Well I got through half of the lab tonight I got a slow start tonight as our main database at work came to a screeching halt after chewing up massive amounts of drive space. After we got that working I was pretty flustered, but able to get started.

One valuable lesson I learned tonight after doing my first rack time: always power cycle the rack when first getting access to it. I didn’t do this and was stuck on a configuration for ether channel until I realized there was some rogue commands running. I power cycled the rack and redid my configurations and the ether channel finally came up.

I was on Rack 12 over at IE, but some of the lab scenarios in the workbook didn’t match their hardware. Switch1 wasn’t connected to Router6 as in the workbook so I had to move past some routing on a stick and so forth.

Working on some ether channel configurations though really helped in understanding the material better.

Hopefully I can complete the switching lab and move on to the rest with Dynamips.

Well I got through all my readings, but a lot of the new material such as Multicast and QOS is still very fuzzy. I am going to start going through IE’s lab book I tonight starting with switch material. Internetwork’s lab book I is broken down by subjects. This way you can concentrate of each section while you go through the configurations. I am thinking I really need to go through some hands on with the QOS and Multicast to really get a good grasp of it before taking the written. No reason not to build the solid foundation now.

Well I did have rack time over at netlabrentals.com but received this email from them yesterday.

Thank you for your recent purchase. Unfortunately, NetLab Rentals will no longer be accepting new reservations. We are in the midst of liquidating our assets. You will receive a refund of your entire purchase within the next 5 business days!
We have appreciated your business, and wish you luck in your future studies!

Regards,
NetLab Rentals

It is too bad because they were cheap. Only needing to rent some rack time for Lab 1 I just decided to rent some time tonight from Internetwork Expert themselves. The first lab is all switching and since my physical lab is not fully setup I just need some rack time for this first lab. I can do the remainder of the labs off of Dynamips. Hopefully I will post some positive results tomorrow.

Well I got the memory from the reseller yesterday and was able to bring up three more 3640’s today. Pretty interesting what happens when you have the correct amount of memory! Lab will be almost complete in a few weeks just in time for Cisco to maybe announce some lab changes. Timing is key!

There is a video up showing how to automatically backup your router config after doing a copy run start. Best part is all the coping is done through SCP securely. I set this up today at work and have it running on all our routers. I was using Kiwi tools to automatically backup the running configs once a week, but I like this better I think. I have the configs coping to our main file server so they are backed up to tape nightly as well.

Head over to Blindhog’s to check out the two videos. Blindhog

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.

This came from Ethan Bank’s blog site, and since it has to deal with Internetwork Expert I felt this would fit. I have been looking for a path to take once the written was finished and I believe this will be the one.

“Here are my 10 CCIE R&S commandments for those taking the same path…..

1. Internetwork Expert Class on Demand, view all 80 hours and take extensive notes

2. Read through entire DOCCD relevant to R&S, and take extensive notes

3. Internetwork Expert Workbook – 30 Labs – go over anything you got wrong or did not understand (I am planning on starting with Lab Workbook I as well which breaks labs down to the topic level – Sunpenguin)

4. Internetwork Expert Core Lab Workbook (this was really good…. get it)

5. Internetwork Expert Advanced Technologies (just read through)

6. Internetwork Expert Class on Demand – second viewing, and take extensive notes (you will be surprised what you missed)

7. 2x Internetwork Expert Mock Labs 1 month before your Lab date (if you get 80% or over on both, you are ready)

-I have credit for four graded mock exams so hopefully I won’t need all four and will have some credit with IE at the end. Sunpenguin

8 Cisco’s online Evaluation Lab (this is also good for feedback)

9. Take the real thing

10. If you fail, never give up, because… if it was easy, it would be worthless……

Andrew Radford
CCIE # 16499

I got a little bored trying to read over the whole OSPF chapter tonight and decided to open up some of the BSCI 3.0 stuff I had laying around. It helped give me a good refresh of all the OSPF material. Odom’s guide seems to be just a quick review (which it very well is probably supposed to be.) I have all the material to do for my Internetwork Expert class on demand, but wanted to save those for the lab prep. I want to at least do the full 80 hours twice and would rather not be bored it it by doing it three times.

   I didn’t get much studying in over the weekend. We had the “Thunder over Niagara” air show going on at the Air Force base about a half mile away. Something about F15’s and F18’s flying directly over your house and shaking it got me excited I guess :).

The IOS moved over fine, reset and still does the same thing. Looks like the IOS did move over correctly the first time. The router fully loads the image and just resets over and over right after the image is loaded. I pulled the modules out and still the same deal. I am loading up a new image right now that is just Enterprise Plus to see if anything changes. Not sure why there would be an issue I am running the exact hardware as Internetwork Expert. Oh well it is a learning process anyhow.

Update:

Well the second Enterprise image started to boot up and gave me a memory error. I thought “excellent at least an error message this time!” So I do a meminfo in rommon and see 64 megs. Hmm 64, they were supposed to ship with 128 from the reseller. Turns out they only shipped the routers out with 64 megs instead of 128. I didn’t even think of checking when I first booted them up. They never shipped them out before with less than what we ordered. Guess I will be checking their orders in more detail from here on out.

In the end I tossed in the memory from the second router and sure enough the image comes up fine.

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