So I took the CCIE Written today. Thought I had a good chance of passing if I didn’t get hammered too bad on Multicast and some other stuff. I passed!
It was a really hard exam. I scored a lot lower than usual, but still eked out a pass. Lots of questions, some super easy, and some very, very hard. As I already knew, I really need to work on Multicast. I had 77 questions total and I felt like I had more than enough time. There were some tricky questions on there, so make sure to read carefully for those of you who take it. Narbik’s class definitely got me through the exam. That and studying my weak points all weekend.
I don’t know when I’m doing the lab (stop asking! lol). Narbik comes to Orlando in August, so I’d like to retake his camp then and hopefully do my first attempt at the monster in September.
The class was great, I feel like I learned so much. I will definitely be taking it again before doing the lab. Here’s the layout again:
- Day 1
- Frame Relay
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
- Day 5
The depth and coverage of all technologies were amazing. I hope I retained even 50% of everything he taught us, even with 50% of it I think I’d have a good shot at passing the lab on the first try. My favorite day was BGP and MPLS, because I can’t get enough of those. Each day was grueling and and amazing. The workbooks are the best I’ve seen so far. The explanations provided in the answers are infinitely helpful in understanding the technologies.
Yesterday was BGP and MPLS. Probably my favorite day. I really can’t get enough of those technologies. It was mostly lecture which was very deep. This was the first day that I felt like I wasn’t far behind the lecture. I knew 95% of what we were talking about and how to implement it. I was quite happy. Naturally Narbik showed me some stuff I’d never seen and gave me a new way to think about things. All in all, it was a great day.
After class (~9:30) a few of us, including Narbik, went to the hotel next door to grab some drinks. It was a good time.
Today is a short day and the technology is Multicast. This is one of my weaker subjects as I haven’t really touched it since BSCI. I’m hoping to learn and retain a lot today.
I’m considering starting up a new thing where I interview some network veterans. Nothing spectacular, maybe something like 10 relatively short questions. Narbik has agreed to be my first test subject if you guys are interested. If so, what questions would you like me to ask? Let me know!
Sorry I didn’t post last night, I was dead tired. This week is tough.
Yesterday was QoS and RIP. It was mostly lecture. I feel like a gained a MUCH better understanding of Policing and Shaping yesterday, I just hope I can keep it in my brain. Learned a ton about RIP too, and the depths of routing in general. Can’t say enough good things about Narbik or this class, I would recommend it to anyone.
Today is the day I’ve been looking forward to all week, BGP and MPLS. Woot!
I should be able to throw something up midday, I hope.
Day 2 is nearly over. It’s been full of OSPF. Lots of lecture and labbing. Narbik has so much in his brain, it’s really unbelievable. Everyone knows that OSPF is very deep, but after today I’m speechless. I’ve made some tables and a diagram (from Narbik’s drawing on the whiteboard) with some of the information I want to save. Here is table of OSPF LSA Types:
It tells you which type of router sends them, what they look like in the RIB, what commands we can use to see them and some other things.
Here is the table of OSPF Network Types:
Also filled with good info.
Here is the diagram I made from his drawing on the board: