This is a Virtual CCIE Lab kit based on the equipment recommendations given by INE (Internetwork Expert) for the CCIE R&S 5.1 Lab Exam
It is based on a very powerful Dell R620 Server with 128GB RAM and a 1TB SSD Drive
This Virtual Lab includes 20 Virtual Routers which are instances of the Cisco CSR1000v Software.
They run Software version XE 3.16.06.S with IOS 15.5(3)S6.
It also includes 4 x 3560-TS Switches with IOS 15.0
The Dell R620 is a Very Powerful Server with 2 x Hexa Core Processors (Xeon E5-2620 or higher).
This Server supports up to 768GB! This expansion capability makes it a Super Powerful Server
This Virtual Lab includes a VIRL VM (Virtual Internet Routing Lab).
However, a VIRL License is not included (see details below)
It also includes a GNS3 VM (Graphical Network Simulator 3).
GNS3 requires no License, so it's a fully activated VM!
A separate VM with Windows 2012 Server is also provided, so that you can run Wireshark.
This Lab kit has been fully configured to provide Telnet access to all 20 Virtual Routers from a Secure CRT Terminal.
With this Lab kit you can avoid paying Lab rental fees and will have full 24/7 access right at home!
- Each CSR-1000v Virtual Router needs at least 3 Gb. of RAM to operate. - Since 20 Routers are needed for INE's Lab Topology, the Virtual Server needs ~60 Gb. of RAM!
These are the main features of this Lab Kit:
- 2 x Hexa Core Processors (Xeon E5-2620 or higher)
- 4 x Gigabit Ethernet Interfaces - 128GB RAM (Server supports up to 768GB!)
- 1TB SSD Drive - VMware ESXi 6.5 Enterprise Version - 20 instances of CSR-1000v Virtual Router Software version XE 3.16.06.S with IOS 15.5(3)S6. - 1 x Windows 2012 Server Virtual Machine (a separate VM within ESXi)
- 1 x VIRL Virtual Machine (another VM within ESXi)
This Lab kit also includes:
- 4 x Cisco 3560TS-S Switches with IOS 15.0 (IP Services version)
- 4 x 3ft Ethernet Cat 5e Crossover Cables (for Inter Switch Connections)
- 4 x Power Cables (not included with international orders)
- 1 x Cisco Console Cable
A few upgrade items can be added to this kit, such as:
- Terminal Server to access the Physical Switches - USB to Serial DB9 Adapter (needed on Computers/Laptops with no Serial DB9 ports)
- A second Power Supply can also be added for P/S Redundancy.
The Server includes a 1TB SSD Drive, but it supports the following upgrades:
- One or more additional Drives can be added (1TB each)
- If additional Drives are added, they can be configured with RAID-0, RAID-1 or RAID-5
This Server also supports VIRL (Virtual Internet Routing Lab).
VIRL is installed in the ESXi Server as a separate VM (not activated - Software only).
However, please notice that it does not include a VIRL License!
In order to activate & use VIRL you need to purchase a VIRL License from Cisco: virl.cisco.com
INE Lab Exercises:
INE offers 5 different Categories of Lab Exercises:
The first 2 Categories of Lab Exercises use only 10 Routers (and 4 Switches)
But the other 3 Categories of Labs do require all 20 Routers (and 4 Switches as well)
You'll receive the initial config files for Routers & Switches for ALL Lab Exercises!
The following Software is also included with this item:
- mRemoteNG Connections Manager (Telnet Session Management Software)
- VMware ESXi 6.5 Operating System Installation Files (ISO CD Image)
- Wireshark (Windows Packet Analyzer Software)
- Windows 2012 Server R2 (180 Evaluation version)
- GNS3: Graphical Network Simulator 3 (Server & Client Software)
- VIRL: Virtual Internet Routing Lab (no License included - Software only)
Important Note about ESXi Enterprise Version:
- The R620 Server comes with ESXi 6.5 Enterprise Version - Previous Generation Servers, like the R610, do not support ESXi 6.5 (they only support 6.0).
- A Server with Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge Processors is needed to support ESXi 6.5.
- ESXi Enterprise Version is needed to support Telnet access to the Virtual Routers - If for any reason ESXi is reinstalled, please make sure to add an Enterprise License - The standard version ESXi doesn't support Telnet (you won't be able to Telnet to Routers)
Our Labs are fully tested! Therefore, all components are guaranteed to work!
Please take into account that we need 2-3 business days to configure and test this CCIE Lab.