What does the network administrator need to do to take full advantage of the Cisco routers on each Internet connection?
A network administrator can use the Cisco router as a web server so as to take its full advantage. The Cisco router has a management provision so as to control connection on various devices such as computers. Cisco has a simplified process of configuring a wireless network for the homes, or small as well as medium office environments thereby easing the work of administrator (Cisco Systems, 2005).
Which routing protocol should be utilized, Routing Information Protocol (RIP-2) or Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)? Does one have an advantage over the other?
Enhanced routing protocol should be utilized, this is because enhanced interior gateway routing protocol has an
advantage over routing information protocol. Enhanced interior gateway routing protocol is a hybrid protocol, since it combines most of the characteristic of traditional distance vector protocol with some characteristics of link state protocol. It has been proven very stable flexible and fast. This is because it can support VLSM and has a low CPU utilization that reduces the flooding and overloading of the processor unlike Routing Information Protocols (RIP-2) and other routing protocols. EIGRP is quite easy to configure compared to the other routing protocols (McMillan, 2012).
Should load balancing be employed? Explain why or why not?
Load balancing should be employed since it enables a computer network to achieve optimal resource utilization, it assist in maximization of throughput, minimization of response time and avoids overloading the network by distributing work load across multiple computers, network links and central processing units.
How would load balancing be enabled?
In order to configure or enable load balancing in a server it mainly involves certain processes such as identifying server farms, configuring groups of the real server in server farms and configuring the virtual server that represent the real server to the clients. To configure the following tasks should be performed:
- Specifying a server farm
- Specifying a Load- Balancing algorithm
- Enabling real server for service
- Specifying a bind ID
- Specifying a real server
- Configuring real server attributes
- Specifying virtual server
- Associating a virtual server with a server firm
- Configuring a virtual server attributes
- Adjusting virtual server values
- Preventing advertisement of virtual server address
- Enabling the virtual server for service
- Implementing IOS SLB stateless backup
- Configuring IOS SLB Dynamic feedback protocol
- Configuring NAT
- Verifying IOS SLB
- Troubleshooting IOS SLB
What changes to the network topology or design must be made to incorporate the second Internet connection and Cisco router?
By use of Hierarchical design principle which uses a building block approach to leverage a high speed routed core network layer to which are attached multiple independent distribution blocks. The hierarchical design segregates the function of the network into this separate building block to provide availability, scalability, flexibility and fault isolation (Cisco Systems, 2005).