Lab Setup, Setting up a fairly simple CCSP lab

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Lab Setup, Setting up a fairly simple CCSP lab

Post by Michael Corleone on Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:38 pm

I need help setting up a simple CCSP lab. I want to get all the basic equipment needed to pass the CCSP exams. (Well, do a bit of pratical lab work).

I only currently have CCNA and so I'm a little shaky about buying gear because I haven't had that much exprience.

From what I understand, I need:
- Any 2x 1700 or 2600 series router (Not sure what IOS and how much memory is needed).
- A Windows 2003 Server (Used to run the ACS).
- A PIX firewall of some sort.
- A Cisco based switch.

Is that everything I need?
My main questions are:

Number 1. Are those routers good enough to run all of the CCSP based stuff (AAA, ACLs and such) or do they need a certain amount of memory? and what IOS is best to learn on?

Number 2. Will any switch do? or will I require certain models with certain IOSs and memory?

Number 3. Will any PIX firewall do?

Number 4. Am i missing anything else?

Please, any of those questions answered would help.

MC

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Re: Lab Setup, Setting up a fairly simple CCSP lab

Post by kkumar on Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:39 pm

I would highly recommend looking into a software based setup, such as hxxp://www.gns3.net/ GNS or Dynamips. These are great tools that are available to you for free! But it is important to be aware of what the different models and series switches/routers/asa's look like in person, so be sure to Google images or browse cisco's site so you can recognize these devices in the real world.

Hope that helps!

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