Half-arsed Home Cisco Lab

For a little bit of extra practice before the CCNA exam, I hooked up a small lab with a couple switches bridged to emulated routers (running under GNS3 on the laptop). The reason for the multiple trunks between the switches was to test out Spanning Tree. I was going to setup link aggregation as well, but the 3500XL didn't want to play ball. I found out later that it doesn't support PAgP or LACP, so the method for setting up aggregation is different.

VTP and CDP worked properly overly the bridged link - as they should, but I was expecting something to go wrong for some reason (pessimism?). Minicom also played ball with the USB-to-serial adapter (for the console cable), which is always handy too :)

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