How To Set Up A Cisco Lab On Linux (CentOS 5.2)

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Author: Andrew Colin Kissa <andrew [at] topdog [dot] za [dot] net>
Last edited 03/08/2008

Background

I recently decided to study for the Cisco CSSP certification. My main concern in the beginning was the fact that most of the lab simulation software that I found out there could only run on Windows, this was a problem for me given the fact that I do not own a windows computer.

After a quick search I found the wonderful Dynamips project that goes beyond what other simulators do by running actual Cisco IOS images, as well as the PEMU project which allows for running of Cisco PIX images. To integrate the various pieces of software and provide an interface for interaction with the devices I used dynagen.

Prerequisites

You will need Linux command line skills as well as working knowledge of Cisco IOS/PIX. Please NOTE that you will have to provide your own Cisco IOS/PIX images, do not send me any messages requesting images.

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