Cisco CCNA Lab Options

All the physical and virtual options for your Cisco CCNA Lab explained
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16,735 students
Cisco CCNA Lab Options
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (574 ratings)
16,733 students
The different options to create a Cisco CCNA lab and the advantages and disadvantages of each

Requirements

  • You should be studying for (or thinking about studying for) the Cisco CCNA certification
Description

The Cisco Certified Network Associate certification is THE best qualification you can achieve to turbo charge your career in networking. Cisco are far and away the market leader in network infrastructure products, and passing the CCNA proves to employers that you have the necessary skills to design, build and maintain their enterprise networks.

Passing the exam requires you to understand the theory of a wide range of network technologies, and also have the practical skills to configure and troubleshoot them. This is where having a home lab comes in. It's absolutely essential that you have hands on practice on the network devices, not just for passing the exam but also so you develop real world skills you can use in the workplace.

The multitude of possible ways you can build a lab can be very confusing. There are physical labs, virtual labs, software simulators, and they all have their own benefits and drawbacks. Making the right choice is difficult when you don't know the implications of each option.

That's why I'm here to help. I use live demos to explain all the available options, break down the advantages and disadvantages of each, and tell you where you can find further information detailing how to put each one together.

Please note that I don't give step by step instructions about how to build each lab in this course. I do tell you where you can find this information, so there was no need to reinvent the wheel. Rather I explain what the different options are and help you make the decision on which one is best for you.

Thank you for taking the time to read about the course. I hope you now have enough motivation to get into the learning right away. If so, click the 'Enroll Now' button at the top of the page to get started!

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to know the available Cisco CCNA lab options and their pros and cons
Course content
3 sections • 11 lectures • 54m total length
  • How to Make the Most of This Course
    03:05
  • The Udemy Interface
    03:24
  • CCNA Lab Options Update
    03:26
  • CCNA Lab Options Summary - Pros and Cons
    00:07
  • Option 1 - Building a Physical Lab
    11:15
  • Option 2 - Using an Online Lab Provider
    09:22
  • Option 3 - Virtual Lab - GNS3
    09:41
  • Option 4 - Virtual Lab - Cisco VIRL
    02:42
  • Option 5 - Software Simulator - Cisco Packet Tracer
    06:48
  • Option 6 - Software Simulator - Boson NetSim
    03:54
  • Bonus - Discount Coupon and More Resources
    00:22

Instructor
Building your Cloud and Data Center career
Neil Anderson
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  • 195,839 Students
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Hi, I'm Neil Anderson, and my mission is to build the best Cloud and Data Center systems engineers possible.

I dropped out of school with no qualifications or future plans at the age of 15. When I got a little bit older and wiser I realised I should make a career for myself so I pulled myself up by learning about IT technologies through books and online resources. It’s my passion now to help you do the same.

You know how some instructors seem to get a kick out of making things complicated to make themselves look smarter than you? I love to make things as easy to understand as possible and seeing you get that lightbulb moment.

I'm proud of my 'Top Responder' tag on Udemy and unless I'm on an international flight I'll personally answer your questions within 24 hours. I genuinely care about giving you the best experience possible, both in the quality of my training and in ongoing support. 

Nothing makes me feel better than hearing back from students who I've helped move on to the next level in their career. It gives me huge satisfaction to know I've played a part in you achieving your goals.


My experience:

For the last 9 years my main focus has been delivery of technical training and development of course content for large enterprise and service provider customers such as NetApp, Cisco, Verizon and IBM. I train the engineers who design and implement the largest Cloud and Data Center deployments throughout the Asia Pacific region and the rest of the world.

I also provide consultancy to clients and mentoring for the systems engineers in the company I work for.

Prior to focusing on training I worked in the field for over 10 years in a variety of systems and network engineering and IT management roles.

If you have any questions about Cloud, NetApp, Cisco or VMware technologies, ping me a message and I'd love to help you out. 


Specialities:

NetApp Storage
Cisco CCIE #17108
Cloud Computing
Data Center
VMware Virtualization
CISSP Security
PRINCE2 Project Management
ITIL Certified