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By Gary Heap and Lynn Maynes

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Recommendations and Methodology


As mentioned earlier, redrawing the entire lab environment will be very helpful in understanding the lab objectives. In the next chapter, you will start configuring the devices. The methodology to configuring devices is quite simple. Start with the physical layer first, then configure the data link layer, and then move on to the network layer. This gives you a structured and repeatable process to ensure that no configuration steps are left out. This is also the same process in which you will troubleshoot any issues that arise.

Table of Contents Copyright About the Authors Acknowledgments Foreword Introduction I. Basic Router Configuration Chapter 1. Practical Lab Methodology and Equipment Chapter 2. Cisco Router Review Chapter 3. Lab Environment Lab Inventory and Physical Connections Lab Objectives Recommendations and Methodology Summary Chapter 4. Gaining Access to the Routers and Switches Chapter 5. Bridging and Switching Chapter 6. General Router Configurations Chapter 7. Router Interface Configuration Methodology II. Configuring Routing Protocols, ISDN, and IPX Chapter 8. Routing Information Protocol (RIP) Chapter 9. Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (IGRP) Chapter 10. Enhanced Interior Gateway Protocol (EIGRP) Chapter 11. Route Redistribution Chapter 12. Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) Chapter 13. IPX Chapter 14. Routing IPX III. Access Lists, Cisco IOS Software Operations, and Troubleshooting Chapter 15. Standard and Extended Access Lists Chapter 16. Cisco Router Operations Chapter 17. Troubleshooting

Physical Layer Configuration


Regarding the physical layer, you will have to trust us on this one! We will make sure that the physical cabling is correct.

Basic Router and Data Link Layer Configurations


You then configure the switch, which is a data link layer device. After you have configured the switch, you will start configuring the routers. All routers will have the same basic configurations, including passwords, host names, host tables, and other items. When all the basic configurations are done, you will start configuring the interfaces. Each interface will have a data link layer configuration, such as Frame Relay, Ethernet, or Token Ring, as well as a network layer configuration (assigning IP addresses). Depending on each data link layer technology, some interfaces might not have any data link layer configuration commands needed (such as Ethernet) to bring up the interface, other than removing the interface from shutdown mode. When the interface has been configured for the data link layer, you will assign an IP address to the interface and verify connectivity (you will use the ping command to verify IP connectivity) to its directly connected neighbor(s).

Network Layer Configurations (Routing)


In the previous section, you assigned IP addresses to all the interfaces. This is actually a network layer configuration task, but it makes more sense to assign the IP addresses as you bring up the interface. When all the interfaces have been configured and connectivity verified, you will configure the routing protocols. Each routing technology will be configured according to the objectives outlined in their respective sections. After all the routing technologies have been configured, you will redistribute the routing domains so that you have interconnectivity among all routing domains. Previous Section Summary | Next Section Share This

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IV. Appendixes A. Master Lab Configurations and Lab Diagrams B. Frame Relay Switch Configuration C. Self-Study Lab D. ISDN Simulator Configuration and Setup

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