Articles Tagged ‘Cisco Lab’

Free Cisco Lab

 

Note From Chris Partsenidis - Editor-in-Chief

Unfortunately, the Firewall.cx Free Cisco Lab project was placed on-hold back in 2007 due to the depletion of available funds and limited hands to continue the work.

While the first labs placed online showed an incredible response from the community with over 92% of available time slots (24/7) booked up to one month in advanced, looking forward into the future, we saw the uprising of lab simulations which were able to produce an identical environment for any engineer to work on and therefore decided to turn our attention and efforts to Firewall.cx's articles and provide new 'fresh' material for everyone.

For historical purposes, all documentation and labs produced for our Free Cisco Lab have remained on our site, confirming once again the innovation of Firewall.cx, in its effort to provide free education to its world-wide community.

 


 

The Firewall.cx Cisco lab is a project that started in November 2003. Its purpose, to create the world's first free, fully equipped Cisco lab and help the community learn and gain hands-on experience with Cisco equipment.

The investment made on this project is remarkable and next to none. Over $US10,000 has been spent on the lab equipment and various peripherals, aiming to provide the best possible simulations a lab can give. Hundreds of hours in research and development have been put in by our Team and other developers in order to enhance the labs and deliver an outstanding quality of service not found even on rented Cisco labs currently on the market.

Our lab is based on real Cisco equipment complemented by services such as ISDN simulators providing real ISDN calls between our routers, TFTP servers to allow you to save and restore your configurations and many more.

Each lab is split into two or more tutorials to gradually increase the experience and knowledge gained. The tutorials are carefully designed to focus on important details that might be required in the real world, while at the same time covering sections of Cisco's CCNA and CCNP certifications.

The equipment comprising our labs make it possible to cover up to the CCNP level of Cisco certifications.

The flexibility offered by our labs is equally impressive; you are not confined in any way, and are allowed to freely modify all equipment you have access to. This gives you the ability to create and test your own setups, to help you troubleshoot problems or test new designs which can then be applied in your real working environment.

We are confident the result will please our community and live up to the high-quality services we've been offering since the 2001.

Remember, we are always open to new ideas and suggestions so if you have any, please post them in our Cisco Lab forum.

To read more information about our labs, their setup and to view pictures of them, please select from one of the following pages:

 

The VIRL Book – A Guide to Cisco’s Virtual Internet Routing Lab (Cisco Lab)

cisco-virl-book-guide-to-cisco-virtual-internet-routing-lab-1Cisco’s Virtual Internet Routing Lab (VIRL) is a network simulation tool developed by Cisco that allows engineers, certification candidates and network architects to create their own Cisco Lab using the latest Cisco IOS devices such as Routers, Catalyst or Nexus switches, ASA Firewall appliances and more.

Read Jack Wang's Introduction to Cisco VIRL article to find out more information about the product

Being a fairly new but extremely promising product it’s quickly becoming the standard tool for Cisco Lab simulations. Managing and operating Cisco VIRL might have its challenges, especially for those new to the virtualization world, but one of the biggest problems has been the lack of dedicated online resources for VIRL management leaving a lot of unanswered questions on how to use VIRL for different types of simulations, how to build topologies, how to fine tune them etc.

The recent publication of “The VIRL Book’ by Jack Wang has changed the game for VIRL users. Tasks outlined above plus a lot more are now becoming easier to handle, helping users manage their VIRL server in an effective and easy to understand way.

The introduction to VIRL has been well crafted by Jack as he addressed each and every aspect of VIRL, why one should opt for VIRL, what VIRL can offer and how it different from other simulation tools.

This unique title addresses all possible aspects of VIRL and has been written to satisfy even the most demanding users seeking to create complex network simulations. Key topics covered include:

  • Planning the VIRL Installation
  • Installing VIRL
  • Creating your first simulation
  • Basic operation & best practices,
  • Understanding the anatomy of VIRL
  • External Connectivity to the world
  • Advanced features
  • Use VIRL for certifications
  • Running 3rd party virtual machines
  • Sample Network Topologies

Articles To Read Next:

CCENT/CCNA

Cisco Routers

  • SSL WebVPN
  • Securing Routers
  • Policy Based Routing
  • Router on-a-Stick

VPN Security

  • Understand DMVPN
  • GRE/IPSec Configuration
  • Site-to-Site IPSec VPN
  • IPSec Modes

Cisco Help

  • VPN Client Windows 8
  • VPN Client Windows 7
  • CCP Display Problem
  • Cisco Support App.

Windows 2012

  • New Features
  • Licensing
  • Hyper-V / VDI
  • Install Hyper-V

Linux

  • File Permissions
  • Webmin
  • Groups - Users
  • Samba Setup