The Cisco CCNA exam has a 50% failure rate. Most of the students fail on the notorious practical scenarios due to getting stuck configuring the labs or just running out of time. Most books feature very few hand on labs and no solutions leaving you confused and ill equipped come exam day.
This is where 101 Cisco CCNA Labs can help. Created by two Cisco experts we take you through all the technologies you need to know for the exam and the real world of internetworking. We set the challenge and then take you through the solution step-by-step showing you how to quickly and easily configure complex technologies.
101 labs for the Cisco CCNA Exams has been making the difference between a pass and fail for thousands of Cisco students since it was first released in 2009. Now completely revised and updated for the latest exam changes.
This course will get you through the brand new CCNA 3.0 exam. We've broken it all down to match the new syllabus topics so you can take the CCNA or the ICND1 and ICND2:
We take you from beginner level to well beyond CCNA so you will be more than ready for the exam. All the lab challenges and solutions can be printed so you can practise anytime.
Nice easy lab to start with. Adding IPv4 addresses to interfaces. You will be doing a lot of this!
Configuring IPv6 addresses is a simple process but you must remember to enable IPv6 on your router before you start.
IPv6 features several methods to make addressing interfaces a breeze. Here we cover address auto configuration as well as EUI 64 addressing.
Packets do not move across the network without ARP but many engineers don't really understand the process. Here we look into ARP and Proxy ARP.
Beginner lab looking at VLAN configuration.
VTP will make your life easier as a network admin. In this lesson we learn how to configure it.
VTP transparent mode is a theory only subject in the CCNA but we've added it because it offers some useful features for you as a network admin.
A good network engineer secures all network updates. Here is how you secure your VTP updates.
A core CCNA subject. Switchport security is an almost certain subject for your exam.
More switchport security settings and options.
More to learn for securing your switch ports.
Cisco expect you to know how to turn off auto negotiation of trunking on your link. Many companies use this feature also so learn it well!
This has dropped down from the CCNP SWITCH. Dynamic ports are a need-to-know subject for the exam.
An exam requirement. How do you set the router or switch up to send all traffic to a network destination address?
CDP is a very useful tool for network troubleshooting. It also presents a security risk so we'll look at how to disable it.
LLDP is a new addition to the CCNA exam. Packet tracer supports this technology however the command options are limited.
Another new exam subject. Here we cover how to do inter-VLAN routing using router sub-interfaces.
You will need a layer 3 switch for this lab. Not sure why they have added it to the syllabus but it's in there!
The first of two ways to add a static route to your routers.
You can also configure a static route to send traffic to a next hop IP address so long as the network is connected.
Did you know you can name a static route? Here's how.
Also known as a default gateway. This is where you send traffic when there is no route in the routing table.
This may or may not be in the exam. IPv6 is and static routing is so just to be on the safe side here you go.
You can expect at least a theory question on this but let's put it into context with an easy lab.
You need to be able to configure a switch port to recover in the case of it going into err-disable state. Here's how.
A strong exam topic this one so learn it. How to use your router to issue addresses via DHCP.
Another DHCP lab but with some break-fix suggestions and debugs.
Here we learn how to configure the router to use NTP servers for the internal clock settings. Pretty common on live networks.
The first of many ACL labs. We start off nice and easy.
Names ACLs are a must know exam subject and pretty cool to boot!
Extended ACLs are pretty tough but give you far more granularity than standard ACLs ever will.
Big exam subject. Using ACLs to restrict telnet access.
More of a bonus subject this one. How to use ACLs to help debug your network traffic.
A new feature since IOS 12.4 so Cisco want you to know it. It's pretty cool!
Logging is part of the CCNA syllabus so we've added it with ACLs just in case.
NAT can be tricky but you need to know it back to front.
Dynamic NAT is used on most networks so you need to learn it well.
PAT configuration matches dynamic NAT closely but you need to add one command.
This lab looks at how to use PAT with your pool of addresses.
Here we take a look at some of your password options for your switch.
Telnet gives you remote access to your network equipment. Let's cover how to enable it.
An alternative way to enable telnet access.
Console access is the first way you set up your switch or router out of the box. You need to know how it works and how to protect it.
There is a big difference between enable and enable secret password. We also look at setting a timeout value.
Not all users should have full access to router commands. Here's how to set limits.
More configuration commands to lock down router access for users.
Every router and switch has a banner message for legal reasons. Here's how to configure one.
The config register is used for disaster recovery or to make your life easier when studying for the exam using live equipment.
Big exam subject. Here is how to set your router or switch up for SSH access.
A quick lab on logging to a syslog server.
I'm going to show you two ways to upgrade the Cisco IOS. The easiest option here is to use Packet Tracer unless you have a home lab and access to two IOS versions for your router.
You can also copy files using FTP (among other protocols). Here's how.
Being able to recover a router when you have forgotten your enable password is a very useful skill. It's also an exam requirement so let's see how it's done.
Putting two subjects together. One easy and one hard.
Another ACL challenge. You can never do too many ACL labs.
Although these aren't considered major subjects, they are all in the syllabus so some or all of them are likely to come up.
First of three ways to configure NAT.
NAT pools or dynamic NAT are used on almost every network in the world. You can expect to be tested on it in the exam.
NAT overload or PAT is an important CCNA exam topic.
Not sure if this will come up in the exam but it's better to be safe than sorry.
Securing the switch ports is a crucial skill for the CCNA exam.
Here we cover several areas including VLANs, trunk security, DTP and VTP.
You will find this on your CCNA syllabus. It's also a must do security step for live networks.
You may not want all the VLANs to cross on your trunk links so here's how to do that. We also cover how to change the VTP version.
Let's look at how to configure extended VLANs.
This is the first of two methods you need to know to manually set your root bridge.
You can set the spanning tree root bridge using an IOS macro command. Here's how.
As well as the interface range you can use a macro to save time. This isn't an exam topic but it will make you a better engineer.
Portfast is an important switching topic and incorrect use can lead to major network issues. Here's how to configure it.
Configuring RSTP is an exam requirement. It's only one command.
Still in the new CCNA syllabus. You need to be able to configure the three types of Etherchannels for the exam.
802.1x is a new CCNA subject. Cisco are vague about whether you need to understand theory only or some hands on too so here's how to configure it. You will need a live switch, it won't work on Packet Tracer.
Cisco have added more security topics into the CCNA exam. This is another one which has dropped in from the CCNP.
OSPF behaves differently depending upon the network type it is configured on. Here is a point-to-point configuration.
Configuring OSPF on a broadcast network so we need a DR and possibly also a BDR.
You may well want to hard set the OSPF router ID. Here is how you do just that.
Passive interface is an exam topic for OSPF and EIGRP. Here is how to do it for OSPF.
A quick look at a very useful debug command for OSPF.
Here we configure multi-area OSPF which is a core ICND2 exam topic.
Nice simple single area configuration lab. It will get harder in ICND2!
This is a very simple EIGRP lab so you can have a go configuring the commands.
You can optionaly add wildcard masks to your EIGRP networks. This gives you more granularity.
In this lab we look at the command which enables automatic summarization and how to turn it off.
Passive interfaces is an exam requirement. Here we look at how to enable it for EIGRP.
Summarizing routes allows the network administrator to advertise less routes across the network. Here's how you do it.
I'm sure you have read about the EIGRP database so let's look at how to view it.
Split horizon causes issues for protocols such as EIGRP. Here is the command you need to add to solve the issue.
How to configure EIGRP for IPv6.
Very simple lab to start off our WAN protocols and configurations.
Another simple lab. Here we cover the command to show us the encapsulation type used as well as a simple debug.
PPP is a very common WAN protocol because it offers authentication as well as working with multiple vendors equipment.
First way we can use authentication with PPP. Not recomended.
The first of two methods for configuring CHAP authentication.
The second way to configure CHAP authentication.
PPPoE was in the previous CCNA exam. You need to know how to configure it so here goes!
eBGP is in the new CCNA syllabus but we put iBGP in here for completeness.
New for the CCNA syllabus and one of the hardest subjects to master. We cover the most common configuration and show commands here.
GRE Tunnels are a new CCNA subject. Here's how to configure them.
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I took a few more exams with vendors such as Cisco and Microsoft and got a job working for Cisco for two years. I then started an IT training company teaching Cisco and computer networking courses. I built the business until it had several offices in the UK and then sold it.
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