Well Cisco Live has come and gone for another year. I had a good time and learned a lot. Just meeting up with people on twitter and other bloggers was the best part. Can’t wait to do that again.

Sunday was my eight hour lecture class on R&S. It was more of a written lecture, but good material none the less. The handout they gave us was excellent and good open-ended question study material for sure. They did go over the MPLS stuff in detail, but I won’t need that just yet anyways πŸ˜‰

Monday was my eight hour lab day with a lab written by a proctor just for Cisco Live. We learned a lot in that class. We learned that the pass rate of the Beijing lab was running at 90% before they implemented the open-ended questions. We got to see the first one hundred questions written and used for the lab. He also hinted that the open-ended questions were a quick band aid for stopping the brain dumps and might come off in the near future. Maybe the troubleshooting section of the 4.0 lab will be enough? Kind of sucks we have to suffer here though because of the rampant cheating in the Beijing lab. The questions seemed very basic, the only concern I had was some of them seemed to be more from the CCNA/Network+ world, which makes things a little difficult if you get something you haven’t looked at in five years :). Guess I will have to go over some CCNA books I still have laying around. I moved pretty well through the lab until I hit redistribution and got lazy. Unlike what I do in practice labs and “tag” every redistribution, I didn’t here and it cost me a lot of time. My core seems solid though at this point. Now I have to work on the multicast/qos world…

The rest of the week consisted of the two hour breakout sessions during the day. I attended Brandon Carroll’s CCSP one and that was an excellent time. Even though I loathe security, he managed to keep me up and alert the whole time. He really has his stuff together on teaching and presenting. I would sit in his training classes any day.

The best overall session I attended geared toward the R&S world was the “Caring and Feeding of a EIGRP Network” by Don Slice. He was another great presenter, the two hours flew and were interesting and entertaining the entire time. I wish we actually got a four hour out of his session. The real world examples he used from his days as an escalation tech were fascinating. Just to hear how companies use EIGRP in large networks and how they troubleshoot them was great.

Well that is really it. The only regret I have at this point is I wish Cisco did this twice a year like in the old days with one on each coast πŸ™‚ I really hate flying across country! See you next year in Vegas!

Thanks to Mike Down as well at IPexpert for the IPexpert shirts I wore out there. Walking around the Cisco 360 stuff with them was fun πŸ˜€

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