As far as I know, I’m the first to attempt this set of new labs. I was very pleased to be able to do a lab for 8 hours today. But I had more teething problems then I could shake a stick at! Here is what happened:

The first part has been an absolute pain in the asss. Took me 1 hour to set up all my telnet sessions and then rename the routers etc. and cut and copy the config in! This was even before I could start the questions. I was well stressed out with the time I wasted.

Here are some command that should be pasted onto all kit to save you going mad:

conf t

alia exec c conf t

alia exec z sh ip int bri

alia exec s sh run

no ip domain-lookup

line con 0

logg synchronous

Here is my feedback on lab 1:

step 2.1

how do we know which pvc to use:

R4#sh fram pvc | i = ACT

DLCI = 405, DLCI USAGE = LOCAL, PVC STATUS = ACTIVE, INTERFACE = Serial0/0/0

DLCI = 415, DLCI USAGE = LOCAL, PVC STATUS = ACTIVE, INTERFACE = Serial0/0/0

DLCI = 425, DLCI USAGE = LOCAL, PVC STATUS = ACTIVE, INTERFACE = Serial0/0/0

R4#

No reason, sol is to use 405!

don’t agree with the solution here. I reckon that you don’t need a map statement. Just use inverse-arp!

2.3

ok – no probs

2.5 hummm…. Don’t need clockrate as given in solution

secure crt was driving me nuts. I now scripted the telnet sessions so I don’t have to use my fat fingers to type log into each box.

3.2. what a nightmare. I’m using real switches instead of dynamips andI’m getting my pants in a twist!. Anway, seems it is best to use dot1q when using ehterchannel. Otherwise you get error disable.

Also found that if you try to switch off DTP, you get:

Command rejected: Conflict between ‘no negotiate’ and ‘dynamic’ status.

Unless you put the interface into trucking mode first.

Sw mo trunk.

3.3 Found this part to be well hard. I don’t understand port security sticky macs too well as I’ve been using dynamics for most stuff. Also, how on earth are u supposed to remember the code for the ARP. I’m a human not a computer! So, basically, I’m happy to lose my 3 points here.

4.1

Still a bit weak on MST. Not sure what the MST configuration sub command does. Will have to look into this again.

4.3

weird. No ports are set up for a full lab. Doesn’t make sense to put them in vlan 100 as default. Pointless, going to skip this as well.

This lab is nuts, the layer 2 connectivity isn’t finished before moving onto layer 3. also, nowhere in the sol does it mention to but the router access ports into the correct vlans:

cat2#s int f0/6

Building configuration…

Current configuration : 61 bytes

!

interface FastEthernet0/6

switchport access vlan 862

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