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CCNA Lab Projects

Posted in Cisco Certification with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2011 by jjrinehart

I normally do not post more than once a day but wanted to get these documents back out there, I have created another CCNA Lab Project that was an absolute blast to come up with.  It’s amazing what you can create with just a pen and paper while taking off in an airplane!

Here are the highlights:

  1. Simulated Metro-Ethernet Primary Network
  2. Internet Access at Remote Sites
  3. VPN/GRE Backup Network
  4. Multiple Routing Protocols
  5. A Few Mind Bending Twists Thrown In

Here are the links to the documents, I deployed this in my own lab and will be compiling an answer key for #2.  Enjoy!

Project 1:

https://jjrinehart.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/visio-seacug-ccna-project-1-2009.pdf

https://jjrinehart.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/ccna-lab-project-1-2010.pdf

https://jjrinehart.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/visio-seacug-ccna-project-1-5-2011.pdf

CCNA Lab Project Document 12-18-2010

Project 2:

https://jjrinehart.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/ccna-lab-project-2-5-31-2011.pdf

https://jjrinehart.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/ccna-lab-project-2-5-31-2011.pdf

https://jjrinehart.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/ccna-lab-project-2-document-6-1-2011.pdf

** Just Added Project #3 **

https://jjrinehart.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/ccna-lab-project-3-6-8-2011.pdf

https://jjrinehart.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/visio-seacug-ccna-project-3-6-2011.pdf

https://jjrinehart.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/ccna-lab-project-3-document-6-10-2011.pdf

– Joe

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My Cisco Certification Journey

Posted in Cisco Certification with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2011 by jjrinehart

I started in the world of Cisco networking in 1998 after a ten year career as an ordained minister.  My first job was at a regional Internet Service Provider as a sales rep, and to be honest, I knew almost nothing about the inner workings of the technology.  To get up to speed, I went to the library and checked out Novell’s Internet Plumbing Handbook.  Unfortunately, most of it was way over my head, was a little discouraging at first, so I read it again…and again…until it started sinking in.  Initially, I had no intention of going the engineering route; I just didn’t want to be a “talking head” or “sales drone” that didn’t have a clue as to how the technology worked.  The funny thing is that once you have the “secret decoder ring,” it’s pretty cool knowing how all the pieces of networking technology fit together.  With my appetite for knowledge growing, I decided to start studying for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification (this was in early 2000), and passed the exam shortly after.  For me, that was the beginning of my certification journey, culminating in achieving the CCIE in December of 2004.  All of my work in that regard began as self-funded (it took me five times to pass), and I learned a ton along the way.  Since becoming the president of the Seattle Cisco Users Group (www.seacug.com), I have discovered a passion for teaching, allowing me to assist others in making the same journey as I have.  I look forward to passing some of the experience through my blog, which will hopefully be useful to those that read it.