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Hi,

I'm an IT professional just about to start studying for the 640-802, I have
little experience of Cisco equipment but I understand networking principles
to a reasonable degree. I've bought a lab from a friend comprising 3
routers (2501, 2504 & 2611 'show version' information at end of message)
plus a 10 Meg switch, so far I've just powered everything up to verify it
all works.

Can anyone give me any advice on how best to familiarise myself with the
CLI & maybe do a little config work such as renaming the routers & changing
the passwords? As far as I can see there won't be any 640-802 books
published in the UK until September so I have around 2 months to play
before I start to study in earnest. Any web site recommendations or other
resources would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks, Jason.


ROUTER1#show version                  
Cisco Internetwork Operating System Software                                    
      
IOS (tm) C2600 Software (C2600-I-M), Version 12.2(27), RELEASE SOFTWARE
(fc3)  
Copyright (c) 1986-2004 by cisco Systems, Inc.
Compiled Tue 02-Nov-04 23:44 by kellmill
Image text-base: 0x8000808C, data-base: 0x80A1F47C

ROM: System Bootstrap, Version 11.3(2)XA4, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)

ROUTER1 uptime is 25 minutes
System returned to ROM by power-on
System image file is "flash:c2600-i-mz.122-27.bin"

cisco 2611 (MPC860) processor (revision 0x203) with 61440K/4096K bytes of
memory
.
Processor board ID JAD04420E7O (4253923018)
M860 processor: part number 0, mask 49
Bridging software.
X.25 software, Version 3.0.0.
2 Ethernet/IEEE 802.3 interface(s)
1 Serial network interface(s)
32K bytes of non-volatile configuration memory.
8192K bytes of processor board System flash (Read/Write)

Configuration register is 0x2142 (will be 0x2102 at next reload)

ROUTER1#


ROUTER2>show version                  
Cisco Internetwork Operating System Software                                    
      
IOS (tm) 2500 Software (C2500-D-L), Version 12.0(11), RELEASE SOFTWARE
(fc1)                                                                            
Copyright (c) 1986-2000 by cisco Systems, Inc.                                  
          
Compiled Sat 20-May-00 06:39 by htseng                                      
Image text-base: 0x030388AC, data-base: 0x00001000

ROM: System Bootstrap, Version 11.0(10c), SOFTWARE
BOOTFLASH: 3000 Bootstrap Software (IGS-BOOT-R), Version 11.0(10c), RELEASE
SOFT
WARE (fc1)

ROUTER2 uptime is 1 minute
System restarted by power-on
System image file is "flash:c2500-d-l_120-11.bin"

cisco 2500 (68030) processor (revision L) with 6144K/2048K bytes of memory.
Processor board ID 06110204, with hardware revision 00000000
Bridging software.
X.25 software, Version 3.0.0.
Basic Rate ISDN software, Version 1.1.
1 Token Ring/IEEE 802.5 interface(s)
2 Serial network interface(s)
1 ISDN Basic Rate interface(s)
32K bytes of non-volatile configuration memory.
8192K bytes of processor board System flash (Read ONLY)

Configuration register is 0x2102


ROUTER3>show version                  
Cisco Internetwork Operating System Software                                    
      
IOS (tm) 2500 Software (C2500-D-L), Version 12.0(11), RELEASE SOFTWARE
(fc1)    
Copyright (c) 1986-2000 by cisco Systems, Inc.
Compiled Sat 20-May-00 06:39 by htseng
Image text-base: 0x030388AC, data-base: 0x00001000

ROM: System Bootstrap, Version 11.0(10c), SOFTWARE
BOOTFLASH: 3000 Bootstrap Software (IGS-BOOT-R), Version 11.0(10c), RELEASE
SOFT
WARE (fc1)

ROUTER3 uptime is 2 minutes
System restarted by power-on
System image file is "flash:c2500-d-l_120-11.bin"

cisco 2500 (68030) processor (revision N) with 2048K/2048K bytes of memory.
Processor board ID 06221060, with hardware revision 00000000
Bridging software.
X.25 software, Version 3.0.0.
1 Ethernet/IEEE 802.3 interface(s)
2 Serial network interface(s)
32K bytes of non-volatile configuration memory.
16384K bytes of processor board System flash (Read ONLY)

Configuration register is 0x2102

Re: Help getting started on CCNA required
Jason,

Try -
"CCNA Portable Command Guide", 2nd Edition, By Scott D. Empson.  Published
by Cisco Press.  Series: Self-Study Guide.
ISBN-10: 1-58720-193-3; ISBN-13: 978-1-58720-193-6; Published: Jul 24, 2007;
Copyright 2008; Pages: 384; Edition: 2nd.

RRP is $29.99USD, so that will only be a couple of pound for you given the
current state of exchange rates :-)

I have used the first edition in my classes but as it covers 801 I'd wait a
couple of weeks and get the 2nd edition from your favourite online
bookseller. It only covers the bare essentials but has some good examples to
get you started.

The other resource is to register and get yourself a cisco.com (formerly
CCO) account - costs nothing but gives you access to the source of the
documents upon which any book you get is based. There are sample configs and
guides galore - they just take some finding exactly what you want - a good
starting point for production Cisco documentation is
http://www.cisco.com/univercd/home/home.htm

Your lab gear should cover most requirements.

Below is some of the book blurb.

cheers
Aubrey

Book Description - CCNA Portable Command Guide, Second Edition

All the CCNA 640-802 commands in one compact, portable resource

This book has been completely updated to cover topics in the ICND1 640-822,
ICND2 640-816, and CCNA 640-802 exams. Use this quick reference resource to
help you memorize commands and concepts as you work to pass the CCNA exam.
The guide summarizes all CCNA certification-level Cisco IOSŪ Software
commands, keywords, command arguments, and associated prompts, providing you
with tips and examples of how to apply the commands to real-world scenarios.
Configuration examples throughout the book provide you with a better
understanding of how these commands are used in simple network designs.

The ten topics covered are

    * TCP/IP
    * An Introduction to Cisco Devices
    * Configuring a Router
    * Routing
    * Switching
    * Implementing a Wireless LAN
    * Network Administration and Troubleshooting
    * Managing IP Services
    * WANs
    * Network Security



Re: Help getting started on CCNA required
I'd recommend getting a second switch, then with the three routers you can
the fancy inter-VLAN stuff as well

I've wiped my other machine with all my Cisco web favs on it, but one I
remember is www.networking-forum.com Lots of info there and a good place to
ask questions like you're ones below. (Plus the guy that runs it often
writes in here). Other than that, just google through the masses of sites
dedicated to CCNA - I know a found a couple with really good excercises such
as basic setup, backup/restore, and all that stuff which is on the
blasted-buggery exam.

PM

(CCNA - now official as I got my certificate today. Only 3 months later!).

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Re: Help getting started on CCNA required

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Thanks for all the great advice.

Jason.

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