CIPTV2 – Thoughts/Lab Topology

I have finally managed to acquire a full CCIE Collaboration lab! 🙂 Although I am nowhere near ready for the CCIE Lab itself, I thought this would come in handy for my current CCNP Collaboration. I have completed CVOICE, CIPT1 and TVOICE so far from the CCNP Voice track, leaving CIPTV2 and CAPPS to pass to complete the certification I recently attended an excellent CIPTV2 course and my plan now is to replicate the labs from the training course in my home lab environment.

I still plan to one day sit the CCIE Collaboration Lab and hopefully this is me going in the right direction!

Here is the topology I will be working with:

CIPTV2 Lab Topology

In order for me to build this in my home lab I will take the following steps:

1. Routing + Switching Configuration

  1. Design as above
  2. IP Addressing Scheme
  3. WAN Configuration – (EIGRP over Frame Relay – The WAN is constructed using Serial connectivity via DTE + DCE ‘back to back’ crossover cables. Each site is connected via a /24 as per the diagram)
  4. Trunk all VLANs to Access Switches using ‘Router On A Stick’ concept via 802.1Q. (Normally I would route this into a Layer 3 switch, however I want this to be as accurate as possible. So the routing will be done on the Voice Gateway itself. Plus this will refresh my mind as I haven’t set this up in a while!)

IP Addressing Scheme

CIPTV2 IP Addressing

All VLANs will use .1 as a gateway

Frame Relay connections as per diagram (HDLC – Dig out the CCNA book!)

DHCP for the voice VLANs will be setup on the Voice Gateway at each site.

Then I will stop and make sure all WAN connectivity is possible before I move onto the PSTN/Collaboration side of the configuration. That is where the fun will really start! 🙂 More to follow!