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Lab Equipment JNCIA thru JNCIP

qplayedqplayed Member Posts: 303
Hi Guys,

I'm currently looking into JNCIA-Junos thru JNCIP-ENT/SP(when its released in May). I currently have 3x J2300's, I found a good deal locally for a few J4300 but unsure if these will be enough for the tracks I am pursuing.

TIA
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    stuh84stuh84 Member Posts: 503
    I believe the only issue with the J-Series is they dont run the latest versions of JUNOS. Maybe using what you have, and adding one or two SRXs should cover it?

    I'll let other people chime in on this, but thats my impression on it.
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    qplayedqplayed Member Posts: 303
    that's what I was thinking...anyone else care to chime in? and how many more SRC or J would I need?
    If you cannot express in a sentence or two what
    you intend to get across, then it is not focused
    well enough.
    —Charles Osgood, TV commentator
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    AldurAldur Member Posts: 1,460
    The J routers will be more than enough to get you through the JNCIA-JUNOS. However, the ENT and SP tracks are going to be a different matter. For the ENT track the J series should be enough for the routing side, but the ENT track also cover switching, and there is no real switching capabilities with a J router. If you were to pick up a few SRX routers the interfaces can be placed into switching mode and you can practice most of the switching concepts pertained in the ENT track. This is definitely true for the JNCIS-ENT level, but may not be true for the JNCIP-ENT level. I'm not to familiar with what exactly is going to be required for that level in regards to switching.

    The SP track is going to be another matter all together. That track covers routing, provider switching/bridging, CoS, VPNs, etc. For the routing and most of the VPN stuff, except for VPLS, the J routers will suffice. But the provider switching/bridging is whats going to be hard to come by. As of now the bridging aspect of it can only be done on an MX router, which to say the least most people, including myself, don't have the funds to pick one up. So if you can get access to some MX's you'll be doing pretty good. :)

    So to sum it up, ENT track, possible on J's and SRXs. SP track not possible alone on J's, and MX exposure will be needed.

    HTH
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    qplayedqplayed Member Posts: 303
    thanks aldur...on pricing . I have a local guy offering me 3x j4300 and 2x srx 210h(new) for around $1500 altogether. What do you think? This would make my lab 3x j2300, 3x j4300, 2x srx.

    We have some MX routers at work I can possibly play with and a couple of ex 4200..
    If you cannot express in a sentence or two what
    you intend to get across, then it is not focused
    well enough.
    —Charles Osgood, TV commentator
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    AldurAldur Member Posts: 1,460
    Hmm, not too bad of a deal at all to tell the truth.

    From what I've seen, you can pick up a j4300 on ebay for between 200-600$ and you can pick up a srx210H for between 500-1000$

    So 1500$ for 3 J4300s and 2 srx210H would be a decent deal indeed.
    "Bribe is such an ugly word. I prefer extortion. The X makes it sound cool."

    -Bender
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    qplayedqplayed Member Posts: 303
    thanks!
    If you cannot express in a sentence or two what
    you intend to get across, then it is not focused
    well enough.
    —Charles Osgood, TV commentator
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    sacredboysacredboy Member Posts: 303 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Guys, I would appreciate if you could share me some thoughts regrading the quantity of switches and routers for JNCIS -> JNCIP lab.
    Best, sacredboy!
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    MooseboostMooseboost Member Posts: 778 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I can't say much for the non-security tracks, but for security I did well with my lab primarily consisting of two SRX devices (240H and a 220) and that covered most of what I needed.

    I did manage to get a virtual Junos device running in GNS3. For the JNCIA - I think one device would suffice. I don't know if HA pairs are covered in ENT - if they are you will want identical devices to set it up.
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