Dynamips for SP
For R&S I assembled a lab which consisted of Dynamips on a Mac Mini for all of the routers and then physical CAT-3560-8PC switches. This worked out wonderfully. So wonderfully, in fact, I was very reluctant to reconfigure it all for SP; I've grown too used to the topology and use it often to test various concepts or attempt to resolve problems (etc). I elected to go full Dynamips within the Mini for SP so that I wouldn't have to touch my switches. Thus far, I'm better than half way through Vol I and the VoD. On more than one occasion I've lost valuable study time chasing connectivity problems that sprang up during a lab that ultimately were solved by simply rebooting some device. More often than not, it's turning out to be R7/SW1 or R8/SW2. This is leading me to believe that I have about $4k in switching hardware sitting in my lab that is going to waste. Does anyone have any thoughts about this? Should I bite the bullet and reconfigure my entire lab - even if only temporarily - to support physical switches for greater stability and possibly even enhanced functionality? Or have I just had a bad spell of luck starting out and all will be well with Dynamips (or at least Dynamips won't be any better with the physical switches for Ethernet connectivity)?