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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.
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|
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.