Lab Setup

Routers: 10 x Cisco 2811 with c2800nm-adventerprisek9-mz.124-15.T17 (same as lab exam, both for troubleshooting and configuration)

Switches: 4 x cisco WS-C3560-24TS with c3560-advipservicesk9-mz.122-44.SE6 (same as lab exam)

  1. Brad
    April 8, 2013 at 10:50

    Hi – awesome blog! This lab is quite different to the INE one: Did you use this setup for all the INE studies you did? how did it match to the labs and work they had in their workbook?

    • May 4, 2013 at 16:09

      Hi Brad,

      Yes the physical topology is a bit different from INE but at the end it is the same result. BB1 has different Serial interface numbers and some R routers also but apart from that it is the same.
      What I did before doing a lab is to change the interface numbers (only for the serials of R1,R2 and R3 if I remember, the rest is the same). BB routers once configured, I didn’t change anything, it was the same for all the INE workbooks (Vol 1-4).


  2. Souf
    July 1, 2013 at 06:43

    Hi Laurent

    Can you post more pics of your CCIE lab please ?


  3. Fahad Khan
    September 29, 2013 at 21:25

    Hello Laurent, First Of all Congrats to you for your CCIE. Actually i can’t afford to buy all this equipment So if you have any idea to make a combination of GNS3 and real Switches and that can work good for my CCIE lab. Waiting for your answer.

    • October 18, 2013 at 22:29

      Hi Fahad,

      I don’t have experience with hybrid GNS3 setup. I have used GNS3 only for blogging which was great. However I remember that I had few issues with GNS3 and I needed to spend time debugging more a GNS3 issue than a network issue. I have heard some people who have used GNS3 topology for their CCIE study but I would rather advice real lab gears and if you cannot afford it you could try rack rentals. Good luck with your studies.


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