Three Options for Rack Connectivity

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Three Options for Rack Connectivity

Last updated: March 27, 2019

INE's Collaboration racks offer a variety of connectivity options to maximize your studies. The following matrix offers a few possible combinations based on your situation.

Options Matrix

Preferred Combination: Direct RDP and HTTP access via SSL VPN and local Telnet client

  • Use Option 1 for direct access to the rack devices using RDP and HTTP(s)
  • Use Option 2 for console access to infrastructure components, if needed

Firewall Combination: Uses web browser without SSL VPN

  • Use Option 3 for resetting devices, loading and saving configurations, telnet, and Remote Desktop access

With INE’s Collaboration racks, you experience the same setup that the actual Cisco CCIE Collaboration lab uses at every location. In the real CCIE Collaboration lab, you have no physical interaction with any of your lab equipment, except for the candidate PC. All equipment is virtualized and the phones are remotely controlled.

Option 1 – Cisco SSL AnyConnect VPN Client

This option offers you the ability to access the web interfaces of the Cisco servers from your local browser. SSL AnyConnect VPN is convenient because it works for Mac, PC, and Linux. Without this option, you would need to RDP to one of the Jabber PCs using the rack Control Panel on the Rentals page to access a browser with connectivity to the web interfaces of the various servers.

More information can be found in the section Accessing Rack Servers via Software SSLVPN.

Option 2 - Telnet Access via

With this option, you can directly interact with the routers and switches via the console port on each device. This tool is useful if you lose access to one of the routers or switches via telnet or SSH.

More information can be found on the page Telnet Connections using Your own Telnet Client.

Option 3 - VPN-Less Access via

With this option, you only need a web browser and access to the Internet. From your rack's Control Panel (reached via, you can access servers via Remote Desktop, routers and switches via http-to-telnet proxy, and have access to tools for resetting your rack, loading new configurations, and saving configurations.

More information can be found in the section Accessing Lab Rack Equipment via Members Page.

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