I am having a hard time trying to figure what code I should be running…I got a 3550 to play with. The blueprint says 12.2 IP Services, but on cisco.com you cannot download any 12.2 IP services IOS images that are EMI. The latest EMI I can pull is 12.1(22) (c3550-i5k2l2q3-mz.121-22.EA10b.bin).

I can pull 12.2(46) IP Services, but when I boot it does not show as EMI

Any help would be great!

*UPDATE* Well it appears I have figured this one out. Apparently, Cisco in all their wisdom decided to change the name of EMI to “IP Services” …so I guess the 12.2(46) IP Services code I got really IS EMI … bah. I wish Cisco would make up their damn mind with these image names. Either change it ALL or don’t change it at all… particuarly irritating is the stuff like ipservicesk9….etc…. wtf do they use “k9” and other codes MIXED with the new names? ugh

Maybe somebody will learn from my mistake:

Switch#sh ver
Cisco IOS Software, C3550 Software (C3550-IPSERVICESK9-M), Version 12.2(46)SE, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc2)
Copyright (c) 1986-2008 by Cisco Systems, Inc.
Compiled Thu 21-Aug-08 16:13 by nachen
Image text-base: 0x00003000, data-base: 0x012B5D98

ROM: Bootstrap program is C3550 boot loader

Switch uptime is 1 minute
System returned to ROM by power-on
System image file is “flash:/c3550-ipservicesk9-mz.122-46.SE.bin”

This product contains cryptographic features and is subject to United
States and local country laws governing import, export, transfer and
use. Delivery of Cisco cryptographic products does not imply
third-party authority to import, export, distribute or use encryption.
Importers, exporters, distributors and users are responsible for
compliance with U.S. and local country laws. By using this product you
agree to comply with applicable laws and regulations. If you are unable
to comply with U.S. and local laws, return this product immediately.

A summary of U.S. laws governing Cisco cryptographic products may be found at:

If you require further assistance please contact us by sending email to

Cisco WS-C3550-24-PWR (PowerPC) processor (revision G0) with 65526K/8192K bytes of memory.
Processor board ID CAT0825Z0SD
Last reset from warm-reset
Running Layer2/3 Switching Image

Ethernet-controller 1 has 12 Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.3 interfaces

Ethernet-controller 2 has 12 Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.3 interfaces

Ethernet-controller 3 has 1 Gigabit Ethernet/IEEE 802.3 interface

Ethernet-controller 4 has 1 Gigabit Ethernet/IEEE 802.3 interface

24 FastEthernet interfaces
2 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces

The password-recovery mechanism is enabled.
384K bytes of flash-simulated NVRAM.
Base ethernet MAC Address: 00:11:92:1A:1D:80
Motherboard assembly number: 73-8100-08
Power supply part number: 341-0029-03
Motherboard serial number: CAT08240ZQX
Power supply serial number: DTH08201YWD
Model revision number: G0
Motherboard revision number: A0
Model number: WS-C3550-24PWR-SMI
System serial number: CAT0825Z0SD
Configuration register is 0x10F
– Joe

Sorry for the lack of updates and posts, things have been getting out of hand lately 🙂 My wife has strep throat, my son has bad acid reflux that is causing all sorts of issues when he is sleeping so it has been a rough couple of weeks. We just started medicine for him and moved him over to a new formula to help out with that so hopefully that will stop. For the most part he is a typical healthy normal two month old infant… “Hey dad it is 3:00am and I am hungry!!!! Hello dad? Can you hear me? Mom dad is ignoring me!!!!!!” My wife wonders if I really do sleep through his noises at night or do I just wait for her to wake up… When I sleep I am pretty much out cold once I get used to certain noises around me 🙂

Anyhow I have been able to actually accomplish some labbing and studying


Narbik’s Soup to Nuts is done

Internetwork Expert Vol II lab 1 is completed

Goals for this week:

Finish Vol II lab 2 that I started yesterday.

Go through the lab breakdowns for both labs.

Start Voll II lab 3 and start to work towards beginning the 5 day bootcamp class on demand.

Right now I am feeling good being ahead of schedule of what I want to complete before heading out to Narbik’s in November.

The remaining cables I needed arrived from Hong Kong today, so I have my home lab complete! Everything is cabled up in IPE standard topology. I spent some time this afternoon properly labeling all the interfaces, and making sure everything came up OK. I did run into 1 bad DTC/DTE crossover cable…good thing I had some more laying around.

I think tonight I will work on getting the frame relay up and going, assigning IP addresses, etc.

Here are some pictures, taken on my new blackberry curve!

Joe A - Home Lab 1

Joe A - Home Lab 2

Joe A - Home Lab 3

I finally finished going through the complete 5 day video bootcamp from IPexpert. Boy, it sure was a good and very educational ride! Basically, my plan was to sit through the entire bootcamp, paying very close attention, and taking very good notes before jumping into any labs. I mean, I figure the labs are going to kick my ass as it is, I might as well at least go through the videos first.

As far as the video’s I was very happy with the content. Of course, there was a lot of stuff I do know from experience and previous studies, but there was a lot of stuff that I am not so experienced with, or that I just plain didn’t even know existed!

I ordered the cables I need to finish my lab on like the 29th and was starting to wonder where the hell they are…turns out the place I got them from is in Hong Kong hehe….gonna take a while, but hopefully I will get them soon.

I know which areas I am weak in, and that are going to really hurt when I actually get to the IPexpert lab books. Namely, Multicast, QoS, perhaps BGP depending on how crazy it gets…..also I definitely need mucho practice on Policy routing, and just in general all the topics that have to do with writing ACLs then tying them to policies and such. I understand it fine when I read it, but I need to DO it. I just got done reading through the CCIE R/S Exam Cert guide chapters on QoS again…boy they really made a lot more sense, after having watched the IPexpert VODs. It also helped to not be pretty much burned out on reading it this time around. Last time I read those chapters I was ripping through the book to prepare for my written exam.

I guess the next step is to just face the music and start plowing into labs. I will probably be spending a lot of time on my own equipment, but like I said there are certain things I won’t be able to do right now (Not all my gear runs 12.4 code, and I only have 2950 switches). I will likely get some rack time from Proctor Labs. I also am still not sure what in the world to do with my backbone routers to simulate what they do in the videos…I mean the guy is taking like 500+ routes in haha…nice. I guess in the meantime (until I get my cables from Hong Kong) I will probably hit up some of the exercises in the VOD on my home equipment the best I can, and keep reading.

I am almost done with Narbik’s Soup to Nuts workbook and will be moving on to his full lab that was included with the workbook. I am hoping to have that done by next weekend at and then move on again with Internetwork Expert’s Vol II labs. I would like to complete 4-5 of them and then try to get in as much of the 5 day bootcamp COD before I head out to Narbiks camp on November 8th. Soup to Nuts was good to go through to help solidify the basic core technologies. Nothing surprising in the workbook, not much eye opening, but I don’t think that is what it is designed to do :).

This update is a little short, not much time to fit the blogging in right now 🙁