!
Thanks,
Kris

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  • keenonkeenon Posts: 1,921Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Kris SP wrote: »
    Hi everyone,

    Here is the list of routers and switches I have:

    2514 x3 (e0, e1, s0, s1 for each router)
    2516 x2 (e0, s0, s1, bri0 for each)
    2520 x1 (e0, s0, s1, s2, s3, bri0 - core ATM switch potential)
    2924 x1 (24 FastE)
    1924 x2
    2621 x1 (fa0/0, fa0/1) with NM-4E(e1/0, e1/1, e1/2, e1/3) and T1 (s0) module.

    I do plan on combining this with dynamips/dynagen so I can add 3000 and 7000 series devices if necessary(?).

    I've run OSPF and BGP with these devices before but not sure about stuff like MPLS and QoS, and whether I'll need to dload newer IOS, etc?

    Sorry if this question is a mouthful but any comments are welcome.

    Back to Cisco study I go!
    Thanks,
    Kris

    ok, quick answer is you can run some igp labs on what you currently have. looking at mpls i'm not sure of any of the routers you have will run mpls. i would suggest looking at dynamips for the mpls/qos. depending on your pc you could realistically do all of it dynamips (except for the detailed switching). You should ditch the 1900s ASAP and try to get 2950 but the price of the 3550s is getting pretty low.

    good luck on the job search
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  • Kris SPKris SP Posts: 12Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Whoops, actually I have 3x 2924s rather than the 1924s.
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