Anybody having used Freesco or Zebra for CCNA "training"?

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I am looking into starting to learn stuff for the CCNA, but I am in no
position to buy hardware. I was wondering if anybody has used Freesco
(http://freesco.sourceforge.net/) and/or Zebra (http://www.zebra.org /) for
parts of simulation and commands for Cisco IOS. On the same subject - are
there any other *nix-based, free equivalents of Cisco's IOS - at least for
training purposes?

TIA,
C


Re: Anybody having used Freesco or Zebra for CCNA "training"?


Zebra is a very nice package. Thats a fackt.
But if you will use it only to learn cisco, you might be in for a big
surprice sins a lot of commands are not the same despite it looks very
familiar.
I started with the idea of cheap solutions too, but i did bought my first
cisco on ebay for only 20 bucks or so, then i bought some more ... en more
...
and i must say, ... only the real thing can learn you all in's and out's
I personaly consider having at least one real cisco as a minimum
requirement.
despite you cant do much with it in terms of connecting to others, you can
browse into the commandtree, do tftp things, password recovery ....
The better is to have 3 to build real labs (the 2500 series can be found on
ebay around +/- 50 euros each)
A good simulator (like boson) can help you to learn complex setups too in
case you would only have 1 router.
To make it complete, if you have only one router, you can still connect it
to a linux box to learn RIP and OSPF with Zebra (not IGRP or EIGRP)

If you want to be good, then you have to pay a price (not ment to be rude)

Good luck matt



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Re: Anybody having used Freesco or Zebra for CCNA "training"?


I deliberately avoided using Zebra while studying for my CCNA because the
commands were very similar, but not the same. Now that I am ready to start
on my CCNP, I am planning for a bigger labs using more routers.  I will
probably be using a half dozen older PCs running Zebra, in addition to the
2500s.



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Re: Anybody having used Freesco or Zebra for CCNA "training"?


On Sun, 27 Mar 2005 10:37:53 -0600, Castravete wrote:

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If you're running the 'nix, Zebra is the way to go. I used it a while ago
and felt right at home.

--
Matt

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