CCNA / CCNP Lab Setup

My CCNA/CCNP Lab

I’m building a lab at the house to use to study for CCNA and CCNP certification. On the left are some old Cisco routers and switches scrounged from work. On the right are some routers and switches I bought on eBay. I have a Cisco 3620 with an Async cable connected to all of the console ports so I can access all of the systems console ports thought the 3620.

It’s just about ready to go — I’m just waiting for an order of DCE/DTE crossover cables to arrive and then I’m in business. I hope to be able to get things set up so that I can administratively reconfigure the systems without having to make a lot of patch cable changes to create different scenarios… we’ll see.

Finally, in the bottom left corner, is an Ubuntu Linux system I’m using for general management of the switches. It’s got tftpd set up, and can receive syslog messages from the systems if I need to do some heavyweight log troubleshooting. Eventually, I hope to get it set up as a TACACS server as well.

Update #1 — mounted the equipment into a rack that was donated to this cause.

CCNP Lab

My first computer

It’s fall. The leaves are turning. Birds are filing their flight plans south. Air is getting cool and crisp. And I have migrated to an Apple computer.

Not sure exactly what prompted the platform change. I’ve been working with i386 (PC) systems for over 15 years — my first PC (as in i386 system…) was a no-brand 286 system back in the days when no-brand-286 systems were called ‘IBM-Clones.’ I think the change was actually due to the culmination of numerous factors; enough was enough, let’s go Mac!

In the beginning, my very first computer, numero uno, was a Sinclair-ZX81. (We ordered a Sinclair-ZX80… but got a Sinclair ZX81… go figure…) Then quickly migrated to an Atari-800 to Apple-][ clones (w/ Z-80 cards for CP/M and Wordstar!) from Singapore (lived in Asia at the time…), on to an Atari-1040ST. Now, I will point out that at that particular time, the Macintosh, Atari 1040ST, and the Commodore Amiga were all in the running. I just didn’t feel ‘right’ about the Amiga, so my big choice was Continue reading