Starting out with 642-813 – SWITCH my new home lab and GNS3

Well, since passing ROUTE on December 22nd I decided to take the next step and go with SWITCH.  I hope to pass by mid February.  I have read the entire FLG which is half the size of the ROUTE book!!  Theres a ton of really interesting material.  Some things I will not be able to lab at home unfortunately.  Things with 4500/6500 cat switchs.  I do however have access to 2 3750’s are my current employer which I plan to lab some things that I cannot lab at home.

I have read the book cover to cover over the past 2-3 weeks and I have most concepts down, I will do some simple spanning-tree for the next few days move into rstp and go for the VLAN spanning tree types.  I decided to bust my old 2950s out of the closet and hook them up today.  I spent some time today getting everything ready and had to create some cabling for my trunk ports.



yupp, its a mess in my basement.

But anyways, I was able to make some virtual routers in GNS3 and attach them to my switchs.  My current machine has 2 NIC cards.  One is attached to my 2900XL switch at the very bottom configured on the switch as a trunk.  the other is a access port where the machine uses for primary purposes. It does have a physical IP address.  But it will carry the traffic for the interface configured on the virtual router.

Its pretty simple, if you create a cloud device, go to NIO and select your NIC card.  Which I selected my secondary NIC card it will show up.  I have everything going through my 2900XL switch at the very bottom.

Well thats about it… Im hoping to have some Spanning tree instances for the next week or so then eventually move onto HSRP,VRRP and GLBP.  I am pretty sure I will be able to do all three redundancy protocols through GNS3 just not with L3 switchs 😦

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  • gabe vines  On January 23, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Hi my name is Gabe Vines and I am studying for the 642-813 , I have to become ccnp before april 11th and i decided to do switch first. i took the switch test and made a 748, bummer. need help with the simulator and i found your site. your site is impressive and i thought maybe you could point me in the right direction. I have gear to lab with (2950,3550,3845) i need to know what commands i need to be familiar with. basically if you have any lab instructions you could share i would be grateful.

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