I just finished up volume 2 lab 11. I’ve had to put a limit on my study time on work days as of late. My new rule is to try to not go past 2:00 AM when I have work the next day, or I have a seriously hard time getting up in the morning. I was pleasantly suprised last night to have finished all the way through my BGP section in about 4 hours. This included the initial hour I spent drawing out my diagrams, reading the lab all the way through, etc. I would say this was a fairly mild lab in terms of difficulty. There was no IPv6 and no multicast so that was a nice suprise.

I ended up doing pretty well, but I screwed up on the following tasks:

Task 2.2 — Etherchannel setup — I cry proctor guide error on this for sure, and I’ve sent in an email. The task asks us to use an “industry standard” etherchannel protocol, so I configured LACP using “channel-group 1 mode active”, yet the proctor guide shows “channel-group 1 mode on”. I am pretty sure this is a mistake on their part. It also says that “etherchannel ports should be statically in trunking mode and should not use DTP to negotiate trunks.” Therefore, I configured “switchport mode trunk” and “switchport trunk nonegotiate” on all my etherchannels. For some reason the proctor guide did not include the switchport nonegotiate command, but I’m quite sure it should be there

Task 3.2 — R6/R9 PPP Setup — I don’t know if this would be considered wrong in the real lab or not. I did not read the question carefully enough. In this lab there are 2 serial links between R6 and R9. The task specifically asks you to configure an ip address for 1 of the serial links. I jumped right in and configured MLPPP instead of just configuring the 1 link and shutting the other down. bah!

Task 3.3 — R7/R8 back to back frame-relay — This seems to be a common problem area for me. I always seem to not fully understand the question and end up configuring something extra. The task was to configure the serial link between R7 and R8 with frame-relay encapsulation. Do not configure any layer 3 addresses on the physical interface. R7 and R8 should peer to each other in the 172.16.78.0/31 and 172.16.78.2/31 subnets over 2 seperate PVCs.

For some reason, when I see something involving back to back frame with multiple PVCs I seem to think PPPoFR. So, I went ahead and configured PPPoFR with 2 virtual-templates on each side, each with it’s own DLCI….and it worked great. But the easier solution, and thus the one in the PG was to simply configure 2 point-to-point frame-relay subinterfaces. The PPP part was totally unnecessary. Again, I’m not sure if I would get knocked points for this or not because technically my soltion did use the right subnets and 2 separate PVCs and it did work.

Task 5.4 — EIGRP Timers — I got the first part of this question which was to tweak the SIA timers, but I botched the 2nd one. I’m still not sure I fully understand the solution. The task asked me to “Configure the EIGRP process on R2 and R4 to drop routes from inactive neighbors after half of the default time” My solution was to configure the hold time on both R2 and R4 to 90 seconds (the default over NMBA interfaces is 180 seconds). The solution in the proctor guide was “timers nsf route-hold 120”. I looked up the command, and I am not really sure what the difference is between that and the hold timer to be honest

Task 9.1 – QoS — I nailed this 5 point task except for one little thing. In my MQC policing I entered “police <rate>” instead of “police rate <rate>” so I ended up configuring the CIR instead of an actual bitrate.

Thats it for now. Lab 12, coming soon

– Joe A