Hour 265: Week 1-2 Completed

I just completed the first 2 weeks of training I planned with the IPexpert workbooks. I had previously done 3 of the labs and I removed all the Frame-Relay from my training. Because of this, I was able to compress my schedule and complete up to Lab 14 (MBGP). Also, I only did 4 hours on Sunday instead of the 8 hours that was originally planned. I might have to re-evaluate my study schedule.

Here are some of my impressions and some tips I have on the IPexpert workbooks:

  1. Already know how to configure the technologies: IPexpert workbooks are not meant to teach you how to configure basic stuff. However, they will teach you several obscure CCIE features and talk about many other ways to accomplish the same task.
  2. Have a deep understanding of the technologies: IPexperts workbooks are not meant for people who do not have a good grasp of the underlying functions of a protocol. They will mix several technologies and you can get easily confused if you do not understand them.
  3. Make your own drawings: IPexpert will have a basic L2 and L3 topology for each lab but I would highly suggest making your own. Once you get into OSPF and BGP with different areas and AS’s, it is imperative to make your own drawings if you don’t want to get lost.
  4. Read the whole Lab: In most labs, you will have several requirements that will break previous configurations. Learn to recognize and to avoid these “land mines”.

This is all I got so far, I don’t have a lot of time to blog because I am dedicating a lot of time doing labs. I will update my progress at least once per week and try to share some interesting tricks I have learned along the way.

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