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Refer to the topology below, you are only allowed to access the CLI of Sw-AC3 to answer some questions. This does not require any configuration.


You can download this sim to practice here (but notice that this sim is not perfect, only for practicing purpose): http://congressreiki.ranm.org/?all=download/9tut.com_CCNA_vtp_sim.zip

If you are not sure about VTP, please read my VTP Tutorial

Question 1


To find out which interface associated with a given MAC address, use the show mac address-table command. It shows the learned MAC addresses and their associated interfaces. After entering this command, you will see a MAC address table like this:


From this table we can figure out that the MAC address 0010.5a0c.ffba is associated with interface Fa0/8.

Note: There are some reports that the “show mac-address-table” command does not exist. So if you cannot use the “show mac-address-table” command then try using the “show mac address-table” (without “-“) instead.

Question 2


Use the show interface trunk command to determine the trunking status of a link and VLAN status. This command lists port, its mode, encapsulation and whether it is trunking. The image below shows how it works:


(This image is used for demonstration only)

Question 3


VLAN-R1 is the router directly connected to Sw-Ac3 switch, so we can use the show cdp neighbors command to see:

1. Neighbor Device ID : The name of the neighbor device;

2. Local Interface : The interface to which this neighbor is heard

3. Capability: Capability of this neighboring device – R for router, S for switch, H for Host etc.

4. Platform: Which type of device the neighbor is

5. Port ID: The interface of the remote neighbor you receive CDP information

6. Holdtime: Decremental hold time in seconds

Sample output of show cdp neighbors command:


One thing I want to notice you is “Local Intrfce” in the image above refers to the local interface on the device you are running the “show cdp neighbors” command

Question 4


First we use the show spanning-tree vlan 1 to view the spanning-tree information of VLAN 1


From the “Cost 19”, we learn that the root switch is directly connected to the Sw-Ac3 switch over a 100Mbps Ethernet link

Notice that if you see all of the interface roles are Desg (designated) then you can confirm Sw-Ac3 switch is the root bridge for this VLAN (VLAN 1).

If you see there is at least one Root port in the interface roles then you can confirm Sw-Ac3 is not the root bridge because root bridge does not have root port. In this case, we notice that the root port on Sw-Ac3 switch is FastEthernet0/12, so we have to figure out which switch is associated with this port -> it is the root bridge. You can verify it with the show cdp neighbors command:


The “Local Intrfce” column refers to the interface on the switch running “show cdp neighbors” command. In this case, Sw-DS1 is associated with interface FastEthernet0/12 -> Sw-DS1 is the root bridge

Question 5


First we have to identify which VLAN interface Fa0/4 belongs to by the show vlan command


From the exhibit we know that VLAN 44 is configured on router using sub-interface Fa0/0.44 with IP address


Therefore the default gateway of the host should be

Question 6


To view the VTP configuration information, use the show vtp status command


So we knew Sw-Ac3 received VLAN information from (notice:the IP address may be different). Finally we use the show cdp neighbors detail to find out who is:


Note: If in the exam you find that “Configuration last modified by” then “” here indicates it does not receive VLAN information from anyone -> Sw-Ac3 is also the local updater. Therefore the answer in this case is Sw-Ac3.

Question 7

Answer and Explanation

First we should view the VTP configuration of switch Sw-Ac3 by using the show vtp status command on Sw-Ac3


Notice that its configuration revision number is 5 and VTP Domain Name is home-office

Next, from the exhibit we know that SwX has a revision number of 6, which is greater than that of Sw-Ac3 switch, and both of them have same VTP Domain Name called “home-office”.


Therefore SwX will replace vlan information on other switches with its own information. We should check vlan information of Sw-Ac3 switch with show vlan command


So the correct answer is D – The VLANs Servers, Management, Production and no-where will be removed from existing switches

Please notice that in the real CCNA exam you may see a different configuration revision of Sw-Ac3 or of SwX. In general, which switch has a higher revision number it will become the updater and other switches will overwrite their current databases with the new information received from the updater (provided that they are on the same domain and that switch is not in transparent mode). In particular, if the revision number of SwX is lower than that of Sw-Ac3, the answer should be “C – The VLANs Servers, Management, Production and no-where will replace the VLANs on SwX”.

Also, some recent comments have said that the new switch’s VTP Operating Mode is Server but the answer is still the same.

Note: If a switch is in client mode and has a higher Revision number, it can still update other Server switches (with lower Revision numbers).

Question 8


First we check to see which ports the source mac-address and the destination mac-address belong to by using show mac address-table command


We notice that the source mac-address 0010.5a0c.fd86 is listed in the table and it belongs to Vlan 33 but we can’t find the destination mac-address 000a.8a47.e612 in this table. In this case, the switch will flood to all ports of Vlan 33 and flood to all the trunk links, except the port it received this frame (port Fa0/6). Therefore from the output above, we can figure out it will flood this frame to Fa0/1, Fa0/3 and Fa0/12.

Please notice that the “show mac-address-table” command just lists information that was learned by the switch, it means that there can be other ports besides Fa0/1, Fa0/3 and Fa0/12 belong to Vlan 33. You can use the show vlan command to see which ports belong to vlan 33


And we found other ports which belong to vlan 33, they are Fa0/2, Fa0/5 and Fa0/7. Our switch will flood the frame to these ports, too.

And we can check which trunk ports will receive this frame by the show interface trunk command


-> Port Fa0/9 will also receive this frame!

Note: Some reports said there is another version of this question. A reader on 9tut commented:

Another question on the VTP SIM was” What will be the destination MAC address of a packet with Source IP address and destination IP address 192.0.2.X (doesn’t really matter what will be the Dest. IP address, since it will be sent to the router).
The answer is simple:
Since the source IP address belongs to VLAN 44, the default gw of the sender is the Router’s Subinterface, and this is where the packet will be sent. Thus, you need to perform a ‘show cdp nei’ on the Sw-AC3 in order to find the local FastEthernet port where the router is connected. Then execute a “show mac address-table” (this command was functioning) and find the mac address associated with the previous port. This is the answer.

Question 9

Answer and Explanation:

Because the destination address is not on the same subnet with the switch, it will forward the packet to its default gateway. So we have to find out who is the default gateway of this switch by using the show running-config command


From the output, we notice that its default-gateway is In fact, we can easily guess that its default gateway should be a layer 3 device like a router; and in this case, the VLAN-R1 router. To verify our theory, use the show cdp neighbor detail command and focus on the description of VLAN-R1 router


From this output, we can confirm the switch’s default gateway is VLAN-R1 router (with the IP address of And “the interface: FastEthernet0/3” tells us that the switch is connected to VLAN-R1 router through Fa0/3 port (Fa0/3 is the port on the switch).

Finally we just need to use the show mac-address-table command to find out which MAC address is associated with this interface


And we find out the corresponding MAC address is 000a.b7e9.8360. Although there are some entries of port Fa0/3 with different VLANs but they have the same MAC address.

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  1. J.J
    January 10th, 2019

    Question and answer does not match with sim 90% of the time. But the method to find the answer is still valid.
    Especially the last question where Sw-Ac3 is missing default gateway configured. (I don’t think CPT let you set default gateway on its simulated switch anyway.)

  2. Lauren
    January 25th, 2019

    Hello 9tut community,
    Question1: I think “show interfaces” command is another way to get the MAC address, can you please confirm ? and if not, why ?
    Thank you !

  3. David
    February 18th, 2019

    Alguém, pode me enviar as questões ? sennacard17 pelo gmail

    February 19th, 2019

    does anyone has last of VCE exam simulation setup with crack ???? could you send me mail please..

    halilalban at outlook dat com

  5. bill
    February 28th, 2019

    @Lauren, the show interfaces command does give you mac address info, but its annoying as it gives you tonnes of info about all interfaces on the router/switch.

  6. Glenn
    March 18th, 2019

    doe anyone knows if this sim is still in the exam?

  7. bill
    April 18th, 2019

    @Glenn, i think i saw something like this in my ICND1 exam. attempted 1 question, found it annoying so skipped it lol.

  8. david
    May 3rd, 2019

    1. what interface did Sw-Ac3 associate with source MAC address 0010.5a0c.ffba?
    2. what ports on Sw-AC3 are operating has trunks ?
    3. what kind of router is VLAN-R1?
    4. which switch is the root bridge for vlan 1?
    5. what address should be configured as the default-gateway for host conected
    to interface fa0/4 of SW-AC3?
    6. from which switch did SW-AC3 receive VLAN information?
    7. SwX was taken out of the production network for maintenance. it will
    reconnected to the fa0/16 port of Sw-Ac3. what happens to the network when it is
    reconnected and a trunk exists between the two switches?
    8. out of which ports will a frame be forwarded that has source mac-addess
    0010.5a0c.fd86 and destination mac-address 000a.8a47.e612?
    9. if one of the host connected to Sw-AC3 wants to send something for the ip [or any ip that is not on the same subnet] what will be the destination
    MAC address?

  9. Pattrick
    May 13th, 2019

    @david: you can reach me for lasted dump at: network4career(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. garv
    May 21st, 2019

    @9tut, Q9- If one of the host connected to Sw-AC3 wants to send something for the ip (or any ip that is not on the same subnet) what will be the destination MAC address?

    Answer is port’s MAC-address. The explanation is quite confusing though!

    It is being assumed that switch will forward the address to its default gateway because the subnet is different. But the thing is that Switches by their very nature have nothing to do with Layer 3 Addressing. Infact,Switches only forward the frames based on their MAC-ADDRESS. The question says that a Host is sending a packet to a host on a different subnet, then why does the switch is being assumed to be taking Layer 3 decision by sending packets to its Default-Gateway. Moreover, traffic is not originating from the Switch itself (as in the case of TELNET etc.)

    The Explanation should be that the Switch would forward the frame to the Port which is associated with the Default-Gateway of the host’s VLAN. In the above answer it is being said that the Hosts in any VLAN(1,22,33,44) would forward the packets to the address This means that hosts in different VLAN with different default-gateways would all use only one Default-Gateway IP ie.,which is wrong!. The Default-Gateway of all the VLANs is physically the same but logically(IP address) different. So the destination MAC-ADDRESS of all the hosts would remain the same but their logical Default-Gateways ie.IP’s would be different as the Router’s port has been Sub-interfaced. The answer above is right but explanation causes confusion!!

  11. j
    June 1st, 2019

    same as @Garv
    i answered by thinking L2 only

  12. junior
    June 20th, 2019


  13. TOPGUN2020
    July 23rd, 2019

    Hi everyone, please comment if anyone who give exam recently whether 9TUT site is enough to pass 200-125 please?

  14. gofa
    September 20th, 2019

    questions are not visible here,we would appreciate if somebody comment with the questions

  15. Anonymous
    October 25th, 2019

    Loved this lab. Thanks.

  16. mo
    November 5th, 2019

    Hi all –
    I got confused a little on VTP lab:
    The answer correct has been selected stating:
    The VLAN server, management and production and no-where will replace the vlans on swX
    however, the revision = 6 server mode
    and Sw-AC3 revision = 7 but client mode
    Am I reading wrong if revision is higher even client mode will overwrite the server mode switches…..!

    Sw-AC3#show vtp status
    VTP Version : 2
    Configuration Revision : 7
    Maximum VLANs supported locally : 255
    Number of existing VLANs : 7
    VTP Operating Mode: Client
    VTP Domain Name : home-office
    VTP Pruning Mode : Enabled
    VTP V2 Mode : Diable
    VTP Traps Generation : Disabled
    MD5 digest : 0x22 0x07 0xF2 0x3A 0xF1 0x28 0xA0 0x5D
    Configuration last modified by at 3-1-93 00:28:35

  17. asfwetwe
    November 19th, 2019

    Question 1:
    What interface did Sw-AC3 associate with source MAC address 0010.5a0c.ffba ?
    Question 2:
    What ports on Sw-AC3 are operating has trunks (choose three)?
    Question 3:
    What kind of router is VLAN-R1?
    Question 4:
    Which switch is the root bridge for VLAN 1?
    Question 5:
    What address should be configured as the default-gateway for the host connected to interface fa0/4 of SW-Ac3?
    Question 6:
    From which switch did Sw-Ac3 receive VLAN information?
    Question 7:
    Refer to the exibit, SwX was taken out of the production network for maintenance. It will be reconnected to the Fa 0/16 port of Sw-Ac3. What happens to the network when it is reconnected and a trunk exists between the two switches?
    Question 8:
    Out of which ports will a frame be forwarded that has source mac-address 0010.5a0c.fd86 and destination mac-address 000a.8a47.e612? (Choose three)
    Question 9:
    If one of the host connected to Sw-AC3 wants to send something for the ip (or any ip that is not on the same subnet) what will be the destination MAC address?

  18. hoodie
    December 14th, 2019

    both access list and eigrp was on the exam. A lot of drag and drop. Questions mostly consisted of details about protocols. Failed 770.

  19. Milo
    December 26th, 2019

    @ 9TUT

    Just a heads up, the packet tracer for this lab doesn’t have anything connected to SW-AC3 on FA0/1 (down/down), so question 9 can’t have C as one of the correct answers.

  20. Anonymous
    January 15th, 2020

    hi guys
    is this lab updated? valid on n exm?

  21. Anonymous
    January 26th, 2020

    please help answer vtp lab still valid on exam?

  22. Zaine
    January 29th, 2020

    @hoodie so close yet so far away. Better luck next time thanks for sharing.

  23. Anonymous
    February 5th, 2020

    @mo has a point

    On the second lab VTP Operating Mode should be Server, not Client… considering that the vtp information was given by the switch itself.

    @9tut please correct it

  24. Annnonym
    February 14th, 2020

    Note: If in the exam you find that “Configuration last modified by” then “” here indicates it does not receive VLAN information from anyone -> Sw-Ac3 is also the local updater

    Will that mean that Sw-Ac3 is in Transparent mode (because it does not receive vlan info..)

    Thanks in advance

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