I have finished up most of Narbik’s workbooks this week except BGP and the Frame Relay sections. I still need to go over and take a few notes from a couple of sections of some others. I am hoping to have the BGP finished up in two weeks since we leave for Disney World tomorrow for a week. I won’t be able to get much lab time in starting tomorrow, but I am hoping I can get some Cisco doc IGP reading in at night when the kids pass out.

After that it will be time to crack open workbook III from IPexpert and start on those labs. Now what I do in September as far as their bootcamp goes depends on what the cost is for the lead paint removal through out our house and yard. The quote comes in later today. Hopefully it comes in alot lower than what we are planning…

I still have to get a post up on my overall review for Narbik’s camp as well.

67 days until my lab πŸ™

Happy First Birthday Buddy

Day four and five consisted of QOS, Multicast and lab time. I will say, before heading to Narbik’s QOS and Multicast were my weakest areas. Now I don’t think there are really any at all. Narbik took QOS and laid it all out plain and simple so you could absorb it. Even MLS QOS makes some sort of sense if that is even possible. Multicast is on the same level as well. It took him five minutes of Multicast lecture to make up for many hours of CODs from my original material. Once he was done with Multicast everything made sense. Troubleshooting it is just as easy now.

I said it in my first post, but I have to say it again that the guy can flat out teach. Twelve hour days just flew by. I didn’t once feel like any of the days were a drag. Everyone knows that there are some smart and genius level people out there. That doesn’t always equate into being able to teach it though. Narbik can. Now the camp is only five days and can only cover so much. His workbooks follow his lectures to the letter though. This helps in keeping everything fresh in your mind. The rest of the material is broken down well in the rest of the workbooks.

Well that is it from Narbik’s, it has been a quick five days. If you are having trouble nailing down your core go see Narbik πŸ™‚ Use his workbooks and see how everything works and not just lab up full labs that just try to get you memorizing scenarios. Between Narbik’s class,Γ‚ his workbooks, and IPX’s material I haven’t felt this good about my journey since it started…

What does amnesty mean? Well it has been years since I thumbed through my Funk and Wagnalls dictionary so I could not actually find it! Instead I hopped on-line and looked it up.

Noun1.amnesty – a period during which offenders are exempt from punishment
Verb1.amnesty – grant a pardon to (a group of people)

If you have not been informed there are many ways to use your CCIE number. A few of these methods are frowned upon by Cisco and can even cost you that hard earned number. Yes, recently I personally witnessed the revoking of a pair of CCIEs who had associated their numbers to a channel they did not work for. This is strictly forbidden by Cisco and can result in severe penalties to the Channel and the CCIE. (see http://www.itworld.com/networking/69359/innocuous-or-unethical ) or the June CCIE Flyer article.

I felt pretty badly about the CCIEs losing their certifications and wanted to help prevent this as much as I can. So I called Monica (my best friend at Cisco) and we put our heads together to come up with a solution. From this chat the CCIE Amnesty program was born.

Read the full story here

Day three was pretty eventful. The hours upon hours of BGP lecture drilled BGP into your brain whether you wanted in there or not. You had no choice, or free will. Most of the lecture was BGP and labs through out the day. Narbik seems to know exactly when to stop the lecture and gives us a break and lab some. Maybe it is the look of brains hemorrhaging in the class that gives it away.

We did have a couple of interesting guests. We had Eman pop in from CCIE Flyer and Terry Slattery popped in as well to talk with us. It is not everyday you can meet someone that wrote the CLI you so spend so much of your time with. Eman talked to us about the recent events of his CCIE Amensty program (I will post his story on that later) and what he has upcoming in the near future. Terry gave us a brief history on how he took his lab and what was involved in doing so. He didn’t really have to study all that much I guess πŸ˜‰

Outside of our guests popping in it was just a typical day here. BGP has sunk in a lot better if not anything else.

Did you ever get a feeling that you didn’t know everything about OSPF you possibly could? Welcome to Narbik day two. We went over OSPF for most of the morning and afternoon today. Then some lab time, dinner and EIGRP. One thing I will say about Narbik is he can flat out teach. Now being married to a teacher I get taught everything, everyday at home. For example, I am never right.Γ‚ I never work on the house enough and those sort of things πŸ˜‰ After sitting through his lecture today on OSPF there were things that would never sink in that finally became simplistic and easy. What more could you possibly ask for? Two days in and I have rebuilt the foundation from scratch quicker than I built the lacking knowledge base to begin with. Plus I don’t think I have ever seen so many circles drawn in one place at one time. Is this legal?

The EIGRP section was shorter just because of the nature on EIGRP, but was still informative. Narbik can keep you involved and interested without much effort. Then when you hit his labs you sit and realize you have just seen this. Nothing is suddenly new jumping out at you. My only regret at this point is I didn’t make it out here earlier…

One thing I think we must do is create “Narbik the Drinking Game!” Hear the phrase “little short chubby green guys,” “ridiculously easy,” “grandma,” “it is so easy it’s hard,” “do a microsoft and reload it,”Γ‚ – take a shot… Wouldn’t do much for the lab time though πŸ˜‰

Ok I am off to bed, tomorrow is BGP and I will need to be well rested for that. Plus I am sure my proof reading is missing all sorts of errors in this at the moment…

This won’t be a terribly long post, I need to get back to labbing and try to finish up as much as I can tonight before going to bed. I will say this, all the good things you hear about Narbik are dead on. The way he lectures can keep you interested the whole time. Throughout the lectures he gave today there wasn’t one part where I was bored or starting to drift away from the material.

Today he hit on switching security and Frame-Relay. He lets us lab for most of the morning to hit on the basics of the switching material. I don’t think he felt the need to have to lecture on vtp and so forth πŸ˜‰ Then came lunch, more lab time and almost three hours of Frame-Relay. Never knew so much was included in frame :/ Tomorrow first thing he is lecturing on OSPF so with that I am off to lab and try to get a good night’s sleep. I will try to post some more during the week, but time seems to be short…

Tomorrow starts Narbik’s bootcamp for the week. I won’t be blogging or tweeting from the class, but maybe a little a night right after lab time.

Hey everybody! I wanted to make a quick post to inform all of our readers out there that I have been given the opportunity go come on board as a full time R&S instructor with IPexpert! Starting now I will be the full time R&S guy over at IPexpert — teaching bootcamps, and developing materials. I am really excited about the opportunity, and really look forward to continuing to help all you guys in your CCIE journeys!

With that being said — I will be posting some technical content over on the IPexpert blog soon. I will still be around here checking out posts and occasionally making some posts but most of the technical stuff will probably be over there.

It’s been a great run here at CCIE Journey. Thanks to Carl for giving me a chance to post here on his blog back in spring of ’08! I’ve learned a lot here, and hopefully I have helped some people out as well. Best of luck to everybody on their journey — and come see me when you are ready for some killer live training!

I can only guess what the twitter post was for by Mike Down, but maybe he will post the story here later…

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