James Hanback. If you are like me, the first thing that you do when you grab a new gadget or toy is to ignore the instructions and see if you can figure it out for yourself. Sometimes, the best way to learn something new is to use your existing skills and knowledge. I can still remember the first time that I tried to tinker with a Doom-level creator back in the 90s. I started building a Doom-world copy of my house’s interior without any tutorials or help.
Boson Software now has NetSim 10.7. This update to NetSim 10 includes 12 new 300-135 (TSHOOT), Troubleshooting Tickets labs. These labs were created to appeal to the tinkerer in all of us.
Each lab contains a topology that’s significantly more complicated than normal. Each topology was created using NetSim’s Network Designer. Layer 2 technologies are included in each topology, including VLAN Trunking Protocol(VTP), Per VLAN Spanning Tree Protocol(PVSTP), EtherChannel and Frame Relay. Each topology also contains Layer 3 technologies like Open Shortest Path First, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocols (VTP), Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Protocol (PVSTP), EtherChannel, and Frame Relay. Below is a sample of one of these lab topologies:
You might also encounter authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA), Domain Name System (DNS), Network Time Protocols (NTP), Network Address Translations (NAT), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), among others.
The new Troubleshooting Tickets labs won’t provide information about specific technologies, unlike previous NetSim TSHOT labs. Instead, you will need to examine the topology and test it to determine the fault and the technology that is responsible. Each lab has one solution. You might discover, however, that there are many ways to explore and test topologies.
There are many ways to open a new toy.