Revamped CCVP Lab Setup

pitviperpitviper Senior MemberPosts: 1,374Registered Members ■■■■■■■□□□
Well, I had some time to re-think the lab so I wiped the configs, killed the UCM VMs and started from scratch last week. Visio diagram below – I still need to document the internet cloud and remote VPN site, but that’s the new setup in a nutshell. Hoping that I can ride it out for the home stretch – CIPT2 and TUC to go. This time, as soon as I got data, VLAN, basic PSTN, and basic CM connectivity, I backed up all of the devices and virtual machines so that I can just restore everything to its core state when I mess it up (again).

On the menu for this w/e is SRST, MGCP Fallback, TEHO, CME Fallback, AAR, and CAC labs – It’s gonna be a PARTY :)

cipt2tucvisio.jpg
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  • itdaddyitdaddy Posts: 2,086Registered Members
    dude where is your visio digram ?? I dont see it in your post?
    and good idea on the back up in pure state hahahhah spoken like a vet! ;)
  • laidbackfreaklaidbackfreak Posts: 991Registered Members
    looking good icon_smile.gif

    Whats in your kit list?
    if I say something that can be taken one of two ways and one of them offends, I usually mean the other one :-)
  • pitviperpitviper Senior Member Posts: 1,374Registered Members ■■■■■■■□□□

    Whats in your kit list?


    It keeps evolving but I think I'm good for a while now. Would love to add a 3750 but since the NME-16ES actually runs the full 3750 EMI IOS, I’m holding off until the prices come down a tad.

    HQ
    2811, PVDM2-32, VIC2-4FXO, VIC2-2FXS, VWIC-2MFT-T1, WIC-2T
    3550 EMI PoE
    3x7941s

    BR1
    2811, PVDM2-32, VIC2-4FXO, VIC-4FXS/DID, VWIC-2MFT-T1, WIC-2T, AIM-CUE, Inline PSU, NME-16ES-1G-P
    2x7965s (love these)

    BR2
    2811, PVDM2-32, VIC2-2FXO, VIC2-2FXS, VWIC-2MFT-E1, WIC-1T
    3550 EMI PoE
    2x7960s

    VPN Site
    2651XM
    1x7941


    PSTN Cloud
    IAD2431-16FXS (POTS cloud and E1 PRI termination)
    2821, PVDM2-32, VWIC2-2MFT-T1/E1, EVM-HD-8FXS/DID
    1x7961 w/7914
    1xAnalog Phone (911/999)

    Frame Relay Cloud / Access Server
    3640, 2xNM-4T, NM-32A

    2xDell PowerEdge servers – VMWare

    And a bunch of older stuff which was basically my CCNA lab @ one point in time!
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  • LuckycharmsLuckycharms Posts: 267Registered Members
    Change out two things and you are golden for a CCIE level lab. (only considering posted hardware not VM's )

    1. 3550's to 3560's/70's (Queuing is different.. WRR/SRR, and more etc.)
    2. BR2 - 7960's to 7965 (or anything that supports ClearChannel and iLBC)

    I know those changes are $$$ but from the looks of things you don't mind spending money on your lab.


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  • pitviperpitviper Senior Member Posts: 1,374Registered Members ■■■■■■■□□□
    Change out two things and you are golden for a CCIE level lab. (only considering posted hardware not VM's )

    1. 3550's to 3560's/70's (Queuing is different.. WRR/SRR, and more etc.)
    2. BR2 - 7960's to 7965 (or anything that supports ClearChannel and iLBC)

    I know those changes are $$$ but from the looks of things you don't mind spending money on your lab.


    *** Congrats on the PVDM2-32 ... those things are great to have***icon_thumright.gif

    Thanks man, your input is greatly appreciated! :)

    Here’s what I have on the servers right now:
    Dell PowerEdge w/2x Xeon Quad CPUs, 8GB RAM, Server 2003R2 Enterprise x64
    -CUCM7PUB, CUCM7SUB, CUC7

    Dell PowerEdge w/1x Xeon Quad CPU, 4GB RAM, Server 2003R2 Enterprise x64
    -CUCCX7, CUPS7 (these are built but not integrated yet)

    And yeah, I’m dying to upgrade the switches – Definitely want a few more 7965s too. I actually screwed myself with the first 2 that I purchased – Didn’t realized that the 3550s didn’t support 802.3af PoE, so that’s why BR1 has the updated switch and shiny new phones (and not HQ)! ooops!
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  • pitviperpitviper Senior Member Posts: 1,374Registered Members ■■■■■■■□□□
    Some pics of 2 the 3 exquisitely crafted cisco "pillars" – OK maybe not, but it does save desk space for other things like my laptop, energy drinks, and fritos. :)

    dsc00044ka.jpg

    dsc00045i.jpg
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  • itdaddyitdaddy Posts: 2,086Registered Members
    pitviper you are one sick! $#%^#^$%^##^ haahabowing.gifbowing.gifbowing.gifbowing.gifbowing.gifbowing.gif

    what an amazing home lab. man that cost some bucks huh? woowowoow
    those phones are minimium 100.00 bucks each wowoow
    thanks for your map great ideas ;)
    2811 wow aren they like 2,000 each ????
  • TheShadowTheShadow Posts: 1,057Registered Members
    I admire your taste in figures to state the obvious. Note one Mr. Hanky figure indicating that you have quite a lot of expensive sh*t there. ROTFLMAO. :)

    Oh and I love the binary clock. I have one that I made with neon lights and discrete TTL gate chips years ago. To big for a desk however. Your lab is simply killer.
    Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of technology?... The Shadow DO
  • pitviperpitviper Senior Member Posts: 1,374Registered Members ■■■■■■■□□□
    Thanks guys. It’s amazing the deals that you can get on ebay if you have some time on your side. I pretty much pieced everything together over the last year and a half or so. I spend a ton of time labbing, whether it be for studies, or to test something out for work, so it’s worth every penny to me.
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  • pitviperpitviper Senior Member Posts: 1,374Registered Members ■■■■■■■□□□
    TheShadow wrote: »
    Oh and I love the binary clock. I have one that I made with neon lights and discrete TTL gate chips years ago. To big for a desk however.

    Nice!! Everyone should have at least one binary clock :)
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  • itdaddyitdaddy Posts: 2,086Registered Members
    pitviper ccvp guru dude

    is there a way without opening up a 1760 to find if it has a DSP module?
    already without opening up the case?
    thanks
  • mikej412mikej412 Posts: 10,090Registered Members
    itdaddy wrote: »
    is there a way without opening up a 1760 to find if it has a DSP module?
    show diag

    
    .........
    .........
    .........
    .........
    
    Packet Voice DSP Module Slot 0:
    Hardware Revision : 2.2
    Part Number : 73−3815−01
    Board Revision : A0
    Deviation Number : 0−0
    Fab Version : 02
    PCB Serial Number : ICP042200ET
    RMA Test History : 00
    RMA Number : 0−0−0−0
    RMA History : 00
    Processor type : 02
    Number of DSP's : 2
    Type of DSP : TMS320C549
    EEPROM format version 4
    EEPROM contents (hex):
    0x00: 04 FF 40 01 5B 41 02 02 82 49 0E E7 01 42 41 30
    0x10: 80 00 00 00 00 02 02 C1 8B 49 43 50 30 34 32 32
    0x20: 30 30 45 54 03 00 81 00 00 00 00 04 00 09 02 FF
    
    .........
    .........
    .........
    
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  • pitviperpitviper Senior Member Posts: 1,374Registered Members ■■■■■■■□□□
    Also (assuming that you are running a voice IOS) there are a couple of LEDs on the front of the 1760 that say "PVDM x OK" that will illuminate if one or more of the banks are occupied.
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  • itdaddyitdaddy Posts: 2,086Registered Members
    crap mikej I did that and nothing well will have to try all 5of my 1760s
    thanks now I now what to look for but by the looks of things it looks
    self explanatory ahha thanks guys! fantastic! ;)
    thanks pitviper for your drawing looks way cool!
  • laidbackfreaklaidbackfreak Posts: 991Registered Members
    pitviper wrote: »
    Nice!! Everyone should have at least one binary clock :)

    I've got a binary wrist watch does that count?

    this one :-
    http://www.gadgetsnews.co.uk/images/binary_watch_1.jpg
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  • pitviperpitviper Senior Member Posts: 1,374Registered Members ■■■■■■■□□□
    i've got a binary wrist watch does that count?

    hell yeah! :)
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  • itdaddyitdaddy Posts: 2,086Registered Members
    pitviper you are right on the front of my 1760s I do have LEDs that light up when I have a PVDM haahha I just saw them hahaha
    thanks and it sucks all 5 of my 1760s have no pvdm hah
    oh well I saw a pvdm 256-4 for like 65 bucks on ebay
    will get one thanks bud ;)
  • TheShadowTheShadow Posts: 1,057Registered Members
    itdaddy make sure you check carefully because some of those sellers are not always sure what they they are selling. They mix and match so double check before you plug it in. Both I and a friend ended up with substitute PVDM2-8's from different vendors no less. Useless on a 1760 but they will plug in if you are not paying attention.
    Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of technology?... The Shadow DO
  • itdaddyitdaddy Posts: 2,086Registered Members
    c2600-ipbasek9-mz.124-12.bin

    hey pitviper I just got my cisco 2610xm router in and it has this image on it. is this what it needs and ip based image? to work as a gatekeeper?

    thanks
  • pitviperpitviper Senior Member Posts: 1,374Registered Members ■■■■■■■□□□
    itdaddy wrote: »
    c2600-ipbasek9-mz.124-12.bin

    hey pitviper I just got my cisco 2610xm router in and it has this image on it. is this what it needs and ip based image? to work as a gatekeeper?

    thanks


    You need at least an IP VOICE feature set, maybe higher. Search for the "feature navigator" on Cisco.com. Look for H.323 Gatekeeper.
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  • pitviperpitviper Senior Member Posts: 1,374Registered Members ■■■■■■■□□□
    12.4(25b) INT VOICE/VIDEO, IPIP GW, TDMIP GW c2600-ipvoice_ivs-mz.124-25b.bin 128 32
    12.4(25b) INT VOICE/VIDEO, IPIPGW, TDMIP GW AES c2600-adventerprisek9_ivs-mz.124-25b.bin 128 32
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  • BroadcastStormBroadcastStorm Posts: 496Registered Members
    pitviper wrote: »
    12.4(25b) INT VOICE/VIDEO, IPIP GW, TDMIP GW c2600-ipvoice_ivs-mz.124-25b.bin 128 32
    12.4(25b) INT VOICE/VIDEO, IPIPGW, TDMIP GW AES c2600-adventerprisek9_ivs-mz.124-25b.bin 128 32

    What is the minimum Router model this IOS will support?

    Your toys are bad ass :)
  • laidbackfreaklaidbackfreak Posts: 991Registered Members
    What is the minimum Router model this IOS will support?

    Your toys are bad ass :)

    Looking here :-
    Cisco Feature Navigator - Cisco Systems

    shows that 2610XM is minimum for those images.
    if I say something that can be taken one of two ways and one of them offends, I usually mean the other one :-)
  • pitviperpitviper Senior Member Posts: 1,374Registered Members ■■■■■■■□□□
    Looks like these will run on a 2600 non-XM - Pretty old, so no idea if anything is missing (or different):

    12.3(26) IP/H323 c2600-ix-mz.123-26.bin 48 16
    12.3(26) IP/H323 PLUS BASIC c2600-is3x-mz.123-26.bin 64 16
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  • itdaddyitdaddy Posts: 2,086Registered Members
    Pit
    so the 12.4 IOS you first suggested will work on my 2610XM? just to make sure thanks a lot icon_thumright.gif
    :so these willl work?
    12.4(25b) INT VOICE/VIDEO, IPIP GW, TDMIP GW c2600-ipvoice_ivs-mz.124-25b.bin 128 32
    12.4(25b) INT VOICE/VIDEO, IPIPGW, TDMIP GW AES c2600-adventerprisek9_ivs-mz.124-25b.bin 128 32
  • Dr_AtomicDr_Atomic Posts: 184Registered Members
    I see that you have the book "Cisco Unity Deployment and Solutions Guide." It's not technically part of the CCVP track, but it seems like it would be helpful in understanding Unity. What did you think of the book? Do you think it's essential in the VP track?
  • pitviperpitviper Senior Member Posts: 1,374Registered Members ■■■■■■■□□□
    Dr_Atomic wrote: »
    I see that you have the book "Cisco Unity Deployment and Solutions Guide." It's not technically part of the CCVP track, but it seems like it would be helpful in understanding Unity. What did you think of the book? Do you think it's essential in the VP track?

    It's definitely a good book but a bit overkill for the CCVP for sure. CIPT1 will test you on the basics of integration, and TUC on troubleshooting integration, but neither go much deeper then the initial setup (so far at least) and @ the CCIE:Voice level, you're going to want to focus on Unity Connection. There are a few PDFs on the Cisco site with step by step details for initial integration with CUCM - those will be helpful from a CCVP perspective for sure.

    I picked up the book used (<$20) because I needed an indepth resource for comparing the pros and cons of a voice mail deployment w/m$ Exchange data store. Long story short, it's still an ongoing project but we're past the voicemial piece and Unity Connection is where it's at :)

    Now if you have the opportunity to work with Unity - I think that this book would be a must have reference.
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  • pitviperpitviper Senior Member Posts: 1,374Registered Members ■■■■■■■□□□
    I decided to tweak the lab a little bit so here are the latest (and hopefully final!) updates:

    Replaced the 2 3550 PoEs with 3560 PoEs, replaced BR2’s phones w/7941s, and switched to a single router (2821) PSTN solution. The IAD was nice but I didn’t really need that many analog connections for the IE voice workbooks (still have 8 simulated POTS lines w/the EVM-HD in the 2821).

    lab01.jpg

    lab02l.jpg

    (Figured that I’s take pics now while it’s still neat as I just re-cabled everything this w/e) :)
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  • chmorinchmorin Posts: 1,446Registered Members
    Once I get money, I'm building that! What is that at the top of the lower section?

    My... I dream of having stuff like that! It would make my weekends amazing!
    Currently Pursuing
    WGU (BS in IT Network Administration) - 52%| CCIE:Voice Written - 0% (0/200 Hours)
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  • pitviperpitviper Senior Member Posts: 1,374Registered Members ■■■■■■■□□□
    :)
    chmorin wrote: »
    What is that at the top of the lower section?

    It's a 3640 - I'm using it as my Frame-Relay cloud (NM-4Ts on the left) and access server (NM-32A lower right w/the 2 octal cables).
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