Dear valued customer,Your investment of the CCNP ROUTE Complete Guide 1st Edition Companion CD will really worthit because it contains much valuable information that can enhance your CCNP studies.
Kindly download the Companion CD by following the instructions at
folder contains a FREE software that provides a tool to simulate real Cisco routers(and switches) for your CCNP practices. It is so powerful that can simulate any real Cisco IOScommands because it actually loads and runs real Cisco IOS software.
Setup the Dynamips/Dynagen using a tutorial file included in the folder. However, you may face someissues with Telnet in Windows Vista and Windows 7. Try to Google around to solve that, it isn't thatdifficult.
MISC Tools and Guides
folder contains some extra info regarding Dynamips. Actually you don'treally need to look into it. It contains the tools and guides when you wanted to use other IOS files otherthan those provided in the
folder in the CD. The
is actually a tool used to extract Cisco IOSfiles. So when Dynamips load an extracted IOS image file, it doesn't need to extract it because it is alreadyextracted. This will speed up the boot up time of the IOS. If you managed to see how real Cisco routersboot, you will see "
". Basically we want to skip that step in the simulation.
folder contains all the labs setup using Dynamips according to the CCNP ROUTEGuide. Whenever you saw a network diagram with some routers and IP addresses, and feel like wantedto see how it works yourself. You may first look at the page number in the CCNP ROUTE Guide, thenheads towards the
folder, most likely that there is a lab for it. Copy it out to your desktop,extract it, launch the Dynamips engine, and run the
file for the lab, the lab should be loadedin 10 seconds. Console into every routers, copy and paste the basic configuration into the routers (theconfig files are included in the folder for a particular lab setup itself). TATA! You are ready to practicethe commands according to the CCNP ROUTE Guide. Just follow the commands and you will be able tosee how things work. All commands in the CCNP ROUTE Guide have been fully tested and workingfine.
Basically we can setup Cisco labs and practice Cisco IOS commands in 2 minutes time.
Before this,we would need to look for real routers, power cords, UTP network cables, power them on, took 5minutes, clear the configuration, etc. From the time we are motivated to practice until the lab is up andready for practice (maybe take able 30 minutes), we may already feel tired and say: "OK, let me watch amovie and come back to this later...".
Hope you get the idea of using this wonderful tool.Finally, the
Proof of Concepts
folder contains many packet captures and command output capturedfor the various topics throughout the CCNP ROUTE Guide. Download and install
to view the packet capture files. Packet captures shows the bits and bytes of network packets. Basically I spend many days and nights capturing them to prove how networkingworks, and documented them down in the CCNP ROUTE Guide. Basically most of the concepts havebeen proven using Cisco IOS commands and real network packets. Hope you get the idea.
The files in the
Proof of Concept
folder are basically used to enhance you learning experience. Thoseinfo are saved separately there because it will overwhelm the most of the readers and make the CCNPROUTE Guide too lengthy if everything is included in the CCNP ROUTE Guide itself.
OK, I have briefed the overall usages of the Companion CD. Have fun and keep in touch!