02-16-2011 08:12 PM
I am looking to get my BCNE. I have my CCNA already, so I can take the Fast Track route with just the CNE 250 course and the exam (if I understand this correctly). I use Brocade switches at work, but they are some high dollar switches (FESX, FCX, SX-800, SX-1600). Nothing I could purchase on my own for home lab use.
I am looking to pick up a switch or two (or, if you could recommend how many I would actually need) to add to my home lab to begin training for the BCNE exam. I would also like them if possible to be capable of BGP routing, as we use that protocol and it would be good to be able to practice it as well.
I'd like to find some cheap(er) switches on eBay that will support that, and the topics I would need to cover for the BCNE.
I did receive answer from Brocade:
The FastIron 4802 premium would likely be about the best bet for BCNE/BCNP preparation as an inexpensive used product from eBay. The thing to be aware of is to make sure it is the premium version, if not it will not be able to run advanced functions covered on the exam such as BGP. There is a pretty big price difference between to get the premium version, just FYI….
These look to go for about ~$400 on eBay. I figured I would check with you guys too to see if you knew of any other models which would be good for this application and provide these functions.
Also, if anyone has taken the BCNE exam...without compromising anything on the test etc. etc., any advice for study/prep? I know Brocade is pretty big on using only Brocade-produced study materials. I downloaded the "BCNE in a Nutshell" guide, but honestly reading that a few times is not going to get me to pass a test. There are also no printed books offered like Cisco, but I do have some .PDFs.
I also just came across this tonight which I will begin reviewing (Brocade IP Primer):
Thanks for any advice/direction you can give.
02-16-2011 08:56 PM
BigIron 4000 are a 4 slot chassie but will give all you need (OSPF and BGP) and can be found on ebay for ~250. So cheaper but you need more room (and headphones)
If you know and remember the CCNA stuff then that is your biggest help (since you have done that)
Remember STP/RSTP/MSTP is the same in Cisco or Brocade (talking the understanding of how STP works)
The IP Primer that you found is a very good refresher for you too.
02-16-2011 09:35 PM
What are the big differences between the BigIron and the FastIron? I looked at eBay, it doesn't look like a BigIron 4000 can be touched for under ~$400. What does it offer over the FastIron?
This switch here was listed at $269/make offer. I offered $180 'for the heck of it' and it was accepted. I guess I've bought my first switch. I e-mailed them previously and they stated it did have an IOS. I don't know which yet, find out when I get it I guess.
02-16-2011 09:48 PM
Bigiron is well bigger
Bigiron 4000 can do you to 400000 BGP routes in hardware. Slightly overkill here. I was just looking at the price and as I saw it for 250... better then 400
02-16-2011 10:06 PM
Only 400,000? Most labs I set up have at least 600,000+ BGP routes!! j/k. TBH I think that switch might be a bit overkill as you said for what my needs are...
But yeah, $250 is much better than $400.
02-18-2011 04:29 AM
The FWS24 (not the FWS624) is a pretty old box, i managed to buy one a few months ago. Problem is, my box only had a layer 2 image, so i can't practice routing with it... As i know, L3 images do exist for it.
Other than that, it's small, nice and kinda quiet. The CLI is much like Cisco, that's for sure.
02-18-2011 07:35 AM
According to a Brocade employee:
(Layer 3 Switch code)
(IP-only Layer 3 Switch code)
Note: Beginning with release 07.1.26, the
N8R image supports IP NAT and rate
limiting but does not support BGP4.
However, the NIP image does still support
(Layer 2 Switch code)If you have a login to the KP(kp.foundrynet.com), the software is free.
As i don't have access to the KP, i never tried.