I finally finished going through the complete 5 day video bootcamp from IPexpert. Boy, it sure was a good and very educational ride! Basically, my plan was to sit through the entire bootcamp, paying very close attention, and taking very good notes before jumping into any labs. I mean, I figure the labs are going to kick my ass as it is, I might as well at least go through the videos first.

As far as the video’s I was very happy with the content. Of course, there was a lot of stuff I do know from experience and previous studies, but there was a lot of stuff that I am not so experienced with, or that I just plain didn’t even know existed!

I ordered the cables I need to finish my lab on like the 29th and was starting to wonder where the hell they are…turns out the place I got them from is in Hong Kong hehe….gonna take a while, but hopefully I will get them soon.

I know which areas I am weak in, and that are going to really hurt when I actually get to the IPexpert lab books. Namely, Multicast, QoS, perhaps BGP depending on how crazy it gets…..also I definitely need mucho practice on Policy routing, and just in general all the topics that have to do with writing ACLs then tying them to policies and such. I understand it fine when I read it, but I need to DO it. I just got done reading through the CCIE R/S Exam Cert guide chapters on QoS again…boy they really made a lot more sense, after having watched the IPexpert VODs. It also helped to not be pretty much burned out on reading it this time around. Last time I read those chapters I was ripping through the book to prepare for my written exam.

I guess the next step is to just face the music and start plowing into labs. I will probably be spending a lot of time on my own equipment, but like I said there are certain things I won’t be able to do right now (Not all my gear runs 12.4 code, and I only have 2950 switches). I will likely get some rack time from Proctor Labs. I also am still not sure what in the world to do with my backbone routers to simulate what they do in the videos…I mean the guy is taking like 500+ routes in haha…nice. I guess in the meantime (until I get my cables from Hong Kong) I will probably hit up some of the exercises in the VOD on my home equipment the best I can, and keep reading.