Congrats! I am starting to feel left out lol. Soon it will be Arden and CCIE Pursuit with theirs as well 😀

Well I have Ubuntu 8.04 running on all my boxes now so I am pretty much done with windows. I have VirtualBox running with a copy of XP running just for those pesky work items, but that is it :). Atleast I feel I made a small acomplishment this week!

Guess you have to change the title of the site now from candidate to something else!

Except right now I am so lost. I feel like I am in a free fall with everything Cisco. I have not had the chance to touch anything for almost four weeks. I don’t even know where to begin again. Have I lost everything I have learned already? Do I go back and watch the Internetwork Expert COD’s once more? Do I start the workbook over? My biggest problem right now is that I get a few days of lab work in and then bam I am out of it for weeks. With the baby due in August, work, life in general I feel like I am losing ground every minute. I am a creature of momentum! I need to be continuous with everything I do or I lose the will to do it. I am not a person that can do something every few days and feel like I am actually getting something out of it.

One of the biggest problems is at work. I don’t get to touch Cisco every day anymore. With the MPLS network and our provider doing the routing all I do is watch our usage and bandwidth. The biggest thing I have done in weeks was configure NTP on everything for the sake of logging. Outside of that I am doing nothing with Cisco. I feel like I am just becoming a simple manager. I purchase items we need more than I handle the network which I guess means it is configured and running correctly. Writing and signing purchase orders though does nothing for the brain.

Once I am home I am either mentally worn down from all the trivial mental tasks of the day to do anything or I have to work on things around the house. The wife is becoming very limited in what she can do so I have to pick up more of the slack and that is only going to get worse.

Each day that passes I grow more frustrated as well. I honestly don’t want to go back and watch the COD again, I don’t want to go over mindless, countless hours of lecture I already did. Is it good I find a lot of the stuff they teach boring as hell? It is the easy things I seem to lose track of, such as when to use an access list, when to use a prefix list, why to use either or ? When to use a route-map instead of just using the redistribute command or redistribute static or connected… UGH

Maybe I have just put too much pressure on myself and had a time table that was not achievable in the first place when it came to the lab.

I really need to get to the center of my being and find out what is there…

Jeremy has an excellent site I found today while reading a post on Cisco’s Subnet over on Network World. Packetlife is full of great matrerial for anyone trying to grasp the core topics for their CCIE or routing in general. Excellent PDF’s and posts on core material so far. Very education to say the least. If you want to know more check out his site. I know I always have to go back and review topics for the simple fact is at 33 years old my memory pretty much sucks now :(.


Anything QOS is always a good read. A good wiki post off his site.

“This article applies primarily to Cisco IOS-based routers with non-distributed architecture (for example, the ISR series). Switches running Cisco IOS and high-end routers (from ASR to GSR) have dedicated hardware-implemented or hardware-assisted queuing structures. While the general principles still apply to those platforms, the implementations differ significantly from the simple model described here.”

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“An autonomous system (AS) is a collection of IP networks and routers under the control of an entity that presents a common routing policy to the Internet ([1], see also [2]). In the Internet [3], an AS is usually a network of a Service Provider (SP), including all customers without their own AS, or a multi-homed end customer connected to multiple SPs.

A transit autonomous system is a network that is passing transit traffic (traffic not originated nor terminated in the network) between remote autonomous systems. A non-transit AS is a network that transports only traffic originating or terminating on an IP host (or server) within the network.”

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– Benjamin Franklin

“Cisco has scrapped plans to pilot its long-awaited Cisco Certified Design Expert practical exam at Networkers in June and will instead jump straight into offering the practical lab test to the public, untested, later this year, reports Cisco Subnet blogger Michael Morris. Michael had been originally invited to take part in the June beta. Michael writes: “I spoke with a CCDE team member and he indicated they are still on track to deliver the practical exam in the fall. The need for a beta test, like the one they conducted for the written exam, was unnecessary based on their analysis of the practical format and their internal progress on the test. Still, it seems awkward that the new, expert level design certification will be released to the public without a test run. Sort of like running your core routers on 12.5(99)T code.”

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A quick little interesting article, but a big change none the less.

“If you’ve ever had to configure OSPF on a Cisco router, you’re well familiar with the venerable network statement, which effectively assigns interfaces into OSPF areas based on their IP addresses. Although our life became simpler when the network statements stopped being order-dependent (the order dependency allowed for a few nasty surprises in the troubleshooting part of the CCIE lab … when the CCIE title still implied you had to be able to fix other people’s mistakes :), it was still an awkward way of configuring what belongs where…”

Full article here

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