Brian McGahan has updated the lab 1 beta workbooks with RIP and has sent a challenge out to everyone… 🙂

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I am more than half way done with the current COD for the second time and now there is a new version coming out that is three weeks long instead of two lol!

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Completed Items

  • Internetwork Expert cod day3 (well almost)
  • Finished the OSPFv2 chapter in Routing TCP/IP
  • I am not weighing myself after my weekend lol 🙂

Goals for last week

  • Get through Day 3 of the cod
  • OSPF Chapter of Jeff Doyle’s Routing TCP/Volume I
  • Work through the core sections of the workbook I labs
  • Drop 2 pounds?

I still have a little of Route Redistribution yet to finish in the COD. I will follow that up with reading the chapter in Routing TCP/IP as well. The past weekend was a little tough, I had a friends birthday feast Saturday night and yesterday was my one year wedding aniversary so I really didn’t get much done. The wife is only so forgiving, if I told her I had to study yesterday and we could not do anything I would of been stabbed. Oh well :). We also have some baby basic classes to go to this week(not my idea) so I am not making out a set schedule because I know it is going to be hard to follow this week.

Well without my lab running as of yet, and not wanting to configure anything else with Dynamips I stopped reading Odom’s guide for right now. I am finding it hard to follow the BGP section since I have only configured it once for multi-homing two internet connections. At my current job I put in a device from FatPipeInc that does the internet multi-homing for us so I didn’t get to do any BGP for that even. I would like to be able to read Odom’s guide and fire up the examples on my equipment here with me but until I get that memory for the 3640’s they are DOA.

I pulled out my Written guide by Brad Ellis from CCbootcamp and started reading over the sections in there. They are a bit light, but the guide is written to get the topics into your head. The guide is not the updated one since I really did not feel like dropping another $79 for the new version when this one cost me $99 only in April. Plus I just plan on using the guide for BGP and QOS.

If I find myself still having trouble nailing some of the stuff down I will fire up the Internetwork Expert COD’s for these two topics. I want to have read through the material a few times so I am not lost during the COD material though.

Internetwork Experts CCIE End to End Self Study Program:

I love their material. The Class on Demand stuff is great after reading a chapter in the exam guide to break it down even more. I run this with Dynamips in the backgroup along with IE’s 4.x dynamips config file to hammer away as they go over everything.

CCIE Routing and Switching Offical Exam Certification Guide:

Good book, but does not cover everything you will need to know for the test itself. A little dry as most of Cisco Press books are.

Routing TCP/IP, Volume 1 (2nd Edition) – Jeff Doyle:

The first testament to the R&S Bible IMO.


Excellent program, wish I had known about it ealier. I had a hard time with ‘idlepc’ working under Windows Vista. No matter what I did I always had a rogue router running away with the CPU. So I added another hard drive to the machine and loaded up Ubuntu 7.04. Once I had everything installed I fired up IE’s dynamips config, set my routers idle time and CPU load dropped to 2%. Needless to say I work with Dynamips in Linux everytime.

Physical Equipment:

What is great with my current job is we have a MPLS network for our main network and a 512k Frame Relay network as backup. I get a lot a exposure to everything with this setup. We always use the 3560 switches in two of our facilities so we always have two of those on spare. We have a bunch of 3640’s here as well. I am just trying to round out our spare equipment to match up with IE’s topology.

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