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[–]zanfarCCENT 4 points5 points  (2 children)

  • 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.

[–]J_Rath_905[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

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.

[–]Asphyxius 0 points1 point  (0 children)


  • 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.

[–]asdwenj 2 points3 points  (0 children)

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

[–]infosec_studentCCNA 0 points1 point  (1 child)

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.

Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQa--Qr_HTg

[–]J_Rath_905[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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.