Well it has been over three weeks since my last update and not much has changed. The little guy has been keeping us extremely busy. I try to lab on a few hours of sleep, but it does no good. My memory retention is very bad with little sleep. The good news for me though is the baby started sleeping through the night last week. So with my wife returning to work in the classroom and everyone getting back on a schedule things should be somewhat back to normal. I still can pound out four or five full labs before my bootcamp. Once I get that full week of labs under me I will have a good idea where I stand as far as the lab goes. Right now my biggest roadblock is the break in between working labs. That doesn’t do much for any memory retention either. I am thinking of maybe breaking down the labs into smaller portions during the week and getting more done during one sitting on the weekends. Either way I should have the IPexpert lab two done by this weekend so I can start lab three. The sad part to all of this is that three years ago I passed the written for the first time and here I still am :)

I pretty much forgot what it is like to walk around with three to four hours of sleep a night. Changing diapers with your eyes closed can get messy at times. It is the longest six weeks I think any parent has to go through 😉 It is well worth it though in the end.

The good news is I did get a lot of prep time in for my written exam which I passed again two weeks ago. After prepping for the lab for nearly two years and the short lived OEQs for a year the written was non-climactic. I knew I was not going to make another lab attempt by October and I needed to retake it. This time around I used CCBootcamp’s written guide along with the Cisco Press book. There was one question in particular that had a different setup than the rest that I wish Cisco would use more of. The standard multiple choice tests should have evolved years ago…

Moving on I started IPexperts volume three labs yesterday moving through the troubleshooting section fairly well. I only seemed to get caught up on two trouble tickets which is encouraging. Troubleshooting seems to speak to me more than just doing plain vanilla configurations. It must just be the way my brain works. Nothing in my opinion teaches you more than troubleshooting a problem. Hopefully I can get through the configuration portion by the end of the week and move on to lab two by this weekend. I have my bootcamp with IPexpert and Marko in a couple of months and would like to be done with volume three before I get out there.

If you are looking for any Nexus documentation or material FryGuy has some material up you will want to check out here There is more thoughout the site as well so make sure to check it all out.