GNS3 & Packet Tracer Quick Start Guides (vs VIRL & Physical)

Learn which is best. Learn how to download and install Cisco Packet Tracer and GNS3. Quick Start for CCNA, CCENT exams!
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Learn which lab platform is best for you: Packet Tracer, GNS3, VIRL or Physical Equipment
Learn how to download and install Cisco Packet Tracer
Learn how to download and install GNS3

Requirements

  • Want to learn about practical networking lab options.
  • Studying for your CCNA or CCENT

Description

Which is best for studying? 

- Cisco Packet Tracer

- GNS3

- VIRL

- Physical Equipment

What should you be using when you are studying for your CCNA exam? And what about for CCNP or CCIE? What lab options are available today?

In this course we will discuss the various lab options and I will also show you how to download and configure both Cisco Packet Tracer and GNS3.

Learn Cisco technologies practically using GNS3 or Packet Tracer.

GNS3 is free software that allows you to simulate Cisco, Juniper, Aruba and other networking vendor equipment on your laptop. You can build complex networks for free and learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices. You can also capture packets using Wireshark directly from within GNS3.

Cisco Packet Tracer is a free simulator from Cisco. This allows you to easily build networks on your laptop and learn how networks work. This is simulator software rather than emulator software.

VIRL (now called CML) is Cisco's network emulation software.

David Bombal (CCIE #11023 Emeritus) passed his Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Routing and Switching exam in January 2003 and is one of a small percentage of Cisco Engineers that pass their CCIE labs on their first attempt.

David qualified as a Cisco Certified Systems Instructor (CCSI #22787) many years ago! He has been training Cisco courses for over 15 years and has delivered instructor led courses in various countries around the world covering a wide range of Cisco topics from CCNA to CCIE.

David is very active on social media and has over 500,000 YouTube subscribers and has posted over 1,000 free videos.

I want to wish you all the best!

David

Who this course is for:

  • CCNA students
  • CCENT students
  • Network Engineers
  • Network Architects

Instructors

CCIE #11023, over 15 years of network training experience
David Bombal
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David Bombal (CCIE  #11023 Emeritus) passed his Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Routing and Switching exam in January 2003 and is one of a small percentage of Cisco Engineers that pass their CCIE labs on their first attempt. 

David qualified as a  Cisco Certified Systems Instructor (CCSI #22787) many years ago! He has been training Cisco  courses for over 15 years and has delivered instructor led courses in various  countries around the world covering a wide range of Cisco topics from CCNA to  CCIE. 

David is very active on social media and has over 500,000 YouTube subscribers and has posted over 1,000 free videos.

Experts helping you become an expert.
Experts with David Bombal
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David Bombal, together with some of the best minds in the industry is offering courses on a wide range of topics including networking, programming and software development. Our team has decades of experience teaching students from all over the world. 

Together we can do more!

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Chuck Black

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Chuck has been developing software for networking equipment since 1981 and has designed and developed software products for large scale networking environments using languages such as C, C++, and Java. 

Chuck has been granted 15 patents in the areas of network topology discovery, management, monitoring, health, and access control.

Chuck graduated from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo with Bachelor and Master of Computer Science degrees.

Chuck has developed Python for Network Engineers courses for vendors such as Cisco and Juniper Networks. In addition, he has developed numerous SDN application development courses for vendors such as Cisco, HPE and Brocade.

Chuck is the co-author of the book SDN: A Comprehensive Approach, a thorough technical and business exploration of software defined networking, which has been used as a textbook for graduate level computer science coursework.

Chuck is a well known figure in SDN and network programmability circles. He has made participated in organizations such as the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and the OpenDaylight project.

Chuck is the coauthor of one of the most popular SDN books on the market today: Software Defined Networks: A Comprehensive Approach.

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Hank Preston

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Hank’s two passions are technology and theatre. Bringing them together drives him towards a borderline obsession on creating entertaining presentations, labs and demonstrations that breakdown complex technology topics for audiences. After spending several years working on and behind the scenes on stage productions, what started as a hobby turned to a profession when Hank entered the IT industry with a focus on web and database development and engineering. 

Drifting from development into infrastructure engineering brought him to Cisco as a Systems Engineer, focusing on Data Center and Cloud Architecture for large enterprise customers. 

And after six years as an SE, Hank took up the mantle of a Developer Evangelist with DevNet where he can focuses full time on reminding everyone that technology can and should be fun to work with. 

Hank holds a Master Degree in Information Systems as well as several certifications including CCIE R/S 38336 from Cisco. 

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David Bombal

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David Bombal (CCIE #11023 Emeritus) passed his Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Routing and Switching exam in January 2003 and is one of a small percentage of Cisco Engineers that pass their CCIE labs on their first attempt.

David qualified as a Cisco Certified Systems Instructor (CCSI #22787) many years ago! He has been training Cisco courses for over 15 years and has delivered instructor led courses in various countries around the world covering a wide range of Cisco topics from CCNA to CCIE.

He has also personally developed Cisco engineer utilities such as the VPN Config Generator, software, training materials, EBooks, videos and other products which are used throughout the world.

David has designed, implemented and managed networks ranging from single sites to those that span 50 countries.