Hello folks! You might be surprised that I suddenly decided to make a post in this blog. This is because I've worked with a packet tracer lab just recently as part of my CCENT class. Yes I had a CCENT class. But there's only one student. He was an aspiring network engineer, planning a career shift and I have a fair share of experience and knowledge gained from the past three years of working in this field. So I thought why not? I can share what I know and was hopeful that I could inspire another to learn the world of networking. After all I had such a fun ride, networking is hard, but fun!
So for the final assessment I had to let him see the big picture. What is Routing really? What is Switching? What is the significance of IP? What is branch and enterprise networking?
I taught him the basic essentials. I showed him my own technique in IP subnetting. I kept on telling him to see the pattern in everything because that's how I got it. I explained to him where Routing and Switching fit in all these. They're like the pillars of Networking. And protocols, IP Networking is also about protocols and relationships between layers, the TCP/IP model.
And so he did the lab and was able to implement branch and enterprise networking. He's preparing to take the CCENT exam in a few months.
So if you are aspiring to enter the world of Networking, learn the basic concept and try to see the big picture. Know that these protocols you will be studying are the ground where Networking stands. One can go a long way if the foundation is strong so don't rush in your study and appreciate every aspect of it.
Like always I am sharing here the CCENT Lab so more people can make use of it. To do the lab, you only need the following:
Cisco Packet Tracer (to open the PT Lab File - I used v6.1)
PDF Reader (to open the PDF Lab Manual)
Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-101 Official Cert Guide by Wendell Odom (Optional)
Download the files
PT Lab File
PDF Lab Manual