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Building a Terminal Server

This build came about during my CCNA security studies. Having a total of 10 devices to configure, moving the console cable to each device was time consuming. The terminal server is a great tool for home labs and allows me

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CCNA Security Home Lab

The CCNA SECURITY lab has most of its hardware roots from the routing and switching (R&S) track. You need one more piece of hardware if you already have 3 routers and 3 switches. Here is my input on finding the

Posted in Certification, Skill Development


The planning and configuration of Network Address Translation/Port Address Translation is similar for security device as a router. Define your internal IP address space to translate. This will help with choosing the right network translation scheme for your application. You

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I have found myself asking when and where would this be useful? What architectures or campus designs would this be implemented? The idea is that you can route traffic from the same interface it came in on is similar to

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Making your startup configuration

I have a helpful tip for those of you in your final weeks of review for you Cisco test. Creating a baseline start up configuration is helpful to speed up your labs and allow you to work on learning the

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Setting up lab hardware

So you have already read my equipment research guide and got some gear. What next? Its time to install your network equipment. Once you complete this simple exercise, you will understand the phrase “rack and stack”. First install the rail

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