(1) My study hours don’t always match well with what slots the online rack vendors have available.
(2) I just like physical equipment and the flexibility it provides in both studying and in research.
Also, I just wanna.
With that said, one of the next things people want to know is what gear it is that I have, and how do I have it configured. Therefore, with the recent posting frequency here severely lacking, writing about my lab is a nice way to get something fresh on the blog and hopefully it provides something useful to someone out there. I’m going to break this down into two general categories: equipment that I have purely for my Cisco CCIE lab, and other equipment that I have either for my home network or for random reasons.
Random Non-Lab Specific Equipment List:
- WS-2950T-24 switch
- Two 1142N access points
- Wireless Controller Module (NME-AIR-WLC6-K9) which is pretty fun, but breaks bonjour and so is the bane of my existence (see previous post here.)
- ASA 5505 with IPS module, running bot-net filter and some other things. This is also the main gateway for the home network, connecting up to the cable modem. It’s also the IPsec endpoint for my always-on connection to the office and segments my home network, lab network, work network, etc.
- Comcast Cable Modem, made by Motorolla
- Random doohickey for my “Whole-Home DVR” with DirecTV
- Sun SunFire v240 Server with StorEdge 3300 storage array
Non-plugged in Equipment
- Sun Enterprise 3500
- Two Cisco 3550 switches
- Two PIX 501
- Seagate 750GB external drive (USB)
- Iomega 1TB external (eSATA)
- Drobo S with 5 2TB drives for 10TB raw (eSATA)
Cisco Lab Equipment:
- Four 3560‑X switches, with four-gig uplink modules (might still get the 10 at some point), fully licensed with IPServices and running 12.2(53) SE2.
- Eight 2801 routers, all running 12.4(22)T5 Advanced Enterprise, and all with at least one Wic-2T smart serial card which provides two smart serial connections. Four of the 2801 have two Wic-2T cards, and a couple others have a mixture of 1‑Wic-DSU-T1 cards, FXO cards, and FXS cards (mostly leftovers and hand-me downs, but there are some interesting possibilities.)
- One 2811 running the same IOS as the 2801 routers, used as a backbone router for injecting routes and some other misc. stuff.
- One 2621 running something-or-other and acting as another backbone router.
- One 3845 running the same Advanced Enterprise as the others. This has five Wic-2T cards and acts as the frame switch. It also has an HWIC-16A card and does reverse-telnet to everything else (terminal server). It also houses some random stuff including the wireless controller mentioned above.
All of this is cabled and wired almost identically to the CCBootCamp lab topology. This is because I have all of their workbooks and wanted to be able to study with my own equipment. A couple of the details are different, mostly around interface numbers and the specifics of the backbone routers and such. Also, the switches I have are way overkill but satisfy the lab requirements. Given the actual topology from just about any mainstream training provider, I can copy it with the equipment I have, and that’s exactly what I wanted to be able to do. As always, contact me here or on twitter with questions and comments.
Pictures of the lab and sundries are included below.