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:
In order for me to build this in my home lab I will take the following steps:
1. Routing + Switching Configuration
- Design as above
- IP Addressing Scheme
- 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)
- 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
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!