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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.
We had two 7204VXRs at work that have been sitting on a shelf for a couple years. I figured I could actually put one of them to use, so I cleared it with the guys and brought it home.
Cisco 7204VXR (NPE225) processor (revision A) with 245760K/16384K bytes of memory. Processor board ID 31649069 R527x CPU at 262MHz, Implementation 40, Rev 10.0, 2048KB L2 Cache 4 slot VXR midplane, Version 2.7 Number of Fast PAs = 1 Number of Fast+Medium PAs = 1 Total number of PA bandwidth points consumed = 200 2 FastEthernet interfaces 125K bytes of NVRAM. 47040K bytes of ATA PCMCIA card at slot 0 (Sector size 512 bytes). 8192K bytes of Flash internal SIMM (Sector size 256K).
So far I’m loving this thing. I have it at my edge, it’s running CME and some GRE/IPSEC tunnels (PeerIX stuff), along with heavy QoS. Not surprisingly, it handles all this with ease.
If anyone knows of a good deal on an NPE-400 please let me know.
I’ve decided to get the CCDP seeing as it’s only two more exams for me (DESGN and ARCH). I’ve already finished BSCI and BCMSN for the CCNP. I’ve always had interest in design and I figure this couldn’t hurt on my resume. I’ll do my best to write some design-related articles as I get ideas.
I’m hoping to get the CCDA completed in the next few weeks. I’d like to get the CCDP done by February, but that might be a tad ambitious with my current workload.
Dell was running a deal on the PowerEdge T110 a couple weeks ago, so I decided to grab one as an upgrade to the T100 I was currently using for Dynamips on ESX.
X3430 Xeon Processor, 2.4 GHz 8M Cache
4GB DDR3 1333 RAM
The T110 doesn’t support ESX (yet?), so I just did a straight install of Ubuntu 9.10. This thing is a beast, I brought up the completed MPLS and BGP lab I posted awhile back. Running at full steam it’s only using ~25% of the CPU. I’m pretty excited. This should be able to handle anything I can throw at it. Now I just need to find some more CCIE labs…
Update: ESXi is now supported on the T110 as of the ESXi4 U1 release.