The Cisco Catalyst 3506G is a layer 3 switch which went end-of-life in 2009. For the home lab its a pretty nice switch to have due to its layer 3 support and gigabit speed. Mine is the model seen to the left, 24 gigabit ports and 4x1gb SFP uplinks.
The Cisco Catalyst 3560 is available with one of two software images:
IP Base software includes advanced quality of service (QoS),
rate limiting, access control lists (ACLs), Open Shortest Path First
(OSPF) for routed access, and IPv6 functionality.
IP Services software provides a broader set of
enterprise-class features, including advanced hardware-based IP Unicast
and IP Multicast routing, as well as policy-based routing (PBR).
Anyway, gathered here are a few manadatory resources for the Cisco Catalyst 3560G.
This is my first post in what I hope to be a long line of Cisco networking related posts, as I have just gotten my hands on a bit of used Cisco equipment and hope to use it to setup a home lab.
First step of setting up this home lab is to get my two Catalyst 2960s reset to factory defaults. So here is how you do it. Note that I am assuming that you have already established a console connection to the switch.
First,boot up the switch while holding down the MODE button until you see the following appear on the screen
Boot Sector Filesystem (bs) installed, fsid: 2
Base ethernet MAC Address: 00:17:0e:17:de:80
Xmodem file system is available.
The password-recovery mechanism is enabled.
The system has been interrupted prior to initializing the
flash filesystem. The following commands will initialize
the flash filesystem, and finish loading the operating