Thanks to my new pal Darby Weaver, I’m attending a Narbik bootcamp next week in Chicago! Darby was kind enough to let me use his spot as he will not be able to make it. My company is even willing to give me the time off (as training, so no loss of PTO, woot) and pay for travel, hotel, and rental car. Needless to say, I’m very excited. I’m hoping to do some type of daily digest post each night, but I don’t know if I’ll have the energy or motivation after 12 hour days of Cisco study.
Here are the details on the class: This program offers Narbik’s Routing and Switching as well as Cisco 360 CCIE R&S Advanced Workshop 1 (CIERS-1) v1.0. This program offers Instructor Led lessons, a lab guide and hands-on labs on specific topics, as well as Assessment labs, including instructor time and feedback to provide student mentoring and support.
This program offers Narbik’s Routing and Switching as well as Cisco 360 CCIE R&S Advanced Workshop
1 (CIERS-1) v1.0. This program offers Instructor Led lessons, a lab guide and hands-on labs on specific topics, as well as Assessment labs, including instructor time and feedback to provide student mentoring and support.
Obviously I’m a huge proponent of Dynamips, and I will still be using it, probably more so than the physical hardware. But… I had most of this stuff lying around, so I thought I should put it to use. I’m mirroring the INE topology as best I can with what I have. Here’s my terrible picture (I’m not much of a photog):
R1 – 2610XM
R2 – 3640
R3 – 3640
R4 – 3725
R5 – 1760 (might replace this one)
R6 – 2801
FR Switch/BB1 – 2621 + NM-8A/S
SW1 – 3560-48
SW2 – 3560-48
SW3 – 3550-48
SW4 – 3550-48
Term Server – 2512 + 2514
BB2 – 2501
BB3 – 2514
The original plan was to take BGP and MPLS separately, but I was told by a few people to give the composite a try. Since my employer is picking up the tab for two attempts, I figured it couldn’t hurt to try. I was hoping to pass, but I wasn’t too confident. I passed though!
It was pretty tough, but not too bad. There was more ATM than I would have liked, but most of it was basic. Also a lot of drag and drops. The sims were ridiculously easy, which was surprising. It didn’t feel like the exam went as deep into the technologies as I expected.
So I’m a CCIP now, which is awesome. I need to celebrate a little.
I’ve been talking to people about the BGP and MPLS exams. From what I’m hearing, it sounds like the composite (BGP+MPLS) is actually easier than doing each exam individually. I’m finding this a bit hard to believe, but people seem pretty adamant about it. I’m hearing that there are less sims on the composite.
I’ve been focusing on BGP mostly, but MPLS has been part of the labs I’ve been using. I might just try out the composite and see how it goes since my employer is paying for two attempts per exam…
Anyone have thoughts or suggestions on the matter?
Last week I decided to put the CCIE on hold for awhile due to the new troubleshooting section. I feel like I could use another year or so of experience under my belt before trying to tackle that monster. I’ve been meaning to sit the CCDA exam for a few weeks now, but haven’t really gotten motivated enough to do it. Then I started tinkering with Juniper…
I went through the Fast Track stuff and did the pre-assessment last Sunday to get the 50% off. Oh a whim, I decided to do some studying and see how bad the test is, with the 50% off it’s only ~$60, so it wouldn’t upset me too bad if I failed.