Wednesday, June 20, 2007

What is MIMIC Virtual Lab CCNA

MIMIC Virtual Lab creates a real world lab environment with a network of Cisco Routers and Switches. It gives hands-on learning experience without buying expensive equipment.

MIMIC Virtual Lab CCNA comes in two versions: MIMIC Virtual Lab CCNA and
MIMIC Virtual Lab CCNA Plus.
The features below apply to both the versions.

MIMIC Virtual Lab is for beginners interested in familiarizing themselves with the complex environment and for intermediate or expert users looking to sharpen their skills and move to a higher level. It provides a safe environment to practice. You don't have to worry about bringing down the equipment/network and affecting other users.

MIMIC gives Network Engineers the ability to practice for CCNA and other certifications instead of just reading instructions. It enables Training organizations to supply a Virtual lab to students with the classroom training or e-learning courses. Students can interact with Routers and Switches, just like with real devices.

The Lab MIMIC Virtual Lab GUI with simulated network

Interact with the routers and switches, just like real devices:
  • Network of 7 devices
  • Cisco Routers (2620, 3640 and 7206)
  • Four Cisco Switches (2950, 3550 (2) and 6500)
  • A large set of IOS Commands for Router and Switch operations
  • LAN, WAN, ISDN and Serial links
  • Ability to Reconfigure the lab

    Users can Telnet in to any of these devices as if they are connecting to real devices. You can open as many Telnet connections as the device supports. Users can also connect to it using a Console connection. It fully supports Cisco IOS® software.

    Lab Exercises and Tutorials
    The lab includes many Exercises and Tutorials. This shows some samples:

  • Tutorial: Basic IOS command line interface
  • Tutorial: Configure OSPF routing protocol
  • Tutorial: Configure a default route
  • Tutorial: Configure a serial line
  • Tutorial: Configure Standard Access List on Firewall Routers
  • Tutorial: Configure Extended Access List on Firewall Routers
  • Tutorial: Configure RIP routing protocol
  • Tutorial: Configure BGP routing protocol
  • Tutorial: Configure EIGRP routing protocol
  • Tutorial: Configure eBGP mode BGP routing
  • Tutorial: Configure OSPF multiple-area routing
  • Tutorial: Configure Frame Relay
  • Tutorial: Configure NAT
  • Tutorial: Configure VLAN
  • Quiz: Neighbor device information
  • and many more ...
  • Device Operations
  • Logging in/out
  • Get into and out of different modes - User, Privileged, Configuration, Interface
  • Set passwords, IP addresses, clock rates, hostname, bandwidth
  • Assign routing protocols - RIP, IGRP, EIGRP, BGP, OSPF, IS-IS
  • Ping other devices in the lab
  • Save/load configurations
  • Boot using flash or TFTP protocol
  • Configuration of ISDN, CDP, PPP, Frame Relay ACL and NAT protocols
  • and many other functions required for certifications

    Lab Operations

  • Start/Stop devices, individually or in a group
  • Reconfigure the lab by adding and removing connections between the devices
  • Save/Load a configuration of the network
  • View configuration information of a device or the entire network
  • Troubleshoot
  • View the topology with connections and addresses
  • Open Telnet sessions
  • Context sensitive help

    MIMIC Virtual Lab CCNA Plus
    This is a networked version of MIMIC Virtual Lab CCNA. It includes all of the above features and more:

  • Fully connected to the network
  • Support for SNMP
  • Support for SYSLOG
  • Telnet in to any device from any remote machine.
  • Discover and configure the lab/devices using Cisco Network Management applications such as CiscoWorks, CiscoWorks 2000, CiscoView and CEMF (CDM, GSR Manager), just like real devices. All the changes done using IOS are visible via management applications and vice versa.
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