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Arseny Taranenko
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Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Monday, November 03, 2008 - 03:52 pm:   

Please use the following guidelines for your lab reports in all CN courses unless otherwise stated by your instructor.

You can always work together with your colleagues on the labs and get results. However, you should make sure that you are able to repeat the lab individually. You can also consult your colleagues or any documents including other lab reports, however, you should properly reference them. Under no circumstances you could copy or reuse any part of any document without reference.


New lab report guidelines

A) Your reports should not be very lengthy. There will always be some points (~10%) allocated to proper format and presentation. Use the following points to help you write a proper report:
1. Include a table of contents at the beginning
2. Your reports should include introduction, explanations, configurations, results, discussions, answer to questions, conclusions, and appendices
3. Tabulate your configurations and results. Properly label and interpret your tables and figures
4. Lab reports for all CN course (with only a few exceptions in CN8813 and CN8815) should not exceed 10-15 pages each
5. Include only the configuration commands that you have used, never include the entire configuration file
6. Include only one example in each case, you do not need to repeat the same commands for all cases (example: We did the following commands on ports f0/1-f0/4, or on routers PnR1-PnR6)
7. Use font 12, single space, 1.5 margins
8. Submit an electronic version of your report to the TAs through email. Do not submit hard copies.

B) You can start with introduction. In one paragraph, you should state name of the lab, objectives and explain what you will perform and achieve in each part of the lab (1-2 lines for each section):

Example: Virtual LAN lab
Explain what are VLANs, VTPs, Trunking, and so on.

For each section, explain how you will be performing experiments to investigate these topics. For instance: In section 6 we will be creating routed ports on Cisco switch to investigate how we can use layer 3 switches as routers. We will be doing this by configuring Ethernet ports as routed ports and ..

C) Then go on to each part of the lab. Start with a title, and then explain further what you exactly do in this section, on each switch, router, port, VLAN, and so on. What is the purpose of this section and how you implement this part using Cisco equipment. You can include the configuration commands in this part.

Example: routing ports in VLAN lab
Explain what is a routed port? What is the purpose of routed port? How we implement it? Include the commands in the following manner:
In this section we created routed ports by applying the following commands on ports 3 and 4 of switches PnS1-PnS6:
# configure terminal
# interface f0/3
# no switchport
# ip address 10.1.1.x 255.255.255.0
# exit

Then answer the questions for this section. Write a short discussion for this section based on the description of the section, questions, and your answers.

D) At the end, include one conclusion for the entire lab. In this section, you should show how you used this lab to achieve the objectives stated in the introduction

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