How to Setup a Virtual Lab

CCNA certification study does not require you to setup an expensive physical data rack at home. Cisco Packet Tracer is free and can be downloaded with registration at Cisco Network Academy.

Packet Tracer is a network simulator that provides a virtual lab environment for CCNA candidates. It is based on the same IOS software used with routers and switches and easy to use. You can learn how to configure routers, switches, wireless, firewalls and IoT.

Debug configuration scripts for errors or run troubleshooting commands and simulation mode to analyze how packets flow between source and destination. The network devices are based on Cisco IOS so you get a real simulation. In addition you can stop each device, add network modules and restart to add network interfaces.

Take the free course that Cisco Network Academy enrolls you in upon registration. That permits you to download Packet Tracer. The course is a little tedious and something you can finish at your leisure.

Packet Tracer Download

1. Register with Cisco Network Academy

2. Download Packet Tracer

3. Install with Default Settings

4. Configuration Labs

5. Troubleshooting Labs

6. CCNA Simulation 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 CCNA 200-125 exam. Packet tracer ready labs start from basic global configuration to more complex routing and switching topics. Practice your troubleshooting skills with a CCNA break/fix lab that has various configuration errors for you to troubleshoot and resolve.

Packet Tracer
Lab Conventions

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 Address
Lab 4-2: SLAAC Autoconfiguration
Lab 4-3: Global Unicast Address
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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