Last updated: November 5, 2016

This guide describes how to access our Routing & Switching Lab Racks. Specifically, it describes how to access each of the devices described below within the lab rack from your location, and how to use our automation system's customer control panels.

For Advanced Technology and Foundation Labs (CCIE Routing & Switching v5 racks), your lab rack consists of:

  • Ten CSR Cloud Services routers
  • Four 3560-24 Catalyst switches

For RSv5 Troubleshooting and Full-Scale Labs and SPv4 Workbooks (CCIE Routing & Switching v5 Full-Scale & Troubleshooting racks), your lab rack consists of:

  • Twenty CSR Cloud Services routers
  • Four XRv routers
  • Four 3560-24 Catalyst switches

You have the ability to access each device's console using a traditional Telent client or just your web browser. You can load configs to your rack using INE-created configs that correspond to workbook tasks and labs and save your running configs so that you can load them later all using our rack automation software. 1


Unless otherwise directed in the workbook labs, if you need to set an enable password or vty password, use the user name cisco and password cisco, all lowercase.

Do not use any password other than cisco on the 3560 switches, because password recovery can only be done by our technicians physically accessing the device.

IP Addressing

All IP addresses used inside the rack's isolated environment are the same for all R&S v5 racks. If you are assigned rs5rack1, the IP address for all your internal routers and switches will be the same as if you were assigned rs5rack7.

Minimum Necessary Equipment

  • Web browser 2

There is no additional requirement other than your web browser to be able to access your rack. We use a HTTP to Telnet proxy server to allow you to use a web browser to communicate with the device's console port. While it is convenient to use a web browser this is primarily provided for those users who are unable to use Telnet from within their network environment. We highly recommend using a Telnet client to access the devices in your rack.

Session Reminder Email Message

When your lab rack has been set up, the automation system will send you a reminder email message at the start of the session. The reminder message includes the assigned rack and the password for the session.

  1. You may save a great amount of time during your session by loading and saving configs to flash: and using the Configuration Rollback and Replace feature found in the CSR. You can see a demonstration here: 

  2. If you choose to access the rack through the Telnet Gateway, you will need a telnet client. 

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