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laptop/pc configuration for CCIE R&S lab preparation?

Discussion in 'Routing & Switching' started by qaseemiqabal, Oct 4, 2014.

  1. qaseemiqabal

    qaseemiqabal New Member

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    I am going to buy a new system for my CCIE R&S preparation so I am looking for some recommendations.Those who are preparing for CCIE lab, or have attempted/cleared lab before, what is/was the configuration of pc/laptop that you used while studying and running emulations? Also which one is better laptop or desktop pc (workstation)?

    Actually I am worried that if I buy a laptop, later when I get into exhaustive lab preparation, my laptop shouldn't be the limiting factor to effect my preparation.

    If I go for PC or laptop, what am I looking for? ram, processor (xeon, i7), hard disk etc?

    Thanks
     
  2. adam9

    adam9 Bit Poster

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    Hopefully this is what you are looking for, but if not, that forum may have user's that are specialised in your specific case: https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/thread/74680
     
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2014
  3. gorebrush

    gorebrush New Member

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    I am about 5 weeks out from my CCIE lab... I've been using CSR1000V for the bulk of my preparation...
     
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  4. cisco lab rat

    cisco lab rat Megabyte Poster

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    What software do you intend to run on the laptop. Are you using real kit or GNS?
    If it is GNS then do yourself a favour and run Linux.
    I ran GNS on an MAC book PRO for a year, 16Gb of RAM, i think it had an i5 processor (I Could be wrong on the processor) and it motored along, it ran 10 routers with BGP and MPLS together.
     
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  5. jerry.paul1

    jerry.paul1 New Member

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    Hi,

    You should use Core-i7 Laptop with 16GB built-in RAM.
     
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  6. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    I agree with the i7 requirement, I would go further and say something that can run in excess of 16GB of ram (my MSI runs up to 32GB which is great for virtualisation).
     
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