Project Instructions

08 Jul

Project Instructions

You have been recently hired as a network administrator for the xAcme Technology Trade School. The school realizes that the local systems administrators need help implementing certain technologies at each of the remote locations, as well as final WAN configurations. Out of the network administrators on staff, you have been asked to move the Cisco Network Proposal forward. With your background and skills, you will design, implement, and assist in configurations to support xAcme’s topology.

Technologies to implement will differ from site to site, as administrators have begun topology implementations. You will be provided the overall topology as well as certain device configurations in order to determine the best course of action per site/challenge. In addition to helping the school configure its network, xAcme requires that all new network administrators obtain their CCNA certification within 60 days of being hired. You are excited about starting this project but realize creating a schedule to help balance your work and home life will be the key to success.

In this learning demonstration, you will use TestOut Routing and Switching Pro (LabSim) to learn how to install, configure, manage, and troubleshoot Cisco Internetworking devices in a small enterprise branch network. LabSim will also prepare you for the CCNA Certification exam. In order to identify your strengths and weaknesses, you will first complete the CCNA Certification Practice Exam. During the next eight weeks, as you step through each set of activities in TestOut LabSim, you will submit the configurations in three parts. Use the results of the certification practice exam you took at the beginning of the class to help guide you on which areas within TestOut LabSim you should pay closer attention.

There are nine steps in this effort that lead you through each deliverable. Begin with Step 1, obtaining access to TestOut Security Pro and enrolling in TestOut LabSim, and then continue with Step 2, taking the CCNA Certification Practice Exam.











Cisco Network Proposal (Parts 1-3)


Your proposal will be submitted in three major parts:

  • Springfield Device and STP Configurations (i.e., Part 1)
  • Worchester Subnetting Configurations and Boston Site Protocol, Route Summarization, and Topology Improvement (i.e., Part 2)
  • Sacramento Site VLAN, Routing on a Stick(ROS) and DHCP Implementation, Los Angeles Site Management Technologies, xACME WAN – WAN Implementation and Security Communications (i.e., Part 3)

The details for each of these Part (i.e., Part 1, 2, and 3) can be found below. Each of these parts will be submitted to the LEO Assignments folders and TurnItIn. Each of these parts should be submitted independently of the other parts. That is, only submit Part 1 to the LEO – Assignments – Cisco Network Proposal Part 1 submission folder. Only submit Part 2 to the LEO – Assignments – Cisco Network Proposal Part 2 submission folder. And, only submit Part 3 to the LEO – Assignments – Cisco Network Proposal Part 3 submission folder.

Along with the challenges presented in this document, you will be provided an overall site topology to work from, as well as specific device configurations (where applicable) to make your recommendations.

Suggested solutions should be comprehensive and justified in approach. Configurations of technologies should be written out to help guide the systems administrators with implementation. In some cases, you may find it necessary to implement additional cabling, which can be done by adding to the supplied topology. Any adjustments to the sites’ topology that you find necessary should be documented and supplied with your submission.

Your document will be divided up by site and solutions per site. Each area is unique in requirements but collectively will demonstrate your understanding of network routing and switching technologies. Each scenario will provide you with suggested sections within TestOut (LabSim) to use as a guide in your analysis and recommendations.

To learn how you will be assessed on this assignment, take a moment to review the rubric. The final deliverable should adhere to the following criteria:

  • Use this template as a guide while creating your Cisco Network Proposal (Parts 1-3).
  • Include at least two scholarly references in each of the three submissions. Thus, a total of six scholarly references will be included in total. Students may find scholarly sources by visiting UMUC’s library and online sources. Students will also include other credible sources as appropriate.
  • Use IEEE citation style. We do not use APA or MLA-style citations. Students should contact UMUC’s Effective Writing Center for assistance.
  • Use proper terminology and expand acronyms in each paragraph they are used. For example, the first time in a paragraph an acronym is used it should be expanded (e.g., University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Thereafter, and as long as you are in the same paragraph, the acronym (e.g., UMUC) can be used. When starting a new paragraph, the rule begins anew.
  • The use of figures and diagrams is encouraged. Students will properly cite the figures and diagrams according to the IEEE citation style.
  • Before submitting each part to the appropriate folder in LEO – Assignments, students will upload to TurnItIn. Students should review the LEO – Announcements for specific instructions or contact the Professor.
















Existing VLANs


Remote locations vary in terms of size and requirements. Some implementations will require current site router/switch-running configurations, which will be provided. All sites will use the following four VLANs, but you will need to configure only what is asked per site (some assumptions will be made).

Existing VLANs, per xACME:

Faculty VLAN

used by faculty on-site for all office locations (non-instructional communications)

total devices per site will vary

Administrative VLAN

used by staff on-site for business administrative communications

total devices per site will vary

Academic VLAN

used by faculty and students for classroom labs and instructional communications

total devices per site will vary

Server VLAN

used by IT staff for all technology/management communications

total devices per site will vary

The types of devices per site will be the same; however, the number of deployed devices may vary (all documented in the xAcme educational topology).


Note: Device type will not impact your configuration commands and implementation of ALL required technologies will use Cisco IOS commands/concepts learned in our TestOut lecture(s). Standard switchports will be configured and used as trunk OR access ports, and DCE ends should be noted when configuring serial ports per router.

Click here to download the configuration file for all of the devices. Note: one of the files in the zip file is a PacketTracer file. You can open it using the Packet Tracer program that you can download from here. The use of Packet Tracer is optional.










Springfield Site Device and STP Configurations (Focus on the Springfield Site Only)

Required Implementation: Device hostnames, banners, secured passwords and spanning tree protocol.

  • Device Configurations: Implement device hostnames to match the xACME educational topology labels. Provide a template and sample configuration for the MOTD banner and login banner (wording and implementation) for one of the switches. Keep this generic, as it will be implemented on all switches in the xACME educational topology. Lastly, include the configuration steps for implementing device passwords on both console port (out-of-band communications) and VTY (Telnet/in-band communications). All passwords should be encrypted.
  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP): Briefly explain the advantages and purpose of the STP. Administrators are having a difficult time placing switch 1 as the root. Provide a sample configuration for implementing SPT on the switches. Choose the mode you feel would be best suited for the environment and justify why. Switch 1 will need to be the root switch in the Springfield topology. Consider any security measures that can be implemented to protect the devices from bogus BPDUs.

Note: When approaching the spanning tree challenge, do not concern yourself with the multiple VLANs at this time. Focus simply on the default VLAN1, which is the active VLAN that all ports belong to in this topology at this time.

  • Please refer to the following configurations:
    • SpringfieldSw1
    • SpringfieldSw2
    • SpringfieldSw3
    • SpringfieldSw4








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