Listing of the Handson Exercises

To best use NetSim, you should first pick a particular lab or scenario. You might even want to print a copy if the lab or scenario is in one of the CD-only appendixes. Then you can bring up NetSim and select the corresponding NetSim lab topology that matches the lab or scenario. NetSim creates a simulated network that matches the lab or scenario, so all you have to do is start entering commands, just as if it were a real network with real gear!

The scenarios and labs are located in a couple different places. First, Chapter 18, "Final Preparation," includes one scenario. It covers a lot of different topics from the book. The CD contains a scenarios appendix (CD-only Appendix B, "Scenarios") and a lab appendix (CD-only Appendix C, "Hands-on Lab Exercises"). These scenarios and labs focus on a more specific set of topics. If you plan to use NetSim frequently, you should probably print the CD-only Appendixes B and C.

In CD-only Appendix B, the scenarios are numbered in a way to help remind you of the corresponding chapter in the book. For instance, Scenario 1 reinforces topics covered in Chapter 7, "Operating Cisco Routers," and Scenario 3 covers the same commands covered in Chapter 8, "Operating Cisco LAN Switches."

Table C-1 lists the different scenarios and labs from this book that can be performed using NetSim. Note that some of the scenarios in CD-only Appendix B cannot be performed on the simulator, mainly because those scenarios do not ask you to implement anything on a network, making the simulator unnecessary. So Table C-1 lists the scenarios and labs that can be performed using NetSim.

Table C-1 Scenarios and Labs That Can Be Performed Using NetSim

Scenario or Lab

Location

Topic

NetSim Lab Number

Scenario 1*

Chapter 16

Comprehensive scenario for topics in this book

1

Scenario 3

CD-only Appendix B

LAN switch basic configuration

2

Scenario 6

CD-only Appendix B

Subnet design with a Class B network

3

Lab 1*

CD-only Appendix C

Router command-line interface familiarization

4

Lab 2*

CD-only Appendix C

2950 series switch command-line interface familiarization

5

Lab 3*

CD-only Appendix C

Basic router IP configuration and management navigation

6

* Labs with an asterisk can be performed with the limited-function version of NetSim included with this book. To perform the other lab scenarios, you will need to purchase the full version of NetSim.

* Labs with an asterisk can be performed with the limited-function version of NetSim included with this book. To perform the other lab scenarios, you will need to purchase the full version of NetSim.

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