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Requesting Packet Tracer tips for increasing speed and efficiency while setting up / configuring network.


I have an upcoming evaluation in Packet Tracer. I am NOT asking for help in regards to steps for completing the tasks in this evaluation.

This evaluation requires EIGRP, ACL's, and the configuration of around 5 or 6 routers, several PS's, including setting up ipv4 and ipv6 on all of the interfaces.

What has myself and other students worried is that even with a decent knowledge of how to accomplish this configuration, it appears as if the amount of configurations for all these interfaces far exceeds the alloted time. The IP addressing schemes are provided on paper, so copy and pasting the IP's is not possible.

So what I am asking in this post (sorry for the lengthy intro, I just wanted to make it clear that is wasn't looking for someone to do my work for me) are some suggestions or tips/tricks that I may not be aware of, which result in increased speed/ efficiency configuring this network.

I feel as if I am unaware of some sort of bulk configuration or method which would allow me to work smarter, not type faster.

I hope this question is in the right place, if not please advise. Thanks.

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4 points · 3 months ago
  • Do everything from the CLI if possible. Moving through the GUI takes too much time. You won't have a GUI in the real world either (but that's not part of your question).

  • True, you can't copy-and-paste from your paper, but you can copy-and-paste to and from PT. A lot of your devices will have configs that are almost identical. Configure the first one, show the running-config, and copy it to the next device. Now you only have the make the changes instead of the whole config.

  • Can you open Notepad on your evaluation computer? Paste your base config here and make changes for each device. Copy and paste away.

I do this all the time when labbing. I'll have a text file open with a section for line configs, a section for default switchport configs, a section for EIGRP, etc.

You may also be able to use TFTP to move configs between devices, but this might take more time than just copy-and-paste.

Original Poster1 point · 3 months ago

Thank you, just what I was looking for. The video that was posted as a reply demonstrated some of the techniques that you mentioned, and it looks like a huge time saver.

I feel a lot better regarding the timeframe knowing this.


  • The test PT allows for TFTP server placement

  • You are SUPER SUPER familiar with setting up and using the TFTP transfers (don't want to be fumbling through it only to take up more time)

  • Your devices are relatively close in programming

Then I would suggest the TFTP aspect as it can save a ton of time by only having to modify a few VLAN/Port/Routing numbers. However, making a mistake on your first device and having to chase it through all of your devices could be a pain. I made a mockup of about 120 devices for a network reconfig and the TFTP transfer was glorious. Just make sure that it is something that will actually save you time before you introduce extra work into a project.

There's a fast forward time option at the bottom, above the panel where you select equipments to place. This is useful for waiting a router to power up or for neighbours to form adjacency

1 point · 3 months ago

You can copy and paste the configuration of one device to another in packet tracer. This should help you speed up configuring multiple devices that will have a similar configuration because you create the 1st configuration and copy (modify what is needed) and paste to the other devices.


Original Poster1 point · 3 months ago

Awesome. That is exactly the kind of thing I was hoping was possible to do, but was unsure how to go about implementing it. Especially since a bunch of the options are locked, ie Router config tabs are locked, so the CLI must be used, making this solution perfect. I will definitely practice this way from now on.

Thank you.

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