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CCNA Security Lab

Cisco Security Lab As I am quickly approaching the day when I will take my CCNA Security exam I wanted to get more hands on experience with actual Cisco gear.  Something that I could try out everything I have learned, mess things up really bad, fix the problems and see how secure I can make the test network. My previous lab had most of what I needed, however I needed to mainly upgrade my routers as they just wouldn’t cut it for what...

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CCNA Security

I finally have some extra time to continue studying for my CCNA Security certificate.  I wanted to be finished with the book before my classes start again in January, so I figured if I do two chapters a day I will do just that.  Much of it is just a review as I have had experience using Cisco Firewalls in a production environment over the past year.  I also have my Cisco routers, switches and firewalls in my home lab that I use on a day to...

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DHCP on Cisco Router

DHCP on Cisco Router

The final step in moving off services from my server was to transfer the DHCP service.  In the past I had a DHCP server running on Windows 2008R2, however as I am now going to be using this server primarily for labs I needed to separate this function so our various devices and computers would continue to have DHCP available to them. I figured the best option for the time would be to just setup DHCP on the Cisco 2611 router.  The setup is...

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Labs and more Labs

I believe I am getting close to taking my CCNA exam and wrapping things up for my first step.  I am now just going through numerous labs to practice my skills as the more you actually use the commands in a live environment, the more likely you are to remember these tasks, especially during an exam.  I am using two methods in my labs,  the first is with physical equipment.  This lets me actually connect the cables, see the lights, and know...

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Time to focus on Cisco studies once again

As my job was just downsized I now have more time on my hand, and plan on taking advantage of this to push to get my CCNA and get moving towards my CCNP.  I organized my lab and rack mounted them all as before I just had them all stacked on top of each other, which worked, but was less than idea.  I plan on setting up my Frame Relay cloud once again, as well as my T1 connection between my production Cisco router and my lab routers.  At...

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IP Addressing and Subnetting

I have been reading as much as possible for some time now as I continue to prepare for my CCNA exam.  I decided it would be a good idea to read over a number of different books on the same topic so I can get a better understanding of what I am learning.  The command lines and the foundation knowledge of Cisco switches and routers is the easy part for myself.  What I find difficult is the IP Addressing and Subnetting areas.  The idea behind...

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