Free Play Labs – CCNA Vol 1, Chapter 8

 In 200-301 V1 Ch08: Virtual LANs, 200-301 V1 Part 3: VLANs, STP, Free Play Labs for CCNA

The CCNA 200-301 exam includes the same VLAN and VLAN trunking concepts, configuration, and verification found in the CCNA exams for most of their history. However, this version of the exam chooses to ignore VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP) – a choice that I personally like. The chapter and examples keep somewhat centered, with topics on creating and verifying VLANs on each switch, and with configuring VLAN trunks to connect multiple switches.

Confused? New to “Free Play” Labs?

The idea is simple: Many students would like to further explore the Examples in the Official Cert Guide. We remove the barriers so you can do just that with the free Cisco Packet Tracer simulator.

The details require some reading. To get your head around what kind of content is here in the blog for these labs, read:

Book: CCNA 200-301 OCG, Volume 1
Chapter: 8
Title: Implementing Ethernet Virtual LANs
Part: 3

What’s in This Post

Chapter Intro: A brief description of the topics in that chapter of the book.

Download Link: Links to a ZIP; the ZIP holds all the .PKT files for this chapter.

Table of PKT files, by Example: A table that lists each example in the chapter, with the files supplied for each. Also lists a note about whether the PKT topology matches the book example exactly or not.

Tips: When we build the files, we come across items that we think might confuse you when trying the examples with PT. We write those notes in this section!

Chapter Intro

Chapter 8 of the CCNA 200-301 Official Cert Guide, Volume 1 focuses on Virtual LANs. VLANs allow a network engineer to separate the ports on a switch into multiple LAN broadcast domains – VLANs. By definition, in a layer 2 switch, a broadcast frame arriving in a port in one VLAN will be flooding out the ports in that VLAN, but purposefully not forwarded out ports belonging to other VLANs. VLANs give engineers a way to logically (aka virtually) break the switch into multiple logical switches.

The chapter’s examples focus on two main topics: VLANs and VLAN trunks. As usual, some examples detail configuration, while others focus on verification. The early part of the chapter focuses on VLAN configuration and verification, while the latter part of the chapter focuses on VLAN trunks.

Download the Packet Tracer ZIP File

One .PKT File – But Maybe Two (Duplicate) Toplogies

When building the content for this post, we review the examples in the book and decide whether it makes sense to supply a Packet Tracer (.pkt) file to match the example. If we choose to support an example by supplying a matching .pkt file, the .pkt file includes a topology that matches the example as much as possible. It also includes the device configurations as they should exist at the beginning of the example.

In some cases, the .pkt file shows two instances of the lab topology – one above and one below. We include two such topologies when the book example includes configuration commands, for these purposes:

  • Top/Initial: The topology at the top has the configuration state at the beginning of the example.
  • Bottom/Ending: The topology at the bottom adds the configuration per the example, so that it mimics the configuration at the end of the example.

Table of .PKT Files, by Example


Example .PKT Includes Initial State of Example?
.PKT Also Includes Ending State of Example?
Exact Match of Interface IDs?
8-1 Yes No Yes
8-2 Yes Yes Yes
8-3 Yes No Yes
8-4 Yes Yes Yes
8-5 Yes No Yes
8-6 Yes Yes Yes
8-7 Yes Yes Yes
8-8 Yes Yes Yes
8-9 Yes No Yes
8-10 Use 8-9 No Yes
8-11 Not Supplied Not Supplied N/A
8-12 Not Supplied Not Supplied N/A
8-13 Not Supplied Not Supplied N/A


This example works as intended in Packet Tracer. However, we added some description commands to the interfaces as notes for you, so the output in PT will list those description commands, while the example text in the book does not.

The output of the show vlan id 2 in real gear includes both access ports in that VLAN plus any VLAN trunks that allow the VLAN’s traffic. PT instead lists only the access ports in that VLAN. As a result, in this case, the example includes trunk port G0/1 in the output, while PT does not.

PT does not support the show interfaces interface-id trunk command, a command that is shown in the example. Consider instead using the show interfaces interface-id switchport command.

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Christiaan Steenkamp

Thank you Sir.

I found this via twitter btw. You can plug your blog more often then even more people will find your work.


I have downloaded the file but when i login packet tracer this error appears .

Page not found
The requested page “/portal/saml_login%3FReturnTo%3Dptlogincomplete” could not be found.

Hubert Jaworski

What is the password to config the switch?


The lab should ask you what you need to do and give instructions

Eugene Khavinson

Hi Wendell, I am struggling to find instructions of for tasks that needs to be done on devices/interfaces.


Hello Wendell,

On Page 182, Vol 1, Paragraph 2;
Quote “SW1 sends the broadcast out port Fa0/4 (because that port is in VLAN 20) and …”

PC21 is in VLAN20 so when it sends out a broadcast, i thought it goes over SW1 out port Fa0/3, not port Fa0/4 as you mention in the book. Port Fa0/4 on SW1 is associated with PC 22, not PC 21.

Please help clarify,



Hi Wendell,

I already downloaded the 8 Pkt file but then no instructions or tasks on it. How to start? thanks… Jaime


Hello Jaime
The Packet Tracer Labs are based on the book and the web page for the lab. They basically give you a hands on option for learning from the examples in the book.
This is the CCNA 200301 Volume 1 Ch 08 Lab page:


i do not find the global configuration command “shutdown” in the CLI. I want to shutdown a VLAN in the switch.
Why could it be?
Thank you.!


I was trying command ‘show interfaces F0/4 trunk’ but it gives me Invalid input detected at ‘^’ marker. the ^ is under ‘t’ as trunk.
Any idea?
Many thanks


Hi Wendell can plz explain to me how do l use the free pay labs lm still confused even after checking the confused section you posted

Wendell Odom

I don’t think I can explain it any more clearly. So, let me suggest the Config Labs. You can read about them here: , and the menu item for labs shows how to navigate to the labs. I hope you enjoy those labs.

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