CCNP Route Comprehensive GNS3 Topology

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At this point in time, I feel like I have a good understanding of nearly all the topics covered on the CCNP Route exam. I understand the concepts very well, though I am weak in a few areas such as Layer 3 path control, IPv6 implementation and VPN/branch services. Part of this is due to lack of hands-on practice. I followed along with the CCNP Route official Cisco lab manual, but I think there is something to be said for creating labs on your own. It allows me to think of everything from start to finish, which includes implementation as well as design. Pre-made labs are all about implementation, whereas when you design your own labs, I believe you achieve a greater understanding of the concepts.

To that end, I went through the notes I had taken on CCNP Route and pulled out what I felt were the major topics and have attempted to convert the majority of them into an internetwork topology:


The topology attempts to cover the majority of topics under EIGRP, OSPF, eBGP, iBGP, route redistribution, Layer 3 path control, IPv6, and VPN & branch office. In the preliminary phase, after deciding on the CCNP Route topics to cover, I drew the topology on a piece of paper starting from the ISP core extended outward. Then I set up the GNS3 topology displayed above, based on the paper drawing.

The next phase is coming up with an IP/IPv6 addressing scheme.

Update: I've created a preliminary IPv4 addressing scheme and created the initial router configurations in text files which addresses and describes every connection in the topology. I have yet to come up with an IPv6 addressing scheme.

I will most likely implement the desired topics in IPv4 first, then go back and add IPv6 afterward.


6 thoughts on “CCNP Route Comprehensive GNS3 Topology

  1. Hey waxtrax!
    First of all congratz for the blog. i bumped into it yesterday, while looking for some CCDA notes.
    Actually I own the CCNA, CCNP and CCIP certs. I’m studying now for the CCDA and CCNA security.
    This topology you have designed looks like a good “memory refresher”, as I have passed my CCNP almost two years ago. Is there any possibility to download it?
    Thanks in advance and keep on with the good work!

    • I haven’t had time to mess with it or refine it since I posted this entry, but here’s what I have so far. At this point it is basically just a topology with no actual configurations in place (I may have configured IPs, I don’t remember and it’s been a few months since I’ve worked with it). But, it did take me quite a bit of time to put together so I hope it saves you a little bit of time in practicing.

  2. Hey There
    Looks good, any updates? Mind if I update it, add some stuff and republish it? Would show it to you first.

    • That would be great. I haven’t updated it yet, but after I pass my SWITCH exam in the next month or so, I’m going to start studying for ROUTE again. At that time, I have no doubt I will be updating this topology.

      • Very good. How did Switch go? Let me know if you want a hand. I do a lot of L2/3 work at my job and passed Switch a while ago.

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