Sorry there has been a lack of activity lately, due to work and gearing up for vacation this week there hasn’t been much time. All my free time has been thrown into lab time. My lab date is all set and paid for and will be coming up in the next few months. It feels good to be in a final push. Whether I pass or fail it is always a good feeling to be in this stage.

I took INE mock lab 1 a few weeks ago and scored a 72 on it with some minor reading mistakes 😉 I have three more scheduled and two more 360 ones to go as well. I leave for vacation for the next nine days tomorrow so I should be well rested when I get back to push through them. Right now though I am bored from all the labs and reading over the last four months so I could use a break…

I got some emails asking where were the rest of the posts for the week so I thought I would at least get them all in one post.

Day two and four consisted of an IOU troubleshooting beta lab we got to do each day in the morning. I guess these labs are going to be released through the 360 program in the coming weeks. The labs are laid out and structured the same as you will see in the real CCIE lab. You have about thirty routers in a multiple network topology and you get ten to twelve tickets to work on. The labs were hard. There was no escaping any shortcomings in your lab prep. It came down to whether you knew the material or not. The questions were not on core topics only either. I remember back at Cisco Live in 2009 it was said in the R&S eight hour tectorial class that the upcoming troubleshooting section was just going to be on core topics. I guess that has changed since the original concept. The labs were great at showing you where you are weak in troubleshooting. It will be interesting to see how many are initially released because I still have some learning credits to use.

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The first five hours of audio have links in the blog post. Hopefully we have have the full version released soon!

Wow! I can’t believe we’re finally wrapping up this product release. It’s the longest online class we’ve ever done at just over 80 hours and at the end of the day we ended up with over 8TB (that’s 8000 gigabytes of video!) in raw format. We captured all of the video locally to the instructor in HD (720p). This allowed us to professionally edit all 150+ videos and make them available in various resolutions and formats. We are offering the videos in three 16:9 formats. The first is 640×320 and is designed for low bandwidth Internet connections and small portable devices. The second is 960×540 and is designed for standard Internet connections and tablet computers (iPad, etc). Lastly we offer a 1280×720 HD option for people with high bandwidth Internet connections and viewing on large screens (computer monitors, TVs, etc). All of the videos have a downloadable option for customers with access to them. If you’re interested in the downloadable version of the class the low bandwidth format is roughly 80 to 100MB per hour of video. The high bandwidth format is roughly 250 to 500MB per hour of video and finally the HD format is 1GB to 1.4GB per hour of video.

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Just wanted to share this from Anthony:

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Today was just the start of a long week. Is there such a thing as a good pain? We started out just breaking down some simple strategies, diagrams, and ideas. Then we pretty much dove right into lab 1. The lab itself was tough, but fair. There were some really tough sections that I won’t go into detail so I don’t scare anyone off. I will say this – I thought I was coming into the day totally unprepared, but after finishing the lab tonight, I don’t believe that to be true. Sure I could score a 20 on this lab tomorrow when I get my score report, but today’s lab was just what I needed to get moving again. It felt good to sit for eleven hours and just work through topic after topic. I am sure any confidence that was built up today will get crushed tomorrow, but that is OK. Got to catch the last half of Weird Science after class tonight which has to be one of the best movies to unwind to.

Day/lab 2 tomorrow…

Can’t wait to see how well this went! Will be a good refresher/solidifier for some none core topics…

I thought it would never end, but after 17 class days and over 80 hours of lecture, I’m proud to announce that our new CCIE Routing & Switching Advanced Technologies Class is now complete!

This is by far the most complete run of this class I’ve ever done, and from what I’ve seen there’s nothing else that comes close to the length, breadth, and depth of this content. For those of you that attended the live classes, I hope it was both informative and enjoyable. For those of you who couldn’t attend live, the On-Demand versions will be available in both our new HTML5 streaming format and available for download starting this week. More information will be posted shortly with along with additional samples.

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I was going to break down the week, day by day, but I didn’t have time at night to do that so I am just going to put my thoughts here into one post.

The first day after our introductions, Marko sat down and talked about the one thing I really haven’t thought about for the 4.0 exam and that was our strategies. For a couple of hours we just talked about them, with Marko giving us his ideas and how he sets everything up. We talked about everything down to our screen. One thing that dawned on me was I have a 22 inch LCD I lab on at home so why am I still printing everything out? I definitely need to get used to doing everything electronically. One problem is lock lizard freezes my machines al the time.

After that we started off with all the layer 2 stuff. We didn’t talk about anything basic. Everything we went over was mostly advanced topics within each section. We did hit on PPPoE which really wasn’t a favorite amongst anyone there, but really not all that hard. Just be “aware” kind of stuff. That pretty much took us to 9:30PM or so the first day. It was a good twelve hours of lecture that I wasn’t expecting.

The next two days we covered pretty much the rest of the core of the lab. One thing that was pretty impressive with Marko was his ability to lecture for as long as he did each day. Sure we took some breaks here and there, but after lunch we pretty much went straight through until 9:00pm each night. Also, lecture means lecture. There were no powerpoint slides, just lecture and hands on examples he would lab up to prove his points.

The fourth day pretty much went the same except we hit on Multicast and QOS. I was going to go into more detail, but I really don’t want to give alot of the class away for the people taking it in the future. I did miss the lab day portion of the class on day five because I had to head home early and take care of some federal income tax issues that arose during the week. I have the labs and some rack time so I am hoping to go through those by the end of the week.

Keep in mind, I did attend the class from a deal Mike Down over at IPX setup with me a long time ago. I just never had the chance to sit the camp with work and so forth. Just wanted to add that disclaimer before I gave my lasting impressions of the class. Overall the class was excellent. There weren’t too many times when I felt bored or uninterested in the topics Marko was going over. He was pretty engaging as he lectured. The class had a good energy as well and moved right along. One thing I would suggest is if you are thinking of sitting his class, don’t go with the mindset that you will be touching on the basics. Unless he changes the lectures up you are probably not going to go over much of them.

Just so Marko wouldn’t forget all the helpful advice we as a class gave him on the letter “g” and number “9” I thought I would put up a post that he could always reference just to help out…

The Letter G Game

The Number 9

Well we are two days into the bootcamp here and already I am beat. It has been a long two days. It is a good tired though. We have been in class for over twelve hours each of the past two days with labs to finish up afterwards so I haven’t had a chance to even think about post topics…

One thing I can share is a short video clip of Marko leading off the bootcamp yesterday morning here

There is a new section for IP Sla under the 12.4T documentation here also there is a software activation guide now in the 12.4T documentation listed here Looks like you may need to activate any new IOS versions coming down the line…

Full 12.4 T index here

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