My First CCIE Bootcamp
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 Boot Camp teaches learners how to use an expert-level problem-solving process that includes options analysis to support complex network technologies and topologies. This course is part of a blended learning curriculum that supports expert-level preparation in routing and switching. Objectives Upon completing this course, learners will be able to meet these objectives: The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are these advanced-level competencies (knowledge and skills): These training courses are recommended to meet the prerequisites: The primary audience for this course is network engineers that need be able to use an expert-level problem-solving process that includes options analysis to support complex network technologies and topologies. The secondary audience is networking designers that design and support complex network technologies and topologies. The duration of this boot camp is 5 days. Narbik Kocharians CCSI, CCIE #12410 (R&S, Security, SP) Narbik a Triple CCIE has over 32 years of experience in the industry. He has designed, implemented and supported numerous enterprise networks. Some of the companies that Narbik has worked for are IBM, Carlton United Breweries, Australian Cable and Wireless, BP, AMOCO and in US, 20th Century Ins., Home Saving of America, Verizon, TTI, Trinet Inc, NLI, IPexpert, Anderson Networking and Consulting and many more. Narbik has been a dedicated CCIE instructor for over 12 years.
Who Should Attend
Boot Camp Hours:
M – Th 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
What the Students Get:
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 Boot Camp teaches learners how to use an expert-level problem-solving process that includes options analysis to support complex network technologies and topologies. This course is part of a blended learning curriculum that supports expert-level preparation in routing and switching. Objectives
Upon completing this course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:
The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are these advanced-level competencies (knowledge and skills):
These training courses are recommended to meet the prerequisites:
The primary audience for this course is network engineers that need be able to use an expert-level problem-solving process that includes options analysis to support complex network technologies and topologies.
The secondary audience is networking designers that design and support complex network technologies and topologies.
The duration of this boot camp is 5 days.
Narbik Kocharians CCSI, CCIE #12410 (R&S, Security, SP)
Narbik a Triple CCIE has over 32 years of experience in the industry. He has designed, implemented and supported numerous enterprise networks. Some of the companies that Narbik has worked for are IBM, Carlton United Breweries, Australian Cable and Wireless, BP, AMOCO and in US, 20th Century Ins., Home Saving of America, Verizon, TTI, Trinet Inc, NLI, IPexpert, Anderson Networking and Consulting and many more. Narbik has been a dedicated CCIE instructor for over 12 years.
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about 6 years ago - 8 comments
Sorry for the horrible lack of updates lately. I had to shift focus a bit to meet a job requirement. It’s come down from the top that everyone in the North American Network group within my company needs to get the ITILv3: Foundations cert by September of this year (ugh!). I’ve been cramming it like crazy and hope to knock the exam out in the next couple weeks. If that all works out I can get back to Cisco stuff and hopefully some decent posts.
If anyone is curious about ITIL, it’s terrible, lol. Supposedly it’s a valuable cert, so I can’t complain too much, but it’s just so boring. I love networking, so Cisco certs are actually fun for me. ITIL is just painful.
Anyway, check out my blogroll to get your networking fix.
about 7 years ago - 8 comments
So I need to get some kind of structure together for lab study. This isn’t really my thing, I typically just wing it, but I don’t think that’s going to work as well for the lab, lol. Here’s the blueprint in its entirety:
|1.00||Implement Layer 2 Technologies|
|1.10||Implement Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)|
|(d) Loop guard|
|(e) Root guard|
|(f) Bridge protocol data unit (BPDU) guard|
|(g) Storm control|
|(h) Unicast flooding|
|(i) Port roles, failure propagation, and loop guard operation|
|1.20||Implement VLAN and VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)|
|1.30||Implement trunk and trunk protocols, EtherChannel, and load-balance|
|1.40||Implement Ethernet technologies|
|(a) Speed and duplex|
|(b) Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet|
|(c) PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE)|
|1.50||Implement Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN), Remote Switched Port Analyzer (RSPAN), and flow control|
|1.60||Implement Frame Relay|
|(a) Local Management Interface (LMI)|
|(b) Traffic shaping|
|(c) Full mesh|
|(d) Hub and spoke|
|(e) Discard eligible (DE)|
|1.70||Implement High-Level Data Link Control (HDLC) and PPP|
|2.10||Implement IP version 4 (IPv4) addressing, subnetting, and variable-length subnet masking (VLSM)|
|2.20||Implement IPv4 tunneling and Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE)|
|2.30||Implement IPv4 RIP version 2 (RIPv2)|
|2.40||Implement IPv4 Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)|
|(a) Standard OSPF areas|
|(b) Stub area|
|(c) Totally stubby area|
|(d) Not-so-stubby-area (NSSA)|
|(e) Totally NSSA|
|(f) Link-state advertisement (LSA) types|
|(g) Adjacency on a point-to-point and on a multi-access network|
|(h) OSPF graceful restart|
|2.50||Implement IPv4 Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)|
|(a) Best path|
|(b) Loop-free paths|
|(c) EIGRP operations when alternate loop-free paths are available, and when they are not available|
|(d) EIGRP queries|
|(e) Manual summarization and autosummarization|
|(f) EIGRP stubs|
|2.60||Implement IPv4 Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)|
|(a) Next hop|
|(c) Internal Border Gateway Protocol (IBGP) and External Border Gateway Protocol (EBGP)|
|2.70||Implement policy routing|
|2.80||Implement Performance Routing (PfR) and Cisco Optimized Edge Routing (OER)|
|2.90||Implement filtering, route redistribution, summarization, synchronization, attributes, and other advanced features|
|3.10||Implement IP version 6 (IPv6) addressing and different addressing types|
|3.20||Implement IPv6 neighbor discovery|
|3.30||Implement basic IPv6 functionality protocols|
|3.40||Implement tunneling techniques|
|3.50||Implement OSPF version 3 (OSPFv3)|
|3.60||Implement EIGRP version 6 (EIGRPv6)|
|3.70||Implement filtering and route redistribution|
|4.00||Implement MPLS Layer 3 VPNs|
|4.10||Implement Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)|
|4.20||Implement Layer 3 virtual private networks (VPNs) on provider edge (PE), provider (P), and customer edge (CE) routers|
|4.30||Implement virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) and Multi-VRF Customer Edge (VRF-Lite)|
|5.00||Implement IP Multicast|
|5.10||Implement Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) sparse mode|
|5.20||Implement Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP)|
|5.30||Implement interdomain multicast routing|
|5.40||Implement PIM Auto-Rendezvous Point (Auto-RP), unicast rendezvous point (RP), and bootstrap router (BSR)|
|5.50||Implement multicast tools, features, and source-specific multicast|
|5.60||Implement IPv6 multicast, PIM, and related multicast protocols, such as Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD)|
|6.00||Implement Network Security|
|6.01||Implement access lists|
|6.02||Implement Zone Based Firewall|
|6.03||Implement Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding (uRPF)|
|6.04||Implement IP Source Guard|
|6.05||Implement authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) (configuring the AAA server is not required, only the client-side (IOS) is configured)|
|6.06||Implement Control Plane Policing (CoPP)|
|6.07||Implement Cisco IOS Firewall|
|6.08||Implement Cisco IOS Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)|
|6.09||Implement Secure Shell (SSH)|
|6.12||Implement routing protocol authentication|
|6.13||Implement device access control|
|6.14||Implement security features|
|7.00||Implement Network Services|
|7.10||Implement Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP)|
|7.20||Implement Gateway Load Balancing Protocol (GLBP)|
|7.30||Implement Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP)|
|7.40||Implement Network Time Protocol (NTP)|
|7.60||Implement Web Cache Communication Protocol (WCCP)|
|8.00||Implement Quality of Service (QoS)|
|8.10||Implement Modular QoS CLI (MQC)|
|(a) Network-Based Application Recognition (NBAR)|
|(b) Class-based weighted fair queuing (CBWFQ), modified deficit round robin (MDRR), and low latency queuing (LLQ)|
|(g) Weighted random early detection (WRED) and random early detection (RED)|
|8.20||Implement Layer 2 QoS: weighted round robin (WRR), shaped round robin (SRR), and policies|
|8.30||Implement link fragmentation and interleaving (LFI) for Frame Relay|
|8.40||Implement generic traffic shaping|
|8.50||Implement Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP)|
|8.60||Implement Cisco AutoQoS|
|9.00||Troubleshoot a Network|
|9.10||Troubleshoot complex Layer 2 network issues|
|9.20||Troubleshoot complex Layer 3 network issues|
|9.30||Troubleshoot a network in response to application problems|
|9.40||Troubleshoot network services|
|9.50||Troubleshoot network security|
|10.00||Optimize the Network|
|10.01||Implement syslog and local logging|
|10.02||Implement IP Service Level Agreement SLA|
|10.04||Implement SPAN, RSPAN, and router IP traffic export (RITE)|
|10.05||Implement Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)|
|10.06||Implement Cisco IOS Embedded Event Manager (EEM)|
|10.07||Implement Remote Monitoring (RMON)|
|10.10||Implement TFTP server on router|
|10.11||Implement Secure Copy Protocol (SCP)|
|10.12||Implement HTTP and HTTPS|
Just looking at it makes me nervous, haha. My plan isn’t very original, I’m going to start from the top and work my way down, studying and labbing as I go. Knowing me though, chances are I will end up jumping around to the things I’m actually interested in and ignoring the stuff I don’t like.
I don’t feel particularly strong in too many of these technologies, which is kind of scary. Anyone have advice or pointers on the best way to tackle this beast?
about 7 years ago - 16 comments
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.
about 7 years ago - 12 comments
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.
The only (small) complaints I have are the lack of STP and IPv6 as I’m weak in both. The WBs cover these technologies in detail, of course, but I would have liked some lecture as well. They are left out due to the lack of time, which is understandable. Maybe I’ll be able to do his 12 day camp at some point, which covers everything on the blueprint in great detail.
I would recommend Narbik’s classes to anyone looking to get serious about the CCIE. With the five day class and Narbik’s workbooks I think we’re given all the tools needed to pass the lab.
about 7 years ago - 4 comments
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!
about 7 years ago - No comments
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.
about 7 years ago - 10 comments
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:
This thing is fantastic. It lists the area types, what LSAs they have, and what the routing table would look like. This diagram has helped me immensely in gaining a deeper understanding of OSPF.
After this lab session we’ll be doing EIGRP. Today is going to be a long one, I don’t expect to get out of here before 9:30. I may post again after class, if not I’ll try to summarize tomorrow.
about 7 years ago - 6 comments
We’re still going. Around 10 hours so far (hourish lunch break, and 5-15 minutes here and there).
We’ve covered L2 stuff so far. Mostly security stuff: VLAN Hopping, Port-Security, DHCP Snooping (and Source Guard, DAI), ACLs, PVLANs, and Dot1x. Great information. Narbik is ridiculous, he writes all the commands out on the board… from memory. It’s sick.
Not a ton of lecture so far, just the L2 stuff. Mostly doing labs. Frame Relay is up next.
Class is great so far. I’m a bit sad that STP isn’t covered in much detail. That’s one of my weak points as I haven’t gone into much detail on STP since BCMSN. I asked Narbik about it and he told me there isn’t enough time to cover everything (camp is only ~4 1/2 days), I think L2 is easy for most people also, where routing is more my thing. Whaddya gonna do.
about 7 years ago - 3 comments
Class is interesting so far. Narbik is an interesting guy. Here’s the layout he’s given us:
- Day 1
- Frame Relay
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
- Day 5
We’ve gotten all the workbooks and configs. Getting our racks configured now. Good stuff. I’m a little disappointed that IPv6 isn’t covered, but I guess I’ll self study that stuff.
I’ll post more later.
about 7 years ago - 13 comments
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