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CCIE Routing and Switching Practice Lab

Each lab has a time constraint of eight hours and a point scale weighting of 100; you will need to score at least 80 marks to pass. The lab has been designed to challenge you in areas that you will find in the real exam with each lab having a distinct theme to enhance your study plan; Routing Information Protocol (RIP V2 is the theme of Lab 1).

You will, of course, find the old favorites such as BGP, DLSw+, and Voice but a complete understanding of RIP V2 will earn you extra points in this lab.

Aim to adhere to the time limit on this lab on the initial run through and then either score yourself at this point or continue until you feel you have met all the objectives. Keep a note of your score to plot your progress throughout the book and remember you are aiming to improve your technical knowledge, speed, and examination technique.

If you find that you complete all the configuration tasks within the time limit, congratulations, you are a quick on the keyboard but will you achieve the desired results? If time allows, get into the habit of going back through the questions and ensuring that you have answered them down to the letter. If you are unsure, turn to the Lab 1 "Ask the Proctor" section but try not to use this too often as you will find that real-life proctors do not like to give anything away. However, throughout this book, it can be used as a handy tool to provide assistance and clues to ensure you are working on the correct solution for the question. Unfortunately you won't have this luxury in your real exam.

You might find the questions misleading or vague but if you re-read the information given and analyze the scenario, you will find that you have been given sufficient information to successfully solve the problem.

To assist you, initial and final solutions are provided for the entire lab including configurations and common show command outputs from all the devices in the topology on the accompanying CD. The aforementioned "Ask the Proctor" section is included at the end of the lab, which gives you clues, if required, followed by the lab debrief that analyzes each question showing you what was required and how to achieve the desired results. Finally, you will find handy references should you require additional study information.

You will now be guided through the equipment requirements and pre-lab tasks in preparation for taking Practice Lab 1.

Equipment List

You need the following hardware and software components to begin Lab 1.

  • Eight routers are required loaded with Cisco IOS Software Release 12.2-16

  • Enterprise image and the minimum interface configuration as documented in Table 1-1:

Table 1-1 Interfaces Required per Router

Router

Ethernet Interface

Serial Interface

BRI Interface

Voice

ATM Interface

R1

1

2

1

1 X FXS

-

R2

1

1

-

-

-

R3

1

-

-

-

-

R4

1

1

1

1 X FXS

-

R5

1

3

-

-

1

R6

2

1

-

-

1

R7

1

-

-

-

-

R8

1

-

-

-

-


NOTE

Lab 1 was produced with Routers R1, R2, R3, R4, R7, and R8 using 2600s and R5 and R6 using 7200s.

  • One Switch 3550 with Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1(12c) enterprise: c3550-i5q3l2-mz.121-12c.EA1.bin

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