CCNA Virtual Lab Rack

CCNA does not require you spend a lot of money on a physical data rack at home with routers and switches. Cisco Packet Tracer is free and can be downloaded with registration at Cisco Network Academy. It is based on the same IOS software used with routers and switches for a simulated lab environment that is easy to use. There are lab guides available based on Packet Tracer platform for CCNA study.

Cisco VIRL is a subscription-based service that provides a virtual rack where you can configure most Cisco devices and do extensive proof of concept testing. It is really not necessary for CCNA however.

GNS3 is virtualized lab environment based on open-source software with IOS images deployed to virtual machines (VMs). It is free however there are licensing issues to consider. You can only use IOS software on router platforms. The work around is to add a switch module to a router for example to enable switching. GNS3 as with VIRL is suited for complex configurations and CCNP / CCIE certification.

Packet Tracer 7.0

1. Register with Cisco Network Academy

2. Download Packet Tracer

3. Install with Default Settings

4. Configuration Labs

5. Troubleshooting Labs

6. CCNA SIM Labs   

Start with Configuration Labs

CCNA Labs: Routing and Switching is a configuration workbook designed to provide lab skills necessary for the CCNA certification exam. Learn how to configure and verify network connectivity for all exam topics.

There is coverage of all topics required for ICND1 100-105 exam, ICND2 200-105 exam and 200-125 exam. Packet tracer ready labs start from basic global configuration to more complex routing and switching topics.

Practice your troubleshooting skills with an added CCNA break/fix lab that has various configuration errors for you to troubleshoot and resolve. IPv6 addressing and WAN protocols are included as well based on CCNA v3 exam guidelines. The workbook is portable to labs based on Cisco physical equipment or GNS3.

Packet Tracer
Lab Conventions

Initial Global Configuration
Lab 1-1: Global Commands
Lab 1-2: System Management

LAN Switching Technologies
Lab 2-1: Create VLANs
Lab 2-2: Access Ports
Lab 2-3: Static Trunking
Lab 2-4: EtherChannel
Lab 2-5: Rapid STP
Lab 2-6: PortFast
Lab 2-7: Root Bridge Selection
Lab 2-8: VLAN Trunking Protocol

Routing Technologies
Lab 3-1: IPv4 Addressing
Lab 3-2: Static Route
Lab 3-3: Default Route
Lab 3-4: Floating Static Route
Lab 3-5: Subnetting
Lab 3-6: Multi-Area OSPFv2
Lab 3-7: Multi-Area OSPFv3
Lab 3-8: EIGRP for IPv4
Lab 3-9: EIGRP for IPv6
Lab 3-10: RIPv2
Lab 3-11: Inter-VLAN Routing
Lab 3-12: External BGP (eBGP)

IPv6 Addressing
Lab 4-1: Link-Local
Lab 4-2: Autoconfiguration
Lab 4-3: Global Unicast
Lab 4-4: IPv6 Default Route

Infrastructure Security
Lab 5-1: Device Passwords
Lab 5-2: Port Security
Lab 5-3: Named ACL
Lab 5-4: Extended ACL-1
Lab 5-5: Extended ACL-2
Lab 5-6: DHCP Snooping

Infrastructure Services
Lab 6-1: Port Address Translation
Lab 6-2: Static NAT
Lab 6-3: Hot Standby Router Protocol

Infrastructure Maintenance
Lab 7-1: Managing Switches
Lab 7-2: Managing Routers
Lab 7-3: Password Recovery
Lab 7-4: IOS Upgrade

Supplemental Tools
CCNA SIM: Routing and Switching
IOS Show Command Reference
CCNA Configuration Reference

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