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Author:  actionmystique [ Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:58 am ]
Post subject:  Emulated switchs for CCNP

Hello,

It is said in the Switching section of GNS3 web site that "You still have the possibility to configure common switching features using the NM-16ESW EtherSwitch card in a router, which is fine for people working on their CCNA or even CCNP certifications".

Well, on Cisco forums, all people preparing for CCNP say on the contrary that it is necessary to buy real switches. Could you please confirm this ? Here is the content of the SWITCH module of that certification :

Implement VLAN based solution, given a network design and a set of requirements
Determine network resources needed for implementing a VLAN based solution on a network
Create a VLAN based implementation plan
Create a VLAN based verification plan
Configure switch-to-switch connectivity for the VLAN based solution
Configure loop prevention for the VLAN based solution
Configure Access Ports for the VLAN based solution
Verify the VLAN based solution was implemented properly using show and debug commands
Document the verification after implementing a VLAN solution

Implement a Security Extension of a Layer 2 solution, given a network design and a set of requirements
Determine network resources needed for implementing a Security solution
Create a implementation plan for the Security solution
Create a verification plan for the Security solution
Configure port security features
Configure general switch security features
Configure private VLANs
Configure VACL and PACL
Verify the Security based solution was implemented properly using show and debug commands
Document the verification results after implementing a Security solution

Implement Switch based Layer 3 services, given a network design and a set of requirements
Determine network resources needed for implementing a Switch based Layer 3 solution
Create an implementation plan for the Switch based Layer 3 solution
Create a verification plan for the Switch based Layer 3 solution
Configure routing interfaces
Configure Layer 3 Security
Verify the Switch based Layer 3 solution was implemented properly using show and debug commands
Document the verification results after implementing a Switch based Layer 3 solution

Prepare infrastructure to support advanced services
Implement a Wireless Extension of a Layer 2 solution
Implement a VoIP support solution
Implement video support solution

Implement High Availability, given a network design and a set of requirements
Determine network resources needed for implementing High Availability on a network
Create a High Availability implementation plan
Create a High Availability verification plan
Implement first hop redundancy protocols
Implement switch supervisor redundancy
Verify High Availability solution was implemented properly using show and debug commands
Document results of High Availability implementation and verification

Author:  grossmj [ Fri Apr 06, 2012 12:45 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Emulated switchs for CCNP

Well, nothing prevent you to learn the theory for what is not supported by the Etherswitch module and still pass the CCNP just fine. It depends if you want to invest in real switches or not.

I would recommend to buy real switches as model like the 3550 are quite cheap now and this best to practice a maximum of features to really understand. Moreover, if you intend to do other certs involving switches in the future, you would already have them ;)

Author:  actionmystique [ Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Emulated switchs for CCNP

I implemented a series of self-made SWITCH Labs which test only about 50% of the features required for the SWITCH exam:

# PVST+ with some enhancements
# VLANs, Trunks and VTP
# EtherChannel: PAgP and Load-Balancing
# Inter-Vlan Routing: SVIs and routed ports
# High-Availability: HSRP, VRRP and GLBP
# QOS (lab in progress)
# Syslog, SLA and SNMP

The following features cannot be tested within GNS3 until further development (who knows?):
× RSTP, MSTP and UDLD
× Private VLANs
× LACP
× Security: port security, VACLs, PACLs, DHCP Snooping, IP Source Guard, Deep ARP Inspection, AAA
× Wireless: LWAPP, CAPWAP, H-REAP
× VOIP
× High Availability: RPR, SSO and NSF

Here's the link for those who are interested: https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/thread/43019?start=0&tstart=0 - CCNP/SWITCH

The file "Welcome.pdf" gives you some hints to really test your skills with these labs.

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